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We just made it past the halfway mark! Thank you for your generosity, both in donating and in spreading the word to your families and friends. It means the world to us!
Erin is hard at work creating gorgeous illustrations, and we are almost finished revising the script. It’s really coming together now, and we’re beyond excited. Stay tuned – we will be posting more sneak-peak drawings soon.
-Rochelle, Anna & Erin
Round-up of some comic book related posts this week:
Good video snapshot of the ways women are pushed away from the comic book world (Reposted from DC Women Kicking Ass!)
Who are your favorite women/LGBT friendly comics? We love Batwoman, Wonderwoman, Rogue, and Storm – but would love to expand our reading list to less mainstream comics. Share your faves in the comments!
We are so excited about “Wonder Women, The Untold Story of American Superheroines!” The trailer looks amazing: http://bit.ly/YU72mb.
Coming to the Philadelphia area (Westchester, specifically) soon!: http://ow.ly/i4O5w
Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue, a set on Flickr.
We have had an incredible amount of in-kind support on this comic book, from Erin Filson donating her superior artist skills, to numerous people volunteering their time to translate the final comic book into Spanish, Farsi, German, Romanian, French, Hebrew, Korean and hopefully more as the campaign progresses, to Rochelle and Anna hard at work on publicity, publishing, and fundraising. Now we need your help to bring the comic to life! Our goal is to raise $5,000. In addition to an initial publishing cost of $4,000 (2,000 copies) and setting up a table with merchandise at Philadelphia’s Comic Book Convention ($500), we will be using the funds for the following:
Any funds that we receive from selling the comic book in stores and online will go directly towards our mission of creating more educational workshops, and expanding that curriculum beyond just the 2013-2014 school year, as is currently planned and budgeted for.
Any amount you can give is sincerely appreciated, since even the smallest amount will help us make this comic book. If you’re strapped for cash, we completely understand and would be very grateful if you could help by doing any of the following:
Thank you so much for your support!
“I’m fine, I’m on my train now. But a creepy guy got pissed that I didn’t say hi to him on the street and changed direction to follow me, mumbling something abotu disrespect. I went into a hotel and he followed me in, I went to the coffee shop and he couldn’t see me so he left. I waited a bit then ran for my train.
I’m home now; I’m pretty shaken up, but I’m safe. My husband met me at the train station, but I wanted to put .
**Note: This happened in the four square block area around City Hall 02/22/13 in the late afternoon, early evening. She describes the man as on the husky side, wearing work boots, a grey zip-up hoodie, jeans, and a wool hat.
On February 19 we will reach out to local legislators in an attempt to collaborate on ways to make Philadelphia a safer place, one that is less permissive of gender-based violence.
Check out the other global organizations and their commitments to partnering with legislators and policy makers to better their communities! View the map here.
Delhi and Beyond: Concrete Action for Safer Cities
On Tuesday, February 19, we (the Huairou Commission, Women in Cities International, Women and Habitat Network Latin America, Jagori, GROOTS International, ICWIF and FEMUM-ALC) are calling upon feminist organizations and grassroots women’s groups to participate in a global day of action, Delhi and Beyond: Concrete Actions for Safer Cities. On this day, women and local authorities will jointly sign agreements identifying a concrete action they will advance to make their city safer for women and girls.
This is about an event that happened to my daughter several years ago. She was about 16 or 17 years old at the time. She was a student at Franklin Learning Center on 16th Street. Her walk to and from school was relatively short and during times of the day I felt were safe-ish. I would have preferred to never leave her alone. Anyway, as she was walking home crossing the intersection a man in a car slowed down as if to let her pass. But rather than stopping he very slowly hit her with his vehicle and knocked her down. She judged that he should have been able to stop and felt strongly that he’d intentionally hit her with just enough force to knock her down. Then he got out of the car with many profuse apologies and expressions of deep concern. He repeatedly offered to drive her home or to a hospital or where-ever she needed to go. She instinctively felt that his plan all along was to get her into his car and then… who knows what? She was smart enough to refuse a ride and hobbled the rest of the way home. She had a huge bruise on her thigh. I was very alarmed. We reported it to police. But nothing ever came of it. I imagine this criminal has continued to use the same tactic to lure other girls and women into his vehicle.
Cross-posted, Originally posted at ihollaback.org, January 25, 2013, 8:36am.
