Upcoming Events and Information in the Spirit of the Rising

What’s In Here?
–Tuesday 26th. Free! Awesome writer Sharifa Rhodes Speaks
–Tuesday March 5th! Women Prisoner Defense Committee Meeting
–Friday March 8th International Women’s Day Focus on Women in Military 
–Saturday March 9th Belly Dancing by Stephanie! One of our rising dance instructors!
–Friday March 15th – Living Our Legacy – New Voices Pittsburgh 9th Anniversary Celebration – Save the Date

–OneBillionRising wants your High Definition Photos and Videos


Sharifa Rhodes-PittTuesday, February 26th, at 8:30 PM in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

Short video introducing Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts’ book “Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A00Agf0ByE&feature=endscreen&NR=1
Interview with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A00Agf0ByE&feature=endscreen&NR=1  

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, nonfiction writer,  is Pitt’s 2012-13 William Block Senior Writer, which recognizes the career accomplishments of fiction and nonfiction writers as well as poets. She will be reading at the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series.

This reading is free and is open to everyone.

Rhodes-Pitts is the author of Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America (Little, Brown and Company, 2011), which was named among the 100 Notable Books of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review.

Rhodes-Pitts has been honored with awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts and her work has appeared in such publications as Harper’s, Vogue, and Essence Magazine.

 Women in Prison Defense Committee – Tuesday March 5th, 7-9 at the Big Idea Book Store. Bloomfield. Please Bring $1 or 2 to chip in for space use. come early to get a coffee or tea.
4812 Liberty Ave  Pittsburgh, PA 15224
A new committee is being formed.
Specifically to support Charmaine Pfender – who is sentenced to life for defending herself from a man who tried to rape her.
she has been in prison going on 30 years AND is suffering a very serious disease.
MARCH 8, 7:00-9:00 PM FRIDAY
4836 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
RSVP to let us know if you can attend at the Facebook event page:

International Women’s Day will be recognized with a screening of the Academy award nominated film, “The Invisible War” focusing on the abuse of women in the military, followed by a discussion and Question and Answer period with local activists Edith Bell, Helen Gerhardt, Francine Porter, and Scilla Wahrhaftig, answering questions. The event will be held on Friday, March 8, at 7PM at the Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave. in Oakland and is being organized by the Women’s League for International Peace and Freedom, the American Friends Service Committee of PA, and the Thomas Merton Center. The event is free and open to the public.

March 8 is the Women’s International Day of Peace. This event helps us focus on the challenges that women face in the military. The international community realizes that a just and lasting world peace cannot be achieved without full and equal participation of women in matters of peace and security, since women are disproportionately affected by armed conflict, rape and domestic violence.

The UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was passed in 1979 and signed by President Jimmy Carter, however the US Senate has never ratified it. Also, in October 2000 UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted. It mandates participation of women in all levels of decision making in conflict, post-conflict, peacekeeping missions and conflict prevention. Each country was tasked with developing a National Action Plan. The US released its NAP in December 2011, however it deals mostly with protection of women, not access to decision-making and prevention.

President Obama’s new cabinet has no women members. We see more hope for the Senate where we have more women senators than ever before. Now is the time for the US to ratify CEDAW by addressing this with our Senators. This year as we celebrate the International Women’s Day we need to take up the work to address the impact of war on women both as innocent victims of violence, rape and displacement in the civilian population as well as the abuse within the armed forces.
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    Mehira’s Big “0” featuring Malia the Diamond of Hawaii- The Show!!

March 9th:   One of Pittsburgh’s Rising Volunteer Awesome Dancer Stephanie will be performing!

Latin Rhythmz 5500 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania 15136
Come see a spectacular world dance show featuring some of Pittsburgh and the tri-state regions most talented artists featuring the phenomenal Malia Delapenia, artist, director of Hawaii’s best troupe, the Belly Dancers in Paradise, and star of her own educational belly dance series – Master your belly dance! Malia is a firecracker that will dazzle you! Also featured are several local and regional artists. There are just too many to mention!
Friday March 15th – Living Our Legacy New Voices Pittsburgh 9th Anniversary Celebration -8pm – 12am Location to be announced.
Tickets $25 – 50 Save the Date! 


ONE BILLION RISING Documentary Call For Submissions

V-Day is creating a ONE BILLION RISING documentary project, and we are looking to include footage and high resolution photos of local events from all over the world.

If you filmed or photographed your event, we would love to see!

We will need the highest resolution files available shared with us via Dropbox. These can be RAW footage, edited pieces, single photographs or folders with multiple images.

Simply follow the instructions at our “Share Your One Billion Rising Media” pageand add the Dropbox link of your material in the provided field.

If your event imagery is chosen for the final ONE BILLION RISING documentary, you will be notified and credited, so make sure to include your full name as you wish to be credited and your contact details!

ONE BILLION RISING was the largest global action in history to end violence against women and girls, and, with your help, the world will see inside the ONE BILLION RISING activities that took place all over the planet!

If you do not have access to Dropbox, please email film@vday.org


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