Our theme is ‘Revolution Rooted in Love’. This year, SACHA will be returning to the roots of Take Back the Night, to honour the event’s origins and dream together where we can grow from here. This event began as a protest against the powers that threaten our safety in public spaces, particularly walking the streets at night. In 2022 we take back those streets as a collective, and proudly demonstrate that we deserve to exist safely in any and all spaces. All acts of revolution stem from love, and ours is no exception. We do this for community and for ourselves. We are rising against all the ways we’ve been trimmed down, creating a world of fullness, a place to thrive, bloom, and flourish. We are ever growing, and always rooted in love.
Accessibility and COVID Safety: For the first time since the start of the pandemic we are gathering in person again. We are SO excited for this opportunity to bring community together and share in the magic of TBTN. We also want this to be a space that is safe for all community members and accessible to disabled, immunocompromised, or otherwise COVID-19 high-risk folks. TBTN is all about asserting our rights to be safe and so for the safety of all of our community members we ask that all participants attending this year wear masks during the event.
(more information about accessibility will continue to be added here)
TBTN Official Artwork: The incredible artwork for TBTN 2022 was created by artist Nicole Dumont. She captured the theme so beautifully! Read more about her and her artwork below:
Artist Bio: Hamilton-born Nicole Dumont is a graduate student by day, and an artist by night. She takes inspiration from the natural world, and works with both digital and traditional art mediums to bring portraits and landscapes to life. Nicole uses art to celebrate her queer identity, and loves opportunities to mix art & activism.
About the Art: I love the theme of “Revolution Rooted in Love” for TBTN this year. I believe we need to overthrow the oppressive capitalist system we live under to create a world that truly values human life, love, and compassion. I formed this design around the centre woman with her hands raised together — this pose is a reference to the dance that accompanies the feminist Chilean protest song “A Rapist in Your Path” against sexual violence and victim-blaming. But this woman is not alone, she is supported by her community & the legacy of activists before her, symbolized by the roots. The flowers that crown and surround the figures represent love that keeps these bonds alive.
Quote Chosen by Artist: “eradicat[ing] patriarchal domination is a struggle rooted in the longing to make a world where everyone can live fully and freely, then we know our work to be a gesture of love. Let us draw upon that love to heighten our awareness, deepen our compassion, intensify our courage and strengthen our commitment.” — bell hooks
TBTN T‑Shirts: Shirt Pre-Sales are now over! But we will still be selling shirts on the day of while supplies last! Each shirt is $22 and proceeds go to supporting our work with survivors at SACHA!
Volunteering at TBTN: Volunteers wanted! Join us September 10th for a full day of essential event training, in preparation for #TBTN2022 on September 15th. Training includes anti-racism and anti-oppression, de-escalation, event logistics, and more! Applications will be accepted until September 7th. CLICK HERE for more information and the application form 💖 TBTN wouldn’t be possible without amazing volunteers!
Gender Inclusion: This year TBTN is an event for people of all genders, an event for all survivors. Many people, regardless of gender cannot walk at night without the fear of being a target of street harassment. We are going back to our roots to take to the streets and demand that we deserve to be safe while out walking at night. But a #RevolutionRootedInLove is also about growth. And we have grown to understand that sexual violence and street harassment disproportionately effect people who experience various forms of oppression, not just misogyny. And we have listened to trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary community members tell us that the ways TBTN has been gendered in the past has made the night unsafe for them. We all deserve safety, and no survivor should ever have to feel alone. And so on September 15th, we march, ALL of us, we march! Because we all have a role to play in ending sexual violence and together as a community we will get there.
Please read more about gender and #TBTN2022 here: www.sacha.ca/blog/TBTN-gender
We are also soon to be announcing a virtual learning and community conversation space that will be happening in advance if TBTN where you can come to understand more about why this decision was made and about the role people of all genders can play in ending sexual violence.
Beginning at Hamilton City Hall Fourcourt
6:00 – 8:00pm WE GATHER — Community Tables, Live Music, Indigenous Market
8:00 – 8:20pm WE RALLY — Speeches and Practicing Our Chants
8:20 – 9:20pm WE MARCH (see route below)
9:20 — 9:45 Gifts and Goodbyes!
Hashtags: We will be using #TBTN2022 #RevolutionRootedInLove and #TBTNrevolution to help you find all of our event content this year. And we would love to see your posts about the event too!