Events

 

Please support this  fundraiser in support of Cuban doctors helping Haitians
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29
2994 DOUGLAS (BCGEU HALL)
Dinner and guest speaker Dr. Jorge Tomas Balseiro Estevez
5:30pm full dinner will be served
7 pm Dr. Jorge Tomas Balseiro Estevez will give an update on what Cuban healthcare workers have been able to do for the people of Haiti.
Dr. Balseiro exemplifies Cuba's extensive and unprecedented solidarity with the peoples of the world, illustrating what can be achieved when self-serving interests do not direct the aid provided.
Dr. Balseiro has extensive experience in Cuba's many medical internationalist missions across the globe. From 1988-89, he worked as Director of the Cuban civilian Hospital in the Republic of Angola. In 2004-2006 he worked as a clinical psychiatrist in the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation of the Republic of Guyana.
 
In 2008 as a member of the Henry Reeve Brigade in Haiti, he was director of the Hospital de Campana de Leogane. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, Dr. Balseiro worked extensively with Cuban technical and medical personnel giving emergency aid. They were soon joined by the arrival of a group of more than 50 Latin American doctors, trained at the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba. Dr. Balseiro also participated in rescue missions of hurricanes Ike and Paloma in his own country in 2008.
Dinner $15 Presentation by donation.
Sponsored by Friends of Cuba, Victoria Peace Coalition and the Canadian Network on Cuba.
For more info: http://victoriacubafund.wordpress.com/
 
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Dear Peace Coalitioners
 
Occupy Wall St has become a solidarity movement around the world. Across Canada on October 15, there will be groups of people occupying public space and echoing the dissatisfaction of the 99% with 1% rule for the 1%.
 
Join the 99% calling for change. We don't know what this change looks like yet, but it's in our hearts and determination. Join the People's Assembly of Victoria. Find out about it.
 
Saturday October 15
Noon
Centennial Square
 
Bring signs. For ideas, google Occupy Wall St.
 
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What's happening today on Wall St
 
Owners of Zuccotti Park, the current home of ozccupy Wall St, have delayed the temporary eviction of the protesters in order to power-wash the park. 
 
Due to the numbers present and the number of supporters, some politicians urged the company evict the protesters. For the time being. Listen to the clip below. Thanks to jan Slakov for forwarding this.
 
 
 
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Justin Ruben, MoveOn.org Civic Action <moveon-help@list.moveon.org>
Date: 14 October 2011 09:39
Subject: BREAKING: Bloomberg Backs Down!
 
 
Dear MoveOn member,
 
Huge news! This morning at 6 o'clock, MoveOn members, union members, community organizers and thousands of others gathered in Zuccotti Park to stand in solidarity with the people who are occupying Wall Street and to defend them from eviction by Mayor Bloomberg.
 
They were supported by hundreds of thousands of people from around the country like you who signed petitions and flooded the city with calls.
 
And they won!
 
We've got video of the scene as the announcement was read and, well, you've got to watch it.
 
 
 
 
Thanks for all you do.
-Justin, Lenore, Marika, Daniel, and the rest of the team
 
 
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Go to this website http://www.leadnow.ca/stop-occupy-wall-street-eviction to respond to the withdrawal of eviction by "public" cleansing.

 

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Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?
with Her Excellency Ms. Teresita de Jesús Vicente Sotolongo, Cuban Ambassador to Canada, and film director Saul Landau
Thursday Oct. 6, 7 pm, St. John the Divine
925 Balmoral (near Quadra)

This documentary by Saul Landau chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations by telling the story of the Cuban Five: intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences. The film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage first backed then ignored by the very government that launched the war against terrorism. In the film viewers see leading terrorists recounting their deeds, and Cuban state security officials explaining why they infiltrated agents into violent Miami exile groups. The film, featuring Danny Glover and 84 year old Fidel Castro in key scenes, raises and tries to answer the question: what did Cuba do to deserve such hostile treatment?

Admission by donation. Sponsored by Friends of Cuba.

More info at: http://victoriacubafund.wordpress.com/

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Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process
Tuesday October 4, 7:30 pm
Harry Hickman Bldg.( HHB), Room 105, University of Victoria

Prominent ex-Israelis Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit will read from and discuss their new book, Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process (Pluto Press, 2011).  Their book investigates the history of Zionism since its inception. It reveals the hidden Israeli resistance to the Middle East "peace process," and explains why so little progress has been made on this vital issue, which affects all Israelis and Palestinians.

Zalman Amit was born in Palestine. He grew up in the newly-created Jewish state and is now a distinguished professor emeritus at Concordia University, Québec. Zalman is the author of many books and articles on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Daphna Levit was born in Israel. She has taught finance and economics at Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion universities in Israel. Daphna has contributed to numerous books on Israeli and Middle Eastern politics.

Sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices Victoria Chapter, Victoria Peace Coalition,

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Victoria Free Gaza Coalition and KAIROS Victoria

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Palestine / Israel: Fear of the Future with Amira Hass
A Tour presented nationally by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Tuesday September 27, 7:30 p.m.

Bob Wright Centre
Room B150
University of Victoria

Amira Hass, is an award-winning Israeli human rights journalist  with the mainstream Israeli newspaper Haaretz since 1989, has been covering daily life in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1991. She is the only Jewish Israeli journalist to have lived full-time in the Occupied Territories: Gaza from 1993 to 1997, and the West Bank since 1997.

Sponsored locally by CAIA,  Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and Social Justice Studies, UVic

Tickets: online at www.cjpme.org, phone 1-888-222-6608 or at door.

$15 non-students, $10 students (with ID)

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Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process

 

Tuesday October 4

7:30 pm

 

Harry Hickman Bldg.( HHB)

Room 105

University of Victoria

 

 

Prominent ex-Israelis Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit will read from and discuss their new book, Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process (Pluto Press, 2011).  Their book investigates the history of Zionism since its inception. It reveals the hidden Israeli resistance to the Middle East "peace process," and explains why so little progress has been made on this vital issue, which affects all Israelis and Palestinians.

 

 Zalman Amit was born in Palestine. He grew up in the newly-created

Jewish state and is now a distinguished professor emeritus at

Concordia University, Québec. Zalman is the author of many books and

articles on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

 

 Daphna Levit was born in Israel. She has taught finance and economics

at Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion universities in Israel. Daphna has

contributed to numerous books on Israeli and Middle Eastern politics.

