While we were about halfway through V-Day USC’s One Billion Rising video project, in which we asked various USC and Columbia people to share why they’re rising against violence against women, our filmmaker OK Keyes asked me when I was doing my video. I shook my head.
“No, I’m just coordinating this,” I said. “No video needed.”
Keyes said I should. I asked her when she was going to do one. She said, “No, I’m the filmmaker.”
I shrugged. “I’ll do one if you do one.”
And so the challenge was born.
Why am I rising? Because I can imagine a world without sexual or domestic violence. And I’m ready to make it happen.
Join us in making [a new] story—a story of life, not death, of healing, not hurting, of limitless possibilities, and not endless limitations, of people and communities joining together, not being torn apart. We are standing up. We are raising our voices. We are one billion rising.
As a part of The Vagina Monologues at USC’s One Billion Rising video project, Kristin, a graduate student and a wonderful colleague of mine, explains how her experience working in violence prevention both locally and abroad has shaped her desire to rise up and end violence against women. Listen to her story here, and be inspired.
Let the rising continue.
On February 14, 2013, Eve Ensler sought to bring one billion people together to protest violence against women in all its forms. But our movement is far from over, and violence in our communities continues every day.
As we continue to take a stand against violence, I encourage you to be inspired by the “Why I Am Rising” videos made by those in our community. We asked members of the USC and Columbia communities to tell us why they’re rising to end violence against women. This series of videos records their impassioned and insightful responses.
Be inspired. And know that while they’re all-stars in our eyes, they’re not so unlike you. Every one of us can stand up. Every one of us can make a difference.
We are one billion rising.
The first video of this series features Zac Baker, a fourth-year Visual Communications student at USC. His words remind us that we are all responsible for ending violence against women in our communities.
Check out this guest blog post I wrote for Tell Them!, a local organization that works to protect and improve reproductive health and rights in South Carolina. The post covers the importance of the passage of a renewed and extended VAWA–and where we must go from here.