Monday, November 8

The Future of the NB Rebelles!

Greetings Friends,
Due to hectic schedules, the NB Rebelles will be taking an intermission from our weekly meetings!

That being said, we are planning a potluck on December 8th starting at 6pm in Feminist HQ. Please RSVP by emailing nbrebelles @
We hope to see you there!

In January, we plan to switch to Wednesday nights. Our first meeting will be on the 12th, where we'll plan a small recruitment drive (posters, etc), and then our first real meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, January 19th. The discussion topic will be Dating While Feminist.

After January 19th, we plan to meet every two weeks. A subcommittee will be formed for those who plan to go to the May 2011 Rebelles Conference in Winnipeg. We have a lot of fundraising to do!

Thanks again for your membership and support! We hope to see you on the 8th.

love and rage
NB Rebelles - Fredericton

Wednesday, October 20

Pro-Choice Call to Action

Dear Pro-choice Supporters,

Please send a letter to your MP asking them to vote against the private member's bill C-510, "an act to amend the Criminal Code (coerced abortion)." The bill was introduced in April and is scheduled for 2nd Reading vote on Nov 1.

Please check out the following link to some media coverage:
"Abortion vote inevitable, MP says"

For more info on the bill, see the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada's press release in:
How you can help defend women's rights?

Below is a sample letter that you can copy and paste into an email or a letter. Feel free to edit the letter or write your own. Address your email to your MP.

Look up your MP HERE.
Sample Letter/Email:

Subject: Please vote against Bill C-510

Dear [insert your MP's name]

I'm writing to ask you to please vote against Bill C-510, an act to prohibit "coerced abortion", which is slated for a 2nd reading vote in Parliament on Nov 1.

Bill C510 is a private member's bill that would amend the Criminal Code to prohibit coercing a woman into an abortion via physical or financial threats, illegal acts, or through “argumentative and rancorous badgering or importunity”. It was introduced on April 15 by anti-abortion Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South), who chairs the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus.

I'm pro-choice and part of Canada's pro-choice majority. I believe this is an unnecessary bill that promotes abortion stigma, paternalizes women, and puts providers at risk. The bill is redundant because threats and illegal acts are already illegal under the Criminal Code, and counselors at clinics already screen for possible coercion in women seeking abortion. However, the anti-choice movement falsely believes that clinics coerce women into abortions, so we fear this bill may encourage frivolous charges against providers, as well as harassment and violence. The bill patronizes women by implying they are frequently coerced into abortion, but the vast majority of women make their own decision to have an abortion and take responsibility for it. If the intent is really to protect women from abusive partners, we need better and more comprehensive solutions than this bill.

The bill is supported and promoted by Canada's anti-abortion movement. It represents their latest attempt to get a foot in the door towards recriminalizing abortion. The bill refers to a fetus as a “child,” making it another Trojan Horse for smuggling fetal rights into law. As you may recall, the "Unborn Victims of Crime Act" from 2008 (Bill C484) passed 2nd reading
because its deceptive language fooled a number of pro-choice MPs.

Thank you in advance for voting against Bill C510.


Friday, August 13

Next Meeting

Join us for our next meeting - 7pm on Monday, July 16th, at Feminist HQ. Email us for more info and directions:

Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, July 21

Feminist Fun Double-Header!

Feminists! Are you ready for an awesome time?

On Sunday, July 25th, the NB Rebelles are organizing an informal and completely awesome tubing excursion. What's tubing? THIS AWESOME THING. It's BYOB (no glass bottles!) and pay for your own tube ($10 each), but we will arrange the carpool and also pay for a tube for the cooler. So if you feel like floating down the Nashwaak with a bunch of feminists, please RSVP by email ( by Thursday, July 22nd. Let us know if you need a drive or can provide some.

ALSO, our next meeting is on Monday, July 26th and it's kind of a big deal! It's Peggy's last meeting. There will be baked goods. We will probably go out afterwards! Come join the feminist discussion, planning and good times. As always, new people are welcome! Join us at 7pm at Feminist HQ (contact us for directions).

