Defend Our Coast – October 22, 2012

Call to Action –

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is talking about putting a price on the west coast. The view is that for enough money we should ignore the voices of over 100 First Nations and put communities throughout B.C. and our environment at risk to the on-going threats tar sands tankers and pipelines would pose.

Prime Minister Harper has spent the last year silencing the voices of opposition by gutting environmental protection, cancelling more than 3,000 safety assessments of industrial projects and attacking Canadians who care about environmental values.  By pushing these tar sands pipeline projects Prime Minister Harper is pushing us further into a growing climate crisis.  Together we must tell the B.C. and Federal government that the protection of the west coast is not up for discussion and Canada’s coast is not for sale!

Last year, thousands of people risked arrest in Washington D.C. to stand up against the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Here in Canada, hundreds more took action in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. Now it’s time to speak for the coast.

This October, we are asking you to come to Victoria to participate in the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience on the climate issue that Canada has ever seen.

Be a part of protecting the beautiful West Coast and steering the Canadian economy away from the toxic tar sands industry. Together we will forge the future we all want and need to live in.

If a record number of us participate in this historic act of peaceful civil disobedience we can make a difference.

  • What do you want?
    We want the B.C. and Federal government to listen to the majority of people in B.C., growing numbers across Canada, dozens of municipalities, and the over 100 First Nations who all say no to tar sands tankers and pipelines on Canada’s west coast. We also want the Federal government to respect First Nations people’s internationally enshrined right to free, prior, and informed consent.
  • Why civil disobedience?
    The number of people speaking out against the threats of tar sands tankers and pipelines is growing. First Nations, individuals, environmental and community groups have signed letters, written petitions, lobbied politicians, held educational events, and organized rallies and protests.Despite the escalating public pressure, Prime Minister Harper has proceeded to gut the Fisheries Act, re-write Canada’s environmental legislation and try to silence the voices of opposition. British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark has also ignored the mounting voices and instead, publicly stated she would consider allowing the Northern Gateway Pipeline for the right price.These disappointing responses from our elected leaders continue as our world plunges deeper into a global climate crisis.

    Throughout history, from the suffragette movement to Clayoquot sound, to the mass mobilization against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Washington D.C., the use of peaceful civil disobedience has been the great counterbalance to environmental and social justice attacks.

    We are living in a tipping point moment: the moment in history when we have the capacity, responsibility and opportunity to re-envision the world. It is now time for us to respond in a way that shows the urgency of the situation and clearly states that the health of our coast and the stability of our climate are not for sale at any price.

  • When is it?
    The action will take place on October 22nd. Anyone who wants to participate in the day of action is required to attend a one-day training session in Victoria on October 21st, 2012.

Cross Canada speaking tour: The Quebec student strike! Thurs Sept 27th, 7-9pm

University of Victoria, Hickman Building rm 105 7-9

Its history, Combative unionism and anarchist involvement
Dear Activists, Students, unionists, and Revolutionaries! Since the start of the Quebec student general strike,
members of the Prairie Struggle Organization along with the collaboration of Common Cause, Union Communist Libertaire and the IWW, have been in the process of putting together a cross-Canada speaking tour on the Quebec student general strike. This strike, which has demonstrated once more the power of mass, combative and democratic social movements, is something that does not come often in Canadian history and expresses politics and strategies that are greatly needed in the rest of Canada. The struggles, and organizational principles demonstrated in this strike are examples that anarchists across Canada should aim to share and educate ourselves on, as our comrades in Quebec have done, due to the fact that its core principles are in fact close to our principles.
The purpose of the speaking tour is to give an in-depth look at why radical politics in Quebec have taken the shape of a
rank and file, direct action based movement capable of posing a very real threat to the state and its capitalist proponents. It will look at “combative unionism” and the strategies it uses to fight legislation, repression and general anti-union approaches put forward against the struggle. Also, the tour will discuss an anarchist analysis of the struggle and why anarchists are involved as a whole. This speaking tour will also serve the purpose of demystifying fetishism of Quebec political culture as inherently combative by showing that the roots of successful struggle lies in organizing along directly democratic lines, and building combativeness, and solidarity.

Jerome Raza has been a student activist and organizer since 2004. After a year on the board of his local student union, he joined the executive board of ASSÉ on the eve of the 2005 general student strike against massive cuts to student financial aid. As the student strike coalition, CASSÉÉ, was formed, he was delegated to sit the its negotiations committee that was mandated to present the strike movement’s demands to the government. After leaving official capacity in 2006, he joined the Montreal NEFAC collective which later became part of UCL. Since February he has been active in supporting the student mobilisation through various organizing roles, as well as being involved in his neighborhood’s autonomous popular assembly borne out of the spontaneous pots & pans movement.

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Sensitive Watersheds in Clayoquot Sound are No Place For New Mines

A Notice of Work Application to conduct exploratory mining near the inactive Fandora Mine in the Tranquil Inlet area of Clayoquot Sound is currently under review by the provincial government.

Clayoquot Sound is a major concern for the Wilderness Committee. For over three decades, we’ve been engaged in various public education campaigns advocating for environmental conservation and wilderness preservation in this outstanding coastal rainforest region.

The inactive Fandora Gold Mine site is in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory within Clayoquot Sound. The Tla-o-qui-aht are very strongly opposed to mining permits being issued in their territory. The Tla-o-qui-aht are committed to the sustainable management of salmon, water and other vital resources in their territory, and new mining projects—including exploratory work—do not fit within their management goals. The Tla-o-qui-aht have made it clear to the province that they do not want the Fandora Mine to be re-opened and expanded, and are not satisfied with the level of consultation so far on this proposal.

Consequently, we are asking that the BC government not issue any permits to conduct mining-related work in Tla-o-qui-aht territory.

