Posts by Jessica Yee

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    Weesageechak Begins to Dance 21

    February 2nd, 2009     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Shocking. Ripped open. Raw. Emerging and established Indigenous writers from around the world present their latest works. Care to dance? February 4-7 2009 Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. Weesageechak Festival has been the starting point for numerous renowned writers including Dora Award-winning Tara Beagan and new playwright-in-residence, Spy Denomme-Welsh. Featuring performances in dance, theatre, music and multi-media, Weesageechak has launched over 114 new works by such artists as Drew Hayden Taylor, Alanis King, Darrell Dennis, Marie Clements, Turtle … READ MORE

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    An Open Letter to Ron Bruinooge, Chair of the Pro-Life Caucus

    January 30th, 2009     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    An Open Letter to Ron Bruinooge, Conservative MP for the Manitoba riding of Winnipeg South By Tanna Pirie-Wilson and Jessica Yee We write to you as two young Aboriginal women who are unafraid to speak up, with concern in regards to the anti-choice statements you made in December 2008 about your recent election as the new chair of the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus. And we quote (as reported in the Western Standard): As an Aboriginal MP, Bruinooge says his roots … READ MORE

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    ACTION ALERT: PRO CHOICE COUNTER-PROTEST TODAY IN TORONTO!

    January 28th, 2009     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    ACTION ALERT: PRO CHOICE COUNTER-PROTEST TODAY IN TORONTO! COME SUPPORT A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE The Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), an anti-choice organization, is holding a “silent protest” today. They will be putting up offensive displays at Harbord & St. George TODAY (Wednesday January 28) comparing abortion to genocide and lynchings. Pro-choicers on and off UFT campus will be holding a counter protest to support women’s right to their bodies and CHOICE! The counter-protest is at Harbord and St. … READ MORE

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    Women Who Have Sex with Women need pap tests too!

    January 26th, 2009     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Women Who Have Sex with Women (WSW) need pap tests too! In 2007, Planned Parenthood Toronto and Sherbourne Health Centre conducted a community consultation on the sexual and reproductive health needs of WSW. Pap tests emerged as an important issue; many women who have sex with women (WSW) aren’t clear if they need them and neither are their healthcare providers. So we’re creating a campaign to make sure we all know we need paps and we … READ MORE

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    TRCC/MWAR’s 35th Anniversary at the annual Bowlathon

    January 21st, 2009     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Now in its 16th year, the Bowlathon has become one of the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape success stories. Since 1993 when we raised over $3,000, this event has grown into a key source of support for the women of Toronto. In 2008, we raised a total of $144,000! The Bowlathon is a fun day for bowlers of all ages and abilities. The amount of money you raise doesn’t depend on your bowling experience … READ MORE

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    Blogging Carnival at kickaction.ca!

    January 15th, 2009     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    From our lovely friends over at Power Camp (now Girls Action Foundation!): Bloggers Wanted! Kickaction.ca is looking for guest bloggers for our annual Blogging Carnival! What’s a Blogging Carnival, you ask? A blogging carnival is when a bunch of bloggers are brought together on one site to write about a given topic, allowing readers to read a variety of outlooks on that issue. To celebrate the Girls Action Foundation National Day of Action on February 14th, kickaction.ca will be hosting … READ MORE

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    Thea rocks the Feminist Activist Herstory Forum this Sunday!

    December 31st, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Our beloved Thea Lim over here at Shameless has not yet departed to the United States and will grace us once more before she goes with her intelligence, brilliance, and general feminist awesomeness this Sunday at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape for their monthly Feminist Activist Herstory Forum! If I weren’t in the US myself, I’d be there! So I hope you can be! Here are the deets: Date: Sunday, January 4th Time: 2-3:30pm Where: 17 Phoebe … READ MORE

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    Riding to remember

    December 23rd, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Amidst all the holiday hub-bub nonsense what with all the rampant shopping, grotesque overspending, power eating, and under-the-weather feelings many of us encounter, I cast my eyes to my brothers and sisters who use the holiday season to do something remarkably different. Two rides take place in the United States every December to commemorate some of the largest massacres in Native American history, where communities, families, Elders, and youth alike gather from all across Turtle Island … READ MORE

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    All I want for Christmas is safe sex

    December 19th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    You can always count on LifeSite News to make you laugh: “This holiday season, Durex(R) wants lovers to really feel the Love,” says the (press) release. “Helping Canadians get in the mood to wrap their packages, Durex and Santa will start celebrating the holidays by handing out Love condoms this Tuesday, December 16, 2008 in downtown Toronto. Giving never felt so good!” “It’s deeply saddening to me that at one of the most sacred times of the … READ MORE

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    The violence needs to stop. The humanity needs to begin.

