Safe(r) Spaces at Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair

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hfzf-fb-banner-patternWe’re trying to organize the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair to be as accessible as possible. We understand that accessibility looks different for each person.

Physical Accessibility

The space that we’re having the event in – YWCA Hamilton’s Senior’s Centre – is physically accessible. There are accessible bathrooms – both gendered and non-gendered bathrooms – ramps and lots of space between tables to get around.

We try to have a scent-free space. We ask that you do not wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products.

Financial Accessibility

The entire zine fair – workshops, tables of awesome zines, quiet space, and zine challenge – is free to attend!

We ask for $10 for each table, but are offering lots of free tables for folks who can’t afford the tabling fee. Contact erin@sacha.ca if you would like a free table.

Creating a World Without Violence

SACHA is working to end violence and oppression.  We live in a culture that normalizes violence. Violence can include sexual violence, sexism, racism, poverty, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, colonialism, and many other oppressions.

We choose to prioritize the safety and well being of survivors of violence and abuse. If you have a concern about someone’s behaviour at HFZF please connect with an organizer.

Consent

Events can be a great place to practice consent and asking permission.

Two great places to start are asking permission to take someone’s photo and asking what pronouns folks prefer to use.

What Does Accessibility Mean to You?

If you have questions about the event or would like us to know what accessibility at events means to you, please contact erin@sacha.ca.

 

 

Inspired by Toronto Queer Zine Fair’s Safe Space and Accessibility

TBTN SpeakOUT #8

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“I was ONCE a victim of abuse with two children (girls) for ten years. **NO MORE** I would march [at Take Back the Night] everyday if possible to stop the violence against women. So there will be freedom and peace for my girls, all girls, and myself!!!!” – Take Back the Night participant

Why do you march at Take Back the Night? Let us know in the comments or by emailing erin@sacha.ca! Continue reading

Hamilton Sisters in Spirit Events

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Hamilton’s Sisters in Spirit have organized two events in honour of the over 1200 missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

SIS 2014 FINALFlag Raising at City Hall

When: Wednesday, October 1st – 12pm until 1:15pm
Where: 71 Main Street West – Hamilton ON

Community Dinner, Water Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil

When: Saturday, October 4th – 5pm
Where: Honouring the Circle – 21 Rosedene Avenue – Hamilton ON

All are welcome.  Hosted by the Sister’s in Spirit Committee – sistersinspirit@yahoo.ca.

Follow the Sisters in Spirit Hamilton on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out our blog post from last year for more information on Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women.