We were walking & holding hands when a man, 20s, 5’8″, muscular, with very short blonde hair, grabbed us & pulled us apart, then gripped my arm & yelled in my face about how we couldn’t hold hands because this is a Christian nation. He was extremely aggressive and clearly looking for an excuse to punch me. We broke away from him, but he did it again 2 blocks later. He threatened to keep following us and prevent us from touching until a bystander stepped in & we slipped away.
HOLLA::Revolution, the first international speaker’s series on street harassment, was held on July 25th at NYU and live-streamed on ihollaback.org/hollarevolution/. It was an historic event, with 18 speakers presenting topics ranging from “un/doing masculinity: street harassment and boihood” and “media representations of street harassment” to “the future of funding the feminist movement” and “youth organizing around street harassment”.
Hollaback! would like to thank their sponsors for their support in making HOLLA::Revolution happen:
Catapult: Catapult is young crowdfunding platform that’s already making a huge impact for girls and women. Catapult connects a new global audience directly to organizations working on the frontlines for girls and women’s rights. Since launching in October 2012 Catapult has already funded hundreds of projects worldwide. Catapult helps people use the open democracy of the web to choose girls and women’s projects closest to their hearts, and track progress and results. This approach – participating in the solution – is key to today’s young and rising global citizenship movement.
Despaña: Despaña is a New York based food and wine shop and provided us with the beautiful wines for our cocktail hour.
Internet Garage: Internet Garage is a great internet and printing shop in Brooklyn and provided us with the signage for the event.
Lagunitas: Lagunitas is a solid brewing company that supplied the tasty beer for the cocktail hour
Lifeway: Lifeway creates amazing kefir products. Like all good missions, theirs is simply expressed: They’re here to provide the best in probiotic and nutritious foods. They’re here to improve the health of our customers. And they’re here to leave the world a better place than we found it.
Thank you again to our sponsors and to everyone who came out to HOLLA::Revolution or watched the live-stream online.
I was waiting outside to leave with my partner and a man whistled at me from a truck. I flicked him off
Our first ever international speaker series on street harassment was followed by three incredible days with 20 of our global site leaders where we worked together to establish a global agenda for Hollaback!. We were inspired and humbled by their incredible vision for the future.
Check out the press from HOLLA::Revolution: Stop Street Harassment has a recap, as does The Source. Hollaback also gets mentions in this Daily Beast piece, this post on Vitamin W, and Michael Urbina’s list of 101 ways that men can be allies to women.
Here’s #hollarev’s impact in numbers:
2743 Tweets and Facebook posts mentioning “#hollarev” with a 1.8 million potential reach
572 of people watching Ustream
150 people in attendance
We also want to thank our incredible summer interns, Maya Flippen and Sarah Scriven for their powerful work this summer. Thanks to them, Hollaback!’s 2013 State of the Streets report is near complete, and Hollaback! will be issuing an intersectional guide to understanding street harassment later this year. Our badass site leader Britni de la Cretaz will be taking over compiling a week in our shoes until our fall interns start. We’re still recruiting, so please apply!
Hollaback Des Moines invites you to two upcoming events: their first is a raffle, fundraiser and discussion of personal safety products (happening August 6) and the other is their 2nd anniversary party, which they’ll be celebrating with an open mic night on August 15th.
Hollaback Philly announced their fall comic book tour stops, which starts this weekend in Boston! Check out the other stops they’ll be making in the Northeast United States. While you’re at it, maybe buy something from their newly launched Etsy store and check out their photos from HOLLA::Revolution!
Hollaback Ottawa posted a ton of GREAT photos from the chalk walk led by site leaders from around the world in NYC this past weekend. They also answer questions for parents wondering how they can teach their children about street harassment in this piece on the Yummy Mummy Club and get mentioned in this assessment of their recently released report on harassment on public transit on SSH.
HOLLA and out —
The Hollaback! team
Hollaback! is proud to be a supporter of the new Quist App that just launched.
Quist is a mobile app that displays events from this day in LGBTQ history.
Historical events in the app paint a picture of how far the LGBTQ community has come over time — how we have been treated, how we have reacted, how our allies have supported us, and how others have worked vehemently to stop the progress. LGBTQ individuals’ contributions to society and events in HIV/AIDS history are also included.
We are a powerful movement – and Quist reminds us how far we’ve come and just how much all of us, as a community of activists from all over the world, can accomplish!
Check in with Quist with their app and share your stories of how allies have supported you on ihollaback.org
We are so excited to report to you today–the day after HOLLA::Revolution and the first day of our weekend-long site leader retreat!
With over 150 attendees, 2700+ #hollarev tweets, and 17 kickass speakers, HollaRev was a HUGE success! We want to thank everyone who supported us in creating this conference and attended HollaRev or watched it on the live stream!
Although the NYC office has certainly been consumed with the conference, it hasn’t been the only thing Hollaback! sites have done this week! Check out what Hollaback sites have been up to…
Around the World…
Hollaback! Ottawa released its street harassment survey and report this week, concluding that street harassment in Ottawa is prevalent and under reported! The team’s work and results were such a big deal, they made serious news throughout Ottawa, appearing in news article after news article after news article after news article. (But seriously hollas, they were featured in the Ottawa Sun, Bustle, and the Ottawa Citizen to name a few!) Congratulations, Ottawa!!
Hollaback! London announces their collaboration with the British Transport Police on Project Guardian, a groundbreaking campaign to address sexual assault on public transit! Their work was noted in a Guardian article!
Hollaback! Boston held a Holla Offline in Allston this past week, asking for coffee and conversation! Britni recapped an experience of hers regarding responding to an incidence of street harassment and learning that she can do something about it. The team also continued their introducing series, this week interviewing Brandie–the latest addition to the Hollaback! Boston team!
Hollaback! Des Moines invites you to a product presentation and safe-space discussion for personal safety products! The event will feature a demonstration, as well as a raffle and silent auction, of Damsel in Defense products, with proceeds benefiting Hollaback! Des Moines! Be sure to check it out!
Again, we want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of the support we received this week! We are also excited to spend this weekend getting to know and learning from our site leaders around the world (and we appreciate everyone who was able to come, despite all of New York’s “pimps and shit”)
HOLLA AND OUT—
The Hollaback! Team
The last two days I have been honked at and hollered at while walking my dog. Can’t I just take her on a walk and not be bothered?
So I’m sitting in the airport right after leaving the holla:revolution conference and site leaders retreat – I’m a site leader in Canada – and this man chats me up while I’m picking out some Doritos cause I’m hungry as shit. Dude tells me I have amazing eyes and wonders if I’m an actress. I say no and walk away. Like most fools, he persists only to be told that he should avoid making comments about things people can’t change like their eye colour. Everyone around me claps
A few nights ago I was coming from the French Quarter where I was picking up my medicine. I got on the bus home, but then thought I got on the wrong bus and got off too early (I moved here 3 weeks ago). Immediately an older man (I am 20) said “You look like you’re lost, baby.” He then followed me for 15 minutes until I called my mom telling her what cross streets I was at each time I reached cross streets.
I was terrified, and couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if my mom was at work?
The last two times I have gone on my usual running route (at different times of the day) I have been passed by the same guy on a bicycle who has made me very uncomfortable, the first time he slowed right down as he went by me and stared at me nodding and smiling for 30-40s before cycling on when someone came. The second time there were more people around and he slowed down and waved at me. It made me extremely uncomfortable and no longer feel like running outside.