1.Media Democracy Day Fundraiser at the Railway! Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 9:00pm
2.HARD WORK DESERVES
LIVING WAGES Saturday, Oct 17 12 noon
3.Province-wide STAND For Housing Saturday October 17 1 – 2 PM
4.Left Film Night Saturday October 17
5.Café for Chiapas & Report Back on Zapatista Corn Growing in Local Gardens
Sun Oct 18: 5 – 8 pm
6. 2010 Welcoming Committee Open Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 – 9pm
SFU Harbour Centre
7.Building Resistance in Hard Times oct 22nd
8. SIEGE AND OCCUPATION
Thursday October 22, 7pm
9.*ANTI-OLYMPICS EXTRAVAGANZA!** Friday October 23, 2009 6:30 pm
10. Dr. Sherene Razack
Saturday, October 24th, 7–9 pm
Vancouver Central Public Library
11.IN OUR OWN VOICES October 24th
12.Thurs Oct 29: Resistance without Reservation! Part of Indigenous
Sovereignty Week, event beings with food at 6 pm at 706 Clarke Drive.
13. Fri Oct 30th: Emmy award-winning film Made In LA, followed by panel
with Almudena Carracedo, Guadalupe Hernandez, Joann Lo at SFU Habour
14. Anti-Olympic Torch Relay Kickoff
Fri Oct 30, 2pm
15. War Resisters Wine and Cheese Benefit
Friday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
16. Malalai Joya in Vancouver
Saturday, November 14 7p.m
St. Andrew’s – Wesley Church
1.Media Democracy Day Fundraiser at the Railway!
An awesome night of live local bands, burlesque, & more!
Come one, come all, and bring a friend or two: On Thursday October
15th Vancouver’s Media Democracy Day ’09 will be throwing a fundraiser
party at the Railway Club! There will be live music by awesome active
local bands and musicians: The Wintemitts, Pawnshop Diamond, the
greenbelt collective, and opener Francis Mantis, with burlesque
performances by dancers Siouxsie Q and Mis Fitt. Only $10 at the door,
so be sure to arrive early to see the show!
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 9:00pm
Friday, October 16, 2009 at 2:00am
The Railway Club – 579 Dunsmuir Street
Near the corner of Dunsmuir & Seymour (next to the 711)
Google map link for the Railway Club:
Here is a link for an invite set up on facebook as well:
2.Province-wide STAND For Housing
Saturday October 17 1 – 2 PM
STANDS for Housing will resume on street-corners throughout BC on Saturday, October 17 2009, from 1—2 PM. Last Spring 4000 people from 108 organizations rallied for affordable housing in 17 BC communities. Banners and brochures are available from CALM. More information:
http://www.my-calm.info / or call: 604.325.7209
3.BC ACORN Campaign Launch
HARD WORK DESERVES
Saturday, Oct 17
New Westminster City Hall
BC ACORN is trying to set the precedent and pass Canada’s first Living Wage Bylaw in New Westminster.
BC ACORN is one of Canada’s largest and most successful networks of community unions, with more than 25,000 low and moderate income members organized in to 20 neighbourhood chapters in 4 cities across Canada.
For more info contact BC ACORN at 604-522-8706
Keziah McCrystal Rothlin
VDLC Executive Assistant
Vancouver & District Labour Council
Maritime Labour Centre
020 – 1880 Triumph Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 1K3
4.*LEFT FILM NIGHT*_
presents our next Spanish-language double feature!
Saturday, October 17, 7 pm
Centre for Socialist Education, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver
(corner of Clark & E. Georgia)
Dir. Alejandro Landes, 94 minutes, Argentina, 2007, English subtitles
**Evo Morales, an Aymara Indian and trade union leader, travels through
the Andean country of Bolivia in his historic 2005 bid to be elected the
first indigenous president in the Americas, 500 years after the arrival
of Cristopher Columbus. Cocalero documents Morales on the campaign
trail, from formal fundraising dinners to mass rallies. It also shows
the personal side of Morales, speaking about his life and the reasons
for his entry into the political arena.
_Libertarias (“Freedom Fighters”)_*
Dir. Vincente Aranda, 125 minutes, Spain, English subtitles
Starts 8:50 pm
An emotional film shedding light on the lives of six members of a
women’s brigade in Barcelona fighting for the country’s left wing
Republican government in 1936.
No charge for admission; donations welcome. Coffee and refreshments
available. Left Film Nights are presented by the Centre for Socialist
Education, Young Communist League, and the Vancouver East and Montivero
Clubs of the Communist Party of Canada. Call 604-255-2041 or email
for further information.
