Dear Hollabackers —
Every week that I compile these I am more amazed than the last week at what our network is able to accomplish. This week is no exception. Here’s what our team has been up to this week:
Research on street harassment released at Cornell!. Last Friday we were joined by Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Ferreras, and some incredible local nonprofits working to address street harassment including STEPS to End Family Violence, New York City Anti-Violence Project, Black Women’s Blueprint, Green Dot Campaign Quentin Walcott, co-executive director, CONNECT, and Transport Workers Union, Local 100 to release two studies on street harassment, available here. Special thanks go to my mentor, KC Wagner, Cornell’s Director of Workplace Issues, for hosting the event and conducting the research. The event was covered by WNYC (NPR).
The party was a RIOT! We raised $491 at our drag show at Stonewall Inn last Saturday! Special thanks to our board member, Raphi Rosenblatt, for representing us at the event, Frostie Flakes for inviting us to come (and putting on an amazing show), and all our fans who came out to support us!
Women and Power: We were there! Strong women, including Hollaback’s International Fellow Shahinaz El Hennawi, were brought together this week to attend The Omega Women’s Leadership Center conference, Women and Power: What’s Possible. Women demonstrated how they are using their power and passion to make real change by sharing their stories.
Justine Dowden: New International Movement Intern! Justine has experience working for the UN and at women-led NGOs around the world. She is excited to begin helping support Hollaback chapters worldwide.
And if that’s not impressive enough, check out what our site leaders around the world are up to this week:
Hollaback Victoria is featured in Monday Magazine!
Hollaback Des Moines Inspires Frat to Raise Funds for Hollaback! We are so grateful to Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) at Drake University in Iowa who raised $497 for Hollaback! Superstar site leader Becca Lee from Hollaback Des Moines gave a presentation at the frat which inspired the fundraiser. Thanks guys!
Hollaback NYC teams up with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to push for legislation which would protect straphangers from “subway grinders,” a.k.a those who intentionally rub against passengers in a sexual way. Read the article here.
Hollaback Poland was on the news twice this week. Site leader Greta Gober appeared on news channels to speak about her chapter’s efforts to end street harassment. Watch the clips in Polish here and here.
Hollaback Baltimore released two new advocacy videos addressing the intersection between street harassment and homelessness as well as featuring testimonials of women who have experienced street harassment. Favorite quote: “We need male allies to understand that regardless of how we dress we’re not asking to be assaulted or raped. We’re only asking for sex if we actually ask for sex.”
The time to end street harassment is now! Let’s keep this movement moving.
HOLLA and out —