V-Day: 1 Billion Rising!

V-Day a Success!

Supporters of V-Day gathered at Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs on Valentine’s Day to speak out about the global oppression of women and its effects, joining together to express our grief and outrage.  Dr. Debra led us off with a blessing and a smudging, creating a sacred space, followed by a reading of Eve Ensler’s powerful poem, “RISING, written in Kerala for the women of India who lead the way,” and a speak-out.

Then we marched to Frances Stevens Park where there was a reading and signing of the Women’s Declaration of Independence, aka The Declaration of, by, and for Women, hand-printed on a huge parchment.

The Declaration of, by, and for Women

After the signing of the Declaration, we rang bells, blew whistles, and played drums, tambourines, and shook rattles in a dancing march through Village Fest, chanting “End Violence Against Women!” on our way, with support of people in the crowd, particularly one woman who wanted her picture taken with us as she had come out in support of 1 Billion Rising! to Crystal Fantasy, where we danced and drummed in a rhythmic finish into the night.