A Week in Our Shoes, Uncategorized

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!



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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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Uncategorized, Verbal

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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Stalking, Verbal, youth

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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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Forums & Events Edition

Hey Hollas!

It’s been a great week at Hollaback! HQ. Deputy Director Debjani Roy returned from Chicago where she spoke at a forum hosted by the Chicago Filmmakers Coop on the role of video and social media in addressing social justice issues. ED Emily May attended the Ford Foundation’s Netgain: The Digital Revolution Meets the Common Good, where she hung out with NYC Mayor de Blasio! We are eagerly preparing for HOLLA::Rev NYC on March 5th and HOLLA:Rev London on June 23rd-26th! See you there!

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         Debjani with HB Chicago site leader, Katie, and the women from obviweretheladies.com.



NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio at Netgain.

Check out what our sites around the world have been up to:

Hollaback! Mexico City and site leader Gabriela Duhart Herrera were featured in an awesome interactive piece on street harassment in Fusion.

Hollaback! Bahamas guest lectured a sociology class on street harassment and proposed gender equality bills!

And alas,

Hollaback! Baltimore led a workshop at UMBC on street harassment and harassment in the workplace earlier this week. This marks site leaders Shawna and Mel’s final workshop – they are stepping down as site leaders and becoming advisory board members for HB Baltimore after four years of incredible work. We are excited to welcome Brittany and Leah to the team as the new site leaders, and we wish Shawna and Mel the best of luck in their future projects!

Shawna and Mel, you have been incredible site leaders and partners in this work.  It is without question that you brought significant changes in your beloved city of Baltimore and strengthened the movement to end street harassment globally. Endless gratitude and respect for all you have done! You will be missed!


Mel and Shawna at HOLLA::REV 2014

That’s all for now. Keep up the inspiring work!

-Holla! HQ

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Story, Verbal, youth

Olivia’s story: Underaged cat calls

My friend lives near SUNY New Paltz and we would always walk to her house from the middle school where he went. We always started getting honked at and cat called since sixth grade! Do you know how disgusting it is to be yelled at by college kids when you’re only 11? Guys need to learn that where not sexual objects thank you very much!

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Laura’s Story: “I can’t get over the feeling of being so objectified”

My roommate and I decided to walk down to a brewery at the end of our street for drinks after work one night. We grabbed two seats at the bar and ordered our drinks when this guy sitting next to us started talking to us, telling us how pretty we were. We tried to redirect the talk multiple times away from what was quickly becoming a weird and uncomfortable conversation. He then declared that I looked like a fourth grade teacher and he would fuck the shit out of me, and that my roommate looked like an eleventh grade teacher and – we cut in there, yelling at him to stop, the bartender that had heard it started yelling at him and he got up, yelled, I’m the bad guy, everyone hates me. I said no one hates you bro, you just can’t say that kind of shit to people. He left.

My roommate wrote him off as a drunk jerk, but I can’t seem to shake it. I can’t get over the feeling of being so objectified, can’t get over the pornish-talk directed at me, 100% unsolicited.

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