From Hollaback! HQ
We at Hollaback! are really pleased to share with you the Bystander Intervention Digital Training and Conflict De-escalation in Protest Spaces webinars that are now available via the links provided here.
- Bystander Intervention Digital Training: https://zoom.us/recording/share/jyWZAK5du9PCMU2iuumJJOr3-wXYslukltw4MRZAhkCwIumekTziMw
- Conflict De-escalation in Protest Spaces: https://zoom.us/recording/share/RutscLHVP_H6EC5RTtKRpK3-85IlnDV_z5w0l3tKIX-wIumekTziMw
As of recent, the United States House of Representatives passed an Equality Act to reform the existing Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a means of protecting LGBTQ American citizens. The Equality Act protects citizens from discrimination with regards to applying for employment, housing, credit and federally funded programs and other areas.
According to Rep. David Cicilline, “This bill adds sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes through existing civil rights law ensuring that the LGBTQ community enjoys the same protection as everyone else.”
Around The World
Shout out to Hollaback! Edinburgh on their #feministdelights arts and crafts sessions, as chronicled in their Instagram posts. One of the objectives of these sessions is community building by way of sharing opinions, cultures and even trends, in addition to creative expression of their values. Feel free to follow their Instagram page @hollaback_edin and show some love.
In other news, 53 year old Charmaine Alleyne became part of headlines in Caribbean news, after an alleged dispute with a British tourist / businessman. According to Alleyne, after a small conversation with the British national about an ATM issue, he allegedly shoved a $50 bill in her cleavage and slapped her buttocks as a “joke”. The victim felt gravely humiliated and that her reputation was tarnished. Despite the accusations made by the victim, the visitor was reprimanded and discharged due to the closed-circuit television ( CCTV) footage. However, the description of the footage has not (yet) been disclosed to the public. For more information on this story, go to Barbados Today and Nation News.
Above all else, to violate someone as a joke or to falsely accuse someone of a crime is highly unacceptable and utterly odious. This should be a wake up call for the Caribbean as it relates to issues of sexual harassment, assault, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and miscarriages of justice. If nothing changes, then they’re in for some serious future storms of trials and tribulations.
These are some of the many challenges people face on a daily basis, and on a global scale. We need to speak up and stand for what is right. We need to help those victimized by harassment by supporting efforts to promote respect, and prevent violence. #SpeakUp #DoingNothingDoesHarm #KnowYourRights #RecognizeDisrespect #WeStandWithYou
What are your thoughts?
Catch you in our next issue of A Week In Our Shoes!
Asha, WIOS Editor