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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