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fun feminist party! [Apr. 23rd, 2008|09:47 am]
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AWCCA 20th Anniversary Party
The big 20hhhhhhh
When: Sunday, April 27th
Where: 519 Community Centre - 519 Church Street

Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
Dancing at 10pm

$10 or sliding scale admission
All ages (bring ID if you want to buy beer)

Music, video, comedy, burlesque, spoken word, dancing, prizes and more.
Celebrating 20 years of feminist, anti-violence education and activism in the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor Advocate Program and George Brown College (www.awcca.ca).

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Ladyfest Toronto 2008 - x-posted [Apr. 9th, 2008|01:35 pm]
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May be of interest to some....

1) Open Meeting

We are having an open meeting on April 16th at 7pm. The meeting will be held in Room 23 at the 519 Community Centre (519 Church Street). The main purpose of this meeting is for past, present and future volunteers to get updated on the 2008 festival. We will also be forming some important committees, and getting feedback and ideas on how to make this year's festival awesome. If you are interested in volunteering this year, or just want to hear what we are all about, please join us at this meeting! If you want to be involved but can't make it to this meeting, please email us at ladyfesttoronto@gmail.com (if you've already sent in your volunteer application, then don't worry about letting us know if you can't make the meeting - but do join our yahoo group for volunteers here if you have not done so already!).

2) Gentleman Fest

We are thrilled to announce that our first fundraiser of 2008 is happening on May 8th at Tiger Bar. More details will be coming very soon!

3) Knitivism

LFTO Knitivism will be collecting donations of handmade, knitted items for Jessie's Centre for Teenagers and Anduhyaun Emergency Women's Shelter. Jessie's is a resource centre for pregnant teens and teen mothers, and was founded by June Callwood. They offer lots of amazing programs, including a Swap Shop that allows the women to pick up baby and household items for free. Anduhyaun is a shelter for First Nations women and their children, and it's the second oldest shelter in Canada.

We'll make sure any and all donations find a good home, but there are some things that the two locations have told us are most needed. They are:

-Hats, mitts and scarves
-Children's toys
-Baby clothes, hats and other baby items

Donations can be dropped off at one of three lovely locations:
-West Side Stories (1499 Dundas West), a great new video store specializing in women in film and LGBT films
-Red Tent Sisters (810 Danforth Ave), an awesome store and workshop space that is focussed on women's health and sexuality
-Ryerson Women's Centre. They suggest you contact them ahead of time to make sure someone will be in the office when you stop by. Their phone number is 416 979 5255 ext.2350.
-Or, bring your knitted goods to the open meeting or gentleman fest!
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x-posted - ladyfest toronto 2008 volunteering! [Feb. 27th, 2008|10:43 am]
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Ladyfest Toronto 2008
Call out for volunteers

Ladyfest Toronto is a four-day arts, culture and music festival. We are a non-profit, grassroots, do-it-yourself collective who seek to promote urban feminism. We work from a framework that is pro-feminist, trans-inclusive, pro-diversity and anti-oppressive. We seek to build community among Toronto's feminist businesses, artists, activists and academic community. We believe that art is a powerful form of resistance and hope to incite dialogue about contemporary feminist issues in our city. We will be providing a venue for women to express themselves and showcase their work free of sexism, classism, racism, and homophobia; as well as other forms of oppression.

We believe that politics can be fun and hope to facilitate political action and create tools for feminist networking at our annual event. We will proudly showcase the talent and actions of both local and international women. Ultimately, we hope Ladyfest Toronoto inspires women everywhere to organize themselves and create similar spaces that allow women's creative works to be seen and heard, as other Ladyfest's have for us.

Ladyfest Toronto offers something for everyone, whether you are identify as a feminist or are curious about the ideas of it.

This year’s festival will be taking place Thursday, September 18th to Sunday, September 21st 2008.

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book recommendations? [Dec. 18th, 2007|01:47 pm]
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For a school project, I need a recommendation of an autobiography of a woman who experienced childhood sexual abuse.

something like bastard out of carolina, but since this paper has to focus on the 'healing journey', it needs to be something that includes that in some way...the ways that the author healed/survived, etc.

the prof gave us a list but it's a little dated, so i'd like something that's a little more third-wave/modern.
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tonight! ladyfest kick-off party [Sep. 27th, 2007|09:49 am]
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Tranzac (Bloor and Bathurst, near Future bakery), 7pm, 19+
$5-10 sliding scale

Featuring performances by:
Julie Doiron
Laura Barrett
LGBT Dance Club
Shameless Dames
Bianca Sidaravicius
Cry Rumble
Lisa Bozikovic

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ladyfest toronto tickets available + schedule announced [Sep. 11th, 2007|10:42 pm]
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this is cross-posted, which means you may see it more than once if you and i are on the same communities.

