Week In Our Shoes: Know Your Rights! Edition

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Deputy Director Debjani Roy

Happy Friday Hollabackers!

The Hollaback! mothership has been very busy this week. We started the week attending the ROC United rally against sexual harassment in the restaurant industry, where Deputy Director Debjani Roy spoke alongside Saru Jayaram and Eve Ensler.

We released the global street harassment Know Your Rights Guide  in conjunction with Thomson Reuters Foundation and coordinated by global law firm DLA Piper. The guide has already been shared on Think Progress, Cosmopolitan and Bust! We also released  the Hollaback! international survey with Cornell University. We urge you to take it and share it. We also announced our involvement with the Carrying the Weight Together day of action on October 29th! Click on the link to see how you can get involved.

Finally, Emily and Debjani trained 80 rookie NYPD officers on street harassment on Thursday.

And here’s what site leaders have been up to:

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio did two readings of the Support Zine for the women currently incarcerated at Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.

10334238_352634198226327_2384405174949754488_n Site leader Sarah Fick wrote this letter to the editor in support of the student group [email protected]#KRAPECULTURE at Ohio University. They participated in a rally demanding mandatory consent education for all students each year, protesting rape culture and expanding awareness of sexual violence. The rally received much press attention coverage and photos galore, including front page coverage in the Athens News (with a Hollaback! mention at the tail end). And the student paper has this pretty cool video up. For more photos click here.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio also taught a 1.5 hour workshop on rape culture and bystander intervention for 40 Anthropology students at Ohio University AND Debuted the Body Hair Hoopla photo exhibit at the Ohio University Women’s Center’s Love Your Body Day event. 

Screen shot 2014-10-16 at 3.21.53 PMHollaback! Boston co-hosted Northeastern Stands Together Against Harassment, a block party at Northeastern University to support Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s residency at the school with her Stop Telling Women To Smile Project. Here’s a recap of the event. They also joined the Confronting Police Brutality & Racial Profiling Rally and Speak Out where they were announced as one of the members of the new Boston Coalition For Police Accountability. Awesome Boston! AND they did a workshop at Berklee College of Music.

Hollaback! Philadelphia will be at Locust Moon Fest this weekend. They were at NYCC last weekend. Stay tuned for an upcoming TV spot on CBS news talking about food shaming (they’re running it to extend Hollaback! Boston‘s recent work).

Hollaback! Ottawa marched in the local Take Back the Night March.

Hollaback! Brussels was interviewed by La Première – RTBF radio on the subject: “How to protect women from groping hands on the public transport?” They discussed the fines against harassers and the new anti-sexism law in Belgium and the potential ineffectiveness of these.

Hollaback! LA ran a workshop series with imMEDIAte Justice with high school girls working with film to speak back against harassment.

Wow! There’s been a lot going on. Thank you for all of your hard work as always.

Great job this week, team! HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Staff

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