Past Events 2014

Jan 19Public Volunteer Meeting at Charmington’s Cafe. Help us steer our year by joining us for a casual convo where we bounce ideas and make plans. RSVP here:

Jan 26 – PSA Recording Session – interested in doing some “voice work” to help us spread the word about Hollaback! to public radio listeners? We want to reflect the diversity of those that experience street harassment, so we are especially interested in hearing directly from women of color and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual communities. Noon to 6pm. The address will be given out to those who confirm! UPDATE: this went really well and we’ll be sure to notify folks when the PSAs are available to listen to!

Jan 29 – We’re conducting a Street Harassment 101 workshop with the local volunteers of Repair the World. It will help them deal when they experience street harassment, and help them to become better allies to others.

Feb 25 – Hollaback! Offline Coffee & Chat — Come hang out with Mel from Hollaback! Bmore and let’s talk in person about your street harassment stories, how street harassment looks different to different groups of people, and what we’re up to in the fight to end it.  6:3opm-8:30pm at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse 31 W. North Ave Baltimore, MD.

Mar 7 – CELEBRATE OUR THIRD BIRTHDAY! We’re having a public gathering to raise awareness about street harassment and we need YOU! Show your support just by showing up. Signs/displays are welcome, and the more the merrier! 8pm to 9pmcorner of Charles St & North Ave next to Windup Space.

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Mar 20Hollaback! Offline Coffee & Chat 5:30pm-8:00pm at Peace & a Cup Of Joe  713 W. Pratt St Baltimore, MD. — Come hang out with Mel from Hollaback! Bmore and let’s talk live and in person about your street harassment stories, how street harassment looks different to different groups of people, and what we’re up to in the fight to end it.  Stay at Peace & a Cup Of Joe after 8:00pm to enjoy their Acoustic Thursdays series which features local Baltimore indie artists and an open mic!

Mar 25 –  Street Harassment 101 & War On Women. As part of Women’s History Month, AACC is proud to host a set by War On Women, preceded by Hollaback! Bmore’s “Street Harassment 101″ seminar. **FREE EVENT** Open to the public. Both events will take place in the Humanities Building Auditorium (room 112) on the Arnold Campus of Anne Arundel Community College. All ages. Click here for more details.


Mar 30B’More Proud LGBTQIA Leadership Summit – We’re hosting a breakout session, addressing methods of DIY activism used by Hollaback! Baltimore to fight street harassment, in honor of Anti-Street Harassment Week.

Mar 30 to Apr 5 –  It’s the 3rd annual Anti-Street Harassment Week. How can you participate? Share photos of an outfit you find empowering on our Facebook page. What would you rock if there was no street harassment? Show us here. See how we participated and check out the photo album for ASHW 2014. Fun!

Apr 12 – We co-hosted a “Make Your Own Quilt Square” workshop at the Monument Quilt Headquarters with the local org FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture!  We were at 1400 Greenmount Ave Baltimore, MD 21202 from 1:00pm-5:00pm working on our own quilt squares to add to this public monument to support victims of rape and abuse and we invite you to join us.  Check out photos from the awesome work we did here!

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Apr 15 – We’re tabling at UMBC’s Take Back the Night Rally and March Against Sexual Assault at 6:30pm on campus.  Meet at the Commons Terrace and use #UMBCtbtn to spread the word. UPDATE: Here are some kind words that we got from Jess, one of the organizers of this event. “I wanted to also formally send my thanks to you, your volunteers (Matt and Khristina), and Hollaback! Baltimore for being a part of our Take Back the Night this year. It was a truly moving and powerful event and we feel so lucky to have been able to share Hollaback! as a resource to our campus community. I appreciate you spending the evening with us and look forward to future ways we can continue to collaborate and work together! Thank you!” Check out photos of the event here!

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Apr 21STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE is coming to Baltimore! Join us for an open and casual discussion about street harassment and the Stop Telling Women to Smile project with the artist herself, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh! This will be a safe space for women and transgender folks in the community to come discuss their experiences with street harassment in Baltimore. We especially encourage anyone who would like to have their likeness used in the project to attend, though it is not mandatory. 6:00PM at the Station North Chicken Box at 1 W North Avenue.  RSVP to the Facebook Event! Check out the photo set from the event.


