On Feb. 14 Aspen joined over 200 other countries and countless communities as a part of the global movement One Billion Rising. One Billion Rising was created by Eve Ensler as a way to acknowledge the fact that one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. The goal was to not only create awareness of this staggering statistic, but to create an environment in which men and women could “walk out, dance, speak out, and rise up against this atrocity.”
Response would like to offer our most sincere appreciation to all those that made our One Billion Rising event at Jimmy’s restaurant such a huge success. The event would not have been possible without the generosity and vision of owner Jimmy Yeager and restaurant manager Jessica Lischka. Equally vital was our event chairperson, Dr. Rachel Langsam, who brought her tireless efforts and passion for women’s rights, justice, and empowerment to fruition.
We would also like to thank our event sponsors and donors: Moms for Moms, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Upper Crust Bakery, City Market, Suerte Tequila, Hendricks Gin, and One Hope.
No event can occur without the participation of volunteers. Thank you to our event committee: Logan Hood, Jessica Sorensen, Rachel Goodman and Danielle Van Arsdale. Thank you also to our volunteer advocates and board members: Bill Hodges, Keith Ikeda, Shelly Supplee, Ines Vergara, Victor Rodriguez, Kristin Werner and Eileen Bradley.
We hope you’ll all join us next year when we Rise again.
Advocacy and prevention program coordinator, Response