For Immediate Release
February 14, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY — The College at Brockport, State University of New York, campus broke out in dance Feb. 14. Not in celebration—but in revolution.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Eve Ensler’s V-Day Stop Violence Against Women Movement, Brockport participated in a global event called One Billion Rising. At 2:14 pm, participants rose and danced to demand an end to the violence. At Brockport, students, faculty, and staff participated in a dance that has been choreographed by Nicole Kaplan, a graduate student in Brockport’s dance program.
One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. The One Billion Rising movement is designed as a call to women and men to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends. It is an act of solidarity that seeks to demonstrate to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers.
In addition to the spontaneous dancing that took place around campus at 2:14 pm, other events were planned as part of the One Billion Rising movement. Flash mobs also took place at 10:14 am on the Drake Memorial Library main floor and at 12:14 pm in the Seymour College Union. Later in the evening, an open-mic poetry reading, musical performance, and visual presentation event was held at 7:14 pm in the Jitterbugs Café inside of the Seymour College Union.
Brockport’s participation in the One Billion Rising movement was organized by the Department of Women and Gender Studies in partnership with the Departments of Dance, Art, English, Theatre and Music Studies, and the Brockport Women’s Center.
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