When I first heard of “One Billion Rising”, I had just returned from my annual southwest retreat and was gearing up for a long, slow winter of writing. A friend in Toronto said, “Have you seen this?” and I was immediately afire. One billion women dancing around the world on the same day to raise awareness and demand an end to violence against women? I am SO THERE.
So I waited for ‘someone’ in my town to pick it up. ‘Someone’ should really do this, I thought. ‘Someone’ really needs to step up here, I worried. I waited, and when I could not stand it any longer, I jumped in. I created the Tallahassee One Billion Rising/V-Day We Love Women event, kicked off by the One Billion Rising/V-Day Dance on February 14, and blossoming into a 4 day love-fest for women, full of free workshops and activities all over the city. It is a huge vision, the one that I wanted ‘someone’ else to create; so much for my quiet winter of writing! I’m proud to say that I got confirmation of the event on October 9, 2012, which made Tallahassee the first city in Florida to get on Eve Ensler’s global events map on www.onebillionrising.org.
I walked into it innocently, with very few ties to the powers that be in the community, powers that were surely more qualified to host and organize this event than me! I am a solo community member, women, mom, wife, author, educator, and concerned citizen; yes, I have been an educator for 25 years and participated and led women’s circles for almost as many. But this was BIG. As I found out, there were more than enough individuals and organizations that wanted to line up beside me to help pull this vision off. And it is HAPPENING. Here is our Facebook event page that has the up-to-the-minute details: http://tinyurl.com/bjwaja6
Tallahassee event created and organized by Licia Berry and Illumined Arts, more info at www.LiciaBerry.com
A deep bow and grateful thanks to all of our Co-Sponsors:
Rumbles Office Equipment Solutions
PACE Center for Girls
Big Bend Homeless Coalition
Oasis Center for Women and Girls
Achieve Higher Ground
The Family Tree Community Center
Your Life Expressions
The F-Word @ FSU
several individual private donors
Please contact Licia Berry if you would like to help! firstname.lastname@example.org