May 25, 2012
Help us build awareness!

Safe Slope members will be distributing flyers this weekend to raise awareness about a recent attempted assault and what you can do in response to violence in our community. Please feel free to print your own and share with your neighbors if you’d like to help!

Here is the link: May 2012 Flyer

April 23, 2012
Safe Slope Awarded a $500 Grant from the Citizens Committee for New York City

Dear Safe Slope volunteers and supporters,

Hope you’ve been enjoying our relatively mild winter and unseasonably warm spring!

We have some exciting news! The Citizens Committee for New York City (citizensnyc.org) awarded Safe Slope a $500 grant to enhance our Safe Walk program. Our proposed plan included expanding Safe Walk into other neighborhoods in South Brooklyn, providing vests for volunteers, materials for flyering and informational brochures, resources for community education and events and much more. We will provide more details soon!

In the meantime, we here at Safe Slope are preparing for the next steps in our Safe Walk program. As we told you in January, we have switched to a reservation system, so women and LGTBQ-identified people can call, text or email us before 6 p.m. if they want a Safe Walk home. Then we coordinate with volunteers like you to help get them home safely.

As the weather gets warmer, and a trend of increased attacks is likely, we are currently creating an emergency plan to mobilize a more robust Safe Walk program.
But we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to be involved in our Safe Walk programs. Please email safeslope@gmail.com and let us know if you would like to help your neighbors get home safely.


We’re excited to hear from those of you that are still interested in participating in the Safe Walks or get involved with Safe Slope in any other capacity. 

Check out our news updates on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SafeSlope and look for emails from us soon announcing a kick-off community-building event sometime in June.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Safe Slope organizers
Gillian
Jessica
Sarah
Liza
Jesse
Cam
Mike

April 23, 2012

(Source: safercampus)

January 11, 2012
Safe Walk is Back This Weekend!

After a holiday break, Safe Slope is pleased to announce that Safe Walk is back! However, there will be some changes…

We now have a Reservation System:

We ask that if you need a Safe Walk (on Thursdays between 8:00pm-1:00am and Fridays and Saturdays between 8:00pm-3:00am), please send us an email (safeslope@gmail.com), text us (347-709-8852), or leave us a voicemail (347-709-8852) by 6:00pm of the night you need a walk with the following information:

  • Your name;
  • Your phone number;
  • The approximate time you will need a Safe Walk (Your best guess. You may provide a window. No need to be exact);
  • The approximate location of pick-up and drop-off (Your best guess).

Once we have received your request, we will contact you to confirm the Safe Walk you have requested. We will provide you with names and photos of the Volunteer Pair who will be walking you home. That night, you will simply contact us when you finalize the time and location for your pick-up (for example, you can call us when you’re about to leave a location/get on the subway).

We hope you will consider arranging a Safe Walk as part of your routine when you make your nightly plans! We’re your neighbors and we’re here to help you get home safely.

Other Changes

  • While you must reserve a Safe Walk by 6:00pm of the night of your walk, you are welcome to request a Safe Walk days in advance if you choose to do so;
  • We can now expand our service to include the 36th Street R/N/D stop! We now service the following subway stops: 4th Ave - 9th Street F/G/R, 7th Ave F/G, 15th Street F/G, Prospect Ave R, 25th Street R, 36th Street R/N/D;
  • We are working to make our service bilingual. Moving forward, we will offer our flyers in Spanish and we will have Spanish-speaking volunteers available for the Safe Walk reservation system. Please stay tuned for more information; 
  • In the event of any perceived or potential urgent danger (such as an increase in violence), we will ask all volunteers to be on alert and we will equip our system to allow for calls/requests after 6:00pm (i.e. you will be able to call right when you need a walk and don’t need to make a reservation). We will also do our best to alert the community of any patterns of violence and will be on “patrol” to provide information and Safe Walks  

What Will Stay the Same

  • Safe Walk is a service for woman- and LGBTQ-identified individuals;
  • Safe Walk is way to get home safely by requesting a friendly volunteer pair who will escort you home;
  • Safe Walk operates on Thursday from 8:00pm to 1:00am, Friday from 8:00pm to 3:00am, and Saturday from 8:00pm to 3:00am. 

For more information or if you’re interested in implementing a Safe Walk service in different neighborhood, please feel free to contact us at: safeslope@gmail.com.

If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, please fill out our volunteer application: http://www.safeslope.org/volunteers

December 20, 2011
Changes to Safe Walk and next steps for Safe Slope

Dear friends, volunteers, supporters, neighbors, and partners,

As the new year approaches, we wanted to say thank you. With your help, we’ve made our community safer by sharing information, watching out for each other, and walking dozens of women home at a time when they felt threatened and unsafe in their own neighborhood.

We founded Safe Slope in August due to the urgent need to address the gender-based violence that was happening on the streets of South Brooklyn. Since then, we fought against violence in our community by organizing a rally, attended by hundreds of neighbors, community organizers and politicians, and inspiring them to join our cause. Our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages became hubs of information and community organizing for the neighborhood. Safe Slope’s organizers and Hollaback! met with the commanding officers of the NYPD’s 72nd and 78th precincts to directly address our open letter about their actions in the neighborhood, and the police agreed to make improvements. We launched Safe Walk, gathered dedicated volunteers, and made our neighborhood safer.

We’re excited to continue this important work in the community!

