Activities to raise public awareness that say "END Violence Against Women & Girls!"

For the Elimination of Violence towards Women and Girls

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Many thanks to “ITP Women’s Spirituality MA Program” for the unconditional support to this work.

The Problem is

-More than 30,000 people have perished in Mexico’s drug war since 2006

-Since 2005, armed vigilantes known as the Minutemen have perpetuated fear in the region

-Tea Party members recently told two border Congressmen from Texas to “go back to Mexico”

-Excluding San Diego, the 2000 mile border is the poorest region in the United States.


-Border and migrant women have had enough!



“We are able to pick up our heads from that machine and plan for the future…and that’s worth defending, because as women we’ve never had that opportunity.”  Lorena Andrade

16 Days of ARTivism Nov 25th-Dec 10th

Women around the planet gather to dismantle the concept of violence.

“Last year at the Vancouver Peace Summit 2009 the Dalai Lama expressed, “The world will be saved by the Western Woman.”  My initial response to this declaration was, “Great, let’s do it!  We women here in the west are super beings; we are leading the cutting edge of evolution for all our sisters and brothers still caught up in the world patriarchy.”  Moments later I was overwhelmed by a feeling of un-easiness as the reality of the plight of my sisters and brothers became very clear:  The path we are actually on, relative to the collective consciousness of humanity—is the path of destruction.

In order for Western Women to initiate conscious change in the world’s path and save the world—we, as women, must heal and dissolve our complicity, participation and addiction to the patriarchy.

  • We must recognise our own violent reactivity to the masculine powers that be through our emulating and acting like the so-called powerful men that have set up this destructive world path in the first place.
  • Too many of our sisters unconsciously and consciously choose to act like unconscious men and strive at all costs (the loss and sacrifice of love, our femininity, our children and families, our well-being and health, etc.) to be “equal” to them—many of us expressing ourselves as if we were men, indulging in behaviours contrary to the Divine Feminine, in our embodiment of the unconscious masculine.
  • Expressing our masculine energies has certainly been an important tool in rising through the ranks and facing the adversities of the predominantly male world of politics and world business—but enough is enough—a balance must be co-created.
  • We must dissolve all violence as perpetuated in dysfunctional relationships, martyrdom, self-abuse, and self-sacrifice, and set a well balanced example of wholeness to our sons and daughters.
  • We women must dissolve our addiction and identification to victimhood, self-sacrifice, and “dumbing down” our Divinity, and learn to embody the Divine Feminine energies through mastering Self-care and Self-fullness.
  • In doing so we bring into balance the entire world, dissolving the unconscious Masculine, evolving-making conscious the Divine Masculine, bringing forth the Divine Feminine, and teaching our sons and daughters their Divine value, and the importance of balancing the male and female energies in all of us—learning to wield and master these energies for the good of all humanity.”         Marja West

Many thanks to “ITP Women’s Spirituality MA Program” for their valuable support.


Press Contact:      Kim McMillon  (510) 681–5652   Kimmac@pacbell.net

Tuesday, November 23rd, 12 Noon

Steps of San Francisco City Hall

Gathering of Healers, Artists & City Officials

In Recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 4, 2010) — On Tuesday, November 23rd, at 12 Noon, on the San Francisco City Hall steps, city officials, poets, healers and artists will speak out on the need to recognize the violence inherent in our culture. The Mayor will announce a proclamation for November 25th, to be recognized as San Francisco’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women and Girls, which is a UN mandated day commemorated globally since 1999.

The rally and press conference will kick off a 16-day series of events throughout the Bay Area and the world with a multicultural cast of artists, healers and activists, to transform the culture of violence throughout the globe. From November 25th through December 10th, the public is invited to attend and/or create healing ceremonies, dance performances, and workshops that seek to eliminate violence towards women in our families, our communities and throughout the world.

On December 17, 1999, the United Nations’ General Assembly designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to launch activities to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.

Women activists have marked November 25th as a day against violence since 1981, in remembrance of the brutal assassination of the three Mirabel sisters, political activists, in the Dominican Republic on November 25, 1960, on orders from Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. More information can be found athttp://www.un.org/depts/dhl/violence

Calendar of Events

There will be ongoing meditations, vigils, media events in the greater Bay Area throughout these 16 days of Artivism, a term describing the mingling of art and activism.  Women across the globe are encouraged to create healing ceremonies in their communities.

On Thursday, November 25th, an Earth Healing will take place on Alcatraz Island, and is open to all. A group of Healers will conduct a ceremony for the Spirit of Alcatraz Island.  These spiritual leaders believe that Mother Earth IS our partner and that all transformation must begin and end with balancing the energy of the Earth.

On Saturday, November 27th, at 5pm sharp there will be a Mission district community workshop and healing facilitated by Sharon Riegie Maynard, from Oregon on “The root of violence as a societal psychic agreement.” At 7pm, performances, food, drink and dancing will begin, including poet laureates, dancers, and singers such as: The Revolutionary Poets Brigade, Alejandro Chavez, Chin-chin Hsu, Naima Shalhoub, Zaza with dancers, Theresa Dickinson & Maica Folch, singer Anita Nitmar and the dance music of M.U.S.A.

On saturday and Sunday December 3, 4, Healing the Tribe Master workshop with Marja West in the Mission District. Marja West   http://www.absolutebalancedmastery.com/

On Friday Dec 10, International Human Rights Day, the closing program for the 16 days of Artivism for Healing and Education will take place at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Performance artist Violeta Luna joins MamaCoAtl, Yosimar Reyes and HeadRush theater group in an evening of truth telling: and exploring the state of our Human Rights through art.

To learn more please check out:

The work we do in Mexico  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry8lN5K9i04

Last year at city hall  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcwzJfhzEAU






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Written by 16daysofartivism

November 14, 2010 at 8:53 am

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