Men Can Stop Rape is proud to announce our new partnership with The Hip Hop Caucus. The Hip Hop Caucus organizes young people to be active in elections, policymaking, and service projects. They harness the platform of their celebrity, media, and entertainment partners in order to mobilize, engage, and educate young people about social issues that directly impact their lives and communities. MCSR will be partnering with the Hip Hop Caucus on the Respect My Vote! Campaign. Respect My Vote! focuses on educating, registering, and mobilizing young people of color between the ages of 18-39 who live in urban and rural communities, do not attend college, or attend Historically Black Universities and Community Colleges. You can watch a video from Respect My Vote! 2010 above. The Campaign for the 2012 election cycle was launched on Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 8 PM EST with a webinar hosted by the National Black Law Students Association. Check out the webinar!
On Tuesday November 16, Kedrick Griffin, Senior Director of Programs, participated in a panel on the American Association of University Women's recent report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School. The report has been all over the news for its finding that nearly half of students in grades 7-12 experienced sexual harassment at school last year. Also on the panel were Ileana Jiménez, educator at the Little Red School House and Elizabeth Irwin High School in New York and Rosalind Wisement, youth expert and author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book that inspired the film Mean Girls. High school students from The New School of Northern Virginia in Arlington, Virginia, and Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., joined the event to ask questions of the panelists. Check out AAUW's blog post about the event. We've also got video from the event with some comments from Kedrick at the 4:50 mark.