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Apr 24 –  Join us in welcoming artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh as she gives a presentation on her work, especially the project Stop Telling Women to Smile, followed by a Q & A. This is co-sponsored with Open Walls Baltimore X.  6:00PM at the Station North Chicken Box at 1 W North Avenue. There will be light appetizers and beverages available for donation.  RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Apr 29 – Take Back The Night – organized by Turn Around and Baltimore City agencies. 6- 8pm at the Living Well, a center for social and economic vibrancy located at 2443 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.

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May 2 – Gouchella! An outdoor music event at Goucher College including slam poets, bands and a capella groups!  What better way to keep making noise, being loud and shattering the silence surrounding gender-based violence?  We’re so proud to be the selected Community Ally for this event put on by Goucher College’s Feminist Collective. On the Pstone Lawn at Goucher, 6:30pm, $3 suggested donation.  Check out pics from the event here!


May 2 – The Junior League of Baltimore hosted an anti-street harassment tabling event to spread the word about Hollaback! Bmore.  They posted up at Magerk’s Pub in Federal Hill at 1061 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230 and took pix of awesome supporters sharing why they holla back!  Check out the photos here.

May 8 Do you want to learn how to make your space safer? Hollaback! Baltimore invites all employees, collective members, managers, and owners to come to Red Emma’s to learn about & receive training on our Safer Spaces Campaign, which aims to build a network of supportive non-threatening environments in our city.  We’ll go over how signing on can help make your workplace more welcoming for women and LGBTQ folks.  We’ll also teach you basic crisis response skills and show you ways to deal with harassers disrupting the positive vibes in your workplace.  At 7:30pm at Red Emma’s at 30 W. North Ave. RSVP on our Facebook Event!

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May 17 – MICA’s “Speak Out, Speak Up” celebration – We ran through a workshop on Youth Empowerment through Art Activism, as part of Shawna’s Pollination Project Seed the Change grant. 10am-12pm

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May 23 – Come see our collaboration with Luminous Intervention in Fells Point! From 9-10pm we’ll be reading stories of street harassment submitted to our site, as well as projecting an anti-street harassment short film. Come show your support and read a story in between grabbing dinner or a drink! This is part of a year long series of projections we’re doing all over the city. Check out the recent video of our first project with LI!

RSVP to the Facebook Event for updates.


May 27HOLLA:Revolution 2014 – this year we are in NYC again, giving a presentation on our Safer Spaces Campaign! You can attend, watch a live stream, or catch up on the awesome presentations from last year right here.

HOLLA::Revolution was live-streamed from 2-5pm EDT on May 27th! CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT!


June 14Baltimore Pride Parade. It kicks off at the corners of Eager and Charles Streets in Mount Vernon and travels four blocks north up Charles Street to Mt. Royal Avenue. We’ll be there with signs of support, passing out flyers with info on how to respond to street harassment!


June 19 – Baltimore Bartenders Safer Spaces Meeting – We will be chatting with bartenders & bar staff from all over the city face-to-face at the Ottobar (upstairs) 2549 N. Howard St at 2:00PM.  This is the perfect time for bar staff to share stories and, most importantly, swap skills on how to deal with difficult patrons & intervene in risky situations.  We’ll go over basic crisis response skills and help them brainstorm ways to intervene while maintaining a women & LGBTQ-friendly environment.  **If you work in a bar, we want you to join us!**  RSVP to the Facebook Event.  This event is specifically for individuals who work in bars. It is meant to be a closed space where everyone can confidentially share thoughts and ideas. If you’d like more information on future Safer Spaces trainings open to the public, please email us at [email protected]


June 21Baltimore Free Farm Block Party. The BFF just went through our Safer Spaces training so you can be sure if you’re harassed while attending their block party they will take you seriously and deal with your complaints appropriately!  We’re trying to clear our schedules so that we can table at this fun event and share info on our Safer Spaces Campaign. Wanna volunteer? Email us at [email protected] 12-6pm, FREE, for Hampden residents.


