Oakton Community College students and employees will unite with approximately 6,000 events held across the globe throughout the month of February as part of the V-Day College Campaign to demand an end to violence against women.
On Valentine's Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, Oakton begins V-Day with "One Billion Rising" events at both campuses. One Billion Rising, held every year on Valentine's Day, is a day of action coordinated by V-Day, a global activist movement that generates attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest and sex slavery.
The events begin with a "flash mob" dance starting at 1 p.m. in the main lobbies at the college's campuses in Des Plaines, 1600 E. Golf Road, and Skokie, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave. Testimonials, music and benefit candy sales will be part of the festivities.
Benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" are the centerpiece of many V-Day celebrations, and Oakton's celebration features three performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 16 and 17, in the Studio One Theater, Des Plaines.