Ladyfest is back in Toronto, and we're celebrating urban feminisms from September 27th to 30th, 2007.
There will be workshops, music, art, crafts, films and spoken word, including work by: Masia One, Julie Doiron, Partyline, Rae Spoon, D-Lishus, Climbing PoeTree, Jesika Joy, Allyson Mitchell and Christina Ziedler. Festival passes are $35 for 19+, and $10 for youth, and are available at Rotate This, Soundscapes
and Good For Her. For the full schedule, and more information, please visit www.ladyfesttoronto.ca

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This is ridiculous. I will be voting covering my face in solidarity. [Sep. 11th, 2007|12:12 am]
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he "profoundly disagrees" with a recent decision by Elections Canada to allow Muslim women to vote with their faces covered by burkas or niqabs.

Speaking at a news conference at the end of the APEC summit in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday, Harper said Elections Canada is subverting the will of Parliament by permitting women to cover their faces at polling stations.

"I profoundly disagree with the decision," Harper said, adding that it was at odds with federal legislation passed in late June.

"We just adopted this past sitting in the spring, Bill C-31, a law designed to have the visual identification of voters. It's the purpose of the law ... and I think this decision goes in an entirely different direction," Harper said.

The prime minister also hinted that Parliament would take action if Elections Canada doesn't change course.

"I have to say that it concerns me greatly, because the role of Elections Canada is not to make its own laws. It's to put into place the laws that Parliament has passed, so I hope they will reconsider this decision," Harper said. "But in the meantime, if that doesn't happen, Parliament will have to consider what actions it's going to take to make sure its intentions are put into place."

Debate over the new voting provisions, announced on Thursday, comes amid preparations for three federal byelections in Quebec, to be held on Sept. 17.

The Bloc Québécois said on Friday it sent a letter to the federal elections office asking for the change for the byelections.

Bloc MP Pierre Paquette said the changes contravene "the spirit of the law."

"If you have to show some identification, you have to be able to see if the face in the ID is the same as the people in front of you," he said.

Elections Canada spokesman John Enright said Muslim women wearing the burkas or niqabs will have a couple of options at polling stations.

"They will be asked if they're willing to show their face. That's the first option that's presented to them," he said.

If women wish to keep their faces covered for religious reasons, they can present two pieces of ID, of which at least one must state their address, or they can have another voter registered in the same district vouch for them.

Veiled voters who only present one piece of government identification will have to show their face to confirm their identity.

Sarah Elgazzar, a spokeswoman for the Canada Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Election Canada's accommodation for Muslims was not something they wanted. Of the roughly 200,000 Muslims in Quebec, no more than 50 wear the full head covering, she said.

"If anybody had actually bothered to ask the women that are actually concerned, and we are talking about a very small minority of women, they would have told them that they always take it off to identify their faces," she said. "And they do it at the bank, they do it at border crossings, they do it at the airport."

Marc Mayrand, the chief electoral officer, has scheduled a news conference in Ottawa on Monday to talk more about the identification provisions of the Canada Elections Act.

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Poly queer geek girls seek roommate (Toronto) [Sep. 5th, 2007|01:13 pm]
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Our wonderful housemate is moving in with her mother, so we need to find a new housemate!

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Respond by emailing me at my livejournal account; if you have limited access to email, please give us a phone number where you can be contacted. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you chose to respond to this advertisement. At the least, make yourself sound more interesting than "hi, i'm looking 4 a room?!?".
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tonight! [Aug. 22nd, 2007|11:37 am]
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the [turn]tables are turning!
hoes before broes!

tonight - aug 22
Teranga (159 August Ave, just north of Dundas)
DJ Carly's Ok and DJ Shae

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Mark your calenders... [Jul. 10th, 2007|10:17 pm]
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8 Sep 07

The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape is a non-profit, grass roots womanist/feminist organization committed to eradicating violence against women and children. Over the last 33 years, we have worked collectively to provide non-judgmental peer support to survivors of sexual violence and to work toward the eradication of sexual violence in our communities. Our vision is to eradicate all forms of violence against all races, classes, social, economic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, ages, disabilities/differences, religious, spiritual, and political beliefs.

We provide services to survivors of sexual violence/abuse in the Metro Toronto and GTA Community through 24 hour crisis phone counselling, face to face counselling, Court Support Accompaniment/Advocacy, Prison Support, Support groups, Latin-American women's program, Volunteer opportunities and training. The TRCC/MWAR is committed to political action and everyday acts of rebellion that challenges oppressive gender roles. We are known for organizing Take Back the Night; an annual event that continues to bring awareness through public speaking and political activism to communities at large about the impact of sexual violence in our lives.

This year, we are organizing Take Back the Night 2007 in the Down Town Area- Community of Regent Park.

Saturday, Sept 8, 2007.

Take Back the Night is a community event with women and children only march. We protest violence against women and children. This march is hosted all around the world. In Canada, it is largely organized by Rape Crisis Centres.
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