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.
I was getting gas in St. Louis. A guy started yelling at me from inside his car. I just went inside and paid. He waited outside for me to come out and yelled at me some more. I told him no thanks and walked to my car. I got in and locked my doors. He pulled his car around to block me from leaving. He kept asking me to roll down my window and kept asking for my number. I told him no many times and finally said I have a bf hoping he’d go away. Finally I yelled and he sped away angrily.
I just was about to walk down into the sky train station with a group of my girlfriends when a man on a bike went past us whistled and yelled damn girl and kept biking away.
I was walking to work and a man shouted, “hey, beautiful!” from across the street. I said “NO” without making eye contact. He tried again, this time with gorgeous. I said no again. “I’m just trying to say hi,” he said. “That’s not how you say hi,” I sternly replied. Thankfully, he kept walking.
A young man harassed my partner and I outside her office. He said, “I wish I was like you” to which I asked him to just go away and stop talking. I should have said I wish you were like me too so you would know why what you are doing is harassment and offensive.
Some dude I dont know followed me for 5 blocks… He was wearing sunglasses and was maybe 9 inches behind me the whole time . Another stranger came up to me and told me there was some guy watching me.. so it must have been obvious he was following me.