RAFFLE: Want to Meet Senator Kirsten Gillibrand? Support CASS & You Can!

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a woman who knows the power that our voices can have. From military sexual assault to sexual harassment in the hallowed halls of Congress, she has been a strong advocate for preventing sexual violence. And at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 10th, you can see her speak about her new book at Sixth & I – all while supporting our local work to end sexual violence here in DC!

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Thanks to an amazing donor, anyone who donates $10 or more to CASS between noon ET on Friday, August 29th and noon ET on Tuesday, September 2nd will be entered into a raffle to win one of two sets of tickets to Senator Gillibrand’s book talk!

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Seeing Senator Gillibrand speak is an amazing experience. Make it even better by supporting CASS at the same time.
It’s a win-win situation!

 

Stories Like This Are Why You Should Support CASS for #DoMore24

By Mindi, Columbia Heights resident & CASS volunteer

The following is a carefully transcribed conversation I had with a man in about his 60s while at a crosswalk, and then walking down Harvard in Columbia Heights.

Old man: “If no one ever told you you look good, I’m telling you now.”

Me: “Thanks.”

Old man: “God bless you.
… Do look good though.
… You look mighty sexy.
… Hey girl, I said you look mighty sexy.”

Me: “Come on, dude. Are you going to holler at me all the way down the street? I’m a human -”

Old man:  ”I’m just trying to tell you you look sexy, DAMN! I’m sorry, though … Look, I’ll walk on the other side of the street.”

Me: “You don’t have to leave! You can just stop harassing me.”

Old man: ”I’m a man! You’re a beautiful woman. What am I supposed to do?”

Me: “Uh, pretty much anything but what you’re doing right now.”

At this point, we are standing in the middle of the sidewalk, staring at each other, completely dumbfounded. After a few seconds, we both calm down.

“Look,” he says patiently. “I’m just trying to tell a beautiful woman she looks good.”
“In a nice way?”
“I SAID you lookin sexy!”
“OK,” I say. “Thanks, then. Bye.”
“All right, then. Sorry if I offended you.”
“Thanks, I really appreciate that.”
“You have a nice day, young lady …

… I’m just saying, though. I WOULD take you home and have sex with you.”

Car honks loudly and stops as three men lean out the window yelling in our general direction. Cue old man:

“EXACTLY! I already told her she looks sexy. Hey girl, see? What did I say? Hey GIRL! What did I SAY?”

Bottom line? Please donate to CASS as part of #DoMore24 on Thursday, June 19. We have work to do.

24 Hours to Help Us #DoMore!

#DoMore24 is a local giving day hosted by the United Way of the Capital Area. Last year, #DoMore Day raised $1.3 million for DC area nonprofits. Here is how YOUR donation will help end public sexual harassment and assault in DC:

$24 gives someone a free and safe ride home late at night, through Right Rides DC!
$48 covers a neighborhood with our anti-harassment wheatpastes!
$96 brings more free or low-cost anti-harassment workshops to your friends and neighbors!

BOOKMARK THIS PAGE!
So that you have it handy when Thursday, June 19 rolls around! >>https://www.domore24.org/#npo/collective-action-for-safe-spaces<<

PLEASE GIVE EARLY!
The organization that bring in the most unique donors and the largest amount of donations before 12pm will win $5,000!

Learn more about our work, including our bystander intervention programs, our Metro anti-harassment campaign, our advocacy for DC survivors of sexual assault and more.

It takes #collectiveaction to end public gender-based violence, and we can’t do it without you. Thank you!

Building a Movement Against Street Harassment, Together!

Building a Movement Against Street Harassment, Together!

Every time we ask for your support, you blow us away, be it on Giving Tuesday, at our annual event, or when we’re trying to show DC Council that you need an important new piece of legislation.

At the end of last year, we reported that we had trained 97 community members to become anti-harassment activists. So when we added up the numbers for 2014 so far, we had to do a double-take. As of today, in the first half of 2014 we’ve doubled that number and trained 197 people to become anti-harassment activists in their community. This includes regular people who live in neighborhoods like yours, as well as bar staff around the city who now have the skills to recognize sexual aggression and intervene to stop it.

