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One Billion Rising: Chicago


Chicago joins global movement to end violence against women

by Paige Sutherland
Feb 14, 2013


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"Break the Chain" music videoOne Billion Rising (short clip)

"Break the Chain" Lyrics

Lyrics by Tena Clark

Music by Tena Clark/Mark Heintz

Intro-
I raise my arms to the sky
On my knees I pray
I’m not afraid anymore
I will walk through that door
Walk, dance, rise
Walk, dance, rise

I can see a world where we all live
Safe and free from all oppression
No more rape or incest, or abuse
Women are not a possession

You’ve never owned me, don’t even know me I’m not invisible, I’m simply wonderful I feel my heart for the first time racing I feel alive, I feel so amazing

I dance cause I love
Dance cause I dream
Dance cause I’ve had enough
Dance to stop the screams
Dance to break the rules
Dance to stop the pain
Dance to turn it upside down
Its time to break the chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain
Dance, rise
Dance, rise

In the middle of this madness, we will stand I know there is a better world Take your sisters & your brothers by the hand Reach out to every woman & girl

This is my body, my body’s holy
No more excuses, no more abuses
We are mothers, we are teachers,
We are beautiful, beautiful creatures

I dance cause I love
Dance cause I dream
Dance cause I’ve had enough
Dance to stop the screams
Dance to break the rules
Dance to stop the pain
Dance to turn it upside down
It’s time to break the chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain

Dance Break Inst.

Dance, rise
Dance, rise

Sister won’t you help me, sister won’t you rise x4

Dance, rise
Dance, rise

Sister won’t you help me, sister won’t you rise x4

This is my body, my body’s holy
No more excuses, no more abuses
We are mothers, we are teachers,
We are beautiful, beautiful creatures

I dance cause I love
Dance cause I dream
Dance cause I’ve had enough
Dance to stop the screams
Dance to break the rules
Dance to stop the pain
Dance to turn it upside down
Its time to break the chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain, oh yeah
Break the Chain


One in three women in the planet will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, that is a billion people.  One billion people were asked to rise up today and stop this atrocity. Eve Ensler, founder of V-day and author of the "Vagina Monologues", had a song specifically made for this event. The song "Break the Chain" was written by the renowned producer Tena Clark and choreographed by Debbie Allen. The Rape Victim Advocates Center in Chicago has practiced this dance for three weeks.

Everyone was asked to wear a red scarf to represent the color of love, because as Beth Enterkin, counselor at Rape Victim Advocates, said, "Love should be equal and consensual, not forced."