Berkeley Against Sexual Harassment

$8,284 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 166 people in 28 months
Liana Thomason  BERKELEY, CA
We are BHS Stop Harassing. We are Berkeley High School students and adult advisors working to change the culture at BHS around sexual harassment and violence. We want BHS to be a model of a high school where all students feel safe and respected.

Our work is urgent because this is a pressing problem at BHS where support is minimal and there is very limited access to services for victims of harassment; and virtually no training for school staff or students on the issue. We seek to engage school and district administration decision makers to immediately address shortcomings in the school environment that create an unsafe learning environment and impede student success.

This GoFundMe appeal is to help us get cool T-shirts, buttons and pins to give away during a mass teach-in planned for late November and early December. We will have sessions with national experts to discuss how sexual harassment issues are handled today at BHS and how this can be improved, with practical next steps on how to move the campaign forward. Participants will also be asked to consider signing a petition calling for immediate and progressive improvements in the school’s approach to addressing sexual harassment, compliant with Title IX law. So they can show continued support, students will be offered specialty T-shirts or buttons/pins that include a supportive message and a hashtag for further interaction on the topic via social media.

We appreciate your support!

Funding Target: $8,000 for up to 800 T-shirts, buttons and stickers.
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Update 9
Posted by Liana Thomason
24 months ago
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BHS Stop Harassing has hit our $8,000 goal! Watch out, Berkeley High, here we come! More info on T-shirt distribution later.

We will be launching a new campaign soon, more details on that coming as well, so keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks so much, donors! You have empowered the students of BHS to fight for what we deserve and create an environment that is safe for all students.
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Update 8
Posted by Liana Thomason
27 months ago
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Thank you donors!
BHS Stop Harassing delivered a powerful call to action to the BUSD school board last night, with over 150 people in attendance. Ten brave young women stood before the school board and shared personal tales of sexual harassment. They showed tremendous courage, and their stories brought to light the reality that the BUSD is finding itself facing: that it's sexual harassment policy is hurting students. Our presentation ended with the student founder (me, Liana) calling directly upon the school board to change the harmful policy. We walked off the floor to thunderous applause.

But our journey is far from over. We need you, our donors and supporters, more than ever. Help us hit our goal of $8,000, so we can provide 500 more students with T-shirts. We plan to have a website up soon, where adults and supporters can purchase their own shirts. And most important, TALK about BHS Stop Harassing. Let everyone know that we are here, and fighting for change. This is how our movement will truly grow.
A big thank you to all contributors!
Liana
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Update 7
Posted by Liana Thomason
28 months ago
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The #BHSstopharassing teach-in was a major success! We gave away 500 T-shirts and hundreds of pins to Berkeley High students and staff, collected over 650 names on our petition to the district, and received positive news coverage from three radio stations and one TV station! Links are included. This would not have been possible without you, the donors, so on the behalf of the entire Berkeley High community, I want to thank each and every one of you for being a catalyst for positive change. Keep sharing stories about #BHSstopharassing and the link to the gofundme, and let's reach our goal of $8,000 so more students and community members can become involved in the movement !

CBS Local: http://abc7news.com/news/berkeley-high-school-girls-fight-back-against-sexual-harassment-/411783/

KPFA: The story starts at 33:15 and goes until 38:15.

http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/108854

KGO radio:
http://www.kgoradio.com/common/page.php?pt=Berkeley+High+Students+Call+for+Sexual+Harassment+Policies&id=98492&is_corp=0

KCBS radio:
http://cwsanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/11/25/berkeley-high-school-students-targeting-sexual-harassment-on-campus-and-instagram-stop-blaming-my-body/

Students form a "wall of truth"
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Update 6
Posted by Liana Thomason
28 months ago
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Hi supporters! BHS Stop Harassing is on the eve of our first public event, our educational teach-in outside of Berkeley High on Monday and Tuesday, 10am-4pm. We encourage all community members to drop in anytime they can. There has been so much positive feedback around the T-shirts (which will be given out FREE at the event) that we are upping our fundraising goal to $8,000 to fund more shirts and pins so more people can show their support. I want to thank each and every person who has donated or been involved in some way. This movement never could have happened without all of you!
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Lenore Goldman
28 months ago

You are not alone! Teens in NV fighting for sex education want it to include info on sexual harassment and more: http://www.alternet.org/education/these-very-smart-teens-are-protesting-get-comprehensive-sex-education?akid=12469.1783.uqpsND&rd=1&src=newsletter1027160&t=12

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Lenore Goldman
28 months ago

You are helping to prevent harassment and date rape on college campuses by your important work at the high school level. We parents thank you!

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Raised by 166 people in 28 months
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The BUSD letter arrived in the mail this week....amazing work...real change..so impressed ....

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Lenore Goldman
28 months ago

You are not alone! Teens in NV fighting for sex education want it to include info on sexual harassment and more: http://www.alternet.org/education/these-very-smart-teens-are-protesting-get-comprehensive-sex-education?akid=12469.1783.uqpsND&rd=1&src=newsletter1027160&t=12

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Lenore Goldman
28 months ago

You are helping to prevent harassment and date rape on college campuses by your important work at the high school level. We parents thank you!

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