One Billion Rising Santa Fe 2013

Today is officially One Billion Rising Day in Santa Fe and New Mexico. The State Legislature, currently in session, passed a memorial today proclaiming that while hundreds of women and the men that support them gathered outside.It was introduced by Representative, Brian Egolf and Senator Howie Morales.

The event, which began at 9am with a press conference and continues through this evening, is in solidarity with women all over the world. “One Billion is a billion too many,” one sign proclaimed.

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Hundreds of women and the men who support them at Santa Fe’s Roundhouse photo/Steve Collins

The One Billion Rising movement, started by Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, seeks to end all violence against women all over the globe. Women were asked to come out and dance and they did. With Break the Chain blaring from the speakers, women who had learned the dance choreographed by Debbie Allen from an online video and those who didn’t know the steps moved joyously in unison. It was powerful.

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Three young women join the dance photo/Billie Frank

When the group was done dancing, a cry arose; “Follow the Vagina Van.” Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, has been driving around town with the word “Vagina,” written in pink, pasted across its sides.  They led the parade from the Roundhouse to the Railyard behind a police motorcycle escort. The police seemed to be a bit bemused by this crowd. It was certainly out of the box for them.

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The Vagina Van and it’s police escort photo/Billie Frank

In the mostly festive crowd were reminders of violence to women. Red paper bags lined the path from the street to the Roundhouse. On them, people had written their messages boldly with black Sharpie pens. “I am rising for no more incest,” read one. Another said, “I am rising to set an example for my sons and daughter. “Some of the messages could bring you to tears. The overall message is: women want to feel safe and they want that now.

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Red paper bags with “I am rising… ” line the path photo/Steve Collins

People wore signs honoring women they know who were raped, abused or murdered. “My sister was raped,” read one man’s sign. “I dance for my daughter and grandchildren,” read another. Some were more first person like, “No one should have to go through what I did for an illegal abortion.”

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People wore signs on their backs, photo/Billie Frank

Arriving at the Railyard, marchers were greeted by drummers.

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Marchers arriving at the Farmers’ Market are greeted by drummers photo/Billie Frank

A large screen showed the One Million Rising website with its streaming videos of events all over the world. They are streaming all day.

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The large screen projected videos of people dancing to Break the Chain all over the world photo/Billie Frank

There’s still time to join One Billion Rising Santa Fe. The event continues at the Farmers’ Market building in the Railyard until 8:30 tonight. Until 6:30pm, they will screen videos from the world-wide events and from 6:30 t0 8:30 One Billion Rising Embodydance will be held. If you can’t make it, put the video on and dance at home. It’s empowering.

Author’s note: I rise because everyone should be safe whoever and wherever they are.

We strongly support the #WeGoSolo campaign by solo women travel bloggers to raise awareness for safety on the road.

Break the Chain videos from around the world are on the One Billion Rising website. This one is from Washington Square Park where I spent a lot of growing up years. It’s also across the street from my Alma Mater.
Washington Square Park, NYC


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4 Responses to “One Billion Rising Santa Fe 2013”

  1. Cathy Sweeney
    February 14, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

    What a wonderful cause and event. I wish I could have been there dancing with you. Thank you for your involvement in this worthy cause and sending a powerful message.

    • Billie Frank
      February 14, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

      You can do it at home- click on the Break the Chain link and start dancing.

  2. Leah Oviedo
    February 15, 2019 at 8:46 pm #

    This is an awesome movement. I was just reading it on another blog. Thanks for attending, taking photos and reporting on One Billion Rising.

    • Billie Frank
      February 15, 2019 at 10:44 pm #

      You would have loved it, Leah! Maybe next year.

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