 

Sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices Victoria Chapter, Victoria Peace Coalition,

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Victoria Free Gaza Coalition and KAIROS Victoria

 

 

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Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza

7:30pm Monday, August 8 - 2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)
Report: Kevin Neish on the 2nd Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.

The 2nd Freedom Flotilla to Gaza was made up of a dozen ships with hundreds of activists on board from more than 50 countries.  They were aiming to deliver tonnes of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza besieged by Israel. The flotilla was to set sail at the end of June. The Greek government, with pressure no doubt coming from Israel, the U.S. and Canada, used the unprecedented tactic of blocking the boats from leaving Greece ports. The only boat that was able to make it out of Greece was the French boat which was later illegally seized by Israel before it reached Gaza.

Kevin Neish, who was on the Canadian flotilla boat, The Tahrir, will give a full report about what happened.

Admission by donation.

Sponsored by the Victoria Free Gaza Coalition

 

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Nagasaki - Hiroshima Remembered
Aug. 9, 1945 -  the day the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki
Tuesday August 9, 7:30 pm                        

Craigflower Park / Kosapsom 
corner of Admirals Road and Gorge Road

This is the annual lantern ceremony,marking the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan.  To remember this date and those who died, we make origami cranes and lanterns and offer words of peace. 

Lantern making starts at 7 pm, with words and songs of peace at 7:30 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.  Lanterns with battery candles may be placed on the lawn.

Bring a blanket and/or chair to sit on and a battery candle if you wish.  Floating lantern supplies will be provided.

All welcome. 

Sponsored by - The Victoria Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival, Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, Victoria Peace Coalition, The Council of Canadians - Victoria.

For more information, call Virginia 778-433-3535

Victoria Peace Coalition

dolcla@islandnet.com

 

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From CAIA (Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid): 

Support the 2011 Summer Gaza Flotilla and Kevin Neish

Rally at the Victoria Tourist Information Booth

(on the inner harbour)

2 PM  Saturday June 25

Bring posters, noise makers, banners, flags, etc.

Freedom Flotilla II is about to sail!  

And most Canadian media doesn't think it's newsworthy. 

Let's show them. Invite everyone you know to join us!

Kevin Neish, from Victoria, is on the Canadian Boat, the TAHRIR,  ready to sail.  Israel has made dire threats from dropping dogs onto the boats to using snipers to shoot the unarmed people on the boats.

We are monitoring live streaming during the time they're about to sail, sailing, and landing, and particularly watching for any potential trouble they might encounter getting to Gaza.  

Meanwhile, except for the Victoria News (congratulate them!) there has been not one mention of this event, which has world-wide attention at the moment - not one mention in our Canadian Press.

Please, everyone, send a note to the editors of our newspapers, at once, asking that this information be made public.  We need to draw attention to the bravery of our Canadian participants, and also to the craven compliance of our government.  You can write your own letter or use the one below.

Remember that letters should be 200 words or less, and that you must include your name, address and telephone number.  Write NOW to all the newspapers you can think of, but in particular to:

Victoria News - editor@vicnews.com (A letter of commendation for great coverage of Kevin)

Times Colonist - letters@timescolonist.com
Vancouver Sun - sunletters@png.canwest.com
Globe and Mail - letters@globeandmail.com

To the Editor:

Tahrir, The Canadian Boat to Gaza

June 21, 2011 - The Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, will join a new international aid flotilla and will be heading to the Gaza Strip in the coming days. The volunteers on these boats are all unarmed and each boat carries humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Gaza strip.  No boat carries arms. The purpose of the flotilla is to draw attention to the illegal siege on the Gaza strip imposed by the Israel authorities as a form of collective punishment since June 2007. 

 Although Kevin Neish, from Victoria, is on the Canadian Boat, as well as other prominent Canadians, your paper has not reported this event. Israel has made dire threats from dropping dogs onto the boats to using snipers to shoot the unarmed people on the boats.

The coming days are critical, please keep us informed in case our brave Canadian comes under attack.

For anyone unfamiliar with the reason for the flotilla, listen to the CBC interview with Israeli journalist working in the occupied territories.

On Sunday June 19 CBC Sunday Morning’s Michael Enright interviewed Amira Hass, who was presented as the “only Jewish Israel journalist living in occupied Palestine.”

The interview was stunning and very brave for the CBC!  If you didn’t hear it, go to

http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/shows/2011/06/19/amira-hass---geraldi...

Victoria Peace Coalition

info@vicpeace.ca

 

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Social Justice Film Night presents

 

ARNA'S CHILDREN
A film by Julian Mer Kamis
Thurs. April 21
7:00 pm
2994 Douglas, BCGEU Hall

This personal narrative tells the story of a children's theatre group on the West Bank that was established by Arna Mer Khamis, who grew up in a Zionist family and later married a Palestinian Arab. Directed by Arna's son Juliano, Arna's Children shifts back and forth in time to show the children in rehearsal from 1989 to 1996, and then revisits them later to discover the tragic fates that awaited three of them. Devastating and shocking, the film reveals the tragedy and horror of lives trapped by the circumstances of the Israeli occupation.

Arna Mer Khamis was, himself, recently assassinated.

Admission by donation.

Sponsored by Friends of Cuba & Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.

Social Justice Film Night is on the 3rd Thurs. of every month.

For more info. visit http://victoriacubafund.wordpress.com/

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Sunday, April 10

Camus Books presents

Our Sacred History and White Man's Lies
JOHN GRAHAM Film fundraiser_

7-9 pm
Camas Books _2590 Quadra St,
Unceded Lekwungen Territories_Victoria,

Please join us for the screening  of Our Sacred History and White Man's Lies
by Billie Pierre (Nlaka'Pamux/Saulteaux), a_Native Youth Movement member.

Funds raised at this event will help John Graham and his family. We will be including a update on what has happened in John Graham's case since the making of the documentary.

