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ATLANTA -- On Valentine's Day, Atlantajoineda worldwide movement to end violence against women and girls.

Thousands of local men and women gathered,danced and rose up in a flash mob demonstration downtownfor One Billion Rising.

"When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness," the movement's website says. "By being a part of One Billion Rising we will all discover our solidarity and the scope of this issue. We will come to know that ending violence against women is as important as ending poverty, or AIDS or global warming. We will come to see that it is not a local issue or particular to any culture or religion or village or age. We will come to see what is possible."

Atlanta participants met Thursday morning at the Georgia Capitol steps for a press conferencefeaturing Rev. Dr. Bernice King, legendary choreographer Debbie Allen,SPANX founderSara Blakely, conservation activist Laura Turner Seydel, civil rights icon Evelyn Lowery, Bishop Barbara King of Hillside International Truth Center and Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, formerlyof Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

Afterward they performed a flash mob demonstration, choreographed by Allen, at Woodruff Park.

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