Occupy Respect

Event Details

Occupy Respect

Time: February 14, 2013 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Marker of Change in Thornton Park
Street: Main Street and Terminal Avenue
City/Town: Vancouver, BC
Website or Map: http://www.onebillionrising.o…
Event Type: one, billion, rising
Organized By: Remember Our Sisters Everywhere
Latest Activity: Feb 5, 2013

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Event Description

Occupy Respect 

Please join the world wide movement One Billion Rising to protest rape and all forms of violence against women and girls and demand respect for women and girls. 

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013 
Location: Marker of Change, (the Women's Monument) 
Main Street and Terminal Avenue 
Thornton Park 
Vancouver, British Columbia 

Light candles and lay flowers to honour women and girls who have been murdered 
R-E-S-P-E-C-T roadside action 

MC Ellen Woodsworth 
First Nations Opening Prayer by Cease Wyss  
Talk by Angela Marie MacDougall, BWSS 
Thekla Lit will speak about the injustice suffered by the "comfort women" 
This poem needs a name by Heidi Greco 

Break the Chain Dance: 

A Moment of Solidarity 

Walk to join the February 14th Women's Memorial March 

Directions: Please get off at the Main Street Skytrain station. Head to the North East corner and then into the park. There is also free parking in front of the train station. Marker of Change is a 300 foot circle of pink granite benches dedicated to all women murdered. 

Afterwards we join the annual February 14th Women's Memorial March which gathers at 11:00am at Carnegie Centre, then marches from Main and Hastings starting at 12:00pm. 

Sign up on One Billion Rising or just come protest! 

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Comment by ROSE on January 28, 2013 at 11:26am


V-Day staff and a global community of V-activists are available to offer ideas, advice, and support throughout this process. However, we want you to make One Billion Rising (OBR) your own. Be creative, get wild, connect with other activists and create the event that you imagine.  There is no list of strict rules to follow: we want you to fully embrace your leadership!


If you do have questions you can contact us, however before you do please take a look at the below FAQ’s first as your questions might already be answered here.


Q. Why dance?

A. When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness.  Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It's dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive.  It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It's free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It's contagious and it spreads quickly. It's of the body. It's transcendent.


Q. Why should I join?

A. To show the world that we want to end violence against one billion women and girls! By being a part of One Billion Rising we will all discover our solidarity and the scope of this issue. We will come to know that ending violence against women is as important as ending poverty, or Aids or global warming. We will come to see that it is not a local issue or particular to any culture or religion or village or age. We will come to see what is possible. When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness.  


Q. How does my organization join?

A. If you are joining the campaign as an organization and want to host a RISING, please go here to add your event, making sure to register using your organization’s name and include your organization’s name in the event title (i.e., Women’s Way – Philadelphia RISING). This will make it easy to find in a search. You should also send us an email letting us know your organization is joining. We will then be sure to list your organization, along with a url you provide, on our partners page.


Q. How do I edit my event?

A. If you already have an event listed but need to change information, go to the events page and click on “manage your events.” You will need to sign in using the email address and password you created when initially listing your event. You will have the ability to edit your event title, description, location, date and time. You will not be able to edit your account/profile name.

Comment by ROSE on January 28, 2013 at 11:25am

Q. Why 14 February?

A. 14 February 2013 is V-Day’s 15th anniversary. When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women. Though we have seen many victories over the years, violence against women and girls is still prevalent. One Billion Rising is an appreciation, amplification and an escalation.  


Q. What is the difference between a V-Day benefit event and an OBR Rising?

A. An official V-Day event is a benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” or one of five other artistic events curated by V-Day. These events take place annually between February and April.  An OBR Rising is a single-day global action, consisting primarily of dance strikes, which will occur on 14 February 2013. Every 2013 V-Day event will promote OBR, and we encourage OBR activists to sign up to host a V-Day event as part of their Risings.


Q. How do I sign up for a V-Day benefit event?

In order to produce a V-Day benefit event, you must first apply to do so at the V-Spot. Once approved, you will gain access to the scripts and many other organizer materials to help you bring a V-Day benefit event to your school or community.


Q. If I’ve signed up for OBR, am I authorized to stage “The Vagina Monologues”?

A. No. You must apply to host a V-Day benefit event and be granted the rights to “The Vagina Monologues.” Fill out an application by going to vspot.vday.org


Q. What are the guidelines to produce a One Billion Rising event?

A. Make sure you and everyone involved is signed up at onebillionrising.org  Organize a dance strike in your community on 14 February 2013. Make it as large and disruptive as you can to spread the demand to end violence against women. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless. 


Q. What should my first step be?

A. Gather your team. Reach out to other organizations and strategize how you will all mobilize your networks. Find like-minded members of your community to help you create a memorable event. 


Q. Do I have to hold the strike outdoors?

A. No, we realize that some areas of the world will be cold in February. Consider public spaces like malls or trains stations, or rent a large space to hold your event.


Q. How do I pay for this?

A. One Billion Rising events don’t have to be expensive, we don’t need money to take action and change things, however we recognize funds are needed for venue hire, publicity, talent, etc. If you need to raise money look for local resources, whenever possible appeal to local businesses to donate their time and services to the cause. Work cooperatively, create strategies using social networks or crowdsourcing to co-finance, work with collective ideas or hold fundraising events leading up to One Billion Rising.

Comment by ROSE on January 28, 2013 at 11:25am

Q. Will V-Day contribute money to my OBR event?

A. Unfortunately, as much as we’d love to help, it would be impossible for V-Day to be the fiscal sponsor for the hundreds of thousands of organizers we anticipate signing up.


Q. Am I allowed to use the OBR logo on my advertisements?

A. YES, though it is not mandatory please consider using the One Billion Rising logo on all of your materials.  You are able to add your own city/ country to the logo.  


Q. What music should I play?

A. Choose music that will best motivate your audience. You can find some suggested playlists HERE. Decide whether you want a live band or a DJ. The same goes for dancing; decide if you want to hire professionals (belly-dancers, modern dancers, drummers, etc.) or keep it completely amateur or a combination of both. 


Q. Is it OK if I rise alone?

A. Yes, whether you are alone, with a friend or with hundreds of thousands more, you're making a difference. On our campaign website you will be able to find all One Billion Rising events in your area and join the ones that interest you.


Q. Can men join?

A. Yes, of course. Violence against women and girls is not only a woman’s issue; it’s a human issue.  When we say everyone should join the campaign we mean EVERYONE.

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