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Come Dance, February 14

You may be familiar with “Some Days You Gotta Dance,”  a hit recording by James Taylor and the Dixie Chicks. The lyrics, written by Troy Johnson and Marshall Morgan, explain “you gotta dance when the world doesn’t make sense…you gotta loosen up those chains and dance.”

One of those “some days” is February 14, 2013.  That’s the day when the organization One Billion Rising is inviting one billion women and those who love us to “walk out, dance, rise up” in protest of the violence against women.

According to the stats, one in three women will be raped and/or beaten in her lifetime.

Two months ago, people around the world were horrified  by the because-they-could, repeated rape/murder by six men of 23 year old “Damini”  on a public bus in New Delhi, India. Then last month a second second, similar rape took place on public transportation.  The audacity of these rapes made headlines.  The commonplaceness of rape does not.

Now you are invited, encouraged, urged to help put an end to this violence. To come together on February 14 in planned flash mobs/dances to show “our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders” in demanding an end to the violence against women.

For those of us who are oldest daughters, it’s something we’ve traditionally been asked to do — to protect, nurture, be responsible for those not (or not yet) capable of caring for themselves.

For more information about the event, the organization and where and how you can participate, go to onebillionrising.org .

See you on the 14th.   I’ll be at the event taking place at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.  Wherever you are,  I hope you’ll be dancing too.

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  1. February 5, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Great Blog – Thanks for keeping us informed!

  2. Karla Autrey
    February 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    On February 14 when we dance to protest violence against women, let us also remember the millions of women and children, who are enslaved by human traffickers. And after we have danced, let us follow the example of Candy Lightner and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving who fought to change society’s attitude and laws about drinking and driving. Let us educate society that prostitution is not a choice, but a violent act and legislate to protect the victims and prosecute the traffickers and customers. Let us join Theresa Flores and SOAP, Stop Our Adolescents from Prostitution, to find and free the enslaved.

    And let us embrace and uplift all with love and respect and teach them of their infinite worth.

    To learn about the hidden side of human trafficking in our communities and neighborhoods and how Theresa and others are rescuing children, visit http://www.traffickfree.com/blog/ and scroll down to her TED presentation.

    Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-3737-888.

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