A Slew of Upcoming Local Activist Events! 

Meet old friends and make new ones in Victoria's activist scene!
Get involved in the burgeoning resistance!
Next meeting is Tuesday February 21 at 5:30 pm
at Green Cuisine, 560 Johnson Street (lower level)

SEA is taking inventory! 

Help the local activist community build our capacity and create more impact! 

Please take two minutes to complete this questionnaire designed to take stock of the skills, talents, ideas and resources we can share among ourselves. The intent is to share these results thereby reducing some of the legwork involved in organizing actions, events, meetings etc. If we let each other know how exactly we can help as activists, it makes it much easier in approaching each other when assistance is needed!

Click on the link below to get started! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe1-Q8NN0bbf0Udy2mR-awcO2iCme5pV7VkFE_eMt8bCgPXDQ/viewform?c=0&w=1


 

This Valentine's Day, stand up for what you love!
 



Fracking, flooded farmland, threatened orcas, destroyed ancient forests and a changing climate?

Is this your vision for BC's future?

Or would you rather a province that prioritizes clean water, renewable energy, respect for Indigenous rights, and a safe future for everyone?

Join us at noon at the BC Legislature to stand up for what you love!

This rally will coincide with the official opening of the BC Legislature -- where decisions around critical environmental issues like tarsands pipelines and tankers, fracking and LNG export plants, the Site C megadam and the continued destruction of endangered old-growth rainforests are made. We need your help to make this rally HUGE, and to send a strong message to BC's elected leaders!

Sometimes love hurts, and it's time to tell BC politicians that their decisions have consequences. 

The rally will feature speakers from the local environmental movement and First Nations


If you are near the BC Legislature this week,
stop by Chrissy Brett's peaceful prayerful occupation

and show some love and solidarity!  


 






















  As an immediate follow-up to the poignant Stolen Sisters Memorial March this past Sunday, Chrissy Brett, child welfare advocate, Indigenous activist and Super InTent City organizer is staging a personal occupation of the grounds at the legislature building this week as the next session of mis-government begins.


Learn more about why Chrissy is doing what she is doing
here...

THIS FRIDAY EVENING!
RADICAL RANTS!
THEME: GRASSROOTS

 

FEATURED RANTERS FOR THE EVENING INCLUDE:

KATRINA MARIE STONE, green anarchist and agitator
Grassroots Resistance or Social Control?: 
Defining the difference, why it matters and what to do about it moving forward.

EMMA JOYE FRANK, vocalist, rap artist, creative Native
Komoks First Nation, Kwakwaka'wakw, Eh-Cho Dene

KIALA (ADRIAN KAY) 
Radical Vulnerability/Collective Healing

HOWARD BREEN, 
LEAP Victoria, Greenpeace Victoria Local Group, UNIFOR
Non-violent Pipeline Resistance

ANTHONY J GAVIN, Socialist Fightback BC, Poetry Slam Finalist
The Organics of Grassroots Movements

PENELOPE ANGELIN, Greenpeace Victoria Local Group

Help us reach our fundraising goal!
This Friday night!  



The Friends of Carmanah/Walbran, a grassroots, volunteer run group, and Community Action Bus are fundraising to purchase a 20 seat mini-bus that will offer affordable and subsidized transportation to a place that is renowned for being an elixir of spiritual renewal, inspiration and mental health to the folks that visit.

We are now in our last push to raise the funds needed to make this dream come true!

Join us at the Norway House for a fine gourmet dinner, live music by Mussell and the Flex, poetry by former Victoria Poet Laureate Janet Rogers and ASH and burlesque with Ginger Kittens!

Ticket and schedule info:


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RISE UP TO END POVERTY AND DEPRIVATION OF BC'S DISABLED AND POOR!


We can’t afford four more years of government making life easier for the rich and powerful and harder for the rest of us.

Thursday, March 2nd - 12 to 2 PM @ The BC Legislature




#RaisetheRates #EndTheClawbacks #FoodSecurity #AffordableHousing
#PrecariousWork #SpecialEdFunding #ARealJobsPlan #Inclusion #Rights

Later this spring...
An epic Walk 4 the Salish Sea!

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Learn more about the plans brewing for this monumental grassroots action
to march straight to the Kinder Morgan terminus and kick off the protests to come!

Learn how you can get involved!

We need help to spread the word and make this an historic success!
Please visit the event page for all the details.  



 

And last but not least...! 


