A Week in Our Shoes

A Week In Our Shoes: Raise For Women Challenge

News from New York:

  • PRESS! Hollaback! got a generous shout out in journalist Josh Sterns’ blog “Talking to Strangers” and in the Globe and Mail’s piece on Lego’s sexist mini-figures. We were also featured in Vassar’s student newspaper, The Miscellany News and in YC Teen Magazine!
  • PUBLICATIONS! To launch our RaiseForWomen Challenge with the Huffington post and Half the Sky, Deputy Director Debjani wrote a awesome article for the Huffington Post! Read about why increasing criminalization is not the answer to street harassment.
  • ADVOCACY! Emily and Jae met with Councilmember Ferreras’s staff to plan out another safety audit! Stay tuned. Emily also met with staffers from Councilmember Wills office this week.
  • PARTNERS! Jae, Lindsey, and Emily had lunch with the Feminists Women’s Health Centers of California to discuss collaboration.

News from around the world:

Hollaback! Brussels welcomes a guest entry on their blog in post by Emilie Van Limbergen. If you can read Dutch, check it out! In human rights news, Hollaback! Brussels is standing in strong support of rape victims and the organization “Rise Against Rape.” They are asking everyone to join them. This August 31, 2013 is the trial of the rapist, Taufik Ahaddouch, the a man who raped five young girls after being REALEASED from the justice system after raping another seven. This case represents serious failure of the justice system as a whole and the trial must be well-attended with supporters of the victims and allies against rape.

Hollaback! Philly’s projects coordinator, Anna, wrote a kickass article in the Huffington Post s part of the RaiseforWomen Challenge. With an incredible sense of humor, Philly hollas back at the “Ask Papa” advice columnist of the Philadelphia City Paper. Finally, check out the POWERFUL video tour of Philly’s Anti-Street Harassment Chalk Walk featuring our hollas and allies:

Meet Us on the Sidewalk from Kara Lieff on Vimeo.

Hollaback! Melbourne announces the launch of their  new series The F Word, a bi-weekly discussion of feminism, what it means, and issues that face feminists and humanists in the world today. This is going to be awesome, stay tuned!

Hollaback! Gent posted an extended discussion regarding LGBTQ experiences of street harassment and explores possible solutions.

Hollaback! Chemnitz covers their launch party and zine release! Check out what the new site has been up to! Screen shot 2013-05-02 at 5.20.39 PM

Hollaback! Chandigarh was featured in Femina, a well known women’s magazine in India! The issue covers Rubina’s story and how Hollaback! Chandigarh got started. This week, the site posted an essential resource on their site this week titled, “Ten Things You Need to Know About the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Law,” breaking down important facts and clarifications on the anti-sexual harassment law put in place in India last year.

Hollaback! West Yorkshire is getting ready for their street harassment workshop, scheduled for June 1st! The site is also announcing that they are now accepting submissions their upcoming zine on street harassment! Stories, poems, drawings, and pictures are all welcome! Holla at the via wy@ihollaback.org with `zine submission’ in the header.

Hollaback! Baltimore presents….“4 Quotes from 4 Famous Male Allies.” Read these, they’re great!

Hollaback! Boston has released this week’s edition of Introducing!, an ongoing series where hollas interview Bostonians. This week, Boston hollas interviewed L, a friend of Hollaback! Boston who blogs anonymously at 5 Cities 6 Women. Next Thursday, May 9, Hollaback! Boston will be joining Fenway Health and IMPACT Boston next for a workshop on responding safely to street harassment how how to be an effective bystander. In honor of National Bike Month, hollas are calling for cyclists’ street harassment stories. Send them in!

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A Week in Our Shoes

A Week In Our Shoes: DENIM DAY!

Denim Day

Denim Day! Look at the top left!

Hollaback! is all over the beautiful Aiden Murray photography blog for our amazing chalk walking this month. Also, Hollaback! and I got an awesome shout out in the Los Angles Times this week!

Hollaback! NYC hosted a very successful clothing swap this week. Hollas and allies swapped clothing and raised some holla-funds while also collecting tons of clothes for Out Of The Closet. On Wednesday, hollas made a grand appearance at Denim Day at City Hall.

Hollaback! Philly is all over the news! Clutch Magazine and GeneroCity covered the site’s work on the anti-street harassment ads on SEPTA.

Hollaback! Ottawa also got some fancy press coverage regarding harassment on public transit! Read about our Ottawa hollas in The Province and The Ottawa Citizen.

Hollaback! Gent’s Jolien and her boyfriend will be running to raise funds for Hollaback! Gent. Find out how you can support them.

Hollaback! Belfast and Hollaback! Dublin started a campaign to urge Irish radio presenter, Ian Dempsey, to apologize for trivializing sexual assault on his show this week. Read the hollas’ open letter and sign the petition!

Hollaback! Melbourne launched a series of initiatives as part of their International Anti -Street Harassment Week. The site created a photo wall of a bunch of photos they collected of Melbournians holding up anti-street harassment messages. The site also put together a collage of fun and interesting online feminism.

Hollaback! Brussels reposted an awesome #sharethestreets report written by their volunteer, Anna Claire. The report covers the site’s activities throughout anti-street harassment week.

Hollaback! Berlin posted a series of tips how to deal with street harassment. Super valuable resource!

Hollaback! Chennai has a wonderful new entry titled, “A Time for Assessment, a Time for Growth” talking about the necessity of initiatives like Hollaback! and the site’s plans for the future. Stay tuned!

Hollaback! Baltimore hollablogger Rebecca Evans hollas back at the music video, “Sacrilege”!

Hollaback! Istanbul’s Kacie Lyn Kocher spoke at TEDxReset 2013!! Her incredible speech called Silence is a Choice is on youtube!! Watch her GO!

Hollaback! Boston interviewed Laura, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project about her work, inspiration, and vision for the future.

Hollaback! NYU got some press in Her Campus on their anti-street harassment rally and chalkwalk with Hollaback! NYC last week.

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A Week In Our Shoes: 9 NEW SITES LAUNCH!

This past monday, April 15, Hollaback! launched NINE new sites! A HUGE Hollaback! welcome to our new amazing street harassment avengers:

Hollaback! Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium)
Hollaback! Appalachian (Appalachian, Ohio, USA)
Hollaback! Athens (Athens, Georgia, USA)
Hollaback! Belfast (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Hollaback! Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hollaback! Chemnitz (Chemnitz, Germany)
Hollaback! Hamilton (Hamilton, Canada)
Hollaback! Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hollaback! Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

Jae rockin' it at our rally!

Jae rockin’ it at our rally!

Here more news from the mothership:

  • PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS! We did a workshop this Tuesday with Brad Lander on fighting street harassment, and Emily spoke at Vassar on street harassment and how to end it!
  • NEW STAFF! Our lovely intern, Jae has just transitioned to be our Part-Time Program Associate! We are so glad to have her on board. Jae hosted a webinar for our site leaders this week on the “art of winning gracefully.”
  • PRESS! Hollaback! was featured in South Slope News and Brooklyn Ink this week!

And around the world:

  • Hollaback! NYC partnered with Hollaback! NYU and Council member Julissa Farreras to celebrate Anti-Street Harassment week with a rally and chalk walk. Hollas, partners, and fellow street harassment avengers spoke, danced, read poetry, and practiced self-defense. The group then chalked up Washington Square Park with colorful anti-street harassment slogans. MAJOR SUCCESS! Read about it here. Coming up soon, New York Hollas will be co-sponsoring a mayoral forum with NOW-NYC in May.
  • Hollaback! Toronto is off to an exciting start since their launch this week. On their site this week, Toronto Hollas give Toronto the lowdown on street harassment, their mission, and what Hollaback! Toronto will be all about.
  • Hollaback! Croatia presents the winners of their anti-street harassment slogans and images competition. Check this out!
  • Hollaback! Chandigarh continues their awesome series of bystander tips. Another great resource for learning how to be a kickass bystander!
  • Hollaback! Mexico DF has posted a bystander card translated for an even broader bystander educational audience! Doesn’t bystander training rock? Yes.
  • Hollaback! Philly got some major press this week. The site was featured in both Philly.com AND The Frisky this week for their recent anti-street harassment ad campaign on SEPTA public transit.
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  • Hollaback! Istanbul‘s founder Kacie Lyn Kocher did a Ted Talk last week! WOW! Her talk was called “Silence is a Choice.” Can’t wait till the video comes out!
  • Hollaback! Edinburgh did a very interesting interview with a Site Manager for a main housing developer, based in the South East region of England. Hollas asked him questions regarding company-wide policies against street harassment. Here are his answers.
  • Hollaback! Sheffield is holding an AGM for people who want to get involved in organising for Hollaback Sheffield. The site and attendees will discuss roles and objectives including campaigns, education and events. They will also begin the search for two or three new site leaders, as the wonderful Kate and Maria will be leaving next month.
  • Hollaback! Athens is celebrating their launch! The site is off to a roaring start with a Womens Self Defense Class and a documentary screening in honor of International Anti-Street Harassment Week!
  • Hollaback! Baltimore hollablogger Rebecca Evans applauds Philadelphia holla sisters in this week’s post for their awesome work on the street harassment comic book!
  • Hollaback! Des Moines posted the gorgeous photos from their anti-street harassment chalk walk! The site also published an awesome breakdown of different ways you can support Hollaback!
  • Hollaback! Fredericksburg partnered with the local boutique, FORAGE, to host the Anti-Style Shaming/Anti-Slut Shaming Photo Campaign. Here are some of the photos!
  • Hollaback RVA went chalking for International Anti-Street Harassment Week. Look at their BEAUTIFUL photos! RVA hollas also tabled at Take Back the Night at VCU on Wednesday! They a bunch more exciting events coming up later this month. Check them out!
  • Hollaback! Hamilton was on the radio! Hamilton Hollas were interviewed on The Broad Banned Radio Show on Mohawk College’s radio station, discussing sexual violence, street harassment, and Hollaback!

