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Rape New York: A Series of Public Dialogues

After being raped at gunpoint in her Harlem apartment in 2001, Jana Leo resolved to fight back not only against the rapist but against the landlord whose greed and calculated recklessness set the stage for the break-in.  Encountering police disinterest, a health care system that refused to pay for a rape kit, and a beleaguered district attorney’s office, Leo sought justice for the violence of the attack, an experience that has resonated throughout her life.

The Feminist Press, along with Center for the Humanities at CUNY, RightRides, and Hollaback!, is sponsoring a series of dialogues to commemorate artist, philosopher, and architecture scholar Jana Leo’s forthcoming book Rape New York (Feminist Press, February 2011). Jana will be joined by writer and curator Gavin Browning, feminist writer and organizer Jennifer Baumgardner, architect and SUPERFRONT founder Mitch McEwen, and Michelle Anderson, Dean of CUNY Law School.

Join Hollaback! in Fort Greene on Monday, February 21 for the third discussion of the series.

Monday, February 21: Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 7:30 pm
Violent Crime & the Urban Landscape with Mitch McEwen

Click here for a full calendar of events.

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Old-skool Riot Grrrl Flyer

Girl with pen + typewriter = revolution.  Here’s where we found this.

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Harassment: visualized

The words in this image show how i feel when being harassed.

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Wordplay: when “victims” become “accusers” you know the world’s in trouble deep

This is reposted from HollabackATLANTA.

Huffpo reports that:

“A Republican state legislator in Georgia doesn’t like the term rape “victim.” In fact, he has introduced a bill mandating that state criminal codes refer to these people as, simply, “accusers” — until there’s a conviction in the matter.”

Thankfully, there is some actual common sense in the Democrats’ rebuttal:

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee writes, “To diminish a victim’s ordeal by branding him/her an accuser essentially questions whether the crime committed against the victim is a crime at all. Robbery, assault, and fraud are all real crimes with real victims, the Republican asserts with this bill.

Ironically, renaming from victim to accuser would probably be a more appropriate name for the way the system and our culture treats survivors of rape. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), only 60% of all rapes are reported in the first place, and there’s been recent buzz about a surprising number of rape kits not being tested. So, with all of this working against rape victims, Representative Bobby Franklin wants to add another strike against justice for those who experience rape by implying that a crime never occurred — if one of the foundational rules of our country’s legal system is “Innocent until proven guilty,” then we need to apply this philosophy to our rape victims too.

Stay tuned for a way that you can take actions against this renaming!

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HOLLAwho? Meet Buenos Aires.

Meet Inti Maria, the Badass Painter fighting street harassment in Buenos Aires.

What’s your signature Hollaback? A second and a half side eye. Makes ‘em quiver.

Why do you HOLLA? Because everyone has a right to enjoy city life to the fullest!

What’s your craft? : I’m interested in art that finds it’s niche outside of the art-market – like mail art, street art and art made with the intention of being reproduced anywhere, downloaded or passed around. I am a painter and an art theorist too! I’m into critical theory and philosophy especially how economic and political systems drive and/or manipulate art production and structures that exist and survive outside of that.

HOLLAfact about your Buenos Aires: There are tons of cool queer and feminist stencils around.

What was your first experience with street harassment? I was only 12! My family and I were on holiday in Mar del Plata and took my younger brother to play Street Fighter in an arcade while my mum did some shopping. I was alone playing tetris, sitting on a tall stool. This short man came and stood beside me. It took me ages to realize that the hard thing pressing into my hip wasn’t the stool. He was grinning at me. I ran away and pushed the stool over towards him. I tried to tell my brother but he didn’t really understand, so I went to our hotel and locked myself in the bathroom for a few hours and cried. It was a truly horrific experience!

Say you’re Queen for the day, what would you do to end street harassment? Make a machine that made one feel what it is like to experience street harassment. Make it compulsory for street harassers. Extend it to other forms of gender violence.

My superheroine power is … My badass strut!

Define your style: I like baggy/big teamed with skinny and simple shoes. I love signature jewelry. I’m all about fabrics.

What do you collect? Small handmade ceramic cups and teapots.

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Live your life your own way.

In the year 2020, street harassment … will be something people can talk about and feel comfortable discussing in public as an offense.

Tell us more! I identify as queer. I (mostly) like gurls. Peace :)

What inspires you? People who fight the good fight and those that support them.

