CASS Takes Back The Streets! Sidewalk chalking in Dupont Circle

On Sunday, Collective Action for Safe Spaces took to the streets — or at least the Circle — to help kick off the Second Annual Meet Us On The Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week (April 7-13). Joined by Stop Street Harassment, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture (which rallied lots of participation for its new photo project on consent), the DC Rape Crisis Center and fellow community activists, CASS led a sidewalk chalking event to spread anti-street harassment messages across DC’s Dupont Circle!

Colorful chalk with phrases like “My name is not ‘Hey Baby,’” “Street harassment is not a compliment,” “My body is NOT public space,” and “I deserve safe streets” can be found all over the Dupont Circle area.  From passerbys to those enjoying the beautiful day, we received TONS of positive feedback and engaged in great conversations about preventing street harassment.

>>Tweet us your photos if you come across our chalkings (or our other street art, for that matter)! @safespacesDC

TAKE BACK THE STREETS: Join us this Sunday (4/7) for Sidewalk Chalking for International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

CASS Sidewalk Chalking for International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

“Don’t tell us what to wear, tell men not to rape!”
“I deserve to feel safe walking down the street!”
“‘Hey Baby’ is NOT a compliment!”

Agree with these messages? Then join us to TAKE BACK THE STREETS with us
this Sunday at 2pm in Dupont!

CASS is proud to host the kickoff event (!) for the Second Annual Meet Us On The Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week (April 7-13)We’ll meet at the fountain in Dupont Circle at 2:00pm to check-in, distribute supplies, and put you in teams. With chalk in hand, the sky’s the limit. Get creative, get chalky, and get the message out that we deserve to feel safe on our streets!

>> RSVP on Facebook!

And if you want to get pumped up beforehand, sign up for this kickass, free self defense workshop (also part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week!) on responding to sexual harassment in public spaces, hosted by Lauren Taylor of Defend Yourself.