THE ACTIVIST CARTEL
a written challenge to a duel
Commenting & Phone Call Script: You can use the script provided by the super smart team at 5Calls.org. I would also recommend getting personal:
-- If you or a friend are a survivor of sexual assault, please share your story.
-- 1 in 5 girls will be assaulted in college, but emphasize under-reporting and how that number is most likely higher. Every survivor that I know, never reported, often for fear of an unsupportive administration and community.
ACTION LETTER #19: September 13th, 2017
Dear Activist Cartel,
I know there is a lot happening right now, but the actions listed below can have a BIG impact, and they're time-sensitive!
BETSY DEVOS & TITLE IX:
Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced last week that she will be revising Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors on college campuses. By no means did it seem hopeful, considering she dedicated many of her statements to helping those who have been accused, even though false reporting makes up only 2%-10% of cases and under-reporting is a much more pervasive issue—63% of rapes are never reported to the police. Additionally, DeVos’s Civil Rights Chief, Candice Jackson, shockingly commented, "The accusations — 90% of them — fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk.'" She later apologized, but clearly, they need to loudly hear from sexual assault survivors and allies. And thankfully...
DeVos and the Department of Education are currently requesting and tallying public comments before moving forward!
There's time to speak up!
Title IX guarantees students a safe and equal environment for their education. The Obama administration strengthened enforcement of Title IX by creating the Dear Colleague guidelines to address sexual assault. For example, if there is enough evidence of sexual assault, the survivor can be moved to a new dorm or have their assaulter change classes. It holds universities accountable by publishing their Title IX lawsuits when previously universities kept them hidden, considering they have a financial incentive to side with perpetrators to maintain their reputation. There is still a lot of work to be done, but why take away any progress?
1.) Officially Comment, DEADLINE Sept. 20th:
The Dept. of Education's Request for Public Comment, click here.
-- This website is a very under-utilized area of activism. It requires agencies that don't have elected representatives to solicit public comment for a brief time before moving forward. On the right-hand column, you can read already posted comments.
-- Simply click the dark blue, upper right, “Comment Now!” button, and share:
2.) Call Betsy DeVos's office:
* 1-800-872-5327, option 3, (Dept. of Education) I was on hold for about 2 min and then I spoke with a really nice lady who said they are DEFINITELY tallying these phone calls and reporting them to DeVos.
* 1-202-401-3000 (Secretary DeVos's office) I left a voicemail on this phone line, but the woman I spoke to from the Dept. of Education said that they are most likely tallying the phone calls from DeVos's office line as well.
3.) Write a postcard to DeVos:
Secretary Betsy DeVos
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
4.) Watch the documentary The Hunting Ground:
--Streaming on Netflix. Or at least, watch the inspiring trailer. Education around this topic is so important.
--I promise that this documentary presents more than a depressing a reality. It breathes hope into the situation because of Title IX protections. So if those are gone, then yes, it could be really bad...
So let's fight and speak up loudly now!