Many of us have felt that sexual assault is something to be ashamed of, but no more! We are not to blame and it's time that we stop normalizing rape culture.
On November 12, we will come together and stand with survivors of sexual assault! The #MeTooMarch coalition is working hard to ensure that a wide range of issues are represented. Please reach out if you have a perspective that you'd like to see addressed, or if you know of an organization we should be in contact with. Below are our confirmed speakers so far.
QUOTE from #MeToo movement founder TARANA BURKE:
“For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s a hundred more men in the neighborhood who are doing the exact same thing. The conversation around harassment in Hollywood will broaden to include other industries if we force it to! It’s not going to do it on its own. Sexual violence really doesn’t know a race, a class, a gender. It can happen to anybody. The response to sexual violence, on the other hand, can be highly racialized and highly gendered. What we’re seeing, at least for now, is a unity of survivors, a community of survivors that have grown out of this #MeToo viral moment, that I’m just hoping and praying that we can sustain.”
We are doing outreach to groups who work on workplace assault, assault in the military, missing and murdered indigenous women, campus assault, the risks of assault while living on the street, assault in the prisons, statutes of limitations, issues specific to transgender people, children, assault by family members, and more.
We will be announcing a press conference in the leadup to the march. Please plan to send a livestreamer and help promote to the press.
Ten years before the allegations against Harvey Weinstein became public knowledge, Tarana Burke was already helping young women talk about sexual assault. Working with girls at an organization she co-founded called Just Be Inc., she heard a lot of reports of sexual violence, and she wanted to offer young survivors what she needed in the aftermath of her own assault: empathy. So she started the Me Too campaign “to spread a message for survivors: You’re heard, you’re understood.”
Jasmyne is a nationally known writer and media commentator on political, race and social issues. A well known communications strategist, she’s worked in Congress, California State Assembly and at the local level advocating for underrepresented and marginalized communities. "Through her journalism, Ms. Cannick has been the driving force behind calling attention to the story of the death of Gemmel Moore at Democratic donor Ed Buck's home and the numerous allegations made against Buck by young Black gay men."
Ivy is a rape survivor and the AF3IRM National Chairperson, a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization of women dedicated to the struggle of women’s liberation and the fight against oppression in all its forms. AF3IRM has been hosting the Purple Rose Day campaign for more than 18 years to stand up “against the capitalist assault on women’s bodies and speaking out against the trafficking and commodification of women and children’s bodies.
Jayda is the Organizing Director for Dignity and Power Now (DPN) is a grassroots organization based in LA that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families, and communities. In 2006 she was sentenced to Valley State Prison for Women where she would spend 6 years of her life. She's now educating community members and making them aware of what is happening behind jail walls. As a formerly incarcerated person and a queer woman of color she believes that it is important to be a voice of change in directly impacted communities.
Chelsea is the Chair of the Campaign to End the Statute of Limitations on Rape and Sexual Assault #EndRapeSOL - the ongoing effort to abolish timelines for reporting violent sexual crimes. She is a Beautiful Trouble trainer on creative nonviolent action and she has supported human rights and anti-militarism campaigns for the last decade. In January 2016, Chelsea forced Donald Trump to end his Las Vegas campaign rally early after she disrupted his hateful speech. Trump said of Chelsea, “That’s a young woman that doesn’t know... She’s Lost... To hell with her.”
Ms. Fisher’s activism runs the gamut from supporting the Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center, to Peace Over Violence, BOO2Bullying, Stand For The Silent, Environment California, Race to Erase MS & Survivor Mitzvah. She is a member of Artists for Human Rights, People for the American Way and The Hollywood Food Guild. She is an executive board member of the Environmental Media Association and is serving as a National board member of SAG-AFTRA. As an Ambassador for the NWHM, she is working with an amazing group of women to create a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. Ms. Fisher was a surrogate for Bernie Sanders and spent time at Standing Rock supporting the Water Protectors. #StandingRockIsEverywhere.
Aleesha Barlow (Leesh Bee), was molested by her maternal grandfather when she was a child. At age 6, she told her mom and her two aunts, that their dad was touching her inappropriately. They made her promise not to tell anyone, especially the police, and her own father. They told Aleesha not to worry, and that they would make sure her grandfather would stop. They promised that they would send him to jail if it continued. Aleesha did not tell anyone, and the molestation continued. 20 Years Later, Aleesha created Tell Somebody Inc., an organization that works toward ending child abuse of any kind. Her new book "Tell Somebody: Volume.1 - The Basics," for children and "End Silenced Abuse" is out now.
HEATHER S. MICHAELS
Heather is a TV and Media Broadcast personality, and humanitarian. She has been a high profile advocate for the community and the news industry for over 25 years. She speaks out on a multitude of issues that confront modern society, from Human Rights, Environmental and Animal Welfare concerns, and many things that affect us all but are often overlooked. She uses her VOICE to inspire Awareness and Change. She passionately speak out against sexual harassment and human trafficking, and work to eradicate these and other atrocities. She is also a survivor herself.
Brenda Gutierrez is the lead organizer of the Me Too Survivors' March, and is a rape and assault survivor. She is an activist and grassroots organizer with California for Progress, and has an AA in drug and alcohol counseling and medical assisting. As she saw her Facebook newsfeed get fill up with "Me Too" statuses, she realized that we have to speak up. We should not allow ourselves to be silenced any longer. This goes beyond Hollywood, and now is our time.
** Please reach out to us if your organization would like to endorse or have a table at the rally!
In order to help the community understand the depth and magnitude of this issue, Bernie's Coffee Shop Volunteer Office will host 3 movie screenings over the next month. Stay tuned for those event links!
11/5/17 @ 8pm
#MeTooMovies Screening #3: "I Am Jane Doe"
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/285821491910084
We are raising funds for stage and sound, travel expenses for speakers, water for volunteers, first aid, power, event promotion materials (stickers, fliers etc...) and event insurance. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated, we are fully volunteer based and self funded so that the message can be crafted by survivors and not directed by any NGOs, politicians or the mainstream media!
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