Make no mistake: this would not be possible without your support. You — yes, YOU — put almost 200 new activists on the street in half the time it took us to train half as many last year. And with our second training on women and biking approaching in two days, that number is growing — fast.

And it’s not just that — in the first six months of 2014, we gave technical assistance to 15 organizations around the country and the world, helping them start their own anti-harassment training programs. Right here in DC, thanks to your support, we are building a movement that’s gaining momentum in a big way. It’s a movement that offers community-centered solutions to a problem that affects the majority of the people in our community.

We’d like to double the number of anti-harassment activists we train again by the end of the year — that’s at least 200 more people on the street with the skills to recognize harassment and intervene — and YOU can help make that happen. One June 19, give to our Do More 24 campaign. Here’s what we can do with your donations:

$24 gives someone a free and safe ride home late at night, through Right Rides DC!
$48 covers a neighborhood with our anti-harassment wheatpastes!
$96 brings more free or low-cost workshops to your friends and neighbors!

Thanks to you, we are on our way to making DC a safe city for people of all gender expressions and identities. Let’s build on the incredible momentum we’ve started, together.

Spread the word: tweet about our campaign! Tell your communities that we’re doing more on #DoMore24!

24 Hours to Help Us #DoMore!

24 Hours to Help Us #DoMore!

 

For 24 hours on Thursday June 19, 2014, we’re inviting you to help CASS #DoMore!

CASS is participating in a local giving day hosted by the United Way of the Capital Area. Last year, #DoMore Day raised $1.3 million for DC area nonprofits. Here is how YOUR donation will help end public sexual harassment and assault in DC:

BOOKMARK THIS PAGE! So that you have it handy when Thursday, June 19 rolls around! >>https://www.domore24.org/#npo/collective-action-for-safe-spaces<<

PLEASE GIVE EARLY!  The organizations that bring in the most unique donors and the largest amount of donations before 12pm will win $5,000!

It takes collective action to end public gender-based violence, and we can’t do it without you. Thank you!

Dear Community: You Are Collective Action All-Stars!

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Dear Community: You Are Collective Action All-Stars!

THE NUMBERS ARE IN:
You helped us raise $12,000 at our 5th Anniversary Bash at Room & Board!!!

Last year you impressed us, and this year you *completely blew us away* with twice the generosity. You all are truly amazing.

Because it’s National Volunteer Week — and also because they are FANTASTIC — A special shout out to our volunteers, without whom we could never throw such an amazing party! You inspire and energize us so much, and we are so grateful for your love.

Another BIG shout out to our sponsors, especially Room and BoardDC BrauMonument Fine WinesMatchbox 14th St., and all of our generous silent auction donors. It means everything to have community partners like you in our corner!

Our amazing sponsors!

If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the event photos!
But first, let us tell you a little but about just how far your donation will go.

Some of you may have seen this week’s big news: People in DC who choose to report sexual assault to the police will now be protected by the Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights Act. The passage of this bill was driven by the efforts of a coalition of survivors and local service providers, led by yours truly, to educate policymakers on the importance of ensuring that systems serve *survivors*. This mobilization of survivor voices for the betterment of public policy is unprecedented in DC (unless you count our WMATA advocacy!) What does all this mean?

It means that together, you and CASS are making survivor voices a force to be reckoned with by decision makers all over the city. When you support our work, every one of your dollars makes groundbreaking advocacy such as this possible.

Here are a few more things we’re looking forward to bring to you in 2014:

Making DC Bars Safer Spaces

We’re piloting our new program to train bar staff to recognize sexual aggression and intervene before things get dangerous! We want to roll this out around the city and have activists behind every bar. And check out this great coverage of our program from Slate!

Training New Anti-Harassment Activists

We’re training more people in YOUR communities to respond to harassment and change the culture to stop it once and for all! Next up: young people at the Latin American Youth Center. We’re so excited!

Providing Safe Travel Options for Women & LGBT Folks

We’re looking forward to launching our long-awaited safe rides program soon!

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If you haven’t yet, please make sure you sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We will be updating you on all the ways we’re putting your donations to work. We cannot wait for you to see, firsthand, how much of a difference you’re making.

Couldn’t make it to our 5th anniversary party but want to donate? Give now!

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