Weekly Update

Hello Collective:

First of all I would like to welcome a whole new set of wonderful womyn who have joined our emailing list. Thanks for taking interest in the Womyn’s Centre and we hope to see you out at our meetings and events this year, and look forward to working with new folks on wonderful things.

There are a few things underway here at the Centre, including our first collective meeting which is set for this Friday September 23, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. We’ve allowed ample time so that members can join in when they can, and of course head off to class or whatnot (so don’t feel obligated to stay for the entire meeting, but please don’t be shy to join us late!). This will be the first collective meeting of the Womyn’s Centre 2011 fall term, and we are excited to welcome new members to our space and get the chance to chat about what we’d like to see happen this year. There will be snacks and tea/coffee and of course, awesome folks!

The Womyn’s Centre and the Rainbow Pride Mosaic (RPM) will also be hosting a Sex Toy Party on Wednesday September 28, from 7:00 – 9:00 in the Student Group Resource Centre (180 Helen Glass Bldg, corner before the womyn’s centre). This event was created to help boost the memberships of the RPM and Womyn’s Centre and is open to everyone. It will be presented by Niky Blair who is a lovely passion party consultant. The party of course will be inclusive and a safe space for everyone. Bring yourselves, bring a friend, bring anyone interested in our service groups and join us for some sex toy fun – Degree’s will be catering this event with delicious appetizers and beverages.

This week was Student Recruitment Week and I would first off like to thank all the volunteers who helped out womyn the tables out in University Centre fireside lounge. It was quite successful and we now have a full list of new members, hurray! This was also an opportunity to check out the other student groups around campus, and many of us noticed a new “pro-life” group making it’s presence out in UC. The Defending Life group is planning an event in October (details yet to be confirmed) which will include womyn speaking out about their horror experiences with choosing to have abortions. The Womyn’s Centre takes a stand on groups which seek to oppress womyn’s choice, and thus this will be discussed at our collective meeting to see what action can be taken so that our presence as feminists, as pro-choice, and as womyn can be seen/heard. If anyone has any ideas, bring them to the meeting and hopefully we can think of a peaceful but powerful way to ensure all sides of this issues are accounted for.

Many of you have probably heard about the world-wide Slut Walk protests which have been happening since a Toronto policeman informed womyn that in order to avoid rape, we must not dress like sluts.
From SlutWalk Toronto’s website:
“When we first heard about the Toronto Police officer labeling women and people most at risk of sexual assault as “sluts”, we thought about making noise and demanding for more than an apology. We have a constitutional right to a freedom of expression and a freedom of assembly so we’re using it. Putting that into action, we wanted to go right to Toronto Police Service’s front door at 40 College St. with impassioned numbers uniting against these damaging stereotypes. Thus SlutWalk was born and began with SlutWalk Toronto. We are taking our frustration to the streets – literally. Toronto’s Walk was the first and was incredibly successful with an estimated 3,000-4,000 people joining us on the street and many others supporting us from afar.
” (http://www.slutwalktoronto.com/about/what)

Winnipeg has created it’s own Slut Walk – Join us on October 15, 2011, at the Burton Cummings Theatre at 2 p.m., at which point we will march TOGETHER to the Legislative Building where we will have speakers on the subject (from their Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slutwalk-Winnipeg/264096960267534?sk=info)

The Radical Cheerleaders have also been working to organize in solidarity with Slut Walk Winnipeg and have an event this Saturday Sept. 24th to discuss and organize “This is a night to hang out, eat delicious food and talk about the meaning(s) of slutwalk. Important questions to ask might be who does slutwalk privilege? What relationship with the Po-Po is slutwalk advocating? How does one navigate issues of beauty in relationship to slutwalk” (Facebook events page – https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=279811012029323)

As some of you may have heard, Gio’s, our local lgbttq* bar, is in threat of closing down. They has been working to campaign to folks in order to save it from closure and have asks folks to join them in support this Friday and Saturday for their Save Gio’s Fundraisers. They have also started the “Buy a Brick Campaign” in which groups can literally purchase a piece of Gio’s building as part of their fundraising. If anyone is interested in learning more about these fundraisers check out their Facebook events page, and I have pamphlets in the Centre as well. Get out there, dance and help save a wonderful Winnipeg lgbttq* establishment. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=284726611554542

And finally the search for a new Coordinator is underway, but in the meantime I will still be here holding down the fort. This Friday @ 7:00 Lauryn has graciously decided to lend us her home to host a Pot-Luck/Going-Away party thing. This is a chance to get together, eat some delicious food and send me off (*tear*). You are all welcome to attend, just email Lauryn for her address and details at lauryn.pizey.allen@gmail.com

Sorry for such a run-on email, but I hope I covered the important stuff. Again our meeting is tomorrow and I look forward to seeing lots of you there!

lotsa feministy love,

-jen

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