Category: The Movement

If only there had been a Hollaback…

  She could have holla’ed back! To make sure the world can keep holla’ing back, join our campaign at my.ihollaback.org. We unfortunately can’t travel back in time to help our predecessors in the fight against street harassment, but we can improve things for our sisters and our children today and tomorrow. Start a discussion—ask your … Continued

LOVE mail

From time to time we get hate mail, but most of the time we just get love mail. Here’s a great piece of love mail we thought you’d appreciate: I don’t believe there are a great deal of men capable of making cat calls (most of us have at least some kind of impulse control)– … Continued

TESTIMONY: Elizabeth Mendez Berry

In addition to giving this testimony, Elizabeth also wrote the op-ed that inspired the hearing! Her op-ed was published in El Diario, but a reprint in English is here. Having had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth, I can also tell you that she is a true advocate in the fight against street harassment and an … Continued

Hollaback! is featured on AHAlife today

AHAlife is a woman-owned company that looks to feature a new product each day, but on Sundays they take a break to profile a nonprofit, or a cause. Today they are profiling Hollaback!. I met the AHAlife team at an 85broads event.  At the end of her speech, their founder and CEO Shauna Mei quoted … Continued

The hearing was a success. What next?

1. For New Yorkers: contacting your city councilmember to let them know that you believe street harassment is an issue that needs to be addressed by the council; encourage them to read the testimony and support Julissa Ferreras and actually get something done. Find out who your councilmember is here. 2. For people outside New … Continued

TESTIMONY: From Emily May, Hollaback!’s executive director

My name is Emily May, and I am the executive director of Hollaback!, an organization that has been working to end street harassment since 2005. I want to thank Councilmember Julissa Ferreras and the entire Committee on Women’s Issues for coordinating this hearing. While street harassment has probably existed in our city since the advent … Continued

You were incredible.

The room was standing room only, the testimonies brought us to tears, and the press was swarming. You made this happen, and this is only the beginning. The story was picked up by 237 outlets worldwide. Why is this important? That’s millions of women, men, boys, and girls that now know that they are not … Continued

Take the street harassment survey!

We are partnering with a group called METRAC to do a survey on street harassment.  They are hoping to use the results to build an iPhone app in their hometown of Toronto, Canada. Help them out by taking the survey! We’ll share the results with you in December.