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A Week In Our Shoes: BUSY, BUSY REVOLUTIONARIES EDITION

This week was exciting for advocates everywhere!

The Violence Against Women Act (including LGBTQ-inclusive provisions) has passed this Senate! Remember when we went to the White House two weeks ago because they were concerned it wouldn’t? It did! Thanks for all your tweeting, petition signing, and phone calls to Senators: they worked! Next stop: the House.

Denim Day Press Conference

Wednesday Was Denim Day! This is an annual day of remembrance all over the world to increase awareness surrounding rape and sexual assault and on Tuesday I was at the press conference. On Wednesday Veronica gave a workshop in Brooklyn, and I headed out to Queens to give a workshop to two groups of middle and high schoolers.

Media BLITZ! We posted about it this week, but it’s worth mentioning again. This week was insane! Hollaback! was featured in countless publications and on several news channels including CNET, local news in Washington, CBS Good Morning, the Daily News and Fox to name a few. Check them all out here.

Scenarios USA Gala

Scenarios USA had their gala! Scenarios USA uses writing and film to amplify the voices of young people in conversations about young people’s sexuality and sexual health. I was honored to get to volunteer with one of their amazing young writers, Nancy Romero, during the cocktail hour.

Our Queens Safety Audit is coming! Councilmember Ferreras’s Legislative Director, Annie Meredith, Chief of Staff, Yoselin Genao, Natalie, and I took a walk around Queens in preparation for our upcoming safety audit. Already 60 people have RSVPed, thanks to local community partners. It takes place on Saturday May 5th, so RSVP today! You’ll get a free t-shirt and lunch.

We’re having a benefit show with Permanent Wave on May 15th — so mark your calendar. And do us a favor and invite all your friends. The revolution needs us all.

HOLLA and out —

Emily

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Thanks Hollaback! Ottawa For a Friday Chortle!

 

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HOLLAWho? Meet Dresden.



Meet Mirjam, who in addition to being a student and a teacher, fights street harassment, one changed mind at a time, in Dresden.

Why do you HOLLA?  Because enough is enough. Everyone should feel safe in their own skin and in their own city. No matter what. Other people are not there for you to objectify and judge. The next generation should not have to fight this battle all over again.

What’s your signature Hollaback?  Usually an evil “don’t mess with me” glare, sometimes a growled “Wow, you’re so clever.”

What’s your craft?  Trying to make the world a better place with deconstruction. I’m a part-time PhD student, part-time teacher of literary studies.

HOLLAfact about your city:  For all its conservatism, Dresden has a lot more queer and feminist activists than one would think. Grass-roots organizing, that’s where it’s at.

What was your first experience with street harassment?  Probably this very crappy guy who asked me whether I wanted to suck his **** when I was walking home one day. I was 12 and had no idea how to react. The experience left me feeling awfully alone and powerless.

Define your style:  Quiet at first, but alert at all times, I will speak up loudly even scream when it matters. People usually don’t see me coming.

What do you collect?  Nay-sayers. People who tell me I cannot do something are pretty good motivators.

Say you’re Queen for the day.  What would you do to end street harassment?  So much to do, so little time. Change the way the genders are portrayed in the media, in advertising, etc. Give money to organizations who work to raise awareness and who foster respect and acceptance. Make gender and sexuality training mandatory in all schools, colleges, work places, senior citizens’ homes, etc. Pass legislation regarding all forms of gender violence. … and so much more.

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be?  Empathize more. No seriously, try to put yourself into someone else’s shoes before doing anything, especially before doing harm.

What inspires you?  Little victories, like getting people to reconsider long held truths. When friends or family tell you how they now notice things they haven’t noticed before and you can tell they are slowly changing their mind.  And of course reading about other people’s struggles and victories, nothing can re-charge your activist batteries like hearing success stories from around the world.

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A quick guide to addressing street harassment

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We’re taking our apps to the next level in NYC!

BY EMILY MAY

Yesterday, this Daily News piece came out talking about the app we’re developing with New York City Council members Christine Quinn and Julissa Ferreras. The app will allow New Yorkers to send reports of harassment, including location and time, to the New York City government. It’s the first initiative of it’s kind across the world, and our hope is that it will become a best practices for cities everywhere. Check out the media splash it made:

ABC:

Fox:
CBS:

Brooklyn Channel 12

Also, the Atlantic Wire, New York Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Village Voice, MSN, Reuters, Patch.com, and Mobiledia (at the bottom) covered the story.

The apps are still under development, and we’d love your advice. What do you think they should be able to do? What kind of information should they collect, and what kind of information should they not? Hollaback is built for you, by you, and as always you input is invaluable to us.

UPDATE! 10:45am 4/25/12

We were also on CBS Good Morning! The CBS piece is at about minute 1:30:

And it was even covered on the local news in Spokane, Washington!

And CNET! (at minute 2:20)

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Self Professed “She-Hulk” Confronts Boston Subway Masturbator

According to last Saturday’s Boston Herald, a 24-year-old woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, managed to single handedly capture a man that masturbated in front of her on a packed B-Line trolley.

