TV and broadcast students featured Shameless’ most recent launch party at the Academy of the Impossible in a video assignment. Check out their piece below! (Transcript below the jump.)
March 18, 2013 • Team Shameless
February 5, 2013 • Team Shameless
Shameless‘ new winter issue has been published, and we’re holding a party to celebrate! The launch party will feature bands and a DJ, so come listen to some great music and then dance the night away! We’ll also be having great food from Urban Herbivore!
Sunday, February 10
The Academy of the Impossible
231 Wallace Ave
This venue is accessible
$5 cover at the door (includes a free copy of the new issue!)
This event is ALL-AGES!
Featuring performances by:
Come have the chance to win prizes from Come As You Are and the lovemuffin bakery!
The Get Schooled! issue features:
Learn Outside the Classroom: What they didn’t teach you in school, By Auburn Phillips, Anqi Shen, Kate Miller, and Laura Shaw
It’s Your Right to Study: Making education your right, By Karine-Myrgianie & Jean-Francois
Aboriginal Education: How Canada’s colonialist tradition affects Indigenous communities, By Jackie Mlotek
February 1, 2013 • Team Shameless
Team Shameless has been hard at work lately, producing the Get Schooled! Issue, a timeline of Idle No More events and recommended reading, and tons of original blog content. We’re in the middle of putting together an amazing justice-themed issue.
Shameless is 100% volunteer run, which means that every penny we raise goes toward printing and distributing our magazine. We are working toward paying our contributors and staff and making Shameless sustainable for years to come.
You can help!
Join the Hall of Shameless, the kick-ass team of people who give us a few dollars a month to help us keep doing what we’re doing.
Members get a free, ongoing subscription to Shameless and free entry to all our events. And, for the month of February, everyone who joins at the level of Shameless Pro ($10 per month) will get a free book! That’s right, sign up this month and we’ll send you a copy of She’s Shameless: Women Write about Growing Up, Rocking Out, and Fighting Back.
January 29, 2013 • Team Shameless
Shameless is looking for a Publisher, Fundraising. Are you devoted to grassroots publishing? Do you have a commitment to anti-oppression and inclusive feminist politics? Do you have some time to volunteer and a vision to make Shameless financially sustainable? Then we need you!
We are looking for a smart, sassy, shameless person to take on this position. The Publisher, Fundraising will work with the Publisher, Operations, to ensure that the business side of Shameless is running smoothly and strategically.
All tasks are done in collaboration with the Publisher, Operations and the Shameless team:
· Collaborates with the Publisher, Operations and the Editorial Director on strategic planning for Shameless
· Develops fundraising plans and works with the team to implement them
· Oversees the implementation of fundraising plans, including: drafting fundraising asks/packages for potential donors; approaching potential donors; researching foundations or other funders to approach; working with our amazing network of supporters to raise our profile; coordinating the Hall of Shameless, our sustainers program; supporting the planning of fundraising events; and researching grants.
· Represents the website and/or the magazine at profile raising and fundraising events
The ideal candidate will:
· Have an understanding of and commitment to Shameless’s mandate
· Have excellent communication skills
· Be super organized
· Be comfortable with talking to people about money and supporting Shameless!
· Be comfortable keeping people motivated and on-track with fundraising
· Be available for monthly business meetings
· Work well with a team
· Previous experience in fundraising is desirable, but not necessary
· Previous experience with grant writing desirable, but not necessary
We are looking for people who work well collaboratively, who have a good sense of Shameless’s editorial vision, who are committed to anti-racist feminist politics, and who are excellent communicators and work well over email. (Shameless has no office.)
All positions at Shameless are part-time, requiring 5-10 hours per week. Most people who work on the magazine do so outside of regular business hours, and meetings will likely be held during evenings and weekends.
Like all roles at this volunteer-run magazine, this position is unpaid. (One role of the Co-Publisher, Fundraising is to generate income for Shameless so that we are able to pay staff and contributors in the future.)
We strongly encourage applications from women and trans people of colour and Indigenous women and trans people, queer and gender-queer folks, and those with experience with anti-racist feminist politics and/or anti-racist feminist organizations. A strong preference will be given to residents of the Greater Toronto Area to facilitate face-to-face meetings with magazine staff.
Please email a resume and a cover letter addressing your suitability for the position, and no more than three writing samples – something relevant to the position, like a newsletter or fundraising letter, would be ideal – to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will start reviewing applications on Tuesday, February 12, but continue accepting applications until the position is filled.
January 9, 2013 • Team Shameless
From the editors: This piece is a collaboration, with thanks to Christine McFarlane, deb singh, and YOU! In the next section of this post is a timeline of major events in the Idle No More movement. This crowd-sourced timeline is just getting started and needs your contributions. Please click here to go to the open Google Document and add your photos, links, videos and pieces of information. Check back often as more information is added!
The Idle No More Movement began with four women: Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon and Sheelah McLean. It has evolved into a movement that has spread across Canada and the international stage.