Keep up the incredible work!

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Week in Our Shoes: Happy Anti-Street Harassment Week!

Dear HOLLAs –

Our Catapult Campaign Launched this week! With your support, we’ll bring our site leaders together in person for the first time ever.

Here at the mothership this week –

  • PRESS: We were on Huffington Post Live this week! Watch out Deputy Director Debjani REPRESENT! Debjani also rocked our socks talking to DNAinfo about Anti-Street Harassment week and our upcoming chalk walk. Hollaback! got a pretty nice shout out in MTV Act followed by Patrick McNeal’s awesome piece on LGBTQ harassment featuring Hollaback! in the Huffington Post.
  • TRAINING. Last Friday, our Deputy Director Debjani trained 58 9th graders at the High School of Fashion Industries, and last Saturday I trained over 50 Stanford students on how to build a movement at the Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference.
  • EVENTS: I attended the Youth+Tech+Health conference in San Francisco and moderated a panel on Technology solutions to prevent gender-based violence with panelists from Futures without Violence, Scenarios USA, and the University of Chicago.  Our board member Allison Sesso and team members Debjani and Jae went to the release of the white paper, “The Future of Online Feminism” at Barnard.
  • ADVOCACY: On Wednesday we flyered east Harlem with Councilmember Lappin and Senator Serrano. We also met with Councilmembers Recchia, Ferreras, and Fennario this week.
  • PARTNERS: We met with our partners at New Yorkers for Safe Transit this week, and I met with the incredible Aspen Baker from Exhale in San Francisco.

 

Here’s what happened around the world —

  • Hollaback! Edinburgh would like to welcome Dominic Hinde to the team’s organising committee. Read here about what brought Dominic to Hollaback!
  • Hollaback! Boston spoke at the Take Back the Night event at Bridgewater State University. They are also leading a chalk walk on Saturday, April 13th.
  • Hollaback! Polska started the Week by participating in a live radio broadcast on April 7. The broadcast is a weekly Sunday series titled “Enough with violence.” Hollas discussed the definition of street harassment, ways to react to it, what should be done to end it. They also focused on legal issues, especially the Polish anti-discriminatory law and its flaws. The site is participating in a debate in Warsaw on April 12 titled “NO to harassment in school and on campus” focusing on student safety and what should be done to better safety measure.
  • Hollaback! Sheffield is full of events this week! On monday, the site participated in a discussion workshop with Sheffield Feminist Network. Tuesday, they had a anti-street harassment craftisim workshop. Wednesday, holla hosted a screening of the film, Cairo 678, the story of three women and their daily experiences of sexual harassment in Egypt. On thursday, they Chalk Walked!
  • Hollaback! NYU and NYC are joining forces to host an anti-street harassment rally and chalk flyeringwalk on April 13.
  • Hollaback! NYC flyered in East Harlem this past week with Council Member Jessica Lappin,encouraging passersby to stand up against harassment and attend this weekend’s rally. Their rally will be in conjunction with Hollaback! NYU and a whole list of other incredible organizations!
  • Hollaback! Brussels is posting an amazing series of positive bystander stories this week. On April 13, they are leading a #ShareTheStreets Walk. Hollas will be walking around Brussels, leaving “gifts” for people to find around the city. The gifts will have little messages attached in order to start up conversation, a street dialogue of gifts to each other, promoting unity the rising up as bystanders. Brussels’ site also features a pretty awesome post by their kickass volunteer, Anna Claire. Read about her perspective on rape and harassment culture. Super relavent to all that we are working on this week!
  • Hollaback! Victoria did a chalk walk.
  • Hollaback! Baltimore will be on a panel discussion at University of Maryland and Maryland Institute of College Art.
  • Hollaback! Buenos Aires is hosting a self-defense workshop as well as a discussion group and film screening.
  • Hollaback! Kathmandu organized Reclaim The Streets, a week-long improvized street drama to reclaim the streets. They will do exagerated scenes of harassments & hollabacks at all the main public transport hubs around the city at rush hour each day.
  • Hollaback! Gent are doing SIX chalkwalks all around the city of Gent AND was interviewed on the news about their anti-street harassment work!
  • Hollaback! Melbourne will be speaking at the Melbourne Free University Panel on “Structures on Inequality: Men, Women and Power on the Streets.” On Sunday they will be holding Chalk Walking on Sydney Road.
  • Hollaback! Croatia is doing a presentation on the Zagreb campus.
  • Hollaback! Athens is hosting a self-defense class and a screening of the movie War Zone.
  • Hollaback! Appalachian, another brand new Hollaback! site was featured in The Athens News this week!
  • Hollaback! Dublin is doing an anti-steet harassment chalk walk.
  • Hollaback! Fredericksburg organized a chalk walk and an anti-style shaming photo-meme project and
  • Fburgcollaborated with Fredericksburg All Ages to engage local youth via share 3 acts about standing against street harassment.
  • Hollaback! Belfast lead a chalk walk featuring PORTABLE SIDEWALKS! They also celebrated with local artists, speakers from different local advocacy groups. Awesome.
  • Hollaback! Philly is working in partnership with FAAN Mail and engaging the community this week. Hollas are talking to SEPTA riders about Hollaback! Philly’s new anti-street harassment ads in the train cars, asking them to share their reactions.
  • Hollaback! Montreal hosted a free, bilingual workshop on bystander intervention. The site was also covered by The Link regarding the awesome work they are doing for Anti-Street Harassment Week 2013!
  • Hollaback! Ottawa met with OC Transpo officials this week and had quite a breakthrough. Officials listened to the case posed by Hollaback! Ottawa and is now open to the idea of a public service announcement or public education campaign to address harassment on transit and hopefully equipping bystanders with ways to intervene. YAY!! Also, check out this awesome article about in the Ottawa Citizen about what our hollas are doing!
  • Hollaback! Dresden did some chalking around the city this week. Check out the pics on their site!
  • Hollaback! Chandigarh posted a series of bystander tips on their site this week in honor of international anti-street harassment week. Check them out!
  • Hollaback! Italy did an anti-street harassment chalk walk in Milan! Find out how the walk went and look at their beautiful pictures!
  • Hollaback! Des Moines is hosting an Anti-Hate Prom, a dance party to promote dancing in safe, harassment free spaces.
  • Hollaback! Halifax addresses the tragic story of Rehtaeh Parsons. This young woman’s story is a meaningful example of the possible repercussions of not only gender-based violence, but also years of harassment and bullying. This is yet another message for us to keep fighting this good fight.
  • Hollaback! Philly was covered in both News Works this week!

