Messages of Support for Survivors

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final poster mapsOn November 5th 2016, we organized the 3rd annual Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair. We asked folks who attended, tabled, organized, and volunteered at the fair to contribute their words, drawings, and collages to our collective zine to give messages of support to survivors. This zine is a collection of ideas, hopes, images, and stories that show up, and spread love and support, for all survivors.

From SACHA with strength, courage, and healing: here are your messages of support for survivors.

May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

If you would like a free copy of the zine stop by SACHA’s office during business hours – 3rd floor of 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON.

Broad Convos Interview – Pearl

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Broad Convos 2 HFZF Zine Launch

Broad Conversations are gatherings in Hamilton, Ontario for feminist broads. Gatherings are structured to inspire new ideas and reflections on important themes within a feminist context.

The theme for this very special Broad Convos 2 x HFZF Launch is “participation” – how do we define, value, and manage participation as feminists, as women, as citizens?

We’re also launching SACHA’s collaborative zine ‘Messages of Support for Survivors’ at the next Broad Convos.

When: Tuesday, May 23rd – 7:30pm -9pm
Where: 541 Eatery & Exchange – 541 Barton Street East, Hamilton ON
Cost: FREE!

We interviewed one of the speakers at Broad Convos, Pearl Mendonca:

About myself:

pearl.jpgI’m super interested in all things mind, body, spirit and passionate about the well-being of myself and others.  I’m an Energy/Bodywork Practitioner in Hamilton, currently completing my 200-hour Yoga Teacher training.  I’ve spent most of my working life supporting/developing student leaders, which has been very rewarding.

What does feminism mean to you?

Equity.  Addressing inequity.  Advocacy.  Recognition of the intersection of experiences.  Celebration.

Who is your favourite feminist hero?

A combination of my mother, my grandmothers, my sisters, my teachers, my friends, my colleagues – the intricate web of community that has defined how I have come to learn about my feminism forms my favourite feminist hero – absolutely.

Why does Broad Conversations excite you?

It’s an honour to be part of a space/experience focused on discussion, perspective-sharing, intentional listening for folks – it’s rare to find these types of spaces, to share and learn, yet it is so needed and can be very healing, rejuvenating.

 

Broad Convos and Zine Launch

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To celebrate May – Sexual Violence Prevention Month – we teamed up with the cool folks at Broad Conversations for their May event.

When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Where: 541 Eatery & Exchange – 541 Barton Street East, Hamilton ON
Who: This gathering is for women-identified, gender fluid and gender non-conforming folks only, please. Children are enthusiastically welcome to attend.
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SHE SAID BOOM: THE FEMINIST PUNK MIXED TAPE

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By Tara Bursey

Last Saturday’s screening of She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column at Factory Media Centre was so energizing, I created a classic punk playlist of pioneering bands to get you curious, excited and empowered!

Fifth Column, “She Said Boom” (1990)

A rollicking song with awesome swirling organ solo, GB Jones once described the title of it as “3 simple words that mean being responsible for your own pocket-sized revolution.”

 

Raincoats, “Off Duty Trip” (1979)

The Raincoats were an English band that influenced leading grunge bands from the 1990s. “Off Duty Trip” is a harrowing song about sexual assault at the hands of a soldier.

 

Au Pairs, “You” (1979)

The Au Pairs often challenged notions of femininity, monogamy and gender roles through their intelligent songs.

 

The Slits, “Typical Girls” (1979)

 

 The Bags, “Babylonian Gorgon” (1979)

The Bags were from Los Angeles, and were led by fierce Latina musician, author, artist, educator and feminist Alice Bag, who still performs to this day as a solo artist. The Bags’ songs took on subject such as feminism, sexual assault and immigration. Continue reading

Zine Launch: Dreams, Healing & Safety

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sachaposterlaunch FINALFor the past month, SACHA – Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre –  has hosted Sexual Assault: The Roadshow which provides space for local survivors of sexual violence to produce art. The Roadshow art gallery– made of a modified shipping container –  will travel to 15 Ontario communities over the next three years.  In Hamilton, survivors worked with artist Heidi Cho to create zines about their experiences of safety and healing.

We are inviting the community to view the art created by local survivors and hear about their experiences

Where: Good Shepherd courtyard – 25 Ray Street North
When:  Tuesday August 30th, 2016 @1:00p.m.
What: Survivor Zine Launch with a workshop participant speaking

Sexual Assault: The Roadshow is funded by the Ontario Arts Council and is a project by sexual assault activist Jane Doe and artist/activist Lillian Allen.  In Hamilton we appreciate the support of Good Shepherd Hamilton.

 

Call For Submissions: Hamilton-based Housing Zine

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Inasmuch House is creating a zine (small publication) about the need for a National Housing Strategy that addresses the lack of safe and affordable housing, and how this affects women and families accessing violence against women and homeless shelters.

We would love contributions from other shelters, as well as spaces that work with women and families who have experiences trying to access safe and affordable housing.

Ideas for how to contribute:

  • Hold a workshop to talk about the National Housing Strategy and how it impacts women and families in shelters
    • Ask about the women and families experiences and stories, as well ideas for how to make positive changes – collect their stories in written format
    • Using half of an 8.5×14 sheet of paper, have residents share their experiences with housing – write poems, draw, collage, make a list, etc. – to contribute to the publication
  • Write / make art about your own experiences as a transition support worker working with women and families accessing housing: what are some major obstacles you’ve seen, what ideas do you have that could improve access?

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Free Zine Making Workshops with Heidi Cho

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Calling all survivors of all genders, ages, races and experiences! Join us in creating art against sexual violence!
In a series of FREE community-drop in workshops as part of Sexual Assault: The Roadshow visiting Hamilton, we will be making ‘zines to create new narratives around sexual violence. Using art, we will be asking questions like:
  • How does safety look, sound or feel like to you?
  • What does healing look like for me?
  • As a survivor, I wish…
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Art by Heidi Cho

Using markers, pens, glue-sticks, magazines, pencil crayons and paper, we will make a collaborative ‘zine! Participants will also have an option to create their own personal ‘zine.

We will be offering four two hour workshops on the following days:

  • August 11th from 1pm to 3pm and another from 5pm to 7pm
  • August 16th from 1pm to 3pm

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