Give The Gift of Safety

Looking for that perfect gift to that DC-centric someone? How about giving the gift of karma this year to your sister-in-law? Always wanted to support HBDC! and couldn’t figure out how?

RightRides in DC!

We are partnering with RightRides to bring their services from NYC to DC.  RightRides is

a free, safe, late night ride home for women and LGBTQ individuals, to address gender-based harassment and assault. Currently based in NYC, RightRides is an award-winning nonprofit service that began in 2004 and has driven over 2,000 Riders safely home to date.

Click here to donate online and make this expansion happen. Or, if you prefer to support USPS, please make checks payable to RightRides. Please indicate your donation should be earmarked for RightRides DC and mail to:

RightRides For Women’s Safety
26 Court Street Ste. 505
Brooklyn, NY 11242

“The Story”

As we’ve mentioned in the past we love the use of music and art as tool to talk about street harassment. Yesterday we came across this post from our friend over at Stop Street Harassment Blog. Does anyone else know of any songs about street harassment?

From Stop Street Harassment Blog:

Last year I wrote a short list of songs I had heard that mention or address street harassment. My best friend from elementary school just sent me the YouTube video for Ani DiFranco’s song “The Story” and it is about street harassment too! Ani articulates the problem well, don’t you think?

“I would have returned your greeting
If it weren’t for the way you were looking at me
This street is not a market
And I am not a commodity

And don’t you find it sad that we can’t even say hello
‘Cause you’re a man
And I am a woman
And the sun is getting low
And there are some places that I can’t go
As a woman I can’t go there

And as a person I don’t care
I don’t go for the hey baby what’s your name
And I’d like to go alone thank you
Just the same

I am up again against
The skin of my guitar
In the window of my life
Looking out through the bars
I am sounding out the silence
Avoiding all the words
I’m afraid I’ve said too much
I’m afraid of who has heard me

And my father, he told me the story
And it was true
For his time
But now the story is different
Maybe I should tell him mine
All the girls line up here
All the boys on the other side
I see your ranks are advancing
I see mine are left behind

I am up again against
The skin of my guitar
In the window of my life
Looking out through the bars
I am sounding out the silence
Avoiding all the words
I’m afraid I can never say enough
I’m afraid no one has heard me

And despite all the balls that I’ve been thrown
And forced to drop
On the social totem pole
I’m preciously close to the top
They put you in your place
And they tell you to behave
But no one can be free
Until we’re all on even grade

And I would have returned your greeting
If it weren’t for the way you were looking at me”

Register for a FREE HBDC! workshop.

Join us for a free workshop on street harassment at S.A.L.S.A next Tuesday from 6:45 to 8:45.

Register HERE!

About the workshop:

Studies show that at least 80 to 100 percent of women are sexually harassed in a public setting at least once in their life. However, we don’t talk about this type of gender-based harassment when we discuss violence against women. Gender-based public sexual harassment can be anything from verbal harassment to physical, leading to sometimes fatal consequences.

Since many of us (women, LGBT, men) face this type of harassment during our daily interactions and don’t know what to do, come to this workshop! Join Holla Back DC! in a part interactive, part lecture workshop showcasing the history of anti-street harassment activism in DC, highlighting common scenarios of street harassment, and tips on how to address the harassment as an bystander witnessing harassment and an individual experiencing harassment.

We look forward to seeing you there!

How To Respond To Harassment

Last week we received a post from an individual asking the community how do you respond to harassment? We received some really great comments and ideas so we thought we should share our own thoughts on responding to street harassment.

At HBDC! we strongly believe in using nonviolent methods to engage our oppressors.  The tips we teach at our HBDC! trainings and workshops are the methods we learned from our Shero Marty Langelan, who has given us permission to use them on our blog and in our trainings. We HIGHLY recommend her book Back Off! for a more in depth look on various methods to address street harassment as well as the history of street harassment.

Remember to only engage when you feel safe and when you feel like saying something. There is no right or wrong way to address street harassment and whatever your reaction is, is okay.

Try out one of these methods from Marty and let us know how it goes!

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HBDC! Anti-Street Harassment Workshop

We are thrilled to announce we are holding another Anti-Street Harassment Workshop at S.A.L.S.A on November 17th. Best of all, it is FREE for you to attend, so register soon!

Anti-Street Harassment Workshop 6:45-8:45pm Free
Studies show that at least 80 to 100 percent of women are sexually harassed in a public setting at least once in their life. However, we don’t talk about this type of gender-based harassment when we discuss violence against women. Gender-based public sexual harassment can be anything from verbal harassment to physical, leading to sometimes fatal consequences. Since many of us (women, LGBT, men) face this type of harassment during our daily intereactions and don’t know what to do, come to this workshop! Join Holla Back DC! in a part interactive, part lecture workshop showcasing the history of anti-street harassment activism in DC, highlighting common scenarios of street harassment, and tips on how to address the harassment.

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