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Community March to Stop the ‘Olympic Kidnap the Homeless’ Act at Hastings and Carrall Streets in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES ) Sunday Dec 13, 2009

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In the following photo and videos, Community March to Stop the ‘Olympic Kidnap the Homeless’ Act at Hastings and Carrall Streets in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

“The ‘Assistance’ to Shelter Act Must Be Stopped!

A coalition of DTES community groups and allies including CCAP, Streams of
Justice, IOCC, VanAct and DTES Power of Women Group are hosting a march
against the Olympic Kidnapping Act, which allows police to detain and
use force on homeless people to compel them into shelters.

*Rally to Stop the ‘Olympic Kidnapping Act*

SUNDAY DECEMBER 13 @ 3:30 PM-5:00PM
POLICE STATION (312 MAIN STREET, AT CORDOVA)

These videos were 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

Below are two photos of Vancouver Police questioning folks on steps of Vancouver Art Gallery

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA films Mayor Gregor Robertson speaking at Uncovering Vision Art Show at UGM’s Maurice McElrea Place in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Friday Nov 20 2009

November 24, 2009 2 comments

 Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA films Mayor Gregor Robertson speaking at Uncovering Vision Art Show at Union Gospel Mission’s’s Maurice McElrea Place in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Friday Nov 20 2009

What: Uncovering Vision: A Discovery of Art Forms by Men and Women on the Downtown East Side, sponsored by the East Side Culture Crawl. Opening will be attended by many of the featured artists, Mayor Gregor Robertson, Photographer Kevin Clark, Artist Pamela Masik, and others.

When: Opening Friday, November 20th at 4:00pm; show runs Friday, Nov. 20th 4pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

Where: Maurice McElrea Place, 361 Heatley Ave, Vancouver.

The following photo and video is of Mayor Gregor Robertson speaking at Uncovering Vision Art Show at Union Gospel Mission’s Maurice McElrea Place

This was filmed by Peter Davies 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 Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Please see 42 photos of the Uncovering Vision Event on our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157622870449682/

 

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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2 BCGEU in 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:

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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

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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!


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