Members of the LGBT community at Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) presented two dynamic performances as part of the One Billion Rising for Justice’s global 2015 V-Day mass action. On Friday, February 27th, AULA students and faculty presented a selection of readings from “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer.” On Saturday, February 28th, a second group of readers representing AULA’s gender variant community performed segments from Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.”
One Billion Rising for Justice focuses on justice for survivors of gender violence and highlights the disparities at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, environmental degradation, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy.
The productions were led by AULA students, director Kyle Sawyer, co-director Cleo Anderson, and producer Misty Dawn Spicer.
“We’re three queer identified activists embedded in work that aims towards social, environmental, economic, racial and gender justice,” said Spicer. “By uniting with V-Day’s wide base of constituents, we continue to challenge and raise the platform of conversations around what it is to perceive life as a woman. We see it as an opportunity to advance social justice.”
Over $2000 was raised to benefit Trans Youth Speak, which connects transgender youth with allies to create social change through social media; and A New Way of Life, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services to formerly incarcerated women in South Central Los Angeles.
This is the eighth year that AULA has participated in V-Day.