L.A. City Council Endorses One Billion Rising Campaign

Former West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath has championed the campaign throughout the city.

The V-Day One Billion Rising Campaign got a big boost of support this week when Los Angeles City Council, following in the footsteps of West Hollywood and Santa Monica City Councils, passed an official resolution to recognize V-Day's One Billion Rising campaign.

The One Billion Rising Campaign is a movement to end violence against women globally.

"One Billion Rising has the potential to serve as a mass movement tipping point to fundamentally shift society's attitudes toward domestic violence," said L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti in a press release. "I'm proud to support One Billion Rising and commend V-Day for this powerful initiative."

Currently, one in three women globally will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, according to the One Billion Rising Campaign.

On Valentine's Day 2013, V-Day is pushing for one billion men and women to fight this abuse by means of a “dance revolution," according to V-Day California Outreach Coordinator and former Weho City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath.

“It’s a global dance action,” Horvath told Patch in October. “The vision is to see women walk out of their jobs, their homes, their schools, whatever their everyday life is, and take the streets in a global dance action. We're dancing to end violence, we’re dancing to end bullying, we’re dancing to empower women.”

At the October 1 Weho City Council meeting, Horvath and actress Jane Fonda spoke to city council, seeking their support for the One Billion Rising Campaign. 

Since then, the city councils of Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and many more, have jumped onboard in support of the campaign through resolutions. 

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