June 24 – We’re tabling at The 2014 Baltimore Youth Sexual Health Conference  (HIV Prevention Youth Summit), which exists to increase knowledge & skills among youth to promote healthy behaviors, especially around sexual health. Guess what is not a part of healthy sexuality? STREET HARASSMENT! Held from 8:30am to 4pm at The Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209


June 28 – We’re co-hosting two more “Make Your Own Quilt Square” workshops at the Monument Quilt Headquarters with the local org FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture!  We’ll be at 1400 Greenmount Ave Baltimore, MD 21202 from 1:00pm-5:00pm working on our own quilt squares to add to this public monument to support victims of rape and abuse and we invite you to join us.  If you’ve finished your quilt square, come hang with us anyway!  RSVP to the Facebook event and bring your friends!


June 29Open Planning Meeting for PROCLAIM NO SHAME! We need your help to make this year’s PNS as great as last year’s! No matter your skill set or skill level, you can be a part of this transformative event, which of course will make it even better! Last year we gathered to fight unrealistic beauty standards, body-shaming media, and socialized politeness. This year? THE SAME! Until it ends. Charmington’s Cafe at 2601 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 from 3pm-4pm. RSVP to the Facebook event and bring your friends!


July 26 –  We’re co-hosting another “Make Your Own Quilt Square” workshop at the Monument Quilt Headquarters with the local org FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture!  We’ll be at 1400 Greenmount Ave Baltimore, MD 21202 from 1:00pm-5:00pm working on our own quilt squares to add to this public monument to support victims of rape and abuse and we invite you to join us.  If you’ve finished your quilt square, come hang with us anyway!  RSVP to the Facebook event and bring your friends!

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August 1FIRST FRIDAY FUNDRAISER! 10% of all sales at Sugar on August 1st go directly to this chapter of Hollaback! Help us do what we do by getting something a little naughty for you! Support Sugar, a Lesbian-owned and multi-gender operated Adult Toy Store – who is also one of our Safer Spaces – and SHARE THIS FLYER:

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Aug 24 – PROCLAIM NO SHAME 2014 – it was amazing. See photos from the event on our Facebook Page here.  More updates coming soon!

Aug 30 – We’re partnering with FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture to help them bring the Monument Quilt Tour through Baltimore.  Check out more info on the tour and why it’s so important to have a public monument to survivors of rape and abuse. RSVP on Facebook. Federal Hill at 914 Light St, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.  Take a look at our photos from the event on our Facebook Page here.

Sept 6 – A Walk to End Shame 2014, an event put on by Slutwalk Baltimore.  Join us as we take action with SlutWalks in Seattle, Johannesburg and Durban in South Africa to continue to work to end victim-blaming and slut-shaming, and to raise awareness about sexual assault and change cultural attitudes (rape culture) so we can end sexual violence.  Site Leader Mel will be one of the featured speakers.  Check out our photos from the event on our Facebook page here.

Sept 13MICA’s Community Involvement Fair – we’re tabling to let people know they can volunteer with us, share their stories of street harassment or bystander intervention, or just learn more about street harassment. It’s from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Cohen Plaza (outside Brown Center) *The rain location is inside the Brown Center.

Sept 26Coochie Chronicles Round III- These Are Our ConfessionsThe Divas’ DISH is putting on another badass event that we are lucky enough to be tabling at, so BYOB, come ready to confess, and experience a judgement free zone! 1400 Warner Street, 3rd Floor – Art By Cleatress Studio from 7-10pm. RSVP/More details:

Oct 10Youth Health Fair & Block Party by Star Track. We’ll be tabling with our friends from this awesome youth program. Come down to the office to get connected to community resources and health screenings, with games, music and  more. At 120 Penn St from 2pm to 6pm. For more information call 410-706-6000 or check out the event page.

Oct 18Quilt Square Making Workshop with Hollaback & FORCE. Meet us at the Monument Quilt headquarters any time between 12:00pm-5:00pm at 1400 Greenmount Ave to create your own quilt square.  Quilt squares can contain your own personal story, a personal statement about your experience as a survivor or rape and abuse, and/or messages of support for survivors.  They will be added to the Monument Quilt, which is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching our stories together, we are creating and demanding public space to heal.  Learn more:

Oct 19Rock, Rage + Self Defense: An Oral History of Seattle’s Home Alive documentary screening & filmmaker Q&A. At Windup Space (12 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201) Doors at 4:30pm, film starts promptly at 5pm, lasts 1 hour. $5 suggested donation – no one will be turned away!

