One Billion Rising: The Movement Continues

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.

Rising to End Violence

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.

The Vagina Monologues at USC, 2013 Style

The Vagina Monologues at USC, 2013 Style

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES 2013 AUDITIONS

When: Fri., Jan. 18 and Sat. Jan. 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (just plan to come for an hour), or by appointment

Where: Wardlaw 126 (USC, at the corner of Sumter and College St.)

Who: All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome, regardless of age, major, and/or background. Although no experience is necessary and you need not prepare anything, sources say that having a vagina (and/or identifying in some way as a “woman” or “female”) will definitely work in your favor.

Questions or appointments? E-mail co-directors Leia K. Cain and/or Alexis Stratton at vmonologuesusc [at] gmail.com.

About the Production
The award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For almost two decades, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.

Rehearsals for USC’s production are scheduled for T/Th from 8-10 p.m., with dress rehearsal on the night of Wed., Feb. 13.

Show dates:
Friday, Feb. 15 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 8 p.m.
Sun, Feb. 17 @ 8 p.m.

Our beneficiary this year will be Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (www.stsm.org/)

Find us on Facebook!
VM Auditions 2013: https://www.facebook.com/groups/299689240144708/
VM at USC: https://www.facebook.com/VagMonUSC

Twitter: @vmonologuesusc