A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Holla::REV 2015 Edition!

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 wonderful panelists!

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!

For more play-by-plays of Holla::Rev, check out the live-tweeting from #hollarev, our twitter, instagram, or watch the whole event yourself!

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

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Week in Our Shoes: Almost HOLLA::REV!! Edition

Hi Hollas!

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 Ememily_convertedily 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! Mumbai is participating in an International Women’s Day Tweet Up on March 8th! Join the conversation on Twitter to show your support!

Hollaback! Melbourne site director Simone Flanagan was interviewed for The Women Who Make a Difference! Congrats, we’re so glad your amazing work is being recognized!

Hollaback! Bahamas is offering self-defense classes for women at a discounted price for International Women’s Month. They also 10995925_10153042871373670_7672245799742323332_nparticipated 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!

Hollaback! New Orleans site leader Nathan Winner was featured in The Shreveport Times for his dedication to fighting street harassment! Congrats!

Hollaback! Los Angeles spoke on AirTalk radio show this week about how to make LA buses and subways safer for everyone.

 

Big week, team! Keep up the great work!

Holla and out!

 

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Week in Our Shoes: The Revolution Continues Edition!

Hey Hollas!

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:

 

1723402_418447231640334_7134487624646437443_nHollaback! 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! Nairobi was featured on Up Nairobi in an article about combating catcalling.

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!

 

–Hollaback!

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Week in Our Shoes: Forums & Events Edition

Hey Hollas!

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!

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         Debjani with HB Chicago site leader, Katie, and the women from obviweretheladies.com.

 

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio at Netgain.

Check out what our sites around the world have been up to:

Hollaback! Mexico City and site leader Gabriela Duhart Herrera were featured in an awesome interactive piece on street harassment in Fusion.

Hollaback! Bahamas guest lectured a sociology class on street harassment and proposed gender equality bills!

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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!

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Mel and Shawna at HOLLA::REV 2014

That’s all for now. Keep up the inspiring work!

-Holla! HQ

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Week in Our Shoes: And It Keeps Snowing Edition

Hello there!

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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! Appalachian Ohio led a one hour bystander intervention workshop for the interns at United Campus Ministry, a center for spiritual growth and social justice that runs a free meal program.

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

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Week in Our Shoes: Snowpocalypse Edition

Hey Hollas!

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:

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Caroline and Lauren

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Cat and Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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! Appalachian Ohio had coverage of their newly launched safer spaces campaign in Backdrop Magazine. Inspiring stuff!

Hollaback! Halifax site leader Rebecca Faria was interviewed by the Kings Radio Room about her site and the prevalence of street harassment in Halifax.

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!

Hollaback! Kathmandu volunteers conducted the Forum Theater Project in a local high school, allowing students to interact with the issue of street harassment and stimulate debate about its causes!

Hollaback! Cuenca, one of our newest sites, was featured in El Tiempo! Congrats on your launch!

That’s all for this week! Great work, as always. Holla out!

 

 

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A Week in Our Shoes: New Interns Edition

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!

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Jae gets serious about cutting the cake to celebrate 2 years at Hollaback!

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

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A Week(s) in Our Shoes

Hello Hollas!

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 Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 15.04.45and 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! Nairobi received mega-press for their start up in Hapa Kenya.

Hollaback! Bahamas site leader Alicia received a Queen’s Young Leaders award for her amazing leadership in the Bahamas. WAY TO GO ALICIA!

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,

— Hollaback!

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Week in Our Shoes: Happy Holla-days Edition

Happy Friday Hollaback’ers!

It has been another busy week ending street harassment! There were 11 press hits, including in the The Guardian, and one co-authored by Emily May and Debjani Roy,  The Nottingham Post, The Daily Telegraph, Business Insider, Firat News, The Korean Herald, and ThinkOlga.com.

10624748_984829474864534_8168305816443172838_nThe last day to take the International Street Harassment survey was December 15th, and we cannot thank you enough for all the hard work you did in promoting it! The results and analysis are still forthcoming, but as of now we can tell you we collected about 15000 results! That’s incredible and we couldn’t of done it without you.

The End of Year Campaign is going full steam ahead. As of this posting, we’ve raised $9,230 and put up 18 posters!

Earlier in the week, we released Elisa Lopez’s harrowing video where she spoke out against her very public assault.  The video is extremely difficult to watch, and we applaud Elisa’s bravery and are humbled to have supported her along the way.

 Hollaback! Bahamas took the pledge to support youth survivors, leaders, and activists in the fight to end sexual violence in conflict in conjunction with http://www.youthtoendsexualviolence.org/.

Hollaback! Twin Cities put out a call for volunteers, so spread the word!

Great job this week team!

HOLLA and out! 

– The Hollaback! Staff

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Week in Our Shoes: End of Year Campaign and Launching Sites Edition

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Hollaback! New Orleans at NOLA Brewing Company raising money for Metropolitan Center for Women and Children.

Happy Friday Hollaback!’ers!

Hollaback! sites around the world have been busy with fundraising, launching and panels.

There are many articles circulating on street harassment that have offered Hollaback! as a resource including My Central Oregon and Morocco World News.

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Go Team Go!

A huge thank you for the enormous progress we have made on survey entries. Remember, the last day to take the survey is December 15th! So now more than ever, we need you to spend the word for the final push.

Also, Hollaback! embarked on it’s End of Year Campaign with the ambitious goal of raising $15,000 by December 31st. The funds from this campaign are part of what makes it possible for us to train and launch new sites free of cost! With every $500 we raise, we are wheat pasting elementary school student anti-street harassment art work and sharing the photos on Twitter and Facebook. Please feel free to share and re-tweet these.

Julia Pfannschmidt represented Hollaback! Berlin on a panel about sexism and homophobia in football for the “Discover Football” conference.

New Hollaback! sites are launching left and right, and with that is an increase in press attention.

Hollaback! Nottingham graphic created by Hannah Eachus.

Hollaback! Nottingham graphic created by Hannah Eachus.

Hollaback! Nottingham was highlighted by the BBC. Nottingham officially launches in a chalk walk on December 13th, join them if you are in the area!

Hollaback! New Orleans was highlighted in WGNO ABC and in the Uptown Messenger. They also hosted a launch party at NOLA Brewing Company. During the party, donations were collected to benefit the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, a local non-profit that offers provides counseling to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking, as well as shelter and legal information and advocacy. Metro Center also shared information about the services they offer. Party-goers shared their definitions and experiences of harassment and took home “Creeper Cards,” cards to hand to harassers as a passive yet direct response.

Hollaback! Las Vegas was in the Las Vegas Review Journal. From the Las Vegas main page: “We kicked off the movement to end street harassment in the Las Vegas community over this past weekend by having a booth downtown at First Friday on December 5th, and celebrating with a launch party at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center on Saturday the 6th. We spent the launch party discussing the issue of street harassment here in Las Vegas, sharing stories, doing interviews, and decorating superhero capes!”

Great job this week team!

HOLLA and out! 

– The Hollaback! Staff

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