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  • is hosting Megaphone Breakfast 2017 2017-08-23 13:29:14 -0700

    Megaphone Breakfast 2017

     IMG_9740.jpgJoin the Megaphone community for the fourth annual Megaphone breakfast on Friday, November 3 at the Vancouver Public Library.

    This event will bring together the Megaphone and Hope in Shadows community -- vendors, supporters, and partners — to build support for solutions that can build strong communities, and end poverty. We'll celebrate what the Megaphone community has accomplished and talk about our vision for the future as Megaphone grows.

    This event is worth waking up early for. We'll also award one hard-working vendor the honour of Vendor of the Year!

    Doors will open at 7:00am — please join us for a cup of coffee! The Breakfast will be served buffet-style at 7:30 sharp, and the program will wrap up by 9:00am. We're excited to be serving guests a breakfast buffet catered by DTES social enterprise Potluck Cafe and Catering - complete with eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, and tomatoes. 

    If you or your organization is interested in joining with our visionary sponsors to support this event, please contact to discuss our sponsorship package.

    Table reservations are available when 8 to 10 tickets are purchased in a single block. Table reservations cannot be made online. Contact Krista Butler at or 604-255-9701 x 137

    This event takes place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. As we organize and celebrate, we also remember the historical and ongoing colonial genocide against Indigenous peoples that make it possible for many of us to be here on this land. 

    We hope you can join us! 


    This event is proudly sponsored by:

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    November 03, 2017 at 7am
    Vancouver Public Library (Alice MacKay Room)
    350 W Georgia St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
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    $50.00 CAD · 103 rsvps rsvp

  • @Stefania_Seccia tweeted link to Hope in Shadows Vote 2017. 2017-07-12 15:05:24 -0700
    Help @MegaphoneMag decide which photos make it into the 2018 Hope in Shadows calendar. Vote for your favourite!

    Hope in Shadows Vote

    Every year, the Hope in Shadows calendar photography contest is open to Megaphone's low-income and homeless vendors. The final 13 photos that make up the calendar offer an intimate look into the lives of our vendors. 

    In June, Megaphone vendors participated in photography workshops. Vendors were given single-use film cameras to capture this year's theme of "heart and soul." We received hundreds of photos that our community jury has narrowed down to a top 30 that showcase the talent, heart, and soul of our vendors. 

    Thirteen of these 30 photographs will be chosen for Megaphone's 2018 Hope in Shadows calendar, which is sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria. Help us decide which photos make it into the calendar!

    Having a hard time choosing? There is a lot to look for in each photo. To find one that speaks to you, you can look for two main things: the visual, as well as the story. Visually: Is it creative? Beautiful? Well-framed? Colourful? And in terms of the story: What does the photo tell us? What questions does it ask? Why might this photograph be important, and to whom? The best photos are visually stunning and tell us a story.

    This project is rooted in creating space for people experiencing poverty to tell their own stories, through their own lens. Hope in Shadows shows the beauty, joy, friendship, and hope that exist alongside the hardship in the lives of people impacted by poverty.

    *Please note - photo titles below are working titles.


    Ten year tent city



    Last night



    All smiles






    Down the street









    Family, baseball and music






    Garden of love









    Hey, you!



    Our place



    In the sun






    Light sphere 



    Lonely guitar



    Looking ahead



    Main and Hastings



    Our streets



    Overdose crisis






    Smokey D



    Staying dry






    The Balmoral









    White feather


    Thanks to our Hope in Shadows sponsors who make this project possible:



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  • @Stefania_Seccia tweeted link to Take Action to End Homeless Deaths. 2016-03-29 11:08:25 -0700
    Sign @MegaphoneMag's petition: stand with our homeless neighbours.

    Take Action to Stop Homeless Deaths in BC

    724 signatures

    MegaphoneHomelessDeathsReport_70percentincrease.jpgAt least 46 people died on the streets in B.C. in 2014--a 70 per cent increase from the year previous. This is the highest number of homeless deaths in a single year in this province since 2008 and it marks a stark increase in the number of vulnerable lives that were tragically cut short. (See Still Dying on the Streets, for Megaphone's full report.)

    Cities and towns across B.C. continue to struggle with a lack of both affordable housing and harm reduction services. With overdose deaths rising dramatically in 2015, evictions of residents in low-income buildings increasing, and affordable housing still not meeting demand, the number of homeless lives lost promises only to increase. 

    Each of these deaths is a tragedy - a person with a past and a future, a family, talents, hopes, and dreams. And many of these deaths could have been prevented. They are a tragic result of governments' failure to provide proper housing and social services. We can, and must, do better.

    We call upon the Premier Christy Clark and the Province of British Columbia to:

    1. Develop and implement a poverty reduction strategy.

    2. Commit to building shelters, social housing, and supports equally across the province so that people experiencing homelessness may receive the necessary housing and health supports in their communities.

    3. Fund the BC Coroners Service to create an annual report that offers deeper analysis and data about homeless deaths across the province.

    I stand with my homeless neighbours in the fight for safe, affordable housing and health services in British Columbia.

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