One Billion Rising Fights Domestic Violence With Dance

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 12:05 PM PDT
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One Billion Rising Fights Domestic Violence With Dance

Joe Rosato Jr.

This is the San Francisco jail dance party on Valentine's Day.

City officials, community members, students, activists and even jail inmates are all taking part in various events around San Francisco today as part of an international campaign against domestic violence.

The One Billion Rising campaign is meant to call attention to the statistic that one in three women and girls worldwide will be beaten or raped in their lifetimes, according to organizers. The largest San Francisco event is expected to be a 4 p.m. rally outside

City Hall that will be attended by Mayor Ed Lee, District Attorney George Gascon and other dignitaries. The event will include flash mob-style dances, live music and a pledge to end violence.

Members of the activist group Code Pink planned to dance across the Golden Gate Bridge this morning as part of the campaign, carrying large hearts and banners with anti-violence messages.

Other scheduled events included an 11 a.m. meeting organized by the group Mission Rising in Dolores Park that will be followed by a march through the Mission District and then to the City Hall rally.

Students at Washington High School in the city's Richmond District planned a flash-mob style dance at 10:45 a.m., while inmates at the men's and women's county jails are also doing a choreographed dance.

Most of the dances will be to the song "Break the Chain," the anthem for the One Billion Rising campaign. Information about other Bay Area events related to the campaign, as well as live video feeds of One Billion Rising events going on around the world, can be found online at www.onebillionrising.org.

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