Out of Driver Mode: Ben Spreads Awareness with His One-Man Play

When Ben’s not behind the wheel, he performs a one-man play that he created: Voices of Men. Using humor and celebrity impressions, he encourages an end to gender-based violence.

Ben’s movement aligns with one of Lyft new partners, It’s On Us, which combats sexual assault. As the Lyft community commits to their It’s On Us pledge, Ben is taking matters into his own hands. 

What inspired you to create Voices of Men?
I learned about the extent of gender-based violence. Every 12 seconds, somewhere in the US, a man abuses the woman he’s promised to love. Most men don’t abuse, yet we remain silent when it comes to challenging gender-based violence. I’m thrilled to be a part of a growing movement – a multiracial, multicultural movement of men speaking out.
 
Where have you performed?
I’ve traveled to 45 states and many other countries, so I’ve performed in some pretty interesting places! The Pentagon, the NSA, and the Sheroes Hangout Café outside the Taj Mahal stand out in my memory.

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How can we help this cause?
It’s always interesting when men approach me afterwards and ask, “What can I do to help?” I encourage men to listen to women, volunteer at local domestic and sexual violence prevention programs, and interrupt sexist jokes when you hear them being told.
 
How do you balance Lyft with your role in Voices of Men?

In between passengers, I deliver Starbucks’ baked good donations to shelters for battered women and the homeless. I’m also very excited about upcoming partnerships with the DC Safe Spaces Collective and Stop Street Harassment. I’d love for every Lyft ride to be a safe ride, and for every Lyft driver to commit to stopping street harassment — and all forms of gender-based violence.

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