It’s Time for a Change

Time’s up. Time’s up on sexual harassment in the work place. Time’s up on underrepresentation in entertainment. Time’s up on the inability for men and women to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable.

“Time’s up on silence. Time’s up on waiting. Time’s up on tolerating discrimination, harassment or abuse.”

This is the mission of Time’s Up, a movement intended to promote speaking up about abuse. They have a goal to raise 20 million dollars for their legal defense fund on GoFundMe. This fund raises money to make those who cannot afford a trial able to prosecute their abusers.

They also have many lawyers who have volunteered to work the cases. Along with donations, they have bags, notebooks, pins, shirts, and bumper stickers available for purchase. 100% of the proceeds go to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

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At the Golden Globes, stars began showing their support for the movement by wearing black for solidarity. Solidarity is unity which produces or is based on unities of interests, in this specific case, the interest is equality and safety in the work force.

Actors and actresses like Saoirse Ronan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon and many others dressed in black. Along with or instead of wearing black, some stars chose to wear Time’s Up pins to show support. Actors and Actresses including Justin Timberlake, Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Kaluuya and Hugh Grant wore pins in support.

The involvement of the Time’s Up movement in national awards did not stop at the Golden Globes. Instead of black, many dressed with suffragist white roses at the Grammy’s to support the movement. Artists like Khalid, Sam Smith, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monáe and many others made arrangements to support the movement.

Kesha had a moving performance at the Grammy’s on Sunday, January 28th. After overcoming abuse from her producer, she wrote the song “Praying,” which received high praise not only for the quality of the song, but also for her strength.

She performed alongside many talented women in suffragist white including Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day and The Resistance Revival Chorus. She had many in the crowd in tears.

What You Can Do:

  1. The easiest way to contribute is by simply not harassing anyone. If you have to question whether something is appropriate to say or do, then it most likely isn’t.
  2. If someone tells you they have been harassed or abused, listen and provide them with the resources below.
  3. Donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.
  4. If you are a witness, either intervene or help the person being harassed. If you cannot intervene, find help and offer your witness statement.
  5. Acknowledge that talent is equally distributed among all people.
  6. Spend or give to companies and organizations who have opportunities for all.

Resources:

Better Brave:

Guide for Targets of Harassment:

https://www.betterbrave.com/targets

Guide for Those Who Want to Help:

https://www.betterbrave.com/allies

RAINN:

Confidential Hotline:

+ 1 (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

Resources:

www.rainn.org
online.rainn.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline:

+ 1 (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

thehotline.org

Information Courtesy of:

https://www.timesupnow.com/#resources-anchor

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