Meet old friends and make new ones
in Victoria's activist scene!
Next meeting is Tuesday Jan. 17 at 5:30 pm
at Green Cuisine, 560 Johnson Street (lower level)
We will be holding our semi-annual elections to the organizing committee, so come on out and throw your name in to the mix! It's n excellent way to step up your activism in the community!
We will also be discussing the upcoming Victoria rally in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington and organizing for the Walk for the Salish Sea, working with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and other organizations to ramp up opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline!
IN SUPPORT OF THE PEACE RIVER VALLEY!
THIS TUESDAY EVENING!
STAND UP FOR WORKER'S RIGHTS!
Wednesday, January 11 at 5 PM - 8:30 PM
Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street
Come out to this month's installment of Worker's Wedneday to enjoy some food, take action in the community and meet some new people!
All donations at the door will be split down the middle to support a couple workers that have been put in a difficult situation and have had wages withheld / stolen.
5pm: Free Dinner, Mingling, and Introductions.
6:30pm: Cruise to a mystery location with us as we hand out info to workers about their rights at work
830pm: Return to the VEC for an open stage event called the Troublemaker's Jam.
*DISCLAIMER* Please arrive before 6:30pm or after 830pm as we will be away from the VEC between those hours.
TIME TO GET RADICAL!
STAND UP! SPEAK UP! SPEAK OUT!
RADICAL RANTS! Activist gathering and people's forum
Proceeds for the evening will go to Standing Rock!
We acknowledge this event is taking place on stolen land,
on traditional Lekwungen territory.
Join us for an early evening activist gathering,
people's forum and roundtable discussion
supporting and empowering each other
to raise our voices in critical resistance
featuring engaging speakers, impassioned activists and YOU!
Focused on social environmental economic justice
celebrating our solidarity and having fun all at the same time!
Theme for the evening: AUTONOMY
We'll explore what self-governance on our terms would look and feel like.
FEATURED RANTERS FOR THE EVENING INCLUDE:
ADAM OLSEN, BC Green Candidate Saanich North & Islands,
Member of Tsartlip First Nation
"First Nations in the 21st century and tankers full of bitumen"
ERIKA HEYRMAN, Friends of Carmanah Walbran
SHANE CALDER, Longtime local radical
SUE ANDREWS, Greenpeace Victoria Volunteer
"Hell No! Kinder Morgan's Gotta Go!"
RANDY CARAVAGGIO, Friends of Cuba
"Vive La Revolucion! Cuba's accomplishments, Fidel's role,
and what to expect moving forward"
CLARA CAVAN, Greenpeace Victoria Volunteer
"Industry is Killing Us: Reflections from a survivor of the ecological skulduggery unleashed by the monstrous nature of industry:
WILDWOOD ECOFOREST TOUR BUS FUNDRAISER, SATURDAY JANUARY 14
Come join us in unceded traditional Stz'uminus territory to celebrate the legacy of eco-forestry legend Merv Wilkinson's Wildwood conservation in public hands under its new stewards, the Ecoforestry Institute. This tour will consist of an interpretive talk/walk about eco-forestry at Wildwood and world-renowned ethbobotanist Dr. Nancy Turner leading a guided plant walk on traditional indigenous uses of the native plants found at Wildwood.
Wildwood is a premier model of small-scale sustainable forestry for a coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, where a steady yield of timber is harvested in annual increments, leaving the species and structural diversity and resiliency of the forest community intact.
This tour, aboard the Social Coast Action Bus, leaves Centennial Square, downtown Victoria, Lekwungen territory at 8 am, then begins at 10 am, breaking for lunch and hot tea inside Merv's house and returning from Wildwood for 5 pm. It is a fundraiser for the Wheels for the Walbran initiative to purchase a community-action mini-bus "Bus 486 Central Walbran" for community ecotours and direct actions to help protect the heart of the Walbran Valley Ancient Rainforest (Pacheedaht and Qwa-ba-diwa territory).
Tickets are $45-75 sliding scale per seat and include an ethnobotany and sustainable forestry guided walk, a group lunch prepared by Soule Creek Lodge Chef and FOCW organizer Jon Cash, an afternoon snack and wild forest tea served in the house of the legendary forester. the late Merv Wilkinson..
This event is cosponsored by the Friends of Carmanah/Walbran, Island Forest Futures, Ecoforestry Institute, Wildwood EcoForest and Social Coast. and will take place on the unceded lands of the Stz'uminus First Nations.
For more information, contact: Bobby Arbess 778-265-3748
Friends of Carmanah/Walbran
Island Forest Futures
The documentary gives greater insight into Dr. King’s anti-war views and deconstructs his most important but least known speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence. This powerful film puts Dr. King’s legacy into a contemporary context, particularly in light of the Standing Rock nonviolent protest, The Black Lives Matter movement and the resistance to the wars in the Middle East. The film includes rare archival footage and interviews. The screening will be followed by a discussion about nonviolent resistance, social justice and peace activism for Canadians in the era of global warming, poverty and the Trump presidency. Copies of Dr. King’s speech will be available. All welcome! A must see!
Don't miss this important rally and march
in solidarity here in Victoria!
Saturday, January 21 at 1 PM
For those of you who can't travel to DC for this important march, please join us in Victoria while we support our neighbours to the south.
The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to their new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We invite people of all genders, backgrounds, and cultures to stand up for women, indigenous people, queers, and marginalized minorities everywhere.
The Rally will be followed by a march where we will take to the streets and demonstrate that fascism, misogyny, racial hatred, classism and all forms of tyranny and oppression will not be tolerated and will be resisted!
For details on the March Against the Trump Agenda:
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