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We want to see your homemade video recording your walk home at night. We are creating a mini-documentary based on what our Riders experience and how they feel at night as they make their way home (can be from public transportation, your job, a nightlife establishment, your friends house, etc). We're looking for raw footage so no worries about having video editing skills.

Videos should be submitted by April 15, 2007.

Here's the regs:

1) you identify as a woman, transgender (m or f identified) or gender-queer individual.

2) you must live in the NYC area, in one of our current or upcoming* service areas

3) you have access to a digital video recorder - we have limited availability to lend equipment.

4) at the beginning of the video, please have the camera focused on you in a well-lit place (be sure you're not back-lit!) for 30 seconds while you say your first name, the neighborhood you live in, and where you are walking from. Please describe your walk home and any safety issues (i.e. "I live 8 blocks from the 6 train at Brook Ave. I do not feel safe walking down the quickest route home late at night because of X, Y, Z so I take a longer route home", etc.)

5) be with a friend to record the route that might be not the safest if you were by yourself, especially late at night. If your walk home is poorly-lit, feels unsafe/questionable, please record this. Let us know how you feel. We're looking for the stark reality of the struggles you face getting home at night.

6) you can be walking (and your friend recording you, as you are walking) or you can be the one recording the video as you are walking. Be sure to walk slow enough that the camera is steady/doesn't bounce too much and feel free to talk about how you feel about the safety in your neighborhood, getting home late at night, the cost of living in NYC, whatever factors impact your physical safety, etc.

7) the video should be 2 - 10 minutes in length and submitted to us by April 15th.

8) by submitting your video, you agree to release all rights to the video to RightRides for Women's Safety for our promotional use. We agree to credit your work and list you as a contributor, where and when possible. WHY are we doing this? Because your physical safety is an issue we care about. Because limited funds mean that many can't always afford a taxi home and walking from public transport isn't always a safe option. Because RightRides is trying to expand to serve more neighborhoods and YOUR VIDEO will make a profound, visual impact on potential funders who are interested in supporting this program. We need money to expand RightRides into other areas and your participation and video can go a long way!

Please to let us know you are making a video! We'll help answer any questions you have and give you specific instructions on how to get the tape to us.

Please feel free to forward to anyone interested. Thank you for helping us make RightRides possible!

*in 2007 RightRides would like to expand to these neighborhoods:

Bronx: Melrose, Mott Haven, Port Morris, The Hub

Brooklyn: Sunset Park

Manhattan: East Harlem, Harlem, West Harlem, plus all neighborhoods 23rd Street and south.

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