Take Home TCM: Diet Therapy 101
Facilitator: Christina Chan
Date: Saturday November 3rd, 2012
Location: Victoria West Community Centre
Date: Saturday November 3rd, 2012
Location: Victoria West Community Centre
Everyone is welcome. This will be a fun and hands-on event. Come ready to move and participate!
Also, please look out for the following intergenerational workshops coming soon to a community centre near you!
A collective piece from the writing workshop with Janet Rogers that took place at Embracing Shades of Action:
Non-colour see us for our looks, our colour
But who we are on the inside, we are amazing
People are scared of unique, colourful, proud and different people
We can be whoever we want to be because we are beautiful
Stereotypes cannot define us
The assumption of me is perceived incorrectly due to ignorance
I feel a lot of pressure at school by people who are so called cool
Their proud ignorance destroy her spark, her shine, they judge and she fell back to pieces again
They must break me down and figure me out
There are ups and downs when it comes to being from any racial background
Yet I am optimistic for I am vehemently chosen to take the power back
I am proud to be me
Everything we knew and were told vanished
We are colourful and beautiful and no one can tell us less!
Talking About Racism was organized and co-facilitated by a group of students from UVic Social Justice studies to build awareness and activism in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21st.
Saturday, March 24th was the date of antidote’s Intergenerational Event. After welcome and introductions Elitsa facilitated ‘Barnga’ an exercise disguised as a card game. At first I wondered “this is fun but how will this relate to the day’s theme?” As the game proceeded and we moved silently from one table to the next (each table having a different set of rules), it became clear that we were being set up for a lesson. The question arose, what happens when we agree on a set of rules in one context and then move into another context where the rules are different and unspoken?
When the rules are different, we are not always aware of where others are coming from. People had a variety of responses like anger, confusion and wanting to help others to understand the rules of the game. My response was “this is not fair” because I had agreed on a set of rules and then they changed. I felt like I was at a disadvantage for not knowing the new rules and needed to look to others for leadership. Once I learned the new rules, I felt more comfortable to play the game. We talked about how this is what it can feel like when someone moves to a new country. It also happens when we transition between classrooms, workplaces, and different community spaces. What we take for granted as “common sense” in one place can change in another, and without open communication and tools for easing this transition, we can easily get frustrated and feel left out.
Next we identified more personal experiences in an activity with Gayle, antidote Coordinator, to describe
“When I see…., when I hear…..or when I feel…….. I know racism is occurring”. That got us talking more about how we see racism perpetuated through hierarchies and institutions, and reflected through images in the media of idealized fashions, body image and cultures of war. We hear history lessons that glorify some groups while understating the contributions of others through constructions of “crime” and racial profiling. We shared stories of observing prejudice, slurs and unjust treatment towards racialized groups based on stereotypes and unfounded fears of the unknown. Some of us talked about feeling racism through impressions, subtle or blatant gestures and body language.
We talked about the misunderstandings that can be created when people group up with others from the same culture or identity, while this may create a space to feel comfortable and connect, it can also end up creating more exclusion based on identity politics. In building healthy, vibrant, multi-cultural communities, we agreed that it is important to value one another as unique individuals who are not simply defined by socially constructed categories of identification such as ethnicity, gender, and nationality.
Antidote thanks the activist Social Justice students – Elitsa Ivanova, Kim Boyd, Marwo Dubow, Kelsey Hayek and Sara Einarson stepping up to work with us and for energizing us on the critical conversations needed to eliminate racism in society. We look forward to more social justice collaborations through activist and youth-led anti-racism and violence prevention education.
For more information and to get involved with Antidote please contact:
Rita Kozma, Youth Program Coordinator by email: Rita@antidotenetwork.org
Katie Shaw-Raudoy, Project Director by email: Katie@antidotentwork.org
AFRO DIVA Introduces “Rock Your Fro”
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Time: 2:00 to 5:00PM
1820 Oak Bay Avenue
“Fro” refers to “hair”
“Rock Your Fro” encourages personal artistic expression through creative hair designs. The common themes are self-expression and empowerment. Everyone, male and female, are welcome to participate, however; the target groups are girls and women with textured hair.
