Take Back the Night Info

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TBTN Poster English FINAL 2015Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA — Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area) — is a powerful opportunity for all woman-identified individuals to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against violence.

This year’s event will include puppets, information tables, drumming, Zumba, sign making, music, some surprises and, of course, a loud and empowered march!

When: Thursday, September 17th, 2015

6:00pm – We Gather
7:00pm – We Rally
7:30pm – We March

What to bring?

  • A sign with your message about ending violence — There will be a sign making table at the gathering with 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!
  • Weather appropriate clothes — TBTN happens rain or shine!

The March

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

TBTN Route 2013

I can’t walk the entire march

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!)

Also, this year we will have an HSR city bus following the march for folks who are not able to walk the entire way.

March Guidelines

Please:

  • Walk behind the sound truck.
  • Be patient – women with strollers or women using wheelchairs or walkers may need to move more slowly.
  • Follow the marshals’ instructions. Marshals are wearing reflective vests.
  • Please talk to a marshal if you need assistance.
  • Use the shortcut back to City Hall at Summers Lane on King Street or use the bus that is following behind our march if you are not able to walk the entire route.

We will march on the street in a lane of traffic.

Supportive Listening

Take Back the Night can bring up many emotions – joy, sadness, excitement, fear, love. If you need to talk with someone please visit the SACHA table where there are folks ready to listen or call SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line – 905.525.4162.

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TBTN Wrap-Up

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The wind was mighty as were spirits at the thirtieth annual Take Back the Night in Hamilton!

photo by Audra Petrulis

Women-identified folks started arriving at Hamilton City Hall in the early evening to check out the over twenty-five community organizations, to chat about the work that they do and to get some amazing free give aways.

photo by Audra Petrulis

TBTN participants popped by the SACHA table to pick up information about what they can do to end sexual violence and some free buttons and patches.

Photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Karen Madden

Both the glitter covered sign making table and the henna tattoo artists were busy all evening.

photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Karen Madden

Kathryn Kimmins from Laugh Yourself Healthy lead the growing number of women in laughter yoga.

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Audra Petrulis

After the crowd was sufficiently warmed up and had had a hearty laugh, Hamilton’s Queen Cee sang while her incredible BE-You-tiful Girls Club surprised us with a dance with the whole crowd joining in for the last verse.

Photo by Karen Madden

As the sun was setting, Anne Marie from the YWCA got women warmed up for the march by leading participants in some energetic Zumba.

photo by Karen Madden

Then it was time for the TBTN Awards!  Most inclusive display went tot the Hamilton District Labour Council with a shout out to the AIDS Network.

photo by Karen Madden

Mohawk College won the award for most women from an organization with huge shoutouts to the YWCA and WomanKind who both put lots of energy and spirit into TBTN this year.

photo by Karen Madden

The best sign shoutouts went to the Hamilton Katimavik group and Sylvia.  The winner of the best sign was Amelia, who’s sign read:

“I Take Back the Night…

…Because I cannot take back the day on which I was raped;

…Because I cannot take back the time spent in court;

…Because I cannot take back the energy devoted to supporting myself (when my friends turned their backs);

I Take Back the Night because I cannot take back all the love I shared in 14 months in an abusive relationship!”

photo by SACHA

photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Audra Petrulis

Once the giant puppets (created by Melanie Skene of Many Hands Art) and the samba squad (Rhythms of Resistance Toronto) were ready over one thousand five hundred women (as guessed by Hamilton Police) gathered behind the SACHA banner and  headed out to the streets for the march.

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Audra Petrulis

photo by Karen Madden

As the march rounded the corner of James and King, the women marching saw the male allies on the sidelines cheering on the TBTN participants.

photo by Audra Petrulis

The marchers returned to City Hall to share some incredible food and watch some awesome fire spinning.

photo by Karen Madden

photo by Karen Madden

It was an amazing night full of strong empowered women identified folks.  It felt special to be a part of it.  Thanks to everyone who helped make the event happen – the TBTN committee, TBTN event volunteers, SACHA’s sewing volunteers, SACHA staff and our donors.  I cannot wait for our thirty-first year of TBTN in Hamilton!

— erin

Watch Out…

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This year at TBTN Hamilton…. GIANT PUPPETS!

Giant Puppets at Solus Parade

Melanie Skene of Many Hands Art will be bring her giant puppets to walk in Hamilton’s march this year.

I am an activist artist who is committed to creating art that explores issues related to the social justice and the environment.  The central feature of my artistic work is creating and working with puppets, particularly giant puppets who are brought to life in community festivals and parades.  My identity as an artist is complemented by my identity as an activist and my motivation for both stems from a desire to contribute to the creation of a more just world that respects earth as giver and sustainer of life.

– Melanie Skene

We are excited and honoured to have Melanie’s puppets join us in this year’s TBTN!