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AHA MEDIA Livestreamed Human Rights and Media Matters forum at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver

December 10, 2010 1 comment
By Staff, December 9, 2010

A public forum called “Human Rights and Media Matters” is being held tonight (December 9) at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver.

Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith is moderating the discussion, which is being cohosted by the Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, the Chinese Canadian National Council, and the W2 Community Media Arts Society.

The panel features B.C. Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby, Downtown Eastside activist Tami Starlight, antiracist activist Harsha Walia, and UBC history professor Henry Yu.

Here’s the live stream from April Smith of AHA Media.

Below is Sid Tan, organizer of “Human Rights and Media Matters” forum at W2 with Irwin Oostindie watching

Below is Tami Starlight, Henry Yu, Charlie Smith and David Eby

Below is a photo of AHA MEDIA’s Mac with Nokia N97 mini and Nokia N8 smart cameraphones

Below is Nokia N97 mini livestreaming

Below is filming with Nokia N8 and livestreaming Nokia N97 mini

Below is David Eby and Harsha Walia

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA filming with a Nokia N8

Below is Tami Starlight with Henry Yu

Below is Charlie Smith, Editor of Georgia Straight

Below is Sudha Krishna asking a question

Below is Miraj Khaled asking a question

Below is MLA Mable Elmore for Vancouver-Kensington

Below is Sean Gunn

Below is Lani Russwurm, Stephan and Miraj

See all “Human Rights and Media Matters ” livestream at  http://qik.com/ahamedia/videos

AHA MEDIA is so proud of Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne on their article in The Georgia Straight newspaper “Activist documentary filmmakers get interactive”

May 15, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is so proud of Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne on their article in The Georgia Straight newspaper “Activist documentary filmmakers get interactive”

Many thanks to Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne of Animal Mother Films for the upcoming film “With Glowing Hearts” for all their hard work and REAL care and concern for all the people they interviewed and cultivating a life long working relationship especially for us at AHA MEDIA.

Below is a photo of Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy from their Georgia Straight article written by Shana Myara

Jon and Andrew were the only filmmakers we’ve seen who were dedicated in telling the REAL stories of our lives and other community members in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.  We  are immensely grateful for their time, patience and care in working with us at AHA MEDIA over the year for their documentary film.

We at AHA MEDIA are very proud to count Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne as mentors, advisors and most importantly friends of AHA MEDIA.

So many people are always interested in what, where and why we do our citizen journalism and social media documentation with cameraphones of events, functions and daily life activities in our community the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.   One thing we were most impressed and touched by Jon and Andrew was that they geniunely wanted to KNOW us and be there with us through the good and bad times.

In the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, so much goes on in our community and it’s rapidly changing everyday. We deal with many issues including gentrification, poverty, lack of social housing  and during the film process of With Glowing Hearts,  we all learned more about ourselves and how we could change things together!!

Thanks to Jon and Andrew for being there for us and helping us tell our story to an international audience. Thank you for encouraging us and supporting our endeavors to tell the stories of the most marginalized people in our City of Vancouver.

Please see Jon Ornoy and Andrew Lavigne of With Glowing Hearts article in this week’s Georgia Straight newspaper http://www.straight.com/node/323597

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to have ongoing rehearsals for our second performance of “Love In Shadows” – Shadow Theatre Play in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to have ongoing rehearsals for our second performance of “Love In Shadows” – Shadow Theatre Play at the end of March at Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

AHA MEDIA cast and crew members were so encouraged by the very positive feedback by our audience from our first performance, we are continuing to do rehearsals in anticipation for our second performance.

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Below is a photo of AHA MEDIA’s cast and crew of  the second production of “Love in the Shadows”

Richard Czaban, Hugh Lampkin, Clyde Wright, Holly Boyd, Alvin Clayton and Alex Martin

AHA MEDIA wants to present a play with seven scenes based on true personal stories about how child abuse, trauma and sexual molestation can lead to some folks unable to deal with issues and may end up in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside trying to cope in a variety of harmful ways .

