Sonoma County flash mobs to demonstrate against violence

Several hundred women and men are poised to burst into dance today at seven locations around Sonoma County, part of a global demonstration against violence inflicted on women and girls around the world.

The event, dubbed One Billion Rising, will take place today in nearly 200 nations, organizers say. But many participants said they've already been profoundly moved by the prospect of dancing in solidarity with others across the globe, most doing the same dance steps to an anthem written for the campaign.

"What I see in the rehearsals is people get lit up," said Sebastopol organizer Quiana Grace Frost. "Women are powerfully moved by feeling that energy and being women together."

"It's pretty amazing," said fitness instructor Janice Blalock, who will lead a noontime demonstration at the Healdsburg Plaza. "We're all kind of in tears at the end of each rehearsal."

Organizers say one in three girls and women around the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. The movement aims to mobilize a billion people to take action against such violations, beginning with today's events.

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