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Brick by Brick

 

 

Action Alert

   

Landmark victory in North Carolina

 

Thank Durham County for ending million dollar contract with occupation profiteer G4S

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Many of us were in the streets last night: protesting the injustice done in #Ferguson, demanding that #blacklivesmatter, re-committing to fighting against this system of injustice. A system we know will come down brick by brick. We know that Ferguson is everywhere, and that battles against racism, white supremacy, and state violence everywhere must be fought.

One brick fell on Monday night when Durham County became the first U.S. municipality to drop G4S because of its role in perpetuating injustice in Israel/Palestine.

We truly felt the strength of organizing last night as community members gathered to once more tell the County Commissioners to drop the county contract with G4S Secure Solutions. Our jaws dropped when they agreed to end the $1 million contract they’ve held for 11 years and re-open it new bidders.

Please join us in thanking the county commissioners for responding to the voice of the community and make SURE they don't give the contract back to G4S.

Nearly a year ago our JVP- North Carolina chapter, leading a coalition of faith groups, social justice organizers, students, and peace activists, decided to respond to the call to boycott G4S by Palestinian political prisoners in 2012. We weren't sure how the commissioners would react when we wrote our first letter demanding they end the contract. We didn't know if anti-Palestinian opposition would attack us. But we knew we had to do something and respond to the Palestinian BDS call; to act in our own community.

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[evoz] Cafe Simpatico reminder

Cafe Simpatico is pleased to present:An illustrated talk by Tessa Munro at our next Cafe, November 28 at FCA, 1923 Fernwood Road.

Tessa is a registered nurse, a graduate of Selkirk College. She has worked in both direct patient care and community health. Her interests lie in the intersection between activism, social movements, global health and nursing. 

She recently spent 4 months living and learning in Guatemala and Mexico.

Tessa will speak about her experiences with Nuevo Horizonte, a Guatemalan co-operative of ex guerrilla combatants, and its community and political work. ,She will talk about their initiatives and how she understands underlying social/political/economic forces that shape health and wellbeing in Guatemala and she will make links to increasing health challenges experienced in Canada and the same social/political/economic forces.

She also will tell us...

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[UVic-sustainability] News and Events for the Week of Nov 24th

NEWS:

 

This week UVic President, Jamie Cassels, was quoted heavily in an op-ed written by the founders of the Free the Children Network on the legacy of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India. In the early 1990s Cassel's wrote a seminal work on multi-national corporate responsibility called The Uncertain Promise of Law: Lessons from Bhopal, which argued that the parent companies could be held responsible when a subsidiary is shown to be negligent. The 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster is coming up this December 2nd.

 

The op-ed mentions two novel cases in Canada were the actions of multi-national subsidiaries are being used to hold the parent company accountable. One case was brought against HudBay...

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Take Back the Night and VIDEA Fair

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Dear Friends of SJS,


MEDIA ADVISORY              For Immediate Release: November 20, 2014

 

Students and community members rally to take back the night

 

Victoria, BC –- The University of Victoria Women’s Centre, in partnership with other advocacy-based organisations at UVic, are organizing this year’s Take Back The Night march and rally on campus on November 27. 

 

DATE: Thursday November 27, 2014


TIME:             
4:30pm


LOCATION:   
UVIC Student Union Building (SUB), University of Victoria, B.C.

 

DETAILS:  At 4:30pm community members will meet and mobilize for guest speakers and a rally at the SUB.  At 5:00pm we will march along Ring Road and end the march at...

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Take action now: Tell the UN not to reward Israel for Gaza massacre

As part of our support of BDS, please read the following.

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Date: Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 2:43 AM
Subject: Take action now: Tell the UN not to reward Israel for Gaza massacre


International donors have pledged $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza after Israel’s 50-day assault last summer that killed 2,254 Palestinians, including 538 children, and caused widespread destruction.

But studies show that at least 45% of the aid pledged by international donors will go to the Israeli economy. 
Take action: Tell the UN: Don’t reward Israel for Gaza massacre
The companies that are set to rake in profits providing materials for the reconstruction of Gaza are corporate criminals. Companies like Nesher and ReadyMix pillage Palestinian natural resources and participate in the construction of illegal settlements. 
It is time the UN feel the extent of public outcry as details emerge of the UN’s complicity in...

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Fair trade olive wood products | Annual Palestinian Craft Bazaar Dec 6 & 7!

You will not get to the Craft Bazaar but you may be interested in shopping on line.

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CANADIAN HEROES STAND IN BURNABY ...

