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:

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

TBTN Thank Yous!

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We couldn’t make Take Back the Night happen in Hamilton without all these amazing people, organizations, and businesses!

Next time you see someone from these businesses and unions, please thank them for their amazing SACHA support.

The Take Back the Night committee is an AMAZING group of women that start planning the event in April. They do everything from finding donations, booking performers, making big decisions about the event, and helping folks to make signs. We appreciate their awesomeness, their energy, and their dedication to a world without sexual violence. Thank you TBTN committee members!

It takes over 30 volunteers to make the event run smoothly. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped create safety at the march by marshalling, who carried puppets, who served food, and who helped with clean up late into the night. We appreciate you.

Why Are Police At Take Back the Night?

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Every year SACHA gets asked questions about why police are at Take Back the Night (TBTN).  We wanted to answer this important question and share more information about the role of police at TBTN.

We understand and acknowledge that police at Take Back the Night means that some folks will be uncomfortable and some folks will choose not to come to the event.

Why?

If we did not have police at TBTN we would either not be able to march at all or would have to march on the sidewalk.

The event is considered a parade by the City of Hamilton. We have to fill out a parade permit to use the City Hall building, the forecourt, and to march in one lane of traffic –  months and months ahead of time. We have to pay the city for one lane of traffic to be closed while we’re marching. Continue reading

TBTN Awards

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This year we’re doing awards differently at Take Back the Night.

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In the past we’ve highlighted Best Sign, Most Spirit, and Most Inclusive display and had honorable mentions. This year we’re awarding three awards in each category. Not 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Just three equal awards.

There is so much awesomeness at the event and we wanted to recognize the creativity and energy that folks in Hamilton are putting towards a world without sexual violence.

Big thank yous to United Trophy for donating nine trophies this year! We appreciate it.



Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA — Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area) — 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 centres the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer on the march from Gore Park.

When: Thursday, October 13th

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

Where: Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street, Hamilton ON
Who: Women, gender non-conforming folks, and their children are welcome!

Read about why we organize Take Back the Night as a space for women and gender non-conforming folks to speak out against violence here.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TBTN2016!

More Information:

You Can March With Us

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TBTN Poster English 2016Thinking about coming to Take Back the Night next Thursday but feeling uncertain or anxious?

Not sure what it will feel like to be at the event? 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?

This year we are going to have a “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.

Everyone at some point in their life has felt uneasy in a crowd.  Everyone at some point has felt awkward. That’s normal. But this discomfort can stop people from participating in something awesome such as TBTN.  We don’t want this to be a barrier to anyone.  We love extroverts and gregarious people who shine at group events and we love introverts and shy folk. (We love you too ambiverts – don’t want you to feel left out either.)

Here’s why you may want to visit us at our You Can March With Us table…

  1. You will see someone who is happy you are at TBTN
  2. You can ask questions about event
  3. You will find someone you can march with
  4. Use us as a meet up location with friends who are joining you at TBTN
  5. You are welcome to come to our table if you would like to offer yourself and your friends as buddies to someone looking for a TBTN friend
  6. You want to write a note for our table welcoming people to TBTN

Where can you find the You Can March With Us table?

We’ll be set up beside the SACHA info table very close to Main Street in the City Hall forecourt.

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We want everyone who comes to TBTN to have an amazing time. We know different people need different things to make this happen.

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. Continue reading

TBTN Interview: Lee Reed

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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 invitemen to cheer the march on from Gore Park.

lee-reedFor 20 years Lee Reed has been stomping stages and studios, spewing his unique brand of fiery, anti-capitalist rant-hop. From mouthpiece for the legendary Warsawpack, through to his solo work.

Why do you think it is important to create space for women and gender non-conforming folks?

It’s like there’s a battle going on: the old forces of sexism against the new forces of equity. Creating space acts a kind of beachhead in that struggle.  A foothold.  The world is largely unsafe and unwelcome for women and gender non-conforming folks. The threat of violence and harassment is normalized; personal, social and state/institutional relationships can be abusive and dangerous; fear is ever-present.

It’s an unsafe world. Gendered violence happens everywhere: in the home, on the street, on campus, in the workplace, in the halls of our largest institutions and at the hands of those we most trust.  It is everywhere, woven into everything. So, without the intentional creation of space for women and gender non-conforming folks (GNC), there would be no space that was expressly theirs.

Our society is a patriarchy.  It centres masculine voices and opinions.  It puts men in charge and prioritizes their way of thinking, it protects and perpetuates male privilege and dominance. So creating space for women and GNC folks is creating space for voices to be heard, for ideas and information to be shared, where people can speak openly and freely, without being talked over or dismissed by sexist power dynamics. Continue reading