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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Work in a Bar? Participate in our Focus Group to Help End Harassment in Bars!

We’re working to make DC bars a safer place for everyone, and we need your help. Do you work at a bar or know people who do?

For years, Collective Action for Safe Spaces has been working hard advocating against public sexual harassment and assault in the District. We’ve made great strides, but we still have a ways to go before DC the safe space we know it can be. As we shared in an earlier post, we’re teaming up with Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and a number of local organizations to convene the first-ever DC City Council roundtable on street harassment and assault.SafeBars- 1 line

Among the many agencies that will be attending the roundtable, there will be a representative from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) present.

We developed our Safe Bars training program in partnership with Defend Yourself to address the problem of sexual harassment at bars — and equip bar staff with the skills to intervene to prevent assault. Next, we want to work with ABRA to incentivize bars to participate in this training.

You can help in two ways:

Attend our bar owner/manager/staff focus group on sexual harassment and assault in bars
Tuesday, November 24 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
1615 M St NW, Ansel Adams Gallery Meeting Room
SIGN UP

AND/OR

Attend and/or testify at the DC City Council roundtable on street harassment and assault
Thursday, December 3 at 10 AM
John A. Wilson Building, Room 500, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
SIGN UP

Thank you for your help in fighting harassment and assault in DC!

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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!

Join Our Email List!

Your Support Means Everything – Thank You!

Dear CASS Community,

Thanks to you, we raised $17,270 in 24 hours to end public sexual harassment and assault in DC.

It’s moments like this, when hundreds of community members come together to take action, that prove our power to incite change. With every dollar you give, you are making our city safer, and showing people most at risk for public sexual harassment and assault that they are supported.

Our goal for #GivingTuesday yesterday was to raise $12,168, a dollar for every person in DC who experiences harassment or assault on a daily basis. Because of you, we raised over 130% of that goal.

You are amazing.

With so much love and gratitude,

Chai Shenoy
Executive Director

P.S. Feel like celebrating? Our friends at DC NOW are throwing us a party next week — join us!

12,168 People

Dear Friend,

“Hey, sexy! You should smile more.” Sound familiar?

12,168 people across DC experience sexual harassment or assault on the street every single day. These men and women are reminded on a daily basis that they aren’t safe — and then told to smile about it. Here at Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), we work hard to support these people but — as a volunteer-led nonprofit — we also need your help.

Please give $122 to help create safe spaces in DC today. That’s a penny for every person in our city who experiences street harassment every day.

For #GivingTuesday, every donation to CASS made between midnight and 1pm on Tuesday, 12/2, will be matched, dollar for dollar. Make your $122 gift now — and it instantly becomes $244.

Your dollars will be put to work to create safe spaces for individuals at greatest risk of sexual harassment and assault. We’re ensuring access to free, safe rides home through programs like RightRides DC, and we’re working toward long-term solutions to build safe streets.

Give to CASS today to end sexual harassment and have your gift matched! 

Let’s go,

Chai Shenoy
Executive Director

P.S. We’ve got until 1pm! Give $122 — just a penny for every person who experiences street harassment nearly every day in DC — and today only, your dollars will be doubled!

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