Today Is #GivingTuesday! Here’s How You Can Help Make Our Bars Safer.

Just this year, we’ve heard stories from 54 people who were sexually harassed in DC bars and nightclubs.

We know that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

That’s why we partnered with Defend Yourself to develop our Safe Bars program. While we’re advocating for policy solutions to make DC nightlife safer, we’re training bar staff to use bystander intervention skills to stop sexually aggressive behavior and prevent assault.

Please make a #GivingTuesday gift of $54 now, and your dollars can be matched! If we’re in first place on Razoo’s small nonprofit leaderboard then we’ll win an extra $4,000 — meaning every dollar you give today will be matched up to $4,000.

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Your gift today helps us make DC nightlife safer for people like Katelyn. She was at a nightclub in Dupont Circle when two men cornered her.

“They started touching me (one grabbed my thigh, the other my shoulders) and I resisted, shaking them off,” she wrote. “This angered one man and he scratched my face while trying to grab me.”

Give now, and help us #RaisetheBar for DC nightlife to make safety a priority!

Also, if you’re in DC tonight, come stop by Right Proper Brewing Company in Shaw for happy hour! We’ll be enjoying discounted happy hour specials, amazing raffle prizes (including this Cats Against Catcall-ender), and great company.

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2015: Highlights from an Amazing Year

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We’ve had an incredible year — thanks to your support! — and we’re excited to step it up even more in 2016!

Right now, we’re looking at ways to make sure our RightRides service is reaching the people who need it the most. We’re building strong relationships with people and organizations across the city who work to meet the needs of LGBTQ and gender nonconforming people. Today, we’re holding a focus group with bar staff to find about their experiences with sexual harassment in all its forms — patron on patron, patron on staff, staff on staff — and we’re using their feedback to advocate for solutions to change DC’s bar culture to no longer tolerate sexual violence.

 

Here are some more highlights from an amazing year:

  • YOU helped us launch the pilot phase of our Safe Bars program by training bar staffs at The Heights and Hank’s Oyster Bar — plus trainers in New York & Colorado.
  • YOU supported our advocacy with WMATA, which led to a multiyear PSA campaign to end harassment on public transit — a campaign that will continue into 2016!
  • YOU made it possible for us to give free, safe rides home to 67 people through RightRides DC  —  overcoming the safety tax for women and LGBTQGNC folks.
  • YOU allowed us to train more than 50 community members to respond to harassment and be active bystanders if they see it happening to someone else!

Thank you for all you’ve done to help us make public spaces safe for all. Let’s keep up this momentum in 2016: Pledge to give on #GivingTuesday to get Safe Bars to the next level.

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Hello, It’s Me: I Was Wondering How You Want to Be Part of #GivingTuesday?

We asked you what you wanted us to focus on in 2016, and you said *drumroll please…* Safe Bars

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We’ve heard from more than 50 people who have experienced harassment in DC bars and nightclubs this year, and we’ve responded by partnering with Defend Yourself to develop the Safe Bars training program. Safe Bars equips bar staff with the skills to intervene and prevent sexual harassment and assault in alcohol-serving establishments where people — and overwhelmingly women (90%!) — are at high risk.

We want to raise $11,300 for Safe Bars on #GivingTuesday. Are you ready?

Here are FOUR great ways to get involved:

    1. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 1, and pledge to give.
    2. Fundraise for us! Here’s how:
      • Create your fundraising page. Visit our #RaisetheBar campaign page on Razoo, and hit the “Fundraise” button under “Join This Team!”
      • Come up with a gimmick. Can you run a mile for every hundred dollars your friends give? Or maybe you’ll send embarrassing Christmas cards to everyone who donates to your page? Get creative!
      • Set a goal, and get yourself started with your own personal gift on December 1.
      • Ask your friends to give!
    3. Use our hashtag on #GivingTuesday to share why you want to #RaisetheBar to make safety a priority for DC nightlife.
    4. Join us for happy hour on #GivingTuesday to celebrate, raise more money, and check out adorable cat photos (fighting catcalls, of course).

So are you ready for December 1? We are!

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CASS Fundraiser: Join Us for Vinyasa Yoga & Bottomless Brunch! Sunday, 9/22

On Sunday, September 22, Dupont Yoga & Student Intern Network will host one hour of Vinyasa Yoga followed by a bottomless brunch at Twist Dupont, with proceeds going to yours truly — Collective Action for Safe Spaces!

  • Yoga will begin at 11:15am and last for approximately one hour.
  • Bottomless brunch will begin at 12:15pm and last until 4pm.
  • Tickets are $31, or $25 for brunch only.

Sundays are for self-care…and what better way to do that than through yoga and a bottomless brunch?!

>>>>> Help CASS create safe spaces for all.Get your tix now! 

Tonight’s CASS Fundraiser is SOLD OUT!

WE SOLD OUT! See you tonight!

If you heard any excited yelling from different parts of the DC area yesterday, um…., well, thank you! As of yesterday evening, we have reached the maximum of ticket sales for tonight’s “Lights, Camera (Collective) Action.”

Thank YOU! Thank you! thank you!!

Unfortunately, we will NOT be selling tickets at the door. If you are still interested in donating, please visit www.rightrides.org/dc.

We look forward to celebrating with you tonight. Thank you for your support to empower the DC Metro to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault.

In gratitude,

CASS Staff
Board of Directors
Lights, Camera, (Collective) Action Host Committee

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