It is hard to believe that 2012 is just around the corner. Over the past 13 years, millions of activists all over the world have built a unique movement that is having a dramatic impact on the lives of women.
This year alone has brought great transformation within the V-Day movement, and beyond. After years of hard work and your support, we opened the City of Joy in the Democratic Republic of Congo and women survivors of violence are thriving. In Haiti, through safe houses and legal justice centers, V-Day has helped survivors and their families move away from violence and towards rebuilding their lives.
This past year alone, activists in over 1,650 global locations produced V-Day benefits in colleges and communities, effecting deep change on a local level. In Poland, Warsaw University hosted their first V-Day event, engaging not only broad support from the student community but also attracting celebrity support from Polish pop-stars Ewelina Flinta and Natalia Lesz. In Zagreb, V-Day Balkans Coordinator Rada Boric organized a sold-out production of The Vagina Monologues, which was performed by a cast of disabled actors and made for a revolutionary night. In Spokane, Washington, a community V-Day event was able to generate enough funding for a local shelter to open an office, create a lending library and a website cataloging all of the sexual assault/DV/GLBTQ/women's groups in the area; and organize and coordinate numerous awareness events in the community.
None of this would have been possible without your support.
As we embrace this New Year, our commitment to V-Day's vision of art and activism and to the organization's model of grassroots change is stronger than ever.
We are going the distance and we need you not only to travel with us, but we need you to be braver, more outrageous, more disruptive, and mischievous, to push past where it is comfortable and easy. We need you to believe with us that it is possible to dissolve patriarchy, to once and for all leave our father's house, to create a world where women and girls are free and passionate and safe and sexual and powerful.
We wish you a happy and peaceful new year and send you our deepest gratitude.
Eve, Susan, Amy, Cecile, Christine, Kate, Laura, Carl, Nikki, Purva, Shael, & Tony
P.S. Don't forget, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st is the LAST DAY to make your 2011 tax-deductible donation!
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