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HOLLA::Revolution 2014

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HOLLA::Revolution is back in NYC this year and it’s better than ever.

HOLLA::Revolution will be held on May 27th, 2014, from 2-5pm at the New School (Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor) in New York City.  The event will feature 12 astounding speakers, comedians, and performers including:

Not in NYC?  No problem, we’ll be livestreaming the whole thing.  Share the livestream and tune in on May 27th at 2pm EDT!

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Arch Abuse

I was having my photo taken under the arch in my robes. I was celebrating achieving my masters degree when someone drove by and shouted “hey I want to lick your pussy!” Not a very illustrious way to recognize my accomplishment. :(

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Racist in Monroe

I was walking in downtown Monroe when out of nowhere this man is behind me. He was about 5’9″ with dark skin and dreadlocks. He thought it would be okay to start calling me names such as cracker, vanilla pudding, snow white, and other racial slurs for white people. I generally didn’t take offense to this but others might so I wanted to warn you all.

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Boulevard Creeper

so two things because i was lucky enough to get harassed twice today. this afternoon on chase a guy crossed the street through heavy traffic to follow behind me as i was walking home, turned the corner right after me onto boulevard, i quickened my pace but he kept up his, staying only a few steps behind me for a full block before i got to my front porch. just before i got there he started laughing at. super fun that was, fucking creep.

then just now (9pm) i was in the BP station on Chase and Prince and i was getting a soda at the fountain and this guy came up behind me and said “honk you’re in my way!” really loud. i jumped and sort of made a big step to the side and he started apologizing really hard and telling me he was only joking. i shot him a dirty look and finished filling my drink and the whole time he kept apologizing and telling me he was only joking and to forgive him. then i walked away really fast to the counter and he kept calling after me that he was only joking and i left really fast.

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It’s Launch Day!

Today we become an official Hollaback! site!

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Photo credit: Dawn Aiello of Saving Dawn Photography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2013

 
Contact: Sarah Peck
athensga@ihollaback.org
 
INTERNATIONAL GROUP DEDICATED TO ENDING STREET HARASSMENT TO LAUNCH LOCAL CHAPTER IN ATHENS THIS WEEK
 
April 15, 2013 (ATHENS, GA) – Hollaback!, an international organization dedicated to ending street harassment, launches in Athens today. According to the CDC, non-contact unwanted sexual experiences, including street harassment, are the most common form of sexual violence experienced by both women and men in the United States. Hollaback! is now in 64 cities in 22 countries, with leaders speaking more than 11 different languages.
 
“Street harassment occurs every day in Athens. As a defense attorney, I do not want to see individuals criminalized for this behavior. However, I believe that Hollaback! can increase awareness and education about this problem so that our streets can be more friendly, welcoming, and considerate to all persons, regardless of gender. I have no doubt that this initiative will benefit our city given the dedicated people who’ve made it a reality,” said Sherrie Hines, Assistant Public Defender with the Western Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office.
 
“It’s important to see street harassment for what it is: part of the problem of gender-based violence. Street harassment is about power. Failing to address it means that not everyone has equal access to public spaces, and this is particularly true for women and individuals who are perceived to be lesbian, gay, transgender, or who the harasser feels do not conform to gender expectations,” explained Dr. Blaise Parker, instructor in the University of Georgia’s Women’s Studies Department.
 
Hollaback! Athens is run by a team of local community leaders who are deeply committed to working online and offline to end street harassment in their community. The Athens site leader, Sarah Peck, has lived in Athens since 1999. A former instructor at the University of Georgia, she currently instructs women’s self-defense courses. In both settings, students routinely disclosed histories of sexual violence to her.
 
“Over time, I realized that although empowering victimized groups and teaching individuals how to defend themselves is important, the problem cannot be fixed without addressing how our communities allow and even encourage gender-based violence. I wanted to do something to change that culture here in Athens, to make our town safer for everyone,” Peck said.
 
