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A Week in Our Shoes: Back to School Edition

Happy Friday Hollas!

This week has seen a fair amount of press, including the Thompson Reuters Foundation, Columbia SpectatorYale Daily News, and the Huffington Post. And, in case you missed it, the Daily Show had an amazing segment on street harassment – check it out!

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Hollaback! sites around the world have been busier than ever:

Hollaback! Bahamas was on The Not So Late Show on Wednesday night. The team met with the College of The Bahamas’ Pro Society president about upcoming events and partnership opportunities. They presented to College of The Bahamas Union of Students on Hollaback! and street harassment and agreed on a date for educational ambassador training on the Constitutional Amendment Bills for gender equality. And finally, they spoke with Equality Now about gender inequality in The Bahamas for their upcoming report re: Beijing +20. Whew!

Hollaback! Halifax had some amazing press this week. In the Coast’s annual “back to school” recommended twitter follows, Hollaback! Halifax made the top of the list.

Hollaback! Baltimore held their amazing Proclaim No Shame event. The group gathered to, in their words, “fight unrealistic beauty standards, body-shaming media, and socialized politeness.” Go Baltimore! You can read a write up of the event, including a poem by Tyler Vile here.proclaimnoshame

Hollaback! Boston‘s MBTA ads (alongside Mass. NOW) go up in their local transit this week – keep your eyes open for them and, if you run across them, take a photo @iHollaback!

the Hollaback! Ottawa team co-wrote this amazing response to a classist street harassment article. Key quote? “To think that an educated man is somehow above engaging in street harassment simply because he is educated is malarkey.”

Atrevete DF Hollaback! held a wheat pasting art event with artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, collaborating on her Stop Telling Women to Smile project.

Great job this week Hollas!

HOLLA and Out!

- The Hollaback! Team

 

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Anonymous’ Story: “No one should be shamed in front of others because they did not want to be touched”

I was visiting France with classmates and at one point was walking back to meet them. Some of the men and women (college age) were waiting for everyone in a group, and some saw me and waved. As I waved back, two young men came up to me and asked me directions in French. I tried to give them directions but eventually switched to English. Once I admitted to being American they starting pulling in closer and saying how good my French was, to the point I was very uncomfortable. By the time I was able to explain I did not know where they wanted to go, they both gave me a hug and kiss (on the cheek, which I know is cultural, but still). I was rather flustered and went to the group of known friends happily.
I can accept that and move on, but it was the next part that upset me the most.
After I told them what happened, one young man chastised me for being so culturally ignorant and close-minded that I was complaining and upset over being held and kissed by two strangers! He was French himself, and explanations of personal space culture in American were dismissed because I should be trying new things. No one should be shamed in front of others because they did not want to be touched by others!

I've got your back!
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Week in our Shoes: Rev up the Engine Edition!

streetharassmentsuxkHey Hollaback!er’s,

 

Over the last two weeks, Hollaback! has been featured in: Today, Mic, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, NME, the New York Times, and more.

 

Hollaback! sites around the world have been busy!

 

  Hollaback! Bahamas had major press in the Tribune. Their team met with The College of the Bahamas Student Union to make plans for a Health and Safety Forum, plan a chalk walk, and hold a forum on local Equality bills. They attended a training seminar on CEDAW, attended three education forums held by the Constitutional Commission on the Equality Bills, and attended Parliament last week to see the Equality Bills tabled.
Hollaback! Berlin held a chalk walk. You can check out the chalk walk photos here.
Hollaback! Hamilton‘s site leaders were interviewed for the Hamilton Spectator (article coming out in September). Site leader Jess spoke at the Connect, Engage, Empower: Fostering exchange to support individuals affected by domestic violence.
Hollaback! Halifax tabled at a community fair after their local Pride Parade. Later on in the week, they provided backup and support to the Pro Love: www.yourchoicehalifax.com event. Check out Hollaback! Halifax’s write up of the Pro-Love demonstration hereSite leader Rebecca was interviewed by the Halifax morning news – stay tuned for links!
Hollaback! Boston participated in the Computer Clubhouse Teen Summit at Northeastern University, talking to youth about community organizing. They also held a teen workshop at a local women’s center, and tabled at the War on Women show. Finally, site leader Britni was interviewed for RH Reality Check about counterprotests outside reproductive health clinics.
Hollaback! Ottawa held a chalk walk and attended the Capital Geek Girls Ladies Night event at the Comic Book Shoppe. They also held a Municipal election meeting, titled “Let’s keep Gender Based Violence on the Agenda.”