An incredible week — thank you all for making it happen. End the week on a good note by donating to our campaign.

Emily

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Week in Our Shoes: Chalkers and Walkers

Dear HOLLAbackers –

I am writing you from sunny Long Beach on a layover. It’s sunny, 72, and I’m sitting outdoors. I’m pretty sure this is the best layover of my life.

We are coming up on International Anti-Street Harassment Week. This upcoming week, April 7-April 13, Hollaback! sites all over the world will be chalk walking, rallying, marching, crafting, and hosting all sorts of events. Tell what action you’re taking on twitter (@ihollaback) and we’ll retweet it to promote it!

NEWS FROM THE MOTHERSHIP:

  • Utah State University and Stanford! I spoke at both this week. Next week, I’m moderating a panel at the Youth, Tech, Health conference in San Francisco.
  • Legislators! I met with staffers from Councilmembers Jackson, Lander, Lappin and Dickens offices this week about how they can address street harassment in their communities.
  • Book! I’m part of a new book called How Will You Create Positive Change! The book is by a young woman named Leah Oviedo who interviewed 16 people who are making positive changes in their communities. You can read it for FREE online,

 

NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Hollaback Belfast, our brand new site, has its first radio interview this evening with BBC!! Hollas will talk about the launch of their new site and get the word out about Hollaback! Way to go Belfast!
  • Hollaback! Philly‘s new anti-street harassment ads went up in the SEPTA trains this week! Thanks to the team, Philadelphia commuters can learn about street harassment and their right to feel safe on their way to work.phillyads
  • Hollaback! Boston is doing some incredible work for Sexual Assault Awareness Week! This past monday, the hollas hosted an Anti-Street Harassment Workshop at BU, discussing the meaning of street harassment and how it affects LGBTQ folks and people of color. The site then lead a chalkwalk on thursday with Voices for Choice.
  • Hollaback! Berlin is still collecting music for the “Cats against Catcalling” Compilation! Hollas are working hard with Riot Grrrl to compile their 6th compilation! You can submit here.
  • Hollaback! Buenos Aires is raising awareness on their site regarding forms of sexual harassment such as stalking and non-consensual picture-taking. Hollas also recently played an important role in a Reflection Group on street harassment.
  • Hollaback! Fredericksburg is getting ready for Anti-Street Harassment Week. Hollas are kicking off the week in a big way this Sunday with their anti-street harassment chalking event!
  • Hollaback! Brussels is joining the “My Choice Not Yours” campaign! The project was started by inspirational female fashiondesigner, Rachida Aziz. Hollas have just signed the charter and are participating all the way with this project! The team is also hosting a free self-defense workshop on April 20.
  • Hollaback! Gent is organizing SIX chalk walks for Anti-Street Harassment week next week. Monday April 8, Hollas will launch a six-day marathon of chalk walks all over Gent! Stay tuned for pictures and stories!
  • Hollaback! Desmoines interviewed cartoonist Kate Leth! Kate is a webcomic artist, cartoonist, and illustrator based in Halifax, using her creative work to raise awareness about street harassment. Read the full interview here. The team is also getting ready for their chalk walk next week!
  • Hollaback! Ottawa welcomes Lisane Thirsk to the team! Lisane did her Masters research on street harassment with Hollaback! Mexico Df and will now be working as Ottawa’s new Policy & Research Officer! Welcome, Lisane! Hollaback! Ottawa is getting ready for their chalkwSELFdefenseHollaGarance2013-1alk next Monday April 8. AND, in partnership with WISE: Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments, the team is organizing a community dialogue on public transit safety called Talking Back! The free event will take place in May. Holla’s are hoping it will be a space for people to share their stories and for the community to come together to brainstorm solutions.
  • Hollaback! Czech boldy hollas back at a longstanding Czech Easter tradition. In this week’s post titled, “No, Sweetie, You Can’t Hit Women and I Don’t Care If It’s Easter!”, the team calls attention to the widely accepted Easter tradition of whacking women in the behind as being sexist in nature. Definitely worth a read!
  • Hollaback! Sheffield is preparing an amazing series of events for International Anti-Street Harassment Week. The team will be kicking off the week with a discussion and workshop with the Sheffield Feminist Network where the group will be exploring experiences and reactions to street harassment. Hollas will then host their Craftivism workshop and a Zine-making workshop on tuesday and wednesday.
  • Hollaback! Bmore blogger Rebecca Evans has two great posts up this week. The first is an eloquent discussion of the Steubbenville trial and media coverage. The second gives us a new perspective on recent feminist critique of pop sensation Beyonce. Read away, hollas!
  • Hollaback! RVA guest blogger Afton Bradley wrote an awesome blog this week on the proposed law in Arizona which promotes discrimination of trans folks when it comes to using restrooms. An important issue for sure, definitely worth a good read.

