Let’s Make Change Happen: An Anti-Street Harassment & Sexual Assault Meet & Greet

Collective Action for Safe Spaces (formally called Holla Back DC!), a local grassroots organization working to empower the DC Metro area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault, is hosting a meet & greet event Thursday, October 18th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Change.org DC offices.  We are thrilled to co-host this event with the Rainbow Response Coalition, which works to prevent intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ community. This event would not be possible without the generous support of Change.org.

Let’s Make Change Happen: An Anti-Street Harassment & Sexual Assault Meet-and-Greet

Thursday, October 18th
6:30pm to 8:30pm
DC Change.org offices
419 7th Street NW, 2nd floor
Washington DC 20004

Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided

Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) has gone through a number of changes in the past six months, including doubling our all-volunteer staff, increasing our street harassment awareness activities, and contributing to WMATA’s new anti-harassment campaign.  Because of this, we’d like to re-introduce ourselves to the grassroots activist community in DC (that’s where YOU come in!) through a meet-and-greet event.  You will not only have the chance to learn more about what CASS and Rainbow Response do and hope to do in the future with community partners, but also to mingle with other related area organizations and enjoy complimentary food and beverages.

This event is open to all those interested in learning about CASS. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to julia@collectiveactiondc.org no later than Tuesday, October 16th. We will confirm & let you know the exact address.

We look forward to connecting and seeing you October 18th at 6:30pm!

Best regards,

Chai, Zosia, Renee, & Julia
Collective Action for Safe Spaces

Amy & June
Rainbow Response Coalition

How to get there:  The Change.org offices are located at 419 7th Street NW, 2nd floor, on 7th St. NW, between D St. and E St. NW.  Located near the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station on the Green/Yellow/Red line, and Archives/Navy Memorial metro station on the Green/Yellow line)

Celebrate Domestic Awareness Month (DVAM) & Help Keep DC Safe!

Keep DC Safe:
2nd Annual Celebration of Survivors & Advocates for Empowerment, Inc

October 4th, 6-8:00 pm
Room & Board
1840 14th Street NW

Get your ticket now!

Please join our friends at SAFE tomorrow, Thursday, October 4th at the 2nd Annual Keep DC SAFE party! Listen to the amazing musical stylings of The Mavins while hanging out on the beautiful roof top of Room & Board! Revel in the awesome door prizes you won with your friends! Open bar (including bartending efforts by CASS’s own Julia Strange)! Snacks from amazing DC culinary institutions! Everyone is welcome. Tickets $20 and $25 at the door.

All proceeds go to emergency services for survivors of domestic violence in DC.
Follow @DC_SAFE to get updates on this fun time to be had!


SAFE, Inc. provides crisis intervention and advocacy services to over 5,000 domestic violence victims each year in the DC Metro Area. Our mission is to ensure the safety and self-determination of domestic violence survivors in Washington, DC through emergency services, court advocacy and system reform. SAFE, Inc. began as part of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1997 with one advocate and became an independent organization in 2006.  Since then, SAFE has become a leading force in the fight against domestic violence in the District of Columbia.

This Week’s Event

Sunday, April 11th: Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc, Unidad Latina, and  HBDC! present a screening of Dreamworlds 3: Sex, Desire, and Power in Music Video

What: Dreamworlds 3 is a thought-provoking documentary that questions femininity, masculinity, and sexuality in American society as defined in music videos. Writer, editor, and narrator Sut Jhally examines music videos in a wide range of genres to address the influences on today’s popular culture.  This documentary screening is free and open to the public.
When: 8:00 PM
Where: Busboys and Poets – Shirlington, 4251 South Campbell Ave

You can RSVP here or add this event to your calendar please visit: http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events.php?loc=1

Street Harassment Workshop

From time to time, we will spotlight different activities and events happening around the DC Metro area related to gender based public sexual harassment. With spring in the air, we are getting more submissions on being harassed. Like our Asheville sisters illustrate in a graphic (using a graph!), “When the heat goes up, so does the harassment.”  To combat that, Defend Yourself, is conducting a workshop.

Learn more about Defend Yourself here.

Get ready for Spring: Dealing with Street Harassment
With Spring, unfortunately, comes a huge increase in street harassment. Get ready for Spring by expanding your skills for dealing with the “hey babys” that may come your way.

Can you “ignore” street harassment? Of course you can. And you already know how to do that. This class will give you other options, making ignoring it only one in a range of skills to choose from, especially when ignoring it doesn’t seem safe.

The class will cover the range of self defense skills–prevention and awareness, verbal self defense, and physical techniques-that you might need in dealing with street harassment. Most of these skills can also be transferred to other irritating or dangerous situations in the rest of life.

* Saturday, April 18, 1-4 pm
* For women and teen girls ages 16+
* In NW DC near Howard University, Georgia Ave., and the Green Line
* $44. Sign up with a friend or family member and get $5 off each.

Contact us if you can’t afford the full fee.