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Monday, July 7th, 2008
9:48 pm - Be Your Own Hero Festival 2008: Call for Submissions!


Be Your Own Hero Festival 2008
Now Accepting Submissions

The 2nd Annual Be Your Own Hero (BYOH) Festival will be taking place in Wilmington, North Carolina September 2008. The locations and exact dates will be announced at a later time. Submissions for workshops, info sessions, skill shares, and musicians are currently being accepted until July 31, 2008. Volunteers are also needed to help out on the day(s) of the event and/or to join the BYOH Fest Planning Squad.

Please send workshop submissions to herofest@gmail.com with your name, email, phone, organization/collective (if applicable), proposed workshop title & short description, materials needed, and time needed. All other ideas, volunteer availability, and inquiries may also be sent to herofest@gmail.com. We welcome all subjects and we encourage all people to apply, especially those who do not fit neatly into the status quo!

In 2007, Wilmington NC was home to the first Be Your Own Hero Festival, an all day radical Do It Yourself (DIY) Festival held at the Soapbox Laundro Lounge. The Festival included a Really Really Free Market, potluck, workshops, info sessions and live music. 2007’s workshops included: DIY parenting (a radical concept), Basic Bicycle Repair, Truth in Recruiting / Promoting Peace, Social Activism & the Info-Radical Menstruation, Food Politics, Trans 101: Becoming an ally to transgender people, Unconventional Action: Organizing against the DNC/RNC, and DIY DJ Workshop. Bands included: The Brothels, The Nothing Noise, Gator Country, Prize Winners Collective, NED, and Ghost Mice.

For more information on the Be Your Own Hero Festival and Collective, visit www.beyrownhero.com or contact herofest @ gmail.com.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006
3:53 pm - Young Women! Take this survey!

Girls International Forum is in the process of collecting 10,000 surveys from girls around the world in order to identify the main issues facing girls internationally today. With this information we will be able to develop a Girls' Platform for Action which will be utilized world-wide.

Find out more info at http://www.girlsforum.org/

Take the survey in English, French, Spanish, or Chinese: http://www.girlsforum.org/survey.htm


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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
10:08 pm

Hello. My name is Greta & I just joined. I joined because I am into feminism & learning about the different types.

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Monday, November 8th, 2004
4:15 pm - reclaim your health: a do-it-yourself health fair!

Dear inspiring friends, midwives, herbalists,
health-collective-organizers, skillsharers, holistic nutritionists, sex
workers, massage therapists, doulas, activists and more...

This March, the newly formed Detroit Health Collective will be hosting
Reclaim Your Health! a do-it-yourself health fair. The purpose of this
event is to share our knowelege and reclaim our bodies with practical
workshops, to educate and empower ourselves and our communities, and to
network with other folks doing this work.
We believe that access to healthcare is a right, and that knowlege should
be shared, not reserved only for the experts. We are deticated to
education and do-it-yourself skillsharing as well as providing information
about free/sliding scale options for low income people. This event is a
starting point for bigger projects and discussions.
You are recieving this email because I feel we could use your vision, your
voice, your passion and your skills to make this health fair something
truly amazing.

We are tentativly planning on a two-day event filled with skillshares and
Some of the topics we are especially looking for are:
-working the system: accessing free health care
-fertility awareness and vaginal self examination
-starting a womens self-health group, history and practical applications
-practical considerations for running a free clinic
-holistic nutrition/ eating well for cheap
-basic herbalism/ plant identification
-massage therapy and body work
-mens health issues/ gender socialization and emotional health
-transgender health issues- finding trans friendly providers, etc
-mental health issues(alternatives to mainstream treatments and working
within the traditional models of care, support, trauma, etc)
-disabilities and access to healthcare
-pregnancy and childbirth options
-enviormental health
-immigration, language and cultural barriars and access to healthcare
but of course we are also open to your suggestions and ideas!

If this sounds interesting to you and you think you can help, please
respond and let us know. Our email address should be up in a few days, it
is reclaimyourhealth@riseup.net, until then you can respond directly to
this email address. applecidervinegar@riseup.net

Please forward this to anyone your think would be interested, and feel
free to post everywhere.

Thank you!

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Thursday, August 19th, 2004
1:27 pm - Intro...

I've been a member of this community for quite a while & haven't really introduced myself, so here goes my attempt to do so. My name's Greta. i_am_ruined Tells ALMOST everything about me. If your still interested about me, AIM me: mysacredheart66 or go to my 'myspace' profile it tells EVERYTHING: http://profiles.myspace.com/users/4334237 Oh and this might or not be related to the community, but this is my 'riot grrrl online' site: http://riotgrrrl.girlsvomitcandy.com/ I have 7 other sites as well & more journals, check out my user info for more info. Anyhow, I'm glad to be a member of this community...this community is awesome!

