VANDU Protest and Vigil commemorated 40 years of injustice & deaths through Drug Wars Misery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Friday June 17, 2011
VANDU’s action in solidarity with the Students for Sensible Drug Policy who held candlelight vigils across North America to demand an end to the “drug war” declared by Richard Nixon on June 17 1971.
Forty years ago today, Nixon publicly declared war on drugs. Since then, the US federal government has wasted over $1 trillion ruining peoples’ lives and putting tens of millions of nonviolent citizens in jail. Canada is now mimicking US policy.
Tonight, more than 500,000 people across the US will have to sleep behind bars for violating a nonviolent drug offense. That’s more than all of western Europe locks up for ALL offenses. This disgrace is a fiscal and moral nightmare for all of us who care about freedom, responsibility and accountable government. Think about this: locking up one inmate costs about $30,000 per year in the US and $320/day in Canada– way more than is costs to go to college.
We’re fed up with these disastrous policies – Our governments MUST finally end this shockingly wasteful, counterproductive war.
VANDU is a group of users and former users who work to improve the lives of people who use illegal drugs through user based peer support and education
Join Net Impact Vancouver and the Vancouver Graphic Design Meetup to hear the inside story of W2 Media Cafe.
Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director, will share the history of this six-year, collaborative project, reflecting on the organizational design that went in to bringing eight non-profits together around a compelling vision. Be among the first to enjoy the inspiring new networked cafe, and connect with fellow members of the business and design communities.
When & where
Thursday June 23 @ 7:00 – 9:00
W2 Media Cafe
111 West Hastings Street
$10 (includes appies & first drink)
Opened in May 2011, W2 Media Cafe is a globally networked community media arts centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Housed in the four-storey atrium of the restored Woodwards heritage building, W2 houses a 200-capacity networked broadcasting studio, community TV station, community FM radio station, media lab, creative technology incubator, letterpress studio, telepresence and mobile media programs, and more. Learn more at CreativeTechnology.org
What’s a Meetup Mashup?
Meetup Mashups are a social experiment. Vancouver is an amalgam of micro-communities, many of which never interact. The intent of Net Impact’s Meetup Mashup series is to bring together disparate groups around speaking events of mutual interest. As the networks interact, the communities connect, and fresh new ideas emerge!
Net Impact is a global network of leaders who are changing the world through business. The Vancouver Net Impact Professional Chapter aims to facilitate opportunities for community impact where business professionals can leverage their skills to affect positive social and environmental change in our local communities. Learn more at www.netimpactvancouver.com
Vancouver Graphic & Communication Design Meetup
The Vancouver Graphic & Communication Design Meetup is a collective of like-minded Vancouver designer folk. We meet monthly to share new ideas, learn valuable skills and to geek out about all things design.
A large thank you to our sponsors.
You know your mission. We’ll tell your story. We unite passion and pragmatism to build the visionary brands of the 21st century. We help leaders of businesses, charities and social enterprises to catalyze change, accelerate progress, and build a better world. We call it ‘Branding. But bigger.’ Learn more at www.octopusstrategies.com
Inkslam – Designers Only :
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To find out more and sign up, check out www.designersonly.ca.
From What’s Your Status
Together we can radically stop the spread of HIV and AIDS through identifying participants who are positive. The earlier you learn your status and start treatment you significantly lower the risk of transmitting this disease to someone else.
Finding out your HIV status is positive used to be thought of as a death sentence. This is no longer the case because of pioneers in medical research like Dr. Julio Montaner and the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS who have developed a highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for people living with the disease that can prolong healthy living for a lifetime and reduces the risk of HIV transmission. Along with this ground breaking research, a Point of Care test (similar to a test a diabetic would take) has the ability to screen for the virus in 60 seconds.
We are initiating a HIV testing, treatment and education campaign in the downtown eastside community (DTES). This program is a pilot project linking peers within our DTES to information and resources that they need and are available to them within the PHS programs that currently exist as well as special summer outdoor events.
Our objectives are to test and educate as many people from the DTES community as HIV screening is an important part of preventative health care for everyone. We also intend to link people living with a HIV positive status to all the resources and support that are available to them in their community.
Getting tested to find out your HIV status is as simple as
- Showing up to one of our testing sites or events
- Do the test & get your results *
- Receive education without discrimination
* If you test positive we will assist you in proceeding to a second test from a Health Care professional, where post education; service, support and resources will be discussed.
To find out where and when you can be tested, click here.
Our testers are DTES community members who have been educated to perform the Point of Care tests by a certified practitioners and educators. They are leaders in the community who are trustworthy, honest and have all signed legal confidentiality agreements. They have been given all the tools necessary to deal with any situation in the most respectful, safe and non-judgmental way possible.
AHA MEDIA filmed Saturday June 12 of the 23rd Annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver
The 23rd Annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
Presented by the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society
June 11 & 12, 2011 Festival and Races
Recognized as North America’s biggest and best, the 23rd annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver will be a true celebration of our diverse and beautiful city, attracting over 100,000 people and close to 180 dragon boat teams from across the Lower Mainland and around the globe.
Beginning on Friday afternoon with the colourful Eye-dotting Ceremony, the festival will continue with two more days of non-stop entertainment on the World Beat Stage, fabulous food and shopping, and of course, dragon boat racing of the highest caliber.
Admission is free to the general public so what’s stopping you? Come on down to the waters of False Creek and celebrate with us!
Friday, June 10
2pm Eye-dotting Ceremony at the Dragon Zone docks
Saturday, June 11
8am Races start
10am Site activities open
11am World Beat Stage entertainment begins
6pm Festival Site closed
Sunday, June 12
8am Races start
10am Site activities open
11am World Beat Stage entertainment begins
12pm Championship races begin (time approximate)
1:30pm Welcome Remarks from World Beat Stage
6pm Dragon Boat Festival entertainment ends and Site is closed to the general public
6pm Paddler’s Party begins
Located at Concord Place, Creekside Community Centre and the waters of False Creek, near Science World. Nearest SkyTrain Station is Science World. Intersection of Quebec Street and Terminal Avenue in Vancouver.