Week in Our Shoes: There’s No Place Like a Safe Public Space for the HOLLAdays

Happy Friday, Hollas! It’s almost time to break for the HOLLAdays, so we’re putting our best foot forward to make sure we end this year with a bang! It might be cold outside, but we’re filling our community with warmth in this time of need. So without further ado, here’s what’s been going on here at HQ:

  • We have a whole mob of volunteers over at HeartMob ready to step up and support folks who are experiencing harassment online. If you’re being harassed, there’s a community of HeartMobbers who’ve got your back. You can become a HeartMobber, too, or tell your friends about HeartMob if they need support.
  • If you’re a local New Yorker and you’d like to celebrate the HOLLAdays while helping our lovely organization continue to fight  harassment, come party with us at our holiday fundraiser on Saturday, December 17 at 5 p.m. at t.b.d. in Brooklyn. Tickets are $25 per person, with a $50 suggested donation. A ticket includes one drink, light bites, and a chance to win some super sweet raffle prizes! Kids are welcome, but should be minded.
  • unnamedOur Communications and Program Coordinator Leah went to the OutSummit last weekend to hear from activists around the world about local strategies and concerns in the context of global LGBTQ+ movements. The panel pictured includes Aalap Shah, Jael Castillo Salazar, Tiq Milan, Rikki Nathanson, Clifton Cortez, and Miriam Van Der Have. The conference was super informative and will help us here at Hollaback! carry out our mission in the most inclusive way possible.
  • HeartMob also participated in a Twitter chat hosted the Al Jazeera English program The Stream, along with internet safety activists in Pakistan and around the world.
  • bystander trainingOur Deputy Director Debjani, in conjunction with the Anti-Violence Project, AARP, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, helped lead a Bystander Intervention Training today at New York City Public Advocate Tish James’ office this morning. Borough President Brewer thanked all the training’s attendees in a tweet and said it has never been more important to learn how to be an active bystander than right now. We couldn’t agree more, and we are so grateful to those who facilitated this training workshop with us. Thank you!

And here’s what’s been going on with our sites around the world:

  • Last week, we here at Hollaback! HQ and several of our sites around the world participated in the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, an ongoing campaign that women’s and LGBTQ+ organizations across the world have been mobilizing around for 25 years. Hollaback! Jakarta, Bahamas, Madrid and Netherlands joined the #GBVTeachIn conversation, during which we all discussed street, online, and public harassment. We’re so impressed with and thankful for all of our site leaders for stepping up and participating in the conversation. Thank you so much!

A huge, hearty thank you to everyone who has been stepping up and getting involved in bystander training and other educational initiatives to spread awareness and resistance throughout your community. With all your help, we’ll end this year on an empowering and comforting note, despite the political uncertainty ahead. We love you now and always, Hollas!

Holla and out!

-The Hollaback Team

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