5.Café for Chiapas & Report Back on Zapatista Corn Growing in Local Gardens
Sun Oct 18: 5 – 8 pm
RHIZOME CAFÉ, 317 E Broadway (Near Kingsway/Main)
Defendamos Nuestra Tierra (Defend Our Land) Artesanias presents…
Café for Chiapas is a mix between Café and storefront, so that friends, new acquaintances, those curious about the Zapatistas, and who want to support beyond Fair Trade projects in solidarity with an indigenous autonomous movement in resistance in Chiapas, Mexico, can come out and enjoy some great Cafe Ramona with cinnamon, while shopping for or just looking at beautiful Zapatista products ranging from Cafe Ramona (rebel coffee), EZLN Leather Handbags and wallets, blouses, halter tops, wool and cotton handbags, cotton and wool shawls, cotton and wool cushion covers, Zapatista earrings, embroidered wall hangings, t-shirts, and much more…
We will include an informal Report Back with images and the harvest from various gardens in the Lower Mainland where Zapatista corn seeds were planted… As an act of solidarity, an act of resistance, an act of hope, an act to connect us back to our roots and to our food… for our bodies and for our souls.. and for our communities… (Maybe a little surprise as well, with a short singing performance…)
Meet and chat with others and buy some Zapatista creations for yourself and loved ones—and support these communities’ autonomy in education, justice, health, and local government!
Zapatista creations are made with love, justice, dignity—from a place of hope and defense of the land. Support a dignified and hopeful way of living that we are all entitled to.
Come enjoy this gathering at Rhizome and support resistance in Chiapas, Mexico, and see the fruits of its seeds here in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. This goes beyond Fair Trade—it is a nonprofit project in solidarity with women who believe in and work towards their dreams, through weaving in traditional Mayan methods, and the creation of new ways to represent their spirit, their struggles and their dreams!
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 778.895.5878
In honour of Comandanta Ramona. Ramona Vive, Vive!
Upcoming Event: Annual Day of the Dead Gathering at Rhizome Café, Sun Nov 1st (We will build an altar as we do every year, please bring a photo of your loved ones and anything else you need to honour them. More details to come…)
Future Cafés for Chiapas will be held in coming months at the Organizing Centre for Social and Economic Justice and at Rhizome Café. As well, there will be the Annual Crafts for a Cause event at Rhizome in December
6.WELCOME THE OLYMPIC TORCH AND OPENING CEREMONIES WITH A MASS
HELP BUILD THE 2010 WELCOMING COMMITTEE! (PLEASE POST WIDELY)
Meeting to plan a public mobilization for the opening ceremonies of the
2010 Winter Olympics (on February 12, 2010):
** Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 – 9pm
SFU – Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.; 1315 Scotiabank Lecture Room
Vancouver BC – Coast Salish Territory
The Olympic Resistance Network, Work Less Party, Anti-Poverty Committee,
StopWar.ca, Streams of Justice, and Pink Resistance are endorsing the 2010
Welcoming Committee and a mass demonstration to coincide with the opening
ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the arrival of the Olympic
torch from its RBC sponsored cross-country relay.
The 2010 Welcoming Committee invites you/your group to join in organizing
this event. Other than the date and general location (close to the opening
ceremonies at BC Place Stadium), the messaging, action plan, and specifics
are up to those who choose to participate in the planning. The goal is to
invite a wide range of activist, Indigenous, social justice, labour,
environmental, anti-poverty, civil libertarian, anti-globalization,
community, anti-war, women’s and other groups and individuals to build a
broad and accessible protest presence. This group is united by a social
justice critique of the 2010 Olympics.
As the Winter Olympics begin, we need to show the world that there is
opposition and to articulate the negative impact it has on our communities
and environment. The very act of demonstrating and marching in the
downtown core has become a defiant act as many of the streets and sites
have been specially purposed for the Games with bylaws that restrict
speech, protest, mobility, and assembly.
The agenda is open to public input
7.Vancouver Socialist Forum Presents
Building Resistance in Hard Times
With: Alan Sears,member of the New Socialist Group and long-time activist in Toronto. Active in Faculty for Palestine, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, queer liberation and working class movements. He teaches at Ryerson University in Toronto and is the author of Retooling the Mind Factory along with other books and articles.
