Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Location: Pittsfield Public Library, Maine
(110 Library Street Pittsfield, Maine)
“Twinkle” Marie Manning to host CENTRAL MAINE RISING EVENT at the Pittsfield Public Library on Valentines’s Day as part of the One Billion Rising/Standing on the Side of Love campaigns in collaboration with Family Violence Project, and students of Maine Central Institute.
Each year on February 14th Twinkle hosts a One Billion Rising event in combination with the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love campaign. The focus of these Valentine’s Day events are to take a stand towards ending violence against women, and gender violence as a whole. One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.
WHY is this Rising necessary?
1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.
That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.
Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.
This year’s Rising theme is Solidarity to End the Exploitation of Women: RISE.DISRUPT.CONNECT
Because of Twinkle’s deep Unitarian Universalist roots, she combine’s her Rise events with the Standing on the Side of Love campaign.
Standing on the Side of Love promotes the goal of harnessing love’s power, especially to challenge exclusion, oppression, and violence based on sexual orientation, gender, immigration status, race, religion, or any other identity.
To learn more about how Standing on the Side of Love manifests in local communities, visit the link here.
An inspirational song we sing and dance to at each year’s One Billion Rising event:
another video from the Tamera Peace Research Center
A glimpse at some press from prior Rise Events Twinkle hosted:
NOTE: During the Month of February Campuses and in Churches around Maine are hosting:
The Vagina Monologues
The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than sixteen years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.
Waterville – Colby:
First Universalist Church Auburn, ME