Media Fair Participants 2012

The Media Fair is a trade show style exhibition of local, alternative, and innovative media production. Our goals are to bring together a number of diverse communities involved in media advocacy and education, and to help promote the cause of media democratization to a much wider public. The following organizations will be present at this year’s Media Fair which runs from 12:00-5:00PM in the VPL Promenade.

With a circulation of over 100,000, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported magazine that addresses the impacts that commercial forces have on our physical and cultural environments. Adbusters motivates social action around these issues to change the way we live in our 21st century information age. http://www.adbusters.org | @adbusters

Since 1962, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has been an active and prominent defender of civil liberties and human rights in Canada. The BCCLA provides public policy, justice, and advocacy in action programs, as well as community education on civil rights and liberties. http://www.bccla.org | @bccla

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is an independent, non-partisan research institute. With a national office in Ottawa and provincial offices in BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia, the CCPA is the leading progressive voice in Canada’s public policy debates. The CCPA–BC office is committed to a socially, economically and environmentally just BC. We aim to make progressive ideas the driving force behind mainstream thinking, and to offer a new and hopeful vision to meet the key challenges of our time. http://www.policyalternatives.ca | @CCPA
Cinevolution is a Richmond-based non-profit organization which seeks to increase media literacy, raise social awareness, foster intercultural communication, and build stronger, more civically engaged communities through the promotion of film and media arts. In addition to collaborative projects with local artists and filmmakers, our activities include regular community screenings, public workshops and the annual Your Kontinent Festival. http://www.cinevolutionmedia.com | @C_Media_Art

CiTR 101.9FM is the broadcasting voice of the University of British Columbia. It is a student run, community supported, and nationally recognized radio station that has been giving a voice to UBC students and the Vancouver community since 1937. http://www.citr.ca | @CiTRradio
CityHallWatch.ca and MetroVanWatch.ca are two citizen-based watchdogs aimed at empowering public access to decision-making at the local (CityHallWatch, for Vancouver) and regional levels (Metro Vancouver). They aim to balance the game by connecting the dots and giving citizens the confidence and tools to engage local governments effectively.
CJSF 90.1FM is a campus-community radio station that gives voice to local artists, activists, and media makers through its diverse and entertaining programming. http://www.cjsf.ca | @cjsf
  The Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, working to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians. http://www.canadians.org | @CouncilofCDNs
  FIPA is a non-partisan, non-profit society that was established in 1991 to promote and defend freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. Our goal is to empower citizens by increasing their access to information and their control over their own personal information. We serve a wide variety of individuals and organizations through public education programs, research, advocacy, and law reform. http://www.fipa.bc.ca | @bcfipa
  Gen Why Media is a community building production group that uses public art, media, workshops and events to engage society in new forms of civic participation. http://www.genwhymedia.ca | @genwhymedia
  Global Immigrant News provides a unique perspective on issues concerning immigrants, migrant workers and refugees in every corner of the world. The vision of Sacha DeVoretz, the founder of Global Immigrant News, is to create an open dialogue on topics concerning migrants on a worldwide platform. http://www.GlobalImmigrantNews.com | @GlobalImmigrant
Associated with the grassroots movement that launched the film, “The Corporation”, Hello Cool World is an alternative ad agency whose mandate is: ideas to audiences; audiences to action; action to outcome. They develop and maintain effective grassroots campaigns and distribute content for social causes for clients in the non-profit and independent film sectors. http://www.hellocoolworld.com | @hellocoolworld

