We Remember

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On December 6th we remember the 14 women murdered in the Montreal Massacre and we also remember women experiencing violence or who are at risk of violence.

In 2016, there were too many women killed in Hamilton. Quite often the media does not name their deaths as gender based violence.

Recognizing their deaths is an opportunity for action.

We need space to mourn their loss. We need space for our sadness and anger. We need to say their sames and to remember their lives.

  • Tammy Le – 25 years old,  January 23 2016

“We honour and remember – Tammy Le, and the other workers who have survived and lost their lives to violent ends. May they live on in our hearts and provide us with great strength and integrity as we stand up for human dignity and the right for all sex workers to live free from violence, racism, and discrimination” – Asian Migrant Sex Workers Network

“Tammy Le was murdered as a direct result of gender-based violence and not because of how she chose to earn a living.” – Woman Abuse Working Group

Her mother described her as free-willed with an uncontained spirit.  She had an angelic voice and enjoyed music in every sense, and earned the name Rainbow for her changing hair.  She had two children she loved.

Jenna was found dead in an apartment in Hamilton. She was a teacher for adult learners at St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centre.

Gina was retired, but was a manager at Tim Hortons. Her colleagues described her as a great manager and fun to work with. She will be missed by many relatives in South Korea, and was a loving mother, sister, cousin, and aunt.

Marilyn was a senior living in downtown Hamilton.

This list is based on the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses‘ yearly femicide list and is probably, unfortunately, not complete. If you have a name to add to the list please contact us.

 

SHE SAID BOOM: THE FEMINIST PUNK MIXED TAPE

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By Tara Bursey

Last Saturday’s screening of She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column at Factory Media Centre was so energizing, I created a classic punk playlist of pioneering bands to get you curious, excited and empowered!

Fifth Column, “She Said Boom” (1990)

A rollicking song with awesome swirling organ solo, GB Jones once described the title of it as “3 simple words that mean being responsible for your own pocket-sized revolution.”

 

Raincoats, “Off Duty Trip” (1979)

The Raincoats were an English band that influenced leading grunge bands from the 1990s. “Off Duty Trip” is a harrowing song about sexual assault at the hands of a soldier.

 

Au Pairs, “You” (1979)

The Au Pairs often challenged notions of femininity, monogamy and gender roles through their intelligent songs.

 

The Slits, “Typical Girls” (1979)

 

 The Bags, “Babylonian Gorgon” (1979)

The Bags were from Los Angeles, and were led by fierce Latina musician, author, artist, educator and feminist Alice Bag, who still performs to this day as a solo artist. The Bags’ songs took on subject such as feminism, sexual assault and immigration. Continue reading

SHE SAID BOOM: THE STORY OF FIFTH COLUMN

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By Tara Bursey

We have almost reached the end of Woman Abuse Prevention Month, and it’s been heartening to see initiatives and campaigns pop up around town and in cyberspace in observation of it. My friend Leah and I have our own initiative that we’re really excited about happening this Saturday, and we hope that you will attend! All proceeds will go to SACHA to mark this important month, and to honour the important work that they do for the Hamilton community.

Have you heard of Fifth Column? If not, you’re probably not alone. Fifth Column were a multi-disciplinary post-punk group– a group of women from Toronto who formed in 1981. Two members, Caroline Azar and GB Jones, remained a constant until the group disbanded in the 1990s. Continue reading

SACHA BASH for United Way

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The Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA) presents a night of music, laughs and good company, all to raise funds for this year’s United Way Campaign.

When: Wednesday, November 30th – 7pm
Where: This Ain’t Hollywood – 354 James Street North, Hamilton ON
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Music by:
The Astromen
Dan Edmonds + Jason Bhattacharya
Melissa Marches
Sarah Beatty
Gillian Nicola
Jordan Koren
Danielle Beaudin
Billy Moon
and Molly Babin

Tickets available at This Ain’t Hollywood.

7PM // All Ages // $15

All proceeds to support the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton.

For more info contact annie@sacha.ca.

HFZF Zinester Interview – Inasmuch House

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At Inasmuch House – a shelter for women and families fleeing abuse and experiencing homelessness – we talk a lot about housing.

The gentrification of Hamilton, increasing rental prices and disappearing rental spaces, and the too-long waiting list for subsidized housing. The strain that this lack of housing puts on women and families fleeing violence often isn’t recognized outside the shelter walls – that women and families are forced to stay in, or return to, unsafe situations; that folks spend months (sometimes a year) in emergency spaces, raising children in one-room dorms. We wanted the stories, voices, ideas of the residents here at Inasmuch to be heard – and so we started collecting them together into a zine. After lots of discussion, art-based workshops, and brainstorming ideas, we created Let’s Talk About Housing: Stories, Strategies, and Solutions from Shelter Residents.

We’re really excited to be debuting this zine at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair – come pick up a free copy from us, and hear the stories of the women staying at Inasmuch House. Continue reading

#WritingWhileBlack Workshop at HFZF

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We are so excited to have Whitney French facilitating her workshop Writing While Black at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair!

***Writing While Black – 1pm at the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair. This workshop is drop in and open to all, but BIPOC are prioritized***

black_brown_fierce_wwb_edmontonPart group discussion, part reading salon, part creation lab, #WritingWhileBlack engages participants in a discussion on zines by people of colour and specifically the means in which indie print-culture can galvanize movements for racialized people. Anchored by two game-changing zines – FIRE!! Devoted to Younger Negro Artists (Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston, 1926) and Evolution of a Race Riot (Mimi Nguyen, 1997) – this workshop seeks to: analyze zines culture from the lens of a zinester of colour (Whitney French founder of From the Root zine), to offer space for people to read political zines written by zinesters of colour from Canada and around the world, and to participate in the creation of their own zine if they so desire. Continue reading

HFZF Interview: Fake Geek Girls Like Us

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The Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair,  organized by SACHA, celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.

When: Saturday, November 5th from 11am to 5pm
Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library: 55 York Road, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.

Fake Geek Girls Like Us is a art group that explores and criticizes fan culture through a queer feminist perspective. Their aim is to facilitate, encourage, and discuss geekdom and pop culture.

We interviewed Caitlynn from Fake Geek Girlsmaytheforce.

What led you to zine making?

I started to make zines with other people to share ideas about gender representation in geek culture. I moved to making my own zines to share some of the stories and interviews that I have done with women who work within geek culture.

Who inspires you in the feminist zine world?

My girl gang/art collective Kitten Caboodle inspires me. My friends are all talented artists who share the ideas so freely. They continue to inspire me to create more art and push boundaries.

Why is feminist zine making important to you? What does it mean to be a feminist zine maker?

Feminist zines are important to me because I believe it is an accessible way to access different forms of art and education. The feminist zine community shares ideas, critiques and thoughts with many different people and I think that is really important. For me, being a feminist zine maker is about creating dialogue, sharing ideas and expressing yourself freely.

warriorgfWhat will your next zine be about?

My next zine that I am working on is about how different characters in television/film have helped me learn more about myself. I want to have different sections for different parts of my life.

What would your dream feminist zine community look like?

A whole bunch of rad people sharing their stuff, having awesome conversations and being supportive of one another.