SACHA Broadcast — Feminist Links & Hijinks No.4

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Welcome one and all to another weekly roundup of well-grounded feminist spunk, junk, and rumbles from around the world wide web.  Here are some links to admire, engage, and reckon with. This week, our collection of links is specifically dedicated to the grossly abundant institutional racism made ever more obvious through the conclusion of the Trayvon Martin case.

  • Hoodies Up Via Feministing — its own round up of what’s gone down so far.
  • A response shared by http://www.southfloridareview.com which, really, could merit its own entire post and analysis, but we’ll let you do that on your own. In this response, a video has been made as the “Broward County Sheriff’s Office Prepares Zimmerman Verdict Riot Plan“. Although I encourage you to read the article, here’s just the video to spark your curiousity:
  • We also quite liked this: With Racial Roles Reversed, Three Self-Defense Cases That Went The Other Way It questions how a theoretically equal law can have such disparate outcomes depending on the identity of the defendant.
  • For those wanting some more in-depth inspiration sans-facepalm we recommend: Escalating Identity. To give a taste of what’s inside:

    “While 21st century anti-oppression politics in the US is an evolving, ad hoc patchwork of theories and practices, we argue for the necessity of identity-based organizing while criticizing how dominant forms of anti-oppression activism have been incapacitated by an unquestioned rhetoric of checking individual “privilege,” by a therapeutic idealization of “culture” and communal origins, and finally by the assumption that identity categories describe homogeneous “communities” of shared political beliefs. We argue that left unquestioned these practices minimize and misrepresent the severity and structural character of identity-based oppression in the US.”

  • And for the handful of humans who may find themselves in the position of needing a brief guffaw before getting down to business and smashing the white-supremacist patriarchy, here’s something from good-ol’ The Onion: Zimmerman Found Not Guilty, Technically, But C’mon

— Compiled by Amelia, and friendly guest, Richard

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La rue, la nuit, femmes sans peur

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Chaque année, au mois de septembre, un grand rassemblement de femmes de tous horizons, de toutes les cultures et de toutes les religions a lieu en soirée à l’Hôtel de ville de Hamilton.

Ce point de départ d’une marche manifestation dans les rues du centre ville de Hamilton  regroupe une immense foule de femmes accompagnées de leurs enfants dans une ambiance de fête agrémentée par diverses performances telles que le yoga du rire, la danse, le zumba, le maquillage pour les enfants, etc.

Cette marque de solidarité entre femmes est un moment privilégié pour poser des gestes concrets contre la violence et les agressions à caractère sexuel subies par les femmes.

En effet, elle a pour but non seulement de dénoncer la violence faite aux femmes mais également de revendiquer leur droit de se sentir en sécurité la nuit comme le jour et de se réapproprier la rue et l’espace public.

Le 12 septembre 2013, le Centre de santé communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara, aux côtés de la communauté francophone, ne manquera pas de souligner son engagement à sensibiliser le public et à mettre fin à la violence et les agressions à caractère sexuel perpétrées envers les femmes.

Le Centre de santé communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara offre une large gamme de services de santé, sociaux et communautaires en français pour la population des régions de Hamilton et du Niagara.

Au site de Hamilton, « Espace entre elles » est un milieu chaleureux et sécuritaire ouvert à toute femme francophone âgée de 16 ans et plus, où toute une équipe est à votre écoute pour offrir :

  • Des groupes d’entraide et ateliers d’information relatifs au bien-être de la femme
  • Service d’aide personnalisée et confidentielle pour toute femme touchée par la violence
  • Soutien et accompagnement auprès des survivantes d’agression à caractère sexuel
  • Appui durant la transition vers une vie sans violence et soutien au logement
  • Accompagnement au besoin (rencontre avec l’avocat, cour familiale, Ontario Works, etc.)
  • Programmes d’intervention précoce pour les enfants exposés à la violence conjugale
  • Programmes de prévention et de sensibilisation en matière d’abus
  • Référence et aiguillage vers d’autres services et ressources communautaires

Pour toute information supplémentaire, contactez  Espérance au 905-528 0163 poste 3220 ou visitez notre site internet www.cschn.ca.

Exige un monde sans violence!

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Every year in September, a large group of women from all walks of life, all cultures and all religions gather at City Hall in Hamilton.

City Hall is the starting point of a march through the streets of Hamilton’s downtown The march includes a huge crowd of women and their children in a festive atmosphere with various performances such as dance, zumba, the face painting, etc..

