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21st Annual Feb 14th Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

21st Annual Feb 14th Women’s Memorial March
Their Spirits Live Within Us

Web link: http://womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/236552276421022/
Download poster: http://womensmemorialmarch.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/memorial-march-poster-2012.pdf

The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Twenty one years later, the women’s memorial march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women.

On Tuesday Feb 14th 2012, we will gather at noon at the Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main Street (corner Hastings, Vancouver) where family members speak in remembrance. Given space constraints, we ask the broader public to join us at 1 pm, when the march takes to the streets and proceeds through the Downtown Eastside, with stops to commemorate where women were last seen or found; speeches by community activists at the police station; a healing circle at Oppenheimer Park around 3 pm; and finally a community feast at the Japanese Language Hall. Thank you to Buffalo Spirit for the big drum.

Increasing deaths of many vulnerable women from the DTES still leaves family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Annual women’s memorial marches now occur in dozens of communities across these lands.

 

Royal Roy Nahbexie makes 1000 bannocks for 21st Annual Feb 14th Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Royal Roy Nahbexie says:

Girls adore me! Heheheh!

I am here making bannock for the women of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Memorial March for the Downtown Eastside Missing Women Memorial March .. Walk for justice.

I am making bannock for the women down there because I want everyone to have a piece of bannock in their stomach, so that they can do the March.

I love women… I love me….I love my mom… I love my dad!

And I am making the bannock because I can.. because someone else is paying for the ingredients.. and my love is for free!

I do this because I want to change the world!

I want to change the world without saying a word.. for my whole life!

” I Love You”

W2TV: Solidarity Notes Choir – Women’s Housing March and GentriFUCation Tour

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment

5th ANNUAL WOMEN’S HOUSING MARCH
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Sat. Sep 17 @ 1:30 pm
Starts at Cordova and Columbia, just west of Main St.
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

On Saturday Sep 17 at 1:30 pm, join the Downtown Eastside Women Centre Power of Women Group* in the 5th Annual March for Women’s Housing and March Against Poverty.

We invite groups to bring their banners and anything else for our festive march and ‘GentriFucation Tour’. All genders are welcome and celebrated. Please bring your drums and regalia. This march is child-friendly and there will be a rest-vehicle for elders. Spread the word!

This year, we celebrate the recent victory that has forced the provincial government to commit funding to a 24-hour low barrier shelter for women as a result of our collective efforts. We also continue to march for:
- Social Housing, Childcare, and Healthcare for all!
- No more Evictions and No more Gentrification in the Downtown Eastside!
- Stop Criminalizing the Poor!

Email: project@dewc.ca or Phone: 778 885 0040

Video by Sid Tan of W2TV

AHA MEDIA filmed at W2 Comfort Soul Food Dinner with Anne Marie Slater in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

August 7, 2011 1 comment
W2 Woodwards

Comfort Soul Dinner

August 7
For residents of the Rice Block, ATIRA Housing, artist Anne Marie Slater brings together local women and children from low-income communities adjacent to the Soul Garden site to share their stories and recipes about comfort foods. The dinner will draw on the cultural and immigrant histories of the site by serving Sunday dinner dishes that celebrate the history of comfort foods through the European, Russian, Jewish, and Ukrainian community churches in the area, as well as participant’s favorite comfort Sunday dishes.

AHA MEDIA hears Chelsea’s story about her life in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

March 19, 2011 Leave a comment

During a women’s art and support group, AHA MEDIA hears Chelsea’s thoughts in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

 

Utopia Festival at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

March 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Utopia Festival

at the W2 Storyeum.

It’s the first annual women’s digital culture festival, one of only a few in all of North America, and includes an all-day workshop/conferencemobile dance party and evening showcase, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

This is shaping up to be one of the most important musical events of the year in Vancouver.

During the daytime conference <http://www.creativetechnology.org/page/utopia-conference> , women will get the chance to learn DJ/VJ’ing from some of the top women digital artists in the world and learn about the logistics of producing music, getting press, collaborating and more. The opening address and respondents panel will address barriers to entry for women in digital music <http://www.granvilleonline.ca/arts-and-culture/festivals/utopia-women-djs-vancouver-w2> .

Then at night the whole place blows up, as men and women are invited <http://www.creativetechnology.org/page/showcase-1> for a keynote address by Berlin-based electroclash gender-bender Peaches at 8pm with performances by throat singer/electro artist Tanya Tagaq, local hiphop artists JB The First Lady and Crunch, and cello prodigy/electro composer Chris Derksen (plus live readings by Vancouver writers).

Then… the showcase at 10:30pm: 30+ female digital artists performing live PA, DJ and VJ sets in 3 rooms at the W2 Storyeum.

Peaches goes on at 1am.

It’ll be the biggest lineup of female electronic artists ever to hit a Canadian stage, including: Peaches, Isis Salam (Thunderheist), Betti Forde, B-Traits, The Librarian, Lynx, Zenobia, She, Blondtron, Lady Lane, Tank Girl, Miss M, Just Sheila, The Square Root of Evil, JNL, Miss Innocent, and DJ Tapes. Visual Media artists include VJ Electrabelle, Julie Gendron, Sebnem Ozpeta, Claudia Medina, and Krista Lomax. (19+)

In the middle of the day, Utopia will storm the Drive with female-focused music for the Mobile Dance Party <http://www.creativetechnology.org/page/mobile-dance-party> ! This is a free, inclusive event (read: co-ed), meeting at Broadway Station at 12:30pm. W2 has launched crowdsourcing project to collect songs by 100 female artists using the Twitter hashtag #w2utopia100 <http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23w2utopia100>, which will be played from bike/shopping cart-mounted speakers.

Tickets <http://utopiafestival.eventbrite.com/> at Beatstreet, Little Sister’s, Puff, Zulu, People’s Coop Bookstore, The Fall, W2 and online.

Would appreciate any help you can give to spread the word on this. It’s all completely grassroots with no funding or grants, with any net proceeds going to support W2′s 2nd annual Girls Creative Tech Summer Camp this summer.

Here’s the FB link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197864190224498

20th Annual DTES Womens Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment

“Their Spirits Live Within Us”: Annual Women’s Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Women

In January 1991 a woman was murdered on Powell Street. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. This woman’s murder in particular was the catalyst that moved women into action. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Coast Salish Territories.

Decades later, the march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women. This event is organized and led by women in the DTES because women, especially Indigenous women, face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis. The heinous and unimaginable violence that have taken the lives of so many has left a deep void in our hearts. We gather each year to mourn and remember our sisters by listening to their family members, by taking over the streets, and through spiritual ceremonies.

Increasing deaths of many vulnerable women from the DTES still leaves family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Every year the list of women going missing also increases. Over 3000 women are known to have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since the 1970s. Last year, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued this statement: “Hundreds of cases involving aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in the past two decades have neither been fully investigated nor attracted priority attention.”

The February 14th Women’s Memorial March is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice. Please join us.

See more here

 

 

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