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One Billion Rising (Portland)
February 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
ONE BILLION RISING: SOLIDARITY AGAINST THE EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN
RISE! DISRUPT! CONNECT!
This is the main event page for Portland, Maine’s One Billion Rising event. On Valentine’s Day, we intend to rise united in resistance and dance to confront the violence and exploitation that women in our communities face every day.
Exploitation has many faces across a spectrum of class, race, and orientation, and we are not removed from it here in our home state. We intend to come together to give strength and hope to the survivors of this violence, and to put pressure on the systems and individuals who perpetuate it. We intend to spread awareness, understanding, and revolution.
Details of this event will be added as they are confirmed. Links for other events related to OBR will also be provided here. If you want to join in the organizing, or plan an event in conjunction with OBR, please contact us and let us know! 207-619-3004
2pm-3pm Rally, Dance Flash Mob, and March
This portion of events will start in Congress Square Park, move down Cumberland Avenue, come up Chestnut Street, stop in Monument Square Park, and then continue back down to Congress Square Park. The dance will be taught prior to VDay.
Anyone who cannot participate in the march is welcome to enter Hope Gate Way, where there will be films and discussion occuring before the main event. Follow the link below to view practice times:
3:30-5:30 Speakers, Film, and Performance
This portion of events is to take place at Hope Gate Way, located around the corner from Congress Square Park at 185 High Street. During this time, we will hear from community organizers within our community, speaking in solidarity with One Billion Rising from the perspective of their own organizing.
We have three confirmed speakers so far:
Gia Drew, Program Director of Equality Maine, who will speak of her knowledge and experience working to advocate for the end of sexual and intimate partner violence, decriminalize sex work, raise awareness about trafficking, and end the stigma about loving and having sex with trans women.
Sherri Mitchell, a practicing attorney and author from the Penobscot Nation, Founding Director of the Land Peace Foundation, and co-host of Love (and revolution) Radio, who will speak to the power of feminine energy and the ability to create as key parts of the necessary revolution against systemic oppression in our country.
Marena Blanchard..more information coming soon!
More speakers to be announced soon. We will also be hearing from spoken word poets and artists during this time. More details will be added soon.
DONATIONS collected during this event will benefit the Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network Survivor Support Fund! We will also be setting up donation locations for monetary and sanitary hygiene products to be donated.
We Rise Through Creation-Open Call Art Show
Art Submissions Due February 6th
Opening February 10th at Urban Farm Fermentory// 5:30-7pm
Live from a Place of Power
with Robyn Wiley
February 12th at Urban Farm Fermentory // 12:30-2:30pm
Equal Means Equal Film Showing
February 24th at Urban Farm Fermentory // 7pm-9pm
Wild Carrot as a Natural Conscious Contraceptive
w/ Mischa Schuler
February 22nd at Urban Farm Fermentory // 5:30-7pm
One Billion Rising first began in 2013 with the fierce struggle against sexual and physical violence – taking on the advocacy against rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking that V-Day campaigns over 18 years have been at the forefront of. Over the last four years, as One Billion Rising has grown and the local campaigns deepened, it has also brought in economic violence and the violence of poverty, racial violence, gender violence, violence caused by corruption, occupation and aggression, violence caused by environmental disasters, climate change and environmental plunder, violence impacting women in the context of state sponsored wars, militarization, and the worsening internal and international displacement of millions of people, and violence created by capitalist greed, among so many others.
This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms.