FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7/22/2014

Contact:
Nicole Markisohn
Volunteer, Collective Action for Safe Spaces

Grassroots Group Organizing to End Gender-Based Violence in DC

Washington, DC – Local survivors of gender-based violence and their allies, in conjunction with grassroots group Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), will gather at Malcolm X Park in Northwest Washington, DC, on Saturday, July 26th between 2 and 5 p.m. to share their knowledge and experiences, learn from experienced local activists and build an organized grassroots community dedicated to ending all forms of gender-based violence.

#ItTakesAllofUs marks a significant step towards creating an empowered, organized movement against gender-based violence in the nation’s capital. The volunteer-led event will raise awareness around the pervasiveness of harassment and violence, connect participants with others who share their vision of a violence-free community and provide participants with concrete skills they can use every day to foster the culture change necessary to end gender-based violence. #ItTakesAllofUs welcomes people of all gender expressions, sexualities, ages, races, abilities, and classes. Gender-based violence affects everyone; #ItTakesAllofUs to end it.

“Gender-based violence is strongly connected to the problems of sexism, homophobia and transphobia. In order to end this violence, we need to start listening to survivors – and then step up as a community to change these problematic aspects of our culture.” says Zosia Sztykowski, Director of Community Outreach for Collective Action for Safe Spaces. “A lot of people want to step up but don’t know how. Our skill shares will equip people with simple techniques they can use in their daily lives to promote that culture change.” Sztykowski will be leading a skill share entitled “Talking to Your Friends and Family about Street Harassment.”

For more information about this event and for continued updates, RSVP on Facebook. To learn more about Collective Action for Safe Spaces, visit www.collectiveactiondc.org.

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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 of public sexual harassment and assault. Founded in 2009, has reached thousands of DC area residents through both online and offline activism, including community workshops, grassroots organizing, and community-driven research, shedding light on an otherwise invisible problem in our nation’s capital.