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We hope your week is going well. Here at headquarters we are busy bees buzzing from project to project keeping everything pollinated and growing. Executive Director Emily spent time in Spokane, Washington doing a training with the Washington Coalition for Sexual Assault Prevention. We also released episode 6 of our vlog With Love and Revolution which explores our stance on criminalization of street harassment. Speaking of videos, an amazing young filmmaker created the awesome short film STOP.
On top of all of these great projects, we took the time to stop and smell the roses this week and celebrate 2 great events. First, we met our goal for our Kickstarter campaign raising $20,989 with the amazing support of 572 backers. Second, Executive Director Emily celebrated her 5 year anniversary of founding Hollaback! as a nonprofit this week. How awesome is that!?
If this week has been as busy for you as it has been for us, make sure to take some time this weekend for self care. These kicks sites could definitely use some rest and relaxation with all the great work they’ve been doing:
Hollaback! Bahamas attended the Peace Revolution Central America and Caribbean fellowship in Guatemala.
Hollaback! Peterborough had their launch party. They had a press conference before hand & then a wonderful evening of slam poetry, musical performances & a cat costume contest. They’ve also gotten local media television & radio spots and were interviewed for CBC Radio!
Take a break this weekend so we can meet next week with a storm!
Holla and out!
Flowers are blooming, Spring is in the air, and Hollaback! sites are creating on-the-ground actions! At the HQ, ED Emily May spent the week at the Ashoka Future Forum, collaborating with leaders from around the world! Also, ICYMI, check out these (US-Specific) graphs on prevalence and effects of street harassment, created using the recent Cornell street harassment data!
In HeartMob news, we met another funding goal and will receiving a boost from Catapult! We also launched #MyTroll, where we asked people to tweet about their harassment experiences. Check out the storify here! Finally, we’ve gotten some killer press. HeartMob was featured in Fusion and Refinery 29! It’s been a great campaign (wrapping up tonight) and we couldn’t have done it without all of your support.
Let’s see what some of our sites have been up to…
Hollaback! Toronto has received some serious press this week. Hollaback TO’s Alicia was on a panel discussing the #FHRITP incident and harassment at work on CBC Radio’s The Current. Way to spread the word and stand up against harassment Toronto!
Hollaback! London provided Good Night Out training to The Island and Distriandina – ten points to everyone involved! PS – did you know that this year’s HOLLA::Revolution will be held in London? You should attend!
Hollaback! Ottawa went to Comiccon and talked about the four Ds of intervention, and what to do if you see someone being harassed in Geek spaces. They have some AMAZING photos from the event that you can check out here!
Hollaback! Vancouver held their amazing “What’s Your Number?” show a few weeks back. You can check out all the work in an upcoming zine, out at the end of the month. It’s not too late to submit if you have a writing or art piece about street harassment / gender/ public space – or – if you did attend – a review of the show! Send your work to [email protected]
Great job team!
HOLLA and Out!
It’s been a busy week here at HQ, but boy has it been a good one!
On Wednesday, Emily met with NYC Councilmembers Cumbo and Palma! They’re helping us make a video that compiles NYC Councilmembers’ first experiences of harassment to help create legislative urgency and increase representation for the fight against street harassment. Keep your eyes peeled for the video!
Last week, our HeartMob Kickstarter reached 250 backers, meaning that the Knight Foundation is giving us $2,500 extra dollars so we can include our safety plan powerup in the HeartMob platform! And this week, the wins keep coming! HeartMob was featured in The New York Times (WHOA) and our friends at Catapult agreed that if we got $2,500 more donated to our Kickstarter campaign, they would give us another $2,500 to further improve our platform! That’s amazing!
Nothing but good news here! Now, let’s see what’s going on with some of our sites from around the world…
Hollaback! Ottawa is hosting their Cosplay =/= Consent workshop this Saturday at 12:30pm at Ottawa Comiccon! Cosplay is a fun way to explore your favorite characters and NOT an invitation to harassment. That’s why HB! Ottawa will be exploring the issue of harassment at Cons and how attendees can ensure that cosplayers can let their geek flags fly without fear of harassment!
Hollaback! Peterborough is hosting a Cats Against Catcalling Launch Party for their anti-street harassment campaign and website on Saturday! The party will be hosted at Artspace and they’ll be projecting their website onto its walls during the party! If you go, you can ask any questions you have about HB! Peterborough and the general Hollaback! movement. Also, attendees will be able to eat some great food, see performances of slam poetry and bands (such as Evan Gentle, Stacey Green Jumps, and Nick Ferrio), and compete for the prize for best Cat Against Catcalling costume!
