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Happy Friday, Hollas!
The week has flown by here at HQ! We are counting down the days to Holla::Rev on one hand now! Emily and Debjani are heading to London for the big event which will be followed by a site leader retreat, where some of us get to meet face to face for the first time to talk about the work of ending street harassment. Woo hoo!
Here’s what’s been going on around the world this week:
Hollaback! Ottawa is excited to announce OC Transpo’s new online tool to report street harassment! After two years of Hollaback! Ottawa advocating for this new technology, they are elated that OC Transpo is finally recognizing harassment in public spaces. Through this website, riders are able to report violence and harassment of any form. This is definitely a win for the movement to end street harassment!
Hollaback! Bahamas completed training on Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at Women’s Human Rights Education Institute in Toronto. This was a 7-day educational workshop focused on non-discrimination and equality.
Hollaback! Vancouver continues successfully with Transit Tuesdays. Every Tuesday in the summer, this Hollaback! team provides stories, tips on reporting, stats, polls and other helpful information to help make transit safer and more comfortable for everyone.
Keep counting down with us to Holla::REV!
Holla and out!
It’s been an exciting week here at the HQ. This week we welcomed three new interns for the summer: April, Eunie, and Julia. The interns are excited to be helping out with Hollaback!’s communications and programs, including HeartMob.
We filmed our final two vlogs of the series this week and will be releasing them soon! We stepped outside of the office this week to visit City Hall in New York to take the 6th Annual Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence. Organized by CONNECT and Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, the participants pledged to end violence in our homes, schools and communities.
And here’s what Holla’s around the world have been up to:
We have our eye on the proposal of a new anti-catcalling law that could make street harassment punishable by fine. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. In the meantime, check out the work of Hollaback! Buenos Aires as they work to end street harassment in their city.
Hollaback! Alberta attended the first annual Women & Trans Festival at the 35th Edmonton Pride. It’s so awesome to have Hollaback! represent during such an important time for the rights of transgender people!
Hollaback! London will be co-hosting Holla::REV London in just less than two weeks! Join us on June 23rd to hear speakers and performers including Laura Bates, Emily May, representatives from Sex Worker Open University, Bisi Alimi, Susuana Antubam, Samayya Afzal, Bryony Beynon & Julia Gray, Sauna Youth and more!
Great job this week across the globe, team!
Holla and out!
–The Hollaback! Staff
How the days have sped by at HQ! With Holla::REV London getting closer, we’ve been hard at work getting everything in order. If you’ll be in London on June 23rd, you should join us for our free speaker’s series.
Outside of the office, we’ve been bopping around the city talking about street harassment and movement building wherever we go. Deputy director Debjani trained NYPD sergeants, captains, and lieutenants. Executive director Emily presented to the new Ashoka fellows and shared her expertise on movement building. The Hollaback! HQ team went to a screening of The Hunting Ground with Governor Cuomo. We got to meet Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, the amazing activists featured in the film. This week we’re saying goodbye to the last of our spring interns. Shoutout to Cat for all of her hard work.
Now for a look at what’s going on with our sites across the globe:
Hollaback! Korea is partnering with local organizations and doing some awesome organizing in their efforts to lift the ban on the Seoul Pride Parade. You can have their backs and sign the petition here.
Hollaback! site leaders are continuing to tell their stories, complicate the narrative, and push the movement forward. Keep up the great work everyone!
Holla and out.
We’ve got some exciting news for the international movement. Drum roll, please! We released the largest international, cross-cultural study on street harassment. The data shows that 84% of women around the world are first harassed before the age of 17. You can check out the country by country data here. We’ve also had some great press hits on Telegraph, Glamour, Gothamist, and BuzzFeed! Shout out to our awesome deputy director Debjani Roy for her amazing leadership on this project.
Meanwhile around the world…
Hollaback! Peterborough is partnering with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and helping circulate their survey for survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you’re in the region of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, take part in the survey before the end of the month.
Hollaback! Ottawa site leader Julie Lalonde was featured on CBC after speaking out about her experience of street harassment with the military. The Ottawa team presented to the provincial Standing Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment to talk about the need to include street harassment in our understandings of sexual violence.
Hollaback! Poland protested against “Tips for women” about rape prevention published by the Polish Police. After publishing this letter to the police, the tips were taken down and the police declared they’ll be more thoughtful with their sexual violence prevention messages and will be happy to work with us on this.
Hollaback! London‘s Good Night Out program was featured in a piece by Medium. One of their awesome site leaders Julia Gray spoke about the ways women are perceived when out at night. Great press team!
It’s been a happening week, and we can’t wait to see what Hollabackers do next week!
Holla and out!
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!