One Billion Rising for Justice

Darrell Cole
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Social justice rally in Amherst on March 8

The One Billion Rising rally in Amherst is set for March 8 beginning at the Cumberland YMCA and continuing to town hall.

One Billion Rising organizing committee members (from left) Const. Michelle Harrison, Terri Cove from Autumn House, Darlene Porter from NSCC, Christina Cameron and Ruth Currie from Autumn House, RCMP domestic violence co-ordinator Lydia Quinn and Const. Tom Wood are busy preparing for the Amehrst event on Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. at the Cumberland YMCA.

AMHERST – Are you prepared to stand up to violence against women?

Amherst’s second 1 Billion Rising event is set for Saturday, March 8, beginning at the Cumberland YMCA and concluding at the Dominion Public Building. The event begins at 1 p.m. and includes a walk to town hall where there will be several speakers and a drumming circle.

“One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in outside places where they are entitled to justice including courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces and other places where women deserve to feel safe but all too often do not,” organizing committee member Ruth Currie said. “It is also a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.”

Organizers are hoping participants – both men and women – will bring drums and other noisemakers to make as much noise and commotion as possible as the move from the YMCA to town hall.

They are also hoping those along the route will get into the spirit by dancing to the noise made by parade participants.

Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police Department said it’s important for people from all walks of life to come together so their voices can be heard. He also stressed that violence against women is not just a women’s issue, but a community one.

“Men need to be allies in making change,” Wood said. “It’s important for all of us to realize this is a community issue that needs a community response.”

Currie said people need to think about why they are rising up and to consider speaking out for those who don’t have a voice.

Organizers also plan to give One Billion Rising toques to the first 100 participants. She said Autumn House and the Amherst Zonta Club have joined together to sponor the hats, while Carter’s Sports Cresting and CUPE Local 4326 have provided the banner.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: YMCA, Dominion Public Building, Amherst Police Department Autumn House Amherst Zonta Club

Geographic location: Amherst

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