This show of solidarity between women is an ideal time to take real action against violence and sexual assault against women.

Indeed, Take Back the Night aims not only to denounce violence against women but also for women to assert their right to feel safe at night as during the day and reclaim the streets and public spaces.

On 12 September 2013, the Centre de santé communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara, along with the Francophone community, will not fail to emphasize its commitment to raise awareness and put an end to violence and sexual assault perpetrated against women .
The Centre de santé communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara offers a wide range of social and community health services in French for the people of Hamilton and Niagara.

In Hamilton, « Espace entre elles » is a warm and safe environment open to francophone women aged 16 and over, where staff are able to offer:

  • Self-help groups and information workshops on the well-being of women
  • Personalized and confidential help for any woman affected by violence
  • Support and assistance to survivors of sexual assault
  • Support during the transition to a life without violence and housing support
  • Accompaniments (meeting with the lawyer, Family Court, Ontario Works, etc.)
  • Early intervention programs for children exposed to domestic violence
  • Prevention programs and awareness of abuse
  • Referrals to other community services and resources

For more information, contact Hope at 905-528 0163 ext 3220 or visit our website www.cschn.ca

Demand a World Without Violence

The Women’s Centre of Hamilton Demands a World Without Violence

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The staff and volunteers of The Women’s Centre of Hamilton got together to share their messages about demanding a world without violence!

Pour ma fille d'avoir des chance égales et pour mon fils respecter les femmes comme des égales.

Pour ma fille d’avoir des chance égales et pour mon fils respecter les femmes comme des égales.

Because every woman has the right to feel safe.

Because every woman has the right to feel safe.

Violence is a preventable dis-ease!  Imagine the amount of money saved to save lives!

Violence is a preventable dis-ease! Imagine the amount of money saved to save lives!

...because we deserve no less.

…because we deserve no less.

So our children will blossom into the healthy adults they should be.  Suffering no harm.

So our children will blossom into the healthy adults they should be. Suffering no harm.

Resources, energy and human intuition will be catered towards creating a safer and more sustainable earth.

Resources, energy and human intuition will be catered towards creating a safer and more sustainable earth.

... for Jane Doe in Steubenville ... for Rehtaeh Parsons ... for the 5 year-old girl in Delhi ... for everyone affected by violence against women

… for Jane Doe in Steubenville
… for Rehtaeh Parsons
… for the 5 year-old girl in Delhi
… for everyone affected by violence against women

Patriarchy hurts everyone

Patriarchy hurts everyone

So our children can live a life of peace!

Let us know what you are doing to end violence!

Download a PDF of the sheet that we’re holding (or just use whatever you have!), write your message, take a photo of you holding your message (or just your message) and send your picture to erin@sacha.ca.  We will include your on our blog and Facebook page!

Feminist Frequency’s Tropes VS. Women in Video Games

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We are huge fans of Anita Sarkeesian’s work in critiquing the sexism and mysoginy in popular culture in her video blogs Feminist Frequency.

For a little history of the online harassment that Anita experienced when she launched a fundraising campaign for the Tropes VS. Women in Video Games project check out Anita’s blog posts Harassment, Misogyny and Silencing on YouTube and Harassment via Wikipedia Vandalism.

Vlogger and awesome ally Jay Smooth responded to the harassment and violence that Anita was experiencing with this video:

After originally asking for $6000, Anita’s $158,922 with over 6,968 supporters!

Anita presented this Ted Talk about her experience fundraising for the Tropes VS. Women in Video Games project:

In March the first video was posted – Damsels in Distress Part 1:

Here’s Part 2

How Did We Miss This!?!?!?

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Check out this amazing Shameless Magazine article by activist and counsellor deborah signh who works with Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR).  Deborah also coordinates Take Back the Night Toronto.

…As much as we can hoot and holler, it is not in our power to stop the violence. It is a clear challenge to engage men in stopping the behavior of sexual violence. Men (cisgender and trans) need to mobilize more, and work in allyship with women and trans women organizers. It has been a challenge to engage men in effective ways around this issue, to say the least.

 

Another challenge we face, outside of co-creating a movement with other feminists is the “common cause” issue. Specifically, many women and trans women come to the table to talk about sexual violence but often the issue gets watered down and only speaks to interpersonal violence. At the TRCC/MWAR, but also as a larger community, we know that sexual violence is much bigger than a man raping a woman. It is a systemically accepted form of violence that affects racialized women, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, older women, queer, lesbian and bisexual women, younger women and immigrant women more than women who do not identify in these ways.