Saturday, July 17

Next Meeting

Join us for our next meeting - Monday, July 19th at 7pm, at Feminist HQ. Email us for more info and directions:

Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, July 14

Feminist Night Out

Come on out and join us this Friday, July 16th for a big feminist PARTY! The NB Rebelles are hosting this extravaganza of good times, awesome drinks and musical acts featuring ladies and lady-friendly types! Hosted by boom! (474 Queen Street).

Check out performances by Chloe Albert and Emma Cook, the NB Rebelles Gumboot Troupe, slam poetry from El Jones, the boom! Circus dancers, maybe some other awesome stuff!

You don't have to be a feminist to come, but you might be one by the time you leave because we are JUST THAT AWESOME.

The show is from 8pm to 11pm, and then everyone is invited to stay for the amazing dance party that is boom! Cover is $5.


Sunday, July 11

Next Meeting

Ok feminists! Our next meeting is this Monday, July 12th at 7pm. For more information or directions to Feminist HQ, email us at

See you there!

Wednesday, July 7

Yard Sale!

Hey everyone! The NB Rebelles are having a GIANT YARD SALE this Saturday, July 10th from 8:00am to 1:00pm! Come join us at 598 Palmer Street (in Fredericton) for tons of awesome stuff. We will also be selling Rebelles merch and I heard a rumour there will be baked goods, maybe! Spread the word!

Also if you have items to donate to the sale, email us:

The proceeds of the yard sale will support getting young New Brunswick women to the next Waves of Resistance conference in Winnipeg. This is our first official fundraiser for the conference - please help us to make it a success!

Friday, July 2

Feminist Discussion

Hi everyone! Don't forget to join us for our next feminist discussion/NB Rebelles meeting. This week's topic is Masturbation.

Join us at 7pm on Monday, July 5th. We meet weekly at Feminist HQ (email us for directions:

See you there!

Wednesday, June 23

Next Meeting

Feminists! Our next NB Rebelles meeting will be this Monday, June 28 at 7pm. Come join us at Feminist HQ (email for directions) for feminist discussion, good company and maybe snacks - but most certainly tea!

New faces are always welcome!

Wednesday, June 9

Screen Printing Night!

The NB Rebelles will be doing some screen printing this week, at our regular meeting time and place (email us for info). Please join us - the more people we have to help, the easier (and more fun!) it will be.

If you are unable to come but you have an item of clothing that you would like screen printed with one of our three logos (designed for us by Angela Black of Random Paper and Fabric), we will do it for you for $10. Please contact us to arrange a drop off or pick up of your item(s).

See you Monday night!

Our logos:


Feminist fist

Rebelles fist

Friday, June 4

Next NB Rebelles Meeting

Feminists! Don't forget to join us for our next meeting:

Monday, June 7th at 7pm
Feminist HQ (email us for directions)

We love to see new faces!

Wednesday, May 26

NB Rebelles Reader

In utter grossness, high school boys make a contest out of trying to have sex with Grade 8 girls

Next Meeting

Rebelles are back! Join us this Monday, May 31st for feminist discussion and a meeting. This week the topic is "Performing Femininity" and will be based on this article.

Join us at 7pm on Monday at Feminist HQ (email for directions).

Tuesday, May 18

No Meeting Next Week

IMPORTANT: There is no NB Rebelles meeting this coming Monday, May 24th: enjoy the long weekend!

We will be meeting again on Monday, May 31st at 7pm. Contact for more details.

Tuesday, May 11

Feminist Discussion

Rebelles and those who wish they were! We are returning to our format of feminist discussion followed by NB Rebelles meeting. Exciting! Our topic for this coming discussion is Privilege and Safety, and will draw heavily from this article. Read it! Ponder it! Bring your thoughts to share with other feminists thusly:

Monday, May 17th @ 7pm
Feminist HQ (email us for directions:

See you there!

Wednesday, May 5

What is up, Rebelles?

Why, I'm so glad you asked! First of all, our next meeting (on Monday) is going to be a brainstormin' extravaganza, so please do come if you can! We will be mapping out our summer activities and we need all the ideas we can get. There will be high fives!

