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Hollaback! has just under 8 days left to raise 4,500 to bring our site leader to NYC for #hollarev, the first ever speaker series and workshop retreat on street harassment!  Please support our campaign today!  $10 shows our site leaders that you have their back!

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Published on April 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

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Ellen’s Story: “We were 13 and 14″

I was walking home with my sister from school about six months ago with headphones in when my sister tapped my arm and told me to look at something to my side. I hadn’t heard because of the music in my ears, but at the bus stop was two guys and a girl.One of the guys was literally screaming at us telling us that we were ‘bitches’ ‘sluts’ and ‘pricks’.

I turned up my music and walked away. The girl just looked at us with a smirk on her face and the other guy did as well. Literally three minutes later, a car drove past with a girl leaving a leavers jacket (so she must have been a year 12) who yelled ‘sluts!’. Her mother was driving the car. The reason why my sister and I were abused was due to the school we attend, which is a rival to theirs. It is a private school, so we were wearing stockings, a blouse, a grey pinafore dress to our knees, a tie and a blazer.

I wish I had said something, especially so that I could have been a better example to my sister. We were 13 and 14 at the time.

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Published on April 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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Joanne’s Story: “Go ask that man over there to smile…I’ll watch”

You ask where. It’s happened to me in different cities and states meaning it’s global. I’m now 65 so this doesn’t happen anymore. But I remember cringing walking by guys at construction sites and putting up with the remarks. I remember a work place near my bus stop where the guys would come out and holler at me until I looked at them and then they’d laugh at me and go inside.

I believe they did it to any woman, didn’t matter, just because they could. So to stop it I learned to give them what they wanted and looked at them so it would stop. There was no sexual harassment in those days. But I always felt horrible after realizing now I gave up my power and let them control me.

I’ve been gripped with the “accidental” hand passing over my butt, been grabbed that way leaving a crowded dance floor. And the all time comment that pushes my go nuts button is “smile”.

In those days you sucked it up. Last time a man said that to me all the years of anger came pouring out. WTF for, why do you want me to smile, explain yourself, go and ask that man over there to smile…I’ll watch. He couldn’t getaway fast enough. I hope I stopped him from doing that but alas my daughter now gets the same crap. Anyway, felt good after that!

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Published on April 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Megaphone harassment

Two guys with a balcony and a megaphone host “17th and Pearl Live” in which they street harass anyone who walks by.

I live nearby and hear everything they say, including calling girls “sluts” and “whores” and telling pairs of men “hey you two guys should fuck”

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Published on April 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week In Our Shoes: Activism is in the Air Edition

Hey Hollabackers!

This week, Hollaback! was featured in Threefold Online, Chatelaine, Metro News, Tribune 242, Model View Culture, Catie Wahwah’s blog, Think Progress, Transit Police Dept News Blog, DNA Info, Philadelphia Weekly, Bitch Media, Huffington Post, NOW’s Young Feminists and Allies (YFA)Witness Blog, The Baltimore Sun, and Harvard University’s Spotlight Network.

At the Mothership, Executive Director, Emily May, spoke on a panel at the Youth Tech Health Conference and today she is delivering a workshop on self-care in Vermont. In addition, Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, represented Hollaback! at a roundtable with Rose Pierre-Louis, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and is participating in a data jam at the White House TODAY to address campus sexual assault and violence. And in case you missed it! we held our Anti-Street Harassment Rally on Saturday. Check out the Storify here!

Here’s what HOLLAs around the world have been up to:

Hollaback! Bahamas hosted a “Protect Women & Children” event in which their newly formed Coalition to End Gender-based Violence & Discrimination invited community members to come out and support their recent action plan proposed to government officials on working to end gender-based violence. They were also were guests on “Jeffrey” on Guardian 969.FM hosted by Juan McCartney to talk about the Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence & Discrimination, the Hollaback! movement, and women’s rights in The Bahamas.

