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In events, Uncategorized on October 14, 2009 at 9:20 pm

1.Media Democracy Day Fundraiser at the Railway! Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 9:00pm

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

Thursday October 22, 7pm
Rhizome Cafe

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!

Start Time:
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 9:00pm

End Time:
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:,-123.115175&spn=0.006999,0.013733&z=16&iwloc=A

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: / or call: 604.325.7209


3.BC ACORN Campaign Launch

Saturday, Oct 17
12 noon
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

604-254-0703 ph
604-254-0701 fx


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, 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

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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,, 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
Harbour Centre
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.



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
Rhizome Cafe
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 or call 778-833-4484 Our
website is

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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
Arab/Muslim means
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
Politics (2008).

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, &


Join the Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group in an uplifting evening of
storytelling, poetry, reflection, and resistance

Saturday October 24th at 7 pm
Rhizome Café
317 East Broadway (corner Kingsway)
All welcome! By donation $0-20
On facebook:

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 or call 604-681-8480 x 234.


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:

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 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:


“An excellent documentary…about basic human dignity.” -The New York Times

Watch the trailer!

Friday, October 30th 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Labatt Theatre
SFU Harbour Centre,
515 West Hastings Street


* 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
in L.A.

* 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.


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


*** 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.

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
7 p.m.
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

Tickets: $50/person

BOB ROSEN – 604 251 3439 or

Thanks for your support…..

War Resisters Support Campaign

Tel: 778-837-1475

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

Sponsors: Simon & Schuster Canada, the Canadian Peace Alliance, Voice of
Women – Canada,, Iranian Centre for Peace, Freedom and Social

For more information contact:

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Alfredo Saad-Filho speaks on

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm

The End of Neoliberalism? Finance, Crisis, Unemployment, and the Left

Sunday Oct. 4, 3.00 pm.
SFU Harbour Centre,  550 W. Hastings, Vancouver.

Alfredo Saad Filho is Professor of Political Economy and Head of
Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. He
has published widely on Marxian political economy, neoliberalism,
industrial policy and the political economy of Latin America. His
recent books include:
Marx’s Capital (with Ben Fine, 5th edition),
Anti-Capitalism: A Marxist Introduction,
Neoliberalism: A Critical Introduction,
The Value of Marx: Political Economy for Contemporary Capitalism

Sponsored by Vancouver Socialist Forum. For info: [604-255-5957],

Worker Management and Socialism

In events on September 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm

A new video from the ‘Transformative Practice and Human Development’ programme of the Centro Internacional Miranda (CIM) in Venezuela, featuring comments and discussion by workers from Alcasa, Inveval, Cadela and other Venezuelan workplaces as well as from Argentina and Brazil. To explore the relation between worker management and socialism, the video draws upon presentations by Carlos Lanz, Pat Devine, Michael Lebowitz and  Hugo Chavez. Following the video, there will be an opportunity for discussion with Michael Lebowitz, director of the Transformative Practice programme. The version of the video shown will be in English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Thursday Sept 10, 7.00 pm. SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Vancouver.

Sponsored by Vancouver Socialist Forum

Activist Calendar

In events on May 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Activist Calendar

Events below are listed in no particular order and are not organized by Vancouver Socialist Forum. If your event is not on the list and you would like it added please email


2 Struggle is not a Luxury: July 18th

3 From Venezuela with Lloviznando July 18th

4 No to the Coup! July 23rd

5 Black July, July 24th

6  Vancouver Take Back the Party organizing meeting – July 30




Do You Know Where Your Water’s Been?

WATERLIFE follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

From the icy cliffs of Lake Superior to the ornate fountains of Chicago to

the sewers of Windsor, this feature-length documentary tells the story of

the last great reserve of fresh water on Earth. Filled with fascinating

characters and stunning imagery, WATERLIFE is directed by Kevin McMahon and

narrated by Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip.

Under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species and dropping water levels,

many scientists believe the Great Lakes are on the verge of ecological

collapse.  We are teaming up with grassroots environmental groups who care

about our water to help get the word out about the film. To find out more

about the issues, click here.

* * * Winner of the Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature at Hot Docs 2009

* * *


Showtimes will be posted on <http://www.ourwaterlife

com> on Monday.


Join representatives from the Council of Canadians and the Rivershed Society

of BC to discuss local water issues and ways you can get involved. To follow

the matinee screening on Saturday, July 18th. Time TBA.