Thanks for all your support — and keep on holla’ing back!

Emily

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Week In Our Shoes: HOLLABACK PHILLY RAISED ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE THEIR COMIC BOOK!

Dear Hollabackers –

News from the mothership:

  • POLICY! This week we met with staffers from Councilmember Ferreras and Garodnick’s offices in preparation for our upcoming rally on April 13th. Can you make it?erinweed
  • PARTNERS! I had the lucky opportunity to have dinner with our board member and the Founder of Girls Fight Back, Erin Weed, as well as her friend Ross Szabo, who does incredible work around mental illness.
  • PRESS! Our Deputy Director Debjani was featured on WPIX this week discussing the NYPD’s problematic policy when it comes to addressing domestic violence! Check her out! Also, Hollaback! was featured in Policy Mic this week and  I was featured as a trailblazer in Catalysta!
  • TRAVEL! I’m in Atlanta this week, and got to meet with our incredible leader of Hollaback Atlanta at a performance of the Vagina Monologues. I’m speaking at the Southern Panhellenic conference later today — wish me luck!

Now, for news around the world:

  • Hollaback! Philly met their fundraising goal! Their anti street harassment comic book campaign was featured in Glamour this week. INCREDIBLE.
  • Hollaback Poland wrote a summary of their research that was published by the World Bank! Check it out here.
  • Hollaback! Chandigarh did an awesome HOLLAWho? Interview. Read up on how these hollas got their start!
  • Hollaback! Melbourne is recruiting a tech support person for their site. This is an important role in our movement! If you think you know someone who would be interested, here is the position info.
  • Hollaback! Buenos Aires shed light on an important issue this week, detailing a very serious incident of victim blaming and the incarceration of a harassment victim who attempted to defend herself.
  • Hollaback! Brussels announces…chalk walks! The site created a BEAUTIFUL Tumblr to document chalk walks everywhere.
  • Hollaback! Alberta will be tabling at the first institutionally supported Pride Week at the University of Alberta March 13-22. U of A’s Pride week will include a whole slew of awesome events including a kickass after party.
  • Hollaback! Montreal posted some important sources for information and analysis of the Steubenville rape case. The kind of violence displayed by both the rapists and the media is precisely the objectifying and dehumanizing attitude towards women we are fighting against at Hollaback! Keep those hollas coming, y’all.
  • Hollaback! Ottawa had some big press AGAIN this week! The site was interviewed by the Ottawa Sun on the subject of sexual harassment on public transportation. Fantastic work, Hollas!
  • CHALKHollaback! Dresden is planning a whole list of events for the next few weeks. The site also posted a great article about harassment in the community and how it affects the people of Germany.
  • Hollaback! Edinburgh has completed their street harassment survey and come out with a full report based on their findings. After the release of the report, the site was featured in the Edinburgh Evening Standard and Post Mag!! Amazing!!
  • Hollaback! London has been invited for a second year in a row to take part in Queen Mary University’s feminist festival, Festival 51 March 18-22! The site will be running a workshop on street harassment that Tuesday.
  • Hollaback! Baltimore‘s blogger, Rebecca Evans wrote a great piece this week called, “It’s Not A Compliment”, a candid account of her personal experience with street harassment and the repercussions it has on life as a whole.
  • Hollaback! Boston‘s site leader Britni speaks out against cosmic “douche canoe”, Alex Blimes, the editor of Esquire UK after his nonchalantly-uttered articulation that women in his magazine being objectified and why its ok. OY VEY. Way to Hollaback, Britni!
  • Hollaback! Des Moines interviewed Kelly Gallagher, young filmmaker and creator of I AM THE MACE. Learn about Kelly’s inspiration for the film and the impact it’s having in her community.
  • Hollaback! Fredericksburg just published their awesome events list for Anti Street Harassment Week! Its only a few weeks away–get excited!
  • Hollaback! NYC is gearing up for their big Eileen Fisher event! This weekend, our Empire Hollas will be gathering at Eileen Fisher stores to table and raise awareness about Hollaback!
  • Hollaback! RVA is hosting a zine workshop this sunday in honor of Anti Street Harassment week! Also, Richmond Hollablogger Chase wrote an awesome piece about the Bystander Effect and how to stop harassment situations from perpetuating.

