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Healdsburg Plaza Dances to Women's Anthem on V-Day

"One Billion Rising" protests violence against women in 200 countries with the V-Day "flash mob," and Healdsburg Plaza's noon demonstration was in the front line

Well over 100 men and women found themselves in the Healdsburg Plaza at noon today, "V-Day" in the term of the women's rights movement. The reason was a lively song and dance demonstration to end violence against women and girls.

The action was one of thousands planned around the world as part of "One Billion Rising,” an international movement to end violence in all its forms. In addition to the Healdsburg event, events were planned throughout the Bay Area at various times, including in Petaluma, Sonoma and San Francisco.

The song and dance "flash mob" in Healdsburg performed the choreographed steps to "Break the Chains” -- first in English, and then in Spanish, an anthem of the movement. Two of Healdsburg's dance and exercise instructors, Kris Freewoman and Jan Blalock, led the event.

About 40 women participated in the performance, with twice that number of spectators, men and women, looking on, singing along, and cheering and applauding as it ended.

Many in the audience took photos and even video of the action, and Healdsburg Patch would like to welcome you to add your own shots of the Plaza performance to this story.

Just click on Upload Photos and Video in the box under the photos with the story, and make your record of "One Billion Rising" part of Healdsburg's community history.

We will be updating this story and adding video over the next few days. Please add your comments and reactions to the day as well. and the "One Billion Rising" movement and what it stands for.

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Kate Douglas February 14, 2013 at 09:38 PM
I don't have the actual video to upload, but my husband (Doug Moore) has just posted this short video on his YouTube page: http://youtu.be/QrZpBfdJ9lg
zoe moire February 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Wow, where have I been hiding. I would have danced along. I guess I can do it with the hubster tonight....tho I think the meaning will be different.

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