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In reaction to the flood of and allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace that have come forth in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the “#MeToo” movement, a “Take Back the Workplace” protest march has been planned for Sunday, Nov. 12, in Hollywood.
“We are marching in protest of sexual harassment in the workplace and to send a message to the people who commit it and to those who are complicit by allowing them to do it and covering it up. Enough,” reads a description of the Facebook event, which currently has almost 200 RSVP’d attendees. “We are gathering to demand that action be taken, so that every woman or man no matter the industry has the resources and the support to end sexual harassment in the workplace. Every woman has a ‘story.’ And today those stories end.”
The anti-sexual harassment march was created by The Feminist Majority Foundation in conjunction with Civican and We for She. Since its inception, the protest has gained local Fox News reporter Lauren Sivan as its celebrity chair; Sivan is one of many women who came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein earlier this month.
One of the event’s organizers, @midnight writer Tess Rafferty, wrote on Facebook that in addition to making a statement, the marchers are demanding tangible action. “We would like an entertainment-industry-wide commission, like the one Kathleen Kennedy called for this week, to change the culture in Hollywood with “zero-tolerance policies for abusive behavior and a secure, reliable, unimpeachable system in which victims of abuse can report what’s happened to them with a confident expectation that action will be taken, without placing their employment, reputation and career at risk,” she wrote.
Marchers will gather at 10 a.m. at the Hollywood & Highland Center, and begin moving east toward Vine Street at 11 a.m. The march will end at the CNN Building on Sunset Boulevard.
Despite interest from women across the country, so far no sister marches have been planned in other cities.
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