PHOTOS: You Brought the Party at Our 3rd Annual “Lights, Camera, Collective Action” Fundraiser

Thank you for joining us at our third annual Lights, Camera, Action, Collective Action. It was the best yet! We love to see our work gain momentum every year with more people like YOU taking action. Together, we’re creating a safer Washington, D.C.

The party of the year not only allows us to celebrate with you wonderful people, it also funds programs like Right Rides D.C., and helps us work towards long-term solutions to build safe streets through workshops, policy advocacy, and cultural activism. I’m thrilled to announce that we raised $14,000 for these programs at #LCCA2015.

Wondering who baked the delicious pies, supplied the awesome drinks, and made our silent auction items fabulous? Check out the list of sponsors for #LCCA2015 below!

DC Brau | Monument Fine Wines | New Columbia Distillery | Dangerously Delicious Pies |Cava Mezze Grill | Nourrie Cuisine | &pizza | Urban Stems | Mellow Mushroom | Zipcar |District Karaoke | Washington Nationals | Treasury | Meeps | Studio Theatre | Urban Evolution| Freed Bodyworks | Mare Naturals | Stella & Dot | The Barre Method Denizen | Thomas Foolery | Room 11 | Basecamp

We’re putting your incredible generosity right to work to create a safer city. Looks like we’ll be very busy!

…And now for the photos. Head over to Facebook to see them all!

























Artist Spotlight: Kelly Towles on the Intersection of Art and Social Justice


If you’re plugged into the Washington, D.C., art scene, you may have seen Kelly Towles’ work in exhibitions at the David Adamson Gallery. But it doesn’t take an art enthusiast to catch a glimpse of his murals around town at places like U Street Music Hall, Toki Underground, DC Brau and Graffiato. Towles has work for sale tomorrow at CASS’s 6th anniversary party, “Lights, Camera, Collective Action!” from 6:00-8:30pm at Room & Board in DC. He took some time to chat with CASS about his work and the universal human experience of equipping ourselves to deal with everyday obstacles and challenges of the society in which we live.

Your love for DC is clear in your work. But can you talk about why you support CASS’ efforts to end street harassment in the district?

Harassment shouldn’t happen anywhere. Hopefully with support and awareness, people will rally behind this cause, because it will make our city a better place overall.

cass - street harassment art dc Your art is about individuals dealing with the world around them, and what they wear or do to feel best equipped to do that. Why is this so important to you, and how do you feel best equipped to handle the world around you?

I sometimes never really feel equipped to deal with people – I don’t think anyone can.  Those are life lessons: Learning after time how to navigate and sail through life, and dealing with people. It is so unpredictable, but it can also be so rewarding when you run aground on that someone or someones who have the same current or feelings that you do and can return them.

How does art intersect with social justice? Put another way, how does art empower or inspire people to make lasting change?

I think art and music are the great denominators. You can make simple, powerful messages that anyone can understand. You just have to use the right language, which for me is visual.

BONUS: Art by DC’s  Elizabeth Graeber and  Lisa Marie Thalhamme

At tomorrow’s “Lights, Camera, Collective Action!” event, you can snag a Kelly Towles original, or peruse work by any of our other featured artists, including illustrator Elizabeth Graeber, Nima Veiseh and  Lisa Marie Thalhammer, known for her “Boxer Girl” pieces. (See Graeber, Veisehand Thalhammer’s work below, respectively.)

>> Don’t wait! Get your tix for our Thursday, April 16th ”Lights, Camera, Collective Action!” party now!


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Care for Some Cookies or a Bouquet of Flowers? Our VIP Swag Bags are Awesome!

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Free massages. Open bar. Stand-up comedy and slam poetry. Pie.

You already know that your ticket to Lights, Camera, Collective Action! on April 16 gets you in on all the fun. But maybe didn’t know that with the purchase of our special Directors Chair tickets, you can walk away with a VIP swag bag full of so much more. Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 2.02.06 PMWant to send flowers and candy to that special someone? (or yourself – you deserve a pick-me-up!)  Urban Stems has you covered with gift cards, and the Room 11 bakery is sweetening the deal with a bag of baked goods made especially for our event!

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 2.03.40 PMAnd don’t forget the fun – We’ve got gift certificates to Thomas Foolery in Dupont, so stop in for a drink and some Mario Wii. Or if you’re feeling retro, maybe a game of Pogs? 38 collective action for safe spaces dc 19th amendment alleycat

Treats aside, we know you give to CASS because you want to see street harassment end in DC. That’s why we’re arming you with street-harassment-fighting gear, including a CASS T-shirt, tote bag and anti-harassment cards you can give to your loved ones — or straight to the jokers who harass you on the street.

>>>We have a limited number of Directors Chair tickets, so buy yours today!


Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Ticket for #‎LCCA2015‬!

