LEFT COAST EVENTS - Lower Mainland - Aug 16th, 2005 Print
PEJ Events
Wednesday, 17 August 2005 05:07
LEFT COAST EVENTS - Lower Mainland - Aug 16th, 2005

1. APC General Meeting - second Tuesdays
2. ALL-female Critical Mass - Aug 19th
4. Granito de Arena - Aug 23rd
5. Rebellion and Revolution in Latin-America - Aug 25th
6. Job Posting: Administrative & Fund Development Coordinator - Aug 28th
7. The Carnival Band In WONDERLAND - Sept 5th
8. 9 / 1 1 : r e c l a i m i n g h i s t o r y & r e s i s t a n c e - Sept 8th
9. Peacemaking Circle Training - Sept 9-12th
10. Operation Enduring Resistance: Remembering Nine-Eleven - Sept 10, 11th
11. Job Posting: Project Coordinator - Sept 11th
12. The World Peace Forum Women's Working Group - Sept 12th
13. Imaging Public Policy to Meet Women's Economic Security Needs- Oct 13-15th
14. "Earth(ling) - A Festival - Youth, Arts, Activism" - Oct 21, 22nd
16. Upcoming anti-war events - stopwar.ca
contributions, considerations, concerns:

* From: "Jane P. Brett"

Wednesday Night Peace Vigils at the Legislature - 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Peace ambassadors are needed to greet international visitors and to respond to current world conflict issues (including disarmament, civilian casualties, nuclear terrorism). Bring your peaceful passion and share it with vigilers from around the world. In October, we will have been talking to Cohoe ferry passengers, other tourists and locals for 4 years. Come and witness with us the change in public opinion. Imagine: War Never Again. (477-1944 )

* From: Chris Chandler

FLASH FLASH FLASH ! CHECK THIS OUT! This video is the best thing I have ever done! http://chrisvids.org

* From: Ingmar Lee

The use of DU [depleted uranium] by the American military in both attacks on Iraq has had
absolutely horrific catastrophic results. The effects on Iraqi newborn
babies which have been documented by doctors at Basra Hospital can be
seen at:


* From: Phil Lyons

Dear friends, Please sign this petition http://www.petitiononline.com/Iraqwomn/petition.html
Women in the Middle East are rising up to demand equal rights. In Iraq women are mobilizing to end the rape, abduction and killing of females.

* From: "working TV"

Highlights from the August 10, 2005 Prison Justice Dayrally at Trout Lake Park in Vancouver.
Speakers include ex-prisoners, prisoners rights activists, plus poets and performers.

This year's event was the 30th Annual Prison Justice Day held to commemorate
those who have died in Canadian Prisons.

For more information go to http://www.prisonjustice.ca

* From: grace draper

Hello! The new FIA website is now up and running at our old address:


Just a friendly but militant reminder,

1. APC General Meeting

Every second Tuesday @ 6pm
251 Union Street
(4 blocks south of Hastings, off Main) Ring buzzer 900

The Anti-Poverty Committee is an organization of poor and working people, who fight for poor people, their rights and an end to poverty by any means necessary. For more information on the Anti-Poverty Committee's on-going campaigns, visit http://apc.resist.ca/home. Contact us by e-mailing apc (at) resist.ca or phoning 604-682-2726.

If you are able to donate financially to our legal defense or other campaigns, deposits can be made directly into our account at any branch of Vancity (account is listed under 'Anti-Poverty Committee). Cheques or money orders made out to the APC can be mailed to P.O. Box 1, 12 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1N1.


From: Phil Lyons


2. ALL-female Critical Mass,

NEXT Fri 19 August !

Hey bike-guys, * apologies for any cross-postings *

Hoping you can pass on the message below to any and all cycling females you know in the Lower Mainland.