In case you're wondering, that's Monday, May 10th at 7pm at Feminist HQ. Email us for address and directions -

ALSO, I bet you're wondering how you can get your hands on some sweet NB Rebelles merch (t-shirts AND buttons!). Well, wonder no more, and click on over to our brand spankin' new Etsy shop!

Don't forget, if you want to get our meeting minutes in your inbox, just send us an email. :)

Thursday, April 29

Next Rebelles Meeting

Feminists in Fredericton! Our next NB Rebelles meeting will take place this coming Monday, May 3rd at 7pm. Join us at Feminist HQ (email for the address/directions) to talk about what is next for the Rebelles!

Friday, April 16

Next Meeting/Feminist Discussion

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed our little hiatus last week, and that all the students among us got a chance to breathe.

We are back to business as usual this week: our next meeting is Monday, April 19th at 7pm at Feminist HQ (email us for directions!). The discussion topic is Vegetarianism/Veganism in a Feminist Context, and it will be led by me (Peggy)! The discussion will be followed by a brief NB Rebelles meeting for which you are welcome but not obligated to attend.

See you there!

Tuesday, April 13

A new BLOG CONTRIBUTOR is in town!!!!

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies and Gentlemen...
I have decided to do the regular blogging duties from now on based on all the interesting, shocking, lovely, necessary news that we all find relevant and informative and hopefully always with a good feminist dosage/edge.
My name is Laura Vollrath and currently I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick and I was the 'Laura' that led the discussion in the previous week about Menstruation. Unfortunantly, not many of you lovely creatures could make it to the meeting that day but thats part of the reason why this blog exists! You didn't miss a thing I will be posting my whole presentation on here and would love to hear all of your feedback and thoughts on the bloody subject.
Let's get some good brainage going, shall we??



The Rag’, ‘swimming in the red ocean’, ‘My Period’, ‘Are you seeing red?’, ‘At high tide’, ‘Attracting the lesbian vampires’, ‘Bloody Mary’, ‘Bloody Beast’, ‘Bloody snot’, ‘Blowing a fuse’, ‘Closed for maintenance’ and so on…

Basic Facts:

1. Eumenorrhea expresses normal, regular menstruation that lasts for a few days (usually 3 to 5 days, but anywhere from 2 to 7 days is considered normal).[2] The average blood loss during menstruation is 35 millilitres with 10-80 mL considered normal;[3]

I ask:

What is your relationship to blood????

- Does it differ how women and men feel about blood?

- Why does something so natural usually end up feeling so ‘dirty’ for some women?

- Would you stop bleeding if you could? (How important is fertility to us as women today?)


-More horny or less?

(While searching on the internet, blogs and discussion areas I found that most people don’t care whether the girl is on the period or not, they keep on tickling and licking)

Dr.Laura also thinks Sex is probably the best cramp reliever there is!!!

Alternative Menstrual Products

There are several web-sites where you can purchase reusable pads, Diva cups and various other more environmentally consciouss menstrual products.

Biodegradable Wysi Wipes are the perfect solution for emergency period moments or cleaning your DivaCup or Pstyle while on the road. Moisten these mint-sized pellets with a bit of water and watch them expand into a 9"x9" (24x24cm) moist towelette. Made from plant fibres, they are not only biodegradable, but can also be reused a few times if they aren't too soiled. Measuring only 1cm thick and 2cm wide, keep a few in all of your carry bags. Great for diaper bags too! Watch our video to learn more.


Like recycling bottles and newspapers, washing Lunapads or rinsing out the DivaCup is a little more work than throwing away your used pads and tampons. But with over 14 billion pads, tampons and applicators going into North American landfills every year, it’s a small but important way of taking personal responsibility for a massive environmental problem.

More Links: -Museum of Menstruation of Women’s Health (Discover the rich history of menstruation and women's health on this Web site - MUM for short - devoted to menstruation and selected topics of women's health!) -women’s health information you can trust!!! more alternative rag stuff

The following 2 Articles are both very informative although very different and of course both all about the bloody subject. First article is about how different the situation is for Rwandan women and having their period, might make you think that we might not have it so bad after all...Second article talk about Toxic Shock Syndrome and the tampon rumours and lifts some of the myths related to the matter. Happy reading!!

Menstruation stigma costs girls dearly

March 08, 2010

Craig and Marc Kielburger

Three days a month, Annalita is too embarrassed to go to school.

The Rwandan teen, like millions of her peers worldwide, is menstruating. Her family can’t afford sanitary pads, so Annalita makes do with what few materials she can find including rags, bark and mud.

But these makeshift pads are usually ineffective. Rather than focusing on her studies, Annalita spends her day anxious about a potential accident in front of her classmates.

She also worries about embarrassment in her community. Menstruation carries a stigma of uncleanliness. Considering she can’t openly wash and dry her rags, walking home in soiled clothing would bring her further shame.

"If you have pads when you are travelling it would be easy," said Annalita at a meeting run by community health workers. There in the crowded, dirt-floored room it had taken some time for her to start talking. Soon though, everyone became eager to discuss the dilemma. "That would help you to continue with your daily programs and let you go where you wanted to go and do what you wanted to do."

Menstruation is rarely viewed as a pressing issue in developing nations. But, as community health workers encourage girls like Annalita to talk, they uncover a staggering problem. Every year, women and girls miss on average 50 days of work or school because they can’t afford effective sanitary pads.

For Annalita, this could amount to 5 years of lost potential as she hides due to shame.

But, Elizabeth Scharpf wants Annalita to be free of embarrassment every day of the month.

"I think you have to understand what resonates with each group of people," says the founder of Sustainable Health Enterprises, a social enterprise focusing on market-based approaches to development. "For example, when we talk to the Rwandan Minister of Finance, we talk about the economic consequences of girls not going to school. We talk about the future of the country."

She found that future is clouded.

Scharpf explains international brands are widely sold in stores but usually at inflated costs after passing through the hands of middlemen. In Rwanda, the cheapest brand sells at about $1.10 for a pack of 10 - inexpensive by Western standards but costly in a country where 60 per cent of people live in poverty.

Unable to afford these brands, girls instead miss school. Scharpf estimates their earning potential is decreased by 10 to 20 per cent with every year of schooling lost.

In the past, corporations and development groups have tried to hand out pads for free. But, stigmas usually prevent them from doing so in the open. Most find it’s not a sustainable.

"There was this realization that there is a strong need for different approaches," she Scharpf. "We need less of a donation-only approach and something more market-based."

In conjunction with MIT, they created a sanitary pad made of banana fibres. The material is abundant in Rwanda, eco-friendly and can be made locally by groups of community health workers. This helps lower production costs and existing networks help with distribution.

"Existing networks of community health workers actually have their own little distribution companies," says Scharpf. "That means we can cut out the middle people."

This allows the product to be sold at 30 per cent less cost.

The next step is to teach more Rwandan women to make the pads and give them loans to set up businesses. Then, using the same distribution networks, Scharpf hopes to empower entire communities.

"It’s really important to keep this local. It will only be successful if it’s locally run," says Scharpf. "With community leaders advocating, they can effectively do health and hygiene."

While stigmas still exist, at least now they won’t limit Annalita’s potential. With the ability to focus on her schoolwork, she can ensure her only anxiety comes from preparing for the next test.

Marc and Craig Kielburger are children's rights activists and co-founded Free The Children, which is active in the developing world. Their column appears Mondays online at

Tampons and Asbestos, Dioxin, & Toxic Shock Syndrome

FDA regulates the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, including tampons. Recently it has come to the agency's attention that allegations about tampons are being spread over the Internet. It is alleged that tampons are contaminated by asbestos and dioxin during manufacture, and that rayon fibers cause toxic shock syndrome (TSS). The available scientific evidence does not support these rumors. The following information will help answer concerns.

Asbestos Concerns

In the last six months, unfounded rumors on the Internet have suggested that U.S tampon manufacturers add asbestos to their products to promote excessive menstrual bleeding in order to sell more tampons. FDA has no evidence of asbestos in tampons or any reports regarding increased menstrual bleeding following tampon use.

