Happy Friday, Hollas!
Hope everyone’s holiday season is going well so far! We here at HQ have been working hard on fundraising campaigns to help Hollaback! end the year on a positive note, and we’re looking forward to taking a well-deserved break and starting the new year strong. So without further ado, here’s what’s been going on here at HQ:
- Toward the end of last month, our Heartmob intern Aoife and our Program and Communications Coordinator Leah attended the Women’s Caucus Rally where the New York City Council Women’s Caucus announced their Equality Legislative Package. The package will be instrumental in advancing issues in New York City that affect all people, with a unique focus on women. Council Members Laurie Cumbo and Helen Rosenthal gave rallying speeches on standing up for women’s rights in the new political climate. Aoife and Leah said that attending the rally and seeing the huge turnout, even in the pouring rain, was moving and encouraging. We’re so proud of our community for showing up!
- Last week, our Deputy Director Debjani led a street harassment and bystander intervention training to an activism class at Pace University. A huge thanks to Pace for welcoming us! We hope the training left you all with some new insight and information!
- And last but certainly not least, Debjani was interviewed on a Russian TV station last month, where she discussed street harassment and bystander intervention. Thank you so much for having us!
And here’s what’s going on with our sites around the world:
- Hollaback! Amsterdam has published a response on their blog to lawmakers and community members regarding the move to criminalize street harassment in the Netherlands. Their message encouraged policymakers and community members to recognize the move’s realistic ineffectiveness on the ground and its potential to racially profile minorities and other disenfranchised groups, and challenged them to look for alternate solutions to this horrendous problem. We’re so proud that you took the time to address this issue, and we hope policymakers and community members take your words into consideration!
- Hollaback! Jakarta recently completed their first chalk walk during a parade and rally on one car-free Sunday in the city. Their chalk walk involved educating people about the initiative and engaging some of the thousands of attendees in discussions. Community organizer Angie said they were able to engage with and talk to many people at the event and walk away with some notable encounters. Great job, all! We’re so proud of your hard work!
We’re so proud of how hard you’ve all been working, and we’re super excited to end this year on a great note with all of your help. Have a wonderful weekend!
Holla and out!
-The Hollaback Team