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Rally Against Environmental Racism and White Supremacy!


RALLY OUTSIDE at Greater Victoria's first All-Candidates Debate.

The subject is Energy, so we're going to focus on pipelines, tankers, fracking, and destruction of indigenous lands and waters. From the Athabasca to the Goldstream, the end-game of capitalism is massive extraction for profit regardless of the brutal cost to those who depend on the land, water, and climate - ultimately, all of us.


MORE INFO AT:


 

A special SEA presentation!  

 

  Attend this free public meeting on "The People vs Corporate Power" – highlighting the current context of concentrated corporate power and how social movements and communities can respond locally and globally.

Featuring presentations by:
Nicholas Harrington, discussing the Peoples' Treaty to dismantle corporate power and stop corporate impunity; and

Tamara Lorincz, analyzing the British Columbia provincial budget, how corporate interests have influenced expenditures, and reforms that can be pursued.

All welcome!

Activist Training Camp! 
June 2-4 near Port Renfrew 


Join WildCoast at the House of Solidarity for a special weekend of strategies and tactics, including advanced non-violence, backcountry logistics, and Capture the Flag.



Three days of tactical non-violence workshops at a private forest campsite near the beach in Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island. Crucial skills, exercises and training for defending land, water, and each other. No experience necessary. 

 

To register, please message the House of Solidarity or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The cost is by donation and includes camping, daily shuttle to and from Victoria, and all the amenities. Scholarships are available and we will provide transportation from Victoria.
Message us for details. 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 
Friday June 2 
- Safety and security
- Classic Non-violence training
- Tactical Movement and Orienteering

Saturday June 3
- Planning and Logistics 
- Peacekeepers (advanced non-violence)
- Capture the Flag game 

Sunday June 4
- Mock Action
- Affinity groups discussion


More info and full schedule here:
http://wildcoast.ca/protectors.

Come join us on the Salish Sea this August!


Turning the Tide 2017
Peoples' Paddle for the Salish Sea
August 9 - 13, 2017
in the Southern Gulf Islands


Register now for Turning the Tide 2017!

Register Here for the Peoples' Paddle

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This year’s 4th Annual Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea promises to be another exciting and meaningful family-friendly journey, uniting people from across the Salish Sea in community and solidarity for people and the planet.

The Paddle will take place over five days and four nights, from August 9-13, 2017, beginning at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and proceeding to Salt Spring and Pender Islands for special cultural, recreational and educational programming. Camping and dinners have been arranged for paddlers on all islands, and are included in the participant fee of $95 per person over 15 years (subsidies available, please contact us, and consider donating an extra $20 with your fee to help fund a fellow paddler).

This year’s theme is “Solidarity Across the Salish Sea.” With the federal government’s recent approval of the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion project, and the election of one of the most regressive presidents in American history, our movements need to strengthen and grow. Now more than ever, we need to stand up and build a culture of solidarity and resistance on both sides of the border.

You can learn more by reading the Turning the Tide 2017 Participant Package and then complete the online Registration Form.

Paddlers are responsible for arranging their own boats. If you have additional capacity in your boat or would like to request a spot in a boat, please let us know and we will endeavour to help match you up. Discounted canoe and kayak rentals from several agencies are also available.

We look forward to paddling with you this summer as we demonstrate our love for the Salish Sea — and build our on-the-water and inter-islands community of solidarity for people and the planet. Remember to register soon — space is limited! 

Find us on our website and Facebook

SPONSORED BY
TURNING THE TIDE AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE - SEA

Stand With Lelu Fundraiser



This fun event, featuring live music, speakers, and local brew will help support @skeenawilds #standwithlelu campaign. The proceeds will go towards helping the Lax kw'alaams fight to protect their traditional lands and Canadas second largest salmon run.

Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 PM - 12 AM
1525 Begbie St., Victoria

More info at:

Join the hundreds who will take part in
an epic
Walk 4 the Salish Sea!

The mobilization will include honouring of traditional welcoming protocols, large marine wildlife puppets, roaming bank actions, evening programs, info workshops, communal camping and dinners, ceremony, a rally aboard BC Ferries and nightly entertainment.

