Month: November 2011

Elizabeth’s Story: “Not appropriate”

I was stopped by a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, of all things, and he told me that he had watched me walk up the street and then walk out of Target and that I was beautiful. I said thank you, but I’m not interested. I know he meant well, but that kind of approach is … Continued

Transgender Protection Bill Passed in Massachusetts

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS Hollallujah for a new bill that will protect Massachusetts Transgender people from prejudice and hate crimes! The state Senate followed the House on Wednesday morning in passing a transgender civil rights bill. Governor Deval Patrick is set to sign the bill, but when exactly is not yet certain. This would make Massachusetts … Continued

Join in the Gender Violence Conversation On December 5th in New York City!

On December 5th our very own Hollaback! Executive Director, Emily May will join the Chair of the National Organization for Women Young Feminist Task Force, Jerin Afria; Coordinator of Community Violence Prevention at the Center for Anti-Violence Education, Susan Moesker; and New York City Council member Manhattan District 5, Jessica Lappin, to discuss and advise on … Continued

Keenan and Reuben Could Be You: Wake Up and Sign the Petition

MUMBAI: On October 20th, a group of friends went out to have dinner and watch a cricket match. After dinner, a drunk man harassed a few of the girls in the group. Defending the girls, Keenan and Reuben reprimanded him. Jitendra Rana returned with a large group of his friends and stabbed Keenan Santos and … Continued

Patience’s Story: Disgusting

It wasn’t recent, but it took years before I realized that I’d been sexually harassed. I was attending Bates Technical College at the time and I was waiting to be picked up from school when some guy came walking down the street and started hitting on me. I was only sixteen at the time, and … Continued

HOLLAWho? Meet Chicago.

Meet Hannah Sanders, the patiently persistent activist fighting street harassment in Chicago, IL.  Why do you HOLLA? Because a lot of people feel that they can’t or worse–that they aren’t supposed to hollaback at sexual harassment. I holla because no one else on earth speaks for me. No other person is entitled to sum up … Continued

OWS: All Day, All Night, Occupy Women’s Rights!

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS Over 100 people, the majority of which were women, peacefully marched from Zuccotti Park to the NYPD’s first Precinct HQ on Tuesday night to demand that all OWS females in police custody be treated with respect. This action comes after complaints that male officers patrolling the female cells had been violating protocol. … Continued

Meg’s Story: “NOT acceptable”

This is a story about my experience one day while living in Buffalo, NY. It’s one of many examples of how women experience street harassment every day. A few years back I lived in Buffalo, NY for a time. One sunny, breezy, and beauteous summer afternoon, I decided to ride my bicycle over to Delaware … Continued

Breaking News: Zuccotti Park Evicted and 70 Arrested

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS In the early hours of Tuesday morning Mayor Bloomberg authorized the mass eviction of peaceful protest Occupy Wall St from Liberty square. Bloomberg told a press conference this morning: “The final decision was mine and mine alone.” Law enforcement arrived at Zuccotti Park not long after midnight last night where they handed … Continued