Posts by Jessica Yee

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    Know your status at Head & Hands!

    November 27th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    I’m a big fan of Head & Hands and all their awesome services in Montreal, so big ups to them for doing this! Head and Hands is hosting 2 free anonymous HIV testing nights as part of our World AIDS Day campaign. These clinics will be taking place Tuesday, Nov. 25th from 5-9:30pm and Monday, Dec. 1st from 1-5pm. Like our medical clinics, the testing nights are confidential, do not require medicare, and for youth 12-25. 5833 … READ MORE

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    Thanksgiving means…

    November 27th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    It’s Thanksgiving day for our neighbours next door in the United States. Thanksgiving comes with a lot of historical baggage of course around colonization, the pilgrims, etc, but a lot of people have taken it back as simply a day to be thankful. That’s up to you to decide. Watch this cool video from Longhouse Media with youth from the Swinomish, Lummi and Muckleshoot Nations talk about what Thanksgiving means to them. So what does it mean to … READ MORE

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    2-Spirits Toronto Fundraiser tonight!

    November 25th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    2-Spirited People of the 1st Nation proudly presents: The Bold and the Brave NishaLicious DRAG SHOW and FUNDRAISER No cover charge, donations are kindly accepted. Date: Nov. 25. 2008 Where: George’s Play, 504 Church Street, Toronto Time: 9pm - 11pm ALL PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS FUND For more information, please contact: springwater@2spirits.com … READ MORE

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    We need to watch this…

    November 24th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    The antis are at it again, coming up with their totally inaccurate and conflicting, supposedly “all-encompassing” polls for craziness. From the ultra-scary LifeSiteNews: A new Environics poll shows a majority of Canadians want legal protection for the unborn child at some point before birth. This is consistent with survey results over the past seven years. Canada remains the only country in the developed word with no legal limits on abortion throughout all 9 months of pregnancy. Yet, almost … READ MORE

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    Native Pride - More than what you think!

    November 23rd, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Events of late remind me that I need to post this. Watch this awesome video produced by Native Lens from the always amazing Longhouse Media. These are youth from the Swinomish Tribe who tell YOU loud and clear why they are proud to be Native. I know I’m damn proud to be Native! … READ MORE

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    Mothers in jail have the right to keep babies

    November 21st, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    This gets me particularly enraged, that we have to even fight for our inherent right to nurse our children, no matter where we are. From the Vancouver Sun: “Mothers who give birth while incarcerated at a provincial jail have the constitutional right to keep their babies with them, says a legal action filed in B.C. Supreme Court. There was a “mother-baby program” in the past, but it was cancelled last April by Lisa Anderson, the new warden at … READ MORE

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    Coquille Tribe of Oregon passed law to legalize same-sex marriage

    November 19th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    So apparently for the month of August I was living under a rock because I failed to hear that the Coquille Tribe of Oregon passed a law to legalize same-sex marriage! For real! And they are the first! In all this hub-bub over Proposition 8 and the extreme racism I’ve seen go back and forth (that I’ve almost been too disgusted by to attempt to comment on for fear of unleashing my own fiery wrath of oppression) … READ MORE

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    Come out tonight and support our local young Indigenous filmmakers!

    November 18th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    The Fourth Annual TorontotheBetter film series, in coordination with Students on Seven (SOS), 7th Generation Image Makers and the Indigenous Education Network proudly present the screening of: Beyond the Seventh Generation A series of short films created by local indigenous youth filmmakers To be preceded by a smudge conducted by the Indigenous Education Network and followed by a Q&A with some of the filmmakers - Movies, Discussion, Action Don’t miss this exciting one time Pay What You Can screening! When: … READ MORE

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    Time to call…the rejection hotline?

    November 18th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    My younger sister informed me of this during my latest research on youth sexual health resources online. rejectionhotline.com provides a telephone number you can give to those who apparently “can’t take a hint” when you turn their proposition down. The thought of this (US-based) company making profits now over the reality of pushiness that exists in our overtly sexual world is disgruntling. But I have to admit the message you hear when you call it is actually … READ MORE

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    Violence against Native women is a surprise?