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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, including how to help raise desperately needed legal defense funds for indigenous land defenders!

Click here for more info on how you can help fundraise!


We need help to spread the word and make this an historic success!

Please visit the facebook event page for all the details.  


Stay tuned for route and registration information!

AND EVERY SATURDAY!
Saturday Divestment Gathering
in support of Standing Rock


Join our weekly action directed at Canada’s big 5 banks, with the goal of persuading bank customers to close their bank accounts and move their money into credit unions instead. All the banks are invested in the fossil fuel industry and they all have a branch within two blocks of our meeting spot. A couple of weeks ago we targeted RBC, the week before that it was CIBC, this week, who knows? We're also looking for people who have bank accounts they could close as part of one of these actions, so if you know someone who might help us out, please let them know. We have flyers, so bring a sign, bring a friend, and join us in solidarity against the Kinder Morgan pipeline and with the water defenders at Standing Rock! We’re hoping to be doing this every Saturday afternoon, so help us spread the word! Hope to see you there!

Click here to get in on the action!

And last but not least!
 

SALT SPRING FORUM: NOAM CHOMSKY – FILM SCREENING & LIVE DISCUSSION - April 21
Noam Chomsky, the most influential intellectual of our time, joins the Salt Spring Forum on Friday, April 21st at ArtSpring for an exceptional on-screen event: both in film and live. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a Salt Spring audience to speak exclusively with Noam Chomsky!
Event schedule:
10: 30 AM: Screening of the film REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM - The Chomsky Documentary
12 PM: Intermission of light snacks & beverages generously sponsored by Country Grocer SSI
12:30 PM: Live & fully interactive discussion with Noam Chomsky who joins us from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) via video-conferencing software. Noam Chomsky is professor emeritus at MIT where he taught for more than 50 years. A linguist, philosopher, historian, social critic, and activist, he is the author of more than one hundred books and is hailed as one of the world's greatest public intellectuals.
This event will sell out, so make sure to purchase your tickets early at ArtSpring or Salt Spring Books to avoid disappointment! $15 – 2017 Forum Members; $20 – General.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1331284870288484/
 
MARCH FOR SCIENCE (& Earth Day!)
Saturday, April 22 at 12 PM - 4 PM Centennial Square, Victoria
In solidarity for the March for Science in Washington and Ottawa
SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE
The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent US policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1564850710208960/?active_tab=discussion
 
EARTH DAY IS APRIL 22! CREATIVELY UNITED FOR THE PLANET FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 5 pm
The Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St, Victoria
Admission to the festival is free (outdoors and Clifford Carl Hall) – Ticketed Event Information
RT • MUSIC • DISPLAYS • WORKSHOPS
Featuring Local Innovators and Changemakers In Action
Celebrate Community and Earth Day at the 6th Annual Creatively United Sustainability Showcase!
http://creativelyunited.org/
 
STRENGTHENING OUR SACRED RELATIONSHIPS FILM SCREENING
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 7:30pm
Join Elizabeth at the Earth Day screening of Silver Donald Cameron's film Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. Following the film Elizabeth will speak about the Blue Dot Initiative, the Earth Charter, the Leap Manifesto, and how to support them. This event is hosted by Peninsula Ecovision, and all are welcome.
Where: St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich, BC
www.greenparty.ca/en/content/elizabeth-leads-discussion-strengthening-our-sacred-relationships-film-screening
 
CALL OF THE FOREST: THE FORGOTTEN WISDOM OF TREES
Cinencenta Film Screenings April 25-April 30 at 7pm and 9pm (3pm on the weekend)
Special Event!  Diana Beresord-Kroeger will be here for a panel discussion after the 7pm show on Apr. 25 only! Regular Cinecenta prices.

