This year, Take Back the Night, has become a conversation about policing in Hamilton. For this, we deeply apologize. Months of intentional planning, community building and creativity has gone into making this evening one of Joyful Revolution. With integrity and a determination to find justice amongst the cement terrain, we set forward to provide an evening in which we could gather, rally and march to assert ourselves as the powerful people that we are.
After weeks of controversy and confusion, we want to set things straight. Our responsibility is to the community first, and foremost. So, please read further to learn about SACHA’s decision not to lead a march through the streets of Hamilton and our next steps.
Our radical imagination is a tool for decolonization, for reclaiming our right to shape our lived reality. — Adrienne Maree Brown
What has informed our decision
Dish With One Spoon teachings
This intelligent design is a core part of our organizing as we seek transformative justice for participants of Take Back the Night. The Dish With One Spoon teaches us three core principles: peace, respect and friendship. These wampum agreements are living documents, not only matter for land acknowledgments. The real work comes when we live the agreements in practice.
SACHA’s Mission, Vision and Values
SACHA envisions a world free of violence and oppression.
SACHA is a feminist, non-profit, community-based organization that provides supports to people who have experienced sexualized violence at any point in their lives. We work to end violence and oppression through education, advocacy, outreach, coalition building, community partnerships, and activism.
SACHA will challenge social and political structures and systems that contribute to the experience of violence, oppression, and exploitation of all people.
Experiences of Survivors of Sexual Violence and Envisioning a New Future
Every year, Take Back the Night attendees provide feedback that having police at TBTN means that can’t participate. We understand that some folks have good experiences with the police but that is overwhelmingly not the case in Hamilton. Less than 10% of survivors report their experience to the police.
We believe survivors. We respect the community voices that have responded since our announcement not to march. A better world is possible.
Within the parameters of the non profit world, we attempt to navigate the spaces for impactful advocacy in Hamilton, Ontario, we envision a world without oppression, and we work towards Joyful Revolution Always. These visions become reality with continued determination, community building and decolonization of our hearts and minds. Within this same parameters of the non profit world, SACHA also acknowledges barriers in our ability to lead this work. Continue reading