SEA News: June 2019
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1. SEA Members Meeting
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Green Cuisine, 560 Johnson Street #5 At Market Square's Courtyard
5:30 pm - 7 pm
2. Racism and Canadian Elections
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Baumann Centre, Pacific Opera,
7 pm - 9 pm
What is the impact of dog whistle politics and racist campaigning in Canadian Elections?
In advance of this fall's federal election, join in a community dialogue with panelists who will examine this issue and discuss strategies for calling out racism and increasing participation of traditionally marginalized voters.
UVIC Professor, Dr. Penny Bryden: Historical Overview of Racism in Canadian Elections
Dirctor, Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Tanya Claremont: Impact on Voter Turnout and Long Term Impact on Populations
Dr. Lisa Gunderson, One Love Consulting: Today’s Political Environment and Influences from Outside of Canada
Victoria City Councillor, Sharmarke Dubow; The Power of Participation. Sharing with Audience the Importance of Participating in Elections.
Moderator: Aftab Erfan, UBC Equity Office
*We will have information for first-time and or newcomer voters and volunteers to assist voters to register to vote if they are not already signed up, as well as maps showing electoral boundaries.
***Diversityvotes.ca is a national project that aims to bring together national expertise in diversity demographics and diversity’s discourse together to connect, empower and educate. The online hub will combine the impact of statistics and stories into a new, useful and powerful tool for citizens, journalists, researchers, academics, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
Registration on Eventbrite is optional.
Sponsors: Organizing Against Racism and Hate, HERE Magazine Talks, Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
3. Green New Deal Barnstorm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd. 6:30-9:30 pm
We had a town hall, now it's time to organize!
We are holding a mass organizing meeting to make a Green New Deal a reality in Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. We have a plan for how to get there. Come take concrete action, and start building the future we want to see here in our own communities. Even if you weren’t at the town hall we still want you there.
At the barnstorm we will be splitting into breakout groups which will organize on themes that came up at the town hall, and on building popular support for the Green New Deal.
The Green New Deal is a bold vision for tackling climate change and inequality at the same time. That means totally re-organizing our economy to run on 100% renewable energy, creating millions of jobs, respecting the rights, title, and sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples, and enshrining dignity, justice, and equity for all.
These are the groups we have confirmed so far:
📋 Canvassing and leafleting
Asking the general public to pledge to support a Green New Deal and get more people involved. We need to inspire as many people as possible about what a Green New Deal could look like.
📣 Political pressure
Lobby politicians at all levels to support a Green New Deal, organize debates in the leadup to the election, organize actions at your representative’s office, etc.
Make GND art and swag!
⚒️ Labour outreach
Get your union to endorse a Green New Deal! We will give you the tools and information you need to do it.
We will update with more breakout groups as they are confirmed!
🚌 There will be some bus tickets available for anyone who finds transportation a barrier.
♿ First Met is wheelchair accessible through the Balmoral Street entrance.
🚽 There is one gender inclusive washroom (that is wheelchair accessible) and several separated washrooms.
🥨 There will coffee, tea, and snacks, by donation!
~~~Who is organizing this?~~~
This event is organized by Green New Deal Victoria, a coalition of grassroots groups, unions, faith organizations, and individuals. We are non-partisan. So far we are:
Canadian Union of Postal Workers 850
First Metropolitan United Church
Greater Victoria Teachers' Association
Rethinking Economics Victoria
Rise and Resist
Social Environmental Alliance
Women's March Canada: Victoria Chapter
Youth for Climate
4. 20km March from Centennial Square to Tsawout territory in solidarity with all First Nations opposing the TMX pipeline
What: 20km March from Centennial Square to Tsawout territory in solidarity with all First Nations opposing the TMX pipeline.
When: Saturday, June 22. Arrive at Centennial Square at 8am, leave by 9am, lunch at Elk Lake at 1:00, arrive for feast/potluck, speakers and music at 6 pm.
On June 18th, we expect Justin Trudeau to announce that his government has re-approved the multi-billion dollar 1,150 km TransMountain pipeline and tanker expansion over the continued objections of sovereign indigenous nations and in clear violation of our climate obligations.
In response to this insult to reconciliation and attack on our climate, local activists having been building a Tiny House to support the Secwepemc Tiny House Warriors as they fight this pipeline on the frontlines. On Saturday June 22nd we will march the completed Tiny Home 24km straight down the highway from Centennial Square to Tsawout territory to show our solidarity with indigenous nations in this struggle.
The Tiny House will continue to Secwepemc territory for use as a hub for land reclamation, resurgence and pipeline resistance.
Please join us for this important day of action. Together, we will make our voices heard loud and clear: no consent means no pipeline. Period.
Support Vehicles we be available for those with physical limitations, water will be provided, and participants will enjoy inspiring speakers including Kanahus Manuel of the Tiny House Warriors, and musical performances including Luke Wallace as they march. There will be a community feast at the end. Public transit back to Victoria will be available after.
This event is family friendly, pet friendly, and bike friendly. We aim to provide a safe, inclusive, anti-oppressive and joyful space for all. This event takes place respectfully on the unceded homeland of the Lekwungen and W'SANEC peoples.
Your Rise and Resist organizing team
THE SEA TEAM
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