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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.
Walking to the convenience store, I got shouted at and honked at from a car with a few men in it. “Hello! Hello! You’re beautiful! Shiroi!” (White!)
As I came out of the store, the shouted at me again, the same things with “Are you from gay?”
They panicked when I took their picture.
We wanted to start our recap this week on more of a serious note. Hollaback! stands in solidarity with those in support of Trayvon Martin and his family. Everyone deserves to feel safe on the street regardless of their race, sexual orientation, class, creed, religion, or sex. More than anything, we hope that the dialogue emerging out of this tragedy will continue, and that these crimes will ultimately lessen.
In Happier News,
We are super psyched to say that we are less than a week away from HOLLA::Revolution! That means that the mothership has been extremely busy this week prepping the location, gifts, schedule, and final details for July 25th! (and remember, even if you can’t make it to NYC for the conference, HOLLA::Revolution will be livestreamed!)
This week, Deputy Director Debjani Roy was cited in a PolicyMic article entitled, “It’s 2013, Guys–Stop Catcalling Women Like Animals.”
And Emily was in Martha’s Vineyard, where she teamed up with seven other organizations protesting the Zimmerman verdict in an impromptu #JusticeForTrayvon march. Check out the pics!
We also had the pleasure and honor of meeting anti-harassment street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Stay tuned for news of our collaboration!
Lastly, a BIG THANK YOU to our donors, Catapult, and Chime for Change. Thanks to you, all three of our projects were funded for a total of $45,000. We couldn’t be more grateful.
Hollaback! Around The World…
Hollaback! Chandigarh talks about rape schedules, and poses the question: what are things that you do everyday to avoid sexual assault?
Hollaback! Italy reflects on stalking–what it consists of and what recent laws are doing to combat it. They also offer some tips and resources on what to do if somebody is stalking you or somebody you know.
Hollaback! Boston filled their week with numerous thought-provoking blog posts. Kate wrote a touching piece thanking her father after reflecting on Father’s Day and her experiences with him growing up. Britni talked about her personal growth in Hollaback! and expressed her gratitude for the support she’s received in developing the badass Boston branch! Boston also continued their “introducing” series–this week interviewing Grace, a writer and media commentator, among other things! Finally, Hollaback! Boston is excited to welcome a new member to their team, Communications Coordinator Brandie Alexander!
HOLLA and out –
The HOLLA team