Social Justice Film Night Presents three short films:
CLOUD MAKERS 
By Rachel Deutsch - 18 min.
This is the story of two young women impacted by industry and contamination on First Nations land. They struggle for hope, humour, and courage as they are caught in a system where they and the land with which they share a deep relationship are abused and ignored. Aamjiwnaang First Nation, bordering Sarnia Ontario, has been named the most polluted place in North America by National Geographic. The two sisters who tell their story live under constant security and video surveillance, light pollution, noise, and smoke, there is no peace. This is modern day colonialism, environmental racism, and ecocide explained with clarity and a sense of love and deep desire for life.

THE LAST STAND FOR LELU
By Farhan Umedaly and Tamo Campos - 24 min.
Lelu Island is the proposed site of the LNG plant and shipping berth near Prince Rupert.  It is in the middle of the Flora Banks, the most important juvenile fish habitat for the entire Skeena River system.  It is also on the traditional territory of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nations, who voted 100% "NO" for this project.  The film was produced and directed by Farhan Umedaly and Tamo Campos, two young B.C. filmmakers.  Biologist Alexandra Morton has said about "A Last Stand for Lelu": "Unlike so many films, this is about now, not some time in the future. This is about integrity, strength and a vision for the future that includes our children and grandchildren."

THE GREAT LAWS OF NATURE
By Noah Erenberg - 23 min.
The narration woven throughout the documentary is a Cree story of creation. It’s a fitting backdrop for this show that features the people of Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan and their effort to sustain their community by turning to the traditional Aboriginal practice of organic farming and by creating the Muskoday Organic Growers Co-operative.

7pm Thursday February 16
2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)

Admission by Donation

Social Justice Film Night is on the 3rd Thursday of every month
Organized by the Victoria Friends of Cuba

https://victoriafriendsofcuba.wordpress.com/
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Save Watson's Slough!
BC Hydro plans to begin clearing a section of the PeaceRiver Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland: Watson’s Slough.  Both the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) have asked BC Hydro to delay logging of this important area as it is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least seven years away. 

Can you please endorse their request to help defend this precious wetland?

Go to the easy-to-use letter writing platform at www.RealSiteCHearings.org where your letter will automatically be sent to BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald as well as Premier Christy Clark, your MLA, Prime Minister Trudeau and federal environment minister, Catherine McKenna. According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney, the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because it is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region, provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife,including several rare bird species and is widely known as a birding hot spot. 

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades.  Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

Just go to www.RealSiteCHearings.org now, where the platform is set up to automatically email your letter to key players and decision-makers regarding this request.
Stop Site C!   http://www.stopsitec.org/

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Are you looking to engage more people in your campaign? Flesh out your strategy and tactics? Build a team of volunteers that can boost your capacity and take your campaign to the next level?

Organize BC is hosting two Organizer Trainings on Vancouver Island this spring. You can expect to walk away with the skills to mobilize others to take action on your campaign. 

We'll be running a two-day Core Training in Nanaimo on March 11th-12th and a one-day Organizing Cycle Training in the Comox Valley on March 26th. 


Click here for more info and to enrol.
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Toward a "One Planet" Region: 
A Community Conversation Series


We are changing the Earth’s ecosystems in profound ways that will end up harming us. So we face the challenge of transforming our society to live within the constraints of the one small planet that is our home. We will need to reduce our ecological footprint by 75–80 percent to the equivalent of one planet’s worth of consumption and waste production, while maintaining a long life in good health for all our citizens. This will mean changing everything we do!

In the face of this important challenge, a group of UVic faculty and community organisations are organising this series of Community Conversations to explore some key issues and the challenge of how to get to a One Planet way of life. We believe this will be of interest to community associations, environmental and social justice groups, local governments, faith organizations, green businesses, urban planners and architects, the arts and culture community, health professionals and many others.

We hope you will join community and academic presenters in this series of free events exploring the challenge, culminating in a UVic IdeaFest event on March 11th.

Wednesday Feb 22nd, Bateman Centre, 5 - 7 PM
• A Conversation on a food system for a One Planet region
• Led by Jeremy Caradonna, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Studies, UVic with support from CRFAIR (Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable)

Saturday March 11th, James Bay New Horizons, 2 – 4 PM
• The Anthropocene is here! Living well in a ‘One Planet’ region
• A panel presentation and discussion
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SAVE THE DATE!

The 6th Annual Creatively United Earth Day Festival and Sustainability Showcase
 
will be held indoors this year from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day) at the Royal BC Museum.

An exciting line up of festival presenters, entertainers and artists will be announced soon.
Please 
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