TBTN Thank Yous!

SACHA has lots of folks to thank for this year’s Take Back the Night!

IMG_20140909_102936There is not many words that can describe our TBTN committee volunteers.  Amazing and incredible are a couple but don’t come close to the true awesomeness of these women.  We start meeting and organizing in May and work all summer long.

Volunteers can be found asking local businesses for donations, coordinating volunteers, taking on promoting the event, putting up posters around Hamilton, discussing poster and t-shirt design at a committee meeting, assembling buttons, cutting up handbills, inviting local organizations to table at the event.

Take Back the Night would not be able to happen without your work.

Thank you to the volunteers who help make the event run smoothly.  These folks do everything from carrying giant puppets to serving the food at the end of the night.

And lastly, thank you to our supporters who donate money, food or goods to us.  Without them we would not be able to afford the cost of putting on TBTN and we would not have any food to share at the end of the evening.  The next time you’re at their business, please thank them for helping out.


TBTN March and Information

This Thursday we will be gathering at Hamilton’s City Hall for Take Back the Night.

Take Back the Night is a powerful opportunity for women-identified folks to celebrate women’s strengths and to remind our community that one in three women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.

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


Over twenty five community agencies will be there with information and activities.  Visit the SACHA table to find out more about the work we do supporting survivors and working to end violence.  Pick up some buttons or patches at our table as well! Make a sign to carry during the march.


At the rally we’ll get ready to march by doing some amazing laughter yoga together then getting moving by practicing some zumba!


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

TBTN Route 2013

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.

We will be marching on the street and we are lucky to have some amazing volunteers as marshals from Hammer City Roller Girls and Student Health Education Centre (SHEC).

The marshals are there to keep an eye out for everyone’s safety.  We ask that you follow their instructions.  If you need any assistance during the march please talk to a marshal.

The march takes about an hour to walk.  We walk at a slower pace than most folks’ walking speed.  Please be patient as many women coming to Take Back the Night have strollers or little ones joining them or they are using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes or other mobility devices.  The soundtruck will be setting the pace for the march.  Please walk behind the soundtruck.

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.

What to bring?

  • A sign with your message about ending violence — There will be a sign making table at the gathering with lots of glitter, 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!
  • A raincoat (perhaps…) — TBTN happens rain or shine!

More Information

Causes of Sexual Assault

Did you pick up this week’s Silhouette,  McMaster’s student-run newspaper?

It’s got some information about SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line and what actually causes sexual assault.


sil ad - september 12, 2014Thank you to the McMaster Student Union Underground Media + Design for designing the ad!

McMaster, Mohawk, Media and Meetings

Yesterday was one week until Take Back the Night in Hamilton.  We had a busy day.

We started off with a ‘Who Is SACHA?’ discussion at McMaster University hosted by OPIRG McMaster.IMG_20140911_120328 We talked about SACHA services, our history and how we support survivors and work to end violence.  We also chatted about the myths and lies we’re taught about feminism and why those myths exist.  We ended the discussion by thinking of ways that folks can take action at McMaster to end gender based violence.

We then popped by the office of amazing SACHA supporters at McMaster’s Student Walk Home Attendant Team (SWHAT).

IMG_20140911_102401Quickly, we hopped over the Mohawk College where we were interviewed by the MoCast team as well as students in the journalism program about Take Back the Night.  Erin from SACHA and Amelia from Mohawk’s Social Inc. got a chance to show off Mohawk’s two ‘Most Women from an Organization’ TBTN awards and to record a TBTN PSA.



We also had our final Take Back the Night committee meeting before the event.

Everyone we ran into yesterday shared why they march at Take Back the Night.

What’s Purple and Pink and Committed to Ending Violence?

Announcing SACHA’s FABULOUS 2014 TBTN t-shirts!

IMG_20140827_184222For the third year in a row, TBTN t-shirts are printed on union made shirts in a union shop by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175 and United Steel Workers Local 1-500.  Thanks to Cavan for manufacturing and printing our shirts for us!

The shirts are purple with pink ink and come in both fitted and not fitted styles.  The front has this year’s Take Back the Night logo in English and ‘La rue la nuit femmes sans peur’ on the back.

Where can I buy one?
T-shirts will be available at the Take Back the Night event near the SACHA table.

How much do they cost?
We are selling the shirts are on a sliding scale for $15 for unwaged folks (which is the cost of the t-shirt) and $20 for waged folks.

Last year’s gorgeous black shirts with sparkley purple ink will be available for $5 to $10.

We have a limited amount of both 2014 and 2013 shirts…

What do you do with money raised from t-shirt sales?
We rarely make money from selling TBTN t-shirts, but if we do the profits go back into the cost of putting on an amazing Take Back the Night in Hamilton.

What about free stuff?
We totally recognize that not everyone will be able to afford $15 for a t-shirt.  At the SACHA table we have TBTN buttons for free.  This year community organizations will also have lots of free give-aways at their tables too!