For more details, please visit: <>

Stay informed of upcoming Waterlife screenings and events – join the mail

list: <>

Join the Waterlife Facebook Group: <http://bit

ly/14SMtc> <>

The film’s success on its first weekend will largely determine the rest of

its life, how widely it ends up being distributed and for how long. PLEASE

support the film on its opening weekend & forward this message widely.

Community Partners:

Council of Canadians, Rivershed Society of BC, Fraser Riverkeeper, Pollution

Probe, Sierra Club Canada, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA),

Ecojustice, Great Lakes United. For more details, visit:



2)      Vancouver Status of Women is excited to present

Struggle is not a Luxury:

a Spotlight on Womyn-led Movements in Vancouver

July 18th, 2009

10:00 – 5:00

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

2425 Oxford Street

Vancouver – Unceded Coast Salish Territory

With the following workshops:


10:00 – 12:00

Angela MacDougall of Battered Women’s Support Services

For over 20 years, Angela Marie MacDougall has committed herself to ending violence against women through disrupting the colonial stranglehold.  “Ending violence against women is a teaching I must live every single moment of every single day, a part of every breath in and every breath out” For the past six years Angela has worked volunteers and paid staff at Battered Women’s Support Services to develop and deliver prevention and intervention activities toward responding to women survivors of violence and abuse, while working for systemic change through advocacy and community development.

Food Sovereignty

12:30 – 2:30

Cease Wyss of the Good Food Box

Through my personal journey of de-colonization, I have moved through many communities. This has resulted in exposing me to a number of teachings from many nations. Combining my studies of Ethnobotany and my artistic practice in Media Arts, I have been able to connect to my own sense of spirit, as well as to other peoples. I am the mother of one amazing daughter, who has been exposed to many elements of our Arts and Culture through ceremony, healing and teachings. Senaqwila has been training in the arts for her entire life, through being exposed to my practice, as well as in her personal studies in school. We are learning how to walk together on the earth with more of a connection to one another, as well as to our environment, wherever we may be. We are learning together in digital and forest environments, how much creativity and inspiration we are surrounded by.

The focus in my arts practice has been Community, Health and Healing Practices. This is visible in my works over the past two decades.  I have been writing, producing, directing and training in all the important skills that I have trained in. Currently, I am working with Vancouver Native Health Society, where I run the Urban Aboriginal Food Enhancement Program, which includes the Aboriginal Good Food Box Buying Club, Community Gardening, and Community Kitchens.


3:00 – 5:00

Harsha Walia and the Power of Women Group

This workshop will be facilitated by members of the Power of Women Group in conjuction with Harsha Walia. The Power of Women Group is located in the DTES of Vancouver. 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. We are affected by the myriad of social conditions resulting from our poverty including chronic health problems, addictions, homelessness, violence, and extreme isolation. For indigenous women, we are affected by a legacy of the effects of residential schools and a history of colonization and racism. Harsha Walia facilitates and supports the Power of Women group in various capacities (paid and volunteer) and has been involved in grassroots anti-poverty, feminist, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist movements for over a decade.

Childcare, bus tickets and light refreshments provided.

Donations to support VSW’s Leadership Empowerment Activism Program (LEAP) are welcome and appreciated ($5-20 sliding scale); no one turned away for lack of funds

The Leadership Empowerment Activism Program (LEAP) is a FREE 18-month program of Vancouver Status of Women that offers training and mentorship in anti-oppression, community organizing, transformative leadership, popular education, creative expression and group facilitation to womyn facing multiple systemic barriers including colonialism, racism, poverty, disability, LGBTQ identity and single motherhood.

Due to the immense response that we received from the community in terms of need for this program, we have taken on more participants than originally planned. We need more resources to offer adequate accessibility provisions for our participants and their children (food, bus tickets, stipends, children’s materials).

If you are interested in volunteering with LEAP, please get in touch with Cynthia Oka, LEAP Coordinator, at or 604-255-6554. Exciting volunteer opportunities include participation in our (revolutionary!) child care and fundraising committees, as well as developing skills in logistical and administrative support.

LEAP Coordinator

Vancouver Status of Women

2652 East Hastings St.

Vancouver – Coast Salish Territory

Phone: 604-255-6554

Fax: 604-255-7508


When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.  – Audre Lorde


3)      From Venezuela with Lloviznando

Come enjoy Venezuela music and culture and learn about the revolution.

