February 14th is Valentine's Day but it's also the International day of action against violence against women. ONE BILLION RISING is the name of the day. From their website: "When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness. Dancing insists we take up space. It has no set direction but we go there together. It's dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive. It breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere at anytime with anyone and everyone. It's free. No corporation can control it. It joins us and pushes us to go further. It's contagious and it spreads quickly. It's of the body. It's transcendent."

I have just spent a few moments on their website - watching as hundreds of women, men and children, take part in this wonderful demonstration to end violence against women, once and for all! It saddens me that here we are, still trying to make a change that seems so fundamentally wrong.....violence of any sort has to stop! It doesn't just apply to women, we all know that young boys suffer abuse - so for me, this rising up is for all children, women and men who suffer abuse at the hands of those they trust, or even love!

Witnessing this demonstration beings back memories of marches, demonstration, talks etc. that i was involved in about 30 years ago. For many years I taught self defense to was a very exhilarating time in my life, and i was full of energy and intent.....things have to change! They have changed to a small degree, but not enough.

So, my valentine's wish is to send out love to all those who i know and love....and to all you crazy blippers that i feel i know but haven't yet met!

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