Save Bitch! Help the weiner dog grow.

Bitch is my favourite magazine because it’s smart, funny, sassy and packed full of interesting stuff.A   It takes me a week to devour it, as there’s no crap or many ads to flip past.A   The following is reprinted from Bitch magazine’s website.

First the bad news: The print publishing industry as a whole is staring into a void. Across the board, newsstand magazine sales are in a slump, subscriber numbers are down, and paper and postal costs continue to rise. But it’s not magazines like US Weekly or Vogue that you’ll see disappearing from the newsstandsà ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢â‚¬ they have the parent companies and the resources to weather industry ill winds. It’s the small, independent magazines like Bitch that will disappear, because the odds are already stacked high against us. And simply put: We need to raise $40,000 by October 15th in order to print the next issue of Bitch.

Now the good news: While it’s true that $40,000 is a lot of money, we know the number of you Bitch supporters is in the hundreds of thousands. And we’re asking each of you who values independent, nonprofit media and intelligent feminist cultural analysis to contribute what you can to ensure that Bitch thrives. And while we can’t say what form Bitch will take in the future (our direction will depend, in part, on your feedback), we can say that we’ve been hard at work to find an innovative publishing model that will allow us to maintain the spirit and integrity of Bitch while also reflecting the changing world around us.

As a nonprofit, reader-funded media organization, our fate really isà ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢â‚¬ and always will beà ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢â‚¬ in your hands. We don’t need a parent company. We just need you!

no-bake sale

 

4wigs.jpg

At the BCLA conference this April we ran a no-bake sale with the Information Policy Committee to raise awareness and money for the Little Sister’s Defense Fund. We asked conference participants to make a donation for a brochure that explained the history of the Canadian Boarder Services Agency’s ongoing seizures of books bound for Vancouver’s famous queer book store. This has been going on for over 20 years.

Not only did we have a great time, dressing up in pink wigs and vintage aprons, but we raised $420 in just 2 hours.

We were also successful in passing a motion at the AGM for the BCLA Executive to send letters to the Minister of Justice and opposition party critics to affirm that people need access to legal resources to be able to challenge government policy. Letters will also be sent to the Minister of Public Safety and opposition party critics to request the Minister to instruct Canadian Boarder Services Agency to stop censoring.