Before any tampon is marketed in the U.S., FDA reviews its design and materials. Asbestos is not an ingredient in any U.S. brand of tampon, nor is it associated with the fibers used in making tampons. Moreover, tampon manufacturing sites are subject to inspection by FDA to assure that good manufacturing practices are being followed. Therefore, these inspections would likely identify any procedures that would expose tampons products to asbestos. If any tampon product was contaminated with asbestos, it would be as a result of tampering, which is a crime. Thus far, FDA has received no reports of tampering. Anyone having knowledge of tampon tampering is urged to notify FDA or a law enforcement officer.

Dioxin and Rayon Concerns

There are also allegations that some tampons contain toxic amounts of the chemical dioxin. The term "dioxin" or "dioxins" actually refers to a number of related chemical compounds. State-of-the art testing of tampons and tampon materials that can detect even trace amounts of dioxin has shown that dioxin levels are at or below the detectable limit. No risk to health would be expected from these trace amounts.

Tampons currently sold in the U.S. are made of cotton, rayon, or blends of rayon and cotton. Rayon is made from cellulose fibers derived from wood pulp. In this process the wood pulp is bleached. At one time, bleaching the wood pulp was a potential source of trace amounts of dioxin in tampons, but that bleaching method is no longer used. Rayon raw material used in U.S. tampons is now produced using elemental chlorine-free or totally chlorine free bleaching processes. These methods for purifying wood pulp are described below:

Elemental chlorine-free bleaching refers to methods that do not use elemental chlorine gas to purify the wood pulp. These methods include the use of chlorine dioxide as the bleaching agent as well as totally chlorine-free processes. Some elemental chlorine-free bleaching processes can theoretically generate dioxins at extremely low levels, and dioxins are occasionally detected in trace amounts in mill effluents and pulp. In practice, however, this method is considered to be dioxin free.

Totally chlorine-free bleaching refers to use of bleaching agents that contain no chlorine. These methods are also dioxin-free. Totally chlorine-free methods include, for example, use of hydrogen peroxide as the bleaching agent.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked with wood pulp producers to promote use of dioxin-free methods because dioxin is an environmental pollutant. Because of decades of pollution, dioxin can be found in the air, water and ground. Therefore, while the methods used for manufacturing tampons today are considered to be dioxin-free processes, traces of dioxin may still be present in the cotton or wood pulp raw materials used to make tampons. Thus, there may be trace amounts of dioxin present from environmental sources in cotton, rayon, or rayon/cotton tampons.

When questions about dioxin arose a number of years ago, FDA asked tampon manufacturers to provide information about their pulp purification processes and the potential for dioxin contamination. Manufacturers of rayon tampons are also asked to routinely monitor dioxin levels in the raw material used or the finished tampons. Manufacturers have provided FDA with test results of studies conducted at independent laboratories, using the most sensitive test methods available. Dioxin monitoring is a highly technical assay performed at only a few independent expert laboratories in the U.S. The detectable limit of this assay is currently approximately 0.1 to 1 parts per trillion of dioxin.

Using these tests, dioxin levels in the rayon raw materials for tampons are reported to be at or below the detectable limit of the state-of-the-art dioxin assay, i.e., approximately 0.1 to 1 parts per trillion. FDA's risk assessment indicates that this exposure is many times less than normally present in the body from other environmental sources, so small that any risk of adverse health effects is considered negligible. A part per trillion is about the same as one teaspoon in a lake fifteen feet deep and a mile square.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

There are also allegations that rayon in tampons causes TSS, and dryness or ulcerations of vaginal tissues.

TSS is a rare but potentially fatal disease caused by a bacterial toxin. (Different bacterial toxins may cause TSS, depending on the situation, but most often streptococci and staphylococci are responsible.) The number of reported TSS cases has decreased significantly in recent years. Approximately half the cases of TSS reported today are associated with tampon use during menstruation, usually in young women. TSS also occurs in children, men, and non-menstruating women. In 1997, only five confirmed menstrually-related TSS cases were reported, compared with 814 cases in 1980 [according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)]. Although scientists have recognized an association between TSS and tampon use, the exact connection remains unclear. Research conducted by the CDC suggested that use of some high absorbency tampons increased the risk of TSS in menstruating women. A few specific tampon designs and high absorbency tampon materials were also found to have some association with increased risk of TSS. These products and materials are no longer used in tampons sold in the U.S. Tampons made with rayon do not appear to have a higher risk of TSS than cotton tampons of similar absorbency.

Vaginal dryness and ulcerations may occur when women use tampons more absorbent than needed for the amount of their menstrual flow. Ulcerations have also been reported in women using tampons between menstrual periods to try to control excessive vaginal discharge or abnormal bleeding. Women may avoid problems by choosing a tampon with the minimum absorbency needed to control menstrual flow and using tampons only during active menstruation.

To help women compare absorbency from brand to brand, FDA requires that manufacturers measure absorbency using a standard method and describe absorbency on the package using standardized terms. Thus, the terms "junior," "regular," "super," and "super plus," always describe a specific range of tampon absorbency regardless of the brand.

FDA requires manufacturers to give information on the package labeling about the signs of TSS and how to minimize the risk. Women are encouraged to read this information before using tampons and to ask about TSS when getting a medical checkup.

Wednesday, March 24

Next Feminist Discussion

Friends, our next feminist discussion will be on MENSTRUATION (scary! exciting! you're a lady! and so on). It will be led by the incomparably awesome Laura. You are all invited!

Join us on Monday, March 29 @ 7pm. Feminist HQ (email for directions or more info). The discussion will be followed by a brief meeting.

Everyone is welcome and we love to meet new people!

Wednesday, March 17

The 4th Annual RAWA you can help!

This Saturday (March 20) is the 4th Annual RAWA Benefit Variety Show (and silent auction!). It will be at the SUB Ballroom (UNB campus in Fredericton) at 7:00pm, and tickets are $10 ($7 for students). Get your tickets at the door or in advance at Westminster Books or the SUB Welcome Centre.

This is going to be an awesome event, my friends. Performers include Kaylee Hopkins, Saa Andrew, General Strike, Nepalese dancers, and MANY OTHERS. Including, of course, our very own gumboot troupe! Rock sauce.

Where does the money go? Check out RAWA. They are so important and so amazing.

How can you help? Well, go to the event, for one! It is going to be an excellent time and I heard a rumour that there will be punch. But ALSO, if you have something to donate to the silent auction, let us know! The NB Rebelles are collecting donations to auction off. All proceeds will go to RAWA, and if you are a business, the name of your business will be prominently featured. It's win win! We can pick up your donation or you can drop it off - just email us at

See you there!

Tuesday, March 9

We're going on a field trip to learn about popular theatre!

Monday, March 15th, we'll be meeting at Conserver House (180 St. John Street) at 7:00pm to hear from Daniel Rocha how popular theatre is being used in Columbia to empower victims of armed violence. We will have a brief post-presentation Rebelles meeting and discussion.

Daniel directs a popular theatre project in Bogota and is part of the National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation. The event is being co-hosted by theFredericton Peace Coalition, NB Public Interest Research Group (NBPIRG), NB Media Co-op, Canadian Union of Postal Workers - Fredericton and UNB International Development Studies Program.

See you there!

Saturday, March 6

Next NB Rebelles Meeting

Lovely feminists, we will be holding our next meeting this Monday (March 8) at 7pm. It is International Women's Day! Come celebrate by chatting with some fantastic feminists. No discussion topic yet, so come with your ideas.

Email for more details.

Don't forget the IWD potluck on Sunday, March 7th at 12 noon at Renaissance College (811 Charlotte Street). Bring a dish and get some info on the women's groups that are active in Fredericton and across the province.

Monday, March 1

Rebelles on Break!

Feminists, there will be no discussion or meeting this week, as it is March Break. Join us next week for more feminism!!

Wednesday, February 17

Next NB Rebelles Discussion/Meeting

Our next discussion will be on the topic: "Lady Gaga: Feminist?". I know you won't want to miss it! As always, the discussion will be followed by a meeting for which you are welcome, but not obligated, to stay.

Monday, February 22nd at 7pm.
Feminist HQ
(email for directions).

Everyone is welcome, and we love to see new faces!

