Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA says
“Selling Megaphone is great because I like the stuff that’s written in here. Megaphone represents the spirit of the Downtown Eastside people. It’s all about uprising and really that’s the spirit you find here.”
Read more of Hendrik Beune’s bio here
Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. The magazine is published every two weeks. Vendors buy the paper for 75 cents and sell the magazine to customers by donation. All money from the transaction goes into the pocket of the vendor.
Selling the paper gives our vendors a sense of pride and has helped some overcome homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and become more comfortable with their mental of physical illnesses. By giving them a place and a voice in their community it helps raise their self-esteem.
AHA MEDIA excitedly looks forward to the grand opening of W2 Community Media Arts centre which has been in development since 2004 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Below is Peter Davies, Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA with Miraj Khaled
W2 Community Media Art Society is an artist-run centre in Vancouver’s inner-city that works for cross-cultural dialogue, social inclusion, and breaking the digital divide. W2 provides marginalized communities with access to gear, training, multi-platform production and distribution. W2 is committed to community cultural and economic development in the Downtown Eastside – without displacement of low-income residents.
W2 operates W2 Storyeum as a festival, conference and exhibition venue for the benefit of the citizens of Vancouver. The 31,000 sq ft complex features a large exhibition space, Community Media Lab, W2 Cafe catering, Sound Lab, Woodward’s Heritage Letterpress, W2 and community offices, and W2 storage. W2 Storyeum, 151 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1E1
W2 is opening a community media centre in March 2011 – which has been in development since 2004. With construction nearing completion in the Woodward’s heritage building, we are preparing to occupy 8,800 sq ft of space for W2 Cafe, a community radio and TV station, community meeting rooms, Open Web Lab, Fearless City Mobile, Creative Technology Incubator, Woodward’s Heritage Letterpress Studio, and a community lounge.
Our W2 administration is located in the Woodward’s Atrium at 250 – 111 W Hastings, Vancouver BC V6B 1H4. Phone 604-689-9896
Woodwards FC meet everyday to share a meal and work on their game strategies to be the best Street Soccer players in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
As video games become more active and social, parents are becoming increasingly engaged. According to a recent survey by Harris Decima, 64% of parents are more likely to embrace or allow video games because they are more active now, while 35% believe it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends. The survey also revealed that 79% of parents strongly believe they should make an effort to be physically active with their kids at least once a week. With March break approaching, parents will be looking for new and exciting ways to keep their family entertained and active.
With motion gaming on the rise, consoles have moved from the basement to the living room and families are now playing together while staying fit at the same time
On a clear Thursday, VANDU members scribed chalk messages in front of their office on Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside
In the realm of reform: Drugs, Laws & Social Change fundraising event at W2 on Thursday March 31, 2011
Gabor will be joined by Pivot Legal Society Litigation Director, Katrina Pacey and Lorna Bird of the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society and Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users for an evening of discussion on the multi-layered issues of addiction, mental health, law enforcement and justice.
March 31· 6:30 p.m.
W2 Storyeum, 151 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver, B.C.