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Join Collective Action for Safe Spaces and our community partners to tell DC City Council to #PassSHPA! They will hold a hearing on the Street Harassment Prevention Act on July 12th, and they need your help to pack the hearing room. Stay tuned for a testimony prep session with the Washington Peace Center, too!
Sign up to testify: bit.ly/EndStreetHarassment
Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/pass-the-street-harassment-prevention-act
Want to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
This winter, CASS convened the End Street Harassment Coalition, which will work to pass the Street Harassment Prevention Act, introduced by CM Nadeau. The bill will collect data on street harassment and make recommendations to curb this most pervasive form of violence. If passed, the bill will ensure that all government employees are trained to recognize and respond to harassment.
The past year’s local high-profile incidents of harassment at Shaw and Banneker Pool, and especially the fall’s spike in incidents of harassment on the basis of real or perceived racial, ethnic, and/or religious identity demonstrated that we must broaden the definition of street harassment, collect appropriate data to assess the ways that different communities experience harassment, and recommend holistic solutions to prevent harassment from escalating to more severe violence.