Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) Joins Global Campaign – One Billion Rising – To Stop Violence Against Women And Girls
CULVER CITY, Calif. – February 5, 2013 — For the sixth year, students and community members from Antioch University Los Angeles will participate in V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. AULA will be offering two V-Day performances: “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. and V-Day’s signature piece, “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30p.m. On Feb 14, AULA is planning a surprise event as they join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day. One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. Profits from the V-Day performances will benefit Linda’s Voice and One Billion Rising.
“Being part of V-Day really makes me feel connected to the larger movement of working to end violence against women,” says 2013 V-Day Director, Co-Organizer and AULA student Cynthia Ruffin. “It is so easy to say that the problem is just too big and to want to bury my head in the sand. V-Day allows me to see that I don’t necessarily have to hop on a plane to the Congo to be a part of this movement. I can do the work right here and it really does affect the world. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this.”
Tickets for V-Day are $15 for a single show and $25 for both and available through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/326717. The performances will take place on the Antioch University Los Angeles campus located at 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, 90230, Room A-1000.
“When we started V-Day 15 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Ensler. “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 February 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”
Linda’s Voice: Named in memory of Linda Ann Moore and started by her three daughters, Amanda, Kelley, and Summer, Linda’s Voice was established in early 2012 to help women find the strength to leave abusive relationships and lead productive and fulfilled lives. Linda was only 40-years-old when her second husband, after years of emotionally abusing her, murdered her in cold blood in their home in Texas. Domestic abuse, whether physical, emotional or verbal, is about power and control over a woman and it destroys a woman’s sense of self-worth and inner strength. Frequently women feel chained to their abuser and do not know how to leave. The three sisters started Linda’s Voice to help women break that chain.
One Billion Rising: 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 14th February 2013, 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: V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery. Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer,” “Any One Of Us: Words From Prison,” screenings of V-Day’s documentary Until The Violence Stops and the PBS documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You, Spotlight Teach-Ins and V-Men workshops, to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. www.vday.org
About Antioch University Los Angeles
Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. AULA, a not-for-profit institution and part of the Antioch University system, has served the greater Los Angeles area for 40 years. The core values of social justice, service to the community and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the BA degree completion program and master’s degree programs in Organizational Management, Education and Teacher Credentialing, Psychology, Creative Writing, and Urban Sustainability.
Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. www.AntiochLA.edu