HOLLA and out –

Emily

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Week In Our Shoes: One Billion Rising Edition

Hello Hollas–

Happy V-day everyone! Its been a super exciting week preparing for One Billion Rising. Here is the very impressive list of what many of our sites did for the big day:

The Dear John campaign is well on its way! Lets keep those letters coming in!! And if you or anyone you know would like to hollaback ONCE AND FOR ALL at a current or former harasser, send a Dear John letters to holla@ihollaback.org.

Hollaback! NYC posted a statement about holding assembly member Vito Lopez accountable for his consistant and inexcusable sexual harassment in his workplace. Read the statement on the site!

Hollaback! Brussels is playing an important role in the big sexism debate currently going on in Germany. The debate was originally triggered by an article by a journalist who was harassed by a prominent German politician. Brussels site leader Angelika spoke at the European Parliament this week about the issue and met with a representative of the European Women’s Lobby. Incredible!

Hollaback! Czech Republic is the official organization that is leading the way for One Billion Rising Czech Republic! On Thursday, they took to the steps of the National Museum on Wenceslas Square to rise and dance. Check out the amazing photo project they put together for the big day.

Hollaback! Berlin is going strong with their Cats Against Catcalling music compilation. Don’t forget to submit by April 15th.

Hollaback! RVA had a SWEET valentines day dance party benefit for Hollaback! RVA. The event was complete with DJ CON and DJ Sean Lovelace and of course, a kissing booth!

Hollaback! Dresden did some rising and dancing this V-day! It was a day of both choreographed and free dancing to fight gender-based violence. Check out details on their site!

Hollaback! Ottawa is meeting with City Councillor Diane Deans and the Chief Constable of OC Transpo this week to talk about ways they can work together to end street harassment on public transit. Many, many of the harassment stories we get at Hollaback! take place on public transit. This is very necessary work, way to go Ottawa!

Hollaback! Baltimore is part of the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality, a very impressive group of organizations working to advance equal rights for transgender, transsexual, and gender non-conforming people in Maryland. to help ensure equal rights ALL Maryland citizens regardless of gender identity or expression! Way to represent, Bmore Hollas!

Hollaback! Boston posted a roundup of recent happenings in the media and Hollaback! regarding the international discussion on street harassment. Boston also posted on their site about the very awesome new study by some fellow hollas on the positive psychological and behavioral effects of sharing your story of harassment after the harassment happens. Lets not forget what a great opportunity Hollaback! is in so many ways, not just for community, awareness-raising, and fighting inequality, but also for a collective form of healing.

Hollaback! San Francisco took part in SF’s Flash Mob Prayerdance at the Civic Center Demonstration and Beyond Borders, the Official V-Day Flash Mob After Party in San Francisco at El Rio.

Hollaback! Poland is doing a fantastic job speaking out in the wake of the Polish national upsurge against politician Janusz Palikot’s recent sexist language. Check out their facebook page for articles, and actions they are planning regarding the issue. The site also participated in One Billion Rising, dancing and supporting friends and fellow organizations.

Hollaback! Italia held some very fun rehearsals in preparation for thursday’s One Billion Rising. In partnership with One Billion Rising Milan, the site helped get ready for the big day. You can check out photos and updates here!

Hollaback! Chandigarh rose with Chandigarh’s One Billion Rising at the Government Museum and Art Gallery this V-Day. There, they participated in discussion and a self-defense workshop.

Hollaback! Dublin got the word out about their local One Billion Rising and why it is important to rise together this V-Day. Check out their site to find out why Hollaback! Dublin is rising!

Hollaback! Melbourne is ON FIRE with their most recent posting in response to a very negative and ignorant comment by someone who came across the site. Read Melbourne’s very articulate and animated reply as they take this guy to town!

Fantastic job this week, everyone. Way to dance, rise, speak out, and Hollaback!