Hollaback! Glasgow‘s Sandra Kinahan and Hollaback! Edinburgh‘s Lena Wanggren were featured in the Herald Scotland’s article about women in Scotland fighting back against street harassment! This conversation was sparked by Poppy Smart, who reported construction workers to the police after an entire month of being harassed by them on her walks to and from work. She’s been getting a lot of hate for standing up against her harassment, but people like Sandra, Lena, and all you great hollabackers are helping to support her. No one should be discouraged from holla-ing back!
With that, we bid all of you in Holla Land adieu! Great work this week, guys!
-the Hollaback Team
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.
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
Hope you’ve all had a great Anti-Street Harassment Week full of fun and badass HOLLA-ing back!
At the Headquarters, we celebrated Anti-Street Harassment Week by rallying last Saturday in Washington Square Park. Check out this storify and this Washington Square News piece for coverage of the event – we had great weather, an amazing turnout, an inspiring lineup of speakers, performers, workshops, and more! Check out photos of the incredible Sydnie L. Mosely Dances hyping up the crowd and of our much-anticipated Cat Against Catcalling with Jerin from the National Organization for Women‘s Online Chapter.
We launched our vlog series – With Love and Revolution! Check our first video in which ED Emily and DD Debjani explain what street harassment is!
We released national data on street harassment in the US! Thanks to input from your sites, our research partnership with Cornell University has produced some impactful and important data. Glamour magazine covered some of our results in their May 2015 edition!
Last but not least, ED Emily delivered the HOLLA! message at LaGuardia Community College this week!
Don’t forget: HOLLA:Rev London is fast approaching!! Be sure to RSVP if you want to attend on June 23rd!
Check out what our amazing sites have been up to:
Hollaback! Bahamas offered a free relaxation and stress management session through the Peace Revolution last Saturday! They also presented at Bahamas Sexual Health & Rights Association’s tea party, partnered with the PRO Society at College of the Bahamas to do an on-campus chalk event, and offered a free self-defense session! Just when we thought they couldn’t be any more awesome -they are also hoping to launch their safe space initiative this week!
Hollaback! Baltimore hosted visits to a self-defense workshop and to FORCE‘s Monument Quilt at Towson University, organized a chalk walk, and ran a table at UMBC’s Take Back the Night! Solid Anti-Street Harassment Week HOLLA-ing back, Baltimore.
Wow. Huge week, Hollas. Huge.
Until next week – HOLLA and out!
We’ve been keeping pretty busy here at HQ during this Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and eagerly preparing for International Anti-Street Harassment Week! As you may or may not already know, we’ll kicking the week off in NYC on Saturday, April 11th with a RALLY TO END STREET HARASSMENT! The sun will be shining, our anti-catcalling cat will be inflated, and we’ll be chanting, workshopping, speaking, and performing to #EndStreetHarassment. (By the way, check out this great plug the Gothamist wrote for us. Feelin’ the anti-street harassment love!)If you’re in the area and you haven’t RSVP’d yet do so here!
(Also, keep your eyes peeled for updates about our next big event, Holla::Rev London happening on June 23rd!)
Speaking of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, our Executive Director Emily May visited the Auraria Campus of the Community College of Denver to speak about violence against women on Wednesday! Check out this cool pic she took with HB! Denver site-leaders Jessie and Allison while she was there!
Last but absolutely NOT least, we are SO excited about all our new sites from class 12 that launched this Monday! We now have 92 sites and the Hollaback Revolution is taking place in 32 countries and 18 different languages!
The sites that launched on Monday include: Hollaback! Amsterdam (Netherlands), Hollaback! Barcelona (Spain), Hollaback! Duke University (North Carolina, USA), Hollaback! Flagstaff (Arizona, USA), Hollaback! Iowa City (Iowa, USA), Hollaback! Lahore (Pakistan), Hollaback! Panama City (Panama), Hollaback! Peterborough (Ontario, Canada), Hollaback! Providence (Rhode Island, USA), Hollaback Romania, Hollaback! Sao Paulo (Brazil), Hollaback! Serbia, Hollaback! Sydney (Australia), Hollaback! University of West Georgia (USA), and Hollaback! York (UK)
We want to welcome all our new sites to the Holla family! We can’t wait to see all the great work you’ll be doing!
Now let’s check out what our sites have been up to…
Hollaback! Vancouver is launching their “What’s Your Number?” campaign which will be running from April 12-26! The campaign will be investigating the frequency of street harassment as well as the impact it has on victims. Participants will get clickers and journals which will be showcased in an art show on April 30th. SO COOL! For more info on how to participate in this super awesome campaign check out their Facebook event page and keep an eye on their Twitter for more updates!