Warning – the following scene is considered graphic but is a real story that happened to some of our actors

This video was filmed by April Smith 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 are thoughts from AHA MEDIA cast and crew and their thoughts on WHY they are presenting a graphic shadow play depicting Child Abuse scenes from their childhood to help inform people WHY some end up in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside and how they want to have a Harm Reduction project

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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AHA MEDIA believes “Love In The Shadows” can show the reasons WHY some people end up in the DTES – for the MEDIA, our friends and street folks. We wanted to help everyone remember us and our stories through visual and performing arts

AHA MEDIA is about doing positive community engagement and harm reduction strategies in our neighborhood through media, arts and now shadow theatre performances from our members.

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AHA MEDIA is very proud to have been mentioned in the Georgia Straight  by Stephen Hui from our first production in February

http://www.straight.com/article-294916/vancouver/downtown-eastside-media-makers-put-first-shadow-play

Downtown Eastside media makers to put on first shadow play

By Stephen Hui

A group of Downtown Eastside media makers will present its first shadow play on Saturday (February 27).

AHA Media will put on Love in the Shadows at the Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network’s art space (67 East Hastings Street) in the Lux hotel.

“AHA MEDIA wanted to present a play with six scenes based on true personal stories about how child abuse, trauma and sexual molestation can lead to some folks unable to deal with issues and may end up in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside trying to cope in a variety of harmful ways,” the group states on its Web site.

“AHA MEDIA believes our play can show the reasons WHY some people end up in the DTES – for the MEDIA, our friends and street folks.”

The show—starring Alvin ClaytonMike McNeeley, and Richard Czaban—starts at 7 p.m.

You can follow Stephen Hui on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenhui

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AHA MEDIA is proud to do our “Love in the Shadows” Play in great collaboration with DTES CAN – (DTES Community Arts Network)

Hendrik Beune, will be training as a Legal Observer for the 2010 Olympics

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune, will be training as a Legal Observer for the 2010 Olympics

Hendrik on his own

With thanks to Carlito Pablo of the Georgia Straight for the following article:

http://www.straight.com/article-262837/observers-train-olympics

Legal observers train for 2010 Olympics

By Carlito Pablo

They’ll be highly visible during the Olympics with their orange shirts marked “Legal Observer”. But they’ll have no more special rights than any ordinary citizen.

Worse, as some incidents in the U.S. have shown, volunteers like these may even be targeted by the police. They may be arrested and charged with anything from mischief to obstruction of justice. They may also get hurt or even killed if a violent confrontation breaks out between protesters and security forces.

Nat Marshik was made aware of these risks when she attended a recent workshop for civilians interested in monitoring protests and potential hot spots during the 2010 Olympics. At the end of the training, conducted by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Pivot Legal Society in East Vancouver on October 11, she handed in her application to become a legal observer.

“Part of it for me is the desire to even just know what rights I have and what actions the police are going to be undertaking,” Marshik told the Georgia Straight during a break in the two-and-a-half-hour session. “I think one thing that’s characterized a lot of the lead-up to the Olympics is the general lack of transparency, and that includes all the police preparations as well.”

Eighty people have attended the two trainings conducted so far by the BCCLA and Pivot, according to lawyer John Richardson.

Richardson is the cofounder and executive director of Pivot Legal Society. In an interview after he instructed participants in the basics of legal observing, Richardson said these volunteers will serve as the “eyes and ears” on the ground that will record how human rights and civil liberties are being upheld during the games.

“It has entered the consciousness of the police and military organizers of the Olympics, and they are going to have to be extra conscientious and careful that their military and police forces are observing the Charter of Rights,” Richardson told the Straight about the presence of the volunteers during the games.

The BCCLA earlier announced that the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP–led Integrated Security Unit for the 2010 Olympic Games had accepted its invitation for their senior officers to undergo the same training as those participating in the legal observer program.

The potential for conflict has grown as the Olympics draw closer.

