Lori Talks About OBRFW on Monday Morning Jolt

For those of you who don’t already know this, holding a local Fort Wayne One Billion Rising event is Lori’s brainchild.  You can listen to her talk about how our Fort Wayne event’s grassroots groundswell got started (among other things) during this episode of the Monday Morning Jolt.

Then, of course, go sign up on the Facebook event page if you haven’t done that already!

You Don’t Have to Practice to Participate!

Let me make this really, really clear.

  • You don’t have to know how to dance to join in on February 14.
  • You don’t have to practice ahead of time.
  • You don’t need to know any dance moves.
  • We want you to have fun.
  • We want you to just move and wiggle however you like.
  • We want you to not be perfect.

You can do what I am going to do.  I am going to show up without ever having learned or practiced any dance move in my entire life.  I am going to move, wiggle, and “dance” in whatever ways feel right.  I suggest you bring your camera – lol.

Now, if you are a tad bit more ambitious than I am, you can follow the dance leaders on February 14.  We will have dance leaders spread throughout the venue, and they will lead us through some moves (OK, I might even try some myself, since I don’t need to be perfect).

Our dance leaders have been practicing.  It looks to me like they are having some fun!

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If you haven’t signed up yet on the Facebook event page, go here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/124861241006939/

Immigrant Women Face Special Abuse Issues

Crime Victim Care of Allen County works with diverse populations. This makes it necessary to understand abuse in other cultures.

CVC has found and provided a wonderful resource on their website for a better understanding of abuse of immigrant women. In an article, entitled Immigrants find new legal paths out of abuse from The Washington Post, a wonderful perspective is given of immigrant women who fear deportation if they speak up against abuse.  Within this article are great resources from Women’s Health for information about violence against women.

We cannot stand by and let these women suffer in silence!

Jordan Crouch, Crime Victim Care of Allen County


Washington Post article

Women’s Health article

CVC of Allen County

Dancing AND Great Food? Yes, Please!

We know that dancing at noon means that you’ll be dancing through lunch.

So, what would you think if we said that we’ve arranged for a food truck at Parkview Field to take care of that?  Good, huh?  What would your think if we said that three food trucks will join us to take care of your hunger pangs after you dance?  Three times as good, am I right!

Yep,  Bravas Food, JumBy’s JoiNt, and the Ragin’ Cajun will all be on hand for One Billion Rising Fort Wayne!  It’s gonna be tasty!



Ragin' Cajun

Here’s a Flyer You Can Share With Friends

We know that you have been waiting for a flyer that you can email, post, snail mail, or otherwise share with your friends. So, here it is!

Actually, here they are.  You have two different graphic treatments from which to choose.

OBRising 8.5×11 1                                     OBRising 8.5×11 2

OBRising 8.5x11 1         OBRising 8.5x11 2

Try them both!  Send them both!  Twice!


Did Someone Say “Dance Practice” and “Flash Mob”?

Yes, we are holding dance practice on Wednesdays at 8pm at the downtown YMCA.  Our next practice is this Wednesday January 23.  Why go to practice, you ask?  Just look at these smiling folks!

OBR Dance Practice

Need more reasons?  Here are three.

  1. Do you want to get more comfortable with the moves we’ll do on V-Day (although you absolutely don’t have to know any moves to dance on V-Day)?
  2. Would you like to be a dance leader on V-Day, interspersed throughout the crowd to get people pumped up and moving?
  3. Would you like to take part in a pre-event flash mob (not that I’m saying there will be a pre-event flash mob, but if there were to be a pre-event flash mob it would really be cool if the participants knew some moves – but then again I’m not saying there will be a pre-event flash mob – of course the odds are prettttttttty darn good that there will be a pre-event flash mob – wink, wink, nudge, nudge).


  • There may be cameras at any given dance practice.  If you need to avoid getting on camera just tell Lori that day and she’ll make sure to accomodate you.
  • We’ve been wearing a lot of pink or red at dance practice, and it’s looking cool in the photos.
  • There WILL be a pre-event flash mob – no kidding.  Come to practice and find out more.
  • You DO NOT have to go to dance practice or know any moves to dance on February 14!  Repeat, you DO NOT have to go to dance practice or know any moves to dance on February 14!

Tell Us Why You Are Rising!

We would like you to upload a photo of you holding a sign saying …

“I am rising because <your reason for rising goes here>”

… to the One Billion Rising Fort Wayne event page on Facebook.  You could also email your photo to Maureene Riethmiller at maureenethebean@yahoo.com.

Your photo testimonials may go in a  PSA.  They may be used in social media.  They will certainly be used to spread awareness for the cause.

Here’s an example (well, they weren’t exactly holding a sign, but you get the idea).


To make it super easy, the Center for Nonviolence made up a pdf (ReasontoRise) that you can download, print out, and write your testimonial on.  We also want to make it clear that if you want to leave your face out of the photo, that is absolutely fine – you can even just take a photo of your sign alone!

We just want to hear why YOU are enthused about, believe in, and will participate in One Billion Rising Fort Wayne – to give you the opportunity to spread awareness about the pervasiveness of the issue, and to get more people engaged!


TinCaps Donate Parkview Field as Venue!

The Fort Wayne TinCaps have stepped up as the first event sponsor by donating Parkview Field as the venue for One Billion Rising Fort Wayne!

“We are thrilled to support such a positive call to action, and we hope that companies, schools, and organizations will send as many people as possible to dance together and show support for healthy relationships this Valentine’s Day at Parkview Field,” said Mike Nutter, President, Fort Wayne TinCaps.

Join the TinCaps, over 20 organizations, and hundreds of people who are taking a stand together at noon on Valentine’s Day to end violence against women and girls.

Read or download the complete press release: One Billion Rising Fort Wayne press release

4 Local Nonviolence Organizations To Participate

Four well known local organizations have signed on to participate in One Billion Rising Fort Wayne to raise awareness for this collective issue that affects the lives of so many residents.

“In 2012 over 4000 calls were received at the YWCA Northeast Indiana from women, men and children in crisis due to domestic violence,” said Mary Jo Hardiman, Director of Community Programs, YWCA of Northeast Indiana.

  1. The YWCA of Northeast Indiana
  2. Center for Nonviolence
  3. Women’s Bureau
  4. Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center

One Billion Rising Fort Wayne attendees will receive resources and educational materials focused on preventing violence, treating victims and healing survivors.

Read or download the complete press release: One Billion Rising Fort Wayne press release