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April 2018 Events Update

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Official SEA EVENT
MAy 8th, 2018
7pm - 9pm
1923 Fernwood Rd
Fernwood Community Association

Workshop: Online Anonymity and
Security for Activists

Hosted by Indigenous Solidarity Working Group and Social Environmental Alliance - SEA

In light of recent high-profile data breach scandals worldwide, join the activist community for this unique and timely workshop dedicated to digital security issues!

Throughout the evening, we will be considering the current situation within the larger frameworks of neoliberalism, corporatocracy, state surveillance vs private surveillance, power/knowledge, plus "Know your Rights."

  • Part 1: An introduction to protecting yourself, your information, and your privacy online.
  • Part 2: Build on the way we have looked at our browsing and internet security by focusing on the smart phone as a weak point for anonymity, especially as an activist.
  • Part 3: Suggest tactics and angles that activists can use/employ to increase their anonymity, and to posting anonymously to boards and sharing information with friends/allies.
  • Part 4: Tie in the idea of net security into why we are doing what we are doing in the first place, and why it is important to factor net security into what we do.

For all the details visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1517859821646541/


the irony of these links is not lost on us  ;)

SEA Political Endorsement Policy

Municipal Elections are right around the corner and we need SEA members to help craft a policy and processes around how and who we endorse.  You can read and download the current Policy Draft on our website.  To engage in the deliberation for the final draft to have the membership vote on please request an invite to the discussion group.

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March for Science and more in April 2018

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APRIL 14th, 2018

1PM
Centennial Square
victoria City Hall

Victoria March for Science Returns

Victoria March for Science returns to remind public that ‘Science is for Everyone’ and critical to protecting our environmental, health and democracy.
MarchforScience.com
 

Last year, hundreds gathered in Centennial Square and marched in support of science and reasoning. On April 14th, 2018, the March for Science returns with the theme “Science is for Everyone”. Science isn’t just for scientists, it impacts all of us - by protecting our health and our
environment, and providing us with facts and evidence to hold our governments accountable. When scientists, whether at home or abroad, are silenced, we all suffer. When knowledge generation is underfunded or suppressed, our communities and democracies suffer.
 
This year’s march was organized entirely as a grassroots volunteer effort. The Victoria March is a sister march to the over 230 satellite events happening around the world. This year’s event is co-hosted and sponsored by members of Evidence for Democracy, Women’s March Canada—Victoria Chapter, UVic Women in Science, Professional Employees Association, and Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Evidence for Democracy is the leading fact-driven, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada.
 
The march on April 14th, 2018 will begin at 1:00 pm at Centennial Square. This year will highlight speakers Scott McCannell of PEA, Bob Peart, Dr. Christopher Douglas, Cheryl Bryce,
Dr. John Spinelli of the BC Cancer Agency, Torrey Archer, and E. Paul Zehr, award winning neuroscientist, best-selling author, and martial artist at the University of Victoria. At 2:00 pm the march will head down Government Street toward the Parliament building. The march will end at approximately 2:45 pm at the Parliament buildings. We hope to see you at the march!
To RSVP for the event and for more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570011629700853/

 

Chief Andy Thomas Mourned

Chief Andy Thomas, the hereditary leader of the Esquimalt Nation for more than 45 years, passed away suddenly in Victoria on April 7.

Esquimalt First Nation released this statement;

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SEA Meetings and other events for April 2018

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APRIL 10th, 2018 SEA EVENT
7PM PUBLIC MEETING
Fernwood Community Association
1923 Fernwood Road

Our Monthly Members Meetings (open to all interested) will begin at 5pm followed by the Rights of Nature Presentation at 7pm.

Rights of Nature

SEA is hosting a presentation by member Shannon LeBlanc and UVic Environmental Law Student Renata Colwell followed by a discussion and strategy session. Renata Colwell, in partnership, has recently completed a student research memo which discusses recent international developments that grant legal personality and related rights to natural features, including water bodies, related natural features, and sacred water beings. 

Here are some more youtube videos and other resources.
Thomas Linzey Interview, Executive Director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Thomas Linzey Radio Interview
Rights for the Earth: Towards New International Standards - Bilingual Roundtable Conference COP21
New Zealand gives Mount Taranaki same legal rights as a person 
When Rivers Hold Legal Rights 


 

SEA Political Endorsement Policy

Municipal Elections are right around the corner and we need SEA members to help craft a policy and processes around how and who we endorse.  You can read and download the current Policy Draft on our website.  To engage in the deliberation for the final draft to have the membership vote on please request an invite to the discussion group.

