I was in the library working on a review article for a journal. I’d chosen a fairly large table because I wanted to have room to spread all of my books out. I had been working for about an hour when this guy comes up and sits directly across me and puts his laptop down and his headphones in. Keep in mind, this library is huge, there are many places to sit, and he didn’t ask my permission to sit so close to me. I choose to ignore him and continue working. After about 10 minutes, I look up and he’s staring intently at his computer and (what looks like from my table-top perspective) rubbing his crotch furiously. I packed up my stuff and walked away immediately.
Another week has gone by and the Holla-train has not slowed down. We have been up and about spreading the word on our new app and gathering stories for our Story Sharing Campaign, which ended this week. Hollaback! HQ welcomed a new intern, Rose, former badass site leader from Nottingham, who will be working on our key programs. Hollaback!’s Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, addressed 300 students and faculty at Friends Seminary in New York City about the movement to end street harassment. Our new Program and Admin Assistant, CJ, spoke at the first Queens Brides March (Go CJ!), an event aimed at raising awareness about the horrors of domestic violence and mourning for those who have lost their lives to this crime.
Lets see what has been going on with our sites around the world!
Helen McBride from Hollaback! Belfast was on The Prospect Roads, talking about the Hollaback! movement, the same-sex marriage referendum held in Ireland earlier this year and the implications the result has on the LGBT community.
Hollaback! Baltimore participated at Cherrie Moraga’s talk on her exceptional book “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color” and they are preparing for the discussion on anti-street harassment and knowing your rights.
Hollaback! Vegas started their first ever zine! The home-made publication is a tool their volunteers are using this year to educate the public and get the world out about street harassment and other forms of sexual violence. Amazing job Vegas!
That’s it for now! Until next week,
Holla and out!
So I was on the phone to one of my girlfriends when two guys in a Toyota corolla came up to me and asked me how I had phone signal in this area. To this i replied that my network was good and, as i was saying that they slowly started driving their car onto the pavement blocking my path. I then considered crossing the road but i was fearful of what would happen. Also it was my right of way therefore I kindly asked them to move. At this point the other man in the vehicle who had GREEN eyes started randomly saying “I think you would get better signal in my car as I have the best antenna in the world” at this point he start undoing his pants and took his …. out. I then looked at the driver and asked him to please control his friend and decided to walk away, although this did not deter the other man in the car. I gave him a middle finger and he started saying “hey you, dont call me middle finger” he seemed to have a non-native accent, one that seemed to be arabic. Then he started swearing at the driver saying “gawad back me up” Finally I said I would call the police but then he said “dont bump me again” after that he got back in the car and drove off.
A young middle school boy was touching my legs on the subway when I didn’t respond to him because he was trying to sell me his beats which I clearly wasn’t interested in since I said “no” the first time. Unbelievable how young boys can sexually harass older females now.
I was at work and was heading to clock out for the night. A man from a different department ask me why I was “dragging”. I replied with “ay it’s been a long day I’m tired. He replied “oh you just need some good dick in your life and pointed to his “zone”. Not even 20 mins before this happened a different male coworker had came up to me and said “I know you got a man but I want to suck your titties. I gave him a funny look and he said “ohhh is that the face you make when you ride?”
Ummm time to go! I wrapped everything up and headed to the clock…
Before I could clear my head from the 1st conversation,the 2nd had already happened…
There’s a man that frequents this spot and has been seen standing naked on the sidewalk. Did not approach him, but stayed on Charles St. instead.
Hollaback HQ celebrated its ten year anniversary this week! We blew the candles and wished for a future where everyone has the right to feel safe as they walk down the street. And so, the work continues as we keep things moving with our Story Sharing Campaign – getting our brand spanking new free app out to as many people as possible and collecting more stories using #iHollaback. So go on and share your story so that we can prove to the haters who say “street harassment is not a big deal” that they are wrong!
Hollaback! sites around the world:
Hollaback!’ers around the world have been way busy with the Story Sharing Campaign and promoting the app.
Hollaback! Peterborough marched at the first Trans Day of Resiliency & the first Trans March in their town and got great support from their community! How amazing is that? For a small city in southern Ontario, we’d say it’s pretty UH-MA-ZING! They were also marching in the Pride Parade and tabling in the park with info about Hollaback! I mean, WOW!
Hollaback! Nottingham and Hollaback! London participated at an Anti-Street Harassment Summit on making Nottingham and Nottinghamshire safer for women held by Nottingham Women’s Centre. They took the opportunity to spread the word on the amazing work they have done in the last year and also shared what their plans will be in the coming months! Great job Nottingham and London!
Hollaback! Vegas participated at a round table at UNLV on combatting campus sexual assault with Congresswoman Dina Titus and the team of Hillary Clinton for Nevada.
Hollaback! Ottawa was rallying, marching and chanting on the streets of Ottawa at their Take Back the Night 2015 event where women reclaim their right to walk alone at night without the fear of violence and continue to enforce the movement to end violence against women. Here they are proudly holding the Hollaback! flag! Thumbs up, Ottawa!
Hollaback! Edinburgh was supporting the march “AYE to refugees, NAE to Nazis”. The march was initiated by Unite Against Fascism – Edinburgh as a mobilization of faith groups, civil right groups and trade unions, to oppose the SDL’s message of intolerance and racism in defense of refugees and immigrants. A very very important issue!
Hollaback! Halifax together with Avalon Sexual Assault Centre hosted the second annual Rolling Revolution: Cats Glare Back. They were touring the city to show their support for victims and survivors of street harassment and sexualized violence and to reclaim spaces of reported street violence. And they got featured in the media here and here! Awesome work, HB Halifax! Check out #CatsGlareBack!
Hollaback! Bahamas participated at the Feminist Forum to discuss the SDGs, indicators, accountability, and monitoring. Way to go!
Well, that’s it for now (and it’s a lot)! Stay tuned next week for even more amazing stuff!
Holla and out!
-The Hollaback! Team
Earlier this morning I saw a group of 4 Jewish guys walking down the street with their Kippahs on being harassed by 2 racist assholes. They even flipped up the Nazi hand symbol and shouted “Death to Israel”. One of them then said “Where’s Hitler when you need him?” Fucking assholes. I told the harasses to fuck off and asked the Jewish guys if they were ok. It felt good to help but I was honestly shaking after that.
Came across a really drunk college kid one night when heading back to my dorm with my girlfriend. He asked us where Butterfield was and we told him we’d show him where. Then he must’ve noticed something about us and started asking, “Are you lesbians?” And we said, “Yes, this is my girlfriend.” He then proceed to say vulgar things and try to follow us back to our dorm. I bought pepper spray after that.
I was walking down the left side of the street and a car with two men slowed down to get my attention. Because they were across the street, I kept walking normally, thinking that the lane of oncoming traffic between us would be enough to deter them from doing anything more. Eventually the car stopped, the driver got out of the car and crossed the street to where I was. I quickly crossed to the other side and found two men willing to walk the rest of the way with me. The driver and his friend yelled at all three of us and then drove away. I hate that they only responded to the presence of other men.