“I learned so much about the movement and was completely captivated. It didn’t take long for me to throw in as much energy as I could spare, which included joining the board and bringing the movement to my current city, Philadelphia.” –Rochelle Keyhan
HollabackPHILLY’s site launch in the summer of 2011 and subsequent press coverage led to invitations by community members and schools to speak about the anti-street harassment movement. In the past year, Site Leader Rochelle Keyhan describes community screenings of film “Walking Home” with creator and director Naula Cabral as one of the key elements sparking dialogue on the issue. Larger events included canvassing West and North Philadelphia with a group of local activists for Anti-Street Harassment Week 2012, meeting with officials from the Mayor’s Office to discuss a collaborative effort at making Philadelphia’s streets safer for its women and LGBTQ community members, and hosting a film screening and panel discussion on Human Trafficking in partnership with PA Senator Leach’s office, including panelists from local service organizations and the Philadelphia branch of Homeland Security.
HollabackPHILLY, along with Nuala Cabral, also hosted a workshop for buildOn.org’s Alternative Spring Break where high school students committed 40 hours over their spring break to do community service. The teens who attended the Hollaback! workshop created an anti-street harassment PSA based on their own personal experiences with street harassment. In August, Site Leader, Rochelle Keyhan was a guest on Yetta Kurland Live, an NYC-Based talk radio show, with David Badash, talking about “Rape, Rights & Republicans”. Keyhan was also highlighted in Philly Daily News’ “Chillin’ Wit’” weekly feature.
When HollabackPHILLY sought funding for anti-harassment subway advertisements, the advertising company responsible for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) advertisements agreed to double the advertisement space if HollabackPHILLY was granted the funds for which they applied. HollabackPHILLY successfully secured a grant from Up The River Endeavors, but were still far from their target goal. Luckily, three of the other Hollaback! sites that received funding contributed some of their earnings and the subway anti-harassment project was utlimately made possible!