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Week in Our Shoes: Almost HOLLA::REV!! Edition

Hi Hollas!

It’s been a busy week here at the mothership! We spent the week preparing for HOLLA::Revolution 2015, which will take place this Thursday, March 5th at The New School in NYC! We’re so excited for our speakers to bring conversations about street harassment, sexual assault on college campuses, online harassment, masculinity, Islamophobia, and to the world! That’s right, the world – if you’re in the area, please reserve your tickets here, and if you’re not, check out our livestream! Folks watching online can tweet their questions to the panel using the hashtag #hollarev!

 

It’s been Social Media Week here in NYC, and ED Ememily_convertedily May spoke on a panel about online harassment on Youtube along with Karen Cahn of VProud.tv, vlogger Kat Lazo, and Elizabeth Plank of Mic. Check out the ‘gram!

Deputy Director Debjani Roy spoke on a panel at the WOW Theatre and Cafe alongside Dana Edell from Spark, Kate McDonough from Girls for Gender Equity and Ileana Jimenez @feministteacher. The event was called Don’t Call Me Baby – Sexism and Youth, and it was organized by our partner school project partner and UAI, Wazina Zondon who is also a part of the Inquiry to Action Group (ItAG).

 

We’ve been busy, and so have our awesome sites! Check out what some of them have been up to!

Hollaback! Mumbai is participating in an International Women’s Day Tweet Up on March 8th! Join the conversation on Twitter to show your support!

Hollaback! Melbourne site director Simone Flanagan was interviewed for The Women Who Make a Difference! Congrats, we’re so glad your amazing work is being recognized!

Hollaback! Bahamas is offering self-defense classes for women at a discounted price for International Women’s Month. They also 10995925_10153042871373670_7672245799742323332_nparticipated in World Thinking Day and the Bahamas Girl Guides Association’s STOP THE VIOLENCE rally this past Sunday. Rock. On.

Hollaback! Kathmandu will be participating in an International Women’s Day 5K Fun Run – join them in empowering women while getting fit if you’re in the area!

Hollaback! Baltimore site leader Brittany Oliver will be speaking on a “Black History for a Black Future” panel to discuss steps to improving the quality of life for Black people in Baltimore! Awesome!

Hollaback! New Orleans site leader Nathan Winner was featured in The Shreveport Times for his dedication to fighting street harassment! Congrats!

Hollaback! Los Angeles spoke on AirTalk radio show this week about how to make LA buses and subways safer for everyone.

 

Big week, team! Keep up the great work!

Holla and out!

 

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Followed home and harassed

white middle age male living on my street swerved in front of me and proceeded to follow me to my home. I stopped in my driveway and he drove up calling me a f-ing slut for the almost accident. He said he would rape me and that I am a whore who deserves it. A man was harassing a girl in a close proximity and I think it was him. He drives a big white dodge I believe.

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Assault, Story, Verbal

Anna’s Story: “Scared helpless and used”

I was walking home after visiting a friend when two guys sprang into my way and scared me. They were yelling things like “I want to fuck you” and “You’re hot”. Fortunately it was in the near of my home so when they started to follow me I showed them my middle finger and started to walk faster. They reached me when I was opening my door and yelled “my d**k ist to hard for you”. Then I explained them that they had nothing which could impress me and I shoveled the door into their face. Nevertheless I feel scared helpless and used

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Week in Our Shoes: The Revolution Continues Edition!

Hey Hollas!

It’s been another great week at Hollaback! HQ. We have another great webinar coming up for site leaders that will focus on the process of site leadership and transition. Topics include: how do you find/train new site leaders, how do you create a seamless transition, how do you continue your programs, and more.

We’re halfway through training for class 12– our biggest class ever, this time introducing several new languages, including Romanian, Serbian and Latvian! WOW. Over 18 new sites will be launching in their communities in April – many of the new site leaders saw the viral video and thought ‘well, this happens in my community too! Let me bring the movement here!’ And we’re glad they did!

Last but not least, mark your calendars as we’re less than two weeks away from HOLLA::Rev NYC on March 5th, where we’re covering topics including Islamophobia and street harassment, men and masculinity, online harassment, campus sexual assault and MORE. If you’re in NY, pick up your tickets here. And don’t forget about HOLLA::Rev London on June 23rd-26th! We’re taking this show on the road!

