Community Against Violence column

One Billion Rising to be held on Taos Plaza


More than one billion women on the Earth – one in three – will be a victim of sexual or intimate partner violence in her lifetime.

On Thursday (Feb. 14), Taos once again will join in the global effort to end this violence to women and girls in a lively event called “One Billion Rising.” The goal is to get one billion people around the world to gather and dance at the same time – all with the intent of furthering awareness of this critical issue. For the sixth year, the worldwide event goes local on the Taos Plaza. People will start gathering on the plaza at 3 p.m., with dancing and marching until 5:30 p.m.

Local information at, and more on the movement at

Malinda Williams is the executive director of Community Against Violence, Inc. (CAV) which offers FREE confidential support and assistance for adult and child survivors of sexual and domestic violence, dating violence and stalking; community and school violence prevention programs; reeducation BIP groups for domestic violence offenders; counseling; shelter; transitional housing; and community thrift store. To talk with someone or get information on services available, call CAV’s 24-hour crisis line at (575) 758-9888 or contact


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