by Skyler Myers, Activist—One Billion Rising
Saturday, February 14 is the 17th anniversary of V-Day, which is no ordinary Valentine’s Day, and also not a memoriam to a day of war. Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues, which premiered 17 years ago, and has since had thousands of performances around the world. She interviewed hundreds of women, collecting stories. On February 13, at the Valentine’s Erotique at the North Columbia Schoolhouse, you can witness a teaser of an upcoming production of The Vagina Monologues, which may evolve into a conversation of intimate parts….
On the 15th anniversary of V-Day, Eve Ensler founded the first One Billion Rising. Skyler Myers heard her conversation with Amy Goodman on KVMR, and immediately called Elisa Parker, asking if there was a local event to get involved with. Elisa said no, Skyler said “let’s do something!” Elisa said OK. And that was the beginning of the local One Billion Rising, which attracted over 1,000 people the first year to dance in the streets of Grass Valley, symbolizing the transformation from victim and perpetrator to survivors of, and participants in ending the cycle of violence. There were tens of thousands of events around the world, in 207 countries, and it was estimated over one billion people danced in the streets that day, and again a year later. I have never heard of another event where 1/7 of the earth’s population was doing anything all together.
This year, on February 14, at 1 pm, we will once again gather in the Safeway parking lot of Grass Valley, and dance with police escort to Main Street, and to the Holiday Inn for a short reception and performance, ending at 3 pm. Please carpool.
You are invited to join, in both the Valentine’s Erotique and One Billion Rising, to celebrate healthy relationships, and an end to violence against women and children. When children grow up seeing violence or themselves being violated, they are given permission to continue the cycle of violence, and usually become a victim or perpetrator in adulthood. Unresolved trauma is at the root of addiction, psychosomatic illness, suicide, and mass violence. It is said that the cycle of trauma continues through seven generations. Let us gather together and dance to show our support of the end of violence.