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Pints for the People & Solidarity Sodas - March 28th, 5-8pm

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Pints for the People and Solidarity Sodas

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28th 2018, 5pm - 8pm
WHERE: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St

In partnership with Social Coast, Retail Action Network and the Action Bus we are participating in a fundraising event. At out last meeting SEA members voted to donate all our proceeds directly support the organisations and activists working tirelessly to get the Fish Farms Out! 
For more information on some of these groups click the Read more link and scroll to the bottom.

We will have a table set up for a silent auction; please feel free to bring items to auction if you'd like. We need items to be received by noon on the day of the event if they'll be included in the auction table.   Purchase tickets online at https://www.picatic.com/Pints4ThePeople and select
"Social Environmental Alliance" during final step of the checkout.
SEA gets 50% of ticket price!

Ticket $20, and includes 2 pints of craft beer! (or other beverage of your choice).
Alcoholic, and delicious non-alcoholic beverages available. 19+

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Solidarity with the Tsleil-Waututh Stand against Kinder Morgan

This Article will serve as a follow up to the March 13th, 2018 Event hosted by SEA and for ongoing updates in the opposition actions.

Updated April 4th, 2018

Hello water protectors!

Community Meeting: Start Working Groups to Stop KM
We were inspired to see so much enthusiasm to stop KM in this town! In order to turn that energy into action, we are facilitating a community meeting at 7:00pm Monday, April 9th at CityStudio:742 Johnson Street.

Here's a link to the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/352340101918739/

The goal of this meeting is to set up Working Groups to take on different aspects of organizing.

For example, in our last meeting we collectively identified several needs, including:
- Fundraising
- Political pressure (phone banks, letter campaigns, pressuring politicians)
- Direct actions aimed at local targets (subcontractors, government offices, banks, etc)
- Getting involved in ongoing trips to Burnaby

We are also very open to any other groups people may want to form or other ideas you may have.

Our vision is that each group will leave this meeting with a plan to continue to meet autonomously and organize action in their field. So, if you are ready to take concrete action against Kinder Morgan and looking for a way to get involved, please consider joining us.

Upcoming Actions
We are supporting the incredible and ongoing “Kwekwecnewtxw – Protect the Inlet” initiative on Burnaby Mountain to resist the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project. There is an upcoming day of action on Burnaby Mountain taking place Saturday, April 7. Stay tuned for more updates via. email or on our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/698454473877450 and at https://protecttheinlet.ca/

We encourage you to organize your own trip to Burnaby Mountain using our facebook group, or with this carpool tool: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/mwx92z 

Protect the Inlet is looking for folks to volunteer at the Watch House. If you are interested, sign up at https://protecttheinlet.ca/volunteer/

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Where We Stand

1. People and the planet before profit.
The Social Environmental Alliance is committed to a world where the wellbeing of people and the planet takes priority over the accumulation of private wealth.
2. Respect for ecological systems.
We believe all human activity and social systems must operate within the limits imposed by ecological systems and with respect for non-human life.
3. Transformative social change.
Recognizing the dangers of catastrophic climate change, the injustice of colonization and imperialism, and the inhumanity of growing poverty in the midst of plenty, we pledge ourselves to the lifelong project of transformative social change.
4. Ecological and democratic socialist principles.
We aim to accomplish our objectives through the application of ecological and democratic socialist principles to public affairs and the governance of our communities.
5. Grassroots organization and action.
Committed to action and outreach, we are nurturing a community of organizers to mobilize the consciousness and confidence of ordinary people and forge alliances in coalition with social movements, cultural organizations and grassroots community groups.
6. Traditions inform practice.
We are guided by the best traditions of indigenous, feminist, co-operative, socialist, labour and environmental movements.
7. Democracy.
We embrace a participatory, pluralistic and emancipatory model of democracy.
8. Equality.
We believe in a classless society and in the inherent dignity and equality of all people on the basis of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, age and ability.
9. Self-determination.
We recognize the right of indigenous and colonized peoples to self-determination.
10. Internationalism.
We embrace an internationalist perspective in foreign policy based on equality among peoples and the shared stewardship and fair distribution of the finite resources of the planet.