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Week In Our Shoes: Wins Edition!

Hello Hollabackers!

WP_20131114_009In the past week Hollaback! was featured by New York Observer, Stop Street Harassment, Impower You, Vitamin W, She Finds, Huffington Post, Jezebel, Yahoo, Daily Collegian, PR Daily, NewsFix, CTV Primetime, The Loop, AOL online, Total Beauty, Feminist Wednesday and The Prospect, who wrote a great piece on the normalization, embarrassment, confusion and reporting complications of public harassment.

Hollaback! started a petition requesting Burt’s Bees change its crudely written labeling. The change.org petition reached  2,000 signatures in only a few days and became a story noted across the blogosphere. We won! Burt’s Bees and Gud eventually offered a sincere apology for their offensive marketing and agreed to no longer put such offensive language on future products. Check out the storify here!

 

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

Hollaback! Boston hosted their last Take Back The Bar event of the year and had a great turnout. They facilitated a workshop at the New England Women’s Center Conference about how story sharing contributes to the creation of safer spaces. They’re also hosting workshops at two colleges this week: Emerson College last night (Emerson also hosted a HB-themed photoshoot this weekend) and at Tufts University.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio  delivered four lessons to the 8th graders at Vinton Middle School in McArthur Ohio. HB!AO was featured on Athens Community Television. Devin and Sarah were invited onto an interview show where they spoke on the Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Hollaback Appalachian Ohio!, the 4 D’s of self defense and Athens Rock Camp for Girls. It’s an hour long, and in two segments, the interview is available on YouTube, as well as being aired EVERY DAY for two weeks starting on Nov 30!

Hollaback! Ottawa held its Cosplay =/= Consent event!

Hollaback Melbourne held a free self defense workshop!

Hollaback Belfast   was featured in The Tab and represented at the Outburst Arts Queer Arts Festival. On Sunday, Helen Mcbride of HB!B spoke on a panel discussion about activism following a showing of the movie Lesbiana. As a part of the festival, the team also published a zine!

Hollaback! Alberta was featured on CTV’s Alberta Primetime, who hosted an interview with Lauren and Renee on street harassment.

 Hollaback! Bosnia & Herzegovina also had an amazing win this week with the first case of street harassment properly reported to police and processed in a court room! A huge step for Sarajevo city!

 

Congratulations, everyone! Great Work!

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

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Weeks In Our Shoes: Double-Load Edition

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In the past two weeks Hollaback! was featured by Studio B / WOUB,  Athens News, Whyy/ News Works , NBC Philadelphia, The Prospect, Think Progress, Calcasa,  Omaha Free Press, Parker Country Active Democrats, Feministing , Philadelphia City Paper, Feminist Majority Foundation , Ms. Magazine, Blast Bombshell , Time Out NY, Finding My Feminist Voice, Ashleigh not Ashley, PolicyMic, The Resource, Boston.com, and The Huffington Post!

Hollaback! got some badass research done pro bono on college campus harassment in the United States. Julie, our Hollaback! Berlin site leader, stopped by to visit the mothership after presenting at a conference in Ithaca. Maria Lujan Tubio was invited to talk about Hollaback! as an example of successful net-activism at a conference on Net-Activism in Sao Paulo, Brazil – 3 people approached her after the talk interested in starting a Hollaback chapter in Sao Paulo and doing research on street harassment in a Latin American context at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. We met with community partners at Girls for Gender Equity this week, as well as Tatyana Fazlalizadeh about collaborating more during PRIDE in June.  We’ve also began our search for Spring 2014 interns as we get ready for our class 9 launch on December 3rd. Our biggest class yet! Woot!

Hollaback! ED, Emily May, spoke on the Real Safety: Domestic Violence Conference, keynoted an event with Hollaback!’s pro-bono legal researchers “trust law”, and was honored at the Healing Center of NY’s Annual Gala. Emily also held a dinner for Hollback’s Board of Directors.

Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, did two trainings at “Futures Without Violence’s Summit” speak up to take rape culture down” at Harvard University.

We’ve also started a petition  as well as publishing a press release against Burt’s Bees for their careless endorsement of cat-calling.  Definitely more to come on that subject.

 

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

 

Hollaback! Philly was interviewed for WHYY radio and blog (Philly’s local NPR station) and by their local NBC news team! They also held the 2nd ever City Council hearing on street harassment in the US! The hearing seemed to be a successful, highlighting a moment “when a councilman said ‘It’s really all about power, isn’t it?’” Check out the testimony and survey results here!

Hollaback! Ghent  spoke on Thursday in Kortrijk, Belgium for an evening about sexism in the streets. HB! Ghent and  Hollaback! Brussels  represented HB! together on  National Women’s Day, 11 November in a day event called STERE-OH!-TIEP, meetings with feminist organizations.  Quentin of Hollaback! Brussels also represented HB on November 11 in a debate on street harassment and sexism. The debate was organized by the City Council of Brussels and the department for Equal Opportunities, for the occasion of International Women’s Day. It’s a debate with the Mayor of Brussels, The Department of Equal Opportunities, Garance asbl (a  partner of HB Brussels) and Hollaback. It’s included in a day of events centered on women called “Brussels Celebrates the Women.”