Holla and out –

Emily

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Week in Our Shoes: DEAR JOHN EDITION

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Dear Amazing Hollas—

First and foremost, our Dear John Campaign has launched! The project was spearheaded by our “Mover of the Month” and blogger Tanisha Ramirez in solidarity with One Billion Rising. If you or anyone you know has a bone to pick with a harasser (I mean, don’t we all?), send a Dear John letters to holla@ihollaback.org!

In other news: Hollaback! just won top three safety apps of the 2013! A big thank you and congratulations to Jill Dimond, our Hollaback! developer, as well as Josephine Hall and Amy Palamountain for their hard work and bringing us to this great honor. Also, our Deputy Director Debjani and I were on a Pure Imagination radio show last Friday, listen in, and I had the honor of going to the MAKERS premiere on Wednesday night. The three-hour PBS documentary airs on Tuesday, February 26 at 8PM ET on PBS (check your local listings).

 

Now let me just say, WOW this has been an impressive week for Hollabackers all over the world! Here is what they’re up to:

Hollaback! Halifax was on the radio this week! Listen to Halifax hollas on CBC Maritime Noon discuss what drove them to start Hollaback! Halifax and how people can respond to street harassment. Way to go!

Hollaback! Boston did a team interview this week with our blogger Chloe Safier. Read about why these hollas came together to start Hollaback! Boston. The site is currently raising awareness about the issue of street harassment and race which you can read about here. Also, check out Hollaback! Boston’s response and very necessary continuation of this week’s Jezebel article,”How to Talk to a Woman Without Being a Creep.”

Hollaback! Baltimore did an interview with our blogger Rita Pasarell this week. Find out how hollas Shawna and Melanie got started with Hollaback! and what gets these girls ticking. Also, Hollaback! Baltimore turns 2 years old this week! The site is celebrating with a pre-party and epic Terribly Two birthday bash this Friday. Happy Birthday, hollas!

Hollaback! Brussels got an awesome shout out this week on the blog Brussels is Love, in a post by the author on the tragic objectification of women and harassment that often follows.

Hollaback! Gent’s Ilse wrote a great response to a rather inflammatory article in De Standaard online publication. Way to hollaback, Ilse!

Hollaback Israel is fighting harassment on public transportation! Yes, this is part of our story too, folks. Public transportation should be safe and accessible to everyone.

Hollaback! Philly is planning for their day of action on February 19 where they will work in partnership with various UN affiliated organizations to reach out to legislators to make the city of Philadelphia a safer place.

HollaBack!BLN is teaming up with the super fabulous Riot Grrrl Berlin for their next compilation titled, “Cats Against Catcalling.” Very cool.

Hollaback! Italy is getting ready for One Billion Rising in Italy! In their most recent blog post, Italy reminds us that this upcoming V-Day is very much a paramount gesture of unity and solidarity as women.

Hollaback! South Africa did a profile on different types of street harassers, helping to provide the anti street harassment community with a straightforward way of determining who we are dealing with each time we are harassed.

Hollaback! Birmingham joins forces with the University of Birmingham’s Zero Tolerance Campaign against harassment and bullying. Working side by side with the university, Birmingham hollas are collecting stories and raising awareness of about harassment.

Hollaback! Edinburgh interviewed the amazing Fiona Elvines, the Operations Coordinator at Rape Crisis South London and researcher on street harassment. Read all about Fiona’s incredible research in the interview posted on Edinburgh’s site.

Hollaback! London’s took part in the Reclaim the Night anti-Rape march in Cambridge. Hollaback! London site leader, Julia went up to give a talk at King’s Chapel following the march. Check out details about our London hollas’ participation in this important citywide event!

Hollaback! Des Moines has launched their first internship program. A very warm Hollaback! welcome to Des Moines’ Spring intern Tessa Hopson! Tessa is currently finishing her PharmD with a concentration in women’s studies at Drake University.

Hollaback! Croatia is raising awareness about the health education happenings in Croatia. Check out their site for a wealth of information!

Hollaback NYU’s Sarah Khan did an exciting HOLLAWho? interview this week with Krista Bedosky. Read how Sarah got started with Hollaback! and how she fights daily street harassment in New York City.

BRILLIANT job this week everyone. What a team! Big week coming up next week, so keep up the momentum, and  I am so excited to see what we do!

 

HOLLA and out –

Emily

 

 

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WEEK IN OUR SHOES: Holla’ing Back Through the Public Mic

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Dear Hollabackers,

This week was full of excitement with Hollabackers all over the world planning up a storm for One Billion Rising and, in countless creative ways, continuing to get the word out about Hollaback! and our continuing fight to end street harassment. Here in New York, after reading Wednesday’s Gawker article highlighting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s habit of regularly degrading women, we decided to holla-back with this public statement. If you haven’t already, please read it and share. This is an example of how harassment is NOT a cultural issue or a class issue; it’s a global issue that arises at all levels of society. Now is as good a time as ever to fight back and speak out.