    December 17th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Today, December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Several different events are taking place across Canada. What will you be doing to commemorate this important day? … READ MORE

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    The fight must go on

    December 16th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Disheartening news from sex worker rights collectives across the country. But the fight must go on. Official press release from Pivot Legal Society, in conjunction with the Montreal Coalition for the Rights of Sex Workers: MONTREAL SEX WORKER RIGHTS GROUP DENOUNCES BC SUPREME COURT RULING THAT DENIES SEX WORKERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS Monday December 15 Today, the BC Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought forward by a group of sex workers from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (“SWUAV”) who … READ MORE

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    A Very Polite Genocide or the Girl Who Fell to Earth

    December 11th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    A not-to-be-missed opportunity from Catherine Hernandez at Native Earth, about A Very Polite Genocide or The Girl Who Fell to Earth, currently playing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in the TDOT. I’ll be writing about it over at Racialicious, and will be sure to post it here too! Act now! Act fast! Native Earth wants YOU to blog about our show, A Very Polite Genocide or The Girl Who Fell to Earth. Uncovering the emotional truths behind … READ MORE

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    Sex positive feminism rocks

    December 11th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Big ups and kudos go to my colleague Alison Lee, manager of Good for Her in Toronto, on writing a kick-ass feature for the November/December This Magazine on The New Face of Porn, and how a new generation of feminists are reclaiming porn, both as consumers and producers. Here is her fabulous self talking about her work at the store for This: I think we go back and forth all the time with the argument about sex … READ MORE

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    Loretta Ross from SisterSong throws it down

    December 9th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    By saying this and other cleverness and truths about the abhorrent Genocide Awareness Project, reposted at RH Reality Check: The sexism in their viewpoints is mind-boggling. To them, Black women are the poor dupes of the abortion rights movement, lacking agency and decision-making of our own. In fact, this is a reassertion of Black male supremacy over the self-determination of women. It doesn’t matter whether it is from the lips of a man or a woman. … READ MORE

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    Agitate! Queer Women of Colour starts tonight in the ODOT

    December 5th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    I’m super pumped to check out Agitate! Community dinner tonight in Ottawa. More information about this amazing grassroots collective after the jump. Agitate is a queer, Ottawa-based organization for Aboriginal, mixed-race and women of colour. Although the governing board is open exclusively to First Nations, mixed-race and women of colour, allies from all communities and of all genders and sexual orientations are encouraged to get in touch with Agitate for information on how to volunteer. Agitate’s aim is … READ MORE

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    Safe Sex in the City in Ottawa tonight!

    December 4th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    If you are in Ottawa, be sure to drop by tonight for Safe Sex in the City! All proceeds are benefiting Canadians for Choice. Yours truly is also performing spoken word! … READ MORE

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    Inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women “likely”

    December 4th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    “If there were 18,000 white women missing and murdered, it would be headlines,” she said. “There would be something done immediately.” … READ MORE

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    Amplify your voice for World Aids Day!

    December 1st, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    From December 1-7, Advocates for Youth, the International Youth Leadership Council and the International Youth Speak Out Project are hosting a Blog-a-thon to honor World AIDS Week. Through this initiative, young people from all over the world will join together in solidarity to discuss the impact of HIV and AIDS and how they have affected their lives and communities. In facilitating this global dialogue, we are encouraging young people to post blogs, poems, images, art work, … READ MORE

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    Women of Hip Hop Vancity!

    November 30th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Any Vancouverites out there, I’ll see you at this tomorrow night! So excited! … READ MORE

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    CSIS being racist once again

    November 30th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    I couldn’t think of a better title to adequately demonstrate my disdain at having to write about this. Not that I didn’t know this was happening or am at all surprised that the news is finally surfacing. Mostly I’m just still angry and using my sarcasm here to move through these feelings. As reported in the Globe and Mail: “Over the past 18 months, CSIS [Canadian Security & Intelligence Service] agents have approached several people with ties to … READ MORE

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