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HOLLA ON THE GO: Advice needed.

I have gone to my friends’ house to meet him as he was not well. After sometime, we decided to go out for a light stroll. Some boys standing outside the apartment abused me without any reason. My friend got angry but I asked him not to loose his patience as they were in large numbers. But, still I am not able to forget that incident and I really feel insulted. How to overcome this?

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A week in our shoes: MAKERS EDITION!

Dear Hollabackers,

2013 is off to a roaring start!

First off, a big THANK YOU to the MAKERS project for creating six awesome videos about our work. My favorites are “Pissing People Off” and “Progress.”

Second, congrats to our partners at GirlTank for releasing their first video of girl-innovators, featuring me alongside SO MANY OTHER AMAZING GIRL ACTIVISTS.

Third, I want to give special thanks to the Paley Center’s Executive Director Pat Mitchell for the shout-out in Fast Company! “Mitchell’s got a long list of other inspirational and influential examples. She reels off a set of names that ranges from teen activist Julie Bluhm (who took on Seventeen magazine’s photoshopping policies); Deanna Zandt for her Planned Parenthood Saved Me Tumblr blog; Emily May of Hollaback.” If you aren’t familiar with Deanna or Julie – check them out! They both rule.

This week, we had two Feminist Summer Camp interns on Tuesday! Erin Norskog is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She enjoys reading, cooking, and working with clay as a ceramic artist. Gina Barber is a senior at the University of Virginia where she is majoring in sociology and women, gender, and sexuality. She has worked for Obama for America as a digital media fellow, the Feminist Majority Foundation, and with MissRepresentation.org. Thanks Erin and Gina for your help!

 Hollaback Croatia was on Croatian National TV discussing their recent research on street harassment!

Hollaback sites in Canada are parterning with the Represent Project. They are “offering a new forum to challenge damaging media representations of women in Canada.” RAD!

Hollaback London published a letter to Argos written by Rachel, a woman who was harassed by employees of the company. In the letter, Rachel writes, “Sexual harassment is always unacceptable, at any time and in any place, but the fact that these men feel they have the right to harass a woman while representing the Argos brand demonstrates extreme impudence. I hope that the management at Argos will take this matter very seriously and deal with their staff appropriately”. Way to go, Rachel!

Hollabackers in Mexico, Richmond, St. Paul, and San Francisco are banning together to do a content analysis of bystander stories on our site. They will be looking for trends around bystander intervention, including impact.

Hollaback Jacksonville, NC’s leader Kari Raack is up for military spouse of the year! Please vote for her. If she wins, she plans to use the platform spread the world about Hollaback across the military and their families.

Hollaback San Francisco issued a statement in support of a woman who was stabbed after being harassed on the street in the Tenderloin. Jezebel wrote a great article about the incident.

Last but not least, we’ve got a couple volunteer positions open!Take a look and let us know if you can help.

HOLLA and out —

Emily

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HOLLA ON THE GO: ongoing harassment…

Harassed for several weeks. Contacted my employees, verbally attacked me.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: #pathetic

For some reason even though I have my two kids with me and my wedding ring on my hand men still come up to me it’s really pathetic.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: bystander does the right thing, market not so much

I saw a security officer of a marketmasturbate in public; it was a very hot day and a girl was wearing a short and a tank top and he did this while watching her. This disgusted me so much I called the market manager! This happened around 14:30 about two weeks ago. The worst thing is that he still works there!

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HOLLA ON THE GO: looking up my skirt

A few years ago I was employed at a clothing store in Seattle, WA. One night I was towards the back of the store straightening the rack of women’s lingerie when I felt a man standing very close to me. I moved to another part of the store when I felt him near me again. I tried to ignore my feelings and stay put. I then looked down and saw him on the ground, his head between my legs looking up my dress. I kicked him hard in the throat and he ran away. I called the police and they didn’t show.