Now, lets hear what our amazing sites around the world have been up to:

Hollaback! Berlin has been active in recent online discussions on harassment in Berlin. In recent weeks, the city of berlin has seen an amazing upsurge of women reporting their daily encounters with street harassment throughout social media. In the midst of all this inspiring speaking out, Hollaback! Berlin has done a great job getting the word out about Hollaback! in German blogs such as Femgeeks and Antiprodukt. Check them out!

Hollaback! San Francisco is getting ready for One Billion Rising. Check out the awesome pictures from their flash mob rehearsal last weekend!

Hollaback! Boston has put together an an anti-street harassment new years resolution list. In three easy-to-remember steps, Hollaback! Boston keeps us working towards a harassment-free 2013.

Hollaback! RVA has had quite a week! The site held a successful meeting this past Wednesday, collecting stories about harassment that they will be posting on their blog. Keep your eyes peeled for accounts of street harassment coming from Richmond next week. Hollaback! RVA is also revving its engine for One Billion Rising in Richmond. They are doing some great collaborative work with OBR RVA and are in the middle of preparations for a big Hollaback! RVA benefit. Super exciting stuff.

Hollaback! Istanbul is getting the word out on their site about some disturbing new research on the self-silencing of many women when they feel they are outnumbered. Harassment is very much woven into this story of this silence. Hollaback! pushes against violence at all levels, including the violence of of being silent, especially when in the face of to gender-based harassment. Yes, there is much work to be done!

Hollaback! Italia is doing great work publicizing their work with One Billion Rising Milan. Check out their rehearsal photos and updates on preparations for the big day!

Hollaback! Baltimore is in their final preparations for their birthday bash next Friday, January 9. There will be birthday games, music, dancing, live performances, and pizza donated from our friends at Johnny Rad’s!

Hollaback! Brussels has been standing in solidarity with LGBTQ organizations against the Russian Federation’s potential passing of discriminatory legislation that would limit the rights of the Russian LGBTQ community. Read the account of their incredible day of solidarity. Hollaback! Brussels is also getting ready for One Billion Rising. Plans for a V-Day filled with discussion, a chalk walk, and dancing are well underway. Brussels Hollabackers are doing some great coordinating with other organizations in the area, assembling a flash mob and a V-Day after party.

Hollaback! Alberta is attending the U of A International-Week 2013 theatre production that depicts real-life stories from individuals who experienced gender-based harassment. Also, Hollaback! Alberta’s very own Lauren Alston did a big interview this week. Read it and find out the story of Hollaback! Alberta from beginning to now and where these Hollabackers plan to go from here.

Hollaback! Winnipeg‘s director, Jodie Layne, speaks out about policies in schools that try to control women’s bodies and choice of clothing in Thursday’s article, “Leggings Off Limits” in the Winnipeg Free Press. Read Jodie’s powerful response to recent restrictions on everyday choices of young women.

Awesome work this week everyone! Keep it truckin’!

HOLLA and Out-

Emily

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Week in our shoes: TEDxWOMEN EDITION!

Dear Hollabackers,

Welcome to our weekly update! This week, I was honored to be invited to give a talk at the TEDxWomen conference in Washington D.C. (Click here to view the talk.) We were invited to speak because we won the TED City 2.0 Prize ! The ten winners were awarded for “innovative ideas in urban transformation.” On Wednesday I went to Rutgers University in New Jersey to speak on a panel about the roles new technologies play in ending gender-based violence. Big thanks to the Center for Women’s Global Leadership for hosting this event. Also, Debjani, our Deputy Director spoke on a panel hosted by the UN Secretary General’s UNITE campaign, on the subject of youth engagement in combating gender based violence. Thanks to Jimmie Briggs of the Man Up Campaign for inviting us!

Here’s what our Hollaback sites have been up to this week:

Hollaback Ottawa‘s site leader Julie Lalonde also gave a TED talk! Her speech at TedxSandyHillWomen is not on the web yet but here’s more info on the event.

Hollaback Croatia wants your street harassment slogans and images! They are holding a competition from 12/1-1/31 for the best work in both categories. The winner gets cash and lots of Holla love. Check out their website for more details.

Hollaback Halifax is in the news. Click here to read site leader Rebecca Faria’s suggestions about how to feel safer on the street.

Hollaback Baltimore‘s Shawna Potter was on a roll this week. First, she did a fantastic job as a panelist at George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute event. Check her out starting at 24:35. She was also interviewed on Escape Velocity Radio.

Hollaback Alberta is co-hosting the screening of The Invisible War, a documentary on sexual assault in the US military, at the University of Alberta.

Lastly, we are sad to announce that Justine Dowden, our International Movement Intern, completes her internship this week. Justine was critical in helping to compile these updates, and gathering news and information about our site leaders and the movement at large.  We are grateful to her — and to all of you — for your incredible efforts to keep this movement moving.

HOLLA and out,

Emily

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