Thursday, Oct 22nd, 7pm
515 West Hastings Street
Organized by Vancouver Socialist Forum
More Info: 778 858 5179
Employers and governments in Canada are claiming “Hard Times” as they launch even deeper attacks on our working and living conditions. They aim to restore profitability to their failed economic system and world order.
Inequality has already risen dramatically over the last 30 years. The lives of working class people are becoming ever more precarious, while wars and environmental devastation threaten the future of the planet.
How far will employers go? The British Columbia government has proposed legislation that would criminalize the poor. In California, the state government is considering the total elimination of forms of social assistance while implementing across the board cuts to social programs, unpaid days off to state workers, and huge increases in tuition fees.
It will take serious mobilization to beat back these attacks and open the road to a socialist alternative. The revolutionary upsurge in Latin America offers a positive example of fighting back. Building resistance means activists working together and developing shared political perspectives that can ultimately defeat the capitalist system. Join us at a public forum to discuss the challenge of building a new left capable of enhancing our resistance in the face of this crisis.
8. SIEGE AND OCCUPATION:
Reality on the ground in Palestine
Eyewitness Reports from Palestine: The Ongoing Reality of Siege and
Occupation-Two local Palestine solidarity activists speak about and show
photos of their recent trips to Gaza and the West Bank.
Thursday October 22, 2009
317 East Broadway, Vancouver
$5-10 suggested donation.
Sponsored by: Jews for a Just Peace . Canada Palestine Association
The Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Winter Olympics are just around the corner,
it’s time to take some action!
While governments and corporations continue to steal unceded indigenous
land, spend billions of dollars in rights repressing security measures,
destroy the environment, criminalize poverty, and make a profit out of all
this; people all over are resisting! It’s time to join the struggle
against these colonial, capitalist, greedy and repressive games!
**Where: * Rhizome Café 317 East Broadway*
**When: * Friday October 23, 2009 6:30 pm*
1) Get informed: Lindsay Bomberry (Onondaga Nation, Eel clan of the
Haudenosaune Confederacy League of Peace) speaks on Indigenous opposition
to the Olympics and Sudbury-based sociologist and author Gary Kinsman
speaks on national security and Queer resistance to the Olympics.
2) Get inspired: Local artist JB the First Lady and others share their
skills and get you pumped for resistance.
3) Get expressive: Share your thoughts about the Olympics and its effects
at the Anti-Olympics Speaker’s Corner. The Olympics Resistance Network
Media Committee and the Vancouver Media Co-op will be recording your
opinions, rants, and ideas.
4) Get to action: Take part in the Anti-Olympics treasure hunt. Grab a bag
full of materials and head to the streets to document and express your
opposition to the games.
5) Share your actions: Come to Rhizome for a followup event (details to
come soon!) to collect prizes from the treasure hunt, make a collage of
your actions and watch the video from the anti-olympics speaker’s corner.
The Olympics are not going away. The devastating effects are here. But we
can still very loudly say: *No Olympics on Stolen Native Land!*
For more information, email email@example.com or call 778-833-4484 Our
website is http://www.nooneisillegal.org
10. RAGA, Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender, and Age
Lawyers Rights Watch Canada
Invite you to join us for a public talk by
Dr. Sherene Razack
“We didn’t kill ’em, we didn’t cut their heads off”:
Reflections on Torture at Abu Ghraib
Saturday, October 24th, 2009, 7–9 pm
Vancouver Central Public Library, Coast Salish Territories
350 W. Georgia St., Alice MacKay Room
It’s now four years since the Abu Ghraib pictures hit the airwaves and
discussions of torture
are still everywhere. Dr. Razack explores how many contemporary
discussions of torture
that take place as critique, rely upon, even as they install, the idea
that the enemy is
culturally different from us. She traces the work done by the idea that
a different kind of human that can only be kept in line through violence.
Dr. Sherene Razack is Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies in
Education at OISE of the
University of Toronto. Her area of research focuses on race and gender in
the law. Her most
recent book is, Casting Out: The Eviction of Muslims From Western Law and
Admission is free. Seating is limited. Childcare available on-site, please
For more information contact the RAGA Centre at 604-822-0232 or
Co-sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies & Law and Society (UBC),
Vancouver Status of Women, Lawyers Against the War, & StopWar.ca
11.IN OUR OWN VOICES
Join the Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group in an uplifting evening of
storytelling, poetry, reflection, and resistance
Saturday October 24th at 7 pm
317 East Broadway (corner Kingsway)
All welcome! By donation $0-20
On facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135705868281
The Power of Women Group is a group at the Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Women’s Centre, located in the DTES of Vancouver (the poorest off-reserve
postal code in Canada). We are a group of women from all walks of life who
are either on social assistance, working poor, or homeless; but we are all
living in extreme poverty. Many of us are single mothers or have had our
children apprehended due to poverty; most of us have chronic physical or
mental health issues for example HIV and Hepatitis C; many have drug or
alcohol addictions; and a majority have experienced and survived sexual
violence and mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional abuse. For
indigenous women, we are affected by a legacy of the effects of
residential schools and a history of colonization and racism.