Hollaback! Istanbul’s client (represented by their group’s lawyer)  brought their case of harassment to first degree court. The judge ordered 1 year and 8 months prison sentence to the harasser who harassed the client on a public bus.

Hollaback! Boston hosted a very successful HOLLAween party sponsored by local business and  Brandie Skorker represented at RI Comic Con!

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio  completed their first safer spaces training and have started advertising Donkey Coffee as their first safer space!

Hollaback! Ottawa was asked to comment on the latest news that two womyn were sexually assaulted by two separate cab drivers. Site leader, Julie Lalonde was featured in one interview on the subject and got a nice Hollaback! shout out in the second. The Ottawa Police Service also responded to HB!Ottawa’s “Open letter to women in Ottawa,” inviting them to a facilitated discussion on violence against women in their city!

Hollaback! Hamilton is working with McMaster University through a few professors that have been interested in the work of Hollaback and would like their students to gain some experiential education opportunities through working with Hollaback!

Hollback! Halifax represented at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and leader, Rebecca Faria, performed her amazing original anti-harassment themed poem as well as gained some possible partnerships in the Canadian cities of Waterloo, Guelph, and London.

Hollaback! Czech  represented at Mezipatra – Czech Queer Film Festival!

Hollaback! Berlin  was featured on the Worms, Germany official website!

It’s pretty clear why we post these updates weekly, amazing work everyone!!!!

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

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Hollaback!’s #HarassmentIs Media Advisory

HOLLABACK! LAUNCHES #HARASSMENTIS: AN EXPLORATION OF IDENTITY AND STREET HARASSMENT

The guide, tumblr, tweetup, and chalkwalk seek to fill a gap in the global conversation about street harassment.

NEW YORK CITY, NY. Today Hollaback! releases their newest publication, “#HarassmentIs: an exploration of identity and street harassment” to inspire a broader understanding of how identity can impact the experience of harassment.

“Street harassment is a global problem and we need to understand what it looks like and feels like for everybody if we want it erased from our daily lives,” said Debjani Roy, Deputy Director of Hollaback! and one of the authors of #HarassmentIs.

 To inspire others to join the conversation, Hollaback! also launched a #HarassmentIs tumblr today and is hosting a tweetup on Thursday, October 17th at 1pm EDT using the hashtag #HarassmentIs.  A chalk walk will take place on Friday, October 18th at 3pm in Washington Square Park, NYC, where Debjani Roy, co-author of #HarassmentIs will be available for interviews. Participants are invited to share ways in which their experiences of street harassment have been informed by their gender, race, sexuality, ability, size, and/or class.

Responding to #HarassmentIs, writer and activist Soraya Chemaly says, “Street harassment is not about sex. It’s not about flattery. It’s about power and relies, ultimately, on intimidation and the threat of violence [...] Entitlement to violence and the normative control of women and nonconforming minorities in public space is what is at the heart of street harassment.”

Want more information?  Check out the #harassmentis guide or send us an email at: holla@ihollaback.org

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“Pretty” Short Film

Amazing short film from supporter Amy West! Thanks Amy! You rock!!

 

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Week In Our Shoes: Justice For Trayvon

Hey Hollas,

We wanted to start our recap this week on more of a serious note. Hollaback! stands in solidarity with those in support of Trayvon Martin and his family. Everyone deserves to feel safe on the street regardless of their race, sexual orientation, class, creed, religion, or sex. More than anything, we hope that the dialogue emerging out of this tragedy will continue, and that these crimes will ultimately lessen.

In Happier News, 

We are super psyched to say that we are less than a week away from HOLLA::Revolution! That means that the mothership has been extremely busy this week prepping the location, gifts, schedule, and final details for July 25th! (and remember, even if you can’t make it to NYC for the conference, HOLLA::Revolution will be livestreamed!)

62787_680426055304879_281213790_nThis week, Deputy Director Debjani Roy was cited in a PolicyMic article entitled, “It’s 2013, Guys–Stop Catcalling Women Like Animals.”

And Emily was in Martha’s Vineyard, where she teamed up with seven other organizations protesting the Zimmerman verdict in an impromptu #JusticeForTrayvon march. Check out the pics!

We also had the pleasure and honor of meeting anti-harassment street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Stay tuned for news of our collaboration!

Lastly, a BIG THANK YOU to our donors, Catapult, and Chime for Change.  Thanks to you, all three of our projects were funded for a total of $45,000. We couldn’t be more grateful.

Hollaback! Around The World…

Hollaback! Brussels breaks down the legislation proposal that will make sexism a punishable offense in Belgium law in a blog post!

Hollaback! Chandigarh talks about rape schedules, and poses the question: what are things that you do everyday to avoid sexual assault?

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Hollaback! Italy reflects on stalking–what it consists of and what recent laws are doing to combat it. They also offer some tips and resources on what to do if somebody is stalking you or somebody you know.