If anyone needs help with translations, Inti Maria has experience in translation, especially from Spanish and Portuguese into English.

Follow Inti Maria and Buenos Aires on Twitter!

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February: a month of love and awareness

President Obama kicked the month off right with a message in honor of National Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Month:

“Adolescents in controlling or violent relationships may carry these dangerous and unhealthy patterns into future relationships. The time to break the cycle of teen dating violence is now, before another generation falls victim to this tragedy.”

Visit the Love is respect site by the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline for more information on how you can help yourself or a loved one.

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Meet Ricki from Hollaback Houston!

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HOLLAwho? Meet London.

Meet Bryony Beynon, the Vegan Cyclist fighting street harassment in London, UK.

What’s your signature Hollaback? ‘YEAH GOOD ONE MATE.’

What was your first experience with street harassment? I’ve been shouted at in the street since I was fourteen years old for one reason or another, maybe pink hair means fair game.

HOLLAfact about your city: London has 900 book shops, more than double NYC!

My superheroine power is … Superhuman eating abilities

Why do you HOLLA? Because there’s nothing more empowering than being prepared.

Define your style: Low-rent ’70s new waver

Say you’re Queen for the day, what would you do to end street harassment? Dissolve our ridiculous coalition government and secretly start a revolution led by a riotous and excellently dressed girl-gang of all ages (as the Queen, I’d recognize my wrinkly privilege as an instrument of classist state oppression, obvs I’d sacrifice myself on some kind of massive molotov-cocktail shot from the top of Buckingham Palace).

What do you collect? Records!

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Look after vulnerable people.

In the year 2020, street harassment … will only be allowed if continue to we let it.

What inspires you? DOERS.

What else? I can stamp out most annoying WordPress bugs and make a pretty sweet looking site so I’d be happy to help anyone out with that!  As part of HollabackLDN we published a hi-spec two colour zine around the themes of modern feminism and gender equality called LANGDON OLGAR. You can buy it on the site, please do! It’s honestly awesome.

Follow Bryony and HollabackLDN on Twitter!

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Hollaback seeks a Program Associate Intern

We are seeking a hard-working, ambitious, and dynamic Program Associate Intern to join our team. Hollaback! is an international movement to end street harassment using digital and mobile technology. Responsibilities include:
1. Researching and drafting our “State of the Streets” report, that will profile progress on street harassment in the areas that we serve;
2. Assist our expansion team in coordinating, training, and launching our second class of Hollaback sites internationally;
3. Research and identify potential individuals donors and foundations; and
4. Other administrative duties as needed.
Interested candidates must have a long-term interest in making the world a better place and a dedication to not just fighting the good fight, but to making genuine impact. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, a consummate overachiever, able to think strategically, and a good writer.
We currently are accepting applications from students for spring 2011. The estimated time commitment is 15-20 hours per week, and we can offer a $100/month stipend to cover travel. This position takes place at our office, 6 Barclay Place, 6th floor (in the same office as Women’s eNews). You will be supervised directly by Emily May, executive director.

If you are interested, please send a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample to holla (at) ihollaback.org before Feb. 15th.

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HOLLAwho? Meet Baltimore.

Meet Shawna Potter, the Guitar Guru fighting street harassment in Baltimore.

What’s your signature Hollaback? The finger.

What was your first experience with street harassment? I can’t even recall, I was that young. I started playing live music at 14, so I was “in the big city” a lot more than other kids my age. Luckily I was usually around pretty progressive rock n rollers, but that didn’t keep the random jerk from saying something dirty to a minor.

What’s your craft? I fix guitars at Big Crunch Amp & Guitar Repair

Why do you HOLLA? Because I have a voice that deserves to be heard, too.

Define your style: Open-book, lots of black and silver, impatiently waiting for the world to change.

In the year 2020, street harassment … will be used to getting harassed back.

Say you’re Queen for the day,  what would you do to end street harassment? I’d wear an invisible cloak. Only then would I KNOW I could wear whatever I want and go wherever I want without someone else’s creepy thoughts interrupting my day.

What inspires you? My single mother. And the original HollaBackers out there for creating something I didn’t even know I needed.

Anything else? I like tolerance, volcanoes and my cat.  I dislike ignorance, pop music and football.

Follow Shawna + Hollaback Baltimore on Twitter.

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