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Flash mobs around Lawrence take up global cause for women

February 14, 2013

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From left, Eva Bradley, 11, and Isabelle Santee, 10, took part in a flash mob with about 100 others on Thursday in downtown Lawrence. The group was taking part in One Billion Rising, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

From left, Eva Bradley, 11, and Isabelle Santee, 10, took part in a flash mob with about 100 others on Thursday in downtown Lawrence. The group was taking part in One Billion Rising, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

A dancing mass of people tends to turn heads — or at least that’s what organizers were hoping for with Lawrence’s One Billion Rising “dance strike.”

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, nearly 100 men and women shook and shimmied for three minutes at Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

“We are dancing to say we will not tolerate violence against women anymore,” event organizer Elizabeth Chabin said. Chabin said 1 in 3 women worldwide will be affected by some sort of violence.

The dancing was not limited to Massachusetts Street. Throughout the day, groups of people danced in areas across Lawrence from the Kansas University campus to the Lawrence Public Library, 700 New Hampshire St., to the Meadowlark Estates retirement community, 4430 Bauer Farm Drive.

Bonita Yoder, a Lawrence attorney who participated, said the event was a way of giving the people of Lawrence and the world a Valentine’s Day present.

“As an attorney who’s working divorce cases, I’ve seen the effects of violence,” she said. “I wanted to take a stand for women around the world.”

The Lawrence event was part of a worldwide demonstration, with events going on in more than 150 countries.

“If we could get 1 billion feet moving, maybe we could move the world,” Chabin said. Chabin decided to plan the event after being moved by a video of one of the demonstrations in New York last year. She took to social media, and within two months had organized and choreographed the dance.

Free State High School teacher Andrew Nussbaum, who attended with some of his students, said the event also helped build community.

“We have an opportunity to build relationships and bridges,” he said. “When I see our young people out and when I see them energized, it makes momentum.”

Comments

jhawkinsf 1 year, 9 months ago

Flash mobs are great. Flash mobs for a good cause are even better.

Liberty275 1 year, 9 months ago

Flash mobs are more akin to chic street theatre these days. I don't like the actors being so close because it gives me the heebie jeebies. On the other hand, I directed a small piece in college and had the actress walk around then stand in front of, just touching, and stare into the eyes of all the older men in the audience while she delivered her lines directly to them because I didn't like it when it happened to me. This was in The Inge if any of you know of it. There was some art stuff too and it was well-received. The girl was a freshman theatre student that now does TV out in LA.

It was somewhat like a backwards flash mob, but like most flash mobs today, it was tediously choreographed.

hedshrinker 1 year, 9 months ago

check out wonderful videos from V Day activities around the world on the onebillionrising.org website...India, Phillipines, s. Africa, Europe as well as many places in US....particularly moving in India with the current challenges to centuries of brutality against women and girls after a particularly hideous gang rape/murder , in S Africa on the day an Olympic hero alledgedly murdered his girlfriend, and in Afghanistan/Pakistan where a young girl is thank goodness surviving an attempt on her life by the Taliban for her simple desire to advocate for girls attending school.

BitterClinger 1 year, 9 months ago

Situational awareness and carrying a gun say the same thing. Works a whole lot better than dancing and I do it everyday, everywhere I go.

james bush 1 year, 9 months ago

The "American Idol" stage of the declining American society being exhibited.

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