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Peekskill Flash Mob Puts Spotlight on Violence Against Women

Peekskill was one of a number of communities Thursday that participated in One Billion Rising, an event held worldwide to shed a light on acts of violence committed against women.

A crowd of more than 100 people packed onto front of the Hays Plaza in Peekskill Thursday for One Billion Rising, a global day action held in recognition of V-Day.

V-Day, which is held in conjunction with Valentines Day, is a movement started by Eve Ensler, the author of the Vagina Monologues, to shed a light on acts of violence committed against women.  Communities throughout the world held events in support of the movement.

The EMBARK Center in Peekskill helped organized local activities, including a dance flash mob to the campaign song “Break the Chain.”

“We received the help of Children’s Theater of Peekskill,” said Sol Miranda, co-founder of EMBARK. “Ridvan Foxhall, who is the theater director, and EMBARK’s various instructors taught the dance at the Peekskill Middle School and elementary schools as well as the Salvation Army’s youth group and the city Youth Bureau.”

Organizers also held a session at the EMBARK Center Tuesday to prepare people for the flash mob.

“Mayor Mary Foster also helped us out a lot,” said Katie Schimdt Fede, executive director of EMBARK. “She’s the one who let us know about this and encouraged us to do something.”

In addition to the flash mob, the Victim’s Assistance Service office in Peekskill handed out information and the Rev. Stephany Graham, of Peekskill Presbyterian Church, led a prayer. Members of the city Common Council were also in attendance.

Donations were collected for Hope’s Door, an organization which provides shelter and other services for victims of domestic violence, during the event.

A recording of the day's events is attached to this story, courtesy of Mike Miner.

Patty Villanova February 15, 2013 at 01:02 PM
I hope that some recognition was given to the institutionalized violence against women in countries that enforce Sharia Law such as Egypt, Iran, parts of Pakistan, and India as well. There is a huge movement in Egypt today amid the uprising, to protect the brave women who dare to openly defy the mobs of the Muslim Brotherhood by expressing their desire for freedom and to be treated as human beings, let alone equals. In India there are horror stories in the press, about the inhumane and often brutal treatment of women for no other reason than the fact that they are female. The demonstrations that took place in those parts of the world, where women have no right to assemble as we do here, constituted an act of courage and bravery that have nothing to do with getting out of an "abusive relationship."
Margaret Steele February 15, 2013 at 01:12 PM
What a fantastic event. Thanks so much to EMBARK Peekskill for your terrific work in pulling it together.
Wendy Kelly February 15, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Thanks Patty for your important comment.
shakemdown February 15, 2013 at 09:02 PM
of course mike miner recorded the event, you did'nt think that someone else was going to do, not as long as mary foster is mayor.

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