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Taking Back the Streets with Chalk vs. harassment now global

Taking Back the Streets with Chalk

Catcalls of London, Catcalls of Amsterdam and Catcalls of Paris were some of the first to launch. Soon after, Catcalls of Mauritius, Catcalls of Berlin, Catcalls of Mumbai. Catcalls of Iran. Catcalls of Cape Town, South Africa, and Catcalls of Dhaka, Bangladesh began . Now, there are over 100 programs around the world that also collect stories of harassment and document them on the streets. My idea, which I now call “Chalking Back,” has been a springboard for young activists around the world to fight back against harassment, creatively.  

More than half of the women who run these programs are under the age of 18, and 88% of people are under the age of 25. They represent a wide variety of racial and religious groups and, because of them, what was originally a class project has become a global movement. The bravery and commitment of everyone involved in “Chalk Back” has built this movement from the ground up.

Last week, I graduated from New York University (NYU) with a degree in Gender and Sexuality, and after working on this project for three years as a full-time student, I have decided to commit my time to turning “Chalk Back” into an international non-profit to provide additional resources for the movement which will allow it to grow. 

Palestinian Girl Still in Jail

3-19-18It has been three months since fearless 17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi was detained by Israeli security forces

Tamimi was held by soldiers after social media footage emerged of her slapping and kicking Israeli troops. The teenager responded after a 15-year-old relative was shot in the head with a rubber bullet discharged by soldiers.

Less than two weeks ago, president of the Palestinian Federation of Peru remarked that “human rights do not have borders, political banners or colors,” reinforcing his call for the release of the teen.

Amnesty International has also urged the government of Israel to respect the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, which implicitly says the “arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.”

Israel, a party to the convention, has ignored the plea of the human rights body.

Multiple leaders and rights groups from around the world have repeatedly made requests for the release of the teen, but Israel has ignored those calls.

Tamimi, who hails from Nabi Saleh was arrested on Dec. 19 and is being held at the Ofer prison near Ramallah. She is currently on trial.

The Palestinian teen is known to have participated in numerous marches and demonstrations over the years with members of her family, staring at a young age, to protest Israeli occupation.

There are currently about 350 Palestinian children and adolescents in prison, according to Amnesty International Director Marina Navarro.”