Week in Our Shoes: Practicing Self-Care and Moving Forward

Hey Hollas,

As you all can imagine, it’s been a rough week for us here in America. After Tuesday night’s election, and the frighteningly abundant hate crimes that have followed, we here at HQ have been a mixture of scared and anxious.

unnamed-2We understand that this election has left people experiencing a wide range of emotions. While some people have sprung into action, lending hands to groups of people who may become further disenfranchised once a transition of power is final, some have become angry, and others have stayed silent and to themselves.

Whatever your coping method, we want you to take care of yourselves. Unplug if you need to, take a walk, talk with a friend, family member or professional counselor, and know that you are not alone. This is a moment of uncertainty, and we know that with uncertainty comes fear and with fear comes panic, and with panic comes irrationality. We want everyone to take a few moments to remember that our government is a democracy, and within that democracy are hundreds of organizations fighting for your human rights, including us!

If you are truly feeling in need of help, don’t ever hesitate to make a life-saving phone call.

Hotlines to remember:

Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 

Trans Crisis Hotline: 877-565-8860

LGBTQ Hotline: 866-488-7386

unnamedIn response to the election, we launched a campaign called Moment of Truth, which will be used to document stories of fear, anxiety, hate or violence. We want our community to use this site as a resource for submitting written material, pieces of art or footage of disturbing acts sparked from this campaign, election and upcoming presidency.

We want to be there for you all, domestic and international Hollas, as much as we possibly can, in times of triumph, fear and uncertainty. Feel free to use our Moment of Truth site as a resource, a sounding board, and an archive.

We are uncertain, but we are hopeful. There is good and bad in the world, and it is our job to illuminate both. It is also our job to be there for you all, so don’t hesitate to submit material, tweet at us, or post on our Facebook wall, just to express how you’re feeling. We hear you and we see you, and although we can’t tell you what will be, we can tell you that we’ve got your back.

Shifting to updates with our international Hollaback! family, here’s what’s been going on with our sites around the world:

  • Hollaback! Oxford‘s 17-year-old volunteer Schools Ambassador recently both gave a talk during her school assembly and hosted a debate about whether misogyny should be added as a hate crime category for reporting harassment, as they have done in Nottingham, UK. Well done to this amazingly motivated and hardworking Holla! We’re super impressed with your work!

Thanks for all the awesome work here and abroad, Hollas! We know it’s been a tough week, and we’ve got a long road ahead, but we have each other, and we will be okay.

Take care of yourselves and surround yourselves with who and what you need to be okay. We love you.

Holla and out!

the Hollaback! Team

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