San Francisco Jail Inmates Dance to Stop Sexual Violence [Video]

By Jorge Rivas Feb 18, 2013

A global activist movement to end violence against women and girls reached San Francisco jails last week. As part of the One Billion Rising movement a group of choreographers visited San Francisco County jails to make sure inmates were able to participate in the global actions.

According to One Billion Rising organizers women and men in 203 countries came together in what they referred to as the "largest day of mass action ever to stop violence against women and girls, to express their outrage, and to strike, dance and RISE to support an end to violence against women once and for all."

The YouTube video’s description provides a few more details about the San Francisco V-Day action:

This video is about inmates Rising in San Francisco. Incarcerated Men and Women are joining the global One Billion Rising movement to End Violence and Sexual Oppression as they Break the Chains on Debbie Allen’s Choreography and Tena Clark’s song. A truly moving experience to witness from the jails of San Francisco.

Dance and Video Production by Dancing Without Borders. Edited and Written by Avery Hudson. Produced and Co-Directed by Magalie Bonneau-Marcil and Avery Hudson. Program organized in partnership with the Sheriff’s Department of San Francisco County and readers that have been to our Facing Race Conferences may see a familiar face in the video. One of the dance leaders in the video is Soyinka Rahim, who has conducted the calls to gathering at the beginning of each conference. For more information about her and to read more about the organization she founded visit Our Thing Arts Company.