 

And in other news, our sites around the world have been up to the following:

 

1723402_418447231640334_7134487624646437443_nHollaback! Nottingham was successful in their first ever funding bid on Wednesday! Congrats, guys! They are also working on their own zine in a number of workshops and accepting submissions. In it, they will be exploring street harassment and its affects on the individual and the community. Make sure to stay tuned for more zine info! Thursday night they hosted their first social with fun, games, and talking about taking direct action against street harassment.

Hollaback! Poland spoke out against the Nobody’s Children Foundation for victim-blaming in their new campaign against cyber sexual violence and harassment and started a national conversation! They released their own longer comment on the situation that you can read here.  Also, site-leader Agnieszka Biela talked about harassment in the workplace and in public spaces on one of Poland’s biggest TV stations this past Wednesday. Way to get stuff done!

Appalachian Ohio! completed four 45 minute workshops on sexual assault, consent, rape culture, gender stereotypes, media literacy, and bystander intervention for 27 8th graders at Vinton Middle School.

Hollaback! Nairobi was featured on Up Nairobi in an article about combating catcalling.

Hollaback! Baltimore co-directors Shawna Potter and Melanie Keller have moved into an advisory position and Brittany Oliver and Leah Michaels are stepping up as site leaders! Read their beautiful exit/entrance interviews here.

 

That’s all for now, keep up the awesome work!

 

–Hollaback!

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Story, Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Harassment at the bus stop

catcalled while waiting for the bus several times.

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groping, Uncategorized, Verbal

Lynsey’s Story: Inappropriate Instructor

My driving instructor kept touching my hands and legs and making lewd comments

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public masturbation, Uncategorized

Lindsay’s Story: Creeped out and Disgusted

I take local transit in my city. At the end of a day of errands, I was on my bus home. Sitting on a seat facing the back door of the bus with my bag of purchases inbetween me, I was listening to music and waiting. A guy on the bus took a seat beside me. I noticed after a while he was looking at me very intently. About 1 stop before mine, I side glanced over and realized his hand was in his pants, moving in a discernible manner. I got off my stop as quickly as I could, creeped out & disgusted.

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Verbal, youth

Charlie’s Story: Catcalled in the Snow

I’m just a 16 year old girl. I live in a big city but don’t go out a whole lot. Unfortunately I did today and some boys (emphasis on BOYS since the oldest is probably around 13) decided it would be fun to mess with me while I was clearing snow. My mom was in the car and saw and heard the whole thing. They yelled THREE TIMES “suck it baby!” and I held my temper until the third one. Even though I felt like smacking those dirty minded children all I did was give them the finger. When I finally got in the car my mom was mad at me for not maintaining a lady like composure. It isn’t the first time. I have even been catcalled in school. I just don’t understand why.

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HOLLA! ON THE GO: Harassed While Biking

It snowed several inches last night, so I was excited to bike to work. Being a seasoned commuter, I’m on the downhill portion of my trip to work when I hear “YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE!!!”
Driving a early 2000’s 4 door Mazda a man is screaming, out his car window, and it’s 17 degrees out. He’s in opposing traffic, and I’m riding the same speed as traffic.
I crank my head and yell “Have a good day!”Despite this gentlemen’s frosty disposition I only hope my attitude helped to reshape his morning!

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Followed in Boston

My family and I travel to Boston multiple times a year, and we stop In the city of Philadelphia to mess around and sight see. Waking up unusually early one morning, I walked to a local bakery and bought a doughnut to give to someone that was homeless. As I was walking around, looking for someone to give it to, a man started walking with me. He said hi how are you? And I replied fine with a smile, automatically feeling awkward. He asked me if I knew where I was going, and I said yes, trying to give off the impression I didn’t want to talk, while trying to get some distance between us. He then started to ask me my name, and ask me how I “do it so well.”
Startled, I was at loss for words. I am most certainetly not shy and am quite assertive, but I was so caught off guard. I replied “Umm no thankyou I’m under age.” He then proceeded to follow me asking me if “it was because he’s black.” He continued to follow me to my hotel room, where thank god the door men saw my face, and didn’t let the man in. I have never been followed before, and it was very scary for me, only being 15.

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