Idle No More began in early October when Bill C-45 was being discussed. Its focus is on grassroots voices, treaty rights and sovereignty. Bill C-45 is a 457-page omnibus budget legislation bill (also known as the Jobs and Growth Act) that will make changes to several Canadian laws and enactments that include the Indian Act, the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and the Navigable Waters Act.
For First Nations people, the passing of Bill C-45 eliminates treaty rights. It will allow First Nations to lease out/surrender reserve lands based on votes taken at a single meeting, rather than a majority vote from an entire first nation (aka. community consent). It also exempts companies behind major pipeline and inter-provincial power line projects from needing to prove that they won’t damage or destroy navigable waterways in Canada.
Exempting companies from accountability is not only dangerous to First Nations people and their ability to continue a traditional lifestyle of hunting, trapping and fishing, but it will also affect Canada’s waterways and put our water and environment in danger for us and the seven generations behind us.
The Idle No More Movement is about everyone fighting for his or her rights. It is about standing together and righting the wrongs that the Canadian government has put upon us all through their legislative and colonialist practices.
We need to stand up to our Prime Minister Stephen Harper and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Idle No More has swept the globe as an international protest for the rights of Indigeous peoples. More than that it is not a new phenomena of resistance of Indigenous folks and their allies, but a move to talk about many issues including opposition to Bill C-45, treaties (and the rights that were suppose to be attached to them), housing, education, poverty and environmental racism.
So many talented writers and activists have written about the Idle No More movement, so check out this list of videos, articles and blogs!
[* a Treaty is an agreement between colonizers (those who came to the land of Canada, now considered Canadian government officials) and Indigenous peoples to the land colonizers/settlers were on. Most treaties were outlined to promise/make an agreement with Indigenous peoples for sharing of resources, land and friendship and peace). Almost no treaty has been followed through by Canadian government officials.]
Idle No More is a co-ordinated, strategic movement, not led by any elected politician, national chief or paid executive director. It is a movement originally led by indigenous women and has been joined by grassroots First Nations leaders, Canadians, and now the world. It originally started as a way to oppose Bill C-45, the omnibus legislation impacting water rights and land rights under the Indian Act; it grew to include all the legislation and the corresponding funding cuts to First Nations political organizations meant to silence our advocacy voice. - Why we are Idle No More, Pamela Palmater, Ottawa Citizen, December 28, 2012
Pamela is the chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and an Indigenous activist with Idle No More.
In her most recent piece, Blatchford has the audacity to refer to Chief Spence’s action as “one of intimidation, if not terrorism.” I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King, “We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to surface the hidden tension that is already alive.” Blatchford provokes further, “there is I think a genuine question as to whether there’s enough of Aboriginal Culture that has survived.” Wrong, Blatchford. Indigenous peoples, cultures and nations have survived and thrived despite genocide — despite a long, shameful and racist history of residential schools, forced sterilization, small pox and germ warfare, the breaking of treaties, legislative control including through the Gradual Civilization Act and the Indian Act, forced dispossession from lands and relocation to reservations, outlawing of ceremonies such as the potlatch and traditional activities such as fishing and hunting, and much more.
- Debunking Blatchford and other anti-Native ideologues on Idle No More, Harsha Walia, rabble.ca December 30, 2012
Harsha Walia (@HarshaWalia) is a South Asian writer and activist based on Vancouver, unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh territories. She is involved in anti-racist, migrant justice, feminist, anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements and has been active in Indigenous solidarity for over a decade.
THUNDER BAY – “There was a woman, who was taken by two non-native guys, raped and left for dead,” stated Chief Peter Collins, the Chief of Fort William First Nation. Collins says “It is a hate crime against our community”.
In a media statement issued today, Idle No More states, “On Thursday evening Angela Smith (not her real name to protect her identity) was walking to a store in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Two Caucasian men pulled their car up along side her as she walked on the sidewalk and began issuing racial slurs while throwing items at her from the car. When she continued to walk, the car stopped and the passenger of the vehicle got out of the car and grabbed the woman by her hair and forced her into the back of the car
where she was held her down in the back seat by one of them and driven out of the city.
- Be Vigilant, Travel Together, and Be Safe – Idle No More Thunder Bay, James Murray, December 30, 2012.
Check out some stats on the use of the #IdleNoMore hastag by the Globe and Mail:
Finally, some videos on many actions happening concerning Idle No More:
Her name is Ta’Kaiya Blaney, she is 11 years old, she will steal your heart away - Idle No More protest and march, December 29, 2010, Simms Park, Courtenay B.C. Video: Billie Harlow
Short film on reactions on Idle No More protests (15 mins) Directed by Gabriel Constant, Co-directed by Neil Bigneill
On January 2, 2013, hundreds of First Nations and non-indigenous people converged on Vancouver’s Waterfront Station for the latest Idle No More rally.
A round dance flash mob at West Edmonton Mall for Idle No More on December 18, 2012
Adrienne Arsenault (CTV News) reports on a national First Nations protest movement that’s building social media support across the country. Protesters say Bill C-45 violates First Nations’ treaty rights.
