For Immediate Release
Contact: Precious Butiu, Chair of Gabriela Seattle
One Billion Rising for Revolution: Gabriela Seattle Leads Flash Mob Demanding an End to Violence Against Women and Children
What: One Billion Rising Flashmob
When: Saturday, February, 14th, 1 PM
Where: Seafood City, 1368 Southcenter Mall Suite 100, Tukwila, WA 98188
Who: Gabriela Seattle, API Chaya, Families of Color Seattle
Tukwila, Washington – On February 14, 2015, for the third straight year, Gabriela Seattle is inviting women and their families to join the ONE BILLION RISING call to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence in all forms by joining on a flash mob dance at Seafood City, a popular hangout for Filipino migrant families.
According to the United Nations, one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime which equals to about 1 billion women. This year’s theme is Revolution, a call for women to rise up in power and demand a complete overhaul in system and shift in culture that is oppressive and violent towards women in the Philippines, and across the globe.
“Through One Billion Rising, we want to strengthen the bonds of women’s organizations in Seattle. WIth the 105th anniversary of International Working Women’s Day on March 8th coming up, we will celebrate and highlight the work of women in our local community and continue to raise awareness of violence against women.” said Rhondalei Gabuat, Secretary General of Gabriela Seattle.
State-sanctioned violence and impunity have been an ongoing outcry of the Filipino people during times of calamity. In the Philippines, there is an increased military presence, not just by the AFP but of the deployment of more than 5,000 US soldiers in the country. Women and children become vulnerable during these volatile times and become victim to increased human trafficking and violence. Echoing other people-led social movements, Gabriela is calling for a revolution to create a world without state-sanctioned violence and militarization.
“I’m dancing to honor survivors and all those that have experienced the hand of anger, abuse and violence. I’m dancing for my family and bringing my 1 1/2 year old daughter who may not quite fully comprehend it all but would want for her to know she has a supportive community behind her when she stands up against violence. I want the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our people across the country, activating solidarity across borders. Say no to violence against women and girls. We will not be silenced; our strength to fight will continue and the number of people will grow in this movement.” Cherry Cayabyab, a member of Families of Color Seattle and a founding member of Gabriela Seattle.
Watch the Gabriela Philippines Campaign Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCGZbunDxD8