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I Rise for Joy, Life and Love

Day 5 in our blog series preparing us for our Feb 14 ONE BILLION RISING event comes from Breanne Harris, 2013 Vagina Monologues cast member. 


There are a million things I could write about that would be worthy of this space. I could write about how sexism, racism, classism, homophobia and ableism keep us all from reaching the boundless potential of humanity.

 But One Billion Rising is about dancing, rejoicing, reclaiming. It’s about the revolutionary power of joy and community. So I will focus on that joy, life, and love.

 I rise for the loving community in my life, for without them I would not be.

 For my grandmother, who went to the funeral of a man who hurt her and her children too many times to count

For her strength and her forgiveness, I rise.

For my mother, telling stories of her sexual escapades and bra burning days.

For teaching me that my sexuality is my own and to never be quiet, I rise.

 For my nephews, who still have joy and gentleness in their hearts.

For their future as loving men, I rise.

 For my partner, who is brave enough to love through the pain he caused her.

For our enduring love, I rise.

 And finally I rise for myself.

For the times they called me too white, too black, too sensitive, too smart, too loud, too busty, too fat, too much.

For the times I tell myself I’m not enough.

For courage, confidence, self-love, and joy, I rise.


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