Between 1973 and 1976, more than 76 traditional Lakotas and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) were killed on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These deaths were part of the F.B.I.'s "Reign of Terror", designed to destroy traditional people's resistance to corporate projects such as uranium mining.__Our Sacred History and White Man's Lies is a new documentary film offering a unique look at the government's brutal repression of indigenous resistance to land theft. From Pine Ridge to the corrupt present-day investigation into the 1970_s murder of AIM leader Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, the film reveals the history and background of many of the pawns and players that are setting up former AIM members for her murder._For more information:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2419217010, http://ourfreedom.wordpress.com/, _http://www.grahamdefense.org/

 

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Thanks to the Earth Walk Committee for organizing Victoria's 30th Annual Earth Walk.

EARTH WALK 2011

Celebrating Peace, Earth and Justice

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

with Cindy Sheehan

Assemble at noon at the Legislature

Walk to Centennial Square begins at 12:30 pm

Program of speakers and music begins at 1 pm

Speakers

Cindy Sheehan, US Peace Mom

Zoe Blunt, environmental activist

Rose Henry, Poverty  & Justice activist

Entertainers: 

Samba Du Soleil drummers to lead the Walk

Mufaro Marimba Band, Soul 62 R& B Band, Rabbleberries, 

Art Farquharson, Raging Grannies                    

Visit the information tables of local community organizations and NGOs

Bring the whole family. Celebrate our our hopes for the planet.

Information:   www.earthwalkvictoria.com or phone Freda, 250-381-5120.

Sponsored by Earth Walk Committee and VIDEA.

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Later the same day ....

SATURDAY APRIL 16

 Peace Mom CINDY SHEEHAN - Speaking Truth to Power

7pm

David Lam Auditorium,

A144 MacLaurin Bldg.

UVIC

Cindy Sheehan became a household name when she started a vigil on the road outside President George W. Bush's ranch in Texas demanding to know  "the noble cause" her son died for.  Casey Sheehan, Cindy's son, who served in Iraq with the U.S. Army lost his life in 2004. Cindy - known by many as the "Peace Mom" - is one of the strongest, most personal and persistent voices in the US and international movement against invasions, wars and occupations. She has testified before Congress protesting the Iraqi war; she has written books and letters; she has given speeches worldwide and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize;  she founded the "Gold Star Families for Peace",  "Peace of the Action" and is a radio show host and blogger at Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox (www.CindySheehansSoapbox.com).

Admission by donation.

Sponsored by: Peace Action, UVIC Social Studies, Earth Walk Committee, Friends of Cuba, Victoria Peace Coalition, Raging Grannies, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.

More info at: http://victoriacubafund.wordpress.com/

 

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The Taste of Peace: From Palestine to Canada

A public event with Robert Massoud

Thursday March 10, 7:30 pm
UVic Graduate Students Society Centre
(across from the bookstore)

Sponsored by The Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation and The Victoria Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

About the speaker

 Robert Massoud is from Toronto and founded Zatoun, Fair Trade Palestinian Olive Oil and  Beit Zatoun, Toronto's Palestinian Cultural Centre. Robert brings the reality of life in Palestine, turns it into hope in Canada and returns it as peace to Palestine. Zatoun uses universal symbols; food, fair trade, the grassroots and human interest to achieve this. Join us for the story from Robert Massoud: Zatoun's story is the story of Palestine.  Please visit the articles link (www.Zatoun.com/articles.htm) to see magazine items on Zatoun and an article published in Peace Magazine on olive farming in Palestine.

 

The essential message from Zatoun is that millions in North America want an end to occupation and to see a free, sovereign Palestine. People also want to make connections with each other over a world issue and to build bridges to Palestine.  Palestine is a beacon of courage and hope to the Arab world and its role in helping to inspire the people's revolutions taking place in the Middle East and the possible implications to the long struggle for Palestine's freedom.

Zatoun Olive Oil will be available for tasting & purchase.  Information and articles about Palestinian solidarity.

Free admission. For information: bbcf(at)bbcf(dot)ca

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Friends of Cuba presents Social Justice Film Night

The War You Don't See by John Pilger

Thursday February 17
7 pm 2994 Douglas St.
BCGEU Bldg.

The film contains never-seen-before footage from Iraq and Afghanistan and revealing interviews with former BBC reporter Rageh Omaar, former CBS anchor Dan Rather and the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange.

Admission by donation

Endorsed by Peace Action Initiative and Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

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Emily Sikazwe speaks on

Gender and Human Rights in Africa

Thursday February 17
7 - 9 pm UVic Social Sciences and Math Bldg
Rm A102

Sponsored by VIDEA, with UVic Social Justice Studies and Women's Studies Departments.

Emily Sikazwe is the Executive Director of Women for Change, Zambia, VIDEA's partner organisation in Zambia, a member of the AU NEPAD Gender Task Force, co-chair of Social Watch International and delegate at the UN Commission Status of Women. Emily Sikazwe is a dedicated outspoken advocate for gender and human rights, with nearly two decades of experience working to create social and political change to empower women and eradicate povery in southern Africa.

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Cafe Simpatico presents

Weapons of War: a forum on detention, imprisonment and torture used as weapons of war worldwide

Friday February 25
8 pm, Fernwood Community Association
1923 Fernwood Road

Panellists

  • Peter Golden, Human Rights Lawyer
  • Larry Hannant, Academic and activist
  • Deirdre Kelly, Central America activist
  • Theresa Wolfwood, Activist and writer

Admission by donation

Organized by The Victoria Central America Support Committee. Info: bbcf@bbcf.ca

Canadian Boat to Gaza Fund Raiser Dinner

People Power: What the World Can Learn from the Palestinians

With Ramzy Baroud

Saturday March 5

5 pm

St. Luke's Church Hall

3821 Cedar Hill x-Rd at Cedar Hill

$20/$15 unwaged

There is a limited number so advance purchase is necessary.

Contact Erica Dodd at 250-721-2303

 Sponsored by CAIA Victoria and Victoria Friends of Cuba

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The Taste of Peace: From Palestine to Canada

A public event with Robert Massoud

Thursday March 10
7:30 pm, UVic Graduate Students Society Centre
(across from the bookstore)

Sponsored by The Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation and The Victoria Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

About the speaker

Robert Massoud is from Toronto and founded Zatoun, Fair Trade Palestinian Olive Oil and  Beit Zatoun, Toronto's Palestinian Cultural Centre. Robert brings the reality of life in Palestine, turns it into hope in Canada and returns it as peace to Palestine. Zatoun uses universal symbols; food, fair trade, the grassroots and human interest to achieve this. Join us for the story from Robert Massoud: Zatoun's story is the story of Palestine.  Please visit the articles link (www.Zatoun.com/articles.htm) to see magazine items on Zatoun and an article published in Peace Magazine on olive farming in Palestine.