Citizens from all nations and communities have good reason to question proposed mining projects. While some projects can provide community benefits, many result in severe environmental impacts that can last for generations, sometimes causing or compounding socioeconomic or public health problems. The mining companies responsible often disappear when the mineral is gone, leaving the public to come up with the funds to repair the damage.

We have created a letter-writing tool on our website, so that you can contact BC’s Minister of Energy and Mines, the Honourable Rich Coleman, to weigh in on this proposed development. Please visit our letter-writing page now to send a message to Minister Coleman, asking him to support the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and refuse to issue a work permit for the inactive Fandora Gold Mine in Clayoquot Sound.

Thank you,

Torrance Coste | Vancouver Island Campaigner
Wilderness Committee

Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight a talk by Timothy Pachirat

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 4:00 pm

 Room C116, David Strong Building, UVic

Pachirat brings to life the massive, routine killing of animals for human consumption from the perspective  of slaughterhouse workers.  Based on findings from more than five months  of undercover employment as a liver hanger, cattle driver, and quality control worker on the kill floor of a Great Plains slaughterhouse where 2,500 cattle are killed each day, Pachirat explores not only the slaughter industry but also how, as a society, we facilitate violent labor and hide away practices that we find too repugnant to contemplate. 

Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law, the Department of Sociology, the Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program, and Social Justice Studies

FILM – The Devil Operation – Friday Sept 21st – showing @ 7pm and 9pm

Cinecenta at UVIC is screening The Devil Operation
An award- documentary about the corporate terrorism used by a mining company against organizers helping an Andean community to preserve their land.
Proceeds go to MOSQOY, a Victoria based social justice organization working in the Peruvian Andes.
This real-life thriller exposes the new wave of corporate terrorism faced by Latin America’s human rights defenders. Stephanie Boyd was born in Canada and has spent the past 14 years living and working in Peru as a filmmaker and journalist. The Devil Operation has been selected at the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world, including IDFA in Amsterdam and Hot Docs in Toronto

Coastal Conversations: a day of theatre without a play – Friday, September 21st, 9:30am to 4pm – 7749 West Saanich Road, Tsartlip First Nation

SeaChange Marine Conservation Society and TheatreWorks invite you to Coastal Conversations: a day of theatre without a play. TheatreWorks and workshop participants will utilize the games and exercises of Theatre for Living to explore how to protect our coastline and maintain a vibrant community.

Almost half of us now live within 150 km of the ocean. Shoreline development has meant the destruction

of approximately 87 million hectares of coastal habitat worldwide. In the Puget Sound approximately

58 per cent of the coastal habitat has been lost while in the Salish Sea  this loss is estimated at 18 per cent.


SeaChange Marine Conservation Society works to preserve habitat and believes that when we work

together and value each other’s perspectives, we can find solutions for a resilient coastline. Our goal is to

create a plan that supports all needs and get broad support from the public.


When: Friday, September 21st, 9:30am to 4pm

Where: Saanich Adult Education Centre, 7749 West Saanich Road

Tsartlip First Nation, Vancouver Island, BC


For more information: Nikki Wright

Occupy Wall Street Begins Anew

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Video streaming by Ustream

FILM – Tambogrande: Mangoes, Murder, Mining – 7pm Thurs. Sept. 20

2994 Douglas St,  BCGEU Hall

Film by Ernesto Cabellos and Stephanie Boyd with subtitles.

This award-winning documentary film depicts the five-year struggle of local leaders from an agricultural community in northern Peru, as they oppose their government’s concession of land to Manhattan Minerals Corp., a Canadian mining corporation. It exposes a development model that promotes foreign investment in the mining sector at the expense of people’s health, rights, and environmental damages.

Admission by donation. More info at:

Co-sponsoring this event with us are the Mining Justice Action Committee & FMLN Vic. Committee


Victoria Friends of Cuba Committee resumes its Social Justice Film Nights for the 3rd Thurs. of every month.

Sept. 20 – “Tambogrande: Mangoes, Murder, Mining”
Oct. 18 – “Hemingway’s Hot Havana”
Nov. 15 – “Haiti: The Call of the Conch to Battle”

Special Engagement
Nov. 23 – DAVID ROVICS in concert –


Latin America In Revolt – Saturday, September 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

UVic, David Strong Bldg, Room C118
Free admission.

Jeb Sprague, author of the new book ‘Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti’.

Roger Annis, coordinator of BC Haiti Solidarity and Canada Haiti Action Network. Author of many reports and articles on Haiti and delegate on several investigative tours to Haiti. Sprague traces connections in Haiti between paramilitaries and their elite financial and political backers. Annis links the recent right-wing coups and community rebellions in Latin America with mining and other mega-industrial interests. For more information 250-655-6691. Free admission.

PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION Sponsored by Victoria Peace Coalition, Mining Justice Action Committee, UVic Social Justice Studies, Central American Support Committee, Friends of Cuba, and the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation.

CUPE@UVic Sept.17 concert celebrates 50 years

VICTORIA—CUPE locals 917,951 and 4163 are throwing a music party for UVic’s 50th Birthday.  The show at the Farquhar Auditorium on campus will be hosted by CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill and will feature “unionmaid, hellraiser & Labour singer” Anne Feeney and legendary blues musician Jim Byrnes and his band.  The event is in support of striking CUPE workers at UVic.

Barry O’Neill will bring greetings from the more than 80,000 CUPE members in BC and will address the current BC government’s attack on students and our public universities and colleges.

While the show is free, cash donations for the food bank will be gladly accepted at the door.  Doors will open at 7:30, with the show running from 8-10pm at the Farquhar Auditorium.

Seating is free but reserved, so you must obtain a ticket for each person attending from the University Centre Box Office or online at

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