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Warmer weather WAS upon us at the Hollaback! HQ and the freezing cold torture WAS over, but unfortunately Mother Nature has other plans. We’re hopeful that Spring will grace us with its presence in time for our annual Anti Street Harassment Rally taking place in Washington Square Park on April 11th as part of International Anti Street Harassment Week! If you participated in HOLLA::Rev, you won’t want to miss this event. And if you missed HOLLA::rev, don’t miss the rally!
Earlier this week, our ED Emily May was featured in an article called “You Shouldn’t Have To Have A Female Driver: Uber’s Hiring Pledge Isn’t Enough.” The article raises the question on whether or not Uber cares about the safety of women using their cab services. Read the article and you decide. (Hint: it seems like they don’t.) Emily also spoke at Nassau Community College earlier this week for their anti-harassment week festivities.
Also in street harassment news, a big wag of the finger to TGIF. The restaurant chain received major backlash from activists earlier last week after they released a parody of a viral video about street harassment. Apparently, TGIF thought it was a good idea to replace the main actress in the viral video with a mozzarella stick and a potato skin. The end result? Basically men catcalling fried carbs and TGIF making fun of someone’s trauma. Not cool TGIF. Not cool.
Let’s see what the rest of our sites around the world have been up to…
Hollaback! Halifax site leader Rebecca Faria participated in a panel about women’s cultural leadership by the Music Liberatory, and joined a panel at St. Mary’s University called Mend The Gap, about barriers to leadership faced by women and girls.
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio presented 4 1.5 hour workshops on rape culture, street harassment, and bystander intervention for 87 9th graders at Trimble High School. They also debuted the next phase of their Body Hair Acceptance Project on International Women’s Day.
Hollaback! Bangalore hosted a screening of Girl Rising; a global campaign for girls education with a panel at the end and lead a discussion on the importance of girl’s education in India.
Hollaback! Belfast walked with a lot of righteous women to celebrate women in the Rally to City Hall on International Women’s Day. They were also excited to hear that long time hollaback supporter Ellie Drake was running to be the next NUS-USI president. Awesome!
Hollaback! Bahamas Alicia Wallace met with coordinators for a new community centre set to launch in April about programming. She guest lectured in a sociology class at College of the Bahamas on street harassment. She also participated in Bahamas Sexual Health & Rights Association’s parenting seminar on talking to children about sex. And today they will be attending an all day digital rally, sharing ideas on how #YouthWill end #StreetHarassment. Hollaback! Bahamas is also running a two hour tweet chat (starting at 10am EST 3/20) on how we #ShareStories to debrief, heal, examine, report, and offer support.
Hollaback! Des Moines gave a keynote presentation at St. Cloud State University. That was part of their Women on Wednesday series that was called; “Hollaback! An Exploration of Identity and Street Harassment in the Age of Online Feminism.”
That’s all for this week! Holla out!
-the Hollaback! Team
Hey Hollas! Spring has finally sprung in NYC, and here at the mothership we are enjoying not freezing our booties off.
We spent the week coming down off the incredible excitement of HOLLA::Rev 2015 (thanks to all who attended/watched!!) and reveling in great media coverage from Knight, Collectively, and Washington Square Journal. Be sure to check out photos of the event on our Facebook, and watch the video if you haven’t yet!
Our next event is only a month away! Join us in Washington Square Park on April 11th for our Anti-Street Harassment Rally as part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week! If awesome speakers and activists and workshops on taking action against street harassment isn’t appealing enough, our 12-foot inflatable Cat Against Catcalling will be making an appearance.
Legislative advocacy season is underway, and we are working to show our council members how prevalent street harassment is in their districts. ED Emily May spoke at New York City Council’s Women’s Caucus about Hollaback!’s Legislative Agenda. Trigger warning: On their way home from the meeting, Emily and Hollaback! intern Kate were in a subway car with a public masturbator, and obviously they shared their story.
Finally, ED Emily May spoke about online harassment on a SXSW panel in Austin on Friday called “Sex, Lies, and the Internet.”
Check out what some of our amazing sites around the world have been up to!
Hollaback! Alberta, Hollaback! Halifax, Hollaback! Hamilton, Hollaback! Montreal, Hollaback! Ottawa, Hollaback! Toronto, Hollaback! Vancouver, and Hollaback! Victoria have joined the Up for Debate alliance, a campaign urging federal political party leaders to hold a debate about women’s issues in the upcoming fall election in Canada. Sign their change.org petition!
Hollaback! Baltimore‘s new site director Brittany Oliver will be speaking at a film screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” on March 19th at the Creative Alliance!
Hollaback! York will be celebrating the official launch of their site on April 18th! Congrats!
That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for all your great work. Holla and out!
Hey Hollas! Despite the millionth snowmapocalyptageddon of the year, Holla::REV 2015 went off without a hitch! Thanks to everyone who came, volunteered, spoke, performed, followed along in the livestream, and asked questions! We couldn’t have done this without you!
