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Are you passionate about building a city that’s safe for everyone?
Are you creative and driven?
Got a few extra hours a week to help out?

If your answer to these questions is “yes,” we have four volunteer opportunities that are perfect for someone just like you! Thanks to our amazing supporters, we have a TON of great projects on our plate — you can help us keep up with all of our exciting work.

Interested in one of these opportunities? Send an email to info@collectiveactiondc.org with the position title in the subject line, a brief note expressing your interest and a copy of your resume. We’ll get right in touch. All positions will be open until filled so apply soon!

Policy Team Members

The CASS Policy Team will consist of at least two individuals who will work together to plan, develop, and implement CASS’s public policy positions, and educate decision-makers on public sexual harassment and assault, intersecting issues, and community-driven solutions. CASS’s model is to empower community members to take leadership in ensuring public safety for themselves and others, and our policy work is no different. The policy team will focus on the following projects and tasks, in addition to addressing policy issues as they arise.

Duration: Approximately 10 hours/week, on an ongoing basis. These are work-from-anywhere positions, but team members should be located in DC.

Duties:

  • Help organize people who have experienced public gender-based violence to determine policy goals for the organization and give testimony in various fora. Act as a facilitator for community conversations.
  • Utilize research data collected locally by CASS, as well as national studies and related data (economic, transportation, population/census, etc.).
  • Pull experiences from the CASS blog to illustrate various issues and potential solutions.
  • Develop general PSH/A policy packet to give to all members of DC Council (such as stats one-pager, policy priorities one-pager, About CASS one-pager).
  • Meet with DC Council Members or their staff to discuss how PSH/A impacts women and LGBTQ people in DC.
  • Work with CASS staff on strategic planning for the organization.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with strategic partners to identify policy priorities as well as opportunities for collaboration (ongoing).
  • Assist the communications team with developing talking points around policy issues.
  • Respond to policy-related media requests (ongoing).

Communications Team Members

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Are you skilled at garnering “likes” and retweets? Do you know what it takes to engage an online community around social justice issues? We’re looking for a social media manager to grow CASS’s online presence! You should be committed to CASS’s mission, have command of best practices and trends in social media marketing, enjoy being creative, and understand how to build and convert a digital audience.

Duration: Approximately 5-10 hours/week, on an ongoing basis.  These are work-from-anywhere positions, but team members should be located in DC.

Duties:

  • Actively engage, monitor, mobilize and grow audiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, while also exploring new outlets for online engagement
  • Help identify, design and implement social media advocacy campaigns around legislation and events
  • Consistently measure and optimize content and approaches
  • Utilize social media platforms to foster relationships with key influencers, including DC Council members, reporters, bloggers and partner groups
  • Monitor news, articles and developments relevant to CASS’s mission
  • Identify and create shareable content, including graphics/images, Facebook cover photos, etc.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to maintain a consistent tone and voice across CASS platforms

EMAIL MARKETING MANAGER

Are you clever and pithy? And good at writing? We’re looking for an email marketing manager to grow and engage CASS’s audience(s). You should be committed to CASS’s mission, have command of best practices and trends in email marketing, enjoy being creative, and understand how to build and convert a digital audience.

Duration: Approximately 5-10 hours/week, on an ongoing basis. This is a work-from-anywhere position, but team members should be located in DC.

Duties:

  • Develop and maintain email calendar for communications with various audiences
  • Write, design and manage individual email campaigns, including newsletters, calls-to-action and fundraising appeals
  • Determine optimal list segmentation for various email sends, such as segmentation based upon donor status or engagement level
  • Consistently track, measure, and analyze email performance in order to improve and optimize content, including open and click-through rates
  • Collaborate with colleagues to maintain a consistent tone and voice across CASS platforms

WEBSITE MANAGER

Do you know basic HTML? Do you have web or blogging experience? We’re looking for a website manager to grow and engage CASS’s audience(s). You should be committed to CASS’s mission, have a basic command of best practices in web management, enjoy being creative, and understand how to optimize online content.

Duration: Approximately 5-10 hours/week, on an ongoing basis. This is a work-from-anywhere position, but team members should be located in DC.

Duties:

  • Develop and maintain detailed content calendar in efforts to keep CASS’s website engaging and up-to-date
  • Write and identify content for CASS’s blog and website, including event announcements, surveys, and more
  • Create, manage and update comprehensive online resources on public sexual harassment and assault, including relevant programs and services offered by partner organizations
  • Oversee and publish user submissions on street harassment
  • Consistently track, measure, and analyze website performance through Google Analytics
  • Implement and advise CASS staff on practices to optimize content for search engines

Protecting and Advancing Survivors’ Rights in Our Community

Elisabeth Olds, the SAVRAA Independent Expert Consultant responsible for monitoring compliance with the Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights Amendment Act of 2014 and making recommendations for improvements, would like to hear from as many survivors as possible who experienced a sexual assault in the District of Columbia after January 1, 2014.

The goals of her interviews and focus groups is to hear firsthand from survivors about their experiences with reporting to law enforcement – both good and bad – and hear their perspectives about what needs to change about that process to make it more victim-centered, and what would be most helpful to survivors in the process, such as advocates, information and resources.

Interviews and focus groups are completely confidential and no names or specific case details will be revealed. Survivors’ perspectives are central to this evaluation and can help create a law and a system that provides maximum benefit to other survivors in the future.

Elisabeth will be convening a focus group Thursday, July 9th at 6pm at 600 I Street NW. If you are a recent survivor of sexual assault, please consider sharing your experiences with Elisabeth in this confidential setting. There will be a licensed social worker available on site for anyone that requires additional support during the conversation.

Please feel free to disseminate this notice widely.

For additional information, please contact the DC Justice for Survivors Campaign at dcjusticeforsurvivors@gmail.com.

A goodbye message from CASS’s co-founder, Chai Shenoy!

At this year’s Lights, Camera, CollectiveAction, I looked around the event venue. In that room was a world that felt true to me: inter-generational, racially & ethnically diverse, women/men/3rdgender, artists, lawyers, start-up geeks, and multi-lingual folks all gathering together. I saw my friends and family. I saw strangers with warm smiles. I saw acquaintances that I only see at LCCA. And, I knew then, as I know now, that Collective Action for Safe Spaces has a mission that affects all.

I’m honored to have spent the last 6+ years creating a space where our community can talk about public sexual harassment and assault. I started this organization because someone exposed himself to me on the Metro (Red line going from Silver Spring to Takoma) and it made me angry. That anger shifted into action and the birth of an online forum.

wmata sexual harassment dc metro3The organization has truly sprouted now.  We’ve worked to get bars and restaurants to be part of the anti-sexual assault movement; met with the Metropolitan Police Department to review their trainings for cadets;kicked it with youth from different youth-serving organizations and high schools; and generally spoken up and spoken out with wheatpastes, at rallies and bike rides. Who knew that 6 years later, on the Metro line where a man exposed himself to me, I would look up to see an ad by WMATA with CASS’s logo on it that addresses harassment. Best of all, through a partnership with Zipcar, we’ve created a free, alternative transportation option for women and LGBTQ individuals called RightRides DC. collective action for safe spaces street harassment dcIt’s been so exciting to watch this growth. We hired our first and only full time staff member two years ago — Executive Director Zosia Sztykowski — and brought on a team of passionate, committed volunteers. Less than a year ago, we hired a part time Fellow to help us launch RightRides DC. These young women are poised to continue their work to nurture CASS into even greater impact and sustainability. We’re still growing — and yet we remain incredibly indebted to our generous donors and volunteers who make everything we do possible.

Yes, we did this. Not me. Not you. But we.

As I leave to pursue more time with my family and other dreams, I am so grateful to you. Thank you for helping CASS become something. Thanks for believing that a city can thrive without public sexual harassment and assault. And through that, thanks for believing in me.

With bows of gratitude and solidarity,
Chai Shenoy
Co-Founder
Collective Action for Safe Spaces

RightRides DC will bring you home on the Fourth of July!

LET FREEDOM RING!

Save the #RightRidesDC number in your phone now: 202-556-4232!

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The freedom to get home safely and without breaking the bank. RightRides DC is back on Independence Day – so women, LGBTQ, and gender nonconforming folks in all 8 wards of DC can get a free, safe ride home this July 4th!

Call or text July 4 between midnight and 3:30am for a free, safe ride home.
Save the #RightRidesDC number in your phone now: 202-556-4232!

Volunteer for RightRides DC on the Fourth of July!

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AWESOME NEWS: You voted, and our next RightRides DC service date is Independence Day – July 4th! We’ll be providing free, safe rides home for women and LGBTQ and gender nonconforming people in DC after the fireworks have all ended between the early morning hours of 12:00am-3:30am the night of July 4th-morning of July 5th. The number one thing we need to make this service a huge success? YOU! We’re still in need of dispatchers, drivers and navigators.

Sign up now to volunteer as a RightRidesDC driver, dispatcher, navigator or outreach team member!

THE DETAILS:

  • New volunteers must attend our training session on June 23, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (@ Shaw Library) and must be available to volunteer from 11:30 pm to 4:00 am on July 4, 2015 (ok, technically that’s July 5…you know what we mean!).
  • We’re especially seeking volunteers who live in the SE or SW quadrants of DC.
  • All volunteers will be provided with a free Zipcar membership as well as free transportation home at the end of their volunteer shift!
  • Each car will have a driver and a navigator, so apply with a friend! In fact, you can hear it straight from our volunteers themselves – volunteering for RightRidesDC isn’t just important work, it’s also kind of a blast!

Be a part of something big. Sign up to volunteer now! 

P.S. Don’t forget to save the RightRides DC number in your phone now! Call or text 202-556-4232 for a free, safe ride home from 12am-3:30am on July 4th. Tell your friends!