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Holly Kearl Holla’s Back on HuffPo!

Check out the incredible op-ed by HOLLAheroine Holly Kearl: here. Holly starts it off:

Do you remember when it was legal for a man to make sexually explicit or sexist remarks to a woman at work? I don’t. While sexual harassment in the workplace still happens, it became illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 19 years before I was born. Do you remember when it was legal for a man to make sexually explicit or sexist remarks to a woman on the street or at a bus stop? I do. Sexual harassment in public is legal. But it shouldn’t be.

Street harassment is positioned to be the #1 feminist issue of our generation. Like workplace harassment, the first step to ending street harassment is breaking the silence. Join us and Hollaback!

Stay tuned for Holly’s Book, “Stop Street Harassment” due to be released in August of this year.

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Hollaback Volunteers Needed to Push our Project Forward

As you know, we are planning to develop a Hollaback! iPhone app and redevelop our website by this summer. To make this happen, Hollaback! is looking for talented volunteers to help move our project forward:

  • Special Events/Party Planning. We are seeking to plan a fundraiser for late April and a launch party for June. We are looking for volunteers that like planning fun, hip events that get people excited about Hollaback!
  • Campaign Coordination. Over the next few months, we will be reaching out to all 20 Hollaback sites worldwide to engage them in Hollaback’s growth and identify needs. We will also be reaching out to anti-street-harassment communities that do not have a Hollaback (India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt). We are looking for someone with international and campaign-building savvy to lead this work in coordination with founder Emily May.
  • Web Design. In June, Hollaback will relaunch its website on iHollback.org. We are looking for someone with website design expertise to help guide the vision of the website and help maintain the site once it is launched.
  • Writers. We are looking for someone to help write and edit website copy between now and June, when the website launches. A marketing background is helpful, but not required.

Interested? Know someone who could be? Email us at hollabacknyc@gmail.com.

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Help CUNY get a sexual assault policy!

From our friends at NOW Young Feminist Task Force:

Did you know that City University of NY (CUNY) does not have a university-wide sexual assault policy for it’s half-a-million students? YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THAT BY COMING TO THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC FORUM OR CONTACTING US ABOUT HOW ELSE TO HELP.

CUNY Central is ready to present a proposed policy to the Board of Trustees for approval in April. However, a large group of us, including elected officials* feel that the policy lacks two vital components – –
1. clearer language about mandatory education and
2. anonymous reporting. **

CUNY Board of Trustees public hearing on Monday, May 15, 4:30pm-6pm. If you wish to speak during the Staten Island borough hearing, please call the Office of the Secretary of the Board at (212) 794-5450 by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2010. However, you can just attend without having to call ahead.

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Californians: Make Your Workplace Harassment-Proof

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From CalBizCentral:
When it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, you have to know what is required of your company and your human resources department. Harassment is not a topic you can take lightly or decide to learn about at a later date. If you work in human resources for a company, it’s time to learn everything you need to know about sexual harassment. HRCalifornia will help you find information and tools to assist with training.

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This man comes into the store where I work for guitar lessons every Tuesday. He waits until I’m alone to come and ask if I’ve been ‘behaving myself.’ Stay away!

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Be a Part of the Revolution: New Yorkers for Safe Transit is Hiring!

As you may already know, Hollaback is a co-founder of New Yorkers for Safe Transit. In collaboration, we were able to get the MTA to post all the anti-harassment ads and announcements you see and hear everyday. We are building a movement, and we need some qualified staff to support us! For more information on the position, click here.

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Hollaback! Beta Testing: Be the First!

Be one of the first to hollaback using our new Iphone app! With the push of a button, you can hollaback at your street harassers and Hollaback! will map it using your phone’s GPS. An automatic email will be sent to your account so you can tell us your story when you are safely back in the comfort of your home.

We are currently in the process of beta testing this new technology and we need your help! To be part of the testing, go to the Iphone store and purchase “UDID” (it’s free). Then use the app to email your UDID number to hollabacknyc@gmail.com. (Rumor has it you can also get the UDID off of iTunes). We’ll make sure you get the new app as soon as our developers complete it.

Your feedback can pave the way for the newest revolution against street harassment. Hollaback!

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You have a Progressive Women’s Voice: Now Apply!

Last June I was accepted into Progressive Women’s Voices (PWV), a media training by the Women’s Media Center. It was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. Too often, it’s easy as women and activists to sit in the backseat, running the day to day operations but not leading the way. The issues that face this world are grave, and women are still underrepresented in the media, politics, and businesses. As much as PWV taught me about media, it taught me about how to stand up and speak out. With their help and support, I stopped thinking of pursuing media as an “ego exercise” and started thinking of it as what it truly is – the most important social change tool that we have.

Street harassment is poised to be the most important women’s issue in this decade. Each photo and story you submit establishes your leadership in this movement. I’d like to challenge you all to push your leadership to the next level and apply to PWV.

To apply, click here. To nominate someone, click here.

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Submissions Requested: Queering Sexual Violence

Queering Sexual Violence seeks 20- 25 LGBTQ writers who are interested in submitting pieces that confront the current state of our anti- sexual violence climate. Part memoir/ part criticism/ part call to action, this anthology seeks to address the limitations of a society that is not only unequipped to deal with rape culture but also unable to look at it without the lens of heterosexual privilege and through the interests of a gender binary system. The anthology seeks to destroy the image of the “perfect survivor” and motivate the anti-sexual violence community to embrace a more radical perspective in order to foster sustainable change.

For more information or to submit, click here.

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Here is an older man at the public library in Grand Island, Nebraska. He kept staring at me despite the fact that I repeatedly tried to stare at him back to show him that I could tell he was gawking at me. I was trying to do work for a class I was taking, but it’s a little distracting when you have someone ogling you the whole time! I wanted so badly to give him the finger.

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