Our Executive Director Emily May kicked us off by talking about the “tipping point” of street harassment, and showing us a special preview of our fresh new vlog (to be revealed to the masses at a later date)! Next up was Ana “Rokafella” Garcia (AKA La Roka) who served as our incredible and dynamic MC throughout the event. Our first guest speaker was Feminista Jones who discussed black women’s experiences with street harassment and also safe methods of bystander intervention through her hashtag #YouOKSis? Linda Sarsour (AKA “An Islamophobe’s Worst Nightmare”) spoke on issues of Islamophobia and street harassment, reminding us that harassment isn’t just an issue of gender and that people get harassed no matter what they wear. Next up was Quentin Walcott of Connect NYC who talked about the role of men in the movement against street harassment. After a brief intermission, Bleu Santiago and Jackie Torres of Girl Be Heard performed an incredibly moving and powerful monologue piece on the experience of street harassment, calling for a “Holla Revolution!” (#hollarev). Then we heard from creators of the video “Be My Advocate” Aden Hakimi and Michelle Charles (featured in the video) about the “Burden of Proof” and why people who experience street harassment daily still need to “prove” to others that it exists. Our last (but certainly not least) speaker, media technologist, Deanna Zandt spoke about what it’s like to be a woman on the internet, how to stay sane when facing online harassment, and how we can help victims of it. We closed out with a beautiful performance by the H+ Totem dance conservatory’s “Inveterate Love.”
In addition to all of our fabulous speakers and performers, we were also joined by over 100 students from nearby high schools who asked our panelists some incredibly insightful and important questions. We were so impressed with their interest in the issue of street harassment and their passion for the Holla Revolution!
Whew! Let’s see what the rest of our sites have been up to…
Hollaback! Baltimore continues to make progress on their Safer Spaces campaign, and the Invisible Majority network just recently signed their pledge to make their space safer! Anyone interested in following their lead should contact [email protected]!
Hollaback! Nottingham hosted their second monthly meet up on Wednesday where they worked on their ongoing community art project! Armed with pants, bras, and fabric pens, they’re going to “air their dirty laundry,” so to speak, by writing on their clothing items what harassers have said to them. This super awesome project is inspired by a similar project by Jennifer Storey. Can’t wait to see the final result at the end of the year! The next night, they hosted a benefit gig to raise money for them and POW– a grass roots charity that supports sex workers and those vulnerable to exploitation in the city. There was music, poetry, cakes, zines, and tons of fun!
Hollaback! Bahamas spent the week raising hype for International Women’s Day this Sunday, March 8th! They were guests on the show Jeffery on Star 106.5 talking about International Women’s Day and gender-based violence and discrimination and they attended the Ministry of Social Services Women’s Bureau’s International Women’s Day celebration! They also met with a group of students from the Urban Society sociology class to talk about their research project on street harassment. On top of all that, they delivered two (count ‘em, TWO) presentations at College of the Bahamas on street harassment and the proposed constitutional amendment bills for gender equality. What a busy week! Way to go, guys!
Hollaback! Kathmandu is going to represent at the WE United Project’s 2nd annual Women’s Futsal Tournament on Saturday! This event is also in the spirit of International Women’s Day on March 8th. Go! Fight! Win!
Wow, what an incredible week! Great job, everyone!
Holla and out!
The Hollaback Team <3
It’s been a busy week here at the mothership! We spent the week preparing for HOLLA::Revolution 2015, which will take place this Thursday, March 5th at The New School in NYC! We’re so excited for our speakers to bring conversations about street harassment, sexual assault on college campuses, online harassment, masculinity, Islamophobia, and to the world! That’s right, the world – if you’re in the area, please reserve your tickets here, and if you’re not, check out our livestream! Folks watching online can tweet their questions to the panel using the hashtag #hollarev!
It’s been Social Media Week here in NYC, and ED Emily May spoke on a panel about online harassment on Youtube along with Karen Cahn of VProud.tv, vlogger Kat Lazo, and Elizabeth Plank of Mic. Check out the ‘gram!
Deputy Director Debjani Roy spoke on a panel at the WOW Theatre and Cafe alongside Dana Edell from Spark, Kate McDonough from Girls for Gender Equity and Ileana Jimenez @feministteacher. The event was called Don’t Call Me Baby – Sexism and Youth, and it was organized by our partner school project partner and UAI, Wazina Zondon who is also a part of the Inquiry to Action Group (ItAG).
We’ve been busy, and so have our awesome sites! Check out what some of them have been up to!
Hollaback! Bahamas is offering self-defense classes for women at a discounted price for International Women’s Month. They also participated in World Thinking Day and the Bahamas Girl Guides Association’s STOP THE VIOLENCE rally this past Sunday. Rock. On.
Hollaback! Kathmandu will be participating in an International Women’s Day 5K Fun Run – join them in empowering women while getting fit if you’re in the area!