Hollaback! Boston filled their week with numerous thought-provoking blog posts. Kate wrote a touching piece thanking her father after reflecting on Father’s Day and her experiences with him growing up. Britni talked about her personal growth in Hollaback! and expressed her gratitude for the support she’s received in developing the badass Boston branch! Boston also continued their “introducing” seriesthis week interviewing Grace, a writer and media commentator, among other things! Finally, Hollaback! Boston is excited to welcome a new member to their team, Communications Coordinator Brandie Alexander!

Hollaback! Philly is looking for people to test our their newly developed harasser cards! The cards were covered in a recent The Naked City article!

HOLLA and out —

The HOLLA team

 

 

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Meet Us On The Subway: Pt II

Part Two of Kara Lieff’s great documentary!

On April 13, 2013 Philadelphia organizations and community members participated in International Anti-Street Harassment Week. The day consisted of sidewalk chalking, discussing HollabackPhilly’s new SEPTA ads, and a debrief in LOVE Park.

 

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Meet Us On The Subway

On April 13, 2013, Philadelphia organizations and community members participated in International Anti-Street Harassment Week. The day consisted of sidewalk chalking, discussing HollabackPhilly’s new SEPTA ads, and a debrief in LOVE Park.

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A big thank you to Kara Lieff for putting together this wonderful video!!

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Week In Our Shoes: Chalking Up A Storm!

Dear Hollas,

As HOLLA::Revolution inches closer and closer (July 25th!!), the mothership is busy with final preparations! We’re SO EXCITED because the conference is going to be totally RAD and tickets are selling out fast! There are still a few left, so if you haven’t picked yours up yet, make sure to get ‘em now! And if you can’t make it, join us for our awesome after-party on Saturday!

HOLLA AROUND THE WORLD…

Hollaback! Alberta was featured in the Artery‘s (a popular live music venue’s) 1 year anniversary party! The Artery gave Hollaback! a space to raise awareness about the organization and the problem of street harassment. Look at their awesome pics!

Hollaback! Chandigarh promoted D. Kumar’s blog post “How to Date a Non-Feminist.” Check it out and let them know what you think!

Hollaback! Chennai shared their experiences talking with students at the Alliance Française de Madras and what it taught them about people’s individual responses to harassment.

IMG-20130709-WA0002Hollaback! Italy took to the streets with their second chalk walk in Milan! What badass pics!

Hollaback! Boston has been up to a lot! This past week they chalked the Freedom Trail (which included daring Bostonians chalking in front of the Massachusetts State House!), and continued their “Introducing” Series, interviewing Boston-based writer and fashion maven, Georgina!

Hollaback! Des Moines‘ Becca Lee challenges music and street harassment themes within, discussing the song “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

Hollaback! Belfast celebrated LGBTQ rights in their annual Pride Parade! Check out their photos!

Hollaback! Baltimore launched its Safer Spaces Campaign! A big congratulations to the Baltimore team!

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Hollaback! Baltimore‘s Shawna Potter got a grant from the Pollination Project for her work in Hollaback! Such amazing news!

Hollaback! Philly was featured in an article on NBC talking about their work ending street harassment in the city and the site’s future plans!

Hollaback! NYC got a shout-out in a recent UK MailOnline article debunking myths about reactions to street harassment!

T-MINUS 13 DAYS UNTIL HOLLA::Revolution!!!

 HOLLA and out!

 

 

 

 

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Raven’s Story: LAPD Refuses to Help

CAUGHT ON TAPE: On July 2, 2013, I, a sex worker, was attacked by a trick. When I called the LAPD, THEY REFUSED TO HELP ME, which is why I started COPWATCHING! Here is what happened!

 

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RECAP: Women’s Leadership Summit

Last night, Hollaback! interns Maya and Sarah (that’s us!) spent the evening at The Hatchery’s Women’s Leadership Summit: Empowering Women Forward.  It was a night that celebrated all its title would suggest and expressed the importance of women in leadership roles and how to empower one another to reach our goals.

 

In conversation with the speakers before they took stage, one theme seemed to rule the conversation– the obstacles and challenges in our world that have been left untouched.  As part of the movement to end “street what?” we thought that this idea certainly applied to Hollaback! There are moments when tackling street harassment does sometimes feel like a “no one else is doing it” kind of project.  From our conversation last night and from the stories that you have shared with Hollaback! about your own experiences of street harassment,  we were reminded that it is often those causes that seem least known that are the most important to discuss.

 

Fortunately for us, this “street what?” is becoming less and less common.  The internet has allowed us to connect our incredibly isolating incidences in a way that holla’s back against our harassers. As Yao-Hui Huang, founder of The Hatchery, said to kick off last night’s events, “It’s time to talk about power.”

 

We agree.

 

It is time to talk about the power to stand up for yourself. It is time to talk about the power to respond to your harasser. And it is time to talk about how you can take back the power by telling a story, taking a photo, or standing up for a stranger in need of bystander intervention.

 

These are the powers we have to combat street harassment. And damnit, we’re going to use them. You go, holla-people!

-Sarah & Maya

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