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Catalyst Radio: One Billion Rising Valentine's Day dance party to celebrate women, rise up against violence

Grand Rapids is joining in the global One Billion Rising event, to celebrate, unite and rise up in solidarity, with the local event taking place at Eastern Hall
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Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

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In this episode of Catalyst Radio we learn about One Billion Rising – an event to address violence against women. Set for Thursday – Valentine’s Day – the globally staged One Billion Rising marks the 15th anniversary of Eve Ensler’s V-Day, and is a celebration of women, where all can unite in solidarity and “rise up.” The Grand Rapids One Billion Rising is a dance event set for Eastern Hall. Hear more from organizers Chelsea Jandernoa and Mariah Kennedy, and supporter Tyler Jandernoa, and how the local event will benefit the groups Not This Girl and Michigan Abolitionist Project.



Music in this edition of Catalyst Radio is from Rory Block. The title of the song and her disc “Ain’t I a Woman” come from the words spoken by Sojourner Truth.


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