Most women with textured hair, or women of color do not see themselves in magazines, television, and, or in other mediums. We are encouraging everyone to embrace their beauty and the expression that we are using is “hair”. I need your amazing picture
Participants are asked to submit photograph, before July 9 (via email or in person) of their rocking hair styles. Last year, two winners were selected, one male and a female. This year there are three age categories;
Winners in each category will have their photos displayed in the salon, in newsletter, and personalized hair stories featured on our website.
This event is also a fundraiser for Japan’s Tsunami Victims 2011. The Japanese Red Cross is the charity of choice. Raffle tickets are on sale ($2 each & $5 for 3). There is over $150.00 in prizes.
Share free food and beverages with us and celebrate our successes over the past year at our Annual General Meeting!
Additionally, antidote is seeking new Board Representatives to lead in sharing the voices of our Aunties, Sistahs and Gurlz in our network! If you’re interested in joining our family, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOCC and antidote (with support from the Girls Action Foundation) are holding an event this WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th, 2011 for the National Day of Action. Please join us for an informal day of solidarity and community building, food, sharing and movie-watching.
The event will take place on the UVic campus at 6pm, in the Student Union Building Room B025. We will be ordering in a lovely (FREE!) dinner of Chinese food (with vegan and vegetarian options readily available) and will be watching the film Fire by Canadian South-Asian filmmaker Deepa Mehta. Please arrive at 6pm for dinner, the movie will begin at 7pm.
Feel free to invite friends who are interested in learning more about community building around anti-Racism. Please circulate this email widely.
Direct any questions directly to Shantelle at email@example.com
The greatest interegenerational tea party of all time is taking place:
This Sunday July 25th from 1:30pm-4pm
712 Wilson street
Great conversation, tea tastings, surprise games and crafts!
This is also a chance to say goodbye to Sonya and thank her for the wonderful job she has done as our practicum student.
Please bring: Some tea to taste or trade. And if you like, feel free to bring some finger food for the event.
If you have any items to donate to the antidote garage sale (happening August 8th and 9th) please bring them. All unsold items will be donated to a local charity.
All are welcome!!
See you on Sunday!!
community development coordinator
On Wednesday June 16th, antidote held an interracial coffee house at Camas bookstore in Quadra Village. This was a great night of discussion on interracial identity and relationships. In addition, each participant was able to make a quilt square, which will be featured on a quilt in September for Interracial families day.
Have a rocking fro? Prove it! Submit your picture before June 30th for the chance to be featured in AFRODIVA’s July newsletter. As well, the best picture will be featured in AFRODIVA’s hair salon & STATUS Barber Shop. Simply submit your photo to either AFRO DIVA HAIR SALON 1820 Oak Bay Avenue (250.592.3482) or STATUS BARBER SHOP 4-1010 Yates Street (250.590.7828) before the deadline.
ROCK YOUR FRO PARTY to follow! July 1oth at 3pm. Everyone is invited! Surprise DJ! (AFRO DIVA HAIR SALON 1820 Oak Bay Avenue – 250.592.3482 www.afrodiva.ca).
Join us for an afternoon of music, workshops and food! Meet the barber & stylists. Discover weaves, hair extensions, product samples and more…
Thanks to everyone for joining us at Soumya’s place to bid Manjeet farewell. She has been an amazing executive director to antidote and will be sorely missed. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!
Help us support the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assualt Center for ending sexualized violence against women. Come volunteer, participate, or help cheer the participants on!
What: Fundraiser event for Victoria Women’s Sexual Assualt Center
When: Starts at 2p.m. (if volunteering, arrive at 1p.m.)
Duration: 2p.m. – 4p.m.
Location: Centennial Square
For more information, visit:
On Wednesday April 21st, our intergenerational event was a Victoria water front walking tour. After stopping for a coffee at Moka House we strolled though Fisherman’s Wharf and along the waterway towards downtown. This was a valuable time to learn about our city’s history and to critically understand the colonial influences.
Tonight we are having a historical Victoria waterfront walking tour. This will be a great way to learn about our city, spend time together and have some critical conversations regarding racism in the history of our city.
We will be meeting at Moka house in Cook st. village at 6:30pm for a free hot drink. We will then carpool to Fishermans wharf and finish the tour around 8pm.
See you all tonight!!