I am lucky enough to have proactive, non-victim-blaming feminist neighbors who see this as a community issue (not a woman's issue) and get involved. After one meeting with about 8 friends and neighbors, a community safety group was formed. Two programs (a safe escort and safe place program) were decided upon and to raise awareness both for the incidents and new programs, a one-time rally was organized.
Within 2 weeks we had a roster of speakers who focused on community safety lined up and a number of local city officials who wanted to join in.
And 300-500 people showed up. For each other.
photo from this PS Patch article
I can't tell you how insanely proud I am of the people I worked with. So many people - of varied genders - busted their ass on this and so many community members showed up for each other. Which is so awe-inspiring and humbling I can't even stand it.
My favorite sign
photo from here
Anyway, that's where most of my spare time went lately. And I know I always hem and haw about community outreach and knowing your neighbors and getting involved but -- I don't think there's any better example than this. What is more fundamentally inspiring than people who want to keep each other free from harm?
While it was covered by channels 2, 4, 11, 12, etc. below is the coverage from two local blogs: