Broad Convos Interview – Marisa

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Broad Convos 2 HFZF Zine Launch

Poster by Amy Egerdeen

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.

Interview with SACHA’s Finn

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Finn has been doing a work placement at SACHA since January.

Finn’s working on finishing their high school degree and is constantly on the lookout for more puppies to cuddle.

They kindly allowed us to interview them for our blog:

Why did you choose a placement with SACHA – an intersectional feminist collective?

I chose SACHA because I knew it was an intersectional feminist organization. I am an intersectional feminist and thought it would be a good way to improve my knowledge and also just help me to improve on being a better feminist which is very important to me. Continue reading

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

#LawNeedsFeminismBecause

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748854_dbb150a37ee14cd58e31fc4ce007a37aRomita Sur is an intersectional feminist and believes that solidarity within community is important to bring about change.  Romita is studying law at McGill University and is a member of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law. Previously, Romita was the faciliator of McMaster University’s United in Colour , a support and advocacy group for students of colour that uses a Black Feminist framework.

SACHA interviewed Romita about the Feminist Collective’s campaign #LawNeedsFeminismBecause.

 

 

How did the campaign #LawNeedsFeminismBecause start? What the goals of the campaign? 

About 2 years ago, two women of color started this campaign at McGill Law called “I am a feminist and…”. People spoke about a variety of things. This year at a team meeting in October, we thought about our goals as the Feminist Collective and making the group more intersectional. We realized the lack of female scholars, people of color, and Indigenous peoples in our readings. So we thought, why not talk about why Law needs feminism. From there two students (Rachel Kohut and Vanita Sachdeva) who had connections with professional photographers took on the project and brought all these quotes and photos to life.

The goal of the campaign is the challenge the notion of law as a whole. At McGill, we learn two systems of law, the common and civil law and we see more and more that it is very calculated and does not always take into account other aspects of peoples’ lives. The launch of the event was also right after the Ghomeshi trial which I think highlighted even more why feminism is so needed in law. Continue reading

Interview: Taz & Zahra from #GoodMuslimBadMuslim

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Challenging Islamophobia on Campus - Wen-Do PosterWe’re getting excited for our Self Defense Workshop for Muslim Women this weekend so we interviewed sheroes Taz and Zahra who make the fabulous #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast.

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles and Zahra Noorbakhsh is a writer, actor and comedian based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

About their #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast:

As Muslim American women, we are walking this fine line between what it means to be good and bad. So really, what does it mean to be a good Muslim, when we as American women are getting mixed messages from all different angles? We’ve decided to say – fuck it. We’ll define what it means to be a good American Muslim ourselves and through our #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast. And poke fun at both sides of this margin. We’ll create our own narrative how we see fit, and with lots of satire and laughs.

Why is it important/empowering/essential for Muslim women to have space to talk about Islamophobia and safety strategies?

Taz: We are living in a time where fear mongering is being used as a political tactic and Muslims are the latest victims. Because of this, anyone perceived as Muslim – from wearing a hijab to having brown skin, is a potential victim of fear mongering when out in public. To have space to feel empowered is essential for Muslim women so that when they are in public and when they have to deal with patriarchy, white supremacy, or islamophobia – that they will also have bravery. That’s what we can do in the conversations, the power to be brave. And strategies how to show it.

Zahra:  Just knowing that this space exists to discuss real safety strategies takes the conversation out of the realm of paranoia into something real, a real threat, a real danger.  As women, we feel attacked all the time and it’s scary for me to acknowledge that these threats are real.  And, as with all self defense strategies for women, it’s not enough to know how to mace an attacker, for example.  We have to know the steps that come next.  That learning happens in these professionally structured environments.  Continue reading

Online Feminism Challenging Rape Culture

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The hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported took off on twitter after allegations about numerous sexual assaults committed by Jian Gomeshi emerged.

Predictably, many were quick to question the accusations against Gomeshi and were suspicious of the women’s motives. What were these women hoping to gain by coming forward? Weren’t they just attacking Gomeshi, beloved celebrity of the CBC? Importantly many asked: If these women had truly not consented to sexual activity with Gomeshi and had experienced the violence described, why then had they not come forward sooner?

I say that this is an important question but not for the same reasons that the mainstream media asks it…

Survivors who speak up are used to hearing this question. It is thrown out to undermine the truth of their stories.

Most survivors do not report their assaults. In Canada, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual assault. Statistics for the trans community are not well documented but we know that rates of violence against trans folk are staggering. And yet, crime rates do not reflect this reality.

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How Do We Remember?

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December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.  We take the day not only to remember the fourteen victims of the Montreal Massacre but to remember all women who have been killed by men.

It’s a time for reflection and for action.

Did you know that Hamilton has a memorial to the victims of 1989 Montreal Massacre?

If you visit the west side of City Hall in Hamilton, near the corner of Main Street and Bay Street, you’ll find a rock with a plaque remembering the women who were killed on December 6th and also remembering all women who have been victims of violence. Continue reading