The essential message from Zatoun is that millions in North America want an end to occupation and to see a free, sovereign Palestine. People also want to make connections with each other over a world issue and to build bridges to Palestine.  Palestine is a beacon of courage and hope to the Arab world and its role in helping to inspire the people's revolutions taking place in the Middle East and the possible implications to the long struggle for Palestine's freedom.

Zatoun Olive Oil will be available for tasting & purchase.  Information and articles about Palestinian solidarity.

Free admission. For information: bbcf(at)bbcf(dot)ca

 

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How Canada's Right Did Canada Wrong

by Yves Engler
Wednesday February 9
7:30 pm
UVic, David Strong Building
Room 118 

Yves Engler, author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, examines Harper's foreign policies and why the UN did not promote Canada for a seat on the Security Council. 

Harper's Conservatives have gone out of their way to make enemies and alienate countries around the world. Under Harper, Canada has repeatedly sabotaged international climate negotiations; obstructed efforts to reschedule the Congo's debt; failed to cut aid to the Honduran military government after it removed elected president Manuel Zelaya; repeatedly criticized the Venezuelan government; signed a free-trade agreement with Latin America's most repressive state; militarized aid to Haiti; flew fighter jets near Russian airspace; unconditionally supported Israel against the Palestinians, paved the way for a possible attack on Iran; rejected a proposal to make diplomatic and financial support for resource companies operating overseas contingent upon socially responsible conduct; supported torture in Afghanistan and embraced an increasingly violent counterinsurgency war; and lost the vote for a seat at the UN Security Council. The result? Canada has few friends left in international bodies.

Yves Engler has been dubbed "one of the most important voices on the  Canadian Left today" (Briarpatch magazine) and "in the mould of I. F.  Stone" (Globe and Mail). His books have been praised by Noam Chomsky,  Naomi Klein, Rick Salutin and many others.

Everyone welcome. Donations gratefully appreciated for expenses.

Sponsored by UVic Social Justice Studies, Victoria Peace Coalition, Victoria Peace Initiative

ABOUT Yves Engler

Yves Engler is a Montréal activist and author. He has four published books: The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Awards), Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical, Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority (with Anthony Fenton) and the recently released Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid. 

More information  on Yves at: http://yvesengler.com/about/

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David Barsamian
Founder and director of Alternative Radio, award winning journalist,  will speak about the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Thurs, Nov 18

UVic MacLauren Building

David Lam Auditorium

7-9 pm

 

The event is a fundraiser for CFUV 101.9 FM and tickets

will be available at the door for $5-8 on the sliding scale. No one will

be turned away.

 

 

In addition to his award winning broadcasting and lectures, Barsamian has

written numerous books on prominent political figures, including Noam

Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward

Said. Most notably have been his interviews with Noam Chomsky, famed

political dissenter, which were later transcribed into a series of books.

 

His latest works include interviews with Chomsky on the topics of the U.S.

Iranian standoff (Targeting Iran) and most recently discussions on central

issues in American foreign policy particularly the ongoing occupations of

Afghanistan and Iraq (What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a

Changing World). He has won several prominent media awards such as the

Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent

journalism, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Award and the Cultural

Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He has travelled and

lectured extensively throughout the Middle East and was recently named one

of the Top Ten Media Heroes by The Institute for Alternative Journalism.

 

 

 

Sponsor Patrick McKenna 250-721-8701 director@uvic.ca

 

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2. SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM NIGHT

 

SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE - The Cuban Health System

 A film by Tom Fawthrop

 

 Thursday, Nov. 18

7:00 pm

BCGEU Hall, 2994 Douglas

 

One of many things Cuba can be unequivocally proud, is its health system. Enviable life expectancy, infant mortality statistics, innovative approaches towards conventional medicine, alternative therapies and primary healthcare speak for themselves. But the small island's impact on world health is a more extraordinary and little told story. This is globalization with a radical difference. Currently some 30,000 Cuban doctors are providing high-quality care in over 70, mainly poor, countries. On the island itself, medical training is provided for would-be doctors from abroad, including, many from the US. Thoroughly researched with heart-warming personal accounts, Tom Fawthrop's "Swimming Against the Tide" is an inspiration; a timely reminder of what public health is meant to be.

 

Admission by donation.

 

Social Justice Film Night takes place the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Sponsored by the Friends of Cuba (formerly Goods for Cuba)

 

 

 

 

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'Is Iran a threat to world peace?'

Thursday, Nov 4
7 pm
 Social Sciences and Math Bldg. A110

In collaboration with SIGMA, a student group on campus, Social Justice Studies is presenting a panel discussion and public forum entitled 'Is Iran a threat to world peace.'

Please see the attached flyer for details (bottom of the page).
Please forward this to interested parties, announce the event in your classes or other social groups, and try to attend if you are interested.

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From CAIA Victoria
Ken O'Keefe: My Mavi Marmara Experience & Direct Action in Palestine
Thursday Sept 30
7pm
BCGEU Hall
2994 Douglas St

Victoria Mavi Marmara activist Kevin Neish presents Ken O'Keefe. Former U.S. marine and now international peace activist Ken O'Keefe renounced his US citizenship after serving in the first Gulf War. On May 31, 2010 he was on board the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara as part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla aiming to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. While the Mavi Marmara was on the high seas, Israeli commandos stormed it. O'Keefe was one of several activists who risked their lives and disarmed some of the Israeli raiders. Israeli forces killed nine activists in the process of seizing the ship. The UN Human Rights Commission concluded that the Israeli military's attack on the Mavi Marmara "was clearly unlawful." It has ruled that "a series of violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, were committed by the Israeli forces during the interception of the flotilla."

For his resistance to this illegal attack, Ken O'Keefe was detained in Israel and severely beaten by the Israeli military. Hear Ken O'Keefe describe his experience on the Mavi Marmara, the ordeal of his detention and his plans to continue the campaign to free Gaza and help the Palestinians, including a new flotilla.

