The 'One Billion Rising' event on Valentines Day (Feb. 14) in Taos took place under gloomy skies and under the growing dread from news about yet another school shooting in Florida that claimed the lives of 17 people. The demonstration, sponsored by One Billion Rising New Mexico and Community Against Violence inTaos, is a call to end violence toward women and girls.
"Every year 1 in 3 women worldwide experiences sexaul assault or rape," a statement on the event's Facebook reads. "This is unacceptable, but instead of being overwhelmed by this we choose to make Valentines Day a day of revolution. Taos as a community has the chance to show that world that we can rise above those statistics and promise to make our homes, workplaces, families and society one that holds womena and children as sacred as deserving of safety and respect."
The event featured a performance of the "Break the Chain" dance and a march, led by organizer Julia Daye, around the town's historic district in which participants carried signs in support of the movement.