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Street: 6184 Ash Street
City/Town: Vancouver, BC
Phone: 6047894550

Special discount to groups of 10 or more people buying tickets in advance.
Opening the night of music by Joaquin Ernesto (special guest percussionist Pablo Oyarzo).
call 604-789-4550 / 604-873-1987.
or e mail at

Delicious spanish food and drinks for sell at the concert.

Desde Venezuela LLOVIZNANDO CANTOS ,venga y disfrute de musica y cultura venezolana.
Enterese sobre el proceso revolucionario moviendose a travez de toda America Latina.
La noche de recital sera abierta por Trovador Joaquin Ernesto (invitado especial percusionista Pablo Oyarzo).

Deliciosa comida y bebidas de venta en el concierto.

LLAMAR 604-873-1987 O 604-789-4550.
o e mail


4) No to the Coup!

The Canadian government must demand the return of President Zelaya and refuse to recognize the military regime! Canadian mining companies out of Honduras! Reparations for the communities in the Siria Valley!

Protest Picket at Goldcorp’s head office:
666 Burrard Street
Thursday July 23 – 12pm
Bring your banners!

Join us in our continued efforts to denounce the coup!

Since the June 28 removal of the president of Honduras, grassroots solidarity organizations throughout the world have protested the overthrow of Honduran democracy. Meanwhile, the Canadian government and mining companies are complicit in the military coup in Honduras because of their continued silence and at times direct participation in supporting the defacto regime lead by Roberto Micheletti.

Goldcorp, a Vancouver based mining giant, operated the controversial cyanide leaching, open pit “San Martin” gold mine in the department of Francisco Morazón in Honduras until 2008. Today, many residents of the Siria Valley, where the mine is located, are sick and unable to work because of illnesses linked to Goldcorp’s operations. The company still has a skeleton crew of employees in the country, who according to community members were bussed to pro-coup rallies sponsored by the corporate backed “Movement for Peace and Democracy.”

It’s a lie that Goldcorp doesn’t get involved in politics: in Guatemala, they launched a constitutional challenge against Indigenous People who organized to say NO to the company’s Marlin mine, and in Argentina, Goldcorp has supported legal actions against tax increases.

The coup in Honduras suits the interests of Canadian mining companies. Michelletti’s military regime promises more profits for the corporate sector, and lower wages and less rights for workers.


5)      * * Important event from Vancouver Tamil Community * *

Black July is an unforgettable part of Tamil history.

Please join us in solidarity

Date:  Friday July 24, 2009

Time:  5:00 pm

Venue:  Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby street at Robson)

Attire: Black or dark colour (preferably)

The events of July 1983 are poignant for the entire Tamil population

around the world. Anti-Tamil pogroms carried out by Sinhala mobs,

sponsored by the Sri Lankan government, started on July 23, 1983…

Tamils were systematically targeted with violence in Colombo and many

other parts of Sri Lanka.

It is estimated over 3,000 Tamils murdered, over 150,000 Tamils made

homeless and tens of thousands of businesses owned by Tamils were

destroyed by the Sinhala mobs.

At a time when Sri Lankan Tamils were seeking refuge from the violence and

political persecution of Sri Lanka’s Anti-Tamil Pogrom of July 1983,

Canada opened its doors to provide a safe haven – we the Tamils are

internally thankful to Canada!

Please join the Tamils around the world and across Canada in commemoration

of Black July.

For more information please contact:

Sue Nathan, BC Regional Coordinator



6)      Vancouver Take Back the Party organizing meeting – July 30

The first meeting of the Take Back the Party campaign garnered a lot of interest and has sparked much discussion. The potential is great but we must capitalize on our momentum, take the next step, and begin to organize. Therefore, a second meeting in Vancouver has been organized in order to discuss future activities and to elect a steering committee.

The proposed agenda is as follows:

1. Approval of the agenda
2. Report on activities of the campaign
3. Discussion of activities, strategy and organization
4. Election of steering committee for the campaign in Vancouver
5. Any other business

Thursday, July 30, 7:00pm
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (1607 E. Hastings St.),
Chief Simon Baker Room

For more information:
On Facebook: Take Back the Party!

