Happy Revolutionary Year!
Kranti made its first ever public performance on 17th December in front of a crowd of 250! The Revolutionaries participated, in an inter-NGO event, "Our Life. Our Choice.", advocating accepting, respecting and supporting women who defy the norms of society, like single mothers, queer women and sex workers. The Revolutionaries, completely independently, scripted and performed a series of monologues about the lives of sex workers, demanding dignity of labour, access to health and education, and protection from abuse by the law, for sex workers. Their performance was met by huge applause! Kranti has truly appeared on the non-profit sector in Mumbai!
The Revolutionaries turned activists this month, participating in protest rallies, candle light vigils and signing campaigns to support Irom Sharmila's 11 year long hunger strike to protest against the attrocities of the military against civilans in North-East India.
December was "Special Abilities" month at Kranti. The month started with workshops, teaching the Revolutionaries about the different kinds of disabilities, both physical and mental. They were also inspired by the success stories of people with Special Abilities, like Helen Keller and Stephen Hawking. We will continue with this theme in the new year too, where the Revolutionaries will visit and volunteeer in a school for special children.
But the most exciting event of all was the Revolutionaries trekking up to the Pindari Glacier in the Himalayas at 12000 feet! Last month, we told you about some of the Revolutionaries being inspired to climb Mt. Everest. Well, I guess that dream is well on it's way.
2012, here come the Revolutionaries!!!