Friday, September 24, 2010

Aspirations

  • sticker campaigns
  • a compiled list of potential actions
  • the creation of a SECRET IMAGE
  • conception of centre staff as community support team
  • chalking!
  • let's get a universal remote!
  • BE PREPARED
  • give out mock awards
  • take the time to find the "not evil at all approach"
  • critical mass!
  • reclaim as response to things!
Ideas for Campaigning
  • chalking
  • radio audio art thing
  • flyers
  • bake sale
  • soap boxing
  • ACTIONS
  • poster for the sake of it
WE WANNA BE A RESOURCE. WE WANNA PROVIDE THE INGREDIENTS FOR ACTION.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Positions Upcoming!

Hey guys. We still haven't heard from OWSP, but we're working on 6 job descriptions, 4 of which will be OWSP funded, and 2 of which will be directed towards TIP students, out-of-province students and community members. They'll all be for 8 hours a week at $11.85 an hour. If any of these job titles interest you, stay tuned for the job descriptions and deadline to follow.

we need
a VOLUNTEER AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR, 
a TRANS OUTREACH COORDINATOR,
an ACCESSIBILITY COORDINATOR,
a PUBLICITY AND MEDIA COORDINATOR,
an EDUCATION AND YOUTH OUTREACH COORDINATOR 
and
a FUNDRAISING AND FINANCE COORDINATOR.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Centre's Dis-O Workshops are...

Friday, September 24th
2pm
Senior Common Room
Sadleir House
ORGANIZING AND OUTREACH
Wanna make things happen? Wanna change something, try something new, talk to people about what's important to you? These things can be tricky. Power dynamics, disagreements and all our very different experiences can play into miscommunication and the stumbles that tumble activism everywhere. If you're interested in learning about anti-oppressive practices, consensus decision-making and grassroots activism, come to this workshop with ideas and an open mind. Snacks provided.
and
Friday, September 24th
5pm
Hobbes Library
Sadleir House
COME AS YOU ARE ORDERING PARTY
Come As You Are is a Toronto-based sex store that offers educational workshops and outreach tools, along with great quality sex toys and a variety of gender empowerment tools not available anywhere in Peterborough. The Centre has allied with them to provide free shipping and handling and 30% off their online catalogue! So here's the plan. Come to Hobbes Library with cash and lots of sexy ideas. Pick out as much as you want and we'll order it for you, to be delivered anonymously to the Centre's office. Entirely anonymous, fun and friendly, and affordable! What could be better? Check out their website in advance, if you like. 



Friday, September 10, 2010

FLYERZ. checkit.

Take Back The Night and reCLAIM Alley Walk

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

SEPTEMBER 16th

beginning 7pm, starting out from Victoria Park (Murray & Water)

reCLAIM ALLEY WALK

SEPTEMBER 16th

beginning around 9pm, also starting from Victoria Park (Murray & Water)

A woman walks alone down a dark, deserted street. With every shadow she sees, and every sound she hears, her pounding heart flutters and skips a beat. She hurries her pace as she sees her destination become closer. She is almost there. She reaches the front door, goes inside, collects herself, and moves on forgetting, at least for tonight, the gripping fear that momentarily enveloped her life.” (from the Take Back The Night website)

Take Back The Night started in Philadelphia in 1975. It began as a response to the murder of a young microbiologist, Susan Alexander Speeth. This spawned a number of international marches, the first and largest of which was a march in Brussels that coincided with the International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in 1976.

Peterborough’s annual Take Back The Night march will begin at Victoria Park at 7 pm, taking to the streets and returning to St. Paul’s Church for refreshments and an open stage full of performances, speeches and stories. Organized by Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, this year’s Take Back The Night is said to be inclusive and all are invited to attend.

Take Back The Night has generally been a women- and children-only event. This has been so in order to provide space for women to feel safe and unthreatened by men and masculinity. In the 70s and today, the pursuit of women-only space has been an important feminist challenge to dominant forms of patriarchy that often silence women and conceal women’s experiences. Especially in relation to street violence and the sensation of fear at night, women-identified and female-bodied people are very often victimized. Take Back The Night acts to reclaim spaces that are often threatening.

Women-only spaces are still important, but are certainly not uncomplicated. What, for example, constitutes a “woman”? This question came to the fore in feminist circles at the Michigan Women’s Music Festival when the organizers decided that trans women were not actually women, and therefore were not allowed to attend or perform at the festival. This may have been one of the more prominent examples, but this debate has always been a part of feminist struggles. In relation to taking back the night specifically, it is important to realize that women and female-bodied people are not the only people to experience gendered violence and fear on the streets at night. Lesbians, bisexuals, gay men, trans-identified individuals and queers of all sizes and shapes are also endangered on the streets. Street violence is also racialized in our communities, so that people of colour of all genders and sexualities are also made to feel unsafe walking on the streets at night. It is important to realize that all of these struggles are intertwined and thus, must be challenged together in order to be overcome. The exclusion of men and male-identified people from feminist struggles in general can also be problematic. Recently in Waterloo, an organization that provides shelters for abused women and children has decided to boycott Take Back The Night for this reason, stating that “men are critical to ending violence against women” and should thus be included in the march. (from The Record)

In response to Take Back The Night, but not in contrast or competition, the Centre for Gender and Social Justice is holding its second annual reClaim Alley Walk. reClaim is inclusive of all genders and sexualities and strives to recognize the intersections of race, class, ability and sexuality, along with gender, in creating unsafe spaces on the streets at night. On a tour through the dark (yet beautiful) alleys of Peterborough, attendees are invited to share stories, poems and songs about their experiences of empowerment or fear on the streets at night. This walk will begin after the festivities following the Take Back The Night march, and all are encouraged to attend and/or support both events.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

UPDATES

DisOrientation's website is up!
http://disorientation.webs.com/
Complete with full list of events. There's a pamphlet thing out too, around campus I believe, but if there are any changes, they'll be up on the website.

The Centre's office just got a paint job!
Thanks to a long-standing member of the activist and wall-painting community, Mason Mccoll!

Incidentally, this guy also found time to write TWO WHOLE ARTICLES for issue 0 of the Arthur, Trent University's finest reading material, which can be found in bus stops, cafes and campus colleges everywhere. So be sure to check that out.