However, for the past month, there have been fewer news reports of attacks. The winter months are approaching and we are getting fewer calls for a Safe Walk home.

So for the holidays, we are going to suspend Safe Walk services, starting immediately through January 7th.

Starting on January 12, we will launch a Safe Walk reservation system. We will announce more information about this soon. Please note that we are not ending the program. We are looking for a sustainable way to make this program available to those who need it.   

While it’s great that community members may be feeling safer, Safe Slope is dedicated to remaining vigilant about preventing violence in our community—on our streets and in our homes; between strangers and between people who know each other. As our friend, supporter, and Council Member Brad Lander recently wrote,

If we want to end the plague of violence, we all need to start speaking out against the disrespectful culture around sexual assault that allows so many attackers to walk free. We must not simply breathe a sigh of relief (now that the creeps on our neighborhoods’ streets seem to have taken a break) and close our eyes and ears to violence that is less public. Instead, let’s keep up the neighborhood patrols, interrupt street harassment, support organizations combating domestic violence, and insist on respect for victims.

In that spirit, Safe Slope is working on organizing more community events, anti-violence advocacy and workshops, and awareness campaigns.

We are really excited about opportunities for new projects and creating opportunities for community members to work together to make our streets and homes safer spaces. If you are interested in helping us with these programs, please get in touch to let us know if you have ideas, or would like to be more involved in our advocacy programs.

This is your community, you can make it safer!

We’re looking forward to a bunch of great changes here at Safe Slope.

Best Wishes in the New Year,

The Safe Slope organizers

Cam, Gillian, Jesse, Jessica, Liza, Michael, Nick, and Sarah 

December 20, 2011
Nine Real Self-defence Tips

"Here are nine tips that don’t engage in victim-blaming, are applicable to anyone, and can work as well as a kick in the balls."

October 18, 2011
Free Self-Defense Trainings

Tomorrow- Tuesday 10/18,  6:30-7:30pm
Sexual Assault Prevention workshop

YWCA, 30 Third Avenue
Held as part of the YWCA’s Week Without Violence Campaign
Taught by The Center for Anti-Violence Education
To register, contact CAE (info@caeny.org or 718 788 1775)

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30pm
Safety Awareness program for the KWT community: parents, kids, teachers and caregivers
PS130, 70 Ocean Parkway
Includes a talk by the 72nd Precint, and a kid’s fingerprinting set up
Held in cooperation with Friends of Greenwood Playground, the 72nd Precint, the Brooklyn DA’s office, Brad Lander’s office and PS 130
Please note the program will be held in the auditorium which is a 4floor walk-up.  Also, please use discretion when bringing small children as the subject matter may be somewhat scary to some kids.

Saturday, 10/22 1:30-3:30pm
Self-Defense for Women and Transgender People
CrossFit South Brooklyn, 597 DeGraw St (btw 3/4 Aves)
Sponsored by CrossFit South Brooklyn & Brooklyn Boulders: http://www.crossfitsouthbrooklyn.com/upcoming-events/102211-womens-self-defense-course-at-cfsbk.html
Taught by The Center for Anti-Violence Education

RSVP to jessica@crossfitsouthbrooklyn.com with “Self Defense” in the subject line or call 347-623-5549


Sunday, 10/23, 2:00-4:00pm
Self-Defense for Women and Transgender People
Harbor Fitness, 191 15th St. (btw 3/4 Aves)
Sponsored by Harbor Fitness
Taught by The Center for Anti-Violence Education
RSVP to 718-965-6200 or email jodih@harborfitness.com

Information about five-week and ongoing violence prevention programs held at The Center for Anti-Violence Education can be found at www.caeny.org.

October 13, 2011
Free Self-Defense Training on Sunday in Sunset Park

The Center for Anti-violence Education is offering a free self-defense training!

When: Sunday, October 16th 12:30pm-1:30pm in English/Spanish and 1:30pm-2:30pm in English/Chinese

Where: Entrance to Sunset Park Recreation Center on 7th Ave and 42nd Street (N/R to 45th Street; D to 9th Avenue; B63/35/70/11)

Bring: Comfortable clothes, sneakers, water, paper and pen

Sponsored by Speaker Quinn and Councilmembers Sara Gonzalez and Brad Lander 

October 13, 2011
Friday at 6:30: Domestic Violence Remembrance Vigil

The vast majority of gender-based violence is not committed by strangers. It happens between people who know each other. Please join us at the Safe Home Project’s 18th Annual Domestic Violence Remembrance vigil tomorrow evening at 6:30pm outside of P.S. 321, 7th Ave and 1st Street, rain or shine.

Twenty memorial candles will be lit for those lost to domestic violence in Brooklyn alone from October, 2010 to October, 2011.

Join us in remembering these victims, raise awareness, and support domestic violence advocacy.

Following the candle-lighting and name reading we will proceed through the neighborhood behind the Safe Homes banner, in a silent procession ending at Park Slope United Methodist Church on the corner of 6th Ave and 8th Street.  There we will have a musical performance by Gabriella Callender of Mahina Movement and hear from special speaker Dr. Adwoa Akhu, a survivor of domestic violence, and other invited guests, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, City Council Member Brad Lander, New York State Assemblyman James Brennan, and Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham.

October 12, 2011
Spanish version!

Haciendo Nuestros Vecindarios Más Seguros: Cómo Puede Ayudar a Prevenir el Asalto y Acoso Sexual Público

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