AND, though the Mass itself is a fully-feminine event, ALL men are invited to join us for the aftermass, a relaxed seaside celebration starting around 7:30 pm, after the ride. Details below, so again, feel free to send to any bikesheviks you think might want to join in.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide !
Greetings wonderful women,

A few weeks back some of us were reminiscing about the LAST time we had an all-female mass, FOUR years ago during BikeSummer. It's been WAY too long !

Fri 19 August
* women of ALL ages and stages are welcome !

when: meet at 5:30 pm for socialising and announcements
> wheel at 6 pm into the streets !
where: lioness and fountain side (north) of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Georgia and Howe/Hornby Sts
who: ALL female and female-identified cyclists, bladers, boarders ---
anything self-propelled on wheels

We'll do a "matriarchal mass" through the Vancouver streets in the style of Critical Mass, and then join up with any and all male celebrants for an:
"aftermass" !

when: 7:30 pm, onwards
where: on the beach adjacent to the Jericho Sailing Centre
at the foot of Discovery St
> from 4th Ave., turn north onto NW Marine Dr.,
then right onto Discovery Street (past the Youth Hostel)
to the water
> or cycle the "seaside route" along the water
who: men & women, anyone self-propelled
> no carbon-burning vehicles please
what: relaxed seaside celebration, bring sharable snacks and beverages !
suggestions: yummy fruit, fair trade chocolate, vino...
* less garbage is good too, BYO mug, etc.
> Jericho Sailing Centre also has a licensed, casual restaurant
that's open until 10-ish

* web info on this and other Critical Mass events: http://www.velolove.bc.ca

Please circulate to any and all fab females you know in the greater Vancouver area, and invite any charming bicycle-boys to meet us at the beach !

Cheers and gears,

From: Kari Hewett



Come, relax, meet friends - new and old at the COPE Garden & Gardener's
Party. While away a summer afternoon, from 3pm on, soaking in the hot
tub (bring your bathing suit and towel) while the sounds of the music,
including the Fraser River Boys keep your toes tappin. Munch on
delectable appetizers and sip a little something from the cash bar
while you browse the garden themed silent auction. If you choose, stay
on or come for a great dinner - from 6:30-8pm prepared by your fine
hosts, Donalda Greenwell-Baker and Steve Baker.

When: 3:oo- 8:00pm, Saturday August 20th, 2005
Where: 2268 Cambridge Street (and North Garden)

Cost: suggested donation $20 - (dinner is an extra $25)

This event is kindly hosted by Donalda Greenwell-Baker and Steve Baker.

For more information AND TO RSVP FOR DINNER [so our hosts will be
prepared for you] please call the COPE office at (604) 255-0400 or
(604) 726-5317.

From: "Tom Sandborn"


4. Granito de Arena.

A film about the Mexican teachers struggle

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
8 p.m.


Isobel MacInness Room at Gage Towers
University of British Columbia campus

For over 20 years, global economic forces have been dismantling public education in Mexico, but always in the constant shadow of popular resistance. Granito de Arena is the story of that resistance the story of hundreds of thousands of public schoolteachers whose grassroots, non-violent movement took Mexico by surprise, and who have endured brutal repression in their 25-year struggle to defend public education.

Interviews with
Eduardo Galeano and Maude Barlow

Music by
DJ Food, Los Mocosos, Slowrider, PlanB, Correo Aereo, Grupo Mono Blanco.

Important...disturbing...a film that views education from below, from the classroom and the community, from the rank-and-file and the grassroots of both rural and urban Mexico. All of those concerned about education, human rights, labor unions, Latin America and globalization will want to see this inspiring film. Mexican Labor News and Analysis

Award-winning filmmaker, Jill Freidberg (This is What Democracy Looks Like, 2000), spent two years in southern Mexico documenting the efforts of over 100,000 teachers, parents, and students fighting to defend the country?s public education system. Freidberg combines footage of strikes and direct actions with 25 years worth of never-before-seen archival images to deliver a compelling, and sometimes unsettling, story of resistance, repression, commitment, and solidarity. Interviews with internationally-recognized figures, such as Eduardo Galeano and Maude Barlow, place the Mexican teachers? struggle in a global context, clearly spelling out the relationship between economic globalization and the worldwide public education crisis.
A sixty-minute documentary, Granito de Arena presents concrete examples of what the Mexican teachers are up against by capturing the desperate conditions facing teachers and students in the schools and communities of southern Mexico. Featuring a driving soundtrack by DJ Food, Slowrider, PlanB, and Los Mosocos, Granito de Arena fuels indignation, inspires action, and raises important questions about democracy, sovereignty, and the universal right to public education.

