Santa Paula: Fifth One Billion Rising

Santa Paula celebrate its Fifth One Billion Rising event Saturday, February 3rd from 2-4 PM, at the Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W Main Street, Santa Paula. Imagine, One Billion Women around the world sharing their stories, dancing and speaking out for justice, learning about resources available in our community, and demanding an end to gender-based violence. The theme of the One Billion Rising 2018 campaign is Solidarity To End the Exploitation of Women. What does ONE BILLION look like? We are calling on our community to harness their power and imagination to rise for justice and join people around the world (170 countries and growing) in making the world a better place!

The event is free and open to all, women and men. It will be in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation through headsets. Please wear comfortable clothing in red, pink or black to show your support. There will be a Healing Corridor organized by committee member and Massage Therapist Pamela Fuller with body workers for participants to experience healing arts.

The Fifth One Billion Rising is organized by the One Billion Rising Planning Committee consisting of local clergy and community partners. It is sponsored by the Santa Paula Ministerial Association, CAUSE, the Coalition for Family Harmony, LULAC, Santa Paula Latino Town Hall, and the City of Santa Paula.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn a low impact version of the Break the Chain dance in the Parish Hall of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula’s Parish Hall on Friday, January 26 at 1 PM instructed by Pastor Michelle Magee. The full dance will be taught before the event at the Community Center at 1:30 PM on February 3. Choreography specific for this event available on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRU1xmBwUeA

All are invited! For more information, call Sandy Gomez at 805-983-6014 (ext. 1114) or email [email protected]. If you wish to register for the event, go to https://www.onebillionrising.org/events/one-billion-rising-santa-paula-2018/

One Billion Rising is a worldwide movement to end violence against women and girls. United Nations statistics show that globally, one out of three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime.  Because one out of three women in the world is roughly a billion people, One Billion Rising happens annually around February 14th all over the world in an effort to have numbers equal to those affected by violence rise and stand against it.  It is a gathering to decry violence, empower women, and work for change.

One out of three means that we all know someone, perhaps even ourselves, who have or will experience violence. We can’t undo what has happened but by coming together to work for change, we do have the power to change the future.  Join us on February 3 in Santa Paula for One Billion Rising, to dance, to work for change, to reclaim our power… until the violence stops.


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