The film follows Diana Beresford-Kroeger as she investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to the woodlands and explores the most beautiful forests in the Northern Hemisphere.
From the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan to the great boreal forest of Canada, Beresford-Kroeger relates the amazing history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.
This beautifully photographed film also profiles the Engelmann Spruce and the Great Western Red Cedar from the remaining ancient coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island.
We meet some of the world’s foremost experts in reforestation and are introduced to the activism of the Anishinaabe people of Pimachiowin Aki in Manitoba and Ontario. While calling for massive, global action, the film at heart is a story of triumph, proposing that each of us can combat climate change by planting trees in our own yards and neighbourhoods. More info: http://www.cinecenta.com/default.aspx?PageID=1005&MovieID=1330
 
VANCOUVER ISLAND PEACE & DISARMAMENT NETWORK: Public Meeting
Wednesday, April 26 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room C168, Sedgewick Building, UVIC
All are welcome to our group to help us plan for peace, disarmament, nonviolence and social justice.
Representatives from the Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival, Victoria Peace Coalition, Peace One Day, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and more! All welcome to join us to create a culture of peace in our city, country and world.
More info contact David Monk: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
CUBA IN TRANSFORMATION: NEW OPENINGS, NEW CHALLENGES
Friday, April 28, 8pm, 1923 Fernwood Road.
Our speaker, Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at UVic. Since 2000, she has conducted ethnographic research in Cuba about youth, popular culture, music, media, and infrastructure.
Many things have happened since December 17, 2014, the day that Barak Obama and Raul Castro announced the beginning of the process of normalizing the relationship between Cuba and the United States. This talk will discuss the current and near future changes occurring in Cuba due to this opening, with a specific focus on economic, political, and cultural implications. Admission by donation. Refreshments available.
CAFÉ SIMPATICO: http://www.victoriacasc.org/2017/04/
 
NO LNG: DON'T FRACK BC! (CREATIVE ACTION)
Friday, May 5 at 10 AM - 10:30 AM
British Columbia Parliament Buildings
Hosted by Wilderness Committee
Fracking in Northeastern BC can seem pretty far away from the place where government hatches its liquefied natural gas plans in Victoria. So for one day, we're bringing it home for voters.
Join us just days before the provincial election and help us send the message that we won't let our leaders frack our future.  Fracking pollutes massive amounts of water with toxic chemicals and releases highly destructive methane into our atmosphere. In fact, fracking uses twice as much water as the City of Victoria every day. Meanwhile, methane that leaks from frack wells is
86 times worse than CO2 for the climate!
That's bad news if BC follows through on its plans to build over 20 liquefied natural gas terminals on its coast. These plants would cool gas from fracking down to -160C, and wreck the climate in the process. Just one of these projects would single-handedly blow BC's climate goals.
We can't let that happen! Come on out to the legislature lawn and we'll remind everyone the climate is on the line this election! 

https://www.facebook.com/events/134757137060151/
 
PROVINCIAL PEACE & DISARMAMENT SUMMIT
*Premiere screening of the award-winning film “A Bold Peace”
Friday, May 12, 7:00-9:00 pm, David Strong Building, C118, University of Victoria
An inspiring documentary about Costa Rica’s path of demilitarization. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by representatives of the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative and Nonviolence International.

*Summit Conference
Saturday, May 13, 10:00-5:30 pm, David Strong Building, C118, University of Victoria
This provincial summit aims to inspire action for a culture of peace and nonviolence and policies for disarmament.
Key note speaker: Jamie Swift, co-author of the new book The Vimy Trap, or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, which has been short-listed for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian history and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, author Jamie Swift provides a critical examination at Canada’s participation in the bloody First World War and confronts our history of militarism. Swift is also the co-author of the book Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in the Age of Anxiety and a co-founder of Peace Quest. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, author Jamie Swift provides a critical examination at Canada’s participation in the bloody First World War. Other featured speakers include William S. Geimer, author of the new book Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars. Themes: nuclear disarmament, gender and militarism, ecology and peace, peace education and activism!

Register now: https://vipdn.org/!
Free. All welcome. Donations Appreciated.

Organized by the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network. Co-sponsored by the UVic Global Justice Studies and and the Social Environmental Alliance.

Co-sponsored by the UVic Centre for Global Studies and the Social Environmental Alliance.

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