We’re three women, of three different generations, born in three different countries. We’re artists, advocates and educators with an extensive history of organizing and implementing public art projects and creatively engaging the public about the crisis of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA).
WHAT WE WANT TO DO
WOMEN ON THE MOVE will transform a 20-ft truck into a mobile billboard and resource center and travel to four cities to aid in the prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. WOMEN ON THE MOVE expands beyond the confines of traditional classrooms and museums to connect with those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence in neighborhoods that lack resources and therefore cannot easily avail themselves of workshops and contemporary art of this kind.
The WOMEN ON THE MOVE billboard truck will interrupt the visual landscape, traversing each city before stopping at shopping malls, schools, parks and other public spaces where people congregate. In each location, we’ll create public "pop-up" events including street interventions, workshops and video screenings.
Once participants enter the truck, they will encounter an artist-designed multimedia resource center fully equipped with interactive video, audio, oral histories, informational brochures and a library. In addition to workshops inside the truck and “pop-up” events, volunteers will exit the truck, engaging people in conversation and offering free artist-designed posters.
Our tactics will enliven Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault outreach and augment existing strategies for education and prevention. We are thrilled to report that WOMEN ON THE MOVE has been enthusiastically embraced by advocates in the field.
Now is the time to resist! The gravity of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault continues to be trivialized. In 2016, many U.S. voters chose to ignore the history of Donald Trump, an ethically challenged businessman-turned-politician whose blatant misogyny, sexual harassment of women, and treatment of women as property and objects of derision were in plain view.
Did you know that the Trump administration is already demonstrating their disregard for victims of DVSA by planning to make “dramatic cuts” in initiatives working to end violence against women?
Did you know that Russia recently established domestic violence as a norm when it voted to decriminalize and ease penalties for battery of a relative?
Did you know that two-thirds of domestic violence shelters in England are facing closure?
Did you know that although violent crime has declined in recent decades in both the U.S. and U.K., DVSA crime rates remain stubbornly high and under-reporting to the police remains acute?
SEXUAL VIOLENCE AFFECTS EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC
Did you know that Black women are often reluctant to report domestic violence due to their fraught relationship with law enforcement?
Did you know that undocumented immigrant victims of sexual assault must weigh seeking help against deportation?
Did you know that 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women experience domestic violence or sexual assaults? Did you know that transgender people face alarming rates of sexual violence?
Did you know that 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime?
We want our backers to be aware that we have vast experience organizing and implementing projects of this kind.
- We have previously completed 3 successful mobile billboard projects.
- All of us have experience as DVSA advocates.
- We have facilitated workshops on 3 continents: past workshops have focused on consent, how to engage men, and the reasons victims are blamed, to name some.
- We have volunteers ready-to-go in all 4 cities.
- Our projects always offer multiple points of entry and do not presume a unitary or expert audience.
To see a list of DVSA professionals, advocates and lawyers that have participated in our past projects, please scroll down to the very end.
WHAT WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTION SUPPORT?
Please help us get our truck moving! We need your contribution to fuel WOMEN ON THE MOVE. With your support we will travel to Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, Cleveland, Ohio and London, England beginning in July 2017 and ending December 2017. (Update April 23: we have an invitation to travel to New York City too!)
Below is a list of our largest expenses:
- $3200 Billboards (6 in total)
- $2950 Truck rental (4 cities)
- $2050 Resource Center including custom-designed and printed wallpaper, library, and much more
- $1950 Offset printing: two 18x24" posters (editions of 1000) and 2 postcards (editions of 1000)
- $3750 Airfare to 4 cities
- $1200 Truck parking and gas
- $1000 Air BNB (mostly, we will be housed by colleagues)
- $1750 Shipping of billboards and elements of the resource center
- $700 Insurances
Please support this innovative strategy for prevention and education. The practice of community education and self-empowerment is more crucial than ever.
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ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
LOUDER THAN WORDS (S.A. Bachman+Neda Moridpour) is a cross-cultural, intergenerational art collective that targets sexual assault, domestic violence, women's reproductive health, and homophobia by combining activism with courageous art interventions.
LOUDER THAN WORDS is collaborating with Ione Wells, founder of #NOTGUILTY.
S.A. Bachman (LOUDER THAN WORDS): Bachman recruits art in the service of public address. For three decades, her art and teaching has endeavored to expose the insidiousness of sexism, racism and conformity. A trained facilitator who has lead workshops on diversity, women’s rights and racism since the late 1980’s, Bachman’s photographs and interventionist projects have been exhibited in the United States, Australia, Spain, China and the Czech Republic.
Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New England Foundation for the Arts and is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City, The Rose Art Museum and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. Her publications include Artforum, Ms., Social Text, Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies, Graphic Agitation 2, Peace Signs: The Anti-War Movement Illustrated. The early work of THINK AGAIN is documented in the monograph, A Brief History of Outrage.
Neda Moridpour (LOUDER THAN WORDS): Moridpour holds an MFA in Public Practice. Central to her work is establishing dialogue and mobilizing communities via bold round-table discussions and art interventions. Born and raised in Iran, a strong awareness of gender discrimination, inequality and censorship permeates Moridpour’s philosophy. Her work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was on view in LACMA’s Islamic Art Now, Part 2: Contemporary Art of the Middle East. Moridpour is certified as a Counselor Advocate of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault by Peace Over Violence and her art practice includes facilitating inventive workshops for survivors in Los Angeles and Tehran.
#NOTGUILTY Founded by Ione Wells. Her TED Talk How We Talk About Sexual Assault Online has received almost 1 million views. The #NotGuilty campaign against sexual violence and assault focuses on an array of key issues including reducing victim-blaming, promoting education of consent from an early age, giving victims a voice and a platform to speak out and get help, enforcing a sense of the solidarity of community to make victims feel that they are not alone and to encourage community action in reducing assault, raising awareness of the devastating impact that rape and sexual assault can have upon victims and raising awareness that any non-consensual sexual action, or act of violence, is always wrong, to name some. The campaign aims to reach those of all genders, ages, nationalities and sexualities.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
One billboard will be designed to address specific local issues in all four cities. The other two sides will remain constant. One side will have a video screen embedded in the design.
WILL DVSA PROFESSIONALS PARTICIPATE THIS PROJECT?
We will have professionals lined-up to work with us in each city and have already begun the outreach process. To give you a sense of the DVSA professionals that have collaborated with us, please see the following list of advocates and lawyers who volunteered to participate in our most recent public project.
Eve F. Sheedy, Counsel for Domestic Violence Policy, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office;
Mieko Failey, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project;
Natalie Samarjian, Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County;
Kenny Green, Gang Intervention, Toberman Center;
Kelli Dillon, Violence Intervention Specialist/Domestic Violence Expert;
Karyna Gonzalez, Director of Domestic Violence Programs, YWCA Glendale.
Additionally, Bachman and Moridpour have longstanding collaborative relationships with:
Peace Over Violence
A Window Between Worlds
The Women’s Shelter of Long Beach
Eve F. Sheedy, Counsel for Domestic Violence Policy, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has been an on-going Advisor to LOUDER THAN WORDS.
Lastly, Moridpour is a certified Counselor Advocate of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Bachman is a trained facilitator with over thirty years’ experience.
Risks and challenges
Because we have successfully organized and executed mobile billboards as well as projects with workshops in public spaces, we feel confident that there will not be any significant challenges. It is always tedious to confirm locations and get approval, but again, we have accomplished this in the past. We have a team of volunteers in place in each city so we have the people-power needed to set up the truck and assist with distributing materials on the street.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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