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I went into the liquor store to get a bottle of wine for a party this evening. As I was waiting in line to pay, an employee walked in front of me and leered at me. I ignored him and kept staring straight ahead. Then, as I was paying, the same employee came up and stood right next to me, and asked the cashier if I had smiled. The cashier said I had not and then asked me why I wasn’t smiling. I didn’t know what to do or say, so I just mumbled something about how I didn’t want to, and he continued to ask me to smile. At the same time, the first man was still standing beside me, alternating between joking with the cashier and telling me to smile. He told the cashier not to let me leave until I smiled. I tried to ignore it all and keep my face blank until the transaction was finished, and then I got out of there as quickly as possible. I want to report the incident, but I’m afraid that if I email the store, it will just go to one of them and nothing will be done about it. It makes me so mad because I was so excited to find a conveniently located liquor store, and now I can’t go back.
Hollaback! launched 14 new sites! Congratulations to the new members of the HB family, be sure to check them out:
Austin, TX, USA, Bengaluru, India, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC, USA, Guyana, Houston, TX, USA, Iran, Korea, Mumbai, India, Muncie, IN,USA, Niagara, Ontario, Canada, Pittsburgh, PA, USA , Tucson, AZ, USA, University of London Union, UK , Vancouver, BC, Canada. Welcome!! Welcome !! Welcome!!
Here’s what the HOLLAs around the world have been up to:
Hollaback! West Yorkshire held a workshop at Bradford college in collaboration with victim support, Bradford Women’s Forum & the college.
Hollaback! Brussels gave a talk on “Violence against Lesbians: On the intersection between sexist and lesbophobic violence” at LFestival Brussels. They also held their Hollaback! Offline N°4 event, the 4th event of the series and represented HB along with Gent at the “March of Silence,” a March calling for an end to rape culture organized by Flemish Women’s Lobby for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Hollaback! Halifax rightfully called out politician for careless behaviour and invited locals to contact his office and suggest resources for him to educate himself about race in local & global contexts.
The movement is growing everyday!
HOLLA and out!
-The Hollaback! Team
On the seventh day of our 31 days of HOLLA, we’re heading up north and sending a big thank you to Hollaback! Ottawa.
This year, Hollaback Ottawa started a city-wide conversation about street harassment, pushed public transit to address harassment & successfully pulled off the first research report on levels of harassment in the city. Amazing!
Me and a friend were waiting for the MAX (a lightrail public transit) under the Burnside bridge, at a stop that is very sketchy and known to be bad for harassment.
An older man came up to us and asked, “20 bucks for the both of you together? I live just down the street…” I didn’t get it at first, I was kind of in shock, but my friend immediately shot back with a “Excuse me? Fuck you! We’re underage!” and soon after I helped in the verbal defense.
Typically, he raised his hands in defense, saying something like “Oops sorry girls, I thought you guys looked 18!” and backed away. We glared at him until he was out of sight.
It’s the sixth day of our 31 days of HOLLA! Join us in giving a big thank you to team Hollaback! Czech!
In addition to being active during Prague Pride for the third year in a row, Ozvi se! / HollaBack! Czech is especially proud of being instrumental in bringing One Billion Rising to the Czech Republic. After its initial campaign in Prague, four other Czech cities chose to rise on February 14, 2013. Now on to 2014!
On the fifth day of our 31 days of HOLLA, the spotlight is on Hollaback! Poland.
This year, Hollaback! Poland organized a protest against an Internet portal that promoted street harassment and videos of women taken without consent.
Team Hollaback! Poland TOOK ACTION! They wrote an open letter to the editors and managers of the website, with 900 people adding their names in support! The website took down the videos and issued an apology.
Go Hollaback! Poland! Show them some support at polksa.ihollaback.org
“Hey sexy” as I walked by.
On the fourth day of our 31 days of HOLLA campaign, we’re highlighting the amazing work of team Hollaback! Fredericksburg.
This year alone, Hollaback! Fredericksburg has co-hosted two film screenings of “Half the Sky” with a local teen group (GIRL: Girls in Real Life), featuring a panel of badass individuals who work in local rape crisis, dv, and youth empowerment organizations to discuss gender based violence and the impact on our own community.
During International Anti-Street Harassment Week, Hollaback! Fredericksburg organized an Anti-Slut Shaming/ Anti-Style Shaming photo campaign. They participated in their local universities, and Kana participated in the first HOLLA::Revolution to discuss gender violence interventions within music therapy.
Go Hollaback! Fredericksburg!
On the third day of our 31 days of HOLLA, join us in sending a big thank you to the team of Hollaback! Chennai!
Hollaback! Chennai has had an amazing year. Their highlight for 2013 was the ‘Hollaback! Fridays‘ event series at Distil, a local nightspot, which featured local women-fronted bands over five weeks. The management at Distil distributed Hollaback! Chennai’s handouts on street harassment with every bill, and donated a part of their proceeds to the group.
Other highlights include the workshops they conducted on street harassment at local colleges as part of Hollaback! Chennai’s public education initiative, and reaching out to new audiences by speaking to students (both men and women of all ages) at the Alliance Française de Madras, a French language institute.
In addition, Hollaback! Chennai kicked off their ‘Safer Spaces’ campaign (inspired by Hollaback! Baltimore’s amazing work) just last week, through which they’ve called on local businesses to pledge zero tolerance to sexual harassment on their premises. As of today, they’ve had two businesses join then, and they’re just getting started.
As a result of their expanded efforts, they’ve received a fair amount of press coverage in Chennai this year. Finally, the Hollaback! Chennai team asked people wherever they went to complete the sentence ‘I Hollaback! because…’ in their own words. The team posted photos of their responses on their website and Facebook page.
Send Hollaback! Chennai your support on their page at chennai.ihollaback.org
On the second day of our 31 days of HOLLA, the spotlight is on Hollaback! Baltimore!
This year, Hollaback! Baltimore launched their “Safer Spaces” campaign. Partnering directly with music venues, cafes, bars, and more, they worked together to provide training and street-harassment free environments in their city.
Find out more about HB Baltimore’s Safer Spaces Campaign on their site at bmore.ihollaback.org!