Wednesday, February 10

Next NB Rebelles Discussion Night/Meeting

Lovely feminists,

Our next discussion night will be held on Monday, February 15th. The topic is Women in Politics.

The discussion will be followed by a meeting, for which you are encouraged (but not obligated) to stay. We love to see new faces; everyone is welcome!

Monday, Feb. 15 @ 7pm
Feminist HQ (email for directions)

See you there!

Tuesday, February 2

Next NB Rebelles Discussion Night/Meeting


Our next discussion night will be held on Monday, February 8th. The topic is Harper & the Ladies (regarding Stephen Harper's recent pledge to help women and children around the world). Some background!

The discussion will be followed by a meeting, for which you are encouraged (but not obligated) to stay. We love to see new faces; everyone is welcome!

Monday, Feb. 8 @ 7pm
Feminist HQ (email for directions)

See you there!

Wednesday, January 27

Feminist Panel Discussion and Film Screening

The NB Rebelles invite you to a screening of Rebelles: The Documentary, followed by a panel discussion on Emerging Feminism in Canada.

Saturday, January 30
Edmund Casey Hall Room 120 (STU Campus)

The event includes a 40 minute film on the Montreal conference where over five hundred young women met on women's issues, with twenty women from Fredericton attending.

The speakers on the panel include St. Thomas Women's Studies faculty Dr. Jo-Anne Elder, Tania D'Aluisio-Tyler (Rebelles member and St. Thomas student), Bill Patrick (Gender Justice Collaborative), and Joyce Arthur (Executive Director, ARCC). Samantha Molen (of the NB Rebelles) will be moderating.

This event is co-sponsored by the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Programme at St. Thomas University, the UNB Women's Studies Programme, the UNB/STU Women's Centre and the Fredericton Peace Coalition. It is free to attend, and all members of the community are welcome!

Monday, January 25

Next Meeting

Hi friends! Our next meeting is TONIGHT!

Monday, Jan. 25th at 7pm
Feminist HQ
(email for directions).

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 14

Next Discussion/Meeting

Hi friends! This week we will be discussing Emerging Feminism, in order to get our feet wet for our upcoming public panel discussion on that very topic. We will also be meeting to plan the film screening, bake sale and big feminist party. Lots of good stuff on the horizon - hope to see you there!

Monday, January 18th at 7pm.
Feminist HQ

For more info and directions, email

Tuesday, January 12

NB Rebelles 2009: Year in Review

In case you're wondering who these Rebelles are and what they get up to, here is a little recap of our activities in the past year.

We held the following events:

Thank-You Brunch (February)
We hosted a brunch for all the "second wave" women who sponsored us to attend the Rebelles Gathering in Montreal. We have many wonderful supporters and allies in Fredericton to whom we are very grateful!

RAWA Benefit (March)
For this event, which was put on by a collection of groups (organized by the Fredericton Peace Coalition), the NB Rebelles organized a silent auction to benefit the Revoluntionary Association of Women of Afghanistan. A total of $1900 was raised.

International Women's Day Potluck (March)
The NB Rebelles sent several representatives to a potluck brunch for International Women's Day, which was attended by many Fredericton- and New Brunswick-based womens' groups.

Waves of Resistance Evaluation and Planning Meeting (March)
The NB Rebelles sent a representative to the evaluation and planning meeting that followed the Rebelles Gathering.

Dialogue Session on Poverty (March)
We hosted a dialogue session on poverty and gender for a provincial government initiative on povery reduction.

Feminist Retreat (March)
Maybe our favourite event so far - the NB Rebelles hosted a one-day feminist retreat for Fredericton feminists to come together and discuss everything from body image to capitalism. We were so happy with the attendance and there were a lot of different perspectives to mull over. We even recruited new members!

Pay Equity Action (May)
The NB Rebelles, with the help of the NB Coalition on Pay Equity, arranged a May Day action on pay equity. We encouraged New Brunswickers to email the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women (Mary Schryer) demanding immediate action. We were very impressed with the number of people who took part!

Health Minister Resignation Action (May)
Flush with the success of our Pay Equity action, we arranged a similar email campaign demanding the resignation of then-Health Minister Michael Murphy, because of his unethical handling of reproductive rights for the women of New Brunswick.

