Sunday, April 12, 2015

End Street Harassment: A Multicultural Perspective: Google Hangout Sunday, April 12th, 7-8 p.m. EDT

Please join Young Feminists and Allies, the National Organization for Women’s First Virtual Chapter, and Stop Street Harassment for a Google Hangout about Street Harassment from a multicultural perspective. Holly Kearl, founder of International Anti-Street-Harassment Week, will moderate brave women with diverse backgrounds to learn of the similarities and differences in the way our sisters experience street harassment. There will be a Q&A section, so please send us your questions in advance or during the event at youngfeminists at gmail dot com or Tweet at us at @nowyoungfems and please use the #EndSH hashtag.

Although we would love to include all voices, time restraints mean for this particular event, we will focus on the experiences of:

  • Kasumi Hirokawa: TCK and trilingual feminist from Shanghai who currently lives in Japan
  • MorningStar Angeline: Native American and Latina actress who lived in both the Southwest and West Coast of America
  • Muneera Hassan: Bangladeshi-American, Muslim, college student from Boston currently living in Northern VA who wears hijab

What: Google Hangout on End Street Harassment: A Multicultural Perspective
When: Sunday, April 12th, 7 p.m. EDT - 8 p.m. EDT (US Time)

Holly Kearl, founder of International Anti-Street-Harassment Week, Washington, D.C.

Jerin Arifa, Young Feminists and Allies, the National Organization for Women’s First Virtual Chapter, Queens, NY


7:00 - 7:03 p.m. Jerin welcomes participants, briefly describes YFA chapter, discusses agenda (hold questions for end of program) and introduces Holly

7:03 - 7:06 p.m. Holly introduces herself and asks each participant for intros

7:06 - 7:08 p.m. Kasumi introduces herself and her connection to #EndSH
7:08 - 7:10 p.m. MorningStar introduces herself
7:10 - 7:12 p.m. Muneera introduces herself
7:12 - 7:30 p.m. Holly asks each participant their experience of Street Harassment as related to their identities and locations they lived in
7:30 - 7:36 p.m. Call to Action: Holly asks participants some suggestions/helpful tips for others to help #EndSH for their particular populations and locations
7:36 - 7:50 p.m. Q&A (Jerin to type questions to Holly)
7:50 - 7:58 p.m. Holly mentions other upcoming #EndSH events and calls to action
7:58 - 8:00 p.m. Jerin mentions @nowyoungfems Tweetchat on Friday, April 17th, 1-2 p.m. EDT, to look at street harassment across the broad spectrum of gender-based violence and discuss a holistic strategy to end violence on every level.


Holly Kearl is the founder of the nonprofit organization Stop Street Harassment, a consultant for entities like UN Women and the Aspen Institute, and a facilitator with The OpEd Project. She is the author of two books and a national study on street harassment as well as more than 60 published articles for outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post and Guardian

Picture: Holly Kearl at the International Women's Day March in NYC, second from left.

Jerin Arifa is the President of the first-ever, virtual chapter of the National Organization for Women called Young Feminists and Allies. She is also on the board of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, which trains mostly underprivileged high school and college-aged women to become leaders. She was one of two students who proposed and co-created the City University of New York domestic violence and sexual-assault policy for a student body of 500,000. When not working at her position as the Marketing and Communications Manager for The Financial Clinic or volunteering for a diverse range of social-justice issues, she enjoys outdoor activities in New York City with her feminist husband.

Kasumi Hirokawa is a proud Shanghai girl, writer, feminist, trilingual TCK and above all, weirdo. She loves food, historic sites, intersectionality, books, writing and naps. She is allergic to people asking her where she is from.

Muneera Hassan is a first generation Bangladeshi American Muslim. She grew up outside of Boston and currently resides in Richmond, Virginia, where she attends college. Muneera is interested in health disparities and slam poetry. After sharing experiences with her peers on street harassment, she decided to consolidate them into a mixed media presentation (featured on SSH’s blog here). Since then, Muneera continues to grow and learn as a feminist and hopes to continue to facilitate conversations promoting safety and equality for everybody.

MorningStar Angeline, born as MorningStar Angeline Wilson-Chippewa, was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA to Rita Rose Wilson and Ethan Sean Chippewa. Her ancestry includes Native American tribes Shoshoni, Blackfoot, Nez Perce, Blackfoot, Chippewa Cree, as well as Mexican American and European. MorningStar began acting at an early age and continued mild theatre work until her freshman year at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, CA. She then attended Pierce Community College and studied acting, philosophy and photo journalism. In 2012 MorningStar dropped out of college to pursue acting and photography full time in Los Angeles. She worked for companies such as Happy Place, Inc. as a behind the scenes photographer and shortly after received the role of Nizhoni Smiles in Drunktown's Finest which went on to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2014. Later in 2014, Ms. Angeline won Best Supporting Actress from the American Indian Film Festival for her role in Drunktown's Finest which also won Best Film.

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