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Pinay Sa Seattle 12:03pm Jan 25
For Immediate Release

Contact: Chel Cendana, Chairperson,
Pin@y sa Seattle – Gabriela USA
Phone: 360.990.9424
Email: pinayinfo@gmail.com

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Pin@y sa Seattle to Join the Largest Day of Action to
Fight Violence Against Women

Seattle, WA – Pin@y sa Seattle will join activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Following the V-Day event, Pin@y will conduct a community workshop on the state of violence against women as it relates to Filipina women globally under imperialist aggression and oppression on Saturday February 16 from 2-4pm. Pin@y will close out the V-Day events by hosting MELANIN, a benefit dance party for all women, queer and trans folks of color. Both events are free with sliding scale donations and open to all allies and supporters.

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, Pin@y will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Cities across the globe will be holding concurrent actions and the Seattle based event will be held at Westlake Center on Thursday February 14 from 4-7pm.

These actions will serve as a springboard for the upcoming day of recognition for International Working Women’s Day, on March 8. As the global economic crisis worsens, the state of systemic violence against all women heightens, and even more so in oppressed nations like the Philippines. In response to this, Gabriela USA, the national campaign center for progressive Filipina women’s issues, has developed iVOW, a campaign that addresses issues of violence against women and raises them to the level of economic violence as perpetuated by US Imperialism. Locally, Pin@y has been working withcommunity and church groups to advocate for better living wages and working conditions for the Seatac Airport workers. The Port of Seattle is re-structuring its concessions programs behind closed doors and leaving out the concession workers. These workers demand to be part of these conversations as these changes will affect more than 400 families. The protest action will take place at the airport on Monday January 28.

Please join Pin@y sa Seattle in the following upcoming actions and help put an end to violence against women in all its forms. For more information regarding these events, please contact pinayinfo@gmail.com.

Thursday February 14, 4-7pm
One Billion Rising VDAY Event
Westlake Center Square
Downtown Seattle
RSVP: pinayinfo@gmail.com

Saturday February 16, 2-4pm
Community Workshop on iVOW
2100 Building Boardroom
2100 24th Ave.
Seattle, WA
RSVP: pinayinfo@gmail.com

Saturday February 16, 8-12am
Melanin: A Benefit Dance Party
501 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA
RSVP: pinayinfo@gmail.com