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First, Amy Zimmer. Our crush on Metro writer Amy Zimmer has been going on for almost three years now, but today’s article left us swooning all over again.
Second and third: our sister agencies RightRides and Girls for Gender Equity. That’s why we’re joining with them and others to create the “Subway Safety Coalition.” We couldn’t be more excited about the recent subway ad, but quite frankly, it’s not enough. We need a hot line, police sensitivity training, and regular reports on the numbers of women who have to deal with jerk-offs in the subway.
Fourth: You. We created the platform, but without your pictures and stories none of this would be possible. It’s sappy, I know, but it couldn’t be more true.
Finally, Hollaback’s long term dream of getting anti-harassment ads in the subway has come true. We want to thank Councilmember Vallone, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, City Council Candidate Yetta Kurland, RightRides, and Girls for Gender Equity for showing tremendous leadership on this.
And to the MTA: the women of NYC thank you.
According to Douglas Sussman, Director of Community Affairs, “the MTA is reconsidering the posting of these ads and we should have some announcement on this matter very soon. If I can be of assistance on any other matter, I can be reached at [email protected].”
A nice little email to Doug remind him of your most recent subway horror story will help get these ads up and running.
Check it out here.
One of HollabackNYC’s street harassment heroes, Scott Stringer, has gone to bat for a better New York City again. After creating a report exposing the extent of street harassment and groping on the New York City subways, he decided to launch a subway ad campaign to create public awareness on the issue. (HollabackNYC has been pushing for this since 2005). Unfortunately, the MTA, the agency that seemingly never runs out of bad ideas, has decided that a public education campaign might actually encourage more lewd behavior.
Um, right. Clearly it’s too much education that’s causes men to torment women for sport.
At HollabackNYC, we’ve always had an affection for creating social change using unexpected means. (Who knew a cell phone camera could have such a dramatic effect on street harassment?)
Now, there’s a movement on the horizon to bring folks into the political fold through a little known political office called County Committee. There are 5000 of these seats across Brooklyn, and half of them are empty. To run, all you have to do is be a registered, voting Democrat living in Brooklyn over the age of 18. Oh, and you have to get about 20 -25 signatures from your neighbors.
Two rad, ambitious, change-loving, hip professionals named Matt Cowherd and Rachel Lauter started an organization called New Kings Democrats to help folks like you get elected and to bring the office of County Committee back from the grave.
To run, contact [email protected] and tell them HollabackNYC sent you. If you are timid about the whole petitioning bit, email us and I’ll hold your hand as we go door to door in hopes of a better world.
“On May 19th, Orlando police say three to four men drove up beside Beaubrun and two of her friends at a red light near the intersection of John Young Parkway and Princeton. The men were asking for their telephone numbers, but the women refused. After being rejected, one of the men fired a shot into the car.
Her friends were uninjured, but Beaubrun was shot in the back and rushed to the Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, where she remained until she died Tuesday.”
For more information, click here.
If you haven’t heard already, Bloomberg’s “Digital 911″ is set to launch this summer. Digital 911 is a new initiative on the part of the city to catch offenders using cell phones photos and video. To our knowledge, New York is the first city to step up to the plate and catch offenders Hollaback-style.
When the program officially launches, we’ll provide a link to make it easy for those of you that are interested in pressing charges on your perv. In the meantime, check out the details in Bloomberg’s “State of the City.”
HollabackNYC would like to induct Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer into the HOLLA-fame for issuing a ground breaking report about the prevalence of harassment on the New York City subways.
67% of folks who completed the survey were women, 33% were men. Key Findings include:
* 63 percent of respondents reported having been sexually harassed in the New York City subway system.
* 10 percent of respondents reported having been sexually assaulted in the New York City subway system.
* 69 percent of respondents reported having felt the threat of sexual assault or harassment in the New York City subway system.
* Of those respondents, 51 percent reported “sometimes” or “frequently” feeling the threat of sexual harassment or assault in the New York City subway system.
* 96 percent of respondents who indicated that they were sexually harassed did not contact the NYPD and/or the MTA to file a report or seek assistance.
* 86 percent of respondents who indicated that they were sexually assaulted did not contact the NYPD and/or the MTA to file a report or seek assistance.
For more information, click here.