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December 7, 2011 (New York, NY) – The movement to end street harassment takes another giant leap forward today as an additional 11 Hollaback! sites launch internationally, adding to an already vibrant network of 34 sites across four continents. Each site is run by a team of local advocates who are deeply committed to working on-line and off-line to end street harassment in their communities.
“I decided to start a Hollaback! because I wanted to be a part of a collective of dedicated and passionate activists fighting to make the streets safe for women all over the world,” said Hollaback! Palo Alto Founder Viviana Arcia. The organization is now in 45 cities across 16 countries, with leaders speaking more than nine different languages — each with the same message: street harassment must be put to a stop. New locations include Bogota, Colombia; Boston, MA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Chennai, India; Dusseldorf, Germany; Minneapolis, MN; Montreal, Quebec; Palo Alto, CA; Portland, ME; Santiago, Chile; and Winnipeg, Canada.
“What we tend to forget is that preventing sexual harassment in the long run is about changing our attitudes, not just ensuring physical safety. This is where we come in with Hollaback!” said Hamsini Ravi, Project Coordinator Hollaback! Chennai.
Local Hollaback! site leaders run their local blogs and organize their communities through advocacy, community partnerships, and direct action. Site leaders are as diverse in their backgrounds as they are in their experiences of harassment. Hollaback! reports that 44% lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer, 33% identify as people of color, 76% are under the age of 30, and 90% are women.
“Women and members of the LGBTQ community have always been taught that street harassment is inevitable and something that we need to accept, smile at, or ignore,” says Cara Courchesne, Director of Hollaback! Portland, Maine. “Hollaback! changes that storyline.”
Hollaback!’s international sites are already having an impact. In Querétaro, Mexico, site leaders have developed a workshop to promote cities free of harassment for all people. In the last two months, 600 young people have taken part. In Baltimore, MD, the site leader has organized several successful events, including an Anti-hate Prom and the Baltimore SlutWalk. In Croatia, site leaders are creating a survey that will allow them to collect data on street harassment that will then be used across the Hollaback! network, giving Hollaback! an ability to compare street harassment across cultures.
Published on December 8,2011 – Hollaback! Baltimore
In Originally posted on Hollaback! Baltimore (November 17,2011)
In honor of the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance in Baltimore, we wanted to feature a story of street harassment from a member of our transgender community. Transgender folks experience a disproportionally high rate of prejudice, discrimination and violence. Raise your awareness about the issues they face (and enjoy some food and fun) this Saturday for Transgender Day of Celebration (at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Enoch Pratt Parish Hall, 514 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 from 11am to 6pm), then honor those that have lost their lives due to anti-transgender hate at the interfaith memorial service of TDOR this Sunday (First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 12 W. Franklin Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 from 6 to 8pm).
On July 1, 2011 I attended a Comedy Fest at the Creative Alliance. Being a warm and beautiful night I took the bus to the event. Around 10:30 pm , when the show ended, I walked across East St to the bus stop.
While waiting, I noticed nearly 1/2 dozen men, loitering near a late night liquor store front about 30 feet away. One by one, they would walk down Eastern Ave in my direction to either “throw away trash” or stand in the intersection as if to “look for the next bus” ( although NONE were waiting for one). Each would turn and look at my face, and then scan down my body lines and up again. I have seen “that look” before. No good ever comes from it.
At this point, my head becomes as if on a swivel. The fight or flight instinct awakens, and I immediately assess my surroundings. The Creative Alliance is now closed to the general public. There is nothing I can back up to to minimize my field of exposure. And then I hear it. The discussions,
“Yes it is”
“No, it ain’t”
“The fuck it isn’t”
From my slow casual scans from East to West, I could see that the men started pushing at each other, as if to instigate one or the other to approach me. And then my heart pounded when I heard…
“We’ve got a real live fucking faggot and I’ve got something for him.”
I am a transsexual woman. I live congruently in my gender. I do not identify male nor as a gay man. But it does not matter. Ignorance breeds fear and fear begets hatred, that taproot of violence.
As two started to approach, seemingly slowly, hands concealed, I moved toward the curb and noticed a cab approach and I hailed it. It is impossible to know what outcome may have befell me that evening, but my every move through this city is met with the same concern I had that evening. My sense of security has been stolen from me. I suspect it will not return anytime soon.