Hollaback! Baltimore is working with fellow badass activists Force for an upcoming “Make Your Own Quilt Square” event. Also, check out this awesome video they posted on celebrating their 3 years as an active Hollaback! site and their work to end street harassment.

Hollaback! Bogota held a chalk walk in recognition of Semana Contra el Acoso Callejero.

Hollaback! Bosnia and Herzegovina held an event in Kriterion Sarajevo cinemas where volunteers performed scenes to analyze issues such as how addiction, street violence and harassment can affect teenagers.

Hollaback! Boston held their first chalk walk of 2014 at Copley Square. Check out their recap and photos here! They also spoke at their local Global Guardian press conference in support of safer public spaces for all and alternate solutions and reporting options beyond police involvement. Inspired by Global Guardian safe transit week and HollabackPhilly’s recent transit ads, they put together some quick flyers to help identify harassment and provide tips to safely intervene as a bystander.

Hollaback! Croatia held a screening of the film Warzone as part of International Anti-Street Harassment week.

Hollaback! Des Moines took part in the International Anti-Street Harassment Day of Action by attending a Call to Restore Justice 2 mile walk, hosting their own chalk walk, and participating in a Take Back the Night event. They also held another Monthly Meetup with community members!

Hollaback! Gent held a chalk walk at their local university.

Hollaback! Halifax participated in a walk and community rally to commemorate the one year anniversary of Rehteah Parsons’ death.

Hollaback! Hamilton hosted a Kicking Street Harassment to the Curb night which included a short film screening, some hilariously epic improv antics by Moist Theatre, and a community speaker + discussion on what can be done to their surrounding community a more comfortable and harassment-free environment for everyone. Sounds like a great time!

Hollaback! Italia held a chalk walk as well and took some great pictures - one of which is displayed above!

Hollaback! Montreal‘s Catherine was interviewed on the Barry Morgan show at CJAD, about iHollaback.org and street harassement in Montreal. You can listen to the interview here. They also held an event called LAZY SATURDAY where they raised $105 in donations and produced a great mural of patriarchy-smashing art. They also had BOWLING and encouraged attendees to imagine every pin as an aspect of patriarchy or rape culture which they could DESTROY with their bowling ball…heck yea!!! Check out the photos here!

Hollaback! Philly held a Street Harassment Awareness Day event where they reclaimed public space in a variety of creative ways including double dutch, mural/chalking, street theater, music, dance, costumes, a soap box for storytelling and more. You can check out photos from the event here. Also! A bunch of awesome orgs held this Get Lucid! Activist Dance Party fundraiser for them. You can see photos from the event, as well as photos from the rest of their International Anti-Street Harassment Week, here.

Woohoo! Til next week-

HOLLA and out!

- The Hollaback! Team

Published on April 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Miranda’s Story: “Good Girl”

Some of the people in my office have the job of calling people that they have worked with and seeing if they are using the programs that were recommended to them. Usually, these calls are pretty straightforward and include a brief questionnaire. What I have noticed is that the guy who sits in the cubicle next to me, whenever he is talking to a girl, and they say they have been following through with the programs, he responds with “good girl”. I cringe every time I hear it. It makes me feel as if he is talking to his children or his pets, and not human beings who are doing their best to be better versions of themselves. I woke up this morning thinking it was time I approached him about it. I couldn’t sit in silence any more. So when he walked in this morning,I told him that we needed to talk about something that made me uncomfortable. I explained the situation (shaking the whole time because I am horrible at confrontation), and he apologized. He said he didn’t realize that he was saying “good girl”. He said if he ever said it again, I need to stop him because he knows it isn’t right. He said he appreciated that I brought it up, and that if his children knew what he was saying, they would probably be upset too.

I couldn’t have asked for a better response. He understood where I was coming from and felt ashamed for how he had acted. I know that I am not the best at confronting street harassment, I usually just ignore it and walk away… but I like to think that if we stop people from using the same terminology in the work place, maybe it will have some sort of ripple effect when we walk out on the streets. In the very least, I can feel a little more comfortable in my cubicle.

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Published on April 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm

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