Monday Media Mutiny Event No. 2!

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It’s time for WAM! Vancouver’s second installment of MONDAY MEDIA MUTINY.

Location: The Grind Cafe 4124 Main Street

Time: 7-9 pm

This month, get ready for more creative culture-jamming with DIY bookmarks and postcards that can be discreetly slipped inside magazines and other publications featuring sexist and misogynistic content. Their purpose is to challenge rampant objectification of women and to provoke conscious thought in fellow consumers, particularly in young people, who are especially vulnerable to manipulative messages and imagery in the media.

Postcard/bookmark messages can be critical, inspiring, sarcastic, encouraging, eye-opening, funny, or all of the above and more! Quotes or statistics can be included, or you can just write your thoughts on the subject in your own words.

We will provide all the necessary supplies for making postcards and bookmarks – blank cardstock, black and multicolored permanent markers, scissors, etc. You are welcome to bring your own art supplies in addition if you’d like.

Monday Media Mutiny is a once-monthly feminist event organized by Women, Action, & the Media (WAM!) Vancouver, in which interested folks meet to perform a quick action that fights back against sexist representations of women in the media. At the present time, these events take place on the third Monday of each month at 7pm.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/136303443203964/


Introducing: Media Mutiny Monday!

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Date: Jan. 21, 2013

Time: 7-9 PM

Location: Rhizome Cafe @ 317 E. Broadway

“Mutiny is a conspiracy among members of a group of similarly situated individuals … to openly oppose, change or overthrow an authority to which they are subject. The term is commonly used for a rebellion among members of the military against their superior officer(s), but can also occasionally refer to any type of rebellion against an authority figure.”

- wikipedia

Every third Monday of the month*, WAM! Vancouver will be hosting a Media Mutiny event. It will be an opportunity for feminists in Vancouverto gather together in a friendly space, gather our energies and ideas, and put it all towards an action that allows us to challenge the BS we see all around us, in various forms of sexist and misogynist media.

All costs for the activity are covered. We will be gathering at Rhizome Cafe, so we recommend giving them a wee bit of your business (a tea, a soup, whatever you fancy). All are welcome. If you don’t feel like buying anything, don’t!

The first installment of Media Mutiny Monday:


- We will supply the sticker-making stuff (the basics: sticker material, markers, etc)

- Bring your ideas and any other supplies you may wish to incorporate into a DIY sticker (old magazines, for example, may interest some people)

- We will all get together and make stickers with whatever messages we want on them, and then go out into the world and stick away!

*If there’s another day of the week that works better for you, please let us know! (Post here or email us -wamvancouver@gmail.com). We’re starting on Mondays, but we will move these gatherings to another day if it works better.

WAM!Van Holiday Social

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Sat., December 22

4:00pm-6:00 pm

Rhizome Cafe

317 E Broadway, Vancouver

Join WAM!Van to meet other media makers and media shakers as we discuss ways to support each others’ work!

New members and non-members most welcome. FREE.

Media Analysis from WAM! Vancouver community

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WAM! Vancouver members are some of Canada’s most prominent feminist bloggers! Here is a sampling of blog posts containing feminist critiques of the media from the feminist blog, Gender Focus, handpicked by Gender Focus editor and WAM! Vancouver member Jarrah Hodge.

1. What Do You Get When You Put Fox News and AskMen Together? – Roxanna Bennett writes a rebuttal to “5 Feminist Demands She Wants You To Ignore” - http://www.gender-focus.com/2012/01/12/fox-news-and-askmen-together/

2. Oddee Tries to Make a Sideshow Out of Trans People – questioning whether featuring articles with sexualized photos of trans people is appropriate on a site devoted to showcasing “oddities” - http://www.gender-focus.com/2012/01/21/oddee-tries-to-make-a-sideshow-out-of-trans-people/

3. A Part of Our Heritage? Jarrah Hodge takes a look at what parts of Canada’s history are and aren’t represented in those classic “Heritage Minutes” - http://www.gender-focus.com/2012/02/12/a-part-of-our-heritage/ (as well as Part II on race/colonialism - http://www.gender-focus.com/2012/02/16/heritage-minutes-ii-part-of-whose-heritage/ and part III on satires of Heritage Minutes http://www.gender-focus.com/2012/02/20/transformin-heritage-minutes/)

