Posts tagged ‘hollaback’

September 22nd, 2010

YOUR INNER PRIZE

Project Envision is a pilot program working to end sexual violence by working with communities to identify their specific issues and address prevention, awareness, and resources for victims of sexual violence.

It is part of a six-year citywide plan from the New York Alliance Against Sexual Assault. The initial phase is focusing on three communities: South Bronx, Lower East Side, and Williamsburg/North Brooklyn. They are having a fundraiser/silent auction at Huckleberry on October 12th, in conjunction with Feministing and Hollaback NYC..

Obviously I will be posting more about it but right now, perhaps you would consider donating to the auction. You don’t know it but you are full of prizes!!

Give me your band’s CD and I will make a Local Music Prize!

Do you get swag at work? Give a little to stop sexual assault!

Have you come to the realization that you probably never will reread your box set of Maximum Rock and Roll from 1990-1995, the “DON’T SEND US CDS” years? Time Capsule prize!

How about your service industry job? Can you slip some free drinks or coffees to someone? An excellent prize that will net you drinks and goodwill.

Can you sew? You could hem five things for someone! Let’s discuss those vintage hats you keep buying on eBay and will never have the nerve to wear. (This does not apply to Sarah Hooper or Lauren Cerand of course.) The Hat Lady prize is born!

Perhaps you have produced a book you could donate or you have a delightful zine that is prize-worthy!

Maybe you are a designer/artist type person and you would be willing to make a booklet of someone’s twitters for posterity? !

Can you write someone’s artist statement or edit a manuscript? A most excellent prize!

It turns out that I have an ability to divine what is most prizeworthy in all beings. If you need a private session, that can be arranged.

Look within yourself, and let me know. xoom (mikki AT stim DOT com)

I’d like to note that Project Envision is not just about working with white, straight, well-off, English-speaking, able-bodied folks. If you’ve spent any time in North Brooklyn, as opposed to just reading about it, you know we have large Latino, Polish, and other groups living here, that much of our community is below the poverty level, that we have many senior citizens who are vulnerable. Sexual violence hurts everyone. Project Envision is working with churches and community groups across the area, and is committed to multilingual, accessible programming.

July 31st, 2010

Full Stop, One of the Things All Might Consider People Do

A freedom fighter in the comments section of “A Dandy’s Guide to Girl Watching.” Pointed there by Marisa, who wrote, “A lot of opportunities for real movement work happening in this comments section.”

I am going to say this “out loud,” if you don’t mind.  
 
Actually, I am going to say this “out loud” even if you *do* mind, as that actually goes to my point.  
 
There are some things, most especially in a *free* society in a *free* country, that some people will do that others do not like or want. They don’t have to like or want it - that is the nature of *freedom*. 
One of the things all might consider people do, in point of fact in less free countries as well, is look upon one another as they pass by on the streets, in the office, wherever. For those who throw around words like “humanity” - apparently meaning it in another sense entirely - know that “humanity” fully encompasses and indeed requires “sexuality” in order to work, which is to say in order to actually survive and remain “human.”

So. If we are in this instance going to narrow things down to men vs. women, then this: Not everything “men” do will be approved of by “women” (quotes because this need *not* be applied simply to a “men vs women” scenario, indeed fits in many places, once again, in a *free* country).

We do not *ask for* nor do we *need* your approval to look at you in public places. If someone is “leering” at you you may have cause, and of course that means the craziest of the bunch (are you a woman, damian orkla? - tho you need not be) may well call us out for the simple act of our eyes having crossed paths just because they *can* rather than because they have any right to do so, but otherwise who do you think you are kidding here? Men should not look at women? Maybe you think they should be as “human” as they must but shouldn’t talk about it with one another?

I do not need your approval to look at you if you are walking by me in the street. Full stop.


 


Maybe comment organizing is the new community organizing! One could visit streetharassment.org or the street harassment project or other various places on the google for educational purposes, if one wanted. One would be a man, since women kind of already know what street harassment is. USian women might benefit by noting it’s not a US-only prob, of course—here’s a blog post about it happening in Egypt. Gross.