“Because street harassment is considered normal, it’s become invisible. Calling attention to the problem and realizing there are things we can do to stop it has been enormously empowering and energizing for everyone I’ve talked with. I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response and desire to take action,” Peck added.
 
Hollaback! Athens will run their local blog and organize their communities through advocacy, community partnerships, and direct action. The leaders of Hollaback! Athens are as diverse in their backgrounds as they are in their experiences of harassment. The Hollaback! movement reports that 41% of site leaders are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer; 33% identify as people of color; 76% are under the age of 30, and 90% are women.
 
“We only have 8 or 9 years before the babies in strollers today start experiencing street harassment, too. Our children deserve better, we deserve better, and Hollaback! Athens is going to get us there. Share your story and join the movement today,” said Hollaback! Executive Director Emily May.
 
In addition to Athens, Georgia, new locations include: Antwerp, Belgium *Appalachian Ohio, USA * Belfast, Northern Ireland * Bosnia and Herzegovina *Chemnitz, Germany * Hamilton, Canada * Los Angeles, California, USA * Toronto,Canada
 
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About Hollaback! – Hollaback! (ihollaback.org) is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. We work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces.

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Launch Week!

time This week is International Anti-Street Harassment Week (April 7-13), and it’s also the week before our official launch as a Hollaback! site!
 
We’ve got some great FREE events lined up for the launch:
 

Women’s Self-Defense Class
Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 – 9:30pm
AKF Athens Martial Arts, 175A Old Epps Bridge Road

 
Ordinarily offered as a five-week course covering the social, environmental, psychological, and physical aspects of safety, this special one-night class will provide a condensed overview of basic self-defense techniques. Instructed by Sarah Peck, 2nd degree black belt in Kyuki-Do.
 

WAR ZONE, a Documentary (Ages 21+)
Friday, April 12, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Flicker Theatre and Bar, 263 W.Washington Street

 
“WAR ZONE is 76 minutes of explosive footage as the filmmaker places herself in very real danger by daring to ask the men on the streets why they are treating a complete stranger in a sexual way. In the process, she has been hit, yelled at, apologized to and engaged in mesmerizing conversations with the men that have harassed her. Through these conversations, Hadleigh-West reveals the anger, fear and frustration as well as the affection, admiration and humor that characterizes relationships between men and women. This movie is guaranteed to get men and women talking about their often very different experiences in public!”
 
After the films ends, there will be an opportunity to discuss reactions to the film and to share how it reflects or fails to reflect experiences of street harassment in Athens. We hope you’ll stick around afterward and join us for a drink, too!
 
Come out and meet us! For more information, email athensga@ihollaback.org.
 
Photo credit: Dawn Aiello of Saving Dawn Photography
 

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Grocery Store Slur

My boyfriend and I were walking into a grocery store on the Eastside holding hands when the people in the car shown below thought it would be a good idea to shout “fag.”
 
When we both realized where it came from and who had said it, I decided to try and confront the to two guys sitting in the backseat. However, my boyfriend was against the idea and the two men (boys) refused to respond to me. So I took this picture instead.
 
My boyfriend and I should be able to hold hands wherever we like! This is Athens!
 

 
To show support for this person, click the “I’ve got your back!” button below to let them know their story was heard.
 

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Why Do You Hollaback?

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Thanks to all who came out for the photo shoot, and especially to our rock star photographer, Dawn Aiello of Saving Dawn Photography. We can’t wait to see how the pics turn out!

If you weren’t able to make it to the shoot but still want to show your support, it’s not too late. Just take a picture of yourself telling the world why you hollaback and post it on our Facebook page!

Some reasons you might hollaback:

  • because everyone deserves respect
  • because that’s how we change the world
  • because you’re doing your part to keep the Classic City classy
  • because your body isn’t public property
  • because catcalling isn’t a compliment; it’s harassment
  • because you love Athens and want everyone to feel safe here

There are some other great ideas here and in the images at the bottom of this post.

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