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"Building to OBR Revolution" Series Continues with Jessica Montoya & Sohini Chakraborty

We are pleased to present the latest in the "Building to One Billion Rising REVOLUTION" series.

This week we hear from One Billion Rising Global Coordinator and Family Specialist at Adelante Program in New Mexico Jessica Eva Montoya, and Sohini Chakraborty, Founder and Secretary of Kolkata Sanved Dance Movement Therapy (DMT).

With this series, we share the stories of extraordinary activists who embody the creative radical shift in consciousness required to bring about CHANGE.

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How I Finally Confronted My Abuser, and Found Peace
By Jessica Montoya

Two years ago, I stood in front of a crowd of thousands of people at the One Billion Rising in Santa Fe, and I told my story. The air was crisp and clean and I felt I didn't need to eat, or drink -- there was enough to nourish me right there, in that crowd of women and men who were preparing to dance. For so long, I had been ashamed of what I had been through. Now I could talk about it, and I had all these people cheering me.

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There's a Force that Can Heal Trauma, and it's Not What You Think
By Sohini Chakraborty

Dance can set you free. It can liberate your body and liberate your mind. That is what I have learned in my own life and that is the lesson I remember while working with women who have been taught through violence to see their bodies as disgusting, shameful, or ruined. Every day I see dance undoing this shame and setting individuals free.

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NEW V-Men Column: "The Man In The Mirror" by Cesar Bayona

The V-Men column, curated by Mark Matousek, also continues with this new submission by Cesar Bayona.

Cesar is a native of Brooklyn and has spent the past two decades a working on social issues intended to "genuinely change the world for the better" through music and poetry.

I was 10 years old when my parents broke up. There had been so many times when my brother and I would be terrified whenever our parents fought, when our father knocked Mom down to the floor and she ended up crying. Our parents were no good together and in time, I came to enjoy this new life without my father in our lives. Although he loved us, his temper terrorized us, hanging over our heads.

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