Yard Sale (June)
The NB Rebelles held a fundraising yard sale to benefit the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. We raised over $200.

Vigil for Dr. Tiller (June)
We organized a candlelight vigil for murder abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. A personal reflection on Dr. Tiller by Dr. Henry Morgentaler was read at the event.

Women's Festival (August)
Most of our time and energy over the summer went into organizing the Fredericton Women's Festival. We collected female artists, craftspeople, vendors and musicians to join us in putting on a free festival to celebrate women and the work they do. We were very pleased with the turnout and are hoping to make this an annual Fredericton event.

Cinema Politica: Abortion (October)
The NB Rebelles co-sponsored a Fredericton Cinema Politica event with the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, to present two documentaries on abortion. Rebelle and ARCC representative Peggy Cooke led the post-film discussion.

Andrea Gibson (November)
The NB Rebelles joined the Fredericton Peace Coalition, the Fredericton Sexual Assaul Crisis Centre, and many other groups to bring slam poet and activist Andrea Gibson to Fredericton to perform. The event had a sell-out crowd and Andrea donated her fee to RAWA.

We've been working on some cool side projects:

NB Rebelles Gumboot Troupe
We currently have a five-member gumboot troupe that has performed our self-taught routine at several different venues and events, from art openings to conferences, to a December 6th memorial service. The troupe has incorporated lines from the Manifesto into our routine to present a powerful anti-patriarchy message that has been surprisingly well-received. The gumbooters can be reached at

NB Rebelles - Fredericton Merchandise
The NB Rebelles hired a local artist, Angela Black, to design three logos for us. We then used these to create t-shirts which are on sale on our website. All the shirts are pre-worn, hand-screened and made with love. We are also selling feminist buttons (in ten different designs) and will soon have hand-screened tote bags as well. The sale of these items is an ongoing fundraiser for the NB Rebelles.

Book Exchange
We are working on a book exchange; unfortunately with no central location this has proven difficult, but the idea is still in the beginning stages and we are confident we can find a way to make it work. Suggestions are welcome!

One of the main goals of the NB Rebelles - Fredericton is to connect with other local groups who are working in feminism and social justice, and to donate our time, money and energy to causes that fit within our mandate. Over the last year we have joined the Fredericton Peace Coalition, the NB Coalition on Pay Equity and the Olympic Resistance Network. We have also worked with many groups including the Fredericton YMCA, Cinema Politica, the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, and many others. We look forward to expanding our circle of allies in the following year.

And we've kept our web presence strong in the following ways:

Our website, which is updated regularly and features a weekly feminist reader, weekly feminist photo, updates on meeting times and locations, upcoming events, and much more.

You can follow us on Twitter:

We have both a Facebook group and fan page, and we can always be reached by email at

What we have planned for 2010:

In January we are looking forward to hosting a screening of the Rebelles documentary, followed by a panel discussion featuring Joyce Arthur of ARCC, among other fabulous feminists. We have plans for another feminist retreat in the spring, and are in the early stages of planning a big feminist party in the spirit of the Rebelles conference in Montreal. We hope to start forming better connections with Rebelles across the country and building the movement together. Feminism lives!

Monday, January 11

Nb Rebelles Reader

The first Rebelles Reader of the year is themed for your convenience.

Marriage and Family:

Polygamy is hot
The Boss blows me away again
Marriage is complicated
Cornwall report on abused children in Ontario
Daycare in Ontario improving

Emerging Feminist Theory:

Patients elude us all
A closer look at Italian television
Gender based activism

Body Politics:

Euthanasia in Quebec
Ireland and abortion
Hair pulling: particularly offensive unsportsmanlike conduct


High heals are oppressive
Saturation of negative body images
Things that can be improved with feminism: Titanic edition


We've learned all there is to know about some things, it seems
Research on women's bodies? More shocking than this story

Montreal Massacre:

In remembrance/in outrage

Next Meeting

Just to let everyone know, the first NB Rebelles meeting of the year will be tonight:

Monday, January 11th, 2010
Feminist HQ (email for the address).

See you there!