A video presentation will accompany his talk.

Donations welcomed

 

 

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Speak Against Israel: Land in Jail, speaker Dr. Michael Keefer
Friday September 24 12:30 p.m.
David Strong Building,
Room 116C
University of Victoria
and at 7:00 pm
BCGEU, 2994 Douglas Street

While a United Nations panel of human rights experts has produced a 56-page report - compiled by a former UN war crimes prosecutor, Desmond de Silva, a judge from Trinidad, Karl Hudson-Phillips, and a Malaysian women's rights advocate, Mary Shanthi Dairiam that accuses Israeli forces of crimes including violating the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression, and of failing to treat prisoners with humanity. Read article in Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/world/israel-accused-of-war-crimes-by-expert-panel...
in Canada, it may soon be illegal to criticize Israel.

Dr. Michael Keefer  author of  Antisemitism Real and Imagined will be addressing this threat to free speech and its implications in a talk titled "Speak Against Israel:  Land in Jail?"

Organized by CAIA Victoria.

CRITICIZE ISRAEL - GO TO JAIL?

Should Canada criminalize criticism of Israel as antisemitic hate speech? Some Canadian parliamentarians think so. The Harper government recently gave $450,000 to support an international conference that brings together in Ottawa in November Zionist supporters from parliaments around the world.

The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA) is the Canadian branch of this effort. It's an informal coalition of MPs from the Conservative, Liberal and NDP that has been studying the growing threat of what they call a "new antisemitism."

The CPCCA , which will release a report at the conference in Ottawa, is expected to recommend changes to the human rights legislation or hate laws that would make it illegal to criticize Israel.

Responding to this threat to free speech, Michael Keefer, a University of Guelph professor, has written an important book, Antisemitism Real and Imagined, that provides an in-depth investigation of the extent of antisemitism in Canada, the ideology of the "new antisemitism," and the role of the CPCCA as a mechanism to protect Israel.

Dr. Keefer is speaking in several cities in western Canada.

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Refugees are not Criminals!
Saturday Noon,
Tourist Information
Government and Humbolt

The Victoria Anti-Racist Network is organizing a demonstration at Noon at the tourist info booth (Government and Humbolt) to oppose the racist backlash against the Tamil Refugees.

Please come early (11:30) to help us take the space

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Myths and Realities about 490 Tamil Refugees on MV Sun Sea

Myth 1: They are illegals who are jumping the queue.

There is no 'queue' for refugee claimants. According to the 1951 UN

Convention on Refugees, to which Canada is a party, there are no penalties

on refugees who arrive without pre-authorization and irregularly.

Myth 2: They are terrorists.

There is no evidence to substantiate this. Rohan Gunaratna, the

government's primary source, has already been discredited by lawyers as

well as an Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator for being uncredible.

Last October, when the 76 Tamil asylum-seekers came on Ocean Lady they

were similarly labeled as terrorists and security threats. However by Jan

2010, they were all released from detention when Canadian Border Services

Agency admitted they had no evidence of a terrorist connection.

Furthermore, officials are just relying on stereotypes of Tamils as all

being associated with the Tamil Tigers to create unnecessary racist

hysteria and mistrust of asylum-seekers. National security laws in the

post-911 climate have directly targeted and marginalized immigrants,

refugees, and racialized people. These laws and policies are less about

protecting society than creating a culture of fear. Many of these policies

- such as Security Certificates - have been struck down in the Courts

after years of human rights and anti racist campaigning. The rhetoric of

the War on Terror serves as a convenient distraction from the reality that

people's daily lives are increasingly unsafe and insecure due to global

neoliberal economics and war-mongering that leads to mass displacement,

poverty, and human rights atrocities.

Myth 3: The situation is getting better in Sri Lanka.

According to a 2010 Amnesty International report, in the past 12 months

the Sri Lankan government has continued to jail critics and clamped down

on dissent. Some 80,000 Tamils remain in refugee camps, while 400,000

displaced Tamils survive in communities where homes and infrastructure

were destroyed. The government continues to extend a state of emergency,

restricting many basic human rights, and thousands of arbitrary detentions

are justified under the guise of detainees being suspected Tamil Tigers.

This past month, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed a panel to

investigate war crimes and genocidal acts committed by the Sri Lankan

government against Tamils.

Myth 4: They are a burden on taxpayers.

The biggest resource expenditure has been the government's choice to spend

thousands of dollars in an unnecessary security operation, including

resources spent on incarcerating women and children. Only a tiny fraction

has been spent on the health and well-being of the migrants, whose lives

are worth more than dollars. Furthermore, scapegoating migrants for being

a financial burden lets the government off the hook. All residents

continue to receive inadequate access to necessary social services because

of misplaced government priorities - choosing to bail out banks and sink

billions into the police and military - not because of the lack of

resources to provide a social safety net for all in need.

Myth 5: Canada has a generous refugee system; we cannot keep accepting

people.

Despite border panics, only a small minority of asylum seekers make claims

in the Western world. There are about 20 million refugees worldwide and

most migrate into neighbouring countries of Africa, Middle East, and South

Asia. Canada accepts fewer than 20,000 refugees per year, which is less

than 0.1% of the world's displaced population.

Furthermore, Canada's system is not generous. Deportations from Canada

have skyrocketed 50% over the last decade, with 13,000 deportations in the

past year. With the Conservatives, the number of approved asylum claims

has dropped by 56%. Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney's recent refugee

reforms create two tiers of refugees, establishing a hierarchy based on

nationality. There are countless structural flaws in the system, designed

to make it near impossible to claim asylum. Immigration and Refugee Board

members are political appointees; certain avenues such as the Pre Removal

Risk Assessment have acceptance rates of 3-5% while others such as the

Humanitarian and Compassionate claim do not have to be processed prior to

deportation. In addition, the refugee system has been termed a "lottery

system" because acceptance rates can vary from 0-80% depending on the

judge. The Safe Third Country Agreement between the US and Canada creates

a "Fortress Canada" by disallowing up to 40% of asylum seekers.

Myth 6: It is not our problem.

The Canadian government has recently been forced to apologize for racist

and exclusionary historical measures including the Chinese Exclusion Act

and Komagatamaru incident. These apologies and the rhetoric of

multiculturalism is hollow when current policies and practices perpetuate

racism and exclusion. \\

LET THE TAMIL REFUGEES STAY!

