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Defend Our Coast rally – Oct. 22nd – 11 a.m. Victoria Legislature grounds

From the Defend Our Coast team:
On Monday Oct. 22nd, thousands will converge on the BC legislature lawn in Victoria and defend our coast again tarsands pipelines and tankers.

It is gearing up to be a historic event, including live music and speakers such as the Esquimalt Singers and Dancers, Maude Barlow, CEP President Dave Coles, Coastal First Nation Executive Director Art Sterritt, Chief Jasmine Thomas, Rex Wyler, and so many more.

In the spirit of community engagement, we encourage you to send a press release to your local community news outlets this week to announce your participation in the Defend Our Coast event. It is through each of our voices that this movement grows strong! To see the local press release and send to your local media outlet, click here:

If you plan on being part of the mass sit-in and risking arrest, please attend the Direct Action Training on Sunday, October 21st. This is being held in the Multi-Purpose (Michele Pujol) Room of the University of Victoria Student Union Building (SUB), from 11am – 8pm. RSVP on the Facebook event page here:

If you want to be part of the public transportation caravan from Vancouver on Oct. 21st, register here:

call for 13 “hero” Conservative MPs to work together and stop Budget Bill C38

Wednesday, June 13th at 5:30 PM at Centennial Square, while our MPs gather in Ottawa for a decisive showdown in Parliament, we’ll rally their home ridings, and communities across Canada, to call for 13 “hero” Conservative MPs to work together and stop Budget Bill C38, to split it and start over.

The meeting location has been changed from Beacon Hill Park to Centennial Square

Feel free to join the facebook event:

Please help spread the word regarding the rally, make signs, bring friends.

EAT IN: free weekly drop-ins (with free food) to learn food skills

The Victoria Youth Clinic at 533 Yates Street is organizing EAT IT: free drop-ins (with free food) to learn food skills.
Every Monday 4:30 to 6:30 PM from June 18th through August 27th. Read more here:

Red Square “Casseroles”* walk and gathering at Centennial Square Wed. May 30th at 8 PM

In Solidarity with Quebec, people are starting out from Victoria neighbourhoods banging loudly on pots and pans, arriving at Centennial Square between 7 and 8 pm on Wed. May 30th: Bring friends, ideas, dancing shoes, and your MASKS for a peaceful and fun “Mask-erade” planning/protest/party!

See AND (to explain the “Casseroles” name)

7pm: Meet and discuss ideas and plans to take collective action in solidarity with what began as the student strike in Quebec! A bunch of folks already met up here in Victoria and there were lots of ideas, and we wanted to create another space that would be more open and accessible to anyone interested in planning and participating in solidarity initiatives. We are already a diverse group with different aims and motivations, so we agreed to set aside questions of platforms or demands that require a unified message, we’re interested in planning a whole bunch of overlapping initiatives based on diverse aims, needs, and capacities. Ideas so far included tabling, political theatre, rallies, fundraising for Quebec legal defense, creating propaganda, teach-ins and workshops, and much more!

8pm: Dance party! Music and fun~!

If we end up with more than 50 people, this event would be DOUBLE illegal in Quebec under the new, draconian Bill 78, which prohibits masks in public and gatherings of more than 50 people without permission.

*** Photos and Video footage strongly encouraged~! Please bring your cameras~

GA notes May 19.2012

The notes from the May 19th GA can be found here:

January 1st is the People’s Levee!



From Wikipedia:

The word levée (from French, originally fem. pp. of lever “to raise”) originated in the Levee du Soleil (Rising of the Sun) of King Louis XIV (1643–1715). It was his custom to receive his male subjects in his bedchamber just after arising, a practice that subsequently spread throughout Europe.

In the 18th century the levée in Great Britain and Ireland became a formal court reception given by the sovereign or his/her representative in the forenoon or early afternoon. In the New World colonies the levée was held by the governor acting on behalf of the monarch. Only men were received at these events.

It was in Canada that the levée became associated with New Year’s Day. The fur traders had the tradition of paying their respects to the master of the fort (their government representative) on New Year’s Day. This custom was adopted by the governor general and lieutenant governors for their levées.


The City of Victoria, and other hosts around town open their doors up on New Years Day to host public levées, typically, wine and cheese and polite conversation is all up for grabs. This year, the People’s Assembly of Victoria is hosting the People’s Levée in Centennial Square at 1:30 pm. It’s a potluck style thing, we’ll have a camping stove or two, hot chocolate, pots of delici0us soup, spaghetti, rice, salad and lots more. So bring a dish, or just bring yourself, let’s ring in the year of the Revolution. Big things are coming. Won’t you celebrate with us?

See you there Victoria.


e-Deliberation process starts to develop strategy for People’s Assembly of Victoria

On Dec 11, 2011, the G.A approved a proposal to hold an e-Deliberation with the following focus:
“to propose an integrated strategy designed to ensure that the people of the Greater Capital Region of Victoria have a determinant say in the decisions that affect them, made by the governments, corporations and other powerful entities.”

We are looking for a dozen more participants to join in. If you think PAOV needs to develop strategy to see the changes it is advocating actually happen, please sign up and let the organizer know.

As well, please attend the Briefing session on Dec 29th at 6 PM at 1923 Fernwood Rd. (see Events Calendar).

The e-Deliberation process is explained here. (

screening of THRIVE Dec. 21st at 6:30 pm

We’re taking a bit of a break from meetings over the holiday season, but on Wednesday Dec. 21st there will be a screening of the 132 minute-long documentary THRIVE which is relevant to our movement as it uncovers the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives.
Weaving together breakthroughs in consciousness, activism and science THRIVE offers real solutions for reclaiming our lives and our future.
When: Wed. Dec. 21st 6:30 – 9 PM
Where: Fernwood Community Assoc., 1923 Fernwood Rd.
Tix: $5.00 – Proceeds to Occupy Victoria.
Thrive: what on earth will it take?

Final Strategy meeting before holiday break will be on Tuesday Dec 20th
495 Burnside East Ave

E-Deliberation and other topics

Occupy Cafe starts up

Twice-weekly Cafe held at the Solstice Cafe, 529 Pandora Ave. The next one is Thursday Dec. 15th from 4 – 6 pm. The People’s Assembly welcomes you to our table for discussion and dialogue .
Keep an eye on the calendar for the next Cafe.

Strategy and Action Meeting – Dec 13th Tuesday
Fernwood Community Association –  1923 Fernwood Rd
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Workgroup Liason Meeting – Dec 14th Wednesday
Quaker Meeting House – 1831 Fern St.
5pm-7pm is for Workgroups to meet
7pm-9pm is for the Workgroups to meet in a larger liason meeting
Planned discussion on consolidating workgroups in to more effective units

People’s Assembly continues meeting

Weekly strategy meetings and work group assemblies continue indoors – check the calendar to the right. General Assembly happens every Sunday at 2 pm, in Centennial Square beside the lovely skating rink :)