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HOLLA Worthy Link Round-Up

We’re winding down International Anti-Street Harassment week with a tweet chat about teens and street harassment hosted by @MenStopViolence and @MandyVanDeven at 2pm EDT, and are gearing up for our final event: a chalk walk in Copley Square on Saturday at noon. We’ll provide the chalk and some slogans to get you started; bring your inner child and share your experiences to reclaim Boston’s streets! If you’re wondering what a chalk walk looks like, hop over to Facebook for some photos from past walks.

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Street harassment has been all over the internet this week! Here are some things you might have missed:

If we want people to drive less, we have to end sexism

24 Suggested Reactions To Catcallers

15 Ads Combatting Street Harassment On Philadelphia Transit

Dear Harvard: You Win

Harvard’s Handling Of Sexual Assault Reports Lambasted In Federal Complaint

Amid Debate, Faust Announces Creation of Sexual Assault Task Force

#CancelColbert Prompts Suey Park and Other Feminists on Twitter To Temporarily Become Dudebros After Sexist, Racist Backlash And It’s Awesome

Portrait of a Feminista – [Hollaback! Boston Outreach Coordinator] Brenda Hernandez

Can a Couple of Tables Make Bangalore’s ‘Rapist Lane’ Safe Again?

Step Up in the Club

An Informal Letter of Grievances, Addressed to Academia’s Feminism

This Comedian’s “Air Sex” Prank Is a Disturbing Example of Rape Culture as Comedy

But wait, there’s more! There is still time to sign up for BARCC’s annual Walk for Change—or, support Communications Coordinator Brandie’s fundraising, or HOLLA volunteers Liz and Delia. Plus, the 30th annual Boston LGBT Film Festival started yesterday, and is on through April 12 – check it out!

Is there something we didn’t catch? Let us know in the comments.

Join us tomorrow, and have a great weekend!

Kate

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Meet Us On The Street: Take Back The Bar, College Edition

So far during International Anti-Street Harassment Week we’ve met up offline, screened and discussed War Zone, and debuted our first zine; tonight, we’re talking consent and street harassment with Lesley students, and heading to Hong Kong (in Harvard Square) after the workshop for a special college Take Back The Bar gathering. Join us!

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There’s still time to join the conversation online: share your story, or chime in on twitter! On Saturday, our grand finale for the week will be a chalk walk in Copley Square – you won’t want to miss it.

See you out there!

Kate

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HOLLA Faves: March’s Top Five

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It’s okay to pick favorites—and this month, dear readers, you did. In case you missed them, here are the five most popular posts from March, neatly divided between two distinct topics:

  1. Time to Upgrade: Up-Skirts and Expectations of Privacy in Public
  2. No Laughing Matter
  3. Outlawing Upskirting is Just the Beginning
  4. Bystander Intervention Before The Fact
  5. Boston’s Bystanders Are Making Our Streets Safer

We can take a hint.

To learn more about ways you can be an active bystander, and help encourage other bystanders in your community, revisit Bystander Intervention 101, and stay tuned for more ways to support safer spaces in transit beyond upskirting.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we’re looking forward to working with other local organizations to spark conversation and support change. What does the coming month have in store for you?

Kate

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Meet Us On The Tweet: Tweet Chats to #EndSH

If you can’t meet us in person, perhaps joining us for one of Stop Street Harassment’s tweet chats this week would hold some appeal: check out the full schedule online!

We kicked off International Anti-Street Harassment Week yesterday with a casual HOLLA-offline meetup over coffee. Join us later this week for other events in Boston, or catch us at the tweet chats and elsewhere online. We hope to see you out there!

Kate

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HOLLA Worthy Link Round-Up

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Another week, another round-up: here’s a bit of recommended reading from the Hollaback! Boston team:

Will Women Ever Feel Completely Safe on Mass Transit?

The “Divergent” Rape Scene: Here’s Why It Matters

6 Ways Trans Women Are Helping Deliver Gender Equality

55 gentle ways to take care of yourself when you’re busy busy busy

Women play #gendercard in solidarity with Wendy Davis

Stunning Self-Portrait Series Responds To Street Harassment In Perfect Way

–Catch Britni on 103.3! Loren’s Badass Chicks: Hollaback! Boston

Britni and I will be speaking at the Women’s Liberation Conference at BU tomorrow, talking consciousness-raising and collective storytelling in the Hollaback! movement, and don’t forget to catch Brenda at HOLLA Offline on Sunday  to kick off International Anti-Street Harassment Week if you’re free!

Have a great weekend,

Kate

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We Want YOU: to Help Us Holla!

Hollaback! Boston is entirely volunteer-run: our core team members are all volunteers, and we couldn’t do what we do without the broader network of holla-volunteers that help us organize, promote and do work on the ground in Boston.

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Have you been wanting to get involved, but were unable to attend our volunteer training last fall? Want to help out, but can’t commit to a hands-on role? Maybe you’re just not sure what we actually need?

Take a peek! We’re updating our volunteer survey, adding a page for opportunities and streamlining our process for getting folks up to speed. Do you have a particular skill you’d like to practice, or a project you have in mind? Let us know – we’d love to partner with you!

Things We Would Love: An Incomplete List

Male Facilitators: We often receive requests for male workshop facilitators, especially to work with youth. If you’re interested, we’ll happily train you in our basic workshops, and help you facilitate when the time comes!

Statistical Wizards: Our State of the Streets self-report survey last fall was a great starting point, but it was hardly scientific. Are you a student, professor or statistical hobbyist interested in helping us improve? We’d love to talk!

Film Fanatics: We’ve had some incredible videos put together by volunteers, but we’re always open to doing more: video is a really compelling way to spread our mission and message. Are you a film student, or an amateur or professional looking to share your talents? Get in touch!

Portrait Photographers: We can always use help photographing events, though our volunteers have done an amazing job so far (thank you!); right now, though, we would really benefit from a few higher-caliber team headshots.

Translators: We would love to be more accessible, and we get requests to make materials available in Spanish most often. Are you fluent in another language? Care to partner on a PSA or bystander campaign?

Grant Writers: We’ve had some luck securing small grants, but we’re by no means professionals. Do you have a knack for this type of writing, or a suggestion for a grant that would be a great fit for Hollaback! Boston?

Race Directors: An after-dark ladies-only run series is on our bucket list, but the logistics have been more than we can handle thus far. Do you have experience as a race director or organizing similar events? Please let us pick your brain!

Campus Evangelists: Next fall we hope to spread our work to more campuses in the Boston area, but we need contacts on the ground. Want to see holla work at your school? Let us know, and you may be just the introduction we need!

As always, you can email boston@ihollaback.org with any questions or suggestions. And a big, warm thank you to all our volunteers, for all that you do!

Kate

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It’s Coming: International Anti-Street Harassment Week 2014

We’re prepping for a busy week in Boston next week in celebration of International Anti-Street Harassment Week, and we’ve got something for everyone! Meet us on the street to speak out about street harassment in your community, or to learn more.

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Check out our lineup at the links below, and join us if you can!

March 30-April 5—Meet Us On The Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week

March 30, 2pm—HOLLA Offline

April 1, 6:30pm—War Zone Film Screening

April 3, 8:30pm—MUTS Take Back The Bar: College Edition with Lesley University

April 5, 12pm—Meet Us On The Street: Chalk Walk

If you can’t meet us in person, perhaps joining us for one of Stop Street Harassment’s tweet chats next week would hold some appeal: check out the full schedule online!

Kate

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HOLLA Worthy Link Round-Up

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It’s been another busy week! In case you missed them, some recommended reads from the Hollaback! Boston team:

Did we miss anything awesome? Let us know in the comments!

Kate

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Boston’s Bystanders Are Making Our Streets Safer

Boston has seen some incredible instances of bystander intervention lately, and it’s really important to highlight the impact that bystanders can have in creating safer public spaces in our communities. Perhaps even more than collective storytelling, bystanders can change the world!

On Monday night, a man stepped in to subdue a harasser who was escalating to physical violence toward two women on the T:

“Richard Botelho, 43, is accused of first verbally berating the women with insults, Transit Police said. The women moved to another section of the train, but Botelho’s alleged harassment continued. [...] A man intervened and subdued Botelho, holding him on a T platform until police arrived.

This is what people think of most often when they hear “bystander intervention” – it’s what we call direct intervention. If you feel you can step in without turning the situation toward violence, and especially if your privileges place you in a position to speak out safely against the harassment, direct intervention is an excellent option. We commend this man for intervening on the T!

That said, direct intervention is not for everyone, nor is it the only option. Also this week, a local T-rider demonstrated “delayed intervention” better than we ever have. In case you missed her scathing Craigslist Missed Connection, click through for a closer read:

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Here, a bystander witnessed harassment, and stepped in after the fact both to support the victim by asking her what was wrong, AND to publicly share the story and highlight a specific incident and a broader problem that the community—locally and nationally—is now discussing actively. That’s awesome!

Curious about other ways, directly and indirectly, that YOU can be an active bystander in Boston? We’ve got a list for that – check it out! Have a bystander story of your own? Tell us about it! Solutions to street harassment lie within our communities, not in criminalization; active bystanders help make our streets safer for everyone. THANK YOU!

Kate

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Bystander Intervention Before The Fact

If there’s anything that running Hollaback! Boston has taught me over these last few years, it’s the importance of bystander intervention. We see bystander intervention as the solution to ending street harassment. Why is that? Because there are two things that allow street harassment to happen:

  1. A person who decides to harass someone else, and
  2. A community of bystanders who stand idly by and do nothing while the harassment occurs.

We believe that by creating communities of active bystanders, we can start to change the culture that tolerates and accepts street harassment as part of everyday life for women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color.

When we talk about bystander intervention, we often talk about the kind of intervention that happens when we see an incident of harassment happening. But there are other kinds of bystander intervention, too. One that I think is really important but often underutilized is the intervention that consists of having a conversation with our friends, family, or community members when we hear something problematic. This kind of intervention may actually be able to stop an incident of harassment from ever happening in the first place.

The other day, I overheard a conversation between two men and used the opportunity to step in and say something. The men were talking about what they should do that day and one says, “Let’s go sit in the Common, look at hot bitches, and get some numbers.”

So I decide to ask, “Is that really how that works?” Shocked, they looked at me in confusion. I continued, “I’m just curious if that tactic has ever worked for you. I’m asking because I know I’ve never given my number to some random guy in the park, and it actually makes me feel really unsafe when someone I don’t know approaches me in that way in public space.”

They looked at each other and neither said anything. So I said, “Anyway, just something to think about. Have a GREAT day! It’s a beautiful one to be hanging in the Common.” And I smiled and walked away.

Do I know if this conversation will actually stop them from hitting on women in the Common? No. But did I possibly give them something to think about? Yes. Now, it’s important to note that I felt safe to step in and say something to these guys. We were all at a salad bar in a public place and we’d already had a brief interaction that had broken the ice. If you decide you want to say something to someone, always assess your safety first! It’s important.

I think that these kinds of interventions are possible much more often than we realize. It’s possible to say something in a nice, non-combative way (or not, if that’s your jam!) and open a dialogue with people about their actions or beliefs about harassment and how to interact with people in public space.

See something? Say something! For more tips on bystander intervention, check out our guide. And if you have a badass bystander story to share, submit it to our site! We’re happy to share stories of bystander intervention along with the stories of harassment that tend to dominate our submissions.

-Britni

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