We’re Celebrating Stop Street Harassment’s 5th Anniversary — and We’re Getting an Award, Too!

We at CASS are *pumped* to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our invaluable partner, Stop Street Harassment (SSH)!

SSH, which is dedicated to documenting and ending gender-based street harassment worldwide, started as a blog in 2008 and became a full-fledged nonprofit in 2012. CASS has worked side-by-side with SSH since our very beginnings, including through our community safety audits, International Anti-Street Harassment Week (which SSH founded), our ongoing WMATA anti-harassment work,  and other local campaigns and public outreach to fight public sexual harassment. SSH’s founder, Holly Kearl, served on the CASS board from 2011-2013.

We invite the CASS community to join us at Stop Street Harassment’s 5th Anniversary fundraiser happy hour and awards ceremony on June 5, from 5-9 p.m. at Vinoteca.

We’re honored to note that SSH will be presenting CASS and our Safe Bars partner, Defend Yourself, with a “Community Change Agents” award!

More details below. See you there!

WHEN: June 5, 2013, 5-9 p.m. (Awards ceremony runs from 5:30 – 6 p.m. Raffle begins at 7:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Vinoteca, 1940 11th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

COST: Free to attend, there will be happy hour specials. You may want to bring some cash for the raffle, donation jar, and if you want to buy a copy of the Stop Street Harassment book.

This is a great opportunity to not only support the work of SSH and celebrate our five years of activism, but it is also a wonderful chance to meet some of the SSH board members and volunteers and to mingle with the AMAZING DC-area community members and groups with whom we work. At 5:30 p.m., there will be an awards ceremony to honor public officials and community members who work to make the Washington-D.C. area safer. Additionally, there will be a raffle, happy hour specials, street harassment art, SSH swag, and books for sale.


Safe Public Spaces Champion
Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser (confirmed to attend!)

Safe Transit Advocate
Deputy Chief Leslie M. Campbell, Caroline Lukas, and Ben Merrion

Safe Public Spaces Trailblazer
Marty Laneglan, Dienna Howard, and Patrick Ryne McNiel

Community Change Agents
DefendYourself Staff and Collective Action for Safe Spaces Staff

If you’re not local or if you can’t attend, you can still support SSH through a tax-deductible donation and/or by bidding on an item during our online auction this week.

One Response

  1. Everette Mcbride

    Street harassment is a human rights issue because it limits women’s ability to be in public as often or as comfortably as most men. The mobility of all members of the LGBQT community is often restricted as well because of harassment and hateful violence motivated by the person’s actual or perceived gender expression or sexual orientation. For example, a 2013 study of 93,000 LGBQT individuals in the European Union found that half avoided public spaces sometimes because of street harassment and most reported high levels of fear in locations like restaurants, public transportation, streets, parking lots, and parks.