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Emily May: Pissing People Off


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A week in our shoes: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dear Hollabackers —
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! First and foremost, we want to big a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated in our December campaign. We raised $10,000 to help us achieve our big goals in 2013, including:

  • Guide and Training for Organizations and Schools to address street harassment.  Information on how to address street harassment for students, clients, and employees, including curriculum, referrals, and a “know-your-rights” section will be published in two first-of-its-kind guides this year. Training webinars will be held following the release of the guide for organizations (June 2013) and the guide for schools (October 2013).
  • First-ever site leader retreat and public event. Our sites will met for the first time in New York in Summer 2013 – where they will give short, taped, TED-inspired speeches at a public event, and then head upstate for a 3 day retreat.
  • Launch and Train 75 new leaders from 25 new sites. To keep this movement growing, we are committed to meeting the demand for our services internationally. Each site we launch costs the organization $2,500 and including  a comprehensive 3-month on-line training, technical assistance, and resources.
  • On-line platform for site leaders.  Materials, resources, and communication is currently taking place across google drive, google groups, and facebook. This new-online platform would streamline these networks into a one-stop shop for site leaders – fostering better communication and collaboration.
  • Bystander trainings and petition signed by 10,000 people. People who publicly say that they will do something are more likely to actually do it. Working with Green Dot, we will develop a curriculum to be scaled across all our sites which will encourage people to pledge to be better bystanders when they witness harassment happening. Their stories of intervention will be mapped on our site.
  • Improve our data collection system. With over 4,000 stories told, we have an incredibly robust set of research. In 2013, we want to expand the type of data we collect to include demographics, prevalence, and impact so that we can increase awareness of street harassment and better target the problem – and the solutions.

We’re still looking for additional funding for these projects, so if you know of anyone who would be interested in supporting us, please let us know! Otherwise, without further ado, here are our site updates:

Hollaback Jacksonville was featured in the JD news! “Street harassment happens everywhere,” Kari Raack, founder of Hollaback! Jacksonville said. “Hollaback! is a platform for men and women to have a way to ‘hollaback’ at the people who have committed street harassment against them.”

Hollaback Pathenkot published a letter to the editor in response to the recent rang rape and murder in India that has result in widespread protest. Site leader PAAYAS PANDIT writes, “The Delhi incident just goes to highlight the barbarism that prevails in our society. It would not be wrong to say that India has become a thoroughly uncivilised, patriarchal society.”

Hollaback Chandigarh launched the Pledge Project in response to the gang rape in Delhi. “It’s the pledge to speak up when we see a woman being harassed on the streets. We pledge to intervene when a woman is being raped/assaulted, pledge to simply dial 100 or 1091 to save a woman’s life and dignity,” says Rubina Singh. The project has already received over 500 pledges and was covered in the Indian Express, the Hindustan Times, and the Daily Post India. Hollaback was also cited in the Times of India article, “‘Men’s psychological troubles spur harassment of women on streets.”

Hollaback Richmond has a new tumblr! A local supporter is also holding a skate t-shirt silent auction on their behalf on January 4th in Jackson Ward.

Hollaback Dublin had a launch party and took super cute photos!

Last but not least, something fun for the new year from our site leader Julie Lalonde in Ottawa: the intro to this super-fun Scissor Sisters song starts off talking about harassment on public transportation.

It’s 2013: Let’s have KIKI!

HOLLA and out —

Emily

 

 

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “Cheer up!”

Walking around through town, some guy looks me up and down. I looked at the ground and he walks off shouting “cheer up”. I was cheerful before he turned up!

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State of the Streets: Mexico City

“I realized there were no organizations or groups addressing street harassment particularly and that this was an issue that many people would talk about but had no clear way of responding to. Working for Hollaback! means that I can help provide a safe space for people who feel uncomfortable in public spaces due to harassment, a space that was not available before.” – Gabriela Amancaya

 

Site Leader Gabriela Amancaya launched AtréveteDF to raise awareness about street harassment and to create a space for constructive dialogue about the issue.  She is proud to report that, since the site launch and the local SlutWalk, more people are breaking the silence and discussing their experiences of street harassment.  Gabriela notes the importance of media coverage and social networking in the site’s growth, but she is most excited about the person-to-person connections she has made through Hollaback!. Gabriela notes, “The people who write to us are grateful to have a space where they can find and share information about street harassment. I think that is the main goal: to get people to feel comfortable, involved, talking about the subject, and eager to participate [in the discussion.]”  In addition to reaching out to community members, Gabriela has built relationships with local organizations that focus on youth, gender and sexual and reproductive rights.

 

To read our entire 2012 State of the Streets Report, click here.  Donate to keep this movement moving.

 

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