    November 16th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    From the New West Missoula: “The 2008 Data Book from Montana Kids Count, which just hit the shelves, is boring and bland, but its informative sections on juvenile justice and the data snapshots of Native American women and children sound alarm bells. Here’s an example. On page 9, in the middle of a chart, is this shocking bit of news: Native women in Montana have an average life expectancy of 64 years, compared to 81 for the general population.” Sixty-four years! … READ MORE

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    support the canadian federation for sexual health in Ottawa this Saturday

    November 14th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    The Canadian Federation for Sexual Health (formerly known as Planned Parenthood of Canada) proudly presents: … READ MORE

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    Anti-choice comes to Ryerson

    November 12th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    An anti-choice archbishop who vocally criticized the appointment of Dr. Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada is <a href=”http://www.theeyeopener.com/articles/3873-Archbishop-visit-sparks-abortion-debate”“>visiting Ryerson next Thursday. Several (amazing) pro-choice students are (rightfully) against the visit. The Ryerson Catholic Students’ Association will have an information booth and Archbishop Thomas Collins will be there to answer people’s questions. I would also like to personally add that many students at Ryerson have made remarkable efforts to represent themselves as a pro-choice campus that provides … READ MORE

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    View Points: More Than Bows and Arrows

    November 12th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Join us tonight in Toronto for an exploration of artist responses to historical Indigenous misconceptions and stereotypes. The discussion is moderated by Toronto curator/producer Kerry Swanson (imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, LIFT). When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: Harbourfront Centre’s York Quay Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay West Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm View Points: More Than Bows and Arrows is a prelude to Planet IndigenUs. Planet IndigenUs is a collective vision and spirit aiming to embrace and honor the role of … READ MORE

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    Wonder Woman looks like…

    November 11th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Hot off Hollywood entertainment news is Beyonce’s bid to play the role of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Justice League of America movie. She’s quoted in the UK Daily Mail as saying: “A black Wonder Woman would be a powerful thing,” “It’s time for that, right? It would be great.” The role was supposedly favoured to go to Hollywood unknown Megan Gale from Australia. Now I know for sure that I want to see a woman of colour take … READ MORE

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    We interrupt the US political programming with some Canadiana…

    November 11th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Some important Canadian political interjection here. Two particular things of note that the Conservatives are gathering to discuss at their upcoming policy convention in Winnipeg; 1) The Human Rights Commission. The Canadian commission’s authority to investigate complaints related to hate messages should be removed. (Umm, I’m sorry, we don’t need to investigate hate crimes anymore? Wtf?!) 2) The Unborn Victims of Crime Act, or what was formerly known as Bill C484. (That’s right, even though Harper supposedly took … READ MORE

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    Manifesto of the Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering

    November 10th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Apologies for posting this so late, but it’s definitely worth a read in its entirety! Here we present to you the Manifesto adopted at the Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering Toujours RebELLEs / Waves of Resistance, Montreal, on October 13, 2008. More than 500 young women between the ages of 14 to 35 gathered from every single province and territory to reclaim feminism and try to take it back for what it needs to be so we’re … READ MORE

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    Yes, we won

    November 5th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    Although we haven’t really slept, although we’ve driven 40 plus hours in the last 5 days, and although there is still a lot of work to be done, most definitely including with the Native vote, we won. Measure 11 failed here in South Dakota, but the real victory I can tell you was won in the trailers, dirt roads, and small communities who came to terms with standing up for change in a place that so … READ MORE

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    Girl-on-girl hate that I just can’t stand

    October 28th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    I know there are songs on the radio that people just can’t stand; especially when it comes to breaking down the lyrics. Yes there’s misogyny, violence, racism, and fake-ness all around, but some songs you can still tolerate for their beat, others you just cannot stand to hear at all. For me, those songs are the ones that have the underlying (but in my mind overt) tones of girl-on-girl hate. As in, a woman singing in … READ MORE

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    Show your support for the Women Run! of South Dakota

    October 27th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    My bags are packed and ready to hit the ground running until the election in South Dakota to mobilize against the proposed abortion ban and how this will specifically affect Native American communities which are quite populous in the state. But before I leave, I want to introduce you to some amazing women who are nothing short of warriors that make up Women Run! Women Run! is the umbrella organization for progressive pro-choice Native American women running … READ MORE

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    Sex ed starting in kindergarten to become mandatory in England

    October 26th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

    From the Canadian Press: “With one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Europe, the British government is bringing sex education to all schools in England, including kindergarten-age children. While countries like France, Holland and China already require sex education, few places demand that it be introduced at such a young age. English schools now are required to teach basic lessons on reproduction as part of the science curriculum. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have separate education … READ MORE

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