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@3pm 2.14 One Billion Rising -Global Call to Action to End Violence Again Women and Girls

Rally 2/14/13 @3PM - Directors Park - Downtown Portland Oregon
One Billion Rising is a Global Call to Action to end violence against women and girls by coming together, taking a stand, and dancing in solidarity! According to the UN, one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That's one billion women. One billion women violated is an atrocity. Through this movement and day of action our community is voicing its commitment to end violence against women and girls. Globally, there are more than 5000 actions organized from 160 countries!
We hope you'll join us as Portland's stands in solidarity with women across the world who are rising up and demanding an end to violence against women and girls!

When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 (F14). We Rally @ 3:00pm and we march @ 3:30pm

** Gather your friends, family, and co-workers and dress for the weather. Rain or shine we march!

Where: Gather at Directors Park, 815 SW Park Ave. for a rally, dance and march through downtown Portland.

After rally and march event: The march will lead to the The First Unitarian Church (1211 SW Main st.) for food, dancing, speakers, workshops, tabling, breakout sessions, and more!

Follow the march at  https://twitter.com/1BillionRisePDX

The Rally and March is in partnership with Idle No More Pdx and the PSU Native Center will be hosting dinner and a workshop on healthy relationships after the march was well.

To find out more information about our scheduled workshops link to  http://onebillionrisingpdx.wordpress.com/workshops/

*It is important to share with our community that there has been no request for a permit for this march by the organizers of One Billion Rising PDX.

Amongst the demands being made on F14, One Billion Rising PDX is demanding that the the City of Portland address Portland's rampant human sex trafficking industry. To learn more of Portland's human sex trafficking industry and the city of Portland's negligent response to it, link to  http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Human-Trafficking-Trouble-In-River-City

Another key issue of One Billion Rising PDX is the negligence within the justice department to hold perpetrators of violence against women accountable for their crimes. They can start with following recommendations to "fire a captain Todd Wyatt, after finding he inappropriately touched female employees....Instead, Chief Mike Reese chose to demote the 21-year bureau veteran to the rank of lieutenant. The chief re-assigned Wyatt to the detective division. Wyatt began supervising sex crimes investigations Jan. 2." You can read more about this story by linking to  link to www.oregonlive.com

Also, with the rise of civil action in Portland, there has also been a rise in police brutality and excessive force against women participating in peaceful demonstrations.  link to www.oregonlive.com
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT8P8Qbzb8E

In light of these issues, we did not find it met the nature of our demands to request a permit from the city of Portland.

This is a peaceful demonstration. We are not encouraging or promoting ANY acts of violent demonstration. Our hope for the day is that we can raise awareness of the injustices against women, give those who are rising an opportunity to make their demands, learn and grow as a society, and above all connect and network with each other to bring an end to violence against women and girls.

We urge you to evaluate your own comfort levels with participating in unpermitted marches and make the decision for yourself as to whether or not you will join us for the march. We worked very hard and hope that we've created ample opportunity for EVERYONE to participate in this global day of action by having multiple events going on throughout the day.

Soldarity, but watch out for the statistics 14.Feb.2013 14:30

sigh

I support this but could the UN please stop with the alarm?

"According to the UN, one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime."

No, that is not true. The UN does not have powers of prediction, nor does it have a time machine. I assume what they're trying to say is "1 in 3 women are at risk for rape or assault in her lifetime" and they want people to be shocked into paying attention.

That tactic actually backfires, especially with the women in situations at risk. They do NOT think, "Omg that's bad, I better do something!", because they're already at risk. Instead they think, "Oh well, why bother." (collectively, not individuals) Individuals, who haven't given up, but don't feel supported sure as fuck are NOT going to publicly identify with a concept that 1/3 of them WILL be raped. WTF was the UN copy editor thinking?

The people NOT at risk, who don't understand the issue, aren't going to be any more inclined to help with this shock tactic. They'l1 look around at the people they know, of which maybe 1 tenth of the woman have had serious abuse, less than that, raped, and say "BULLSHIT". And you've lost another potential feminist supporter. And given the far right more "proof" of that "man hating feminazi agenda". Thanks UN copy editor, we couldn't have done it without you.[/sarc]

These RISKS are effectively countered by pushing for global economic equality: I see there will be workshops and I hope most of them focus on this to some extent: loans to start businesses, education so women can maximize their opportunities, education so employers understand the manipulative tactics of abusers and promptly confront them.

The event has it's heart in the right place. The topical issues are outstanding. Portland seems to be a human trafficking loop hole. I don't know how these fucks get away with it, but that shit needs to be shut down.


Solidarity.

estimated 500 14.Feb.2013 18:16

no popo needed

peaceful march and rally --> cause the cops didn't interfere this time like they did on last May Day
4 cops walked along with ---> As 30 cops on bikes were tucked out of sight three block away, no horse cops in sight, no robo cops seen.

"What a beautiful day"

Nice to hear 14.Feb.2013 22:46

from first commenter

Looks like everyone had an awesome day.

Video: One Billion Rising. Woman's Anti Violence March. Portland Oregon 2.14.13 19.Feb.2013 22:05

Joe Anybody iam@joeanybody.com

 http://youtu.be/yXfBASgSSUk

[1 hour 45 minutes video] rally, drumming, speeches, dancing, marching

Rally starts at: Directors Park - Downtown Portland Oregon 2.14.13
300 to 400 people march, dance, drum and sing to Pioneer Square and then to The First Unitarian Church.

One Billion Rising is a Global Call to Action to end violence against women and girls by coming together, taking a stand, and dancing in solidarity! According to the UN, one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That's one billion women. One billion women violated is an atrocity. Through this movement and day of action our community is voicing its commitment to end violence against women and girls. Globally, there are more than 5000 actions organized from 160 countries!