Tag: Activist Report

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    Abundant Bodies: Media making and movement building

    May 30th, 2014     by Asam Ahmad     Comments

    The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every summer in Detroit, Michigan. For the first time this year, there will be a track (a series of workshops/panels/sessions) that will explore body positivity in our movements and create media that resists dominant narratives about body size. READ MORE

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    From zines to online community: Masala Militia’s one-year anniversary

    May 23rd, 2014     by Nish Israni     Comments

    Masala Militia is a year-old Toronto-based, feminist-oriented online magazine, zine, and movement focusing on a variety of topics affecting self-identified brown girls and women of the brown diaspora. READ MORE

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    Missing and Murdered Women’s Vigil February 14th, 2014

    March 4th, 2014     by Tammy Beers     Comments

    Yesterday, I attended the annual February 14th Strawberry Ceremony and Missing and Murdered Women’s Vigil in Toronto. Like every other year, I stood out in the cold with supporters, listening to family members of the missing and the murdered. This year, like other years, tears streamed down my face while the words of loss echoed, bouncing off the walls of police headquarters, where we were gathered… READ MORE

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    Honouring and Reclaiming Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples - Take Back the Night 2013

    October 1st, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    Over the 5 years I have been in leadership of Take Back the Night, I have never experienced the planning committee and the event in the way I did this year. I believe it was the leadership and guidance of Indigenous women and 2 Spirit People who changed the way we do Take Back the Night. I also believe that Take Back the Night changed because settlers weren’t running the show like in the 32 … READ MORE

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    Take Back the Night 2013: Honouring and Reclaiming Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples

    September 10th, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    Take Back the Night 2013 Honouring and Reclaiming Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples Saturday September 21st, 2013 Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario St., Toronto) Community Fair 4pm Rally 6pm March 8pm Read our Statement of Solidarity at takebackthenighttoronto.com Honouring and Reclaiming Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples This year’s theme speaks to the experiences of Turtle Islands original people and the (sexual) violence Indigenous women and 2-Spirit People still face today as part of the ongoing colonization of this land. We are all responsible for … READ MORE

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    Si se peude: Fast food workers strike in the US

    September 3rd, 2013     by Meg Pirie     Comments

    In May 2001, American author and sociologist Barbara Ehrenreich published Nickel and Dimed. In this deeply provocative ethnography, Ehrenreich attempts to earn a living wage at a variety of service sector jobs in one month intervals, from Wal-Mart associate, waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, and nursing-home aide. All of these positions paid minimum wage and, therefore, should have provided the author with a sustainable income. What she found was a series of jobs that were … READ MORE

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    Guest blog: Don’t holler at these activists, because they will holla back.

    August 21st, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Katie Toth Hollaback! had its first international speakers’ series on Friday, July 25, at New York University. Women from five Canadian cities and provinces—Ottawa, Halifax, Alberta, Winnipeg and Hamilton—were there to represent. The feminist group, which is dedicated to ending street harassment, began with the hope to take concrete action against a sexist culture. “We’d taken all the women’s studies classes and critical theory classes, and nobody was telling us that sexism was (happening) on the … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Our Stories, Our Agency over Our Media & The Allied Media Conference for a Just World

    August 13th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    By MaryCarl Guiao Do we know our history so we know where our work lies? There’s no time like when you’re that close to the opening event featuring an interactive, investigative hip-hop experience with Complex Movements that we are all eagerly anticipating, for the US border guards to suddenly bring our travel to an hour and a half halt. Prince’s Purple Rain album is on its second rotation because we forgot to bring the over-five-hour-ride mix … READ MORE

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    Toronto event: Margin of Eras

    July 4th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    [Press release] Underground arts funders launch group exhibition in abandoned convenience store Opening event: July 12 7 p.m. to midnight 1181 Queen Street West, Toronto Exhibition runs July 12 - July 27 (Wednesday to Sunday, 12 -7 p.m.) Toronto - CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to funding and supporting emerging artists who live and work on the margins in Toronto. Margin of Eras marks CUE’s 3rd annual group show, where artwork funded over the past year will be exhibited. … READ MORE

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    Event: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride in Hamilton

    June 24th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    The Mad Hatter and the Mad Pride Hamilton Organizing Committee cordially invite you and your friends to tea. What: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride in Hamilton When: Saturday, July 27th from 1-5pm (tea at 1, open mic starts at 2) Where: First Pilgrim United Church / 200 Main Street East, Hamilton (wheelchair accessible) Who: All Mad people, consumer/survivors, people with lived experience or labeled with ‘mental illness’, those who experience distress/visions/voices/alternative realities/extreme states, and friends/supporters Cost: … READ MORE

