FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2017
Claire S. Gould
DC Community Rallies to End Street Harassment
Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) and local community leaders will gather in Farragut Square on Saturday, April 8th for a rally to end street harassment. The rally, which will take place during International Anti-Street Harassment Week, calls for community-based non-criminal solutions to make public spaces safer.
Jessica Raven from CASS, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Darakshan Raja from the Washington Peace Center, and representatives from HIPS and Stop Street Harassment will share how public harassment affects members of their communities — especially individuals representing multiple oppressed identities.
“The anti-violence movement has historically pitted the safety of different communities against each other,” said Jessica Raven, executive director for CASS. “The reality is that women who are black, Latinx, queer, trans, Muslim, immigrants, sex workers, homeless, or all of the above cannot separate these other layers of marginalization from their womanhood. If solutions to violence against women cause violence against other marginalized communities, they’re not solutions.”
“It’s critical for us all to come together in solidarity,” continued Raven. “We’re especially excited to show our collective support for the Street Harassment Prevention Act, introduced by CM Nadeau to collect citywide data and bring diverse groups together to develop policy solutions that will make DC’s public spaces for everyone.”
The rally will begin with a bilingual skillshare presentation on bystander intervention, or how to intervene when you witness someone being harassed. Throughout the rally, speakers representing the diverse communities affected most by street harassment — religious minorities, Black and Latinx individuals, sex workers, trans women, and those who live at the intersection of multiple oppressed identities, will share how street harassment affects them.
Attendees are welcome to share their own experiences or participate by chalking sidewalks with messages promoting safety and respect.
Rally to End Street Harassment
When: Saturday, April 8th from 2-4pm
Where: Farragut Square
Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) is a grassroots organization that works to empower people in the DC metropolitan area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault.