Hollaback! is an international movement to end street harassment. We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe and confident when they walk down the street.
Hey! Plattsburgh area followers!
I’m putting the call out about Hollaback! Plattsburgh again…
Our local site launched in April of this year, and since then I’ve held a couple events and open meetings to try and assemble a “team” of sorts to help guide how Hollaback! interacts with the community.
So far, people have been super generous with fund raising efforts and donations, but I really want to take things further. I want more direct action, I want more public discourse.
People tell me all the time about how great they think Hollaback! is, and folks are always coming to me with stories of harassment they have experienced or witnessed. However, for every five stories folks share with me, only one will end up on our site for the rest of the community to take in.
Beyond that, I’ve had a lot of folks express interest in getting involved, but all of the open meetings I’ve organized haven’t pulled in any people. I know from being a core coordinator at ROTA for several years that volunteerism is hard to drum up in this city, but I’m not going to give up.
There is a whole slew of ways that you can get involved in this project. I’m looking for people who really want to utilize is it a tool to improve our city and to make everyone feel more safe, welcome, aware, and empowered, whether it’s in the streets, the workplace, or our homes. I’m looking for people to facilitate events and discussions. I’m looking for people to help develop programs, presentations, and demonstrations. I’m looking for new ideas. I’m looking for people to distribute posters, and pamphlets. I’m looking for people to do design work. I’m looking for people to just talk about Hollaback! with their friends, family, and coworkers.
If you want to be involved, drop me a line here or email email@example.com. If you’ve experienced street harassment, or harassment in other places, speak on it! Share your stories! Let the rest of the city know! I’ve spoken to tons of people who endure harassment in their daily lives, but I’ve spoken to just as many people who are totally ignorant of it. We can change that! Let’s do this!
Just gonna put this out there again…
I see people saying “How can this happen? Isn’t this America?”
Well, yes. This IS America.
(US Army attacks homeless veterans protesting in Washington, DC in 1932)
1960s Birmingham, Alabama
1970 attack on unarmed student protesters at Kent State University
Police action at peaceful UC Davis Occupy protest
Let’s not pretend like the police actions taken this week are anything new. It’s just the most recent manifestation of a problem America has had for a very long time.
Happening Now: Pakistan
Sources to keep you informed and updated about the situation in Pakistan. This list will be continuously updated to include the latest and most reliable sources. Please drop me a message or leave a comment on this post regarding any source which you think should be on the list below:
Live Streams from the Protests in Islamabad (Urdu):
- Newsweek: Police Clash with PTI/PAT Protesters in Islamabad
- Dawn: Violent Clashes Continue as Protesters Surround Parliament
- AFP: 230 injured as police clash with protesters in Islamabad
- Reuters: Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue
- The New York Times: Pakistan, Its Own Worst Enemy
- The Wall Street Journal: Police, Protesters Clash Near Pakistan Prime Minister’s Residence
- The Washington Post: Did a ‘soft coup’ just happen in Pakistan?
- Guardian: Political crisis in Pakistan as media, politics and the military join the fray
- BBC News: Pakistan protesters clash with Islamabad police
- The Telegraph: Police clash with protesters trying to storm Pakistan PM’s house
- Al Jazeera English: Pakistan crisis: scores injured in protests