THE PROBLEMS WITH ‘THE PROBLEM WITH FEMINISM’

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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

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Draw the Line Workshops in HamOnt

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As part of Hamilton Public Library‘s Hamilton Reads Series (#HPLreads), HPL and SACHA are hosting four Draw the Line workshops.

Tuesday, October 3rd – Safe Partying

  • 3pm at Central Library: 55 York Blvd
  • 7pm at Waterdown Branch: 163 Dundas Street East

    Half of sexual assaults in Canada involve alcohol. This interactive session will give participants harm-reducing tools for ending alcohol facilitated sexual assault and online sexual violence.

Wednesday, October 4th – How to be an Ally to Survivors

  • 2:30pm at Ancaster Branch: 30 Wilson Street East
  • 7pm at Barton Street Branch: 571 Bartons Street East

    If a coworker, family member or friend told you they had been assaulted, would you know how to respond? This interactive session will get participants thinking through the best ways of supporting people we love who have experienced sexual abuse.

    For the Ancaster workshop please register ahead of time by calling – 905-648-6911.

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You Can March With Us – Year Two

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TBTN Poster 2017Not sure what it will feel like to be at Take Back the Night? Don’t have an available friend to come with you? You are a kind person who wants to offer a friendly welcome to someone more nervous coming to TBTN?

Last year we created the You Can March With Us table at Take Back the Night.

This year we’re adding to the table to have  ‘You Can March With Us’ buttons.

If you’re into welcoming folks, please pick up a button. Anyone wearing a button is someone who is interested in meeting new TBTN participants who might be coming alone or might be nervous.

Jessica - You Can March With Us

TBTN Committee Member, Jessica, would be excited to march with you!

At the You Can March With Us table we have people whose specific task it is to make everyone feel welcome and more comfortable in attending the event. Continue reading

Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience

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“Telling Our Stories” is a multi-lingual one-of-a-kind graphic novel created by immigrant women, to support immigrant women.

Join us for an interactive workshop to explore the graphic novel’s creation and stories as well as our own stories and strengths.

We’ll have free copies of the graphic novel for participants in multiple languages! Come meet other awesome incredible women in Hamilton.

Where: Hamilton Public Library, Central Library Wentworth Room – 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton ON

When: Sunday, September 10th
2pm: Welcome
2:30pm: Workshop begins
3:30: Food and socializing

Childcare and bus tickets provided. Please email if you need interpretation or any accommodations – crickett@sacha.ca

Presented by SACHA, Centre de santé, and Hamilton Public Library as part of the Hamilton Reads series. #HPLreads

Very thankful for the support of Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and MOFIF – the Ontarian Movement of Francophone Immigrant Women and the graphic novel’s funder – The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

Hamilton Reads to End Sexual Violence

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This year’s Hamilton Reads (#HPLreads) book is Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People.

SACHA has partnered with the Hamilton Public Library to offer workshops and event in September and October!

You don’t have to have read Zoe’s books to be able to attend the events.

Thursday, September 7th at 4pm – Zine Making
Central Library – 2nd Floor Program Room

Create a “Messages of Support for Survivors”-themed collaborative zine using varied and art-making techniques in this two-hour workshop. No prior experience needed. Supplies provided. Drop in. All genders/ages welcome.

Sunday, September 10th at 2pm – Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience
Central Library

A unique graphic novel written by immigrant women to support immigrant women working to end sexual violence. Created with help from Centre sante communautaire, Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones, and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants.

Take Back the Night Sign Making Parties!

Got an awesome idea for a sign for this year’s Take Back the Night? Just want to play with markers and bristol board? C’mon over to Hamilton Public Library’s Pre-TBTN Sign Making Party!

HPL will supply bristol board, markers, and sign making supplies but if you have any special art supplies you would like to bring you are more than welcome.

Folks of all genders welcome to this free event.

Dates:

Central Library – September 14th and 21st from 4-5pm
Red Hill Library – Tuesday, September 26th at 6pm
Saltflleet Library – Wednesday, September 27 at 6pm

Tuesday, October 3rd  – Safe Partying
Central Library at 3pm
Waterdown Branch at 7pm

Half of sexual assaults in Canada involve alcohol. This interactive session will give participants harm-reducing tools for ending alcohol facilitated sexual assault and online sexual violence.

Wednesday, October 4th – How to be an Ally to Survivors
Ancaster Branch at 2:30pm
Barton Street Branch at 7pm

If a coworker, family member or friend told you they had been assaulted, would you know how to respond? This interactive session will get participants thinking through the best ways of supporting people we love who have experienced sexual abuse.

For the Ancaster workshop please register ahead of time by calling – 905-648-6911.

Tuesday, October 17th at 6pm – Decolonizing Sexual Violence
Central Library

Join us for a panel conversation and learn from powerful Indigenous activists talking about their work ending sexual violence.

Wednesday, October 18th at 6pm – Sexual Violence: Beyond the Rainbow
Central Library

Learn realities of sexual violence for LGBQT2S folks and tactics for disrupting intersecting opressions contributing to violence: homophobia, transphobia, sexism and so much more.

Bystander Intervention Skills

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You can interrupt sketchy behaviour at a bar, concert, or a party to prevent
sexual violence.

These skills are new for lots of folks! Just like first aid, these strategies require learning, relearning, and practice.

SACHA has got your back! If you see something sketchy and you unsure how to take action, you can call SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line to chat about ideas and options – 905.525.4162.

The number one action you can take RIGHT NOW is:

Bystander Intervention Skills

Delegate

Don’t go it alone. Gather your peeps. Who is near that can help?A friend? Security staff? Even if it’s just to validate that the behaviour is not OK.

  • “I think she needs our help, but I don’t know what to do. Have any ideas?”
  • “Will you watch while I go chat with them?”

Direct

Approach either the person being targeted or the person doing the harassing and be direct.

  • “Are you OK?”
  • “Can I help you?”
  • “That’s not OK.”
  • “You need to stop.”

Distract

Think of a way to distract the folks involved in the situation: either the person being targeted or the person doing the harassing.

  • “Can you take a pic of my friends and I?”
  • “What time is it?”
  • “Where’s the washrooms?”
  • “That’s a FAB outfit! Where did you get it?”
  • “My friend’s gone missing. Can you help me find them?”

Document

Make a record or keep your eye on the situation in case it escalates.

Bystander Intervention by SACHA