??The fact that we are in the streets, denouncing the privatization of public education, denouncing what is happening in this country?that is part of our struggle, because we are teachers, and we cannot be silenced.?
Alejandro Leal, Secretary-General, Local 22 Oaxaca, National Union of Education Workers

Sponsored by the BCTF International Solidarity Program

From: Larry Kuehn


From the Series Resistance,
5. Rebellion and Revolution in Latin-America

La Surda Collective Presents:

Mexico - The Rebel South
Information Night on Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas

Guest Speakers:

. Raul Gatica from Oaxaca,
Popular Indigenous Counsel- Ricardo Flores Magon.
. Eric Doherty, Building Bridges Humans Rights Project
. Group of Relatives and Friends of Political Prisoners in Mexico

Thursday, Aug. 25th at 6:30 pm

SFU - HARBOUR CENTRE (Room # 1600)
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Further information: lasurda (at) resist.ca

From: "Stephanie Smith"


6. Job Posting: Administrative & Fund Development Coordinator

This position is responsible for Vancouver Status of Women's administration,
financial management, and fund development.

Aboriginal women & Women of Colour are strongly encouraged to apply.
Affirmative Action principles are in effect for this hiring. Please feel
free to identify any barriers you may face in your application.

Primary Responsibilities:

Administration (approximately 30% of work hours)
? Develop and strengthen internal administrative processes, including
information systems and records management
? Liaise with Coordinating Collective including preparing documents for
meetings and correspond via phone, mail, email
? Coordinate internal and external communication tools, including the
newsletter, annual report and website
? Coordinate Annual General Meeting, Coordinating Collective organizational
development and strategic planning sessions and retreats and assist with
Coordinating Collective orientation
? Liaise with strata council and equipment suppliers to maintain Center
(e.g. security)
? Work with other staff to coordinate day to day office activities including
responding to emails, phone calls, faxes, walk-ins, office cleaning

Fund Development Coordination (with support of Fund Development Committee)
(approximately 20% of work hours)
? Coordinate Fund Development Committee in developing and implementing fund
development strategies
? Prepare and submit grants and proposals
? Develop and deliver direct mail campaigns with support of Fund Development
? Develop and maintain relationships with donors, members, and supporters
? Create and update donor and membership database
? Research for additional funding sources

Financial Management (approximately 50% of work hours)
? Responsible for financial management of organization
? Strengthen and coordinate financial administration systems
? Accounting duties include verifying the validity of invoices and expense
claims, and liaising with the part time accountant on budget, bookkeeping
and payroll issues
? Cashflow and variance reporting to the Coordinating Collective, including
financial projections throughout the year.
? Preparation of monthly financial statements for the Coordinating
? Develop, prepare, and revise the Budget and monitoring expenditures
? Audit - prepare and compile documents for the audit, liaising with
? Monitor funder and grant reporting requirements

VSW operates within a collective framework, therefore the aforementioned
responsibilities are expected to be carried out through the following
collective mechanisms:
? Prepare materials for and attend Coordinating Collective (monthly), Staff
(bimonthly), Finance Committee (monthly) & Fund Development Committee
(monthly) and other committee meetings as necessary
? Participate in staff training, visioning, and planning sessions
? Maintain coalitions/relationships with other women's and social justice
organizations as is determined by Staff and Coordinating Collectives and as
time permits

? Knowledge and experience working collectively within a feminist
? Strong organizational and administrative skills
? Experience in the financial management of a non-profit organization
? Experience and interest in fundraising
? Awareness of issues faced by historically marginalized communities,
including Aboriginal women, women of colour, women with disabilities, queer
? Experience working with volunteers is an asset
? Fluency in a language other than English is an asset

Position Details:
? This is a full-time staff position at 30 hours per week.
? $18/hour, plus benefits (medical/dental/life insurance) and annual

DEADLINE for application:
12:00pm - Sunday, August 28th, 2005.
No phone calls please.
Interviews will be held Tuesday, August 30th, 2005.
Start date for the position will be Tuesday, Sept 6th.

Submit resume and cover letter:
Administrative & Fundraising Coordinator Hiring Committee
2652 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z6
OR fax: 604-255-7508

We thank all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will
be contacted. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews August
28th or August 29th.

Vancouver Status of Women is a non-profit, feminist, community based
organization with a vision of Freedom and Self-determination for all through
responsible, socially just, healthy and joyful communities both locally and
globally. VSW works with women to ensure our full participation in the
social, economic and political life of our communities.

Julie Ham
Administrative & Fundraising Coordinator
Vancouver Status of Women
2652 East Hastings Street
Vancouver BC V5K 1Z6
Tel: (604) 255-6554
Fax: (604) 255-7508

From: "Julie Ham"


7. The Carnival Band In WONDERLAND

A Masquerade Dance Party with THE CARNIVAL BAND,
a 30-member funk and worldbeat orchestra - Sept. 5th,
Labour Day Monday, 8:00 - midnight. This month's
costume theme: "Alice in Wonderland". El Cocal,
1037 Commercial Drive. Info: www.thecarnivalband.com.


The Legendary
*World Groove Orchestra*


Yes, our brand new CD is here! Get one at our shows,
or via the website...

We're a 30-member groove orchestra, playing carnival music
of the world on stages and streets around B.C. Our stage
show? A wild hybrid of funk to punk, samba, calypso, jazz
originals, even medieval dances - with a massive horn section
backed by driving rhythms from drums and bass.

We've opened for Garaj Mahal, Vinyl, and Spearhead, featured
on CBC's ZED-TV - and recently appeared at Public Dreams'
Illuminares at Trout Lake; dressed as chickens in the Chinese
New Year Parade; and touring locally to such BC outposts as
Mission, Nanaimo, and Lasqueti Island. In 2003 we took England
& Germany by storm...

We're just back from the Komasket festival in Vernon, and playing
the Gay Pride parade on Co-op Radio's 30th Anniversary float... see
us next at...our monthly costume party at El Cocal - *EVERY* FIRST
Monday for over six years - the wildest Monday night in town!



for dances, wrap parties, festivals,
boat cruises, bar mitzvahs, jazz funerals...



CONTACT: (778) 232 - 7462

From: Dan Vie - The Carnival Band


8. 9 / 1 1 : r e c l a i m i n g h i s t o r y & r e s i s t a n c e

THURSDAY SEP 8 2005 @ 6:30 PM

6:30 PM: 11'09''01
7:30 PM: Chile Obstinate Memory. Introduced by Carmen Rodriguez.

by donation. suggested 4$ for one film, 6$ for both films.
Part of Envisioning Peoples Struggles. 778-552-2099 or eps2005 (at) resist.ca

11'09''01 - SEPTEMBER 11
11 directors, 11 stories, 1 film

This film is a unique and extraordinary response to the catastrophic
events in New York city that shook the world on September 11, 2001.
Producer Alaiin Brigand invited 11 renowned international directors
(Samira Makhmalbaf, Claude Lelouch, Youseff Chahine, Danis Tanovic,
Idrissa Ouedraogo, Ken Loach, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Amos Gitai,
Mira Nair, Sean Penn, Shohei Imamura) to look towards their own cultures,
their own memories, their own stories and their own language, and create a
film lasting eleven minutes, nine seconds and one frame - 11'09"01 -
around September 11 and its consequences.

We will be screening 5 of these films.

By Patricio Guzm?n, 52 minutes, Spanish with English Subtitles
?Pure in focus and vigorous in attack, this fifty-eight-minute documentary
achieves poetic intensity with a spare, unmannered style.?- Review by The
New Yorker

Patricio Guzm?n's landmark film The Battle of Chile documented the Popular
Unity period of Allende's government, the tumultuous events leading up to
the US-backed coup in Chile on September 11, 1973, and Allende's death.
But the memory of those times and events was largely barred from the
collective consciousness of the Chilean people. In ?Chile Obstinate
Memory?, he returns to Chile to explore the terrain of the confiscated
memories of the Chilean people- from those with first-hand experience of
the coup to those too young to remember. The film combines heartbreaking
reminiscences and provocative confrontations in the rebirth of collective
memory of September 11 in Chile.

* Film introduced by CARMEN RODRIGUEZ. Carmen Rodr?guez is a Chilean-born
writer, journalist and educator who came to Canada in political exile
following the Augusto Pinochet military coup of September 11, 1973. Her
poetry, short stories, articles and essays have been published in numerous
periodicals and anthologies. A bilingual collection of her poetry, Guerra
Prolongada/Protracted War, was published by Women's Press (Toronto) in
1992. A collection of short stories, And A Body to Remember With, was
awarded an Honorary Mention of the City of Santiago Literary Awards and
was a finalist for the Vancouver Book Award in 1998. Both her poetry and
stories include experiences and issues related to political activism,
immigration and exile, memory and resistance. Currently, she teaches in
the Latin American Studies Program of Simon Fraser University and is the
Vancouver correspondent for the Spanish Section of Radio Canada

From: "No One is Illegal-Vancouver"


9. Peacemaking Circle Training

Updated information along with Registration Forms for the September Peacemaking Circle Training can be found at:


Burnaby BC: September 9 -- 12
Victoria BC: September 16 -- 19

Peacemaking circles provide a way to bring people together to have difficult conversations, to work through conflict or differences and to build relationships. The circle process is a way of getting the most complete picture people can of themselves, each other and the issue at hand to enable them to move together in a good way.

The peacemaking circle process is being used for decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution and community building in schools, neighborhoods, workplace, family and the criminal justice system. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to apply peacemaking circles and restorative justice philosophies to many aspects of their work, community and home life.

For more information or to register, please contact

Burnaby: Jane Miller-Ashton email: janemiller (at) sfu.ca
Victoria: Gordon Miller email: gordonmiller (at) shaw.ca

From: Charlotte Gottschau


10. Operation Enduring Resistance: Remembering Nine-Eleven




9-11 should never be forgotten. One of them happened only four years ago,
with about three thousand human lives as collateral damage. The American
people became victims of the kind of terror and grief experienced by
hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the world for many
decades. But George Bush([search]) and his cohorts quickly turned the genuine grief
of the people into a "crusade" of his own. A unilateral war, a global war,
the "War on Terrorism", was instantly declared - unleashing terror here,
there, everywhere. The "9-11" of 2001 became a landmark, dividing the
world between the war-ravaging US government and its allies - a handful of
reluctant, coerced or bought-out governments - on the one hand, and the
people of the world on the other.

But there was another "9-11", going back to 1973. It was precisely on
September 11 of that year that the US government staged the military coup
in Chile, gunning down the democratically elected president, Salvador
Allende, in his own office - and turning the whole country into a
decades-long dark night of brutal repression, unremitting exploitation,
and a laboratory for neo-liberalism.

Then there is September 12, 1977 when Steven Biko, first president of the
all-Black South African Students? Organization, also became the
forty-first person in South Africa to die while being held in the custody
of the apartheid regime.

On September 13th, 1971, the U.S government ordered a shooting in the
Attica Prison in New York. At least 450 rounds of ammunition were
discharged with 29 inmates dead. The Attica Rebellion, organized by
predominantly political prisoners from the American Indian Movement, the
Black Liberation Army, and anti-war activists, was the most well-organized
prison uprising in U.S. history.

And we must never forget September 14th, 1992 in Somalia when the United
Nations Security Council first began its ?humanitarian? intervention.

What happened on that 9-11 in Chile, or that 9-13 in Attica, was not
unique. For decades the US-led system of imperialism has been doing
exactly that: in Asia, Middle-east, Africa, Central and South America;
ruthlessly suppressing people's aspirations for democracy, social justice,
economic well-being and genuine independence; and imposing brutal,
despotic tyrants in one country after the other.

On 9-11 of this year, 2005, we call upon all the people of goodwill, as
lovers of peace, equality and social justice, to come together to
commemorate the memory of the people who died in America four years ago,
and the countless thousands who before that day and since that day have
lost their lives, their limbs, their dignity and their homes in the wars
and imperialist greed undertaken by the USA, currently under the cover of
"War on Terrorism".

And when we commemorate, we also resolve to build solidarity among the
people of the world in their just struggles against imperialism.

Organized by a network of organizations- La Surda Latin American
Collective, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, No One is
Illegal, Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians, Committee for
Solidarity with Columbia, Iranian Federation of Refugees, Kalayaan Center,
and Vancouver Status of Women.

For more information, email noii-van (at) resist.ca or call 778-552-2099

From: harsha (at) resist.ca


11. Job Posting: Project Coordinator

This position is responsible for the Coordination of Vancouver Status of
Women's Project on the Feminization & Racialization of Poverty. This
one-year position starts September 26th, 2005-September 29th, 2006 (Leave

Aboriginal women & Women of Colour are strongly encouraged to apply.
Affirmative Action principles are in effect for this hiring. Please feel
free to identify any barriers you may face in your application.

Primary Responsibilities:

Coordination & Coalition Development
? Coordinate Feminist Working Group activities and other relevant committees
? Develop and work with the Project timelines on a yearly basis
? Develop strategies for outreach to anti-poverty, immigrant and Aboriginal
? Organize and coordinate coalition of community organizations to address
the feminization and racialization of poverty
? Participate in relevant coalitions (ie. immigrant, women, anti-poverty)

Research and Feminist Analysis
? Review of research, media reports, and other sources of information on
federal and provincial social policies that deepen the poverty experienced
by Indigenous and Women of Colour
? Analysis of data collection from consultations, surveys, and focus groups
? Coordinate and supervise Contract Researchers
? Publish project publication which reflect the feminist framework of the

Community Development
? Develop & implement programming strategy
? Develop Public Education materials derived from consultations, statistical
analysis and information review, outlining the specific effects of the lack
of government social programs and services in relation to racialized women
? Develop and present lectures and workshops on the content of the Project
to social justice groups, academic institutions, and other organizations

Media and Lobbying Development
? Develop Media & Lobby Strategy Plan for 3-year project
? Respond to mainstream and alternative media reports on social policies in
relation to racialization of poverty, from a feminist anti-oppression
? Develop media kits & workshops for the larger social justice community
within a feminist anti-oppression framework while expanding media relations

VSW operates within a feminist collective framework, therefore the
aforementioned responsibilities are expected to be carried out through the
following collective strategies:
? Prepare materials for and attend Coordinating Collective (monthly), Staff
(bimonthly), Feminist Working Group (bimonthly) and other committee meetings
as necessary
? Participate in staff training, visioning, and planning sessions
? Maintain coalitions/relationships with other women's and social justice
organizations as determined
? Knowledge and experience working collectively within a feminist
? Strong ability and experience coordinating projects
? Strong anti-oppression feminist analysis of the racialization of poverty
? Demonstrated research experience
? Strong organizational and administrative skills
? Awareness of issues and systemic barriers experienced by Indigenous Women
and Women of Colour from multiple locations
? Experience working with volunteers is an asset
? Fluency in a language other than English is an asset

Position Details:

This is a full-time staff position at approximately 30 hours per week or 120
hrs per month, covering a leave replacement period starting September 26th,
2005 and ending September 29th, 2006. The position is paid at a rate of
$18/hour, plus benefits & holidays.

