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RightRides for Women's Safety is a founding member of New Yorkers for Safe Transit - the only coalition dedicated to eliminating sexual assault and hate violence, particularly gender- or discrimination-based, within NYC’s public transit system.

The coalition is urging the MTA to take greater responsibility to increase riders' safety by implementing better protocols to address violence, by training employees to be appropriate first responders, by installing upgraded or repairing broken emergency equipment, and by pursuing related policy changes.

Please join us for this important safety forum and help spread the word!

Taking Back Public Transit: Confronting Violence on Board
DATE: Monday, June 8th, 2009
TIME: 7 PM – 9PM
LOCATION: Brecht Forum, 451 West St. (btwn. Bank & Bethune)
COST: Free, donations appreciated

In response to an ongoing rash of sexual assaults and harassment occurring in the subways, New Yorkers for Safe Transit Coalition (NYFST) is hosting a forum for concerned community members and anti-violence activists to analyze the rampancy of gender-based violence in the New York City public transit system and discuss strategies to address this problem.

Speakers will include:
Cate Contino, Straphangers Campaign
Doyin Ola, RightRides
Emily May, HollabackNYC
Mya Vasquez, TransJustice at the Audre Lorde Project
Veronica Tirado, Girls for Gender Equity & Safe Outside the System Collective

We will focus on issues including:
-budget cuts
-organizing straphangers
-addressing violence
-making change within our public transit system

During the forum, participants will share with one another practical ways to avoid, deescalate and prevent violence and harassment on public transit.

Ali Forney Center
The Brecht Forum
Center for Anti-Violence Education

GLOBE, a project of Make the Road New York
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
Sauti Yetu
Sex Workers Project
STEPS to End Family Violence


Rhonnie Jaus - Chief of Sex Crimes Bureau for Brookyn D.A.'s Office