We hope you will join us and we hope you will hear us about our struggles
with poverty, homelessness, child apprehension, violence, police, the
Olympics, social assistance systems and more. For information email
project at dewc.ca or call 604-681-8480 x 234.
12.RESISTANCE WITHOUT RESERVATION!
As part of Indigenous Sovereignty Week and building resistance to the
Olympic Torch Relay, join us in an evening of powerful films, dignified
food, inspiring speakers, and rebel performers…
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133963917949
Thursday Oct 29. Free!
Doors and food served @ 6 pm
Event begins @ 6:30 pm
706 Clarke Drive (3 blocks south of Hastings)
Bus route #22, 10, 16, 20
Child-friendly. Bus tickets available
* Coast Salish Opening by Kat Norris: founder of Indigenous Action
Movement and survivor of the Kuper Island Residential School. Kat joined
the American Indian Movement and has been a social activist since. Most
recently, she has been organizing against police abuses and her biggest
success is the Frank Paul Inquiry.
* Carol Martin: Nisga’a/Gitanyow and member of Downtown Eastside Elders
Council, Sweetgrass All Nations Healing Centre, and Feb 14th Memorial
March Committee. Carol is a long-time advocate and grassroots voice for
Indigenous peoples and for women and men in the DTES, especially in the
lead up to the Olympic Games.
* Dustin Rivers: a young and outspoken Skwxwú7mesh-Kwakwaka’wakw activist,
artist, and writer.He’s had an obsession with history from a early age,
but also raised in a time of cultural re-generation, he uses his ancestors
legacy of political uprising to accomplish his vision of decolonization.
* Writing the Land (7 mins, Kevin Lee Burton): This 2007 film meticulously
combines film language with Hunkamenum words to recreate Musqueam elder
Larry Grant’s experience of rediscovering his language and cultural
* Resist 2010 (15 mins, Burning Fist Media with no2010): A short,
fast-paced documentary focusing on the negative impacts of the 2010 Games
and the ongoing resistance by Indigenous & other social movements.
Defenders of the Land, a cross-Canada network of First Nations in land
struggle and fighting for Indigenous rights, has issued a call to organize
a cross-Canada week of educational events on Indigenous Rights and
Indigenous struggles from October 25-31, 2009. The purpose of this week is
to disseminate ideas of Indigenism and to contribute to building a
cross-Canada movement for Indigenous rights, sovereignty, and justice that
is led by Indigenous communities with a broad base of informed support.
As non-native multiracial supporters, we are allies of frontline
Indigenous communities who organize in defense of their land, freedom, and
autonomy. As a grassroots anti-racist and anti-imperialist migrant justice
group rising to liberation, No One Is Illegal strongly believes that our
movement must always be in active solidarity with self-determination
struggles of Indigenous communities who struggle across Turtle Island
against centuries of imposed racist, sexist, criminalizing, impoverishing,
and genocidal policies.
Our event is organized in this spirit of respect with the diverse
realities of Indigenous peoples to survive and resist, especially in the
face of our society’s apathy, the normalization of colonialism, and
increasing state repression. We hope you will join us and we encourage
others to organize additional events and actions during Indigenous
Sovereignty Week. No Justice on Stolen Land!
Organized by No One Is Illegal-Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 778-833-4484
To read the full callout for Indigenous Sovereignty Week:
To read the basis of Unity for Defenders of the Land Network:
To read an article about the first Defenders of the Land gathering:
13.MADE IN LA FILM SCREENING
“An excellent documentary…about basic human dignity.” -The New York Times
Watch the trailer!
Friday, October 30th 6:00pm to 8:00pm
SFU Harbour Centre,
515 West Hastings Street
FOLLOWED BY PANEL WITH
* Almudena Carracedo: Emmy-award winning Director and Producer. Her
previous documentary on Tijuana as a border town Welcome, A Docu-Journey
of Impressions received the Sterling Award for Best Short Documentary at
Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Almudena is the 2008 recipient of NALIP’s
(National Association of Latino Independent Producers) ESTELA Award.
