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Hollaback! Statement on the Murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Street harassment happens in many different ways. Hollaback! has historically focused primarily on sexual harassment of women and LGBTQ individuals around the world, but with the continued spate of attacks and murders of black men by police officers in the United States, it is with urgency that we express our solidarity with the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as all of the communities immediately affected by this violence. We know that these are our communities too. When black men cannot walk safely down the street none of us are truly free. The very recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile makes this plain as day and we cannot forget all of the others before them who have lost their lives at the hands of state and institutional violence. This must end. #blacklivesmatter #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile

 

Here are some links to articles, clips, that express what so many of us are feeling:

 

Here are some links to articles that focus on things people can do when faced with these tragedies

 

Here are some links on self care

 

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demonstration, transphobic

Teresa’s Story

A man followed me across the road from my front door and blocked my path three times at the mouth of this cul de sac.

When I protested and objected, he said “Suck my cock” and fuck off you ugly dog”.

He has done other things, like look me up on Linkedin, leer at me and he put a card in my letterbox accusing me of lying after I reported him to police.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Lonely Target

I sat down on the t (Boston speak for “subway”) and a guy sat down directly across from me. I had a bad feeling about him since he was acting kinda weird at the station. I put my headphones on and purposefully face away from him cause I sat here first. Out of the corner of my eye I could see him grooving to his headphones then stomping his feet loudly. He kept saying things to random strangers on the t car and most people ignored him. Then he started yelling about his grandfather to anyone who would listen. Eventually he did little things to try to get my attention like wave to me which I kept ignoring. Then he stands up to get off at his stop and gets close to me and waves. I immediately whack his hand away and yell “stop it!” He looks at everyone else on the t, pointing at me saying something (I can’t hear cause I still have headphones on). Everyone just stares at him but 3 young women are clapping for me. Right before he gets off the t he waves in my face again so I start take my shoe off. He sees that and very quickly runs out the door.

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Verbal

My voice will be heard

I live in Virginia and I can’t walk to my job downtown without being cat called at least twice a day. It’s often an older man asking “How’s it going?” I get mad and uncomfortable every time. Sometimes I think I’m overreacting, after all they’re just asking how I’m doing and that’s supposed to be a friendly question. But then I remind myself it’s the tone they use and the way they look at me like I’m an object for their amusement. So I made a vow to say something the next time.

Sure enough, later that day a group of four young teenage boys called out to me “How you doing?” I almost didn’t hear the first time but they called out two more times so I couldn’t ignore it. Finally I turn and look at them and say “Are you talking to me?” They all grin and say yea. So I respond with “Honestly not so well, because I can’t walk down the street without having guys like you call out to me. And it makes me feel uncomfortable and it’s ridiculous that it happens. You boys need to learn to respect women!” And the four of them scramble and run away. Literally run away from me.

I felt like I was not only standing up for myself but every woman on the street. I hope I taught those boys a lesson and they will think before doing it next time. I will no longer take the harassment. My voice will be heard.

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A Week in Our Shoes

Hollaback! wraps up the week with a BANG

As the Hollaback! HQ office closes for the 4th of July weekend, so does a packed week of strategic planning for the future of Hollaback! We’re so excited to share the ideas we’ve brainstormed, focusing on how to expand Hollaback!’s support system and spreading the message of public space safety far and wide.

 

Meanwhile, at Hollaback! Around the world…

 

Hollaback! Baltimore shared photos from the chalk walk they did in support of the Anti Street Harassment day of action that happened this past weekend.13521949_1051225158259136_292416700944759701_n

 

Hollaback! Vancouver is sharing and supporting Good Night Out Vancouver in their efforts to help people get home safely in Vancouver.

 

 

 

That’s it for now!

 

Holla and out!
-Hollaback!

 

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Éxismo Patriarcal Capitalista

Estaba en el metro y un sexista patriarcal falocentrista capitalista transfobico me llamó por pronombres masculinos!!!

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Racist Man at the Bus Stop

Yesterday I was waiting at a bus stop. I was approached by a white man who started mocking me and talking to me as if I were a very young child. He started using derogatory terms such as nigga and saying he came from Africa, to further mock me. I’m from India. I’m also only 15, and it’s the first time I’ve ever been harassed like this. When I simply wasn’t responding, he began yelling at me, and called me a bitch several times, and started saying extremely rude and dirty things, and finally said “this bloody immigrant thinks she’s the sh**,” and that all he wanted to do was “pick up chicks.” I began crying and wishing I could’ve done something about it, and shout back at him. I’m not sure how long this incident will haunt me for.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Maldito heteropatriarcado

Estaba apropiando de mi teléfono y un señor me dijo

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Grabbed outside her Home

Today I was walking home, and I was about three houses away from my own. I heard footsteps approaching behind me, so I turned to see a boy, probably around 17 years old, jogging up behind me. I thought it was odd, but assumed I was being paranoid, so I turned back around, as I swung my backpack in front of me to get my keys out. Then, I felt him grab my behind, very forcefully. I swung my backpack around to hit him as he jogged to the other side of the street and screamed at him as loud as I could to get away from me. I repeated this again. He said something to me in Spanish at that point, and proceeded to the other side of the road where I think he walked/jogged quickly around the upcoming corner. I just wanted to be inside, so I ran up to my front door and inside. I’m so angry that this happened just outside of my home. I feel totally violated, and unsafe.

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Week in our Shoes: Hollaback! Takes Action

Hi Everyone!

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We’ve had a jam packed week full of planning and strategizing for the future of Hollaback! and are ending it by celebrating Trans Day of Action today in Washington Square Park. Our Heartmob Program Coordinator Desiree along with interns Jean and Lily will be marching through and around the park, uniting together towards dismantling the transphobia, racism, classism, sexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia and xenophobia that permeate our society.

 

Meanwhile, at Hollaback! Around the world…

 

Hollaback! Istanbul is hosting a Outdoor Training and Harassment Workshop this Saturday, June 25th.

 

Hollaback! Baltimore is hosting an Anti Street Harassment Day of Action this Saturday, June 25th.

 

We’re so proud that Hollaback! sites everywhere are spreading the word and taking action to fight back against the violence and harassment many have to experience everyday. Keep fighting on!

 

That’s it for now!

 

Holla and out!

 

-Hollaback!

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