4. Shameless Continues to Provide Positive Alternative to Toxic Teen Magazines – Interview with Editor Sheila Sampath - http://www.gender-focus.com/2012/02/26/shameless-magazine-sheila-sampath/

5. The L Word and the B Word – Alicia Costa writes on depictions of bisexuality in The L Word - http://www.gender-focus.com/2012/04/15/the-l-word-and-the-b-word/

6. Gender Focus Panel on “While the Men Watch” - http://www.gender-focus.com/2012/06/02/gender-focus-panel-while-the-men-watch/

7. An overarching post by Jarrah Hodge on why we have to do media literacy: “Why Study the ‘Unimportant’?” -http://www.gender-focus.com/2011/11/18/why-study-unimportant/

WAM! Vancouver organizer Joanna Chiu has also written a blog series for Battered Women’s Support Services’ media literacy campaign (April 15-21, 2012), where she argued that promoting media literacy can help prevent violence against women.

Day 1: “How Media Literacy Can Help End Violence Against Women” 

Day 2: “Violence Sells? Time to Say Enough to Twisted Advertisers

Day 3: “How to Get Your Messages Heard and Hold the Media Accountable”

Day 4: “Indigenous and Women of Colour Resist!: Making the Media You Want to See in the World” 

Day 5: “Women with Disabilities: Understanding Media Representations to Empower one of the Most Victimized Groups” 

Day 6: “Your Message, Your Voice: Blogging to Fill the Need for Independent Media Analysis” 

Day 7: “Survivors Speak Out to End Systemic Violence Against Women and Girls” 

Have you published feminist media criticism that you’d like to share with WAM! Vancouver? Email us at wamvancouver@gmail.com

Recap of UPRISING conference

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Thanks for making our second annual conference a success! On March 31, 2012, 100 media makers and activists gathered at Vancouver’s Center for Peace to discuss how media makers and activists can work together to improve coverage of social movements. Panelists and participants analyzed coverage of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and SlutWalk. Participants also discussed “7 Habits of Highly Effective Feminists” and learned about how artists and art can help promote social movements.

Read Sandra Cuffe’s recap of the conference at Vancouver Media Co-op, and check out the live-tweet commentary on Twitter at #wamvan (tweets collated on the PDF).

Continue the conversation all year round using the #wamvan hashtag and connect with us @wamvancity!

And to join our listserv, fill out the form here.

If you have any questions about getting inolved with WAM! Vancouver, please email us at wamvancouver@gmail.com


WAM!Core Organizers

Tweet @wamvancity #wamvan

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Happy conference day! Keep the conversation going all through the conference and beyond, and keep people who can’t make it to the conference involved on Twitter by tweeting @wamvancity and using the hashtag #wamvan! 

Thanks for all your support! 

-WAM!Core Vancouver   

UPRISING Conference Information for Registered Participants

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If you haven’t registered yet, hurry! We are almost at capacity. Register here: https://wamvancouver.wordpress.com/conferenceregistration/

Dear WAM! Vancouver conference registrant,

Thank you for registering for the second annual WAM! Vancouver conference: UPRISING: A Day of Dialogue Among Activists, Artists and Media makers on Occupy, The Arab Spring, SlutWalk and More!

This email includes important information about venue, transit, parking, safer space and accessibility guidelines, and our full conference schedule. Please review this email carefully, and let us know if you have any questions.

We encourage you to bring your own mugs and/or water bottles so we could reduce litter during the day. We will provide lunch, snacks and drinks with kosher, vegetarian, vegan, fruit and nut-free and gluten-free options. Please contact us if you have not yet advised us of your dietary needs.

Please also get in touch if you have not yet registered your child for free childcare, or requested a transit stipend.

For any questions, contact us at wamvancouver@gmail.com. Provide your phone number in your email if your query is urgent and you would like us to call you.

WAM! Vancouver strives to make all our community spaces, including our listserv, blog, events and conferences, safer spaces for all members. Please familiarize yourself with our VALUES and ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT before the conference. If at any time, you have a concern or a question at the conference, please see any of the WAM! Vancouver organizers for assistance.

