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Sophia’s Story: Creeper on the MAX

Me and a friend were waiting for the MAX (a lightrail public transit) under the Burnside bridge, at a stop that is very sketchy and known to be bad for harassment.
An older man came up to us and asked, “20 bucks for the both of you together? I live just down the street…” I didn’t get it at first, I was kind of in shock, but my friend immediately shot back with a “Excuse me? Fuck you! We’re underage!” and soon after I helped in the verbal defense.
Typically, he raised his hands in defense, saying something like “Oops sorry girls, I thought you guys looked 18!” and backed away. We glared at him until he was out of sight.

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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Czech!

It’s the sixth day of our 31 days of HOLLA!  Join us in giving a big thank you to team Hollaback! Czech!

In addition to being active during Prague Pride for the third year in a row, Ozvi se! / HollaBack! Czech is especially proud of being instrumental in bringing One Billion Rising to the Czech Republic. After its initial campaign in Prague, four other Czech cities chose to rise on February 14, 2013. Now on to 2014!

Way to go team!  We can’t wait to see what Hollaback! Czech has planned for the new year.  Show them your support at czech.ihollaback.org and donate to our site leader training today!

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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Poland!

On the fifth day of our 31 days of HOLLA, the spotlight is on Hollaback! Poland.

This year, Hollaback! Poland organized a protest against an Internet portal that promoted street harassment and videos of women taken without consent.

Team Hollaback! Poland TOOK ACTION!  They wrote an open letter to the editors and managers of the website, with 900 people adding their names in support! The website took down the videos and issued an apology.

Go Hollaback! Poland! Show them some support at polksa.ihollaback.org

 

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HOLLA ON THE GO: All too common

“Hey sexy” as I walked by.

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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Fredericksburg

On the fourth day of our 31 days of HOLLA campaign, we’re highlighting the amazing work of team Hollaback! Fredericksburg.

This year alone, Hollaback! Fredericksburg has co-hosted two film screenings of “Half the Sky” with a local teen group (GIRL: Girls in Real Life), featuring a panel of badass individuals who work in local rape crisis, dv, and youth empowerment organizations to discuss gender based violence and the impact on our own community.

During International Anti-Street Harassment Week, Hollaback! Fredericksburg organized an Anti-Slut Shaming/ Anti-Style Shaming photo campaign.  They participated in their local universities, and Kana participated in the first HOLLA::Revolution to discuss gender violence interventions within music therapy.

Go Hollaback! Fredericksburg!

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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Chennai

On the third day of our 31 days of HOLLA, join us in sending a big thank you to the team of Hollaback! Chennai!

Hollaback! Chennai has had an amazing year.  Their highlight for 2013 was the ‘Hollaback! Fridays‘ event series at Distil, a local nightspot, which featured local women-fronted bands over five weeks. The management at Distil distributed Hollaback! Chennai’s handouts on street harassment with every bill, and donated a part of their proceeds to the group.

Other highlights include the workshops they conducted on street harassment at local colleges as part of Hollaback! Chennai’s public education initiative, and reaching out to new audiences by speaking to students (both men and women of all ages) at the Alliance Française de Madras, a French language institute.

In addition, Hollaback! Chennai kicked off their ‘Safer Spaces’ campaign (inspired by Hollaback! Baltimore’s amazing work) just last week, through which they’ve called on local businesses to pledge zero tolerance to sexual harassment on their premises.  As of today, they’ve had two businesses join then, and they’re just getting started.

As a result of their expanded efforts, they’ve received a fair amount of press coverage in Chennai this year. Finally, the Hollaback! Chennai team asked people wherever they went to complete the sentence ‘I Hollaback! because…’ in their own words.  The team posted photos of their responses on their website and Facebook page.

Send Hollaback! Chennai your support on their page at chennai.ihollaback.org

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31 days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Baltimore

On the second day of our 31 days of HOLLA, the spotlight is on Hollaback! Baltimore!

This year, Hollaback! Baltimore launched their “Safer Spaces” campaign. Partnering directly with music venues, cafes, bars, and more, they worked together to provide training and street-harassment free environments in their city.

Find out more about HB Baltimore’s Safer Spaces Campaign on their site at bmore.ihollaback.org!

 

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31 days of HOLLA

This December, Hollaback! is honoring our site leaders with the 31 days of HOLLA. Each day of the month, we’ll highlight the work of one of our amazing sites around the world.

Who’s our HOLLAhero for December 1st? Hollaback! Dublin!

In Hollaback! Dublin’s first year they’ve blown us away: marching in Dublin Pride, traveling to NYC for HOLLA::Revolution, generating major national and regional press, and celebrating their first birthday! Send them some love at dublin.ihollaback.org!

 

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Week In Our Shoes: Collaboration Edition

Hello Hollabackers!

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This week Hollaback! was featured by Northwest Feminists, Minnesota Women’s Press, Safe Magazine, Lip Magazine, Think Progress, and PolicyMic.

 

Here’s what the HOLLAs around the world have been up to:

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio 

has been busy consulting across the sites on safer spaces and workshops for high school audiences this week. They also received a package of 100 of Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue – HollabackPHILLY’s Anti-Street Harassment Comic Book and are preparing to give them away strategically to get some great conversations started!

Hollaback! Polska took action in a protest against the national TV program broadcasted on Polish National Television (TVP) this week. “Action Movie,” a program following a range of police activities throughout a night shift clearly overstepped  boundaries by featuring an attempted rape victim – completely in shock, testifying to the police that she just wants to go home and forget the event. The program neglected to protect her identity to an appropriate amount. Due to this, the following day 1500 signatures were collected, petitioning TVP to take responsibility for their actions. TVP made a non-apology on Wednesday, which was received non-well. HB!Polska collaborated with the individual who started the petition to make another petition demanding a sincere apology and asking institutions responsible for human rights and equality in Poland, in the Polish police, as well as institutions responsible for ethics on media to take immediate action. HB! Polska has also written an official letter signed by NGOs working for equality and against gender-biased violence to TVP. Good luck!!

Hollaback! Twin Cities Site Director was profiled in the Minnesota Women’s Press, discussing street harassment and the Hollaback! movement.

Hollaback! Czech Republic’s Gail Whitmore was interviewed this week on the Czech standard of adhering to gender by segregating toy stores into pink and blue.

Hollaback! Chennai completed it’s adaptation of HB!Baltimore’s Safer Spaces campaign!

 

Keep up the good work HOLLAs! 

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

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Victoria’s Story: “I feel humiliated and dirty”

I was walking across the street and I heard someone yelling from a car up ahead. A man in the passenger street very hatefully screamed suck my dick and then they sped off honking at slow cars at the intersection ahead. At first I though someone had cut them off they were yelling so hatefully but I realized it was me when there was no one else around. I feel humiliated and dirty. I’ve had men say gross things or just call at me, but never like that. How can someone think it is funny, yelling at an innocent young woman just walking to the store? I don’t understand it.

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