About Us

Holla Back DC! is fighting street harassment in America’s capital by empowering Washingtonians to speak out against gender based public sexual harassment.

The Holla Back DC! Mission

Holla Back DC! is grassroots organization that aims to empower the DC Metro area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault. We do this through online activism, public policy and advocacy, community workshops, and providing innovative direct services.   Holla Back DC! hopes to build a coalition of like-minded individuals, organizations, and businesses  that are invested in making the public spaces of the DC metro area safe for women and LGBTQ individuals.

To uphold our mission, Holla Back DC! values:

  • Community-driven solutions, through thoughtful and strategic community organizing and building
  • Utilizing technology to enhance engagement and empowerment models
  • Developing innovative tools that all individuals, regardless of background or life experiences, can use when witnessing or being a victim to public sexual harassment and assault
  • Working within the diverse and intersectionalities of our communities
  • Volunteers and employees giving their time to this cause

Who We Are

In 2009, Shannon and Chai, two local DC activists created Holla Back DC!, an online forum for individuals to submit their experiences of public sexual harassment and assault as a way to raise awareness about the prevalence of street harassment in DC.  In April 2009, due to popularity and community support, the Holla Back DC! founders decided to expand the efforts to offline activism, including workshops, policy & advocacy, and community outreach.

Contact Us:

Email: dchollaback@gmail.com
Twitter: @hollabackdc
Leave us a message: 202.556.4232

14 responses to “About Us

  1. Eric Broussard-Bueno

    Hello, I think the HollabackDC blog is an enlightening, progressive and informative outlet detailing the awful gender based street harassment occurring daily throughout our nation’s capital. Our neighborhoods, city streets, store fronts, business areas, bars and restaurants, areas providing public transportation and so many others are wrought with people engaging in passive aggressive interactions which is bad enough, however these negative communications also often lead into more aggressive violence. Unwarranted words and come-ons for sexual solicitations are never appropriate. Physical actions that sometimes stem from these words are even worse. As a man, I’m very happy to see people becoming motivated and educated about what has unfortunately been “accepted” by society for far too long. It’s time we all take back our streets and take responsibility for the fact that we deserve to live in an enlightened world which holds each person accountable for soliciting an appropriate level of respect for one another.

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  3. Hi – Keep up the good work!
    I gave your site a plug at:

  4. This site is a terrific idea; far too long women have had to handle harassment on their own or with the few people they shared it. I would suggest, however, that the words in the *About* section above […without being the object of someone’s fantasy] are somewhat misleading. It would be more appropos to say that women should be able to go about their lives without being the object of someone’s ANGER. When men harass, they do not really expect a woman to say: “Ok, I’ll go have sex with you. Just give me a minute to finish my errands/school/job.” What they want is the power to make you jump, get uncomfortable, react. The fact that so many men who initially *seem* to be complimenting, soliciting, or trying to engage a woman, get enraged so quickly and change their line of patter to hostility on a dime, is evidence. They’re not fantasizing, they’re taking revenge.

  5. Would be really cool if the “Location:” bits at the bottom of the posts linked to the location on Open StreetMap or Google Maps or something.

  6. this is the most absurd, uptight blog i’ve ever seen. in reading some of the posts here i haven’t seen much that has indicated true harassment. most is mild flirtation at best. you all need to get over yourselves.

    • Golden Silence

      Only reading a select few stories then making a judgment is the most absurd and uptight thing I’ve seen. There’s been more than “mild flirtation,” as you call it, reported here. Find something better to do with your time than put this blog down.

  7. God, finally someone thought to do this!!! Santa Fe needs a chapter ASAP!

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  9. I love the site – great idea.

    I actually found the site while searching for a possible website that might feature actual pictures taken of the vermin that frequently prowl the DC METRO system harrassing innocent riders.

    If you or anyone know of such a site, of if perhaps you would consider adding such a feature to this site, i woudl be most appreciative.

    The best defense against these monsters are you CAMERA – if harrassers realize that you can photograph or video them and have it posted on POPULAR sites that others can recognize and take action – including the police – that is a SERIOUS deterrent. Becuz its evidence.

    Interested in all thougths on this topic.

  10. LAME!!!!!!!

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