We don’t know about you, but we’re extremely ready to say goodbye to 2017.
This year, we’ve seen our community’s resilience and strength put to the test, and together we rose to the challenge.
Here’s a look back at what we accomplished through collective action in 2017:
20 new bars joined the Safe Bar Collective — a rebrand of our program that trains nightlife staff to respond to sexual harassment and prevent sexual assault! Now, staff is using the same strategies to interrupt racist, transphobic, and hateful microaggressions, inside the bar and in hiring.
4 trans people of color became trained in restaurant job skills — and within 3 months of being trained, 2 people were hired in our partner bars!
24 people grappled with their masculinity and 6 men became facilitators for the ReThinking Masculinity program in partnership with DC Rape Crisis Center and ReThink — running two cohorts where masculine people learn and practice skills for building healthy relationships and interrupting everyday microaggressions.
1200+ people were equipped with strategies to respond directly to harassment and violence, using community-based alternatives to police to make DC safer for everyone.
Hundreds of survivors and advocates spoke out at rallies, speakouts, and a hearing that we organized where people were able to share their stories, access healing and support from community, and build public support for the Street Harassment Prevention Act — a public health approach to making public spaces safer from harassment.
On top of all that, we’ve built infrastructure that better positions us to take on the year ahead: a new office, new staff, and innovative new plans.
Thank you for all of the ways you’ve helped us build — connecting us to bars, bringing us to train your staff and volunteers, speaking out at rallies, giving your time to help out with annoying admin stuff, and sharing your stories at the hearing to pass the Street Harassment Prevention Act.
We’re grateful to be in this struggle with you. To 2018 & beyond!