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I’ve been feeling really grateful about Hollaback! and everything that it has given me lately. It is such a gift to be part of this movement and to do this work with all of you and I want to talk about that a little bit.
Hollaback! has changed not only the way that I respond to street harassment but my life in huge ways. Hollaback! has helped me to believe in myself and in my ability to change the world. I trust my voice and I feel empowered to use it. I feel a responsibility to hollaback, not just for me, but for the millions of women around the world that can’t or don’t know how. I feel that by becoming a leader in this movement, I’ve been given the courage and the obligation to “practice what I preach” and to be the change I want to see in the world every single day. I am no longer afraid to look a harasser in the eye and say, “Don’t do that. I deserve better. We all deserve better.”
Hollaback! has given me the opportunity to sit down with you guys — people that live in Boston and want to make this city a better place. You show up to workshops and you share your stories on our site and you comment on our Facebook posts and you share yourselves with us. I am so honored to get to witness that. You all are incredible and brave. I do nothing but carry the message and provide the tools for you to empower yourselves and watch as you all step up, speak out, and change the world. It’s truly amazing and humbling to be able to be a part of that. We wouldn’t be doing this without each and every one of you, so thank you.
Through Hollaback!, I have met some of the most amazing folks there are — people that care as deeply about fighting for equality and respect as I do. The site leaders from around the world — all 300 of them — inspire me like you wouldn’t believe. They make me believe in a better tomorrow. They make me believe in my own power to make a difference and to bring change to Boston. I get to watch Hollaback! Philly launch a public transit campaign and a comic book, Hollaback! Ottawa hold meetings demanding safer transit and policies to support that, Hollaback! Baltimore receive grants to do awesome things, Hollaback! Berlin make a compilation of kickass music, Hollaback! Instabul’s Kacie speak at TEDxReset, and Emily May, our Executive Director, speak all over the country and influence all kinds of people. Very soon I will get to meet many of these amazing people in person as we travel to NYC to gear up to start taking over the damn world. As I watch these women do amazing things in their cities, I become inspired to do them in mine.
I cannot even begin to express how much better Hollaback! has made my life. I have a purpose and I feel powerful. You guys continue to show up to our events and support the movement here in Boston and make all the hard work so incredibly worth it. Thank you all for your support and I am so excited to see where we can bring this movement in the next year. We’ll be all over Boston — I know it.
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