Meet Us On the Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week!


April 7-13 is the second annual International Anti-Street Harassment Week, and to mark the occasion, we are holding a CHALK WALK!

Chalk walks are a super easy, inexpensive way to rally our Des Moines community to take a stance against street harassment. All it takes is some sidewalk chalk, anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours of your time, and some great energy!


Chalk Walk is your way to Hollaback!, your chance to turn the tables. Chalk Walk is us reclaiming the street, proclaiming our freedom, healing ourselves, and telling the the world, “I have the right to be here. To be me. To walk wherever, whenever, however I please.” We will literally use sidewalk chalk to reclaim our streets, by writing messages about our right to be there and to walk safely, without harassment. (See for examples!) We choose chalk because it isn’t damaging, doesn’t cost us much money, and


There are two ways to participate – choose one or both!

  1. Meet Us on the Street! We’ll be gathering on the steps of the Capitol Building at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, to write empowering statements on our downtown streets. Just bring yourself and your HOLLA attitude; we’ll bring the chalk!
  2. Take Back YOUR Street! Sometime in the week of April 7-13, go back to a street where you experienced harassment (or any street, really). Reclaim that space by writing an empowering message; then take a picture and send it to us at [email protected]! We’ll post all the photos to the blog after the event!

Please spread the word – come as you are and/or send in your own photos!  United we Chalk Walk against street harassment, sexism, racism, homophobia and gender-based violence. We share the streets and we’re all in this together!

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