Roberta Staley and Tallulah Photography document the struggles of people in the developing world. Inspired by their stories, Tallulah and Roberta created Journeys to the Edge. The organization has several objectives, which includes raising funds in support of independent journalism and assisting emerging young reporters from other countries to attend journalism school in Canada. http://www.journeystotheedge.com
  Megaphone makes media for change by telling local stories at the street level, and by putting distribution in the hands of community members. http://www.megaphonemagazine.com | @MegaphoneMag
OpenMedia.ca is a grassroots organization that safeguards the possibilities of an open and affordable Internet. The group works towards informed and participatory digital policy. They empower people to participate in internet governance through fresh and engaging citizens’ campaigns, and are known for co-ordinating Stop The Meter, the largest online campaign in Canadian history, involving over half a million people. http://www.openmedia.ca | @OpenMedia_ca
Out In Schools engages youth through film in the promotion of safer and diverse learning environments, free from homophobia and bullying. Through cinema and social dialogue, they foster community engagement around issues facing the queer community. http://www.outinschools.com | @outinschools
The Cinematheque is a non-profit film society bringing Vancouver the essential cinema experience. For over fifteen years, our education department has offered screenings and workshops in critical media literacy, digital filmmaking and film education. http://www.education.cinematheque.bc.ca | @theCinematheque
  Peace it Together unites youth from opposing sides of conflict to engage in a unique dialogue and filmmaking program. The films our program participants co-create are used as peace-building tools around the world. To date, Peace it Together has focused on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and has run three dialogue & filmmaking programs (2006, 2008, & 2011). http://www.peaceittogether.com | @peacefilms
  De-spinning the political and re-spinning it for social, politi­cal and environmental justice, the Politics, Re-Spun collective examines issues and events through alternative viewpoints of activists, academics, and artists on http://www.politicsrespun.org and at CFRO 100.5FM Co-op Radio, Mondays at 6pm. http://www.PoliticsReSpun.org | @politicsrespun
  The Purple Thistle Centre is a youth-run community centre for arts and activism. Located in East Vancouver, we are a free place (both free-of-charge, and we are interested in freedom) where youth can engage with each other and their community. The Centre is a physical space to root ourselves, a place to work together, and a site to learn new ways for radical organizing for social change. http://www.purplethistle.ca | @purple_thistle
  Last year, rabble.ca celebrated its 10th birthday as a leading non-profit, independent media organization dedicated to providing platforms and perspectives unavailable anywhere else in Canada. rabble is built on the efforts of progressive journalists, writers, artists and activists across the country – it’s news for the rest of us. http://www.rabble.ca | @rabbleca
  Ricepaper provides a unique and vibrant outlook on contemporary Asian arts and culture in a Canadian context. We are committed to creating a forum for inclusive, representative and progressive dialogue for the diverse interests of Asian Canadians. We strive to connect the local, national, and global community by challenging how Asian Canadians are perceived and defined. http://www.ricepapermagazine.ca | @ricepapermag
 
The Right to Food (RTF) Zine’s mission is to promote the human right to food that is healthy, nutritious, affordable, and presented with dignity. RTF voices reflect the diversity that is the Downtown Eastside. RTF articles, research, and recipes will speak to DTES residents, social justice groups, and beyond. Readers will be kept informed, yet hungry to know more and to become more engaged. RTF is part of the local community and strives to act as a community-building tool.
  Sad Mag is a quarterly magazine that celebrates independent art and culture in “No Fun City”—Vancouver, BC. We publish the work of burgeoning writers and visual artists, primarily those from 15 to 30 years of age. The Sad Magazine Publishing Society is a non-profit organization and is completely volunteer run. http://www.sadmag.ca | @sadmag
  The South Asian Film Education Society was founded in Vancouver on November 19, 2006. Its objectives are to promote the understanding and appreciation of South Asian cinema with regard to its history, craft, distinctiveness, and engagement with the cultures, societies, and politics of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. http://www.southasianfilm.blogspot.com
  The Tyee is Canada’s leading independent online news magazine. With feisty, in-depth coverage of politics, social and environmental issues and arts and culture, we publish award-winning journalism that is vital to our democracy. Founded in 2003, The Tyee reaches more than 150,000 readers monthly, has received numerous awards and continues to be a must-read for the straight goods on what’s happening in B.C. and beyond. http://www.tyee.ca | @thetyee
  Vancouver Coop Radio CFRO 100.5 FM is a non-commercial, cooperatively owned, listner supported community radio station located in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. http://www.coopradio.org | @coopradio
Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is a volunteer-led, feminist collective that works towards the end goal of women’s liberation. We’ve been operating a rape crisis centre and a transition house for women escaping male violence for nearly 40 years. We use diverse alternative platforms to educate the public about women’s oppression, violence against women and women’s resistance.
  The VIVO Media Arts Centre, founded in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists in developing and exchanging their skills and ideas in a supportive environment. http://www.vivomediaarts.com | @VIVOMediaArts
  WAM! Vancouver is the first Canadian chapter of WAM! (Women, Action & the Media!). WAM! connects and supports media makers, activists, academics and funders working to advance women’s media participation, ownership and representation. We strive to build an accessible community in which members share resources and engage in dialogue through our listserv, events, social media networks, and our annual conference. http://www.wamvancouver.wordpress.com | @wamvancity
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