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Freedom. Safety. NOW.

Creative Action Against Gender-Based Violence

India's Republic Day
Saturday, January 26
12:00 to 1:00p
The Indian Consulate
3 E. 64th Street


Join SAWCC for a creative movement-based protest action in front of the New York City Indian Consulate on India's Republic Day. Our action is a response to the horrific violence wrought upon Jyoti Singh Pandey in India, and on women's bodies everyday around the world. We invite people of all backgrounds and abilities to join us in moving, making noise, and writing letters.

Ways You Can Participate

Take a look at our planned movement sequence 
To learn the sequence and join in on Saturday, watch a step-by-step tutorial.
We'll do the sequence 4-5 times. If possible, wear black with a red accessory—ideally red gloves.
Performers: If you'd like to help lead others in the movement sequence,
e-mail info@parijatdesai.org.

Learn the simple chant (1-2 FREEDOM | 1-2 SAFETY | 1-2 NOW!) and join in the chanting and clapping segment.
Bring pots/pans to bang on, cymbals or gongs to play, or bells to ring (No loudspeakers or amplifying devices). Review the videos above for information.

Sound Makers: If want to provide ambient sound, play rhythms, or just help participants find the pulse, e-mail info@parijatdesai.org.

We are also putting together a memorial of letters from participants addressed to Jyoti and the Indian government. Letter text might include (but is not limited to): poetry, stories of survival, demands for safe private and public spaces, ideas for gender equality and freedom. The letters will be strung together like prayer flags and suspended on the railings outside the consulate. Please bring your letters (preferably printed on red paper) for the memorial on Saturday. If you can't join us Saturday but still want to support the action, you can send us your letters at studiocircle@sawcc.org. We will print them and add them to the memorial. 

We need volunteers to help with crowd management and set-up. If you're able to devote 1-3 hours Saturday morning, please contact studiocircle@sawcc.org for more information.



  Photo by Sallie DeEtte Mackie, Performers: Aditi Dhruv, Anjali Tata, Parijat Desai
...a major talent who bears watching...offering clean, crisp, rhythmic
attacks...a powerhouse-  Los Angeles Times
...bold, definitive interpretations...clarity and flair predominate-  India Post