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Can roller derby change the world?

Can roller derby change the world? – Phoenix Arizona Roller Derby |

Nearly 1,500 derby skaters and supporters say yes, as a unique facebook group has skyrocketed in popularity over the past couple weeks. This proactive collaboration all started with just a few people from the derby community, looking for a place to communicate ideas on how to decrease the rates of domestic violence. Within hours the handful of members skyrocketed and continued to do so with numbers doubling and tripling.


The group was inspired by Lori Milkeris, also known as Lmbr Timber Onu of Emerald Coast Roller Derby, who was recently the victim of a domestic assault that nearly killed her. Lori’s story spread throughout the derby world and more than 5,000 people globally have been showing her support since her attack.


From Lori’s story, friends and victims of domestic violence have joined forces to createDerby For Change. The movement began as a way to show support for Lori and other victim’s of domestic violence and has now evolved into a worldwide action committee, with the first event just around the corner.

October 15th will be the first International Domestic Violence Awareness Day sponsored by Derby For Change and will draw in leagues from all over the world. Skaters have been challenged to create an event to raise awareness and share the results via local media channels and social networking sites to help motivate others to participate as well.

We will keep you posted on Derby for Change events in Hawaii 🙂  What do you think?  Can Rolly Derby change the way people view DV?

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