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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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