• Triggered: Street Harassment and Rape Culture In D.C.’s Ward 8

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    Published November 6, 2017 at 9:58 am - No Comments Join Reclaiming Our Bodies DC on November 9, 2017 for a screening of the film Triggered: Street Harassment and Rape Culture in D.C.'s Ward 8, which do ...

    Triggered:  Street Harassment and Rape Culture In D.C.’s Ward 8
  • Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal: Full Implementation of the NEAR Act

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    Published November 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm - No Comments Black Lives Matter activists worked for two years to pass the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act and get it fully funded. Now they're ...

    Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal:  Full Implementation of the NEAR Act
  • Remembering Big Mike: Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration

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    Published October 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm - 2 Comments I met Michael "Big Mike" Ballard four years ago when Grassroots DC moved into the Potomac Gardens Public Housing Complex. He made regular use of our C ...

    Remembering Big Mike:  Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration
  • Many Languages One Voice Community Day

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    Published October 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm - No Comments Many Language One Voice's Community Day was designed to bring the community together to learn about our rights as immigrants in DC, prepare together, ...

    Many Languages One Voice Community Day
  • Metro Service Meeting: Make Your Feelings Known

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    Published September 27, 2017 at 9:43 am - 2 Comments Tired of Metro fare hikes with no real improvement in service? Even if you appreciate the fact that Metro service allows many within the DMV to get by ...

    Metro Service Meeting:  Make Your Feelings Known
  • DC State Fair (Who Knew?)

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    Published September 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm - No Comments Sunday, September 24, in Southwest Washington, DC, will see the arrival of the eighth annual DC State Fair from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. At Waterfront Statio ...

    DC State Fair (Who Knew?)
  • Black August Finale

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    Published August 28, 2017 at 9:20 am - 2 Comments Black August is almost over. What is Black August? I found the following at The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement: “Each year officially since 1979 we h ...

    Black August Finale
  • Charlottesville and It’s Aftermath: D.C. Alternative News Round Up

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    Published August 15, 2017 at 10:41 am - No Comments A quick search revealed no reports from local television news of last weeks events in Charlottesville or the solidarity marches that followed. Fortuna ...

    Charlottesville and It’s Aftermath:  D.C. Alternative News Round Up
  • The Interrupters Screening and Discussion

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    Published July 7, 2017 at 11:36 am - No Comments Thanks to the recent passing of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR Act), the District of Columbia will create a program similar to ...

    The Interrupters Screening and Discussion
  • DCMJ Inauguration Day Protest

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    Published January 23, 2017 at 8:50 pm - No Comments What will the Trump Presidency mean to the District of Columbia? With its status as a federal district, all laws passed by the City Council are subjec ...

    DCMJ Inauguration Day Protest
  • Not Enough Money for Low-Income DC Residents, But Tax Cut for Wealthy Unchanged

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    Published May 31, 2016 at 11:27 am - No Comments Cross-posted from Poverty & Policy Written by Kathryn Baer As you local readers probably know, the DC Council passed a budget for the upcoming fis ...

    Not Enough Money for Low-Income DC Residents, But Tax Cut for Wealthy Unchanged
  • No Shortage of Ideas for Better, More Affordable Child Care

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    Published May 9, 2016 at 10:51 am - No Comments The cost of un-subsidized child care is extraordinarily high, raising sometimes insurmountable barriers to low-income parents who want to work. The co ...

    No Shortage of Ideas for Better, More Affordable Child Care
  • Survival’s Price

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    Published May 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm - No Comments “...Afro-Americans have never had any kind of a chance to recover from the traumatic wounds of slavery…” Michele Wallace, The Culture War withi ...

    Survival’s Price
  • Changing the Rules on Graduation Requirements

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    Published March 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm - No Comments DC "State" Board of Education has proposed changing the rules for District of Columbia Graduates. Rather than taking all the courses required to get t ...

    Changing the Rules on Graduation Requirements
  • Taking Black History Seriously

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    Published February 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm - No Comments If Black history were taken seriously, the myth of Black inferiority, a foundational pillar of white supremacy, would be incapable of justifying itsel ...

    Taking Black History Seriously

Triggered: Street Harassment and Rape Culture In D.C.’s Ward 8

One can make the argument that it began on July 23, 2017, when community activist Schyla Pondexter-Moore and her two teen-aged daughters attempted to get a meal at a community food table in Ward 8 set up by the nonprofit Quest2Change.  Instead of getting a meal, they got an earful about how a tied t-shirt and a leggings justified harassment by the men in the community, including the men who were serving the food.  Schyla and her daughters left when the harassers, seven grown men, threatened them with violence.

The incident led to a Speakout Against Street Harassment sponsored by the newly formed group Reclaiming Our Bodies DC.  I went with my camera, expecting to get a few good soundbites, and to put together a 3-5 minute video about street harassment.  But the footage gathered that day has required a little more attention.  The result is the 30-minute documentary Triggered:  Street Harassment and Rape Culture in D.C.’s Ward 8.

The first screening will be followed by a panel discussion about street harassment.  Details are below.Reclaiming Our Bodies Flyer 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was clear at the Speakout that Reclaiming Our Bodies DC had touched on an issue that was about far more than one incident.  While most of the media focuses on sexual harassment among the political elites and Hollywood insiders, the rest of us are dealing with it in the streets.  Grassroots DC invites you to join the discussion.

Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal: Full Implementation of the NEAR Act

BLM NEAR Act March and Rally

Black Lives Matter activists worked for two years to pass the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act and get it fully funded. Now they’re working to see that it’s implemented correctly. . . . → Read More: Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal: Full Implementation of the NEAR Act

Remembering Big Mike: Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration

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I met Michael “Big Mike” Ballard four years ago when Grassroots DC moved into the Potomac Gardens Public Housing Complex. He made regular use of our Community Resource Center creating flyers for the dance classes he taught and using the computers and the Internet access working for his church and the nonprofit he was involved with Sistahs with Purpose. He taught at Knox Hill, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center and Potomac Gardens. He passed on October 10. He is survived by his mother Linda, sister Theresa and dozens and dozens of students and friends. He was a kind and compassionate person who will be missed. Below is an article I wrote about him in 2015. . . . → Read More: Remembering Big Mike: Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration

Many Languages One Voice Community Day

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Many Language One Voice’s Community Day was designed to bring the community together to learn about our rights as immigrants in DC, prepare together, and celebrate our communities’ strength and resilience! ¡Nos reunimos para aprender nuestros derechos como inmigrantes en DC, prepararnos juntos, y celebrar la fuerza y la resiliencia de nuestras comunidades! . . . → Read More: Many Languages One Voice Community Day

Metro Service Meeting: Make Your Feelings Known

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Tired of Metro fare hikes with no real improvement in service? Even if you appreciate the fact that Metro service allows many within the DMV to get by without the hassle and expense of a car, you may still wish their service were better. Now is the time to make your feelings heard. . . . → Read More: Metro Service Meeting: Make Your Feelings Known