By James Dee
I don’t even know where to begin here, other than to express profound disappointment that we are doing this yet again. For those of you who do not follow The Hamilton Spectator, yesterday an Op-Ed was published called ‘The Problem with Feminism‘. If you don’t want to read it the TLDNR version is essentially: “feminism was once important, but now it is bad”, followed by a list of reasons that are all entirely not things. I cannot believe that we are doing this again, Hamilton Spectator.
I cannot believe that in 2017 there are still people who willfully misrepresent what feminism is, which is the belief that humans of all gender identities and expressions are deserving of equal rights, respect and treatment. Being critical of ‘the construct of feminism’ as a whole is not brave or original, it is oppressive and disgusting. Full stop. Continue reading
Taking care of ourselves is complicated. Healing is different for every survivor.
We asked folks in SACHA’s waiting room how they take care of themselves. Some of their thoughts with cats:
- Making something (drawing, writing, sculpting, painting, etc) extremely self indulgent and just for myself.
OCRCC – Ontario’s coalition of English-speaking sexual assault centres – is turning 40 this year!
THIS IS A BIG DEAL!
When SACHA was founded in 1975 it was by a group of survivors with no funding who wanted to change the world. When patriarchy, oppression, and colonialism are still so powerful and present in our daily lives, this anniversary is reason to CELEBRATE!
What we have planned…
- 6:30pm Meet and Greet
- 7:00pm Greetings
- 7:15pm Comedian Elvira Kurt
- 8:00pm Presentations and Awards
- 8:15-9:00pm Social
When: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Where: Ramada Hotel and Suites – 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto ON
Please RSVP to Nicole (email@example.com), JoAnne (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Michelle (email@example.com).
We were so excited to be invited to 5th Ancaster Girl Guides last fall to help them with their Say No To Violence Challenge. We had amazing discussions and did activities to think about what they want in their relationships and how they can stand up for their friends.
They also came up with a very long list of what they look for in friends! The Guides then made beautiful art for survivors at SACHA, with their messages of support and love.
Thank you to these amazing young women for sharing to much compassion and creativity!
May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.
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.
Pearl Mendonca shares her thoughts on this month’s theme of participation.
“How do we define, value and manage participation as feminists, women, as citizens?”
This was the question our panel was asked at the second Broad Conversations event. It’s a fascinating question, and each of us on the panel took the conversation in completely new and awesome directions.
Here were my thoughts:
I’m going to look at my participation from three experiences: 1) as a woman of colour; 2) as a survivor of sexual violence and 3) as a bodywork practitioner.
As a woman of colour, I’m very aware of my own experience of race and how it has impacted my own participation. This also makes me think of representation – where are women of colour’s voices represented?
I am familiar with the societal expectations of the way that I will participate as a brown woman. I am also aware of my family’s expectations, cultural expectations – how I have internalized all of these expectations and lived within them.
As a woman, especially as a woman of colour, I’ve hesitated many a time in speaking up and raising concerns. It has been difficult at times to find my voice. It often takes me time to navigate different and difficult spaces, and even then, I need to feel a sense of safety. Continue reading
On 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.