A Week in Our Shoes

A Week In Our Shoes: Feeling Supported Edition!

Hey Hollas!

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! Toronto‘s co-director Alicia Versteegh was interviewed by Matt Galloway on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning (99.1 FM) on Monday about street harassment and Hollaback! Toronto! Give it a listen!

Hollaback! Vegas will be screening “The Punk Singer” on May 30th so make sure you don’t miss it! The free screening, which will take place at The Learning Village, is part of HB! Vegas’s effort to spread punk singerfeelings of empowerment and educate the community about powerful women. The film is a documentary about Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and pioneer of the “Riot Grrl” movement. Find out more about the movie here, and remember to RSVP for the screening on the event page! Rock out!

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




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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Still Heartmobbin’ Edition

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!

Emily reppin' Heartmob at CivicX!

Emily reppin’ Heartmob at CivicX!

Activists (+ Kate!) at Denim Day

Activists (+ Kate!) at Denim Day

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's Campaign

Hollaback! Cuenca’s Campaign

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.

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A Week in Our Shoes

A Week in Our Shoes: HeartMob Edition!

Heya Hollas!

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!atlanta march

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!alberta metro

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


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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Anti-Street Harassment Week Edition

Hey Hollas!

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! Ottawa, Hollaback! New Orleans, and Hollaback! Twin Cities hosted chalk walks for International Anti-Street Harassment Week! Power to the chalk walk!

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! Amsterdam and Hollaback! Berlin participated in Stop Telling Women to Smile’s International Wheat Pasting Night!

Hollaback! Atlanta hosted a panel discussion, a coffee hour, and a march for International Anti-Street Harassment Week! Their awesome work was covered in Fresh Loaf Atlanta!

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.

Hollaback! Las Vegas hosted THREE (yes, three!) chalk walks AND a self-defense workshop with Israeli Martial Arts!

Hollaback! Croatia hosted a panel and a workshop on responding to street harassment! Way to bring the HOLLA word!

Hollaback! Vancouver received coverage in the Vancouver Courier for their OUTSTANDING awareness campaign on transit harassment!

Hollaback! Peterborough was featured in My Kawartha for their awesome work! Congrats!

Wow. Huge week, Hollas. Huge.


Until next week – HOLLA and out!


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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: New Sites Edition!

Hey Hollas!

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!Emily in Denver

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 RomaniaHollaback! 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! Amsterdam is already making waves as a new site! They were featured in Thursday’s print edition of Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool. Way to move, guys!

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 stop strt hrsmntthem 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! AmsterdamHollaback! AtlantaHollaback! BaltimoreHollaback! BerlinHollaback! Las VegasHollaback! CroatiaHollaback! Twin Cities.

Way to go, guys, next week is gonna be awesome! Holla ‘n out!

–The Hollaback Team

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week In Our Shoes: Men in Heels Edition

Howdy hollas!

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! Baltimore hosted Feminism & Intersectionality in the 21st Century as part of the Malcom X Talks seminar series on Monday! Congrats!

Hollaback! Bahamas attended BinderCon at UCLA, a conference to empower women and gender-nonconforming writers with tools and connections! Take that, Mitt Romney and your “binders full of women”!

Hollaback! Atlanta has an exciting week planned for Anti-Street Harassment Week, including a panel, a coffee hour, and a march! Join them April 12th-19th if you’re in the area!

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!

Hollaback! Edinburgh site leader Lena will be speaking at Engender: Women, Faith, and Feminism on April 11th! Register here!

Hollaback! London site leader Bryony Beynon was quoted in this Vice article about young people and online activism!

Keep up the great work and have an awesome weekend, Hollas!

-The Hollaback! Team


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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Bystander Superstar Edition

Hola Hollas!

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!

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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.

 That’s all for this week, great work everyone! Holla ‘n out!
— The Hollaback Team

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week In Our Shoes: Taking Charge Edition

Hey Hollas!

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


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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Spring has sprung edition!

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.” 


Hollaback! Nottingham chalk walks for International Women’s Day

Check out what some of our amazing sites around the world have been up to!

Hollaback! Mumbai and Hollaback! Delhi were featured in the Epoch Times for their amazing work in honor of International Women’s Day!

Hollaback! Nottingham hosted a chalk walk for International Women’s Day and were covered here.

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! Edinburgh was featured on Didja blog for their amazing work. They also will be participating in an anti-racism rally this weekend. Great stuff!

Hollaback! York will be celebrating the official launch of their site on April 18th! Congrats!

Hollaback! Italy will be holding an educational workshop on harassment on March 21st! Check it out if you’re in Genoa!

Hollaback! Manhattan Kansas site leader Jessica Munoz will be teaching a free six-week course on consent called “Yes Means Yes” at Kansas State University starting in a few weeks!

That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for all your great work. Holla and out!

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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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