The room was standing room only, the testimonies brought us to tears, and the press was swarming. You made this happen, and this is only the beginning.
The story was picked up by 237 outlets worldwide. Why is this important? That’s millions of women, men, boys, and girls that now know that they are not the only ones frustrated by street harassment. That there are allies out there in the world that have got their backs. They are no longer alone. It helped to legitimize this issue, and ultimately, it will help us to put the pressure on legislators to make these changes happen. In short, it’s a testament to your impact.
Check it out:
The AP wire wrote this story, which was picked up by 200+ outlets nationwide, including MSNBC and the Washington Post!
We also got this great piece on Fox:
The New York Post did a story, too:
And this great piece on CBS, Channel 2! The first woman to speak, Grace, is a 16-year old from Elizabeth Irwin High School. She’s an absolute inspiration, and her testimony brought me to tears. Check it out here.
Additional press hits included:
Gothamist, Street Harassment Finally Gets City Council’s Attention
Gawker, Should New York Have ‘Harassment-Free’ Zones?
AMNY, Lawmakers review street harassment in NYC
TampaBay.com, The skinny: Women hit back against street harassment
Daily News, City Council hears plea to curb catcalls; women say it’s an ‘issue of safety’
Congratulations on all your hard work, and a special shout-out to advocates including Girls for Gender Equity, NOW-NYC, RightRides, Center for Anti-Violence Education, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, New Yorkers for Safe Transit, Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Holly Kearl from Stop Street Harassment.
Also thanks to the most amazing special guest ever, the Astronomical Kid. If you haven’t seen his video “Stop Looking at My Moms,” get on it. It’s amazing. An anthem for our movement. Not surprisingly, this young man is just as rad as his song. He hurried from school to testify.
You showed the world that street harassment mattered, and you showed New York City that it could be ended. CONGRATULATIONS!