A Week in Our Shoes

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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Week in our shoes: WORKSHOPS GALORE EDITION

Dear Hollabackers,

I am reporting from Washington D.C. today where I am giving a TedxWomen talk. Eeeek! Wish me luck! If you’d like to watch it live, tune in to the live stream on December 1st between 2 and 3:30 EDT.

On the ground in New Your City, our International Movement Fellow Shahinaz led five workshops in NYC this week.

She worked with Young Democrats, We Act for Environmental Justice, Scenarios USA, Crime Victims Treatment Center, and Girls Inc. of NYC. On that note, we’re sad to say goodbye to Shahinaz as her fellowship comes to an end and she returns to her home country of Egypt. She has been an incredible asset to our program — and will definitely be missed.

Here’s what our site leaders have been up to world-wide:

Hollaback Alberta is supporting a locally developed documentary called “Who Cares?” about the abuse women who work in the sex industry face. They are setting up an info booth at the screening and site leaders have collaborated with a local stencil artist to create art pieces around the documentary’s themes.

Hollaback Berlin has had a busy week! First, site leader Julia Brilling was interviewed by the Der Freitag newspaper. German speakers be sure to check out the article here. Also, Julia created a video, along with fellow Hollaback activist Kristen, as part of the One Billion Rising project to end violence against women.

Hollaback Brussels‘ site leader Angelika Hild was interviewed by National Public Radio! She speaks about the new law which fines street harassers.

Hollaback Gent ladies were interviewed in the major newspaper Der Standaard. They also took part in a Chalk Walk where they wrote anti-street harassment slogans on the street in places where people have been harassed. Here’s the event description and some pics from the event.

Great work everyone!

HOLLA and Out,

Emily

 

 

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in our shoes: NEXT MAKERS EDITION

Dear Hollabackers,

This has been an amazing week and I have lots to share. I’ll start here in New York City.

I feel incredibly honored to be chosen as a “Next Maker” in AOL’s Makers: Women Who Make America Awards. Five astoundingly powerful women and I were chosen out of a pool of 1,200 applicants. Our stories will be included in a documentary about the feminism movement then and now airing on PBS in February. Read up on the other winners and learn more about this initiative on the Maker’s website. Thank you to all the hollabackers, past and present, who have made this possible.

Also, I’ll be celebrating the arrival of the book “I still believe Anita Hill: Three Generations Discuss the Legacy of Speaking Truth to Power” at an event in NYC this weekend. The section about Hollaback in the book is accompanied by many other stories of feminist visionaries. Get your copy here.

Here’s what our sites around the world have been up to:

Hollaback Dublin is hitting the ground running with lots of press before they’ve even launched. Not only did they make the national news twice already, they were also on a major talk radio show. Even though radio host Ryan Tubridy was unabashedly rude to site leader Aimee Doyle (he actually said  “to hell with the PC brigade, there isn’t enough wolf-whistling at women going on!”), she repped Hollaback with grace and poise.  I couldn’t be more proud of Aimee and the Dublin site, our new family members.

Hollaback Edinburgh‘s new tumblr called “Said No One Ever” cracks me up. Be sure to check it out

Hollaback Brussels held a HOLLA Support Action Team meeting to recruit new volunteers. It was a big success and they brought some great people on board.

Hollaback Richmond recruited some hollabackers this week too by hosting a volunteer interest meeting. RVA has also been actively spreading awareness about the street harassment that the LGBTQ community faces, especially transgender people. Each day in November they are sharing stories of the many transgender lives lost due to gender-based and hate violence.  Please click here to learn more.

Hollaback Baltimore is conducting a survey to assess the ground reality of street harassment. Take 10 minutes and give them a hand by filling it out.

Let’s keep this movement going together.

HOLLA and out —

Emily

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: SPEAKING OUT EDITION

Dear Hollabackers,

It’s been a great week here in New York and for our site leaders worldwide. I’ve got lots to share.

First, our International Fellow Shahinaz led a workshop at Planned Parenthood of New York City about bystander intervention with a mixed gender group of late high school/early college-aged peer educators. She also facilitated a similar event with middle-school youth.

I also got a note from Simone Kallett, a Resident Adviser at Florida State University, set up a board in her dorm with info from our website and resources from her school about ending street harassment. Simone said the response was overwhelmingly positive and she hopes her board will inspire other college students and activists to do the same.

 

 

Here’s what our sites around the world have been busy with this week:

Hollaback Sheffield led a workshop at LaDIYfest, a weekend-long event with activities that cover all areas of feminist collective action.

Hollaback Ottowa‘s incredible site leader, Julie Lalonde, was a panelist at the World University Service of Canada’s International Forum where she spoke about feminist youth and Hollaback. This makes us so proud!

Hollaback Istanbul took part in a professional leadership workshop for women which included capacity-building seminars and a film screening of Miss Representation.

Hollaback Des Moines is celebrating the HOLLAday season by creating clever and hilarious GIFs to spread awareness. Check them out over the course of the coming month.

Hollaback Chennai was quoted in the national newspaper The Hindustan Times regarding “India’s great sickness”–street harassment and police responses to it.

Hollaback Richmond volunteered with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia this week and made phone calls to encourage Americans to vote. They’re also sitting on the planning committee for Richmond’s Transgender Day of Remembrance which is coming up on November 20th.

I am so proud of our family of activists this week. Keep up the great work.

HOLLA and out,

Emily

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