The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy

In events on May 23, 2009 at 6:22 am
“The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy “

With author Yves Engler

7 pm
Harbour Center (515 W Hastings St. Vancouver)

Where does Canada fit in on the world stage? As peacemaker or accomplice to war and empire? Just published, The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy sheds light on many dark corners of Canadian foreign policy–from troops that joined the British colonial war in Sudan in 1885 to neo-colonial war and occupations in Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan today.
“We bear responsibility for what governments do in the world, primarily our own, but secondarily those we can influence, our allies in particular.Yves Engler’s penetrating inquiry yields a rich trove of valuable evidence about Canada’s role in the world and poses a challenge for citizens who are willing to take their fundamental responsibilities seriously.”- -Noam Chomsky
Organized by
Endorsers: Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign; Dominion newspaper; Haiti Solidarity BC; People’s Co-Op Bookstore; Vancouver Socialist Forum; (others to follow).
To read more on the book: http://blackbook. foreignpolicy. ca/

Reading and Discussion Series: What is Competition?

In Readings on May 2, 2009 at 9:36 am

Join us for a discussion of Michael Lebowitz’s analysis of the dynamics of competition under capitalism.

Main text:

“What is Competition?” — (scroll down for link to PDF)

Supplemental Reading:

Paragraphs 11-91 of “The Path to Human Development.”

Wed. May 13, 7:o0 PM.

For Location or more information call Ian at 778-554-2730 or email

Rally in Vancouver for Single Transferable Vote

In events on April 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Power Up Your Vote!

Rally Saturday May 2nd
2pm – 3pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
(Georgia St side)

Show your support for electoral reform!!

This is your chance to join together and help us launch the final two weeks of our campaign!!

Featuring: Charles Demers, B:C:Clettes, Tim Louis, Stuart Parker and more!

Organized by: British Columbians for BC-STV

Picket the Liberal Convention against war and the CCFTA (2 events)

In events on April 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Thursday April 30: Canada out of Afghanistan!

Join us as we carry banners and hand out leaflets to remind Canadians of Ignatieff’s record, and to demand an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Thursday, April 30
11:30am to 1:30pm
outside the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre
(Canada Place Way, between Howe and Burrard)

Organized by

The Liberal Party of Canada carries a heavy responsibility for this country’s ongoing role in the occupation of Afghanistan. It was the Liberals who sent Canadian troops to war, and it was the Liberals who supported Harper’s extension of the war until the end of 2011.

Michael Ignatieff, the new Liberal leader, played a key role in pushing the party to vote for extending the war, just as prior to his entry into Canadian politics he was an advocate of the Bush administration’s illegal invasion of Iraq and their repeated encroachments on civil liberties.

Ignatieff: Wrong on Iraq, Wrong on Torture, Wrong on Afghanistan and Palestine…


Friday May 1: Free Trade with Colombia? WE SAY NO!

*The Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement can only pass with Liberal support.*

Colombia’s popular movements say NO to an FTA with Canada. It’s our turn to stand up and fight back!

Come out to the Federal Liberal Convention to let the Liberals know that WE SAY NO to a Free Trade deal with a murderous regime.

Friday May 1st
12 noon
1055 Canada Place

(at the new Vancouver Convention Centre)

Bring noisemakers!

http://canadacolombiaproject. blogspot. com

Provincial Election and Movements Fighting for Change

In events on April 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Hear from leading social justice activists on what eight years of the BC Liberals has meant for the working people of British Columbia and discuss the ways forward.

April 25th, 2pm
Harbour Centre
Downtown Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory)
515 West Hastings

For information contact or 604-773-9057

The People v.s. The City of Vancouver

In events on April 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Go Here.

“The People VS The City of Vancouver” – one community’s fight for justice

Sunday, April 19, 1 – 3 pm
(Trial starts at 2pm)
@ Pigeon Park
(Hastings and Carrall)

Accused: The City of Vancouver
Charge: Social Cleansing
Offense Date: July 2003 – Present
Deciding Jury: The DTES Power of Women group.

This is the people’s court of justice! The day will include a rally with
community street theatre. This event is organized and supported by a
collaboration of DTES community residents and community organizers,
including: VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users), Power of Women,
The Anti-Poverty Committee, the Olympic Resistance Network, SFPIRG, 2010
Watch & The Workless Party.

*Food and drinks will be served at 1pm, the trial starts at 2pm sharp!
**Community folks are encouraged to come out and testify!


Since the Olympic Bid of 2003 the City of Vancouver has waged a violent war on the community of the DTES. While it boasts ‘revitalization’ and it’s ‘Civil City’ campaigns as progressive, such activities in fact terrorize and displace those most marginalized in our city. Community members have been literally forced onto the streets as homelessness has more than tripled in the neighbourhood. Once evicted from their homes residents are further brutalized with ticketing for sitting or lying on the street & asking for spare change among other by-law ‘offenses’. The City of Vancouver has literally criminalized the poverty it has created. The Community is fighting back!