December 11, 2012 • Team Shameless
For the entire month of December, each new or renewed 2-year subscription ($25 or $35 for US Subscribers) gets you an absolutely free 1-year gift subscription!! Buy one for someone you love and practice some self-love and renew your own subscription now. When you buy a 2-year subscription online, we will email you asking for the name and address for the gift subscription.
For the ultimate gift that keeps on giving, sign up for the Hall of Shameless. In addition to membership on our awesome team of sustainers, you get free entry to all of our events as well as an ongoing subscription.
Shameless has got everything you need to start the new year on the right track – news, views, politics, music and more, all fitting neatly between the front and back covers of every issue. Skip the mall, and go for the gold.
October 22, 2012 • Team Shameless
Shameless magazine is smart, sassy media. Since 2004, we’ve operated as non-profit, volunteer-run feminist magazine for teens and trans youth and, with your help, we’d like to keep going.
It’s our pleasure to invite you to the first ever Shameless silent auction on Thursday October 25th, 6:30-9:00pm. Tickets are $15 adv, $20 at the door. (Tickets: shamelessauction.eventbrite.ca) Buy early and save that extra $5 for the incredible items on the auction block, such as:
• A two-week gluten cleanse with nutritionist Meghan Telpner (meghantelpner.com)
• A three-hour session with Ro Velasquez, Toronto birthing doula (radgirldoula.tumblr.com)
• Two season passes to the Toronto Roller Derby (torontorollerderby.com/cnpower.php)
• A site-specific mural by international artist Coco Riot, who’s shown in contemporary art museums and at political events (cocoriot.com)
• A bra and knickers set by local designers Fortnight Lingerie, featured in Toronto Fashion Week (fortnightlingerie.com/collection)
• A custom-designed skateboard by Oasis Skateboard Factory (oasisskateboardfactory.blogspot.ca)
• A one hour portrait photography session with Jennifer Rowsom (jenniferrowsom.com)
• Two passes to a macrobiotics cooking class at She Cooks Macro (shecooksmacro.com)
• Goodie package from Come As You Are (comeasyouare.com)
• First solo album and signed book of lyrics & poetry by John K Samson of the Weakerthans (johnksamson.com)
• Three hours with local jazz band Tesseract, a local jazz group that has opened for the likes of Wynton Marsalis, to play your dinner party or special event.
• Movie passes, jewelry by local artists and so much more!!
PLUS we’ll raffle two tickets to Nightwood Theatre’s The Penelopiad, written by Margaret Atwood and starring Megan Follows.
We’ll have delicious food by The Afghan Women’s Catering Group, the musical stylings of DJ Mizz Brown (nominated for Best Local DJ by NOW magazine) and cheap drinks!!
Every dollar – every last dollar – we raise from the auction goes directly to funding Shameless magazine, helping fuel our mission to bring needed alternative voices to the media landscape.
“[Shameless] deals with real issues — important stuff — not how to flirt… this is a magazine for real girls.”
— One of our readers named Shannon, 14, Regina, Saskatchewan
Do you love the idea of Shameless but can’t come to our auction? Please go to our invite page and donate through our “There in Spirit” option – every bit really does make a difference.
Get your ticket or give your donation here: shamelessauction.eventbrite.ca
Can’t wait to see you October 25th!
October 4, 2012 • Team Shameless
Shameless magazine presents our first silent auction!
Come and check out all the incredible items on display and help fund independent feminist media!
When: October 25, 2012, 6:30 - 9:00pm
Where: ING Direct Cafe (221 Yonge St.). Accessible space.
Tickets will be $15 adv. or $20 at the door.
Tickets available here: http://shamelessauction.eventbrite.ca/
Unique wares and creative services! You won’t want to miss this!
Raffle prizes for Nightwood theatre tickets! Music! Food! Cheap drinks!
This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of Steam Whistle Brewery, Rekai LLP and the Canadian Media Guild.
September 20, 2012 • Team Shameless
It’s the Word on the Street Festival!
Sunday, September 23, from 11am-6pm, at Queen’s Park in Toronto
You won’t want to miss us at the Shameless booth (MM7, in the Magazine Mews). Here are a few reasons why:
- Back issue sale! All back issues are $1 ONLY at WOTS.
- Tote bag sale! Tote bags are an amazing $8 ONLY at WOTS.
- Meet your favourite editors and members of the Shameless team!
Plus: keep an eye on our twitter feed (@ShamelessMag) for contests throughout the day.
See you there!
August 27, 2012 • Team Shameless
Come help us celebrate the brand new issue of Shameless and back-to-school season with a rocking launch at Academy of The Impossible.
Toronto Street Writers
Bands from Girls Rock Camp Toronto: Questionable Methods, City Sailors and ADULT DI$COUNT
Sunday, Sept. 9
Academy of the Impossible (231 Wallace Avenue, Toronto).
Cover: $5, includes a copy of the new issue
Wheelchair accessible location
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