New York City Joins One Billion Rising to Stop Violence Against Women: “We Want Power, We Want Love” (February 2013)

New Yorkers joined the global movement of One Billion Rising to gather and dance on Valentine’s Day in order to call attention to violence against women. “If a man knows a woman who is victim or survivor, then he knows what that is like, because it will affect her for the rest of her life,” said Jerin Arifa, with the National Organization for Women, who danced in Union Square. “It will affect her productivity, the way she can love again, the way she can trust again. It will affect them also.” At another event in Times Square, dozens of people organized a “We Will Not Be Silent” protest. “I feel like all revolutionary causes should start with addressing misogyny,” noted actor Ezra Miller, one of many men who participated in the campaign. Ezra Miller is best known for his roles in the films, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” as well as the hit TV series “Californication.”