Time to Sing Your CASS Off!

Here at CASS, we believe strongly in owning our space, in self-expression and in the healing power of art and music. It is with that in mind that we are partnering with our friends at District Karaoke to host a fundraising event like no other.

For one night only on Thursday, Oct. 22, performers from across the DMV will come together for a karaoke battle royale. Sing Your CASS Off is an interactive karaoke event that gives every audience member a vote, alongside a panel of guest judges, to determine the city’s true karaoke champion.

Tickets are now on sale, and include seated and standing options. We invite you to enjoy complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a night of singing, dancing and costumes as iStrategyLabsDC BrauCongressional Chorus, Zipcar, FemEx, DC Bocce, representatives from the Washington Nationals and our very own CASS staff and board members compete for karaoke glory.

All proceeds from the event will go to sustain and grow current CASS programs, such as RightRides DC, a safe rides program for women and LGBTQ-identifying individuals, a sexual assault prevention training program for bar staff and continued Metro campaigns in partnership with WMATA.

CASS Names Interim Executive Director

Jessica Raven

Collective Action for Safe Spaces has named Jessica Raven as its interim executive director.

Raven, currently a CASS board member, will serve in this role as the organization reevaluates its structure and conducts a comprehensive search for a permanent Executive Director.

“I could not be more excited to have Jessica take the reins for this organization,” said Mindi Westhoff, CASS Board Chair. “Her dedication to our mission of ending street harassment is extensive, and her past work with CASS and other social justice organizations more than demonstrate her ability to steer CASS during such an important time.”

In addition to her work as a CASS board director since 2014, Raven has worked with a number of community organizations tackling poverty, oppression, and gender-based violence. She led the individual giving program at Polaris, supporting the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, among other programs that seek to eradicate sex and labor trafficking in the United States, and she previously managed communications at local poverty relief agency, Bread for the City.

“It’s an honor to be a part of CASS’s leadership at this time,” Raven said. “Public sexual harassment is an issue that affects more than 12,000 people in our city every single day. CASS’s work with companies like WMATA and Zipcar makes commuting safer for the people most at risk, and I’m thrilled to work collaboratively with the staff, volunteers, and community to make DC a safe space for everyone.”

In the coming months, Raven will work with CASS’s volunteer communications, workshops, and policy teams to continue growing its community-based services, including the continuation of the WMATA anti-harassment campaign, SafeBars, and RightRides DC, which provides safe rides home for women and LGBTQ-identifying individuals through a partnership with Zipcar.

The CASS Board also recognizes the significant contributions of former Executive Director Zosia Stzykowski, and wish her the best as she commences graduate studies in England.


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Our little family is growing! I’m so happy to introduce you to eight new volunteer staffers that we’ve brought on to bring you the best communications, exciting policy advocacy, and important workshops that are empowering our community to end public sexual harassment and sexual assault. Get to know the new staff!

It’s tough for me to say goodbye during such an exciting time, but nevertheless: after four years of service, during which I became CASS’s first and only full-time employee, I’m stepping down from my role as Executive Director. Looking back on the past four years, I’m overcome by how much we’ve achieved — the launch of RightRides DC, the expansion of our workshops program, the transition from all-volunteer staffing to paid leadership — thanks to you. I’ll be leaving the organization poised to leverage our growing resources and connections to dream even bigger and reach new levels of impact and sustainability.

Every day, we get closer to our vision of a harassment-free city, and it’s because of the dedication of dozens of volunteers and the contributions of people like you that we can. I’m so excited to share a bit more with you about the work you’ve made possible this spring and summer, and I can’t wait to see what you do together in the future.

Stay tuned this week for an exciting update on CASS’s new leadership, and subscribe to our email list to catch all our latest news!

Help Us Take RightRides DC to the Next Level!


People who don’t regularly experience sexual harassment in public have the freedom to choose where to go and how to get there based on convenience and cost. But for women and LGBTQ folks — populations that are at a higher risk of sexual harassment and assault — these considerations are often in conflict with a need to stay safe.

Our answer: RightRides DC. This summer, we wrapped up our pilot year of RightRides DC and it was a huge success! Thanks to all of you, our supporters and volunteers, we were able to provide free, safe rides home for dozens of women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the community over four service dates since last October.

Now we are ready to take RightRides DC to the next level, but we can’t do it without you!

Starting this fall, we hope to offer RightRides DC service dates once a month for an entire year! But to do that we need to raise $10,000 by September 30.

You can help us reach our goal by making a donation to RightRides DC right now.

As a small, grassroots organization, we depend on our donors and volunteers to make our work possible. Together, we can make DC a city free from public sexual harassment and assault. And we can start by making sure women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the DC community can get home safe at night.

Donate to RightRides DC today and help us ensure even more people can get free, safe rides home in the coming year.