 

Hollaback! Des Moines attended the Des Moines display of the Monument Quilt: a part of FORCE, Upsetting Rape Culture
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio sponsored a derby car (driven by Kayla Sinclair of Athens, Ohio) in the Demolition Derbies at the Athens and Meigs County Fairs. Check out their astounding run HERE!.

 

Amazing work HOLLAs! Until next time,

 

HOLLA and out!

 

- The Hollaback! Team

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Invading my personal space

Man approached me late at night, invading my personal space and calling me “baby,”

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Leery Creep

Man leered at me as I walked home and made comments about my breasts.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “One walk. Four blocks. Three separate incidences of street harassment…”

One walk. Four blocks. Three separate incidences of street harassment by three separate “men.”

1. Smile for me, Baby
2. Hmmm hmmm and other moaning noises
3. Man told me to smile at him so he can give me “something to stick in my mouth”

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “I firmly and disapprovingly made eye contact as I kept walking”

I left my house in Leon, Nicaragua at 6pm. At 6pm and 5 secs, 2 guys rode by on a bike (same bike, one on the handle bars). 1 of the guys started staring at me moving his tongue around his hand like he was giving oral sex. I firmly & disapprovingly made eye contact as I kept walking. I wish I could have pushed them off their bike, but it probably wouldn’t have been safe or changed anything. How cowardly people are when they can ride away quickly. And how grossly violating. Sad, sad men.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: A man shouted out of the window

A man driving by me and two others (one of which was a minor) shouted “nice ass” out of the window of his car

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Week in Our Shoes: Creative Combat Edition

Hey Hollabackers! 

This week Hollaback was featured in CBC News, The Daily Progress, Pix 11, and Business Insider Australia.

At the mothership, we hosted a workshop to find creative ideas to improve the NYPD’s approach to subway harassment.

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

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio hosted a super rad Screening and Screen Printing Party. Not only did they screen the new Wonder Woman documentary, they also created some cool anti-street 10500387_486100764869170_5457950979187531822_nharassment memorabilia. They also did two screenings of the film Tough Guise for the women currently incarcerated at Southeast Ohio Regional Jail! Super cool, guys!

Hollaback! Twin Cities led their first sexual harassment with staff at the local DV/SA, and it went super well!

Hollaback! Kathmandu hosted a chalk walk and a photo campaign to bring awareness to street harassment and was super successful. Pictures of the event can be found here!

Hollaback! Des Moines participated in a Hobby Lobby/SCOTUS Protest, where they rallied against the recent Supreme Court rulings. Awesome work, guys!

Hollaback! Vancouver had their launch party this past weekend, and it was a rockin’ good time. Pictures of the event can be found here!

Hollaback! Boston is hosting a Take Back the Bar event this weekend. If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and hang out with some awesome people all in the name of ending street harassment.

Hollaback! BMore signed on the Baltimore Rock Opera Society for their Safer Spaces Campaign.

Hollaback! Ottawa co-hosted an amazing, creative workshop called Collective Spaces, where participants learned more about street harassment while working together to create a moveable mural that will be featured at various college campus around the area.

Keep up the amazing work! Til next time-

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback Team

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Dr. Karla Jay at HOLLA::Revolution

On street harassment, “we discovered it wasn’t just one of us, it was all of us

Dr. Karla Jay talks early anti-street harassment organizing (including an ogle in on Wall Street), movement building, and how to stand up to street harassment at this year’s #hollarev!

Watch the full clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJBQ_xs350U

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