You Rock. It’s True.

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IMG_2213We 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.

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 Interview – Marisa

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Broad Convos 2 HFZF Zine Launch

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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, Marisa Rodriques:

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Hi I’m Marisa, I am eleven years old, a student and I have my own company,  I love art including drawing unicorns with my BFF Angelina , swimming, and playing volleyball.

For the past two years I have participated in SACHA’S feminist zine fair and met great people who share my passion for change.

To me feminism  is equality for everyone and anyone, I feel like everyone should have a fair chance to do anything they want to do without judgment or limitations.

My favorite feminist hero is Rosie the Riveter.

The broad conversation excites me because I get to talk about feminism to people who will listen.

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.
Cost: FREE! Continue reading

We Heart SACHA Volunteers

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SACHA volunteers donated 10 454 hours last year.

Volunteers warmly listen on our support line, organize events, give important input on committees, and bring their general intersectional feminist awesomeness to SACHA.

We appreciate their skills and gifts SO MUCH!

No jokes, SACHA would not exist without these exquisite humans.

If you know a wonderful SACHA volunteer, please ask them if they’d like a hug or a high five and tell them it’s from us.

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#NationalVolunteerWeek #welovevolunteers #HamOnt

We Remember

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On December 6th we remember the 14 women murdered in the Montreal Massacre and we also remember women experiencing violence or who are at risk of violence.

In 2016, there were too many women killed in Hamilton. Quite often the media does not name their deaths as gender based violence.

Recognizing their deaths is an opportunity for action.

We need space to mourn their loss. We need space for our sadness and anger. We need to say their sames and to remember their lives.

  • Tammy Le – 25 years old,  January 23 2016

“We honour and remember – Tammy Le, and the other workers who have survived and lost their lives to violent ends. May they live on in our hearts and provide us with great strength and integrity as we stand up for human dignity and the right for all sex workers to live free from violence, racism, and discrimination” – Asian Migrant Sex Workers Network

“Tammy Le was murdered as a direct result of gender-based violence and not because of how she chose to earn a living.” – Woman Abuse Working Group

Her mother described her as free-willed with an uncontained spirit.  She had an angelic voice and enjoyed music in every sense, and earned the name Rainbow for her changing hair.  She had two children she loved.

Jenna was found dead in an apartment in Hamilton. She was a teacher for adult learners at St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centre.

Gina was retired, but was a manager at Tim Hortons. Her colleagues described her as a great manager and fun to work with. She will be missed by many relatives in South Korea, and was a loving mother, sister, cousin, and aunt.

Marilyn was a senior living in downtown Hamilton.

This list is based on the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses‘ yearly femicide list and is probably, unfortunately, not complete. If you have a name to add to the list please contact us.