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AHA MEDIA and W2’s Fearless City Mobile Program at Women’s Voices at the Table for International Women’s Day Conference in Vancouver on Sat March 6, 2010

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

International Women’s Day in Vancouver 2010
http://www.iwdvancouver.ca

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Below is a photo of Clyde Wright, Peter Davies and Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA and  W2’s Fearless City Mobile Program ready to do some mobile media event coverage. This photo was taken outside of Vancouver Public Library where the Women’s Voices at the Table for International Women’s Day in Vancouver 2010 was about to begin :)

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Below is a video of Miriam Palacios of Oxfam Canada welcoming us to Women’s Voices at the Table at International Women’s Day Conference in Vancouver on Saturday March 6, 2010

Oxfam Canada
http://www.oxfam.ca

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a video of the Ranging Grannies singing at Women’s Voices at the Table for International Women’s Day in Vancouver on March 6, 2010

Ranging Grannies of Vancouver
http://www.vcn.bc.ca/ragigran/

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo, Lianne Payne speaks about working with projects and organizations with a social and cultural mandate. April Smith is a social media maker and community advocate working as Project Coordinator for W2’s Fearless City Mobile program and AHA MEDIA. Eileen Gillette researches accessibility, the digital divide, and information policy.

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Below is a photo is Richard Czaban, Clyde Wright and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA and W2’s Fearless City Mobile Program at the Media Table for Women’s Voices at the Table for International Women’s Day Conference 2010

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Below is a photo of April Smith, Lianne Payne and Mo Simpson at Women’s Voices at the Table for International Women’s Day Conference 2010

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Below is a photo of April Smith, Andrea Reimer – Vancouver City Councillor and her Daughter, Friend  at  Women’s Voices at the Table for International Women’s Day Conference 2010

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Below is a photo of the International Women’s Day conference in Vancouver

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Below is a video of Earle Peach and Solidarity Notes Choir at Women’s Voices at the Table for the International Women’s Day Conference on Saturday March 6 , 2010 in Vancouver

Earle Peach
http://www.EarlePeach.com

Solidarity Notes Choir
http://www.solidaritynotes.ca/

This video was filmed by Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Fujifilm S200EXR. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of  Lauren Gill and April Smith at Women’s Voices at the Table for International Women’s Day Conference 2010

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Below is a photo and video montage  with highlights from the International Women’s Day Rally and Conference on Saturday March 6 , 2010 in Vancouver

This photo and video montage was created by Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA and filmed on a New Media camera – Fujifilm S200EXR. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

April Smith of W2’s Fearless City Mobile Program and AHA MEDIA is very proud to be a speaker with Lianne Payne and Eileen Gillette on Media for Women’s Voices at the Table during International Women’s Day Rally & Conference

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

http://www.iwdvancouver.ca/

Women’s Voice’s at the Table

International Women’s Day Program

Saturday, March 6 (Vancouver, Canada)

This event is part of a broadly-based Canadian and global civil society campaign to inspire and mobilize citizens to be heard and to claim a seat “at the table” with the leaders at the upcoming G8/20 meeting taking place in Canada. We know that often women’s voices and needs are ignored and this is our opportunity to put our issues on the tables

The 2010 International Women’s Day will start with a celebratory rally at the North Plaza of the Art Gallery at noon followed by a conference at 1:30 pm at the Vancouver Public Library. There will be several display tables featuring women’s organizations addressing various issues.Each table with a speaker and YOU, the participants will come up with a series of very concrete policy recommendations and demands to be presented to government representatives regarding women’s rights issues.

Participants concerned about human rights issues and gender equality are encouraged to attend and contribute to the conference.

Table Discussion Topics:

Table #1. Economy
Table #2. Poverty and Income
Table #3. Housing
Table #4. Climate Change and Food Security
Table #5. Violence Against Women
Table #6. Femicide
Table #7. Women in Solidarity
Table #8. Indigenous Women
Table #9. Labour rights
Table #10. Education
Table #11. Health Care
Table #12. Media
Table #13. Access to Justice
Table #14. Women’s Leadership and Decision Making
Table #15. Women, Peace and Militarism


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Media

The speakers will address the issue of women’s voice in the media, focusing on how far women have come in terms of their access to the media and the challenges they are facing.

Lianne Paynne is dedicated to working with projects and organizations with a social and cultural mandate. April Smith is a social media maker and community advocate working as Project Coordinator for W2’s Fearless City Mobile program. Eileen Gillette researches accessibility, the digital divide, and information policy.