Oct 29 – CARRY THAT WEIGHT – Our friends at Force are making pillowcases in solidarity with Emma Sulkowicz from 5:00pm-7:00pm at 1400 Greenmount Ave to add to the Monument Quilt.  Each pillowcase will contain statements and stories about creating a community of support by and for survivors of rape and abuse. Survivors, secondary survivors, and allies are invited to this workshop and dialogue.

RSVP to the Facebook event here:

This event is part of a larger National Day of Action that the Hollaback! mothership in NYC helped coordinate working alongside No Red Tape and Carrying the Weight Together at Columbia University, as well as our partners at Rhize, to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

The National Day of Action is inspired by the performance art of Emma Sulkowicz, who is carrying a mattress around with her every day until her rapist is expelled from Columbia University. In solidarity, we are joining together to organize national events and a large scale social media campaign to raise awareness, advocate for better campus policies, and disrupt rape culture – we need your support!  Check out more information at the national action’s Facebook event page:


Nov 5 – Street Harassment Panel at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore. 12pm in room 460. More details coming soon. Street Harassment Flyer #1

Nov 6 – 2014 Annual Women of Color Network Conference 9:00am-4:00pm at The Universities at Shady Grove inRockville, Maryland.  MCASA is hosting another WoC Network Conference and this year’s theme is The Intersection of Media, Sexual Violence and Communities of Color.  Hollaback NYC’s Deputy Director, Debjani Roy will be presenting the keynote speech and Baltimore’s Director Mel Keller will be speaking on the Hope in Hashtags panel.  Join us for a rich conversation as we talk about the good and the bad of social media; how it can be a site of harassment and discrimination, but it’s simultaneous power to advance conversations about street harassment and especially, to amplify voices of women of color.


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Nov 8 – 6th Annual Divas Fall Fashion Show. The Young Democrats of Maryland Women’s Caucus & SlutWalk Baltimore are co-hosting this event to showcase and support local Baltimore-based men’s and women’s fashion designers who will feature their fall clothing lines- from business suits to couture evening gowns.  Designers such as Ella Moda Couture, whose founder Ella Pristker started the Baltimore Fashion Alliance, Christopher Schafer Clothier and Chic at Heart will be present.  We’ll be tabling, so come check out some great threads and stop by our spot to say hello!  RSVP to the Facebook event here.


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Nov 8 – While some of our volunteers are tabling at the 6th Annual Divas Fashion Show, our co-director Shawna will be facilitating a workshop on street harassment at the Vermont Law School for a day long event titled “Justice=Action for Safe Spaces,” which will include a screening of the documentary “War Zone,” and an activist panel. Go Shawna!

Nov 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance – Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service. Please join us as we Honor and Remember those whose lives were cut short due to gender-based violence. First Unitarian Church of Baltimore • Sanctuary at 12 W. Franklin Street • Baltimore, MD 21202 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm).


Dec 2#GivingTuesday – Are you over Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Why not do more with your money this holiday season on #GivingTuesday?! Show your state pride: help make Maryland the Most Generous State this year by donating to your local Baltimore chapter of Hollaback!


Dec 3 – Hollaback Offline Coffee & Chat! Come hang out with Co-Director Mel and let’s talk through questions and concerns regarding the viral street harassment video that was released this October by Rob Bliss for the Hollaback Mothership in NYC.  Mel is also eager to share stories and information from the Facing Race Conference in Dallas, TX earlier this month.  The National Harm Reduction Conference held in Baltimore in October and hey, what does anti-street harassment work have to do with harm reduction?  Let’s talk about it!  Meet us anytime from 6:30pm-8:30pm at one of our officially trained #SaferSpacesBmore Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse on 30 W. North Ave Baltimore, MD.


Dec 5FemFest at Goucher College – it’s the second annual FemFest, a feminist carnival-styled even put on by the Goucher FemCo with a focus on making feminism fun, interactive, accessible, and intersectional. We’ll be there again this year tabling and taking part in the activities!