*Past Olympic Host Cities:

“The desire to show off a city & make it an attractive tourist destination is often accompanied by a process of sanitation- clean-ups of public areas facilitated by criminalization of homelessness & increases in police powers… to make it more attractive for the local, national and international elites.”

*The Safe Streets Act:

BC passed the Safe Streets Act in 2004 to prohibit panhandling “in an aggressive manner,” such as obstructing the path of a person, using abusive language, or following behind, alongside or ahead of a person being solicited for spare change. The act included persons in motor vehicles being solicited, such as by ‘squeegee cleaners’ who wait at traffic lights to ‘clean’ driver’s windows. Police are authorized to arrest persons violating the act without warrant.

Although a provincial act, the legislation is directed primarily at downtown areas of cities, and in particular Vancouver. A coalition of business groups (downtown hotels, banks and corporations), including the Vancouver Downtown Business Improvement Association and the Vancouver Board of Trade, were the main promoters of the Safe Street Act (SSA). The act has been severely criticized by civil liberties and anti-poverty groups.

*Project Civil City:

In 2006, Vancouver City Hall launched ‘Project Civil City’, a broad-ranging initiative focusing on homelessness, panhandling, policing and public disorder. According to former Mayor Sam Sullivan, it seeks to reduce by 50 % homelessness, aggressive panhandling, open drug use, and excessive drinking & fighting in the downtown area (all by 2010). Along with a proposal to hire more by-law officers & prosecutors, there are also actions to increase CCTV video surveillance of streets and the city’s anti-graffiti campaign.

To accomplish these tasks, the city allocated some $1 million from the 2007 Olympic Legacy Fund budget to expand policing and by-law enforcement, and $300,000 to directly fund Project Civil City. The corporate media has assisted the government in this process by running sensationalist stories on street crime, aggressive panhandlers, and drunken partiers in the downtown area.

Although Sullivan claims Civil City has nothing to do with the Olympics, previous statements have contradicted this:
“There is no question that we must act swiftly & decisively to solve the public disorder problems that affect our city. I believe we have a tremendous opportunity to use the upcoming 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games as a catalyst to do just that.”

*GVRD Homeless Count:

Greater Vancouver’s homeless crisis continues to grow at a “stunning” and “shocking” rate, with a 373-per-cent increase in street homelessness since 2002.

The number of homeless in Metro Vancouver is now approaching 3,000 — there were at least 2,660 homeless people in Metro Vancouver on the official day of the count on March 11 2008

The report’s key findings include:

– Street homelessness increased by 373 per cent since 2002.

– The number of people who were homeless for a year or more rose by 62 per cent from 2005. Almost 50 per cent of homeless people found during the count had been homeless for a year or more.

– Native people, despite representing just two per cent of the population, comprise 32 per cent of the homeless, up from 30 per cent in 2005. Close to 45 per cent of homeless women and 41 per cent of unaccompanied homeless youth were native.

– The vast majority (84 per cent) of homeless people had health problems such as addiction (61 per cent), mental illness (33 per cent) and physical disability (31 per cent).

– The so-called working poor are being forced into emergency shelters.

*Street Sweeps:

Aggressive street sweeps have been raging through the DTES from increased and aggressive ticketing for things like panhandling or jaywalking to “illegal” vending.

-VPD year-end performance report: officers issued 467 tickets for violations of the Safe Streets Act in 2008, compared to 202 tickets in 2007; 133 tickets for violations of the Trespass Act, up from 95 in 2007. Tickets for city-bylaw infractions, including tickets for vending, panhandling, and loitering, shot up to 439 tickets in 2008 compared to 247 tickets in 2007.


These brutal acts are clear evidence that the City of Vancouver has and will continue to commit the crime of Social Cleansing against the DTES Community. The City-sanctioned police harassment of poor people is something that has been increased steadily in conjunction with increased gentrification. As the colonial legal system promotes this injustice the community has no choice but take justice into it’s own hands and try the perpetrators for their REAL crimes!

We are hoping as many people as possible will come out to testify against the city, and/or endorse this attempt to smash the “broken windows” theory, and tell the City and its goons to back off.

Come out to support!

Contact: for more info!