Schedule of Activities:

12:00pm -1:00pm Celebratory Rally (Art Gallery, North Plaza)

1:30pm – 2:00pm Display Tables at Vancouver Public Library

Welcoming – music

2:00pm-3:00pm Table Discussions, round 1
3:00pm-4:00pm Table Discussions, round 2
4:00pm-4:15pm Break-refreshments served
4:15pm-5:00pm Presentation of Resolutions

Music and Closing remarks

This event is organized by the following groups:
-We*ACT
-BWSS
-Oxfam Canada
-Amnesty International
-BC Teachers’ Federation(BCTF)
-North Shore Women’s Centre
-We Can End all Violence against Women Campaign
-BC Federation of Labour
-BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU)
-Justice Education Society of BC
-Make Poverty History
-BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC)

April Smith of AHA MEDIA was very proud to be invited to speak about social media for social justice activisim with BCGEU members in North Vancouver

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

April Smith of AHA MEDIA  was very proud to be invited to speak about social media for social justice activisim with BCGEU members at the Holiday Inn in North Vancouver, B.C.

BCGEU – BC Government and Service Employees Union http://www.bcgeu.ca

BCGEU is holding their  fall Labour Institute in early November, which is a three-day school with an academic stream and a campaigns stream. This time BCGEU’s campaigns stream is just for young workers (under 30).

April Smith will be speaking on how she got involved in social justice activism, how she uses social media in social justice activism and why it’s valuable, and a bit about the projects she’s worked on or are working on currently.

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Below is a photo of April Smith standing by  ” Today Events”  where it mentions BCGEU is in the Seymour Room

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Below is a photo of Doug Dykens  welcoming the BCGEU members!

3 Doug speaking

In this video is an Introduction to BCGEU Young Workers event at Holiday Inn in North Vancouver with Doug Dykens and Leah Squance, where April Smith of AHA MEDIA is to give a speech on how she uses social media for social justice activism.

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of April Smith speaking:

4 April Speaking

I feel that using social media nowadays is a very fast, effective and inexpensive way to engage your audience, whether it be a targeted one or a more broad spectrum. One can control how your information is given out and how you and your company is represented. You no longer have to wait for the traditional media or PR agents to talk about you.. You can do that yourself in the best possible way… You are your own best cheerleader – It bridges the gaps, democratizes media information and helps bring everyone together in a dynamic interactive way – through a participatory way online.

There is obviously a lot more to be said and learned about this. Here is my best advice:

“The best way to learn is to get actively engaged and I hope that I have inspired you!”

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Below is a photo of April Smith receiving a BCGEU gift bag from Leah Squance after presenting her speech for social media for social justice

5 April with Leah

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The evening entertainment was by Vancouver TheatreSports League! :)

Below is a photo and video of, Vancouver TheatreSports League actors – Brian Anderson, Bill Pozzobon and Ted Cole perform a hilarous skit – “BCGEU Young Workers of tomorrow and Cellphones “at the BCGEU Fall Labor Institute event at Holiday Inn in North Vancouver Saturday November 7, 2009.

Vancouver TheatreSports League -http://www.vtsl.com

6 Vancouver TheatreSports League Actors 1

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Below is a photo of Peter Davies, Photographer for AHA MEDIA

5 Peter at BCGEU

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AHA MEDIA thanks BCGEU http://www.BCGEU.ca for the inviatation to come and present social media for social justice activism to BCGEU Young Workers. We appreciate the BCGEU gift bag filled with BCGEU items! :)

7 Gift Bag from BCGEU

April Smith of AHA MEDIA is very honored to be the guest speaker at BCGEU’s fall Labour Institute on Saturday November 7, 2009

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

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http://www.bcgeu.ca

BCGEU is holding their  fall Labour Institute in early November, which is a three-day school with an academic stream and a campaigns stream. This time BCGEU’s campaigns stream is just for young workers (under 30).

April Smith will be speaking on how she got involved in social justice activism, how she uses social media in social justice activism and why it’s valuable, and a bit about the projects she’s worked on or are working on currently.

Below is an excerpt from April’s speech:

My future hopes and plans are if I can turn out more empowered, more knowledgeable and informed people who are aware of our social justice activist issues, I would be happy.  Working with others, I would love to bring together all communities to work, learn and grow from each other, I feel that would be a wonderful thing. I am hoping that through social media collaborations through the online and offline worlds through coming together for conferences like these and meeting one another, I will be able to inspire others and we can empower each other. As a young single marginalized woman from the Downtown Eastside greatly affected by social justice issues, I hope that with all of us working together, we can build towards a brighter future with new media, social media and technology!


A Walking Tour of Japantown by Geoff Meggs and Lorene Oikawa – Saturday November 7, 10:30am–12pm

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

 

History Walk   JAPANESE-CANADIANS AND THE LABOUR MOVEMENT

JLS in DTES

 

A Walking Tour of Japantown by Geoff Meggs and Lorene Oikawa

Saturday November 7, 10:30am–12pm

Meet at Vancouver Japanese Language School, 487 Alexander


The Powell Street district around Oppenheimer Park is drenched in the history of the labour movement and the Japanese-Canadian community. Geoff Meggs, Vancouver City Councillor, brings a journalist’s view and curiosity to the walk, while Lorene Oikawa, Vice President of BCGEU, shares her enthusiasm for the stories of the labour movement and Japanese-Canadian history. This walk explores the diminishing reminders of this historic district and the people that brought these streets to life. $10 for non-residents, pay what you can for local residents

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/november-7/

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