Come See "Maria, in Nobody's Land" for One Billion Rising on February 14!

You can be a part of One Billion Rising right here at General Seminary. You, too, can rise, dance and demand!  

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 6:15pm, The Society of St. Blandina will host a pot luck screening of the award-winning documentary Maria, in Nobody's Land (86 minutes), in the Student Lounge of Pintard and Lorillard. The documentary offers an intimate look at  the illegal and dangerous journey of three Salvadoran women to the United States, through Mexican territory, as they encounter prostitution, slave trade, rape, kidnap, and death, all in an unwavering quest for a better life. Here is the documentary's trailer.

St. Blandina's has chosen February 14 for the screening in observance of One Billion Rising, a one-day global advocacy action to end violence against women. One in three women throughout the world, or roughly one billion mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends, will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Created by Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues, the One Billing Rising campaign is asking for people to rise, speak out, dance and demand an end to violence against women and girls. Here is short film created by Ensler to encourage participation in the global action.

St. Blandina's will screen the documentary, a film of substance and challenge, and then  invite you to dance, to take up space, to demand! Have you ever seen Episcopalians dance? How about the Rev. Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints, Pasadena, who will rise and dance, too, on February 14?

Bring a pot luck dish, your prophetic voice, your hope, and your dancing shoes!

The Society of St. Blandina of General Seminary supports women seminarians, fostering networking and community-building and promoting awareness of the woman's experience of seminary.