On Valentine's Day organizers of the worldwide “One Billion Rising for Justice” campaign are hoping to set a record call for action to end violence against women and girls.
San Francisco – where only one domestic violence-related homicide has occurred in more than three and a half years – will on Friday host its second consecutive event in support of the campaign on the steps of City Hall
The first 250 people to gather at 3:30 p.m. will receive red One Billing Rising umbrellas. The event will feature dancing and musical performers including apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas.
District Attorney George Gascon and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who announced The City's support at a press conference last week, along with Mayor Ed Lee are expected to address the crowd at 5 p.m.
As of Wednesday morning, 184 countries had joined the global campaign to take a stand against the statistic that one in three women in the world will be beaten or raped during their lifetime, according to activists with the organization V-Day.
Across the Bay Area, activists have planned more than a dozen events around the campaign.
An award-winning short film, “ONE BILLION RISING” that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival featured footage from past campaigns, including The City's inaugural event.
The campaign last year garnered global social media attention, trending in seven countries.