#metoo

Read, Learn, Get Inspired about Consent

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It feels like it’s been a long time since we didn’t have some horrific story of sexual assault, rape, or harassment in the news. At the time of this writing, Brett Kavanaugh is up to four credible accusers and Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years for drugging and raping dozens of women. Are you fed up yet? Do you want things to change? Your DGB for today is to check out the 11th Principle: Consent! organization. Their website is a treasure trove of information, printables, and resources to educate and support an army of people ready to eradicate Rape Culture.

Start here and learn about the group’s vision and history: https://www.11thprincipleconsent.org/vision-history/

Dig into their Incident Response Toolkit and be prepared: https://www.11thprincipleconsent.org/resources/incident-response-toolkit/

Find some propoganda to download or crowdfund: https://www.11thprincipleconsent.org/consent-propaganda/

Grab some consent - it’s better than actual grabbing.

#MeToo on Capitol Hill

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Your DGB for today is urge the Senate to take positive action on H.R. 4924

The #MeToo movement has woken up a lot of industries and sectors to the serious problem of powerful men putting their hands (and other parts) where they don’t belong, and getting away with it. This is no less true on Capitol Hill, where there was a spate of scandals that resulted in the resignations of Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken, and in several members of congress deciding maybe they wouldn’t run for re-election, after all. The House passed this potentially important piece of legislation that would update the dusty, old policies and procedures enshrined in the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reflect what we understand now about sexual harassment and abuse. This legislation would make it easier for victims to report and seek justice, and harder for perpetrators to keep perpetrating.

However, despite initial bipartisan support for a such a bill and promises in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle to do better for victims, enthusiasm seems to have waned in the GOP-controlled Senate. It has been almost three months since the House passed this bill and sent it on to the Senate, and it appears to have stalled there.

Call, email, or corner your senator at Whole Foods - we don’t care how you do it. But ask him or her to put some fire under their colleagues’ collective ass to get this bill onto the Senate floor for a vote. Reach out to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well. Everyone working on Capitol Hill deserves a safe environment free from you-know-what-grabbing, and this bill would take significant steps towards achieving that.

 

Spoiling the Whole Bunch

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Your DGB for today is to find the rotten apples.

As the #metoo movement continues to shine a light on the poor behavior of men in Hollywood, Washington D.C. and everywhere in between, it can become difficult to keep track of all the specifics. But if you are trying to cleanse your viewing habits of problematic jackassery, Rotten Apples is here for you. It’s a searchable database that allows you to input a television show or movie and then tells you whether the project has a person (cast-member, screenwriter, executive producer or director) who has a sexual misconduct allegation. It’s still growing but it’s also very easy to send the site a message if the show you enter has a known error. While writing this Grab, we discovered that The Price is Right search failed to bring up Bob “Dirty Old Man” Barker and his numerous harassment allegations. In 30 seconds the error was reported (takes only a link to an article) and the site promises to research and update.

Here’s a link to the site to Grab back and get to searching: https://therottenappl.es

 

Time’s Up on The Hill

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Your DGB for today is to contact Congress and tell them that we refuse to pay for their sexual harassment settlements.

Back in December, when the #MeToo movement was really starting to ramp up, we learned about at least four members of Congress who had sexually harassed women, and a few of them who paid off those sexual harassment victims with taxpayer money. Funny how we can’t find the money to pay for school books in low income areas, but we can easily pay for Congress members to have staffers be on “redhead patrol.” Weird.

Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) worked to pass legislation that would end the taxpayer funding of sexual harassment, but oddly it was cut at the last minute from the omnibus bill that is set to be voted on in the House on Thursday. It’s almost like men in the House and Senate don’t want us to know how many of them follow in our President’s footsteps. It’s not too late though! They still haven’t voted and we can still demand they add the legislation back into the omnibus bill. It is our right to know what we are paying for, and we sure as hell shouldn’t be paying for members of Congress to continue to sexually harass and victimize women. We aren’t putting up with this shit anymore and it’s got to stop at The Hill if we expect it to stop in our own work environments. Use your preferred contact method and tell your Congress Members to add the Congressional Harassment Reform Act back into the omnibus bill because Time’s Up for them too.

 

Time’s Up, Assholes

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Your DGB for today is to support the Time’s Up organization and its mission to help women in all sectors of society fight back against sexual assault, sexual harassment, the people who perpetrate it, and the people who enable it.