Time: 10 am-4 pm

Date: THIS Saturday, March 31, 2011 

Venue: The Center for Peace 

1825 West 16th Avenue (at Burrard Street)

Directly on the #33 bus line, a few blocks from the #16 and #9 buses. Wheelchair accessible. Please see our accessibility statement for details. Please let us know if you have any concerns or special requests.

See Map HERE

Parking: There will be some free parking space at the Center for Peace, and some parking along side streets around the neighbourhood. 

Admission is by donation.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

WAM!Core Vancouver Organizers

UPRISING: WAM! Vancouver’s 2nd Annual Community Conference

Conference Schedule

Saturday, March 31st, 10am-4pm

The Centre for Peace – 1825 West 16th Avenue (at Burrard)

Note: All programming will be held in the main hall at the Centre for Peace, except for the interactive artists’ workshop, which will be held upstairs in the small meeting room. This schedule is subject to minor changes.

Arrival – 9:45-10am
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea (dairy and non-dairy products provided) and visit with fellow WAM!mers before the conference kicks off.

Welcome – 10-10:30am
Members of the WAM! Core organizing team will welcome you all to the conference and facilitate a brief discussion on the politics of holding the event in this space, on unceded Coast Salish territories.  We will go over WAM! values and our guidelines for creating safer space, which we will be upholding throughout the day. We will provide a brief overview of WAM! as an organization, and the objectives of our conference.

Beginning of Panels and Workshops

Square Off: Tahrir to Robson – 10:30am-12pm
WAM! moderators will facilitate a discussion on the representation of the Arab Spring and Occupy movements.
Speakers include:
Mohamed Algarf – Editor in Chief of UBC Perspectives Magazine, Columnist for Schema Magazine, UBC Master of Journalism student
Miranda Nelson – Assistant Editor of straight.com (The Georgia Straight online)
Kate Milberry – Expert in online privacy, specializing in social movements and the Internet; CBC contributer and blogger at geeksandglobaljustice.com
Tami Starlight – Local activist, participant in Occupy Vancouver, and co-creator of its Anti-Oppression committee

Lunch – 12-1pm
WAM! will be providing a full catered lunch for all participants. To reduce waste, we ask that participants please consider bringing their own Tupperware containers, travel coffee mugs and/or water bottles. Plates and cups will be provided for those without.

During lunch, we invite participants to network with various independent, feminist or feminist-friendly media outlets who are invited to ‘table’ at our event.

Let’s Talk SlutWalk – 1-2:30pm
WAM! moderators will facilitate a discussion around the representation of SlutWalk.
Speakers include:
Organizers, Vancouver SlutWalk
Meghan Murphy – Host of The F-Word, blogger and editor of feminisms.org
Jen Sung – Vancouver queer rights advocate
Angela Marie MacDougall – Battered Women’s Support Services

7 Habits of Highly Effective Feminists: Revolution Edition – 2:30-3:30pm
Conference participants will be guided through this popular workshop (first delivered at the 2011 F-Word Conference hosted by UBC’s Womens and Gender Studies undergraduate students), updated to cater specifically of feminists’ experiences of participating in social movements and uprisings.
Workshop leader: Meenakshi Mannoe, WAM! Core organizer

Inspiring Insurrection: Creating revolutionary art – 2:30-3:30pm
Note: This workshop will be held upstairs in the small meeting room, not in the main gathering space.
This workshop invites artists of various of kinds – visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, poets, and more – to come together to discuss the process of making political art.  Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their particular approaches to making media that captures, or inspires, political uprisings.
Workshop leaders:
Elle-Maija Tailfeathers – Indigenous filmmaker and actress, director of the films Bloodland and The Red Girl’s Reasoning (2012 Crazy8s film festival winner).
Lau Mehes and Emily Griffith – Political playwrights, authors of Capital Alice!
Elyse Jacobson – Violinist, songwriter, member of The Living, WAM! Core organizer

Wrap-up – 3:30-4pm
All attendees will reconvene in the main hall to debrief from the discussions of the day, provide us with your thoughtful feedback of the event, and brainstorm ways to stay connected as a network of activists, feminists, journalists and media critics.  Sharing of appreciations for all of individual contributions to the event.

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