Resist and Keep Safe Online: From Digital Harassment to Harm Reduction

Hosted by Progressive Technology Project and May First / People Link, February 27, 2017

In this webinar session, we will provide a framework for how you can manage potential digital harassment and offer general guidance to help you prepare your organization appropriately—a.ka. risk assessment and harm reduction.

This session continues in the theme we started in December: our privacy, data protection and access to each other are all under very real threat. What steps can you take if threatened online to reduce the damage done? How do you buffer yourself personally, and bolster your organization, to be ready for anything online?

Hosting this webinar are: Alice Aguilar, executive director of PTP; Alfredo Lopez, founder and Leadership Committe member of May First / People Link (MF/PL); and Jamie McClelland, systems director at PTP and co-founder and Leadership Committee member of MF/PL.

Joining us for the discussion will be: Jack Aponte, worker owner, tech consultant at Palante Technology Cooperative; Renee Bracey Sherman, senior public affairs manager for National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), writer and advocate; Lisa Jervis, principal consultant at Information Ecology; and Dan Staples, IT manager, National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF).


  • Welcome & Introduction - Alice Aguilar
  • A Look at the Political Landscape - Alfredo Lopez
  • What you can do when faced with digital harassment - Renee Bracey Sherman and Dan Staples
  • Ways to Think About How You Can Reduce Harm from Online Security Threats to Your Organization - Jack Aponte and Lisa Jervis
  • Q & A - moderated by Alice Aguilar

Here’s a bit more about our guests:

Jack Aponte is a genderqueer Black Boricua and a worker-owner at Palante Technology Cooperative. Jack has worked at the intersection of tech and social justice since 2003, with roles including website builder and developer, project manager, open source contributor, tech consultant and trainer on a wide range of topics from data management to privacy and security. Jack has been involved in activism and organizing for many years, working primarily within LGBTQ and people of color organizations and communities.

Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice activist committed to the visibility and representation of people who have had abortions in media and pop culture. Renee is a member of Echoing Ida, a Black women’s writing collective and project of Forward Together, and an expert on personal abortion storytelling. Her work has been featured on BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, EBONY, Salon, Fusion, TIME, The Atlantic, and many others. In 2014, Renee authored Saying Abortion Aloud, a guide to abortion storytelling, and in 2015 she co-authored Speak Up & Stay Safe(r), a multi-lingual digital guide on handling online harassment. In 2015, she was named one of Planned Parenthood’s 99 Dream Keepers in honor of Black History Month, and last month Colorlines named her one of 16 women of color who made history in 2016. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University. Currently, Renee is the Senior Public Affairs Manager at the National Network of Abortion Funds where she runs We Testify, an abortion storyteller leadership program that supports people who've had abortions in sharing their stories at the intersections of race, class, and gender. Renee also sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Lisa Jervis has been building organizational infrastructure in social justice nonprofits for more than 20 years, helping organizations collaborate more effectively through needs assessment, evaluation, deployment, training, and documentation of tools and practices for file management, remote working, constituent relationship management (CRM), and more. She has a masters degree in Information Management and Systems from the University of California at Berkeley and a certificate in permaculture design from the Urban Permaculture Institute. She has been (among other things) the Finance and Operations Director at the Center for Media Justice, the founding Editor and Publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, the founding board chair of Women in Media and News, a member of the advisory board of outLoud Radio, and an active volunteer leader at the East Bay Meditation Center.

Dan Staples recently took on the role of IT Manager for the National Network of Abortion Funds. Previously he worked as a researcher and senior analyst in the cyber security field, where he focused on application security and malware engineering. He has worked on campaigns with FORCE Upsetting Rape Culture and served on the editorial collective of the Baltimore Indypendent Reader.

Materials and Resources:

  • Webinar record link here, or download recording below
  • Resist and Keep Safe Online webinar slide deck here, or download slides below
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