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Thank you to Nuala Cabral, FAANMail, and the group of dedicated activists for all their effort in pulling together Philly’s Anti-Street Harassment Week this year! Philadelphia had a lot of great events to highlight street harassment in our community: a self-defense class, a film screening, Permanent Wave Benefit for HollabackPHILLY, and the “Meet Us On The Streets” day of Activism on March 24.
March 24 we had two groups divided between 52nd and Market in West Philly, and Broad and Eerie in North Philly, where groups held up posters, chalked the sidewalk, and engaged in discussions with members of the community.
HollabackPHILLY site leader, Rochelle, was in the West Philly group where we had a lot of meaningful discussions with women and men. A highlight was when a man driving a car campaigning for Obama pulled over and lent us his sound system! He free styled on our behalf for a while before handing off the microphone to Nuala to lead us all in a little “Two step for Street Harassment”. The activists were dancing on the sidewalk with our signs, smiles on our faces, and were able to engage the people entering and exiting 52nd street station, as well as those waiting at the bus stop.
After a few hours at 52nd and Market, and Broad and Eerie – both teams met up at Broad and Lehigh for the final rally where we covered two street corners and a median holding up signs, passing out information, and engaging the community members walking by, exiting the subway entrances and waiting at the bus stops. We had an inspiring amount of support from male allies, who held signs, engaged their fellow men in discussions, and generally showed us their support.
Click here to view the full photo album. With such a successful Anti-Street Harassment Week 2012, we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings. Thank you so much for your support so far!
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