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SACHA is heartbroken to announce that we won't be organizing Hamilton Feminist Zine Fest this year.



Short answer: Because of patriarchy.

Long answer:

Because of chronic under funding. SACHA has been offering incredible services in Hamilton since 1975. We are operating at 1990's levels of funding. The funding crisis for us has existed well before the #MeToo movement gained momentum. We don't receive any cost of living increases from our funders, in fact some of our funders have been decreasing their SACHA support each year.

SACHA was promised a 33% permanent increase in funding by our past provincial government. We planned to hire a full time counsellor and a part-time public educator. Our new provincial government didn't honour that promise. Instead, they gave a one year 6% increase, which we're using to hire a part-time counsellor for one year.

It's not just SACHA's Counselling and Advocacy program that is affected by scarcity: SACHA's Public Education program has to turn down about ten speaks a month and is currently booking three months in advance.

When we say Public Education Program, it's really one part-time worker, Crickett, and many volunteers.

May is Sexual Violence Prevention month. We usually plan Hamilton Feminist Zine fair to celebrate the strengths and stories of awesome zinesters.

This May, please consider donating to SACHA so we can keep doing our work of preventing sexual violence.




Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair - About Us

 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.

"We need to build maps describing the many ways we have worked, not just monuments to the past. Lets show each other the truth about how we fought." -- Kim Katrin Milan

We’re aiming to create an accessible event that gives a platform to those often under-represented in zine culture.

HFZF will have people tabling, selling and chatting about their zines, and a six hour zine challenge.

When: May 12th, 2018 from 10am to 4pm
Where: Hamilton Public Library, Central Library - 4th floor, 55 York Blvd, Hamilton ON

**May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month**

Poster by Amy Egerdeen and Veda, aged three.



HFZF is FREE to attend.  There will be zines for sale so if you do plan to go home with some new treats it’s a good idea to bring some money.


Book a Table!

Cost! A half table costs ten dollars. Book your table here –

Free tables available. Email to book a free table OR if you are unable to book online through Brown Paper Tickets.


What’s a Zine?

A zine is a self-published book, magazine, or comic. Anyone can make a zine - using low-cost methods like collage and photocopying - to create a space for their words, ideas, images, and more. Not having to rely on traditional publishing allows for non-mainstream voices to be heard!


Find out more about zines and zine making here:



What Do We Mean by Feminism?

Feminism can mean lots of different things to different people. For us it includes:

  • intersectionality – acknowledging that folks have lots of different identities and things going on in their lives that make them who they are.
  • resisting all forms of oppression - like sexism, poverty, racism, ableism, colonialism
  • creating an equitable world for all
  • questioning gender norms
  • demanding safety at home, work, school and play
  • supporting survivors of violence
  • seeing the systemic root causes of injustice


If you have any questions about whether your work might fit at the HFZF, you can email or call Crickett for more information – or 905.525.4573.



Shout Outs

We’re really excited about the organizers who came before us! Our ‘About Us’ is inspired by Toronto Queer Zine Fair, Feminist Zine Fest NYC, Philly Feminist Zine Fest.

This resource developed with the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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