I am an activist and media maker and parent living in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES). I have 25 years experience leading local and international media, culture and social justice projects. I've founded community radio, TV, print, web, festival, and space projects, including the Annual Under the Volcano Festival. I have photographed and written on human rights and solidarity work from Central America and East Asia, and here on unceded First Nation's Territories.
In recent years, in addition to my own art practice and curating of exhibitions, I worked as Executive Director of Gallery Gachet, an artist-run centre providing cultural services for artists with mental health, sexual abuse, and trauma survivor issues.
Currently, I work as the Executive Director of W2, helping build Canada’s first grassroots cross-platform community media centre opening at the Woodward’s redevelopment in 2010. W2 was incubated at Gallery Gachet before becoming independent in 2008.
I am looking to connect with people who are interested in having real conversations about the erosion of democracy in Canada, the dangers of corporate capitalism and the possibility for a more authentic way of living. I am not an idealist, nor am I completely pessimistic. I believe that through hope, solidarity and action, the possibility of creating, sustaining and protecting a more just society - where all individuals have the right to fully develop their potential - is possible.
I served over 2 years in the US for transporting 250lb of weed. Since returning to Canada I am very disappointed in the changes I have observed within Canada. We are becoming a police state and my friends and family either dont notice or care.
Mandatory minimum sentencing creates a prison Industry. https://www.bobbarker.com/web/default.asp?AppriseCustCode=WEBGUEST&Appri... Everything in every prison is tagged with "Bob Barker" will Canada's prisons adopt Alex Trebek? I am sure Harper & Campbell already have a stranglehold on the market by having the inside edge.
Mandatory minimums mean longer sentences, unless you proffer (snitch, become a spy for the government. Be like Keifer kids!), and escalating drug prices, creating jobs while imprisoning societies undesirables. Illegal surveillance will surely be implemented if it has not already. Police will be under threat of violence because longer sentencing will ca promote consideration of fight or flight mentality to avoid prosecution. 3rd strike laws are referred to as "suicide by cop" in the federal prisons I was detained in. Kill a cop and run free or die trying. Not a good position Harper is posing for cops. Scared cops already kill unarmed civilians with tasers, Soon they will demand military weapons to deal with manufactured threats. (Already evidenced at G-20)
I have suffered adverse effects of use & disuse of antidepressants which I have had to find literature on my own, not through my doctor. suicidal and homicidal periods would have certainly deterred my decision to agree to use of such chemicals.
Please feel free to contact me or Google search my name. the police in Wisconson told all manner of lies about me and published them. I will make my discovery from my case available one day to aid others who suffer through what I have. I made it and I am stronger and more humble than ever as a result of perseverance and desire to find truth.
Love everyone! Smile for your enemies and mean it. Take care of those who can't do it themselves. Good people stand and deliver, not sit idly pretending all will be ok.