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.

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TBTN Awards

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Who will take home the high fives this year at Take Back the Night? We have awards for Best Sign, Most Inclusive Display, and Most Spirit.

Thank you to United Trophy for donating this year’s awards!

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 ‘Until all of us have made it none of us have made it.’ – Rosemary Brown

Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA, is a powerful opportunity for survivors and their supporters to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against violence.
TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer on the march from Gore Park.
When: Thursday, September 28th, 2017
  • 6:00pm – We Gather
  • 7:00pm – We Rally
  • 7:30pm – We March
Where: Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street, Hamilton ON
More info:

We will have both an HSR and a DARTS buses following the march for folks who are not able to 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.

Have worries about the event? Read more about You Can March With Us and Reasons Not To Come to TBTN.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TBTN2017.

For more information or to request ASL interpretation, contact SACHA:

905.525.4573
sacha@sacha.ca
http://www.sacha.ca

We are extremely grateful to all the folks that make Take Back the Night happen in Hamilton, especially Public Service Alliance of Canada WAWGClick here to help make TBTN thrive and to help SACHA support survivors and end sexual violence.

Mohawk College journalism students Jennifer and Liz made this video about TBTN 2015:

Student Placements at SACHA

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Jiaqing Wilson-Yang has been working at SACHA since January as a student in SACHA’s Counselling and Advocacy program. We asked her to write about her experiences and what other placement students at SACHA might expect.  

SACHA is always welcoming applications for longer term (6 months or more) placement students. If you’re interested or have questions please contact Elizabeth.

Hi there, my name is Jiaqing Wilson-Yang, and I have just completed my BSW Student Placement at SACHA, and I loved it. It was a huge learning experience and being here has greatly increased my skills as a Social Worker.

Some things to know about SACHA  — It’s a modified collective. That means, that decisions are made by the staff as a group. No staff member has greater authority over another staff member. Which means you can not only ask questions about why a decision is being made, but you can be a part of making the decision. For those of us looking for organizations that embed anti racist/anti oppressive practices into their structure and work, SACHA is a great example.

In the collective structure, the organization is build with conversation and critical thinking in mind. There is room for change and conflicting opinion. For me, this has translated into a much more respectful and thoughtful work place. There is consideration of the limits of workers in terms of caseload and workload. When I was determining the caseload that I would carry as a student, I was repeatedly asked what I thought I could handle, and encouraged to revisit that as time passed. Which leads me to my next point: a SACHA, as a student, you carry a caseload. Continue reading

Take Back the Night Hamilton 2017

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‘Until all of us have made it none of us have made it.’ – Rosemary Brown

Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA, is a powerful opportunity for survivors and their supporters to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against violence.

TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer on the march from Gore Park.

This year’s event will include giant puppets, community tables, drumming, sign making, music, pre-march stretching & warm-ups, some surprises and, of course, a loud and empowered march!

Where: Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street West, Hamilton ON

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

More info:


We will have both an HSR and a DARTS buses following the march for folks who are not able to 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.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TBTN2017.

For more information or to request ASL interpretation, contact SACHA:
905.525.4573
sacha@sacha.ca
www.sacha.ca

We are extremely grateful to all the folks that make Take Back the Night happen in Hamilton, especially Public Service Alliance of Canada & Wawg Hamilton. Click here to help SACHA support survivors and end sexual violence – http://sacha.ca/donate

Tell the World About SACHA

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We are in ♥♥♥ with Hana Shafi’s art and are ecstatic that she designed two new SACHA posters!!!

 

Sadly, most folks in Hamilton have never heard about SACHA. They don’t know about our forty plus years of work to support survivors and end violence and oppressions.

Spreading the word about SACHA is like first aid training: you don’t think that you’re going to need it, but you do it just in case.

How you can help #ShowYourSACHASupport:

  1. Print off a copy if you have access to a printer. If you have some cash to pay for printing, we really like SACHA supporter Copy Dog. If you’d like Copy Dog to print some posters, you just need to email them – info@copydog.ca – the number and which poster you’d like printed (black or purple background). They already have the files ready to print!
  2. Pick up some posters at SACHA. Let us know to expect you by emailing us at sacha@sacha.ca!

Click on the images below to download a high resolution printable copy of the posters:

SACHA Poster - Hana Shafi 2, June 2017SACHA Poster - Hana Shafi 1, June 2017

We don’t even have words to describe how inspired we’ve been by Hana’s affirmations. You should absolutely check out and follow her on Tumblr and Instagram and support her here.

Immediate Online SACHA Support!

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NEW! Through a pilot, we’re able to offer immediate support online or over text.

Just like our 24 Hour Support Line, immediate support is available to survivors, their friends, families, co-workers, and classmates.

How does it work?

The online chat can be accessed through SACHA’s website, on the Home page. The texting number is 647-977-5908. It’s a Toronto number till December only, but no worries, it is us! For the online chat to work, please ensure that you have Flash enabled on your browser.

At this point it’s a pilot with the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, from June to December 2017; but we hope to be able to extend this service beyond December 2017.

Currently support through online chats and texting is available:

  • Mondays 6pm-midnight
  • Fridays 8pm-2am

The awesome supportive listening we offer on our 24 Hour Line = 905.525.4162 – is always there for survivors and their supporters too!

 

 

Messages of Support for Survivors

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final poster mapsOn November 5th 2016, we organized the 3rd annual Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair. We asked folks who attended, tabled, organized, and volunteered at the fair to contribute their words, drawings, and collages to our collective zine to give messages of support to survivors. This zine is a collection of ideas, hopes, images, and stories that show up, and spread love and support, for all survivors.

From SACHA with strength, courage, and healing: here are your messages of support for survivors.

May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

If you would like a free copy of the zine stop by SACHA’s office during business hours – 3rd floor of 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON.