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St. John Lutheran joins “One Billion Rising” Feb. 14

ELY– Ely joins the global campaign One Billion Rising to stop violence against women and girls. Feb. 14 is to be V-Day’s largest day of action ever.
On Feb. 14 at 5 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church and the wider community will join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. On Feb. 14, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, St. John Lutheran Church will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Ensler, founder of V-Day. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on Feb. 14 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”
 One Billion Ely will take place at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St. Starting with a candlelight vigil and remembrance at 5 p.m., we will then rise up and add our voices and dancing with others around the globe by participating in a dance session led by certified Zumba instructor, Allison Scheer.
One in three women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is one billion women violated. One billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends. On Feb. 14, V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, we are inviting one billion women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence. One Billion Rising will move the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers and our solidarity across borders. Join V-Day and One Billion Rising today and say no to violence against women and girls. To sign up and learn more, visit www.onebillionrising.org
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play “The Vagina Monologues” and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded over 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine’s 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. V-Day’s newest campaign is One Billion Rising which will culminate on Feb. 14 with a global action worldwide.
To learn more about V‑Day Ely call 319-329-4129 or e-mail the organization at stjohnely@southslope.net. To learn more about V‑Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org.