Friday February 14th 2014
Noon – 3pm
Gather in Market Square March to the District Attorneys and the Allegheny County Jail
More details coming soon.
1BILLION BEEN RISING FOR JUSTICE – PITTSBURGH –
Because of the important critique of Eve Ensler and the 1BR movement, WE CHANGED OUR NAME. Read our open letter to our Sisters Ourselves and the Movement for Radical Social Change!
Check Out the Upcoming Events -Including creative volunteer opportunities, dance practice, film screenings and web discussion.
After a festival of creative resistance in Market Square, we will be delivering a letter to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala calling upon him to re-open the case of Charmaine Pfender and to drop the charges against her. Charmaine Pfender was 19 years old when she was sentenced to life without parole for defending herself against rape. She has been in prison for 30 years. Charmaine is one of many survivors in prison for defending herself against sexual assault.
We will stand in solidarity with Marissa Alexander who in 2012, was sentenced to twenty years in the Florida criminal correctional system for defending herself from her abusive estranged husband. Despite the fact that Marissa caused no injuries and has no previous criminal record, and despite the fact that Florida’s self-defense law includes the right to “Stand Your Ground,” she was arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated. Marissa successfully appealed the trial, overturning the guilty verdict on 9/26/13. On 11/26/13, Marissa was finally released on bond and is currently under house arrest. Her new trial is scheduled for 3/31/14.
This event will continue to be held in the memory of Ka’Sandra Wade who was murdered in PIttsburgh on January 2, 2013 by her boyfriend and father of her child as a final act of intimate partner violence.
We Need Your Donations. You can donate online. Everything over the cost of the event will be donated to the Marissa Alexander Campaign.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to get more involved
The One Billion Rising campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering UN statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. In addition to that staggering and scarey statistc, the National Coaltion of Anti-Violence Programs gathered data from 16 U.S.states and found in 2012 that, while hate violence incidents have decreased, the overall number of hate murders of members of the LGBTQH community has increased by 11%. Of those murdered, 87% were people of color, showing an increase from 70% in 2010. Furthermore, people who identify as transgender were 28% more likely to experience physical violence than those who are gender normative.
Last year, on 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of this injustice, demanding an end at last to gender based violence. Over 10,000 events took place on the ground in 200 countries around the world.