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The Frau Troffea of 2013

With The Vagina Monologues, activist and writer Eve Ensler celebrated women’s strength. Now her new project, a global street party that launches this month, aims to raise awareness of abuse. Vanessa Thorpe The Observer In July 1518, Frau Troffea began to dance feverishly in the streets of Strasbourg. She did not stop for almost a week […]

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2013 ({V})Warrior Announced!

Being a Vagina Warrior “means developing the spiritual muscle to enter and survive the grief that violence brings and, in that dangerous space of stunned unknowing, inviting the deeper wisdom.” – Eve Ensler Petaluma resident Lori Burleson has been chosen as V-Day Petaluma’s 2013 Vagina Warrior.  This recognition honors a person of any gender identification […]

The Longest War is the One Against Women

A rape a minute, a thousand corpses a year: hate crimes in America (and elsewhere) by Rebecca Solnit Common Dreams Artists in San Francisco protesting violence against women. Here in the United States, where there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime, the rape […]

 UTVS vs Super Bowl

UTVS vs Super Bowl

Sunday, February 3, 7:00pm … what will you be doing?  Watching the Super Bowl game?  Might you be seeking an alternative? Join V-Day Petaluma for the award-winning documentary, Until The Violence Stops, on, ironically, a day with one of the highest incidents of relationship violence.  We’ll be screening the documentary in the warm, cozy atmosphere of La […]

Now Is The Time

On this day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a message from his daughter Bernice A. King on why she is RISING with us on 14 February 2013. “Now is the time.” “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment […]

One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising

North Bay/Petaluma Rises! Thank you to the following individuals for coming out on a beautiful early December Sunday to participate in our video, “Why We Are Rising“, in recognition of the upcoming global day to STRIKE-DANCE-RISE for an end to the violence against women and girls … Michaell Allen, Trisha Almond, Mimi Amaral, John Bertucci, […]

Politics & Violence Against Women

Politics & Violence Against Women

Is  Violence Against Women a Priority in Political Agendas? by Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara Project Syndicate The reality shows that it should be,  according to United Nations, 7 out of 10 women experience physical or sexual violence in  their lifetime – the majority by someone they know. Acts of violence against  women aged between 15 […]

Solidarity Against Rape, Protection Of The Sacred Feminine

From the January 8 issue of HuffPost IMPACT Solidarity Against Rape and Pillage, Domination Culture, Protection of The Sacred Feminine Jacob Devaney Founder & Director, Culture Collective Rape and pillage have historic roots in warfare, yet the “culture” of domination is still with us today. For the first time in history we are seeing a […]

Pervasiveness of Rape

The following article was written by Indian author Annie Zaidi.  In it she asks some pertinent questions about why rape seems so pervasive in some cultures (some more so than in others, though it is universal crime). Why is rape our collective culture? by Annie Zaidi The Hindu Once a man in a car followed me in […]

‘Our time has come’

‘Our time has come’

Vagina Monologues writer Eve Ensler, in India after three years, is thrilled to see angry women on the streets. When US-based playwright and women’s rights activist Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues 16 years ago, she couldn’t imagine the “extraordinary, mind boggling, vaginal opening journey” it would put her through. The 59-year-old, who is visiting […]