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Thursday, May 27th, 2004
3:11 pm - Riot Grrrl

My riot grrrl site is now up. Go here to visit it.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003
3:16 am - Our Bodies Ourselves - input!

i haven't seen any livejournal posts on this, but i'm sorry if it's been posted already. either way- it's a good thing, and you should concider it (and definitely check out the website to do the least).
much love,
radha bike

Hi everyone,

As most of you know, a couple months ago I was
asked to write the new chapter on Sexual
Orientation and Gender Identity. It's been a
really exciting and overwhelming and amazing

Something that makes Our Bodies Ourselves
different from other books is that it includes
stories and anecdotes from real anonymous women
(which to me means anyone who identifies as a
woman in any capacity).This is where you come
in.The editors of the book have not done a good
job getting the word out, and very few anecdotes
have been submitted thus far. So, I'm asking you
all to do me a huge favor and forward the e-mail
I pasted below to every person you know, every
list you're on, wheatpaste it around the
city, post it on Friendster, do whatever you
have to do to get the word out. It's SO
important for me to have diverse voices in my
chapter, and I really don't want to use the
horriblecheesy quotes that they included in the
1998 edition (that of course didn't include any
quotes from trans women). Thank you everyone!!!

** Please Forward Widely and Forgive Duplicates**

I'm writing the new chapter on Sexual
Orientation and Gender Identity for the 2005
edition of Our Bodies Ourselves, and I'm looking
for input for the chapter.
If any of you have read previous editions of Our
Bodies Ourselves you know that the book includes
both anecdotes from anonymous women related to
the topics being discussed and resource lists at
the end of each chapter. It would be wonderful
if you could:

1. Visit the Our Bodies Ourselves website http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/obos05.htm
and submit your personal stories to be used in
the book. As I said above, I'm writing Chapter
9 - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. I'm
interested in including a wide range of
experiences in my chapter. I'd especially like
trans, people of color, disabled, intersexed,
and working class voices to be heard, but I
encourage everyone to submit. No names will be
associated with the quotes. If you feel
comfortable, it would also be helpful for me if
you sent me your stories directly so I can
directly incorporate your words into my chapter
as I work.

2. Send me the names of your favorite books,
websites, magazines, novels, etc. that concern
trans, intersex, sexual orientation,
bisexuality, gender discrimination, coming out,
homophobia, and finding unity issues. You can e-
mail the names of your resources to me

Thank you so much for your help. I'm so excited
and honored to be the chapter's author, and I
think that it's incredible that the editors of
the book chose a young (I'm 23), African
American, femme-identified dyke to write the
chapter. Please feel free to contact me if you
have any further questions.

- Elizabeth S. Lindsey, Philadelphia

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Saturday, April 19th, 2003
9:36 pm - Screamqueen Distro

Hi. My name is Sarah and I live in Richmond, VA. I run Screamqueen Distro, which has been open since August 2001. I sell personal-political zines, literary zines, D.I.Y.-oriented zines, zines about radical/punk parenting, comics, books, music, buttons, and some patches and stickers.

I am currently taking zines and music in for consideration. Please check the website for more details.

the website: http://www.violeteyes.net/screamqueen
the mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/screamqueendistro

(sorry for cross-posting)

current mood: tired

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Friday, April 18th, 2003
3:05 pm - sorry for xposting.

registration form for the midwest zine fest (detroit rock city, august 15-17!) is up:

everyone planning on coming should go register soon!

along with updated workshop list:

(we still need more workshop teachers, bands, speakers, etc.)

so far confirmed events include:
what the kids want
the tropposcatter
hott beat
north lincoln
defiance, ohio
(more tba)
plus an awesome pupper show by chad of scrag zine.

get in touch!

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Sunday, March 30th, 2003
4:17 am

sorry for xposting...
shameless zine fest promotion again.

join the midwest zine fest livejournal community dudes.

and look at the (newly updated) website.

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2003
2:23 pm - sorry for xposting...

zine fest midwest update:
hi everyone...
my awesome friend fluffy made a flter for the zine fest i posted about earlier (aug 15-17 in detroit). if you want to help us out, you should print it out and make copies to pass along...or email jami and i your address at xeroxthis at hotmail dot com and we will send you a bunch of flyers to pass out.
the flyer is here: http://www.azone.org/ara/zinefest.pdf

we also have a website that is still in its baby stages and you can see that at

if you wanted to run a workshop, send us a descrption of what you want to do and if you want it on friday or saturday.
registration booklets will be availible soon, keep checking the website for details.

