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RISE, RELEASE, DANCE

The statistics are almost unbelievable. One in three women will be assaulted or abused in her lifetime – that is ONE BILLION women. Just in the United States, between two and four million women are physically abused each year. Of these, 2,000 women die of the injuries they suffer. From domestic violence to sexual assault…
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Rise for Justice

My husband and I attended the funeral of a young woman while living in Mozambique, South Africa. We joined our neighbors, attended the funeral, and walked to the burial. The young woman’s father told us that he had asked her to get tested for HIV, but she refused. HIV in Africa is a huge problem….
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RISING

Why am I rising? Because I have to. There is no choice. As long as there is one, it is one too many. I have been blessed with this opportunity to lend my voice, to lend my talents to this movement. It is a gift that I cherish and I pray that, when my days…
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May I be a man

May I be a man. What does it mean to be a man? Do I draw my lessons from locker room tough talk of my youth, the language of one-up-man-ship?  Do I believe the message too often propagated in our popular culture that manhood is about conquest and domination? Or do I draw my lessons…
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Break the Chain When You Dance to Rise

I’m thrilled to dedicate my Thursday space to the truly inspirational global movement ONE BILLION RISING. For those of you who know me, I love a good soundtrack. I have soundtracks to my showers. I have soundtracks to my commute (these often include live productions of songs so that I can imagine crowds cheering me…
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A Valentine’s Day Invite to Rise

Dear Friends, Valentine’s Day is coming. February 14. You may have a valentine already, but I’m writing to ask you to be mine. I’m writing to ask you to join me. I have signed up to participate in ONE BILLION RISING, a revolutionary campaign to end violence against women and girls. Please join me in…
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