Dear Hollabackers —
Check out what’s shaking with the global movement this week:
Hollaback! Gent had a press release demanding more initiatives on raising awareness about homophobia in Gent. They got some press coverage and received an invitation from the Alderman for Equal Opportunities to come and discuss their forthcoming LGBT action plan for the city!
Hollaback! Boston successfully got a company to take down offensive ads on their MBTA trains after launching a campaign on social media and in the press. They continued their “Introducing!” series with a post introducing Lily! They also announced their involvement in a coalition to ELEVATE Boston for the upcoming Boston mayoral election.
Until next week!
HOLLA and out —
Was walking in America Mura with my friend bel. We were trying to find a cab. It was around 2am. Some guy grabbed my boob. Not brushed it, he outright palmed it. So I turned around and said “what the f*ck?!” in English. the guy was like, “sumimasen”, but he wasn’t. So I and pushed him, and he just pretended like nothing happened as i shouted at him. he slithered across the road and started following a girl in a mini skirt… Creep. I should have kicked him in the balls.
Dear Hollabackers —
The Hollaback! Mothership is partnering with the Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw Connect project on some exciting stuff (to be revealed at a later date!), and was featured as their Member of the Week. Also, this week our new and improved app was featured in Fast Company, Tech Crunch and The Wild.
And here’s what happened this week around the world:
Hollaback! Boston had photos of three different events up this week: Allston DIYFest, WORD Boston Women’s Equality Rally, and the Goddess Walk in Brooklyn. They also had a recap up on their blog about the day they spent at Allston DIYFest, complete with a great story of festival organizers and attendees being active bystanders in the face of harassment! Their blog was very active this week, with a personal post from Site Director Britni about reclaiming a dress that she was groped in. They also introduced the world to their new Team Associate, Jamie, and told us about The Night James Brown Saved Boston.
HOLLA and out!
-The Hollaback Team
Some guys started yelling obscenities at me from their car in thick traffic. Gross.
I was at a buffet with my friend (also a female) while there we went to go get more food. While walking to and from the buffet this group of older men would stare, wink, and make very obscene gestures.
I was wearing a bikini (we had just gone swimming), just laying on he grass trying to enjoy a picnic with my family. A car full of men probably close to my father’s age drove by, honked at me and cat called out the window.
Walking out of subway, a man kept calling after me. Calling me snowflake and telling me to turn around. It was particularly frustrating because I never wear tank tops bc it seems like I always get harassed when I do. I HAD to today because it is ungodly hot and low and behold…grrrr.
I wanted to try this new hair store on White Plains Road. The clerk ignored me when I tried to get his attention to pay. I told him I would go to a place that respected cash paying customers, while putting his stuff on top of other products to leave. He jumped from the counter down to where I was and said, “Why do you throw my things on the floor you bitch!!!!???” Screaming from the top of his lungs. I called the cops…
I was wearing my school uniform walking to the bus with my best friend. A group of males in a car passed us and yelled “SLUTS” out the window at us.
I was in line at the drug store waiting to get a prescription. A guy sitting in the chair made some gross noise and then said something about me having a great ass. I turned to him and said that it was really disrespectful and rude and how would he like it if someone treated his sisters or daughters like that. He didn’t exactly apologize but he was embarrassed at least.