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Monday, March 17th, 2003
10:47 pm

sorry for any cross-posting.

this is to let people know that soon we will have an application up on the southern girls convention website ( www.southerngirlsconvention.org ) for folks who want to put on next year's event. i'm letting people know now so interested parties can bring it to their groups ahead of time and figure out a game plan. if anyone has any questions about what will be on the application (or anything else) you can email me at suzukibeane at hotmail dot com. rock!

xo robin

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Sunday, March 16th, 2003
11:42 pm

I had an amazing time @ SGC. Warren Wilson was a great location! major props to all the girls that orgranized and ran the event. i was honored to be a part of it.

- lynn
(wilmington, nc)

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Thursday, February 13th, 2003
5:21 pm - ride board

one of my original intentions for starting this community is for it to function as a ride board:
so here goes....
lizzy and i ( emily j.) in asheville are looking for some people who may be headed to new orleans, LA after the sgc 2003. if you are headed in that direction after the 16th of may.. pleasepleaseplease let me know!we'd love to offer you gas money in exchange for a lift.

thanks all
emily j.

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Friday, February 7th, 2003
7:46 pm - SORRY FOR X-POSTING but....

to take place august 15-17th in detroit MI.
three days of sharing skills and ideas, trading zines and projects, bands, dance parties and other fun stuff.
but we need yer help!!!

right now we need people to get the word out so we can have input from all over the place.
we need people to volunteer to teach workshops and stuff, and closer to the dates of the fest we will need people to voluteer to help cook food and do childcare and cleanup and shit like that.
this cant happen without yer help.

please email me at scarvesandbicycles at hotmail dot com if you have any ideas or if you'd be willing to mail out flyers, send me yer address. if you are in a band and want to play, or if you'd like to read selections from yer zine or do spoken word or somethin' let me know. also if you run a distro tables will be avaible from 5-15 bucks (sliding scale). we also want to have a HUGE zine swap one of the days.

were looking for workshops on stuff like:
stencil making
running a distro
trans and gender issues
unlearning male privilege
white privilege and racism
living sustainably
permaculture, composting, garderning
knitting and crochet
radical menstruation

anything you can think of related to zines, DIY, radical livin'....

this is a girl/queer/trans positive event!

we have confirmed a few bands and are talking to more and looking for more too. were also currently working on an info pack about the fest that will come with a patch and button and a big zine with workshop info, stuff about detroit, places to stay and eat and get coffee, cool radical projects in detroit, etc.
when we make the website it will be at www.geocities.com/xeroxthis
and you can keep checking at www.geocities.com/typewritercore (my distro site) for details.

thats all for now. help out with this kids!!!
xo jessika

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Saturday, January 11th, 2003
12:49 pm - yo.

hi! im in a band by the name of "die emperor die" we were wondering about how to get to play at the convention. its me and another kid and were both really interested in the convention as a whole. were from tx.

thank you, brad

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Sunday, December 29th, 2002
12:43 pm - the flyer

Southern Girls Convention

Where: Warren Wilson College , Swannanoa, NC, in the beautiful

Southern Appalachian Mountains (oh yeah!)

When: March 14-16 th , Spring 2003

Who: ALL ages, ALL genders (yes, that includes trannies and radical

men) There will be workshops for all ages.

Why: The SGC is an annual event held to empower women & young girls

in a world that doesn’t always do so.

--Interested in facilitating workshops, performing, etc. please contact

Miriah at (828) 771-5933

--general questions contact Alison at The Big Idea (828) 258-1239

www.southerngirlsconvention.org (under construction)

please send emails to sgc2003@hotmail.com

if you would like to distribute the flyer and registration forms in your area, to your local activist groups and women's groups, please email : sgc@hotmail.com

ALSO: a reminder that if you would like to facilitate a workshop at this year's convention, you should email the southern girl's. remember, we can invite everyone to the convention but we need people to fill up the time slots.

any suggestions for entertainment? you know someone in a band that wants to play? you're in a band that wants to play at sgc? well jump on the bandwagon and email sgc2003@hotmail.com

thanks a bunch in advance,
emily j.

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Friday, December 27th, 2002
12:02 pm

hi, my name is robin and i was one of the organizers of the first SGC in 1999. someone sent me this link. what's going on this year? i haven't heard a lot about it.

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Thursday, December 26th, 2002
6:47 pm - the first entry

so confirmed for the 2003 sgc already are: inga muscio, the author of "CUNT" as the keynote speaker.
also glenis redmond, poet.

more to come later

any suggestions?

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