The Bridge News Service  

Independent Media from Canada

CANADIAN HEROES ARRESTED IN BURNABY, B.C.
Citizens Stand Against Pipeline Through Park  Q.  Why does The Media call citizens 'protesters' -
when they are 'heroes'?   
A.  Because the Corporations own the media -
and the corporations hate heroes.
Hundreds of Canadians are facing arrest in Burnaby B.C., part of the city of Greater Vancouver.  American Oil Giant Kinder-Morgan has forced the arrests of dozens of citizens who stand for the planet and against the corporate vandalism of a Burnaby Park.  Kinder Morgan wants to put a pipeline through the park - to move TarSands oil from Alberta to the BC coast.

The City Governments of Burnaby and Vancouver oppose Kinder-Morgan.  Citizens are being forced into civil disobedience - because Corporate controlled federal and provincial politicians are allowing the company to drill and cut down trees in a city park.  

Canada's Corporate Media, as usual, stands with the destroyers of the planet.  It's up to us Canadians to hold the media and the politicians accountable for their ongoing betrayal of our country and our planet.  

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Last chance to buy your cards from Survival


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Burnaby solidarity event

Dear Friends of SJS,

MIWIN shares with you the following event:


When: 4:30pm, Tues Nov 25

Where: "Inner Harbor", former Songees village site

Why: Gathering in solidarity with #BurnabyMountain and beyond!

Who: Cheryl Bryce, Lekwungen and Songhees member, and more speakers

TBA Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/705297866233450/?notif_t=plan_user_joined


#BurnabyMountain, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, is facing

estruction by corporation Kinder Morgan. Many people have gone there

to support the protection of the mountain and the self-determination

and sovereignty of the local Indigenous nations, only to face mass

arrests and racist police violence. Shame!

>> 

>>There is widespread destruction of Indigenous lands all over Turtle

>>Island, from Spaet (Bear) Mountain in the territories of the Lekwungen

>>people to Grace Islet...

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Take Action Sept 29 door-to-door

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November 29, 2014
With the latest announcement to convert Depot 4 to CMB delivery next year we have organized a campaign to reach out to our customers in the affected areas.
Meet at Belmont High parking Lot10amPlease join us for a few hours to do some door knocking, delivering postcards and talking to our customers.www.savecanadapost.cacupw-sttp
Canadian Union of Postal Workers Victoria Local 8504-802 Esquimalt RoadVictoria, BC, V9A 3M4P (250)384-1933 F (250)386-2141This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LNG, fracking and B.C.s energy future

LNG, fracking and B.C.'s energy future

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014 - 7:00PM Victoria High School 1260 Grant St. VictoriaBC Canada See map: Google Maps

The Council of Canadians and the GVTA Social Justice Committee are organizing a public forum against Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and fracking on November 26 in Victoria.

The public forum will feature Vancouver-based Council of Canadians regional organizer Leila Darwish, as well as Damien Gillis, the co-director of the documentaryFractured Land, and Jeremy Loveday, a Canadian performance poet with a global following.

The Facebook event page says, "The public has heard lots of promises about the economic benefits of a proposed LNG industry, powered by fracking in northeast BC. But are these claims credible? And what sort of environmental trade-offs would the industry bring? From the frackfields of northeastern BC to the many proposed gas pipelines and up to 18 LNG terminals vying for approval along the northwest coast, Howe Sound, Delta, and Vancouver Island, join us as we drill down on the myths and realities of this industry, through an evening of multi-media presentations and film."

For Darwish, this upcoming forum in Victoria follows public events in Ladner (October 22), Powell River (November 2), and Courtenay (November 4).

The tour also follows our LNG Pipedreams, Fractured Futures and Community Resistance counter-summit in Vancouver in May and the LNG and Petro-State Politics forum in Squamish in September. We have also supported the Gitxsan land defenders and their Madii Lii Camp (that opposes the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline to the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal on Lelu Island), as well as theUnis'tot'en action camp (which stands on the pathway of the Pacific Trail pipeline to the proposed Kitimat LNG terminal).

Plans are being made for public forums in Campbell River, Nanaimo and possibly Port Alberni early in the new year.

If you live in the Victoria area, please consider attending this public forum. You can find out more about it on our website here.

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Attack on the General Secretary of the UGTT Tunisia: the ITUC expresses its condemnation and solidarity - ITUC OnLine

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION

Attack on the General Secretary of the UGTT Tunisia:  the ITUC expresses its condemnation and solidarity

Brussels, 17 November 2014 (ITUC OnLine): Following the physical attack on Houcine Abassi, the General Secretary of the  Tunisian trade union confederation, the Union générale tunisienne du travail (UGTT), the ITUC condemns  this unacceptable violence and once again expresses  its  full solidarity with the UGTT, the lynchpin of Tunisia’s successful transition to democracy.

Houcine Abbassi, who is also president of the Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC), was the target of a violent attack on Thursday evening as he was leaving his office by car, in Mohamed Ali square in the centre of Tunis.   The car windows were broken as stones were thrown at them by external infiltrators.  It was only thanks to the vigilance of the UGTT’s security guards that the general secretary managed to escape unharmed.

