Folks Show SACHA Support at Our Open House

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Over 100 people came to our Open House last Thursday to help us to celebrate 40 years of SACHA!

They saw our newly renovated office space, took a peek at where counselling happens, got help making a sewing project from our Multicultural Women’s Sewing Circle facilitators, and wrote messages of support in our photobooth.

We’ve got lots more events planned for our 40th anniversary.  Next one is our Annual General Meeting with an exciting speakers panel then a dance party. Come to one part of the whole thing!

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SACHA Open House – All the Details

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SACHA volunteers and staff were hard at work today getting the centre ready for our Open House!

When: Thursday, May 21st from 2-6pm
Where: SACHA – 75 MacNab Street South, 3rd Floor

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We’re celebrating forty years of working to end sexual violence this year!

IMG_20150520_160623Our space is not only newly painted and has beautiful new flooring, but we’ve also decorated! IMG_20150520_160629Complete the SACHA Scavenger Hunt and get a chance to win a FABULOUS prize!

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Buy a 40th Anniversary pin for $2 or make a 40th Anniversary button!

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Pop by SACHA’s Sewing Circle to learn more about our Diverse Communities Outreach Programs and to help our facilitators make a sewing project. We’ve got lots of snacks to share in our group room!

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Head over to SACHA’s offices to meet more SACHA volunteers and staff and to see where individual counselling happens.

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Pick up some SACHA promo materials.IMG_20150520_164805 IMG_20150520_164809

And Draw the Line postcards in French and English.

SACHA’s 40th Anniversary Annual General Meeting and Exciting Panel Discussion

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agm panel posterSACHA is celebrating 40 years of working to end sexual violence. We want you to celebrate with us! Come to one or both parts of this exciting evening.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

5:30pm Hear exciting SACHA program highlights and learn about amazing ways that volunteers are enriching SACHA. 

EXCITING SPEAKERS PANEL

6:30pm The World We Want: Feminists Talk will be a discussion between some kick ass intersectional feminists about where we have been, who inspires us, and what we want in the future. Featuring:

  • Danielle Be – Anishnaabe kwe, an Original woman of Turtle Island, she works everyday to reclaim and re-embody the knowledge and ways of living that were stolen from her through colonialism, patriarchy and capitalism
  • Farrah Khan – Crafty Muslim feminist and anti gender based violence advocate, committed to healing justice
  • Julie S. Lalonde – Ottawa-based public educator and women’s rights advocate
  • Poe Liberado – genderqueer, pansexual, hard femme robot, and chair of Pride Hamilton
  • With fabulous moderator Pauline Kajiura  – former SACHA staff and Executive Director of Community Information Hamilton
  • As well as a performance by the Tuesday Night Choir.

Do you have a question for the panel? Send it to us at sacha@sacha.ca.

FREE event!
All genders welcome.

Accessibility: The library is fully accessible, including washrooms. To request ASL interpretation please contact sacha@sacha.ca or 905.525.4573 by June 8th.

Were you involved in SACHA in the early years – 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s? Did you come to SACHA for support? Did you volunteer or work at SACHA? Did you come to a SACHA event like International Women’s Day or Take Back the Night?

We will have a gift at the AGM for everyone who was involved in SACHA during the early years.  We would love to hear your story – sacha@sacha.ca. Afterwards everyone is invited to a dance party at the Spice Factory.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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idaghotAre you going to I.D.A.H.O?

Oh, we don’t mean the US state. We mean the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia! This is a day to stand up against hate, to acknowledge hurt, pain and loss, and to celebrate our strength and resiliency. The event is free all day, and everyone is welcome.

This Saturday, May 16th @ the Hamilton Public Library, 55 Yord Blvd.

Hosted by Space Between

10am: Craftivism with Hamilton’s own Thready or Not. Make your own screen-printed chosen family tree

12 noon: Panel featuring LGBTQ activists sharing their experience and knowledge

2pm: Live music and spoken word, with performance by Ill Nana DiverseCity DanceCompany!

3:30pm: Film Screening of Out in the Night (2014), hosted by Cinema Politica

See you there!

Feminist Self Defense

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by Allison Branston

May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month

I’ve done self-defense classes before. A large man in pajamas taught the girls of my high school gym class how to flip a grown man over our hips if he grabbed you from behind. We left with sore backs, unsuccessful. Male instructors modify Judo, Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu to fit the mythical parking garage at night where women wander alone, vigilant and vulnerable. I was relieved to finally discover recently that there are feminist self-defense classes being taught.

Wen Do was developed by women for women. Wen Do recognizes fight, flight and freeze are all valid responses to threats; that in the vast majority of sexual assault cases the perpetrator is known to the victim; and that more assaults take place in the afternoon than at night. Continue reading

In the Turn Screening

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IN THE TURN follows Crystal, a 10-year-old transgender girl growing up in rural Canada, as she navigates the difficult and complicated world that surrounds her. Tormented at school by teachers and peers alike, she faces daily assaults in the form of insults and physical altercations. 

The film documents Crystal’s journey as she and her family struggle against the challenges of prejudice, hatred and ignorance. After being denied the right to join local athletics teams due to her gender, Crystal and her mom serendipitously discover the Vagine Regime, an international queer collective of roller derby players comprised of people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities. The Vagine Regime not only accepts Crystal, but actively supports her journey. Crystal emerges from exclusion into empowerment: she steps out of the shadows and onto the track.

When: Tuesday, May 19th at 7pm
Where: YWCA Senior’s Centre Auditorium – 75 MacNab Street South
Cost: FREE event!

All genders welcome!

Accessibility – The event is physically accessible, including washrooms.

Presented by SACHA and Hammer City Roller Girls.

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month Continue reading