Welcome to our weekly update! Let’s get started.
The mothership got some nice press this week — we were mentioned in this MS Magazine’s article, How Some Men Harass Women Online and What Other Men Can Do to Stop It, profiled in The Story Exchange, and interviewed for Vice Magazine! When Vice starts to care about street harassment — you know change is in the air.
And now, without further ado, our sites have had quite a week:
Hollaback! Des Moines published their very awesome 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To End Street Harassment on the Hollaback Des Moines website! They are continuing to bring in stories for their Story Drive. The goal is to collect 50 stories by March 1st, so share your story if you haven’t already! We are also very excited to announce Hollaback! Des Moines’ newest team member: welcome, Alysa Mozak to our Hollaback! family! Alysa currently works as a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Healthy Relationship Promoter at Drake University. Very Cool.
Hollaback! Alberta did a screening this past Wednesday of the documentary The Invisible War at local theatre in Edmonton. The site posted an important lesson on the harmful effects of the improper use of the word “rape.”View the post here.
Hollaback! Istanbul got some big press this week. After friend of our site leader and acclaimed journalist Alyson Neel published widely-read article in the Washington Post, In Istanbul, street harassment is a constant, both Alyson Neel and our Hollaback! Istanbul Programs Director, Ezgi Cincin, were interviewed on Television! Watch them talk about the effects of street harassment HERE! (note: it’s in Turkish).
Hollaback! Philly’s site leader Rochelle Keyhan was featured in a groundbreaking 20-minute documentary titled Trigger Warning. The documentary explores the harmful effects of rape jokes and violent discourse in comedy as we have grown accustomed to it. Definitely a must-watch.
COMING SOON: One Billion Rising is quickly approaching, and a whole bunch of incredible programs are in the works at Hollaback! sites all over the world. Get involved with you local Hollaback! site, it’s going to be the best V-Day yet.
Our Hollaback! community is making street harassment a known issue and a paramount international conversation. THANK YOU to our incredible site leaders and supporters worldwide. Let’s keep it going!
Holla and out–
I am being stalked via email text phone calls. I’m scared this guy may harm me or rape me.
Was walking past the Walgreens to our parked car with husband. A group of 4 people including a man with a can were assembled there on the sidewalk. One of the men steps out in front of us and shouts ‘Merry Christmas’ etc.. we say thank you and keep walking and one of the other persons in the group called me a bitch.
I recently saw a post on body image and thought I’d share. I took the bus when I went to school at DCCC and that morning just got off and went to the bathroom. It was windy that day and I had on hair extensions that got pretty messed up and I needed to fix it. As I was brushing my hair the driver of the bus I just got off left the stall and proceeded to the sinks to wash her hands. I was standing next to the towel dispenser and as she walked over to it, she stopped behind me and eyeballed me up and down with a disgusted look on her face. She then goes “Your hair is really tangly.” Self conscious about it as I was in the first place, this made it 10x worse. I was angry at her immediately and said “Excuse me, that was really fucking rude.” She got her towel and said “And you’re vain,so I don’t know why you’re talking.” as she was walking out of the door. I didn’t realize there was another girl at the sinks who also witnessed the whole thing. When I turned around she looked appalled. She told me that she had just gotten off the same bus and was going to call Septa to report this. Needless to say, I never saw the driver again after that day.
It was about a few years ago. My dad used Calvin Klein cologne and would get free overnight bags with them. He gave some to me to use while I go back and forth from school and my mother’s house. I took the El from Suburban Station after making sure my friend got her train to New York safely one morning. I was on my way to my mother’s house and had just gotten off the El at the 69th Street Terminal. This young man walks next to me and says “Ya’ll like him?” pointing to my Calvin Klein bag. I have my ear buds in but no music playing and act like I didn’t hear him. He persists. “Hey miss, can I carry your bag?” At this point, I’m thinking “Does he really think I’m THAT stupid?” and kind of mentally laughing at his stupidity. I’m walking up the stairs to get to the main concourse and he keeps following and repeating “Miss, can I carry your bag for you?” Then he tries a more aggressive approach, trying to pry it out of my hands. When he tried this, I jerked my arm, brushing him off. This seemed to get him off me, but after this incident, I take Regional Rail and refuse to get on the El without a group of friends with me.