I was coming home at night from a really good job interview. I got on the train at Hollywood/Vine Metro Station and headed back towards 7th/Metro Station. About a stop or two down the track a drunk man got on the train, singing VERY loudly (with very little talent) and sat directly across from me. I ignored him until about 10 minutes later when I noticed he was opening a can of bud light (probably his 5th). I looked away trying to ignore him again and when I glanced back I saw him starring directly at me, licking his lips, and rubbing the inside of his thigh dangerously close to his small dick. I glared back at him trying to get him to stop but he just kept going so I changed seats. He began to laugh and say degrading comments toward me … so I flicked him off (I don’t take that kind of bull shit from anyone). And then he began getting really aggressive, stumbling toward me and threatening me. We continued cussing each other out until I got to 7th & Metro. As I exited the train he made a knee jerking motion and said “I will kick your ass, bitch” and that’s when I blew my top, turned around, and said “WELL THEN COME ON BABY, I”M RIGHT HERE”. Of course the dick did nothing and continued to cuss at me as the doors closed. The ONLY bystander on a train full of useless people was this angel of a woman who, as she was also exiting the train, told the man “Don’t you touch her”. I can’t thank that woman enough for standing up for me. I’m always use to standing alone, I just want someone to help me out, just fucking once. If anyone sees a short, black man wearing a red baseball cap handing out stupid black business cards on the metro promoting himself as a “world champion boxer” (he actually tried using his cards to intimidate me) call the cops and stay away from him.
Hi Hollas! Hope everyone had amazing activism-filled weeks!
Here’s what’s been happening at the headquarters:
Earlier this week, ED Emily May moderated a panel at Youth + Tech + Health Live where she spoke about online harassment and safe spaces on the internet. Now she’s in Atlanta at the Points of Light Civic Accelerator where she’s working on HeartMob! Go Emily go!
One of our amazing interns, Kate, went to Denim Day to rally around rape prevention and support for survivors!
Our new project, HeartMob, was funded in just five days! We are so amazed by the generosity of our activist network and excited about the great press we’ve received this week from Cosmopolitan, KillerStartup, Mic, Bustle, Collectively, and more! We can’t wait for Heartmob to be a real thing! Next step – unlocking our bonus levels. The Heartmob Kickstarter doesn’t end until May 15th, and the Knight Foundation has offered to donate $2,500 if we get 250 backers, $5,o00 if we get 500 backers, and $10,000 if we get 1000 backers! Donate a dollar if you can (even a dollar gets you early access to the platform!) and check out Heartmob’s Facebook and Twitter!
Let’s check out what some of our sites did!
Hollaback! Peterborough is having a launch party on May 9th and it’s Cats Against Catcalling-themed! They’ll be projecting their newly launched website on the walls of Artspace, providing yummy vegan food, and featuring music from Evan Gentle, Stacey Green Jumps, Nick Ferrio, and more!
Hollaback! Vancouver showcased the results of their “What’s Your Number?” campaign on Thursday, where participants were asked to record instances of street harassment through journal or clicker. The results were shown at an art show/party educating attendees on the prevalence of harassment!
Hollaback! Bahamas hosted a chalk art event at College of the Bahamas with the Pro Society, and received a small grand from The Awesome Foundation for their safe spaces campaign! Director Alicia Wallace was chosen as an honouree at the Bahamas Sexual Health & Rights Association’s first annual tea party and recognition event!
Hollaback Cuenca launched an anti-street harassment campaign in Cuenca Ecuador together with the President of Universidad de Cuenca, the Province Government Vice President, the head of the department for social equity and gender of the municipality of Cuenca and the President of the Women’s Association of Universidad de Cuenca.
Hollaback! Italy held a workshop in Genoa during a week event show for a feminist journal’s 20th anniversary in partnership with Arci Gay Ostilia Mulas. They held a four day workshop in Agape during Easter at Lesbian Camp of Agape about harassing in LGBTQ communities.
And, a few week in our shoes back, they marched in Turin for an anti-sexist march!
That’s all for this week. Keep being awesome! Holla out.
Riding home on my way home from work, a man called out, “I wish I was a bike seat!”. This comment was not a compliment and made me feel disgusted.
Bugün okulda Kürtleri ve ibneleri istemiyoruz diyen 2 kişi arkamdan hakaret etti. Sözlü tacizle homofobi ve kürtfobi saldırıya uğradım. Üniversite okuyan öğrencilerin bu şekilde davranmaları aldıkları eğitimleri gösteriyor.
Today 2 people insulted me from behind saying “we do not want Kurds and fags at school”. I was verbally attacked with anti-kurdish harassment and homophobia. Students attending college have been receiving training to behave this way.
“Nice ass…best butt in town”, was yelled at me by a group of men, followed by a wolf-whistle, when walking down the Main Street of Angaston. This was a Saturday afternoon and it was humiliating. I pretended not to hear it, although my non-response encouraged more comments.
Somebody in a red Chevy kept making sexual gestures at me constantly.I was walking and the traffic kept them away but a mile away they were harassing me again
A group of young boys on bicycles was blocking the path where I usually run — this is a wide, safe path by a river.
As I ran by, two of them touched my butt. I turned around and yelled at them “hey! that is not acceptable. You cannot do that.” I then ran away but I still want to cry. It made me so upset and angry.
Je rentrais chez moi le soir avec une copine, et deux hommes nous ont abordées. Ma copine et moi, on ne lui a pas répondu quand il nous a demandé, dans un premier temps, si on pourrait “faire connaissance” et après si on “voulait baiser”. Moi et ma copine a continué notre chemin sans répondre, alors il a crié qu’on était des grosses putes en nous suivant quelques mètres. Puis lui et son copain ont quitté la place.
I went home at night with a girlfriend and two men approached us. My girlfriend and I, we did not answer him when he asked us, at first, if we could “get to know them” and then if we “wanted to fuck.” My girlfriend and I went on our way without answering, then he shouted that we were big whores and they followed us a few meters. Then he and his friend left.
Walking down 14th with two of my friends, a man walked toward me in that way they do, where you know they’re about to say something disgusting. He didn’t say anything, though. He just passed by me extremely close, then turned and started following us. He threw out some “baby… baby”s and we ignored him. His comments became more disgusting, “I love your pussy. It’s my favorite.” He kept following. He followed us to our front steps (by the time we realized he was still following, we were already on our deserted street), though we told him to stop. We told him no several times. My friend got out her phone to call the cops and the guy finally left. My friend spoke to the 911 operator for a few minutes. We’re still seething, and worried about him knowing where we live.
You’d think that because of Anti-Street Harassment Week things would have cooled down a little in Holla Land for this week…. but you’d be wrong! So much is happening! In general #StreetHarassment news, you’ve probably already heard about these anti-catcalling signs popping up around NYC, but have you seen this video of a guy interrupting a reporter doing a story on why these signs are important, and arguing that catcalling is actually good? It’s pretty wild, and definitely a good reminder of why we need to continue to teach people that street harassment is #NotACompliment.
Back in HQ, our ED Emily May and DD Debjani Roy met with some folks from McGraw Hill to talk about our strategies and goals for fighting street harassment. They all seemed really supportive of our Holla Revolution!
Speaking of which, we’re gearing up for Holla:: Rev London which will be on June 23rd! We’ve already lined up performers and speakers such as Laura Bates from the Everyday Sexism project, Sauna Youth, our ED Emily May, and Hollaback! site leaders from around the world! Grab your tickets now before it’s too late!
On Tuesday we released our second vlog as a part of our With Love and Revolution series titled “To Respond or Not to Respond?” Check it out to learn about how to respond to street harassment in a constructive and healthy way and to see the cool dance scene at 4:01. Or checkout this fun GIF that Rebecca from Hollaback! Halifax made for us!
Last but certainly not least, we’ve launched our new HeartMob Kickstarter Campaign! HeartMob will be an online platform that provides real-time support to individuals experiencing online harassment – and gives bystanders concrete actions they can take to step in and save the day! We think that too many people who have faced online harassment have been driven away from the internet, and we want to make online spaces safer so no one has to leave! For this project to happen, we need to raise $10,000, but even $1 will allow donors early access to the platform and helps a lot! Thanks to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, if we hit our $10,000 goal AND get 250 backers, we’ll get an extra $2,500, 500 backers gets us $5,000, and 1,000 backers (fingers crossed) will get us an extra $10,000! That’s amazing! Don’t forget to check out our new HeartMob Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the campaign and developments in the anti-online harassment world. We’re so excited about this project and can’t wait to help make the internet safer!
Now let’s check out what some of our sites have been up to…
Hollaback! Atlanta closed out Anti-Street Harassment Week on Sunday with a march to end street harassment! Despite the rain, they still managed to chalk walk AND have volunteers carry their Creative Director Jessica Caldas’ sculptural piece Four Letter Word through the city! They even chalked up certain MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) stations based on their MARTA Street Harassment survey responses. That’s so cool!
Hollaback! Alberta was featured in Metro News speaking up about harassment on public transit on Tuesday, and on the front cover for their chalk walk on Friday! The actual chalk walk took place on Saturday, and was covered by CBC Télé Edmonton! Read more about it and take a peek at some awesome pics here!
Hollaback! Berlin’s Julia Brilling wrote this awesome piece for Freiwilligenmagazin about HB!’s mission to fight everyday sexism and street harassment, what HB! Berlin has done for the movement, and why it’s so important to Hollaback!. Way to be a Holla Hero, Julia! Also, while you’re here, look at some of these great pictures from Berlin’s participation in International Wheat-Pasting Night on Friday!
Keep up the great work and have an awesome weekend, Hollas!
-The Hollaback! Team