 

If, as feminists, we don’t push the envelope to recognize how oppression is intersectional and is used to continue our collective marginalization, then we will not end sexual violence. If we continue to talk only of the interpersonal, we negate the bigger causes of why men use sexual violence to control and have power over women. Put simply, our biggest challenge as feminists is to talk about race, colonization and class at the same time as personal experiences with sexual violence.

We highly suggest that you read the entire amazing article here.

SACHA Broadcast — Feminist Links & Hijinks No.3

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Welcome to another weekly roundup of well-rounded feminist funk, junk, and rumbles from around the world wild web.  Here are some links to inspire, enrage, and revitalize:

  • Inspire: “Where The Sexual Politics of Meat is dense and academic,Defiant Daughters is intimate and emotional. Together, the two provide a framework for how the oppression of females—both human and non-human—are intertwined. The anthology functions best if the reader is familiar with Adams’ seminal “feminist-vegetarian criticism” and is interested in the intersecting politics of food and feminism.” from  In New Book “Defiant Daughters,” 21 Women Write About Vegans, Meat, and Feminism (via BitchMedia)
  • Enrage: “‘I’m just so happy to be holding this trophy. It’s been my dream since i was six years old.'” French tennis star who won Wimbledon faces Twitter backlash from vile online trolls calling her ‘fat’ and ‘too ugly to win’
  • Enrage, but also Inspired (to make this terrible shizzit get gone!): “My teacher once sent me to the office because my middrift was slightly showing and it was a distraction to the boys in the class. Pissed, I pulled my shirt down and walked down the hallway to meet with the principal. Standing uncomfortably in front of the male principal, who was now looking up and down at me, told to put on a sweater from my locker. For the rest of the day, I covered my 15 year old body in school so the boys could focus on their schoolwork.” by Natasha Vianna (a fearless activist and young feminist, is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Boston, MA) in her essay Why I Tolerated Harrassment in High School (via Stop Street Harrassment)
  • Inspired by our first Round Up in which I posted a link to a Guardian article about PUAs (pick up artists), here is a wee follow-up, brought to our attention from friends at Feministing.com: “…I’ve written a piece at Thought Catalog about how guys can talk to other human beings – which is what women are – without being a negging, sexist ass. My first piece of advice? Don’t listen to pickup artists. A few more pointers:

    Treat them the way you’d want to be treated. Sorry to go all Jesus on you, but pickup artists have left me no choice. They’re all about manipulating women into trusting you, and capitalizing on their various weaknesses (physical, emotional, social) to get them into bed. Something tells me you’d hate it if people tried to pull that shit on you….”

    Note: the link given at the end of the Feministing.com article doesn’t seem to work. To read  Chloe’s entire piece, 20 Ways To Pick Up Women, as originally posted to Thought Catalogue, please go here: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/20-ways-to-pick-up-women/

  • Revitalize: Did you see Feminst José Bautista? Cuz it’s hilarious and you might just looovee iiiiittttt 🙂 

— Compiled by Amelia

Now With More Sparkle!

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Announcing the the 2013 TBTN t-shirt!

Andrea modeling TBTN's 2013 t-shirt!

Andrea modeling TBTN’s 2013 t-shirt!

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Amelia showing off the sparkly purple ink on this year’s TBTN Hamilton shirts!

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The back of the shirts with this year’s TBTN Hamilton Theme ‘Demand a World Without Violence’ in French and English.

This year the t-shirts are printed on union made shirts in a union shop by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175 and United Steel Workers Local 1-500.  Thanks to Cavan for manufacturing and printing our shirts for us!

The shirts will be black with sparkly purple ink and come in both fitted and not fitted styles.

Where can I buy one?
T-shirts will be available at TBTN near the SACHA table.  We’ll also be selling the t-shirts at the SACHA office all summer!  Pop by when SACHA is open to buy your t-shirt!

How much do they cost?
We are selling the shirts are on a sliding scale for $16 for unwaged folks (which is the cost of the t-shirt) and $30 for waged folks.

What do you do with money raised from t-shirt sales?
We rarely make money from selling TBTN t-shirts, but if we do the profits go back into the cost of putting on an amazing Take Back the Night in Hamilton.

What about free stuff?
We totally recognize that not everyone will be able to afford $16 for a t-shirt.  At the SACHA table we have TBTN buttons and patches for free.  This year community organizations will also have lots of free give-aways at their tables too!

How can I pay?
You can pay for your TBTN t-shirt with cash, Visa, MasterCard or a cheque made out to SACHA.