Photo by Mark Garfinkel

The subway heroine told the Boston Herald:

“This guy was just being a real creeper.”

She said that he followed her through the trolley and stood over her while she was sitting down.

“I looked up and felt awkward, so I looked down.”

Then she realized that his penis was exposed and he was touching himself. The 24-year-old was so infuriated by his behavior that she describes her self as switching into “She-Hulk” mode. She loudly drew attention to what the man was doing and received no support from her fellow passengers, one trolley rider even shrugged.

So, in an impulsive moment she lunged at the man as he tried to exit the train at Packard’s Corner. She held onto the man with one hand and reprimanded him until law enforcement arrived. She said:

“I’ve had enough of being harassed on the street. I’m tired of it and I want it to end. It was the last straw.”

After his arrest, Michael Galvin, 37, tried to defend himself by saying the “packed and jostling” train made his pants fall down. He was charged with open and gross lewdness.

What a courageous lady! Here’s a big Hollaback! well done for standing up for what’s right and not being afraid to speak out. You are awesome.

 

 

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Another Subway Masturbator and MTA Worker Does Nothing

Last week The Gothamist reported on yet another masturbating subway douche and very little being done about it. Subway rider, Monique Henry, was making her daily commute from Queens to Brooklyn to her job as a baker. After she boarded the D train at Rock Center she witness “a middle aged Hispanic man” dressed “in a rumpled, cheap looking suit, and [carrying] a Jet magazine” playing with himself. Left is what she snapped.

Once Henry got to the 179th street station she recalls:

“I ran to find [help] and ran into who I guess was the conductor/announcer. I showed them the video and EXACTLY where the man was on the train. THE MAN WAS STILL ON THE TRAIN. And you know what I got? A blank stare. That’s it. I just worked a 10 hour shift, had a 2 hour train ride home…and that’s what I got.”

We’ve got your back Monique! If you recognize this pervert then let us know.

 

 

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Hollaback! grows to 52 cities, 17 countries and more than 9 different languages.

Welcome to Hollaback! April 2002 from Chad Sniffen on Vimeo.

Today activists from eight cities around the world are bringing the movement to end street harassment to their communities. We are honored to be able to continue this work and we thank you for helping us make this happen!

Meet our new site leaders by watching this one minute video here, and take a minute to support their work by visiting their city-specific web pages and sharing your story, clicking the “I’ve Got Your Back” button on others stories, and/or posting words of encouragement.

Hollaback! works, and if you’re looking for evidence go no farther than our new site leaders:

“Brighton has a reputation as a party destination, and we fully embrace its fun, lively and naughty aspects. However we also need to ensure that the streets are safe for women and LGBTQ individuals, whether they’re out jogging on the seafront or walking to work in the morning” says Karis Ferguson, Director of Hollaback! Brighton.

“Street harassment is a big problem for women in Brussels and also for LGBTQI people. If it is a ‘Bounjour’ in a sleezy voice, whistles by groups of men or even groping – nearly every woman in Brussels knows it. LGBTQI folks on the other hand are often insulted or threatened” explains Julie, Director of  Hollaback! Brussels.

“Street harassment does happen in Halifax, but it isn’t widely spoken of, everyone should be able to walk our streets without fear of harassment, intimidation or assault,” said Hollaback! Halifax Director, Rebecca Faria.

These leaders will join our robust community of activists around the world who are committed to ending street harassment.  And the movement won’t stop there.  Already, activists from an additional 36 cities have contacted us expressing interest bringing the movement to their communities as part of our next training class, which starts starts May 1st and will launch in August.

We couldn’t have done this without you, and we couldn’t be more grateful for your ongoing support.  Thank you for helping us expand the movement to end street harassment and we will keep you posted on our progress!

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Thanks to Hollaback Ottawa for finding this!

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A Week In Our Shoes: WHITE HOUSE EDITION

Hello Hollabackers!

Hollaback in the HOUSE! The White House, that is. Vice President Joe Biden, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal, spoke about the importance of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Administration’s efforts to reduce domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking victimization. What an honor! Biden’s speech is above — you gotta watch it — it’s amazing.

Maggie Hadleigh West, Emily May, Rita Henley Jensen

We screened War Zone with Maggie Hadleigh-West and Women’s eNews! Thanks to everyone who came out on Monday, it was a blast!

Our Green Dot partnership grows! Veronica went to a week-long Green Dot training. Afterwards, Dorothy Edwards and Jenn Sayre from Green Dot came into the city and we schemed about how to take our partnership to the next level.

Victoria went to SAY-SO! Victoria joined several other organizations to celebrate survival over rape and sexual assault at Safe Horizon‘s Brooklyn Community Program at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
In the Press! I was interviewed for an article in the Mother Nature Network. Hollaback! London was on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC Women’s Hour.

We Are Losing Catherine! Our wonderful blogging intern Catherine Favorite is leaving us. So here’s a huge thank you to Catherine for all the great work she has done. Thank you, good luck and guest blog for us soon!

HOLLA and out —

Emily

 

 

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