Our Site Leaders Have Your Back -- Here's How You Can Have Theirs!
HOLLA Heros around the world - we need your help to send our site leaders to NYC for HOLLA::Revolution, the first ever speakers series on street harassment! The historic event, followed by a site leader retreat, provides skill-sharing, community building, and on-the-ground action plans for our site leaders in 71 cities and 24 countries. It is an invaluable learning and leadership experience, and we can't do it without you. For more information on HOLLA::Revolution check out the ihollaback.org site!
After attending HOLLA::Revolution last year, one of our Boston site leaders wrote, "HOLLA::rev was life changing for me. I've never felt so supported and inspired by a group of people in my life. I left the retreat feeling like I had the power to make real change in the world."
The site leader retreat spans over three days in NYC and includes daily workshops on topics such as strategic planning, community outreach, and rapid response media strategy. That's over 30 hours of action learning facilitated by local leaders in the community.
It's an amazing opportunity that will literally change the way that your community talks about street harassment. But we need your help to get them here.
What We Need
Hollaback! needs to raise $5,000 in two weeks to bring our site leaders to NYC to participate in HOLLA::Revolution. We've tried to get this funded by big institutions with big budgets, but it seems that not everyone understands how important this work is yet. We're working towards a world where everyone understands the impact of street harassment, but until then, we need your support.
We wouldn't ask unless it was important. We know that 80% of our donors only have $10 or $20 to give, and that donating today may mean that you have to give something up tomorrow. But we also know that for our site leaders -- pitching in isn't just about buying them lunch -- it's about showing them you've got their back.
With just as little as $10, you can fund a site leader's breakfast or lunch in the Big Apple. $60 and you've covered their housing for a night. $250 and you've paid for their trip. If we raise more than $5k, we'll use the funding to help them pay for travel expenses. If we raise less (fingers crossed we won't), priority will go the site leaders with the most financial need Either way, 100% of this funding will go directly to supporting our global site leaders.
As local leaders master a deep understanding of street harassment and develop innovations that are responsive to their local context, their collective power will become increasingly difficult for large institutions to ignore – and is already resulting in real policy change. For example, in NYC, the New York City Council funded Hollaback! to re-launch their apps in 2013 so that when you report your harassment to Hollaback!, you can also opt into reporting it directly to the councilmember in the district in which you were harassed. In Brussels, the Belgian Council of Ministers has approved a proposal for a law that will explicitly include sexism as a punishable offense. The legislation also makes it possible for victims of sexual harassment or similar harassment in public spaces to claim for damages on a flat-rate basis. And in London, local Hollaback! leaders worked with the government to develop Project Guardian where 2,000 officers who police the city’s public transport network have been trained to deal with sexual offences and a reporting hotline has been developed. This policy change combined with their incredible work on the ground inspire other community members to be leaders alongside them, recruiting more volunteers in their immediate communities and inspiring the development of new groups in their country and region.
In the words of one of our LA site leaders, "Creating spaces to help Holla city leaders...is about the most valuable thing you can do to challenge harassment and violence everywhere. If you want to change the world, start at the most committed few, and the inspiration spreads."