Hollaback! Ottawa’s “Cosplay =/= Consent” workshop has been accepted for this year’s Ottawa ComicCon (May 8-10)! Also, Maude and Ruby, a new small batch cosmetics line in Ottawa is selling these awesome tote bags and giving HB! Ottawa 30% of the proceeds! That’s so nice! Check them out and get one for yourself if they fit your aesthetic.
Also, while HQ has been gearing up for International Street Harassment Week in NYC, our sites have been planning tons of awesome events for it as well! Here are just a few of our sites doing some super cool things next week (click on the links for more info!):Hollaback! Amsterdam, Hollaback! Atlanta, Hollaback! Baltimore, Hollaback! Berlin, Hollaback! Las Vegas, Hollaback! Croatia, Hollaback! Twin Cities.
Way to go, guys, next week is gonna be awesome! Holla ‘n out!
–The Hollaback Team
Hope everyone has had a great week – we sure have at the HB Headquarters! We are only a week away from our Anti-Street Harassment rally on April 11th, and we can’t wait! The rally is part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week, and will feature poet, performance artist, and art therapist Queen GodIs as the MC! We will have plenty of other speakers, activities, and workshops, and of course our giant inflatable Cat Against Catcalling!
This Wednesday, ED Emily May visited Temple University to speak at a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event (where men literally walk a mile in heels to raise awareness around sexual assault – see left!) Emily was also featured in USA TODAY’s #InTheirWords series!
Here’s what our awesome sites around the world have been up to:
Hollaback! New Orleans won Hollaback!’s second annual Innovation Challenge! They plan to create a public art installation and digital media exhibit that allows individuals to share their stories! Big congrats to NOLA for standing out amongst many amazing submissions!
Hollaback! Nottingham is co-hosting an event with Fan Club this weekend featuring a live tweet wall where folks can share their harassment experiences, a “Patriarchy Pinata,” and Slum of Legs! They also had their monthly meet-up on Thursday to make banners and plan for Anti-Street Harassment Week!
Keep up the great work and have an awesome weekend, Hollas!
-The Hollaback! Team
Even though it’s still rather chilly, things around headquarters sure are heating up in preparation for our Annual Anti-Street Harassment Rally in NYC on April 11th! We’re kicking off International Anti-Street Harassment Week with activism, speakers, performers, and workshops! If that isn’t intense enough for you, you’ll at least need to come to see our GIANT INFLATABLE CAT (#catsagainstcatcalling)! You definitely don’t want to miss this!
The Holla Staff spent so much time traveling this week! Our ED Emily May was in the Midwest on Tuesday where she spoke at Indiana State University! Our Deputy Director Debjani Roy also went to The Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women on Thursday to do a training as part of our pilot program in NYC public schools.
HQ’s Program Associate Jae Cameron shared this incredible story about intervening on the subway. If you haven’t already, go ahead and check out our resources on bystander intervention so you can be just as cool as her!
Speaking of bystander intervention, we’re super impressed with Ontario’s new bystander intervention PSA that puts you in the perspective of someone witnessing assault or harassment and asks the question #WhoWillYouHelp?
Now let’s see what our sites have been up to…
Hollaback! Berlin had their very first (offline) meeting! They invited people to come share their stories of everyday sexism, street harassment, and help them plan the Holla Revolution! On International Women’s Day, site leader Julia did a radio special on feminism and intersectionality (go Julia!) which you can listen to here.
Hollaback! Baltimore REPRESENTED at Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday for a Women’s History Month workshop on street harassment sponsored by LGBTQ Life at JHU. Check out their Twitter to see their live tweeting about the event! They’ve also partnered with Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle to host “Malcolm X Talks: Feminism and Intersectionality in the 21st Century” on March 30th! RSVP here!
Hollaback! Duke University launched their blog! They already partnered with Duke Splash to teach fifteen middle and high school girls about the importance of bystander intervention and standing up to street harassment. Check out Social Media Chair Katie Becker’s article she wrote for the Duke Chronicle and follow their Facebook and Twitter to learn more about all the great stuff they’re doing!
Hollaback! Italy gave a workshop on #StreetHarassment on Saturday! The workshop was hosted by the Palazzo Ducale in Genova and co-sponsored by the Association of LGBT Approdo Ostilia Mulas, a territorial committee of Arcigay Genova. Way to educate!
Hollaback! Nottingham earned big bucks for their campaign at their FEMSTIVAL event last Saturday! This event was hosted by The Chameleon Arts Cafe in Nottingham and presented by UoN Feminists, High Society, Punksoc, & Art Soc from Nottingham University. The all-day event featured feminist punk and indie bands, crafts, zines, cakes, and a whole lotta feminist fun! Then, on Tuesday they attended Nottingham Citizens’ pre-election event in order to demand that the Nottingham Council recognize street harassment as a gender-based hate crime.
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