Our 6th anniversary party, “Lights, Camera, Collective Action,” (#LCCA15) is Thursday, April 16, and we’re pumped to celebrate with you! We’re pulling out all the stops: beers from DC Brau Brewing Company, pies from Dangerously Delicous, delish dips from Cava Mezze Grill, slam poetry, stand-up comedy, a photobooth, art sale, DJ and more! All that for a great cause of supporting our work to create a safer DC 

If that’s not enough, here are 10 reasons why you should get your ticket for #‎LCCA2015‬!

(Photos courtesy of our 2013 and 2014 LCCAs!)

  1. “Because all of your favorite humans will be under the same roof supporting a great cause.” – Julia Strange
  2. “OMG PIES! Eating pie sounds like the most delicious way to fight street harassment.” - Set Oya
  3. “Two words: Photo Booth. My friends and I had so much fun rocking the photo booth that we actually went back twice just to change up the costumes of what we were wearing. Definitely looking forward to ‘winning’ the photo booth again this year with some of those crazy props.” - Katie Breslin
  4. “Because there’s nothing more empowering than a room full of people sharing their personal stories about street harassment.” - Claire S. Gould
  5. “Because FREE MASSAGES!” - Renee Davidson
  6. “I loved seeing all of my favorite activists together in one room!” – Helen
  7. “Because the people attending the annual CASS party always leave me in high spirits, both with their sheer numbers and with their positive attitudes.” – Eric Myers
  8. “Because I always meet new and interesting people who also care about making DC a safer, more inclusive place for everyone.” - Star Silva
  9. “Because the DJ’s name is Crochet Kingpin?” – Ben Merrion
  10. “Because in a city full of swanky happy hours and stuffy events, LCCA is easily one of the most fun – and fundamentally life changing – social justice parties you can attend. Don’t miss it!” - Dave Chandrasekaran

 Pumped? Get your #LCCA2105 tix now!

See you April 16! 

Join Us for Our 6th Anniversary Party, #LCCA2015!

CASS’s 6th Anniversary Party


WHEN: 6:00-8:30pm, Thursday, April 16

WHERE: Room & Board; 1840 14th Street NW DC

>>> Get your tickets now!
>>> RSVP on Facebook!

You’re cordially invited to join us for Collective Action for Safe Spaces’ 3rd annual signature community appreciation event, “Lights, Camera, Collective Action!”

Our small but dedicated staff has accomplished so much together in the past year. We launched RightRidesDC, a program that provides free, safe rides home for women and LGBT people, passed landmark sexual assault reforms in DC and conducted 20 community workshops! Come celebrate with us, and hear what else we have up our sleeves for 2015.

A ticket will ensure that you enjoy…

        • JUST ANNOUNCED: Live portraits by Rose Jaffe! This amazing local artist will create a rendering of your beautiful faces that you can treasure forever.
        • Slam Poetry! Get truly inspired by the Madeira Slam Poetry Team, who won second place at the last years’ Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Competition!
        • Music! DJ Crochet Kingpin will be spinning sick beats to get you on your feet.
        • Food & drinks! Fill your belly with treats from our amazing sponsors: Cava Grill, Dangerously Delicious Pies, DC Brau, Green Hat Gin, and Monument Fine Wines.
        • Art Sale! Exclusive pieces by amazing local artists.
        • Stand-up Comedy! Prepare to get stomach cramps from laughing with the amazing Chelsea Shorte.
        • Massages! Help your stress melt away at our self-care corner, including free massages from a professional masseuse!
        • Silent Auction! Your chance to win fun local goods or original art!
        • Photobooth! Have some laughs at our photo booth area set up with fun anti-street harassment activities.
        • Swag! When you buy a Director’s Chair ticket, your generous contribution will help us create a safer DC, and it’ll also get you a sweet bag full of goodies from our sponsors!

We’re working with a bunch of local businesses, artists, musicians, and activists to make this event the most fabulous party of the year. Check back here for a list of sponsors, entertainers, and vendors at this year’s event!

All ticket proceeds go to ensuring access to free, safe rides home through programs like RightRides DC and long-term solutions to build safe streets through trainings and workshops, policy advocacy and cultural activism.

Not Local or Can’t Attend?

Don’t fret! You can still donate or sponsor one of our hard-working volunteers through our ticket sales link. Your donation will go straight to work in our programming to build a safer DC, including community workshops, bystander intervention training, timely policy advocacy, and more!

Not convinced yet? Check out some paparazzi snaps from past LCCAs. And remember, last year’s event was sold-out! Buy your tickets early!

Remember what a blast you had at last year’s party?!


Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) is a grassroots organization that aims to empower the DC Metro area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault. We do this through both online and offline activism, including workshops, innovative direct services, policy advocacy and community outreach.

Follow us on Twitter @SafeSpacesDC to get updates. Use hashtag #LCCA2015!