SURVEY: When Do You Want to Use RightRides DC Next?

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Take It A Step Further – Volunteer for RightRides DC!

RightRidesDC is a volunteer-run program. Upon our recent expansion to all four quadrants of the city, we’re actively seeking volunteers who live in the SE or SW quadrants to join our team. We’re also seeking Spanish-speaking volunteers. Volunteers are a critical part of the team and your suggestions and feedback as we develop the program are invaluable.

Can’t volunteer?  You can donate at any time to help us sustain and expand the service!

PHOTOS: You Brought the Party at Our 3rd Annual “Lights, Camera, Collective Action” Fundraiser

Thank you for joining us at our third annual Lights, Camera, Action, Collective Action. It was the best yet! We love to see our work gain momentum every year with more people like YOU taking action. Together, we’re creating a safer Washington, D.C.

The party of the year not only allows us to celebrate with you wonderful people, it also funds programs like Right Rides D.C., and helps us work towards long-term solutions to build safe streets through workshops, policy advocacy, and cultural activism. I’m thrilled to announce that we raised $14,000 for these programs at #LCCA2015.

Wondering who baked the delicious pies, supplied the awesome drinks, and made our silent auction items fabulous? Check out the list of sponsors for #LCCA2015 below!

DC Brau | Monument Fine Wines | New Columbia Distillery | Dangerously Delicious Pies |Cava Mezze Grill | Nourrie Cuisine | &pizza | Urban Stems | Mellow Mushroom | Zipcar |District Karaoke | Washington Nationals | Treasury | Meeps | Studio Theatre | Urban Evolution| Freed Bodyworks | Mare Naturals | Stella & Dot | The Barre Method Denizen | Thomas Foolery | Room 11 | Basecamp

We’re putting your incredible generosity right to work to create a safer city. Looks like we’ll be very busy!

…And now for the photos. Head over to Facebook to see them all!

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Artist Spotlight: Kelly Towles on the Intersection of Art and Social Justice

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If you’re plugged into the Washington, D.C., art scene, you may have seen Kelly Towles’ work in exhibitions at the David Adamson Gallery. But it doesn’t take an art enthusiast to catch a glimpse of his murals around town at places like U Street Music Hall, Toki Underground, DC Brau and Graffiato. Towles has work for sale tomorrow at CASS’s 6th anniversary party, “Lights, Camera, Collective Action!” from 6:00-8:30pm at Room & Board in DC. He took some time to chat with CASS about his work and the universal human experience of equipping ourselves to deal with everyday obstacles and challenges of the society in which we live.

Your love for DC is clear in your work. But can you talk about why you support CASS’ efforts to end street harassment in the district?

Harassment shouldn’t happen anywhere. Hopefully with support and awareness, people will rally behind this cause, because it will make our city a better place overall.

cass - street harassment art dc Your art is about individuals dealing with the world around them, and what they wear or do to feel best equipped to do that. Why is this so important to you, and how do you feel best equipped to handle the world around you?

I sometimes never really feel equipped to deal with people – I don’t think anyone can.  Those are life lessons: Learning after time how to navigate and sail through life, and dealing with people. It is so unpredictable, but it can also be so rewarding when you run aground on that someone or someones who have the same current or feelings that you do and can return them.

How does art intersect with social justice? Put another way, how does art empower or inspire people to make lasting change?

I think art and music are the great denominators. You can make simple, powerful messages that anyone can understand. You just have to use the right language, which for me is visual.

BONUS: Art by DC’s  Elizabeth Graeber and  Lisa Marie Thalhamme

At tomorrow’s “Lights, Camera, Collective Action!” event, you can snag a Kelly Towles original, or peruse work by any of our other featured artists, including illustrator Elizabeth Graeber, Nima Veiseh and  Lisa Marie Thalhammer, known for her “Boxer Girl” pieces. (See Graeber, Veisehand Thalhammer’s work below, respectively.)

>> Don’t wait! Get your tix for our Thursday, April 16th ”Lights, Camera, Collective Action!” party now!

 

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Care for Some Cookies or a Bouquet of Flowers? Our VIP Swag Bags are Awesome!

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Free massages. Open bar. Stand-up comedy and slam poetry. Pie.

You already know that your ticket to Lights, Camera, Collective Action! on April 16 gets you in on all the fun. But maybe didn’t know that with the purchase of our special Directors Chair tickets, you can walk away with a VIP swag bag full of so much more. Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 2.02.06 PMWant to send flowers and candy to that special someone? (or yourself – you deserve a pick-me-up!)  Urban Stems has you covered with gift cards, and the Room 11 bakery is sweetening the deal with a bag of baked goods made especially for our event!

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 2.03.40 PMAnd don’t forget the fun – We’ve got gift certificates to Thomas Foolery in Dupont, so stop in for a drink and some Mario Wii. Or if you’re feeling retro, maybe a game of Pogs? 38 collective action for safe spaces dc 19th amendment alleycat

Treats aside, we know you give to CASS because you want to see street harassment end in DC. That’s why we’re arming you with street-harassment-fighting gear, including a CASS T-shirt, tote bag and anti-harassment cards you can give to your loved ones — or straight to the jokers who harass you on the street.

>>>We have a limited number of Directors Chair tickets, so buy yours today!

 

PHOTOS: We Did a Workshop with the Amazing Women of N Street Village

On April 2, CASS presented our street harassment 101 workshop, “Building a Safe City” at N Street Village, a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in DC.

Street harassment frequently makes public spaces feel less safe for women and LGBTQ folks. For those who experience homelessness or housing insecurity, street harassment takes on additional complications. Exposure to street harassment may be more frequent, more intense and more threatening when you have to spend a lot of time in public space.

CASS and N Street Village share a belief in the power of community, especially one built on dignity and respect. Together, we discussed how street harassment impacts our lives, and shared ways in which they’ve addressed their own safety while responding to it. The group also reflected on the possibility of a world where everyone feels safe in public space, and how that looks for them.

Here’s N Street Village’s Public Space Bill of Rights:

When I’m in public space, I have the right…

  • To not be bothered.
  • To not be engaged in unwanted conversation.
  • To be treated as a human being.
  • To not be solicited in any way.
  • To feel comfortable and not threatened.
  • To walk away.
  • To be spoken to with respect.
  • To be addressed with an appropriate greeting.

Check out these photos of some of our amazing participants! (photo credit: Mindi Westhoff Photography)

>>>> Bring CASS facilitators to train your group!

>>>> Support this work! Join us at our  3rd annual signature community appreciation event. Can’t make it? Select the option to donate!