Dear Men, Street Harassment Sucks pt. 2

Thanks to our friends at the Thee Kats Meoww for awesome breakdown!

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A Week in Our Shoes

A Week In Our Shoes: Raise For Women Challenge

News from New York:

  • PRESS! Hollaback! got a generous shout out in journalist Josh Sterns’ blog “Talking to Strangers” and in the Globe and Mail’s piece on Lego’s sexist mini-figures. We were also featured in Vassar’s student newspaper, The Miscellany News and in YC Teen Magazine!
  • PUBLICATIONS! To launch our RaiseForWomen Challenge with the Huffington post and Half the Sky, Deputy Director Debjani wrote a awesome article for the Huffington Post! Read about why increasing criminalization is not the answer to street harassment.
  • ADVOCACY! Emily and Jae met with Councilmember Ferreras’s staff to plan out another safety audit! Stay tuned. Emily also met with staffers from Councilmember Wills office this week.
  • PARTNERS! Jae, Lindsey, and Emily had lunch with the Feminists Women’s Health Centers of California to discuss collaboration.

News from around the world:

Hollaback! Brussels welcomes a guest entry on their blog in post by Emilie Van Limbergen. If you can read Dutch, check it out! In human rights news, Hollaback! Brussels is standing in strong support of rape victims and the organization “Rise Against Rape.” They are asking everyone to join them. This August 31, 2013 is the trial of the rapist, Taufik Ahaddouch, the a man who raped five young girls after being REALEASED from the justice system after raping another seven. This case represents serious failure of the justice system as a whole and the trial must be well-attended with supporters of the victims and allies against rape.

Hollaback! Philly’s projects coordinator, Anna, wrote a kickass article in the Huffington Post s part of the RaiseforWomen Challenge. With an incredible sense of humor, Philly hollas back at the “Ask Papa” advice columnist of the Philadelphia City Paper. Finally, check out the POWERFUL video tour of Philly’s Anti-Street Harassment Chalk Walk featuring our hollas and allies:

Meet Us on the Sidewalk from Kara Lieff on Vimeo.

Hollaback! Melbourne announces the launch of their  new series The F Word, a bi-weekly discussion of feminism, what it means, and issues that face feminists and humanists in the world today. This is going to be awesome, stay tuned!

Hollaback! Gent posted an extended discussion regarding LGBTQ experiences of street harassment and explores possible solutions.

Hollaback! Chemnitz covers their launch party and zine release! Check out what the new site has been up to! Screen shot 2013-05-02 at 5.20.39 PM

Hollaback! Chandigarh was featured in Femina, a well known women’s magazine in India! The issue covers Rubina’s story and how Hollaback! Chandigarh got started. This week, the site posted an essential resource on their site this week titled, “Ten Things You Need to Know About the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Law,” breaking down important facts and clarifications on the anti-sexual harassment law put in place in India last year.

Hollaback! West Yorkshire is getting ready for their street harassment workshop, scheduled for June 1st! The site is also announcing that they are now accepting submissions their upcoming zine on street harassment! Stories, poems, drawings, and pictures are all welcome! Holla at the via [email protected] with `zine submission’ in the header.

Hollaback! Baltimore presents….“4 Quotes from 4 Famous Male Allies.” Read these, they’re great!

Hollaback! Boston has released this week’s edition of Introducing!, an ongoing series where hollas interview Bostonians. This week, Boston hollas interviewed L, a friend of Hollaback! Boston who blogs anonymously at 5 Cities 6 Women. Next Thursday, May 9, Hollaback! Boston will be joining Fenway Health and IMPACT Boston next for a workshop on responding safely to street harassment how how to be an effective bystander. In honor of National Bike Month, hollas are calling for cyclists’ street harassment stories. Send them in!

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Liz’s Story: This Married Mom Sends a Creep On His Way

Today I was stalked by an older man, when I was walking to the park with my toddler. I felt something off when I passed him on the street. After I had been at the playground for 10 minutes, the guy rides up on his bike. What I had suspected was confirmed. He approaches me, as I am playing with my young son, and asks my name. I tell him a fake one, then he asks if I am married. When I tell him “yes”, he says, “Oh, sorry about that.” Then he rides off.

