February 14, 2013
Members of the Northampton Community College (NCC) community joined with people all over the world as part of the One Billion Rising movement. Activities, including the dance flash mob "Break the Chain," were held in 182 countries on February 14 in an effort to raise awareness of and put a stop to violence towards women.
NCC's Zeta Kappa Psi sisterhood, with the help of advisor Catherine Rue (Student Life) and Ziona Brotleit (Counseling), arranged NCC's participation in the flash mob by reaching out to students, faculty and staff to join in and by holding practices of the dance, which was choreographed by Debbie Allen. The song, "Break the Chain," is performed by Tena Clark
The group performed the dance in front of a large audience in the Student Life Zone. Afterwards, Brotleit gave a passionate account of the atrocities women are subjected to around the globe. To conclude the program, students Katlane Seema and Nordia Campbell read the Eve Ensler poem "My Short Skirt."
The One Billion Rising events were held on the 15th anniversary of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
Watch a video of NCC's "Break the Chain" flash mob on YouTube.