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NEW GALLERY: V-Day Benefit Sunday Supper & One Billion Rising Bay Area!

On Sunday, June 24th, we held a special V-Day fundraiser which included a benefit performance of Eve's newest play Emotional Creature at Berkeley Rep, followed by Sunday Supper at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza with members of the cast, Eve, and Director Jo Bonney, and ending with an exciting outdoor community ritual "One Billion Rising Bay Area", the launch of ONE BILLION RISING in Berkeley featuring dance, music, drumming, and more at the Civic Center Park in Berkeley.

This event was hosted by an incredible group of leaders from the Bay Area and around the country, including: Isabel Allende, Carole Black, Jo Bonney, Lisa Brown and Daniel Handler, Susie Tompkins Buell, Jennifer Buffett, Beth Dozoretz, Eve Ensler, Jodie, Evans, Jane Fonda, Anna and Rob McKay, Arlie and Adam Hochschild, Amanda Jones, Barb Jones, Beth Karpfinger, Frannie Kieschnick, Regina Kulik Scully, Gina Maya, Katherine McFate, Susie Medak, Pat Mitchell, Belinda Munoz, Julie Parish, Amy Rao, Lisa Schejola Akin, Emily Scott Pottruck, Dr. Jane Shaw, Andrea Dew Steele, Erin Strain, Susan Celia Swan, Darian Swig, Roselyne Swig, Deb Wetherby, and Marsha Williams.

It was a magnificent afternoon of theater, friends, and activism, with an unstoppable energy full of love and emotion. And now we are so pleased to share with you our newest online gallery from the event, featuring V-Day staff and supporters from around the Bay Area, as the Emotional Creature creative team, well as V-Day Board members Carole Black, Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Katherine McFate, Pat Mitchell, Amy Rao, Lisa Schejola Akin, Emily Scott Pottruck, and Susan Celia Swan.

TAKE A PEEK inside the event HERE >

CHECK OUT One Billion Rising Bay Area's Flickr page, featuring fantastic images from the ritual >


READ: Jane Fonda's Blog from Berkeley

V-Day Board member Jane Fonda joined us on Sunday June 24th for our day of celebration and our annual V-Day Board meeting which preceded the events. Check out her blog about her "V-Day Weekend":

I flew up to Berkeley Saturday knowing it would be an intense, inspiring, emotional weekend and I wasn't disappointed. Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues" (among many other pieces) and life-long activist, has gathered a board of directors that is off the charts in generosity, fierceness and fun. Missing from this board meeting were Sheryl Sandberg, Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Buffett, Thandie Newton, and Cari Ross.

We were not only In Berkeley for a board meeting, but on Sunday, we were going to see Eve's new play, "Emotional Creature." More about this in a moment.

CONTINUE reading at janefonda.com >


VAWA: 24 HOUR ACTION CALL - U.S. Activists Tell Congress to Send A Strong VAWA to the President Before July 4th!

Tell Congress they must get VAWA moving before they go on their July 4th vacation. Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send the President a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that protects ALL survivors.

The United States House of Representatives bill 4970, or the "Adams Bill" is an unacceptable version of VAWA that imposes new reporting restrictions on immigrant survivors of violence as well as Native American women, communities of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender survivors. Although the bill passed in the Senate 68-31, it narrowly lost in the House 222-205.

We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. We have 24 hours left, CONTACT your Senators and Representatives by phone, email or visit in-person at the DC or District Office.

For contact info, as well as sample letters and phone scripts check out the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women VAWA page at http://4vawa.org/


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