I felt sick, and wanted to cry. My beautiful spring day at the park with my toddler was ruined. What kind of sick person stalks and pervs a young mother? I was scared for myself and for my son. More than anything, I was angry. I am angry. This is not okay!

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A Week in Our Shoes

A Week In Our Shoes: DENIM DAY!

Denim Day

Denim Day! Look at the top left!

Hollaback! is all over the beautiful Aiden Murray photography blog for our amazing chalk walking this month. Also, Hollaback! and I got an awesome shout out in the Los Angles Times this week!

Hollaback! NYC hosted a very successful clothing swap this week. Hollas and allies swapped clothing and raised some holla-funds while also collecting tons of clothes for Out Of The Closet. On Wednesday, hollas made a grand appearance at Denim Day at City Hall.

Hollaback! Philly is all over the news! Clutch Magazine and GeneroCity covered the site’s work on the anti-street harassment ads on SEPTA.

Hollaback! Ottawa also got some fancy press coverage regarding harassment on public transit! Read about our Ottawa hollas in The Province and The Ottawa Citizen.

Hollaback! Gent’s Jolien and her boyfriend will be running to raise funds for Hollaback! Gent. Find out how you can support them.

Hollaback! Belfast and Hollaback! Dublin started a campaign to urge Irish radio presenter, Ian Dempsey, to apologize for trivializing sexual assault on his show this week. Read the hollas’ open letter and sign the petition!

Hollaback! Melbourne launched a series of initiatives as part of their International Anti -Street Harassment Week. The site created a photo wall of a bunch of photos they collected of Melbournians holding up anti-street harassment messages. The site also put together a collage of fun and interesting online feminism.

Hollaback! Brussels reposted an awesome #sharethestreets report written by their volunteer, Anna Claire. The report covers the site’s activities throughout anti-street harassment week.

Hollaback! Berlin posted a series of tips how to deal with street harassment. Super valuable resource!

Hollaback! Chennai has a wonderful new entry titled, “A Time for Assessment, a Time for Growth” talking about the necessity of initiatives like Hollaback! and the site’s plans for the future. Stay tuned!

Hollaback! Baltimore hollablogger Rebecca Evans hollas back at the music video, “Sacrilege”!

Hollaback! Istanbul’s Kacie Lyn Kocher spoke at TEDxReset 2013!! Her incredible speech called Silence is a Choice is on youtube!! Watch her GO!

Hollaback! Boston interviewed Laura, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project about her work, inspiration, and vision for the future.

Hollaback! NYU got some press in Her Campus on their anti-street harassment rally and chalkwalk with Hollaback! NYC last week.

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Kristin’s Story: “I screamed on the top of my lungs”

My friend came home tonight terrified and told me that she had just run home after being pursued by a man who tried to get her in his car. I thought the community of Lacey, WA and Olympia, WA should know about this so we can catch the guy who tried to take her.

“Walking home from work at 11PM. Guy tries to get me into his car. He was parked in a dark parking lot. He yelled at me when I walked by, ‘Hey! Come here! Come here!’ I yelled ‘No!’ and ran. As I’m running he drove alongside me and yelled “Get in! Come here!”. I screamed at the top of my lungs ‘NO!’ and he drove off. Probably scared that I was making loud noises near some businesses/houses.
I ran home, scared out of my mind, until I couldn’t breathe anymore. Thankfully made it, hands are still shaking, still can’t breathe.
This is the 5th time in my life—from my childhood till now—Someone has tried to kidnap me. Apparently I can’t even walk a quarter of a fucking mile without being harassed.”

Hollaback community, keep your eyes out for a small, white compact vehicle in the Lacey area loitering around in any dark spots in parking lots for a long time. From what she could see of the driver in the dark, he was wearing a backward baseball cap and had dark hair and spoke with a light accent. Keep aware and if something seems off, say something. The number for Oly police is 360.704.2740.

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