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posted: 2/8/2013 9:00 PM

One Billion Rising event Feb. 14 in Elgin

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On Thursday, Feb. 14, one billion women and those who love them will rise up, walk out, dance, sing and demand an end to rape and all forms of sexual violence. One Billion Rising will move the earth, activating women and men across every country.

Join in as Elgin participates in One Billion Rising from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Kimball Street and Route 31.

Participants will be dancing the "Break the Chain" dance from the One Billion Rising website.

• You can practice after viewing the video dance instructions.

• Or you can come early on Feb. 14 to practice with the group.

• Or you can do your own interpretation of the dance.

Don't be concerned, however, about your dancing skills. You can bring a sign with a relevant message and just display it to passers-by. Use a short slogan and letters at least four inches tall. Or you can just come to stand with the others.

"What is most important is that we rise together against violence toward women," organizers stated in a news release.

To learn more, visit the website,

After dancing, the group will walk to the Gail Borden Library, arriving there at 5 p.m. and continue dancing the lobby. In case of inclement weather, the Gail Borden Library will host the entire event. Parking is across from the library at Kimball and Grove.

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