Category: Working Group

Get a Sneak Preview of the Brand New PAOV.ca

http://174.120.17.251/~paov/

mic is working out the final bugs but give it a test run if you please!

Folk the Banks! Occupy benefit album now out – Pay what you can afford downloads!

An experiment has begun! ‘Pay what you can afford’ for the Folk the Banks album out now featuring Occupy supporting artists including Tom Morello, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Martha Wainwright, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Chumbawumba, Ryan Harvey, Peggy Seeger, with iconic artwork by Jamie Reid – famed for the Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen album artwork. [1]
With all profits going to Occupy and related movements globally, which Occupation Records was set up to benefit, ‘Pay what you can afford’ digital downloads are now available from the Occupation Records website (http://www.occupationrecords.com/) plus CDs, vinyls, limited prints of the Jamie Reid artwork and ethical fair wear Folk the Banks T-shirts by THTC. [1] [2] As a special thank you, those donating over £5 for digital downloads will be entered into a draw for an Occupation Records bundle!

Tom Morello said: “The wealthiest CEO’s reward themselves with million dollar bonuses while millions are out of work. What can we do about it? We can protest against it, fight back against it, and sing songs that do both.”

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Class War and the College Crisis: The “Crisis of Democracy” and the Attack on Education

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The following is the first part of a series of articles, “Class War and the College Crisis.”

By: Andrew Gavin Marshall

Part 2: The Purpose of Education: Social Uplift or Social Control?

Part 3: Of Prophets, Power, and the Purpose of Intellectuals

Part 4: Student Strikes, Debt Domination, and Class War in Canada

http://occupytheory.org/read/canada-s-economic-collapse-and-social-crisis-class-war-and-the-college-crisis-part-5.html

Today, we are witnessing an emerging massive global revolt, led primarily be the educated and unemployed youth of the world, against the institutionalized and established powers which seek to deprive them of a future worth living. In Chile over the past year, a massive student movement and strike has become a powerful force in the country against the increasingly privatized educational system (serving as a model for the rest of the world) with the support of the vast majority of the population; in Quebec, Canada, a student strike has brought hundreds of thousands of youth into the streets to protest against the doubling of tuition fees; students and others are on strike in Spain against austerity measures; protests led by or with heavy participation of the youth in the U.K., Greece, Portugal, France, and in the United States (such as with the Occupy Movement) are developing and growing, struggling against austerity measures, overt corruption by the capitalist class, and government collusion with bankers and corporations. Students and youth led the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt last year which led to the overthrow of the dictators which had ruled those nations for decades.

All around the world, increasingly, the youth are taking to the streets, protesting, agitating, and striking against the abuses of power, the failures of government, the excesses of greed, plundering and poverty. The educated youth in particular are playing an active role, a role which will be increasing dramatically over the coming year and years. The educated youth are graduating into a jobless market with immense debt and few opportunities. Now, just as several decades ago, the youth are turning back to activism. What happened in the intervening period to derail the activism that had been so widespread in the 1960s? How did our educational system get to its present state? What do these implications have for the present and future?

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Too Many PAOV Emails?

Be assured that our Newsletter emails are now only scheduled to be sent out on Mondays and Thursdays so we don’t overwhelm our local activists with endless updates.  Now you can add your friends to our list and rest easy that we wont scare them away with too much activity.  Any questions or suggestions email info@paov.ca

Divest from Companies that Profit from the Israeli Occupation.

In a few weeks, the United Methodist Church will make a crucial vote on whether to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. A few months later, the Presbyterian Church-USA will vote on the same issue as well.

Click here to visit the RabbisLetter.org website and watch the video of support for divestment.

These churches, and the people of faith behind these initiatives, are already being viciously attacked for saying what many of us have been saying all along: that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem must go and that the Israeli occupation must end because a true foundation for peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only be based on justice and equality for all.They are taking a stand, with their own resources fueled by their faith—and so must we.

That is why a number of rabbis from Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rabbinical Council got together and wrote an open letter—and we even made a video—expressing our support for these churches.

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How to write powerful letters to your elected representatives

see How To video below

Johnson Street Bridge Price Tag Jumps Up by $15 Million – Surprise, Surprise! – See City’s “Refined” Cost Projections
Email councillors@victoria.ca or drop a hand written letter in person to City Hall
Urge the Mayor and City Counsellors not to go with an expensive experimental design when tested “tried and true” design proposals exist and are cheaper, more functional and have the least possibility of cost overruns.

Counsellor Ben Isitt also needs support in his motions for the repeal or amendment of discriminatory City bylaws against people who are homeless and a discussion for a temporary regulated tenting area to replace the current ad-hoc form of camping that takes place in many City parks.

Enbridge Letter Writing Campaigns
http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/prtcptngprcss/lttrfcmmnt-eng.html
http://www.leadnow.ca/canadas-interests

Omar Ahmad: Political change with pen and paper

This 6 minute video will give some psychological and strategic insight into writing letters to your local politicians and by extension how to personalize a letter writing campaign.