A Week In Our Shoes: Stay WOKE in 2019!

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Jussie SmolletBy now, we should all be aware of not only the abhorrent act of violence committed against Jussie Smollett; the racial and homophobic slurs used against him by his attackers. We at Hollaback! would like to publicly declare our full support for Jussie Smollett, a victim of this heinous hate crime. To assault anyone based on race & sexual identity is unacceptable and intolerable. We won’t stand in silence. Together we are powerful. At Hollaback, we work tirelessly in the fight against sexual and street harassment and by extension bullying and assault.


If you are in NYC, come show your support for Jussie Smollet and LGBTQ+ survivors of violence at the Solidarity Rally for #JussieSmollett (today) Feb 1st at 5pm – 7 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza on the corner of 59th and 5th Ave; hosted by Queerocracy, an, “…activist organization cultivating the leadership of queer folks and people living with HIV/AIDS in NYC!”


NOTIFICAWe are thrilled to announce that our friends over at Notifica have just released Notifica 2.0, now available in the App Store and Google Play. This app assists immigrants in the preparation for possible run-ins with deportation agents which as a result acts as a safe haven for those who will be affected. Just by a click of a button, your network is readily available to provide assistance by advocating on your behalf, for example, with any interaction with ICE, Border Patrol or even law enforcement. #HereToStay

Around The World

Hollaback! takes Mexico City Our Co-founder and Executive Director, Emily May traveled to Mexico City to conduct three 3 Bystander Intervention workshops where she had the opportunity to train 75 persons. For those who may be unfamiliar with our workshops, they are workshops where you are equipped with the necessary tools to respond to and protect oneself from harassment.


Screen Shot 2019-01-31 at 5.07.26 PMHollaback! Detroit “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way…things that I had no words for.” Georgia O`Keefe. Hollaback! Detroit is proud to invite you to a community art show with the theme “Love is Love”, February 9th, 7PM at The Pizzaplex. If you would like to submit your artwork, contact Hollaback! Detroit via Instagram @hollabackdetroit.


Screen Shot 2019-01-31 at 5.07.55 PMHollaback! Jakarta The Hollaback! Jakarta team coordinated an anti-violence training session with employees from MRT Jakarta, January 20th. During this session, the team learned not only the importance of reporting harassment in the workplace and safer spaces but also a deeper understanding and appreciation on gender-related issues throughout society. #sexualharassmentawareness 

#HollaFact of the week

In 2012, Hollaback! Croatia conducted a local street harassment survey which included 500 participants, 89% were women. In the key findings, 70% of these women reported they were flashed; 41-55% witnessed public masturbation, been groped or followed and 32% reported being attacked at least once in their lifetime. To find out more information, visit the article here!


Catch you in our next issue of A Week In Our Shoes!

Asha, WIOS Editor


4 responses to “A Week In Our Shoes: Stay WOKE in 2019!

  1. We have fought to long and too hard for this to still be happening in today’s society. This type of harassment and unfair and unjust treatment of black people is not okay. Being black in America the so called land of the free, land of the brave is already difficult, you’re a target by police and a racist and corrupt system, so far less being black and gay. No one has the right to infringe their beliefs onto someone else. My support and love goes out to not only Jussie and his family at this time, but to all those facing this same problem.

  2. We are all humans and should be treated as such. A person sexuality should not determine whether or not they will be safe when in public spaces. If they are not affecting the way you live, or who you are as a person, then there is no reason to incite violence. It is time to live together as one and end discrimination of all forms. Life is worth much more than black, white, green, straight ,gay, bisexual etc.. #letus #unite #as #one together we can be a greater nation.

  3. I am not sure what people call maturity. However one thing I have learnt to accept is that we are all different. As different as we are we are similar. It’s sad that we have been and still is currently living in a world that doesn’t appreciate all the different preferences humans have, instead they condemn these differences. Some are socially acceptable while others are not. I have to admit things have been a little better than in the past but we still have a long way to go in learning to accept all these differences and just love one another because end of the day we are all humans and have similar makeup.

  4. Incredibly inhumane…
    This incident was fueled by hate and prejudice. It is truly regrettable that even in 2019, we still react this way to people with whom you disagree. It is a clear demonstration of our unwillingness to embrace and adjust to the inclusive society in which we live. Difference is inevitable, as natural as breathing. Our duty is to adjust accordingly.
    I look at this attack with much revulsion…

    On a happier note, I laud Hollaback! for joining the fight against bullying and assault.

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