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Update (6:30 p.m. 2/14/13): Check out the flash mob video below!
Late Thursday afternoon, V-Day McKinney joined withactivists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in thehistory of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
VDAY McKinney invited all of McKinney and Collin County to rise with us and the 190countries pledged to dance to the One Billion Rising Anthem”Break The Chain.”
“All of these brave women and men, practiced and worked hard to learn the choreography, together and on their own,” said Lisa Miller, the driving force behind the event. “The support was terrific and to watch the movement go around the globe, beginning in Australia on Wednesday evening was phenomenal. One Billion Rising was a huge success for everyone and McKinney was a small part of such a peaceful global revolution, I’m so proud of everyone and McKinney for standing up together and saying enough,” said Miller.
Rebecca Winn, a volunteer with One Billion Rising, shared that she has personal experience with violence against women, although she chose not to go into details.
“What I absolutely know is fighting against violence is not the way to change it. Dancing is a positive way of moving energy and it’s contagious. You can look around and see how enlivening this (the dance) is. To me, that’s the way to promote change,” Winn said.
Thursday was V-Day’s 15th anniversary. VDay McKinney joined activists,writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world to express theiroutrage, demand change, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices womensuffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the worldpopulation at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.