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    Update: 160 Girls Demand Justice in Kenya

    June 24th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    This post is an update to “A Long Fight Ahead: 160 Girls Demand Justice in Kenya” by Melissa Reiter which appeared on the Shameless blog on March 11, 2013. In a landmark ruling, 240 young women in Kenya who were sexually assaulted as minors have won a constitutional claim against the Kenyan government. The Equality Effect, a Toronto-based charity which aims to achieve justice for women and girls through law and policy reform, launched the case … READ MORE

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    Cross-Post: The Third Option

    June 21st, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    This piece also appears at The Fat Nutritionist, by Michelle Allison. [I recommend her entire blog and consider her to be a personal hero and mentor. - Julia] Two days ago, there were rumblings. First, I heard that the American Medical Association’s science council had advised them against declaring “obesity” a disease. My initial feeling was one of mild surprise - hadn’t they declared it a disease already? I honestly didn’t know, but given the way our … READ MORE

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    Toronto Pride art programming: Bambitchell

    June 17th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Toronto Pride is almost upon us! There are a huge number of events, programs, installations and shows throughout the city during late June and early July. One of these is That’s So Gay, an annual art exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, curated this year by Elisha Lim. Stay tuned to Shameless for more coverage of this exhibition coming soon. One of this year’s participants of That’s So Gay is Bambitchell, the name used by Sharlene Bamboat … READ MORE

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    Building Equality: An International Partnership Helps Women Find Justice in Tanzania

    June 17th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Melissa Reiter I recently learned a Zulu proverb: “One does not cross a river without getting wet.” There are some experiences that stay with us even as we come out on the other side, reminding us where we’ve been and forming a lasting connection to a place or a person. This is what happened when my friend David Fitzpatrick went to Tanzania. In 2004, David visited Tanzania with a program called Global Volunteers, where he taught … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Carrying on his Legacy

    June 1st, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by T. Sunday I was packing up at the end of a workday, a while back, and a coworker, we’ll call him “Tim,” invited me to join him and some friends for dinner. I told him I couldn’t, because I’d already made a commitment: I was going to a pro-choice rally outside an abortion clinic in Toronto. “But we’ve already won the right to choose!” Tim smirked. Then, clearly not the kind of guy who quits when … READ MORE

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    Call out: Empowerment Council Youth Advocacy Project

    May 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Are you a young person under 25? Have you used the mental health or addiction system? We want to hear from you! The Empowerment Council conducts systemic advocacy on behalf of service users. There have been a lot of changes in the mental health system and we want to know how this is affecting youth. What have been your best and worst experiences at CAMH? What changes do you want to see? What do you want to know about your … READ MORE

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    Submit to Mad Pride Hamilton zine!

    May 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Are you a: -mental health consumer/survivor -person with lived experience -person who has been labelled with a “mental illness” -Mad person Do you live, work, study, use services, or spend time in Hamilton? Submit to our Mad Pride Hamilton zine! Advice, Artwork, Blog Posts, Comics, Emails, How You Celebrate, Letters, Lyrics, Photographs, Pictures, Poetry, Questions, Rants, Recommendations, Resources, Short Stories, Sketches, Tips, Visions, Wellness Tools, What Needs to Change, What You’re Proud Of, What You’ve Learned, What You Want to Know, Wish … READ MORE

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    SUPER TRANS POWER WARRIORS: zine, dinner and show

    May 21st, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Super Trans Powers presents: SUPER TRANS POWER WARRIORS. a zine made for and by trans youth in Toronto. A zine of comics, writing, and art about us and our lives. We would like to invite you to dinner and show on June 12th, 2013 at the Sherbourne Health Centre in the Grandball Room (Second Floor) at 6pm. Come and join us for a meal and performances from the creative minds behind the zine. Contributors will be reading or showing their … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Woman in Niqab Asking for it?

    May 3rd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Farrah Khan A consistently held myth is that women who are sexually assaulted “ask for it” by the way we dress or act. However, government reports and community organizations have demonstrated that this doesn’t matter. A woman of any age, physical type, or dress can be assaulted. Violence is violence, and believing in the myth that women “ask for it” is harmful. Not only does it absolve the perpetrators of violence, it also serves as … READ MORE

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    Toronto event: action for International Workers Day

    May 1st, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    From the Facebook event: Join us in the streets for the annual May Day of Action in Toronto. 5:30 PM: Rally and March starting at City Hall and ending at Little Norway Park in solidarity with striking workers at Porter (Queens Quay and Bathurst) On International Workers Day, we march to build a Solidarity City. Solidarity City is a unified struggle for: Respect for Indigenous Sovereignty, Status for All, an End to Imperialism and Environmental Destruction, an End … READ MORE

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