Notes From a SACHA Volunteer

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Found this awesome note from Take Back the Night event volunteer Diane on my desk today.

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She wrote, “I had a really great time at last year’s [Take Back the Night] event and just knowing that the people at SACHA work hard at trying to support survivors and fight violence against women is quite awesome.”

I am constantly blown away by the kindness of SACHA volunteers.

— erin

So Many Thank Yous

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SACHA has a lot of people to thank for this year’s Take Back the Night.

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There is not many words that can describe our TBTN committee volunteers.  Amazing and incredible are a couple but don’t come close to the true awesomeness of these women.  We start meeting and organizing in May and work all summer long.

Volunteers can be found asking local businesses for donations, coordinating volunteers, taking on promoting the event, marching at the Labour Day Parade, putting up posters around Hamilton, discussing poster and t-shirt design at a committee meeting, assembling buttons, cutting up handbills, inviting local organizations to table at the event.

Take Back the Night would not be able to happen without your work.

Thank you to the volunteers who help make the event run smoothly.  These folks do everything from carrying giant puppets to serving the food at the end of the night.

Thank you to our performers for showing us your talents and leading us in amazing activities.  We wouldn’t have face painting, laughter yoga, or Zumba.

And lastly, thank you to our supporters who donate money, food or goods to us.  Without them we would not be able to afford the cost of putting on TBTN and we would not have any food to share at the end of the evening.

TBTN March Guidelines and Info

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Take Back the Night is coming up very very soon!

This Thursday we will be gathering at Hamilton’s City Hall to celebrate women’s strengths and remind our community that one in three women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.

The march will be leaving City Hall at 7:30pm and following this route:

TBTN Route 2013

If you are not able to march the entire route there is a short cut back to City Hall at Summers Lane near the Hamilton Convention Centre.  There will be a TBTN marshal waiting there to walk with folks back to City Hall. (She will be holding an amazing sign and wearing a reflective vest.  You can’t miss her!)

We will be marching on the street and we are lucky to have some amazing volunteers as marshals from Hammer City Roller Girls and Student Health Education Centre (SHEC).

The marshals are there to keep an eye out for everyone’s safety.  We ask that you follow their instructions.  If you need any assistance during the march please talk to a marshal.

The march takes about an hour to walk.  We walk at a slower pace than most folks’ walking speed.  Please be patient as many women coming to Take Back the Night have strollers or little ones joining them or they are using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes or other mobility devices.  The soundtruck will be setting the pace for the march.  Please walk behind the soundtruck.

What to bring?

  • A sign with your message about ending violence — There will be a sign making table at the gathering with lots of glitter, markers and bristol board if you’d like to make a sign at the event.
  • Comfy shoes — The march is an hour long!
  • A water bottle — There are water filling stations at the gathering and a fountain in City Hall.
  • Noise makers — Let’s get loud!
  • A raincoat (perhaps…) — TBTN happens rain or shine!

SACHA Broadcast — Feminist Links & Hijinks No. 10: TBTN 2013 Edition!!!

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Take Back the Night IS HERE! Just 2 more sleeps before the big, grand sh’bang! ^_^

Join us for TBTN on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6pm at City Hall — 71 Main St. W., Hamilton.

Some TBTN-related info.s to get you going:

What Men Can Do – Taking Action to End Gender Based Violence is coming up! Same TBTN day, almost-same TBTN time! Thurs. Sept. 12, 6:30 pm at 75 MacNab St. S., Hamilton, ON.

While our sisters march at Take Back the Night, we invite men – adult men, young men and Trans men – to join us and discuss how we can support their effort to work toward a future with no violence against women. Men must answer an urgent call to action, as we can be allies, partners, role models to other men & engaged bystanders. Let’s talk about how we can be a part of change, with Urgency and with Love.

See the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/515133228541572/
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Did you know Halton’s TBTN crew has a tumblr? I didn’t ’til just now! Their TBTN event is coming up next week. Click on the image below to check out the site:

“I will take action by teaching enthusiastic consent!” – Paula

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A few weeks ago when I told you about the Justin Timberlake song of the same name, I learnt that there’s an entire charitable foundation in the U.S. that is called Take Back the Night. To avoid confusion, you can learn about their history and what they do on their website. For simplicity’s sake, know that our TBTN event is not associated with the charitable foundation in the U.S., but shares some similar values.

Additionally, it never hurts to take a gander at what wikipedia has to say. We encourage doing so with critical thinking skills handy 😉
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The nearby city of Waterloo will be holding its annual TBTN march near the end of the month. Keep this one in mind as a back up if you can’t make it out to the others. Check out their Facebook page for more: https://www.facebook.com/tbtnwaterlooregion

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“Y is for your sister … U is for underage, N is for no consent… .”

Sound familiar? If you need a bit of rage to get you pumped up and encouraged for this year’s event, look no further than the gut-churning frosh week chant controversies out of St Mary’s University in Halifax.

In response, Dalhousie University’s Sexual Assault Support Services has put this video together:

If you dig what they have to say, share it with friends and allies. If not, comment to let us know why.
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Looking for resources throughout Ontario or outside of the Hamilton Area? Paths of Courage Healing & Retreat Centre offers confidential, non-judgmental support programs for both men and women:

The Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte & District was founded in 1991. It recognizes that sexual violence is primarily directed towards women and children and is anchored in the social, cultural and economic disparities of our society. It seeks to eradicate this imbalance through education, counselling and social change. … It was developed after years of SACQD participants talking about the need for “something more” – beyond the typical one hour counselling session. We learned, through feedback, as well as through informed research, that if we are still sitting in a room engaged in talk therapy, that we are missing out on so many other possible options that may be beneficial to survivors. As helpful, and in many cases, “life saving”, as talk therapy can be, we wanted to offer another alternative to our existing program.

— Compiled by Amelia

TBTN Playlist

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We’re busy getting music* together for the Take Back the Night march and rally.

This is just a selection of what we’re listening to:

What is on your TBTN playlist?

 

 

*We know that pop culture can be problematic and sexist.  (That’s why we adore the work of Bitch Media!)  We’ve included some songs and videos on the list that we’re critical of but at the same time like…