AND here’s what hollas around the world are up to:
Site Leaders, Eglantine and Aurore are hosting a workshop on Hollaback! and street harassment at the Queer, feminist and social media praxis workshop/conference this month in Brighton. BUT they need your help! Travelling ain’t free unfortunately, so the hollas set up a GoFundMe campaign! Please spread the word and help them get to Brighton!!
Hollaback! Chemnitz had their launch party last week! At the party, guests released their self-published zines and celebrated the beginning of Hollaback! Chemnitz. Check out the lovely photos of the event!
Hollaback! Berlin announces the Cats Against Cat Calling Compilation release party on May 31st!! Berlin hollas partnered with Riot Grrrl Berlin to put together this amazing project. The site will also be on the radio this upcoming Sunday. Listen to them here.
Hollaback! Istanbul is revving their engines for the upcoming “We Chalk Walk” campaign! Hollas held a general meeting this week to talk about events and Hollaback-related plans! Stay tuned!
Hollaback! London is turning three years old! The site celebrated three years of fighting street harassment in conjunction with the launch of their publication, Langdon Olgar II! The big birthday bash/launch ceremony was complete with awesome music and delicious food. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOLLAS!!
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:
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! 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 [email protected] with `zine submission’ in the header.
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!
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.
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.”
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! 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.
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.
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 walk 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! 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.
collaborated 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! 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!
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.
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! 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! 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!
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?
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! 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!
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! 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.
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 [email protected]
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! 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! 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!
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 [email protected]!
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! 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! 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!