Word to the Mutha! Dec 6th

antidote network, illustrations by Eva Campbell.

Antidote is hosting our first ever Spoken Word and Hip Hop feminist showcase at the Solstice Café on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. Doors open at 7:30pm and the event will run from 8-10pm. You can find it on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/136131139872123/

This event is inspired and co-organized by our Girls Leadership Team. We are bringing together a crew of multiracial and Indigenous female spoken word artists to share their uniquely creative and lyrical abilities as they illuminate new pathways for naming and preventing different forms of violence in their lives and communities and in honour and remembrance of the women who died in the Montreal Massacre and our Stolen Sisters.

Victoria’s Poet Laureate, Mohawk writer, spoken word poet and Antidote Board member Janet Rogers says that “ceremony is a basic human reaction to grief and moments of celebration. I feel pride in my heart to see the power and creativity in our young women and the new ceremonies they invite us into, all in the name of contributing inspiration and empowerment into the world.” She is spearheading the Poetry Auction Fundraiser, where audience members will bid for the chance to have a poem custom written by their favorite local  talents: Linda Rogers, Jeremy Loveday, Autokrat or Janet Rogers.

Youth Slam Poet Kanika Jackson states that “this is about women coming together to share their side of the story, to speak up and stand up for ourselves. We’ve let men do far too much of the talking, and it’s time our voices were heard.”

A series of writing workshops were held to prepare for this, funded by Status of Women Canada as part of a project to engage young women and girls in effective violence prevention.  We hope to see you all there!

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