How can I pay?
You can pay for your TBTN t-shirt with cash, Visa, MasterCard or a cheque made out to SACHA.

How to Organize a Feminist Zine Fair – Part 2

This post was originally published on Shameless Magazine’s blog.  You should check out all of their awesomeness here!

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In Part 1 of How to Organize a Feminist Zine Fair, we covered the first steps from building your team to booking your space. Part 2 covers the rest of the steps, so you can plan your own amazing feminist zine fair.

1. Plan the whole day! Make sure everything is in order

First, you can make a schedule of the day. When do you have to set up, when will tablers arrive? What times will the workshops run, and for how long? It’s great to have things really clear now, so that you feel like you know exactly what’s happening moment to moment on the day.

Everyone in your team will need to take on roles for the day-of – setting up the space, taking donations at the door, checking in with tablers, etc. You can start thinking about those roles now, and who would be best at what roles. Make sure no one takes on too much, and everyone feels good and appreciated for what they’re contributing.

2. The tabling call-out & safer space / accessibility write-ups

The tabling call-out is a crucial part of the zine fair – whether you want to charge per table, or offer free/pwyc tables, you still want to use the tabling application to make sure that the folks tabling at your fair are offering work that fits with your guidelines. In our case, we wanted to make sure that our tablers were offering feminist zines, and could talk about what made their zine / project / distro feminist. We used Brown Paper Tickets, which identifies as a “fair-trade ticketing company” and is simple to use, both for us setting up the application, and the folks registering.

Very important before you set up the tabling application – how many tablers are you going to have? Count tables, set them up in advance if possible. Do you want to have lots of space and less tablers? Make sure to be clear about how many spaces are available, and update folks (on Facebook or your website – see next step!) when you are starting to get fully booked.

In terms of accessibly, it might be a good idea to offer multiple forms of payment – PayPal, cash on the day of, etc.

You can read our tabling application (and apply if you are a feminist zine-maker!) here.

We also wanted to have a safe(r) space and accessibility policy, as those were both very important issues to us, and to what the feminist zine fair stands for. You and your team could brainstorm what a safe(r) space means to you, check out some other safe(r) space guidelines for other events, and make your write-ups available to everyone who is going to be tabling or attending the fair.

You can check out our policies here.

Our #1 rule we had for writing our safe(r) spaces and accessibility policies was to be as easy to understand as possible. Make sure that what you’re writing is accessible to folks coming from all sorts of life experiences.

3. Collaboration

Collaborating is an exciting and vital part of feminist organizing, and it’s great to get like-minded groups and organizations involved. We wanted to put on workshops, so we asked to collaborate with local zine-makers, printmakers, community justice organizations, and more, to put on workshops and generally get involved with the fair. We were really excited to collaborate with Shameless, because we love their feminism and their enthusiasm for self-publishing and independent media. To collaborate, you can research which organizations or groups you’d love to work with, and send them an email or call them to talk about how you could collaborate. It’s great to have a few ideas in mind before you reach out – maybe you want to do workshops, or have someone lead a talk, or anything else you can think of.

Make sure to be clear about what you can offer each other – if you don’t have much money to offer (it’s great to be able to offer a honorarium for workshops or speakers), make sure you’re both getting something positive from your collaboration. Talk about your expectations and theirs. And have fun combining your amazing ideas to make something new and exciting happen at your fair!

4. Make a poster!

You’ll want to make a poster for the zine fair to let folks in your community / town / neighbouring cities know what’s going on! Include all the important information, and make sure it’s eye-catching, accessible, and engaging. Proofread and confirm all information and images before printing it up. Show it to other people to get feedback.

If you have access to a printer and / or photocopier, amazing! Make lots of copies. If you have to pay to get it printed / photocopied, talk to a local printer and see if you can get a discount in exchange for promotion (or just because they appreciate the amazing work you’re doing!)

You’ll want to poster all over your city (make sure to check what the postering laws are in your community first), in like-minded organizations and spaces (coffee shops, community centres, feminist bookstores) as well as email the PDF of the poster to your contacts. Use the poster and/or images in the poster in your promotion.

5. Make a Tumblr / Facebook event

We promoted by making a Facebook event, and offering lots of information on SACHA’s website. The Facebook event can include all the important information – where / when / why – as well as your policies, who you’re collaborating with, and access to the tabling application.

It’s also great to make a Tumblr for your event. Most zine fairs are promoted on Tumblr, so you can link up easily with other zine fairs and similar groups. Share your information, and share theirs as well!

You can use your poster in all your online identities to keep everything looking consistent.

Then: In the final months/weeks: you’ll be going through tabling applications, talking to your collaborative partners, and promoting your event! Soon, it will be zine fair time. Congrats on your amazing work and what you’re providing to your community: this is happening because of your hard work!

After the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair is over, we’ll have one last Shameless post, talking about what we liked best, what we want to improve for next year, and share some pictures from the event.

To get involved or for more information about our zine fair, check out this link. http://sacha.ca/events/hamilton-feminist-zine-fair

– Amy Egerdeen