Unless the bomb cyclone took out your cable this weekend, you probably saw the parade of amazing women wearing black at the Golden Globes to bring attention to the ubiquitous problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, and rape culture at large. But more importantly than looking fierce on the red carpet, these women are using their relative privilege and wealth to help folks who have significantly fewer resources than your average celebrity: food service workers, farm workers, office drones, and everyone in between. They have started a legal defense fund that will “provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers.” Successful women turning around and giving a hand up to others is the kind of thing that gives staffers at DGB the warm-fuzzies.

If you can afford to donate a few dollars to the fund, please do. If not, see how you can amplify the voices of activists and survivors via the #metoo and #timesup hashtags on social media. As Oprah said, “A new day is on the horizon, and when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders that take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘me, too’ again.”

And please, if you or someone you know needs it, here is the number for RAINN’s national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE

 

Make 2018 the Year of the Woman

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Your DGB for today is to make some of your New Year’s resolutions for 2018 woman-centered.

Many people have called 2017 the Year of the Woman, and with the #MeToo movement and Wonder Woman being one of the top grossing films of the year, it’s easy to see why. At DGB, we want to see 2018 even more woman-centered and we need your help to do that.

Make some of your New Year’s resolutions woman-centered, and what we mean by that is, support companies run by women, read more literature written by women in 2018, watch movies and tv shows produced by women, donate to charities run by women, support women running for political office - you get the picture. Think of as many ways as you can personally help build up women in your community and the world, and stick with those goals all year round. Give us some of your suggestions.

Grab back and support women in 2018.

 

Trump has GOT to Go

Your DGB for today is to call your congress member and ask them to start an investigation into the allegations that Trump sexually assaulted multiple women.

As Alabama decides today whether or not it will elect a child sexual predator to the senate, women across this country are left wondering why we have a sexual predator sitting in the White House. We are tired and outraged. We are sick of seeing him there and being reminded of the injustices of #MeToo every day, so we are joining three of his accusers and asking, no… demanding, members of congress investigate these allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.

You shouldn’t be new to this, but you can find contact info for your senators here:

https://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_correspond_senators.htm

and for your representatives here:

https://www.house.gov/representatives

Let them know that we will not stand for a sexual predator in the Oval Office and ask what they are going to do about it. Next, you can ask them if they will support Senator Cory Booker in his call for Trump to resign from the presidency. Booker said, “I just watched Al Franken do the honorable thing and resign. My question is — why isn’t Donald Trump doing the same thing? Who has more serious allegations against him, with more women who have come forward?”

 

#MeToo Bill

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Your DGB for today is to contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them to vote yes on the #MeToo Bill.

The #MeToo movement has swept the United States and has touched everywhere from Hollywood to corporate America, conversations at the dinner table to Capitol Hill. What makes the sexual harassment especially horrific in DC is their reporting policy, which sounds a lot like an attempt to shut down all conversations and dissuade reporting. You can find out more about the policy here: http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/361845-speier-congressional-reporting-system-for-sexual-harassment-set-up

Two female Democratic lawmakers have plans to change all that and have authored the ME TOO Congress Act. Representative Jackie Speier of California and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York want to require mandatory sexual harassment training and to reform the current way of reporting to make it easier for the victims and less protective of the accused.

Today, you’ll use Resistbot to demand more from our lawmakers. It’s time these perpetrators pay for their actions. #MeToo

 

#metoo

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Your DGB for today is to give credit where it’s due.

Last week, a social media movement occurred. Thousands of sexual assault survivors were inspired to share stories or comments about their experiences under the hashtag, metoo. Several news outlets originally pinpointed actor Alyssa Milano as the originator. However, it was later revealed that a woman name Tarana Burke started a very similar MeToo movement back in 2007 and has also built a social justice organization that works to build up the health and wellbeing of girls of color called Just Be Inc.

Please go to the website here and learn more about Burke’s story and Just Be Inc.’s MeToo program. http://justbeinc.wixsite.com/justbeinc/the-me-too-movement-cmml 

If you were moved to #metoo, please follow up with a Tweet or status about Just Be Inc. and Tarana Burke so we can be sure that her work is known.

And donations are always great, too. Here’s where you can help Just Be Inc. with a monetary kindness: http://justbeinc.wixsite.com/justbeinc/donate

Grab back and credit the #metoo!