SACHA is Here For You During the Holidays

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Holiday season: for some itโ€™s a happy season, for some โ€“ not so much.

Some survivors struggle with loneliness or tough feelings during the holidays. Friends and families can have questions about how they can help a survivor.

SACHAโ€™s 24 hour support line will be available 24/7 to support survivors of sexual violence โ€“ and their friends and family. 905-525-4162.

SACHA Broadcast — Feminist Links & Hijinx No. 20

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Hey sports-fans ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope y’all had a lovely weekend! Here is your weekly linkage-hijinkage

Oskee-wee-oui or Oskee-we-won’t? Our local Hamilton Ti-Cats played well, but did not come home with the 2013 Grey Cup. Though both teams did an effing fantastic job getting there, as I watched the post-game celebrations, I couldn’t help but be filled with some amount of worry. No, not that our beloved Tiger Cats will never make it back to Grey Cup finals — I’m certain they will! My fear comes from watching the preliminary Grey Cup partying and wondering “With all the boozing and euphoria, will I wake up tomorrow to read another football-related rape story?” I generally try to have more faith, but after cases like Stuebenville, UConn,ย and Maryville (and even Dalhousie to and extent), … well, I know I’m not the only one to worry a bit.

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public photo via Saskachewan Roughriders Facebook page

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James St. N. and Cannon, Hamilton Spectator file photo

In other local news, this happened last Friday night without much notice. James St. North has been heating up fast, and with 2010’s Great Gentrification Controversy discouraging many from taking part in further conversations, one has to wonder where these rapid developments are taking us and how we’re behaving in response.

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And speaking of gentrification,… well, it’d really be best for you to see for yourself:

I make a lot of poor financial decisions. None of them matter, in the long term. I will never not be poor, so what does it matter if I don’t pay a thing and a half this week instead of just one thing? It’s not like the sacrifice will result in improved circumstances; the thing holding me back isn’t that I blow five bucks at Wendy’s. It’s that now that I have proven that I am a Poor Person that is all that I am or ever will be. It is not worth it to me to live a bleak life devoid of small pleasures so that one day I can make a single large purchase. I will never have large pleasures to hold on to. There’s a certain pull to live what bits of life you can while there’s money in your pocket, because no matter how responsible you are you will be broke in three days anyway. When you never have enough money it ceases to have meaning. I imagine having a lot of it is the same thing.

Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts by KillerMartinis

KillerMartinis has since posted several astonishing updates to this piece (which floored me, and my tear-filled eyes). They’ve been updating a blog on the regular, and also have a GoFundMe which is also updated with many gripping, captivating realities of the authors experiences.

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“The holidays are coming, …and there’s no chance of escape…”
Catch up with BitchMedia’s latest Popaganda podcast and its intentions for subverting the holidays:

First, we talk with author Sherman Alexie about his take on Thanksgiving. Then, we get advice from the folks behind Adbusters and the Story of Stuff project on celebrating the season without getting caught up in consumerism. From there, we talk with a vegan chef who is transforming America’s most meat-centric holiday, Thanksgiving, into a vegetable feast. To round it all out, Bitch editorial and creative director Andi Zeisler reads an essay about Jewish Christmas.

Listen to POPAGANDA here.
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— compiled enthusiastically by amelia