* Guadalupe “Lupe” Hernandez: left Mexico City at the age of 17 to join
her sister in Los Angeles, where she quickly adapted to life working in
garment factories. In 2000 she got involved in the Garment Worker Center’s
Forever 21 campaign, continues to actively fight for the rights of her
fellow workers, and is highly involved with the outreach campaign of Made
* Joann Lo: has worked as an organizer for SEIU Locals 399 and 1877 and
was the Garment Worker Center lead organizer in the boycott campaign
against Forever 21. She currently works as the co-Executive Director of
Enlace, a strategic alliance of low-wage worker centers, unions and
organizing groups in the U.S. and in Mexico.
ABOUT MADE IN LA:
Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary (70 min in
English and Spanish with subtitles) that follows the remarkable story of
three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they
embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy
clothing retailer Forever 21. Made in L.A has received critical acclaim
and international awards, including an Emmy Award, a Henry Hampton Award
and a Special Mention of the Jury at the Valladolid International Film
Sponsored by: Hospital Employees’ Union, Pacific Northwest Labour History
Association, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Justicia for Migrant
Workers, No One is Illegal-Vancouver, UBC Department of Sociology, UBC
Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, SFU Latin American Studies Program,
SFU Department of Geography, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and
For more information about the event, contact email@example.com.
14. ANTI OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY KICKOFF
*** For travel details includes times of departure and arrival from
Vancouver to Victoria, check out the transportation information below.
The Canada-wide Olympic Torch Relay officially begins in Victoria,
Lekwungen and WSANEC Territories, on October 30th and the Anti-Olympic
Festival will be there to greet it.
Join us in the spirit of creative resistance to ongoing colonization,
cut-backs in social services, environmental destruction, the privatization
of public space, the quashing of free speech, and the corporate spectacle.
==> PROGRAM INFORMATION FOR FRI OCT 30TH TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION CAN YOU HELP? <==
No2010 Victoria is working on providing billeting and people are
encouraged to go over the night before (Thurs Oct 29th).
* If you know folks that can provide sleeping spaces in Victoria please
Hosted by: No2010 Victoria
This invitation brought to you by the Olympic Resistance Network
15. War Resisters Wine and Cheese Benefit
Friday, Nov. 13
Featuring the music of Shari Ulrich
Despite two majority votes of the Canadian parliament and clear support
from the majority of the Canadian populace, the Harper Conservative
government continues to deny safe haven to US war resisters who are
refusing to serve in Iraq. Instead, war resisters have been deported to
serve time in US military prisons and the deportation process is
continuing. The War Resisters Support Campaign needs your help in funding
ongoing costs needed to keep war resisters in Canada and to challenge the
Harper government in the courts and in parliament.
Please join with us in an evening of music and socializing and help
support the cause. Legendary Vancouver musician and performer Shari
Ulrich, who herself came to Canada during the Vietnam War, will be
performing a short house concert and we will be hearing a brief report on
the current situation facing US War Resisters in Canada.
Tickets to this event will be limited by space.
Location: Home of Jane Turner, 390 North Springer Ave., Burnaby
RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW BY PHONING OR WRITING
BOB ROSEN – 604 251 3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support…..
War Resisters Support Campaign
c/o 1143 E Pender St
Vancouver BC V6A 1W6
16. Malalai Joya in Vancouver
Saturday, November 14
7p.m., St. Andrew’s – Wesley Church (1022 Nelson St, at the corner of
Suggested Donation: $5-10
Please join us for this special event: the Canadian launch of Malalai
Joya’s book, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan
Who Dared to Speak Out, which Kirkus Reviews calls, “A chilling, vital
memoir that reveals hidden truths about Afghanistan and directly addresses
the misguided policies of the United States.”
Co-written with StopWar activist and writer Derrick O’Keefe, A Woman Among
Warlords is an important and timely book. Malalai Joya’s personal story is
inspiring, and her political message is an uncompromising appeal for an
end to NATO’s occupation of Afghanistan and the impunity of the warlords
in the Karzai regime. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear Malalai Joya in
Suggested donation: $5-10. All proceeds will go towards Malalai Joya’s
humanitarian projects in Afghanistan.
Organized by StopWar.ca.
Sponsors: Simon & Schuster Canada, the Canadian Peace Alliance, Voice of
Women – Canada, rabble.ca, Iranian Centre for Peace, Freedom and Social
For more information contact: email@example.com