Hollaback! Baltimore site leader Brittany Oliver will be speaking on a “Black History for a Black Future” panel to discuss steps to improving the quality of life for Black people in Baltimore! Awesome!
Big week, team! Keep up the great work!
Holla and out!
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:
Hollaback! 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! 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!
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!
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! Bahamas guest lectured a sociology class on street harassment and proposed gender equality bills!
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!
This week at the Hollaback! HQ, ED, Emily May testified at the City Council Hearing on campus sexual assault. HB’s deputy director Debjani Roy will be addressing the current status of the fight against street harassment and the importance of civic-minded social media video this Sunday (Feb. 8) at a forum hosted by the Chicago Filmmakers. Read about it here and/or RSVP through EventBrite! Both have also started taping a vlog series, with the help of Harry Potter Alliance’s super talented Lauren Bird!
And our sites around the world have been up to lots! Check it out!
Hollaback! Bahamas‘ Alicia Wallace was featured in The Eye Opener – a youth show on Guardian Talk Radio-Saturday morning to talk about street harassment.
Hollaback! Berlin director Julie Brilling talked to Deutsche Welle about the NYC viral video, how to define street harassment, and what can be done to prevent it. Check it out here! They also teamed up with the national student council to launch their #uni_SEX campaign to raise awareness of everyday sexism and harassment at universities.
Hollaback! Ottawa presented at Awesome Adventure Academy, a new indie con, and developed their anti-harassment policy!
Hollaback! Houston‘s Hermie Escamilla was interviewed by a blog correspondent in Austin, TX for Stop Street Harassment about transportation, social media, and community building.
That’s all for now! Holla and out!
HB Staff <3
The Mothership survived the snowpocalypse and is back in the office and back in action! In even more exciting news, we kicked off our 12th Class for new sites! It’s our biggest class of new site leaders yet!
It’s week two for our new crop of interns. Here they are on the job:
Our sites around the world have also had busy weeks:
Hollaback! Bahamas was featured in Stop Street Harassment and site leader Alicia Wallace spoke to The Tribune about her work with Hollaback! and her Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Alicia was also appointed Youth Ambassador for The Bahamas to End Sexual Violence. Could Alicia possibly be more awesome?
Hollaback! New Orleans and its impressive leaders were interviewed in Loyola University’s The Maroon. Check out their roundtable discussion on street harassment this Saturday focusing on bystander intervention!
That’s all for this week! Great work, as always. Holla out!
Happy Friday Hollaback’ers!
2015 is starting out to be a very busy year. We’ll be hosting our 3rd HOLLA::REVOLUTION here in NYC on March 5th at The New School. Watch out for the official announcement! In other news at the HB HQ, we are joined by 4 new interns, Lauren, Catherine, Katherine and Caroline. A warm welcome to this new group of badasses! They’ve been busy learning the HOLLA ways, but you’ll be meeting them very soon. In partnership news, our program associate Jae Cameron (who celebrates 2 years at Hollaback! this month) attended an annual meeting for the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault!
And here’s what’s been up in the rest of Holla Land:
Hollaback! Baltimore is “benefitting” from a benefit show at The Sidebar next Saturday (1/31) featuring Baltimore-based female-fronted bands such as WET BRAIN, Crimson Wave, and The Degenerettes! Rock and roll!
Hollaback! Croatia had coverage of their safer spaces campaign on local radio and two newspapers, and this Saturday they’ll be training a club about how to be a safer space!
Hollaback! Bristol events manager Lea Viljoen participated in a round table discussion on sexual harassment and abuse for Bristol Cable which will be published as a podcast and print article on February 7th in the Bristol Cable.
Holla and Out! Let’s make this a year to remember!
The Hollaback! Team
Since the New Year, there have been so many amazing articles written about street harassment. From the Washington Post and Cosmopolitan to Collectively and Backdrop Magazine, we are so grateful to see such engaged media attention on this issue. Here’s to 2015 being the year of in-depth street harassment reporting!
Our Hollaback! sites have been ringing in the New Year with some serious activism, including:
Hollaback! Headquarters executive director Emily May presented at a Knight Foundation conference in Pittsburgh. Deputy director Debjani signed on another NYC public school for our HOLLA 101 pilot school program! On the HR front, we’ve hired on Rachel as our part-time program assistant, and will have four new interns starting next week. And, the team met with Hollaback! New Orleans site leader Nathan for lunch. Busy week!
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio worked with Dykes and Allies of Columbus to boycott a show with THE WORST flyer. Site leader Sarah also wrote an amazing op-ed critiquing victim-blaming culture in the reporting on a local rape case.
Hollaback! London working in collaboration with the Southwark Council to create the Women’s Safety Charter. Coming up, site leaders are speaking at an upcoming event (January 20th) in Camden focused on Challenging Violence Against Girls and Women on Public Transport.
Hollaback! Des Moines just published their monthly meet up schedule. If you’re in the area, get out and learn more about street harassment from some seriously amazing site leaders! First one’s coming up!
Great work HOLLAS!
HOLLA AND OUT,