Thanks to Tamara Herman, VIPIRG, Phone: (250) 472-4386

Email: research@vipirg.ca

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Hiroshima-Nagasaki remembered
The annual lantern ceremony, marking the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan
Friday August 6
7:30 pm, Craigflower Park / Kosapsom - at Admiral's Road and Gorge Road West, Saanich
Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8:00 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.
All welcome.
Free - (Bring a blanket &/or chair to sit on.)
Sponsored by the Victoria Raging Grannies, Victoria Peace Coalition, Physicians for Global Survival, Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society.
Call Rosa 250-665-7788

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The Case of the Cuban 5 Heroes Held in U.S. Jails
 and the Ongoing Struggle for Their Freedom

Friday June 25
7pm
BCGEU Hall
2994 Douglas St.

Forum & Discussion Featuring:
DR. ALEIDA GUEVARA - lifelong Cuban revolutionary leader, a pediatrician, prominent author of the book, "Chávez, Venezuela and the New Latin America"  and daughter of the legendary Ernesto Che Guevara.  

MANOLO DE LOS SANTOS - young leader in the Caribbean community in New York and the US and project coordinator for IFCO/Pastors for Peace

 MANUEL YEPE - journalist and professor at the Superior Institute of International Relations of Havana. Manuel was a leader of the underground July 26 Movement in Matanzas leading up to the triumph of the Cuban revolution, and worked directly with Ernesto Che Guevara.

ISAAC SANEY - highly acclaimed author, professor at Dalhousie University and co-chair and spokesperson for the Canadian Network on Cuba.

Now is more important than ever for peace loving people in Victoria and around the world to know more about the case of the Cuban 5 and its importance in the struggle for human rights and justice.The newly formed Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Victoria and the Victoria Central American Support Committee are inviting you to an evening with internationally acclaimed speakers where we will be discussing more about the life and struggle of these 5 heroes, new important developments in their case and what we can do to help in the worldwide campaign for their freedom.

Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González and René González, known internationally as the Cuban 5 heroes, have been unjustly imprisoned in U.S. Jails for over 11 years. Their so-called crime was investigating U.S.-sponsored right-wing, anti-Cuban terrorist organizations in Miami that are responsible for the deaths of over 3,400 innocent Cuban people.

Co-sponsored by: Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Victoria & the Victoria Central American Support Committee (CASC)

www.freethecuban5-victoria.blogspot.com, freethecuban5.victoria@gmail.com

www.victoriacasc.org

Endorsed by: The FMLN-Victoria (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front) 

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Kevin Neish: Gaza Flotilla Eyewitness
THURSDAY JUNE 24
7 pm
BCGEU Hall,
2994 Douglas St.

Victoria peace activist Kevin Neish delivers a first-hand report on

the botched Israeli commando raid that killed nine aid workers aboard

a humanitarian aid vessel in the Mediterranean.

Kevin will show raw video shot onboard the Mavi Marmara and

smuggled out of Israel by Brazilian filmmaker Iara Lee. He will speak

about his experience and answer questions from the audience.

Sponsored by: Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Voice of Palestine, Goods for Cuba,

Canadian Palestine Association, and Victoria Peace Coalition.

By donation. For more information 250.721.2303

Kevin Neish, 53, is a life-long activist for peace and justice in Palestine,

Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Victoria, his home since 1983.

His mission on the Gaza aid flotilla was to act as a human shield and

human rights observer. A certified marine engineer, Neish was prepared

to assist the ship's chief engineer and to repair a village water

system on his arrival in Gaza.

The ships did not reach the blockaded port. Israeli commandos attacked

the flotilla in international waters early on May 31. Kevin witnessed

the carnage that followed and photographed some of the dead and

wounded men. The 680 surviving activists were detained in an Israeli

prison until international outcry forced their release. Kevin

testifies that many were beaten in custody, and all were abused and

brutalized by their captors. It took two days for Canadian embassy

staff to find Kevin in the prison. He reports that they thought he was

dead.

Days after the raid, Israel deported most of the activists to Turkey.

They were stripped their possessions, including cameras, wallets,

cash, and other valuables. Kevin found himself in an Istanbul hotel

room with no money, credit cards, phone, or necessities beyond a few

pieces of clothing. Fortunately, the government of Turkey covered his

hotel  tab and a plane ticket to Toronto later that week.

Kevin managed to smuggle some of his photos past the Israeli guards on

a memory chip, which he turned over to the Turkish humanitarian aid

agency IHH. Some of his photos were published in the Turkish newspaper

Hurriyet.

Fallout from the botched raid has forced Israel to partially ease the

three-year-long blockade of Gaza. Outrage over the murder of aid

workers has spurred an international outpouring of support for the

Palestinian territory, and organizing for more aid flotillas is

underway.

 

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Social Justice Film Night with Kevin Neish
Thursday, June 17
2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)
Admission by donation
7:00 pm

Kevin Neish, who barely escaped being killed by Israeli military forces while on board of the Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31st, will speak about his experience and expose the facts on the matter. A screening of the award-winning film "The Land Speaks Arabic" will follow. In this documentary, the late 19th century birth of Zionism and its repercussions for Palestinians is detailed with original source documents, Zionist leaders' quotations, rare archival footage, testimonies of witnesses and interviews with historians. All help to illustrate that the expulsion of the indigenous Arab population from Palestine was far from an accidental result of the 1948 war. This film shines a spotlight on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist movement.
Sponsored by the Goods for Cuba Campaign & Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.

 

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A SOLEMN PROCESSION FOR GAZA FREEDOM FLOTILLA VICTIMS
SATURDAY, JUNE 5
11  am
Centennial Square (behind City Hall)

Global Day of Action:
June 5  marks the 43rd anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. In Victoria, we will have a procession in memory of those murdered on the Freedom Flotilla bringing humanitarian aid to the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip.

Our action aims to draw attention to Israel's continuing illegal occupation, its refusal to abide by international law, and its massacre of innocent humanitarian workers. We'll also be standing in solidarity with local hero Kevin Neish, who was aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish vessel that was stormed by Israeli commandos.