On October 7, B.C. attorney general Michael de Jong introduced legislation that will authorize municipal officials in Vancouver, Richmond, and Whistler to enter private homes to take down unauthorized signage. It will also amend the Vancouver Charter to provide stiffer penalties, consisting of fines of up to $10,000 per day and imprisonment of up to six months for violators.

On the same day that de Jong brought in the proposed law, anti-Olympics activist Chris Shaw and Alissa Westergard-Thorpe filed documents before the B.C. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of an omnibus bylaw enacted by Vancouver on July 23, 2009. This municipal law severely restricts activities such as distributing leaflets in several areas in the city during the Olympics.

Speaking before Vancouver city council on July 7 this year, RCMP assistant commissioner and ISU head Bud Mercer said that local, national, and international groups are planning “criminal protests”. Mercer also told councillors that a force of 7,000 police, 5,000 private security personnel, and 4,500 members of the Canadian Forces will be deployed in the mega event.

Vancouver resident Henny Coates attended the October 10 clinic for legal observers. She is concerned about how citizens will be treated by security forces during the Olympics.

“I think it’s easy for rights to be overridden if we don’t make sure that they know that they’re being watched, that we’re standing up for our rights,” Coates told the Straight.

Legal observers will work in pairs. They will document in various ways—from taking notes to filming—how security officials will interact with both protesters and ordinary citizens.

Participants were told at the training that neutrality is the key to being a good observer. Hendrik Beune is willing to set aside his opinions about the Olympics when he dons the orange shirt of a legal observer.

“I think this is the best way to exercise my civil rights and do my civil duty: being an objective observer,” Beune told the Straight. “Of course, there are a lot of concerns about the Olympics, the fact that corporations seem to have more power than people now. There are going to be some protests, so I’d like to be able to observe those.”

The BCCLA and Pivot will hold two more workshops to train observers at Vancouver’s Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier Street) on November 22 and December 6, starting at 2:30 p.m.

 

Where’s the Money in the Media? – Event on Wednesday May 27th – VIVO Media Centre in Vancouver

May 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Register here to guarantee you a seat at the panel, and save some money. Only $7.00 here, $12.00 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.Where’s the Money in the Media?

Panel discussion on proposed corporate media bailouts, cuts to the CBC, and exciting alternative models for media

*Wednesday, May 27 6:45-9:00 pm
VIVO Media Arts Centre, 1965 Main St. near 3rd close to Main Street/Science World Skytrain and Main Street #3 bus
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Organized by the Campaign for Democratic Media-Vancouver (formerly Media Democracy Day organizing committee)
Featuring:

*Charlie Smith*, Editor, The Georgia Straight
*Marika Swan*, Interim Manager, Redwire Native Youth Media
*Colin Preston*, Library Coordinator & Canadian Media Guild Secretary, CBC Vancouver

*Linda Solomon* Founder and Editor of the Vancouver Observer
and other special guests

Seating is limited – register online to save a seat

At this critical time when the new media environment is being molded and the traditional news industry is in a state of decline, creative approaches to journalism are urgently needed.

Yet politicians and policy makers are poised to further support the big conglomerates that got us into this mess in the first place. Canwest and other corporate media may even get a government bailout. At the same time, CBC is slashing jobs and programming under unprecedented cuts, and there is no end in sight.

-If news financed by big business is failing, what alternatives do we have?
-What role could/should CBC play?
-What other models for media are available?
-What can we do?

Vancouver’s leading independent media makers lead a panel and discussion about proposed government bailouts of corporate media, the impacts of cuts to the public broadcaster, and exciting alternative models for media.

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Suggested Donation $7 in advance, $12 at the door
no one turned away for lack of funds.

Snacks will be served
bus tickets available
Free childcare available onsite with advance request

*Seating is limited! To save your spot, please R.S.V.P. by net, phone, or email:*

to register by email: naava.smolash [at] gmail.com
by phone: (604) 875-8455 (please leave a message)

For more information and updates, check out the Facebook event page
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=94149873120:

 
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