Ferguson is a Feminist Issue

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When women are abused in overwhelming numbers and when survivors are not believed, we are told that our lives don’t matter.

When black people are stopped by police for no reason and when they are shot for no reason, we are told that black lives don’t matter.

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Black lives matter. Women’s lives matter. Trans lives matter. Indigenous lives matter.

We need to be working to end all oppressions. Continue reading

Woman Abuse Working Group Speaks Out Against Bill Cosby’s Hamilton Visit

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The Woman Abuse Working Group (WAWG) calls on the community to speak out against Bill Cosby’s upcoming performance in Hamilton on January 9 at Hamilton Place.

WAWG is deeply concerned that Mr. Cosby’s performance is proceeding in our community, despite the numerous, public allegations of sexual violence from over 20 women (to date).

We question the support of alleged rapists and are especially concerned about the message this sends to survivors of abuse and violence – that celebrity and
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International Women’s Day 2015 – Equality for Women is Progress for All

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We’re busy planning our 2015 International Women’s Day celebrations for March 8th!

To raise money for the amazing event we are having a raffle for a beautiful drum made by IWD committee member Wilamina McGrimmond.

Tickets are $5 or three for $10.

To buy tickets or for more information about International Women’s Day celebrations contact Sandra – 905.525.4573 or sandra@sacha.ca.

SACHA’s Chocolate Fest & Silent Auction Presented by Meridian

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CF2015PoscardBackSACHA - Hamilton Sexual Assault Centre – has been working to support survivors and end sexual violence since 1975.

Show your SACHA support and help us to keep offering these much needed services in Hamilton!

On February 5th, we will be celebrating SACHA’s 11th Annual Chocolate Fest and Silent Auction Presented by Meridian.

Join us for an elegant evening of chocolate treats from Hamilton and surrounding areas premier chocolatiers, bakeries and restaurants.

When: Thursday, February 5th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Liuna Station – 360 James Street North, Hamilton ON
Tickets: $50 or ten tickets for $450. Buy tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/953572.

For additional ticket information contact sacha at 905.525.4573 or email sacha@sacha.ca.

Money raised at Chocolate Fest helps SACHA to support survivors of sexual violence and to work to end violence in Hamilton.

SACHA Support Line Volunteer Info Session

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SnipImageAre you passionate about women’s rights, supporting survivors of sexual assault and ending violence in our community? Volunteer for SACHA! There are lots of ways to get involved at SACHA, but we’re especially looking for women-identified folks who would like to volunteer on our 24 Hour Support Line. As part of SACHA’s work against racism and other oppressions, we strive to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Women-identified folks who are First Nations, Métis, immigrant, refugee, lesbian, bisexual; women from racialized communities, women with disAbilities and trans women are encouraged to apply. Have questions about the commitment involved or the amazing in-depth training? Come meet Sandra and Miriam and ask all of your questions. When: Tuesday, February 10th at 5pm Where: YWCA – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON – Room 313 There’s no need to RSVP but if you have questions about the information session or volunteering on the Support Line contact: – Miriam – Support Line Coordinator – clvol@sacha.ca – Sandra – Diverse Communities Outreach Coordinator – sandra@sacha.ca

Laverne Cox in Hamilton

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Anyone that has the audacity to be themselves should be celebrated; not discriminated, ridiculed, stigmatized and criminalized. — Laverne Cox

Trans advocate and actor Laverne Cox will be coming to Hamilton on March 23rd!

Laverne’s visit to Hamilton is presented by Mohawk College’s positive space Social Inc ., partnered with The Well: The LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre of Hamilton and SACHA - Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre.

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How Do We Remember?

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December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.  We take the day not only to remember the fourteen victims of the Montreal Massacre but to remember all women who have been killed by men.

It’s a time for reflection and for action.

Did you know that Hamilton has a memorial to the victims of 1989 Montreal Massacre?

If you visit the west side of City Hall in Hamilton, near the corner of Main Street and Bay Street, you’ll find a rock with a plaque remembering the women who were killed on December 6th and also remembering all women who have been victims of violence. Continue reading