The UGTT described the attack, which occurred at the end of an emergency meeting at the head office of the Tunis transport workers’ union, as « a despicable and contemptible act”. It has handed over evidence of the attack and witness statements to the authorities.

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ITUC Condemns Terrorist Attack on Synagogue, Calls for Calm - ITUC OnLine

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION

ITUC Condemns Terrorist Attack on Synagogue, Calls for Calm

Brussels, 19 November 2014 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has condemned Tuesday’s bloody attack on a Jerusalem synagogue which left four worshippers and one police officer dead, and several others injured.  The two perpetrators were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine which, along with Hamas, praised the attack.

“This appalling attack in a place of worship was intended to provoke a deepening of the spiral of violence, at a time when tensions in Jerusalem in particular are especially high with several other Israelis and Palestinians losing their lives in recent weeks.  We call on all parties to act with restraint, and in accordance with the rule of law,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.  “Extremist groups will continue to exploit the growing desperation of Palestinians and the fears of ordinary Israelis, putting peace and security in the region at yet higher risk. The only acceptable way forward is for a negotiated settlement of the conflict, resulting in a two-state solution in accordance with the legitimacy of international law.”

 

Read more: ITUC Condemns Terrorist Attack on Synagogue, Calls for Calm - ITUC OnLine

upcoming events

Dear Friends of SJS,
Please check out some of these upcoming events:

Friends of Cuba present:


This is a reminder of this coming Thursday, Social Justice Film Night. 
"GREEDY LYING BASTARDS"

A film by Craig Scott Rosebraugh

7:00pm Thursday, Nov. 202994 Douglas St. (BCGEU Hall) Victoria, BC

Melting sea ice, glacier loss and rising sea levels. Severe droughts and wildfires. Increasingly severe tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding. Record heat waves. Climate change is no longer a prediction for the future, but a startling reality of today. Yet, as evidence of our changing climate mounts and the scientific consensus proves human causation, there continues to be little political action to thwart the warming of our planet.

"Greedy Lying Bastards" investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing...

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Have you or a loved one been charged for medical care at a private, for-profit clinic?

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How will you celebrate nature this season?



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Dear PAOV,

It’s been another busy year at the Wilderness Committee – a year that leaves me celebrating many wins for nature. These wins are because of the support of people like you. Thank you! 

You might be wondering why I’m celebrating. Haven’t we had a lot of bad news this year? I certainly won’t deny that.

Right now in southwest British Columbia, Texas-based company Kinder Morgan wants to build a pipeline that will pump Alberta tar sands bitumen to its tanker terminal in Burnaby, bringing hundreds of oil tankers into Burrard Inlet each year. 

I don't need to tell you about the increased risk to our marine environment and climate if Kinder Morgan gets its way.

The Wilderness Committee has been working flat out to see an end to Kinder Morgan’s pipe dream, by holding town hall meetings and rallies to build grassroots and cross-border support to protect our waters and the global climate against increased tar sands exports. We've also attended court hearings, provided mapping services and held a solidarity march in support of protesters standing up to Kinder Morgan right now in a local park on Burnaby Mountain.

So why, when our wilderness areas are under attack, are we still celebrating nature? Because we’ve always been able to count on friends like you to help make victories happen.

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[evoz] Cafe Simpatico coming up on Nov. 28

an invitation to all CASC members & friends...and please pass it on to friends and your networks tessa muralTessa CASC 1Cafe Simpatico is pleased to present:An illustrated talk by Tessa Munro at our next Cafe, November 28 at FCA, 1923 Fernwood Road.

Tessa is a registered nurse, a graduate of Selkirk College. She has worked in both direct patient care and community health. Her interests lie in the intersection between activism, social movements, global health and nursing. 

She recently spent 4 months living and learning...

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Support Core Funding for RAVEN


We have accomplished so much in five short years!  We have expanded - taking on more campaigns, like the current Pull Together initiative, that fit within our niche mandate to provide legal defence funds for First Nations aimed at protecting the environment for the benefit of all Canadians.  We continue to support Beaver Lake Cree Nation's legal action to stop the expansion of the tar sands industries into their traditional territory.  And now with the strength of the recent Tsilhqot’in title decision, we have a list of nations requesting our support. RAVEN works as a conduit between the generosity of donors and the nations that take a stand by trying to protect the environment through the courts.

One thing we realized in our five years? We cannot continue our great work in supporting these critical cases if we do not invest in our own sustainability. We appreciate that you may have previously donated to one of our campaigns, and we are grateful for your support!  This year, we ask that you direct your year-end gift to support core programming at RAVEN.  Our goal for this appeal is $70,000.

Why RAVEN?  Because we see that what is at stake for First Nations is at stake for everyone and supporting their role as environmental stewards through litigation is a tangible way to saving the environment.

 

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