Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets

My previous editor at Elevate Difference, Mandy Van Deven, just co-authored a book titled “Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets”. It is a narrative account of how teen women of color at Girls for Gender Equity have organized over the last ten years to end gender-based violence against girls, women, and LGBTQ folks living in New York City. They’re taking the book on a nationwide tour to facilitate conversations about street harassment, sexual harassment in schools, and strategies to increase safety in public spaces. The goal is to build connections among organizations and individuals doing anti-violence work and encourage youth to become agents of social change. You can learn more about this project at http://www.indiegogo.com/HeyShortyontheRoad

While I haven’t read the book yet, I wanted to pass this resource along and encourage you to check it out yourself! Van Deven has done a lot of great organizing and work to end violence in our communities. I’m sure it holds some useful tips and fresh ideas!

Do you have a favorite book or resource addressing grassroots organizing and/or social change? If so, what is the title? What do you like about it?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. violenceprevention
    May 11, 2011 @ 17:48:03

    I’ve received my copy and am happy scheduling some time to read this!!! Yes, I schedule time to read…


  2. Mandy Van Deven
    May 14, 2011 @ 02:08:40

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!


  3. violenceprevention
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 13:40:33

    I’m about half way through and thoroughly enjoying it. We’ve had many of the same struggles described in the book! I’m excited to finish and fully digest my thoughts on the blog. Just wanted to give an update. 🙂


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