 

Sponsoring organizations:
CAIA - Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
CASC - Central American Solidarity Committee
Victoria Peace Coalition
Victoria Goods For Cuba
Update on Kevin Neish: article is linked on http://rabble.ca/top-picks

 

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Health care in the West Bank and Gaza:
Examining the impact of war on a civilian population
Wednesday, April 7, 7 pm
UVic, Social and Human Development Building A240

Dr. Alice Rothchild, author of Broken Promises: A Jewish-American Doctor in Palestine and  Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, is on a tour to launch the second edition of her book.

Admission by Donation
Sponsored by the Social Justice Studies Program, UVic; Victoria Peace Coalition and
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid - Victoria

 

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Health care in the West Bank and Gaza:
Examining the impact of war on a civilian population
Wednesday, April 7
7 pm
UVic, Social and Human Development Building A240

Dr. Alice Rothchild, author of Broken Promises: A Jewish-American Doctor in Palestine and  Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, is on a tour to launch the second edition of her book.

Admission by Donation

Sponsored by the Social Justice Studies Program, UVic; Victoria Peace Coalition and

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid - Victoria

 

 

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The Central American Support Committee is inviting Victorians to help raise money for the earthquake victims in Chile.
Friday  March 26
Benefit Dance for Chile

 Norway House
1110 Hillside Ave.
 8:00 pm - 1:00 am

Local Latin American musicians "GANAS", LATIN PROJECT", "BOOGALOO EN ORBIT" and friends are donating their collective talent to Salsa the night away while helping to raise funds to finance the shipment of a container of humanitarian aid to Chile.

Enjoy Chilean empanadas

Tickets $10

For more information visit:  www.victoriacasc.org 

 or phone Carlos Flores, Sr. 250-598-7690 

Organized by the Victoria Central America Support Committee  and Global Emergency Missions Society

 

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Saturday March 27 

We are in need of some help on Saturday, March 27,   during the day to distribute leaflets and collect donations for Chile at the City Yard and Shoppers Drug Mart.[Colwood and Sooke]

The shifts are flexible and we have permission from the owner to be on-site (in fact, they are very supportive).

Let me know if you can help 250-598-7690 so I can put you in contact with the person arranging the shifts.

thank you,

gracias

Carlos Flores Sr.

Treasurer

Central America Support Committee

British Columbia, Canada

www.victoriacasc.org

 

 

 

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Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid
Thursday March 25
University of Victoria
105 Harry Hickman Building
7:30 pm

Yves Engler's meticulously researched book Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid studies the question: "How did Canada become the most pro-Israel country in the world?"

Yves is an author, political analyst, and activist from Montreal. His previous books include Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority (with Anthony Fenton) and The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, which was nominated 2009 Mavis Gallant Award.

Sponsored  by Victoria Peace Coalition, UVic Social Justice Studies Program, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation and UVic Students Against War.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

 

 

 

Canadian foreign policy the most pro-Israel in the world, book argues

 

Despite most Canadians' strong desire for this country to be an honest broker and peacekeeper in conflicts around the world, Canada's foreign policy has become the most pro-Israel in the world, says Yves Engler, author of the new book Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid, available now from Fernwood Publishing.

 

"Our government has taken Canada's foreign policy, which was always at least 80 per cent pro-Israel and moved it to 99.9 per cent pro-Israel at a time when the most right-wing government in the history of Israel is in power," said Engler. "I believe most Canadians will be shocked to read how one-sidedly pro-Israel Canada has been and is today."

 

Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid is the first critical primer about Canada's ties to Israel. It is a revealing account of Canadian complicity in 20th and 21st century colonialism, dispossession and war crimes. The book documents the history of Canadian Christian Zionism, Lester Pearson's important role in the United Nations negotiations to create a Jewish state on Palestinian land and the millions of dollars in tax-deductible donations used to expand Israeli settlements in the West Bank. It argues that while both Liberal and Conservative governments have taken one-sided pro-Israel foreign policy stances, Canada's current foreign policy is the most pro-Israel in the world.

 

"Our foreign policy towards Israel flouts both the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and international law," said Engler, author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, which was nominated for the 2009 Mavis Gallant Award for non-fiction. "Canadians of good conscience need to, first, understand and then act to change what is being done in our name."

 

 

"Yves Engler's meticulously researched volume refutes, for anyone who still believes it, the myth that Canada is or ever has been an honest broker in the Middle East. Reading Engler's work leaves one with the inescapable and sad conclusion that the essence of Canadian policy has always been support for the establishment and continued dominance of an expansionist Zionist state in the territories that now comprise Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. As a former Zionist youth leader, I thank Engler for setting the record straight and can only lament our country's historical and ongoing contribution to the tragedy enveloping the long-suffering peoples of the Promised Land, Arab and Jewish."

- Gabor Maté, Physician and author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

 

 

 

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Social Justice Studies presents

 

"Conversations with Activists"

Strategies and Practices for Changing the World : A series of engagements with leading activists

March 9, 2010       North-South Solidarities in Practice

Carlos Flores, Central American Support Committee(CASC)
Lynn Thornton, Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA)

All sessions are in the Strong Building, Room C116
(map: http://www.uvic.ca/buildings/dsb.html)

7:30 - 9 pm

Everyone welcome!

Presented by Social Justice Studies, University of Victoria    Web.uvic.ca/socialjustice   

 

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International Women's Day
In Solidarity with Women of Haiti who marched in the streets demanding

"Tents NOT Guns"

Monday March 8
2994 Douglas St. 
(BCGEU Bldg)

Fundraiser for Haiti

 

6:00 pm  dinner and entertainment

7:00 pm  reports on current conditions for women in Haiti

        guest speaker  Esperanza Luzbert

Fundraiser for the people of Haiti with dinner, speaker, live music and an update on the aftermath of the earthquake, the role women are playing and the conditions of life there.

Guest speaker: Cuban, Esperanza Luzbert, with the Cuban Institute in Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), will speak about the accomplishments of the Cuban doctors working in Haiti. Over one thousand Cuban doctors have volunteered in Haiti since the earthquake. Cubans have provided free healthcare for Haitians for eleven years.

Dinner $10 served at 6:00 pm. Presentation starts at 7:00 pm.

