Happy December, Hollas!
We hope all of our American Hollas had a lovely Thanksgiving break, and we hope you spent the holiday with all the people you love. We’re super thankful for you all; we wouldn’t be the badass global operation we are without the help of all our awesome community leaders around the world!
We got back into the swing of things this past week, so without further ado, here’s what’s been going on here at HQ:
- First and foremost, our new website launched last week, and we’re super excited to share all of the changes with you! Some of the site improvements include an easier-to-navigate interface, access to all our global Hollaback! sites, and resources and research for those interested in educating themselves about Hollaback!’s mission and implementing Hollaback!’s practices at home, school, work, or play! Of course, there are some minor site glitches that we are working through, but they are all sure to be resolved shortly. A huge thank you goes out to our tech developer Jill Dimond for all of her hard work the past few months. We couldn’t have presented our Hollaback! family with such an amazing product without her help!
- Other exciting news from us here at HQ includes some press coverage we’ve been getting lately on our Moment of Truth campaign and the bystander intervention training we’ve been hosting. Ravishly profiled the Moment of Truth campaign—which we launched as a response to the presidential election—and our Deputy Director Debjani was interviewed on Russian TV about harassment and bystander intervention. We were also mentioned in The New York Times as a resource for bystanders when responding to harassment.
- Speaking of, we’ll be conducting bystander intervention training webinars for those interested in learning how to be an effective and helpful bystander when witnessing public acts of hate or harassment. Our intervention training will help potential bystanders learn the correct techniques to de-escalate a situation in a way that keeps themselves and the person being targeted safe. Those interested in attending any of our trainings are welcome to sign up, and can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. The trainings will be held on:
- Tuesday, December 6 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday, December 9 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 13 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- We’re also looking for new community organizers to join our global site leader program and bring Hollaback! to their local communities. This nine-month-long training opportunity would give participants all the necessary tools to successfully launch a Hollaback! site and affect major change in their community. Check out some more info and contact us if you’re interested!
And here’s what’s been going on with our sites around the world:
- Site leaders from Hollaback! London were interviewed about the global initiative in an audio interview in Artefact, a magazine created by students at the London College of Communication. Awesome job articulating the super important work you’re doing!
- Hollaback! Madrid is planning a chalk walk in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Saturday, December 3. For more information on the chalk walk, check out their Facebook event. We wish you nothing but success with this super important event!
- Also in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Hollaback! Amsterdam, in conjunction with Dutch gender organizations, has launched an online #WhiteRibbon campaign to promote healthy masculinities and increase awareness of issues like street harassment and domestic violence. Awesome work promoting the awareness of such important issues!
You’ve all been working super hard to promote positivity and community engagement during such a trying time, and we appreciate all your time and hard work! We know with all of your help, we’ll be able to end this year on an awesome note!
Holla and out!
-The Hollaback Team