Admission by donation. Proceeds to the "Cuba for Haiti campaign." http://www.canadiannetworkoncuba.ca/

Sponsored by the Goods for Cuba Campaign, Victoria Peace Coalition & FMLN Victoria Committee.

 

 

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Goods for Cuba Campaign presents

VENEZUELA'S REVOLUTION - THE 2ND DECADE

Wednesday March 3

7:30 pm 

 

2994 Douglas St. (BCGEU Hall)

 

Profile of a People's Movement with author, journalist and political activist Federico Fuentes. Mr. Fuentes will give an overall and up to date picture of what  the Chaves government has been able to accomplish in the last 11 years since it was elected into power. He will touch on issues such as women's role within the government and their accomplishments, the formation of Community Councils and what they represent for Venezuelan society, the threat of the new US military bases in Colombia, workers control over many sectors of the country's production and the Bolivarian Integration Alliance between a number of countries in solidarity with each other.

 

Admission by donation. Sponsored by the Goods for Cuba Campaign

 

Federico Fuentes

 

Federico Fuentes was born in Argentina in 1981 and grew up in Australia. He is a collaborator of the Fundacion Centro Internacional Miranda (CIM), linked to the Ministry of Popular Power for Higher Education in Caracas, Venezuela. He has been writing from Caracas for most of the last two years as a member of the bureau of the Australian Green Left Weekly and now as part of the board of directors of Venezuelanalysis.com. Together with Marta Harnecker, he heads up two of the lines of investigation in the CIM: "Political instruments for the 21st century" and "Popular participation in public management."

 

As part of his research, he has co-published two books with Marta Harnecker, based on interviews with leaders of the Movement Towards Socialism - Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples (Bolivia), and the Party of the Movement Towards Socialism (Paraguay). They are MAS-IPSP de Bolivia: Instrumento político que surge de los movimientos sociales, Caracas: CIM, 2008; and Conociendo al P-MAS, Asunción: Germinal, 2008.

 

Fuentes is currently preparing a book based on interviews with leaders of the Workers Party of Brazil and another on the experience of worker co-management in the electrical sector in Venezuela. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Venezuelan-based newspaper Marea Socialista and Luz y Fuerza, the newspaper of the Federation of Electrical Workers in Venezuela.

 

Fuentes' articles are frequently published in Venezuelanalysis.com and, together with his bureau colleague Kiraz Janicke, in  Green Left Weekly. He is the editor of the widely-read Bolivia Rising blog. Since 2003, he has regularly travelled in South America to report on events such as the 2003 World Social Forum and the election of Evo Morales in 2005.

 

Fuentes' articles in English have also been published in Monthly Review, MRZine, Socialist Voice, The Bullet and Relay (Socialist Project, Canada), Links, ZNet, and Counterpunch. In Spanish, he has been published in Aporrea, Rebelion, America XXI and other publications and websites.

 

He is actively involved in the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network, of which he was a national co-convenor (2008-9), and has organized several

solidarity delegations to Venezuela. He is also a member of the Socialist Alliance (Australia). 

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A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

 

Thursday March 4

7 pm

 

The Vertigo Room

 Student Union Building

University of Victoria

 

 

Ali Abunimah is a Palestinian-American journalist, author and activist, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, one of the most widely-read websites for the Palestinian cause. His major book, entitled "One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" proposes the idea of one state shared by two peoples.

 

He is a graduate of Princeton Universityand the Uiversity fo Chicago and is a frequent speaker and commentator on the  Middle East, contributing regularly to the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times among other publications. He has also served as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors of theArab American Action Network.

 

 

Supported by:

Students for Palestinian Human Rights

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

Victoria Peace Coalition

Jews for a Just Peace

Students Against War

Canada Palestine Association

Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation

 

 

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A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse
 
Thursday March 4
7 pm
The Vertigo Room
Student Union Building
University of Victoria
 
 
Ali Abunimah is a Palestinian-American journalist, author and activist, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, one of the most widely-read websites for the Palestinian cause. His major book, entitled "One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" proposes the idea of one state shared by two peoples.
 
He is a graduate of Princeton Universityand the Uiversity fo Chicago and is a frequent speaker and commentator on the  Middle East, contributing regularly to the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times among other publications. He has also served as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors of theArab American Action Network.
 
 
Supported by:
Students for Palestinian Human Rights
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Victoria Peace Coalition
Jews for a Just Peace
Students Against War
Canada Palestine Association
Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation
 
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African Awareness Committee at Camosun College Presents
 
Aristide and the Endless Revolution
Nicolas Rossier / USA / 2005 / 84 min

http://www.cinemapolitica.org/victoria

Victoria
Thursday January 21

Screening 4:00 pm
Venue: Camosun College, Young Building, Room 216
Wondering why Haiti is "one of the poorest democracies in the Western world"? Come support the rebuilding of a school while learning about the recent history of this Caribbean nation. Co-sponsored by the African Awareness Committee at Camosun College, this screening will raise funds for Haiti (through a recognized organization) and provide a forum for discussion.

Detailed account of the United States' removal of Haiti's democratically elected president, Aristide.

 
One hour away from Miami the elected President of the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation was twice removed from office with the complicity of the international community. "ARSITIDE and the Endless Revolution" is a feature documentary that explores through investigative lenses the events that led to the removal of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the democratically elected President of Haiti. Filmmaker Nicolas Rossier takes the viewer into a journey of political intrigues, armed criminals posing as freedom fighters and economic fiascos. What emerges is a young democracy being constantly tested and ultimately destroyed.

The film features renowned physician and anthroplogist Paul Farmer, President Aristide himself, actor and UN goodwill ambassador Danny Glover, Political commentator and linguist Noam Chomsky, Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Expert James Dobbins, John Shattuck and many Haitian Voices.

2006 Winner, Pan African Film and Arts Festival, Los Angeles
2005 Official Selection, International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam
2005 Official Selection, New York Video Festival
2005 Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival
2005 Official Selection, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal
2005 Official Selection, It's All True, Sao Paulo
2005 Official Selection, Film Festival, La Habana
2006 Official Selection, Arizona International Film Festival, Tuscon
2006 Official Selection, Buenos Aires Festival of International Independent Cinema

 

Update

Hi
The Victoria Peace Coalition website is currently being re-designed and re-developed. While that is going on we will be posting some basic information and useful links here, in this temporary site.