DEADLINE for application:
12:00pm (noon) - Sunday, September 11th, 2005.
No phone calls please.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday, September 13th, 2005.
Start date for the position will be Monday September 26th, 2005.

Submit resume, cover letter, and a 1 pager that answers the following

How do you define the racialization and feminization of poverty within local
and global contexts?

Project Coordinator Hiring Committee
2652 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z6
OR fax: 604-255-7508

We thank all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will
be contacted.

Vancouver Status of Women is a non-profit, feminist, community based
organization with a vision of Freedom and Self-determination for all through
responsible, socially just, healthy and joyful communities both locally and
globally. VSW works with women to ensure our full participation in the
social, economic and political life of our communities.

From: "Julie Ham"


12. The World Peace Forum Women's Working Group meets again

Monday, September 12th 5pm to 8pm
SFU Harbour Centre
Placer Dome Lecture Room 1520 (on main floor)

Please put this date on your calendar and invite your friends

The world spends in excess of one trillion US dollars per year on preparing
for and executing wars. How much is that? If you spent $1000 per day from
the birth of Christ until today, you still would not have spent $1 trillion.

From: "Elsie Dean"


13. Imaging Public Policy to Meet Women's Economic Security Needs

Hello CCPA-BC Members and Friends,

A promotion and registration notice for a conference - Imaging Public Policy
to Meet Women's Economic Security Needs - follows below. This is the first
major conference sponsored by the CCPA/SFU Economic Security Project. Below
you will find a link to the conference website, where you can find more
details and register. As you will see, the program looks great, and the
conference itself is very solutions-oriented. Please help us spread the word
about this exciting event.


Conference Notice:
Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women's Economic Security Needs
(Please circulate widely. Apologies for any cross-postings.)

What kinds of policies will ensure that women's economic security needs are
met in British Columbia and beyond? The Economic Security Project (a
research alliance led by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and
Simon Fraser University) will be holding its first conference, titled
Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women's Economic Security Needs, in
Vancouver on October 13-15, 2005. The intent of the conference will be to
"imagine" and analyze effective public policy as it pertains to women in the
areas of: employment standards and barriers to labour market participation;
welfare and social policy reform; and community-based health-care. The
emphasis of the conference is on forward-looking public policy solutions.
Attendance from both academic and community-based participants is welcome.


The Honourable Monique B?gin (feminist-activist, General Secretary for the
1970 Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and Federal Minister of Health
and Welfare during the creation of the Canada Health Act of 1984) will open
the conference with a free public lecture on the evening of Thursday,
October 13th. The following two days (Friday, October 14th and Saturday,
October 15th) will feature a total of sixteen panel presentations, four
roundtable discussions and the following plenary sessions:

Imagining Progressive Social Welfare Policy
Jane Jensen (Canadian Policy Research Networks) / Shelagh Day (Poverty &
Human Rights Project) / Patsy George (Community advocate and activist)

Imagining Strong Employment Policy
Leah Vosko (York University) / Penni Richmond (Canadian Labour Congress) /
Cecilia Diocson (Philippine Women's Centre)

Imagining Social Supports that Work
Marta Szebehely (Stockholm University) / Rita Chudnovsky (BC Coalition of
Child Care Advocates) / Fay Blaney (Aboriginal Women's Action Network)

Strategies for Change: Looking for a Different Future
Hilary Wainwright (University of Manchester and Red Pepper Magazine)

Included in the program, among many others, are presentations from: Martha
MacDonald (St. Mary's University); Laurel Ritchie (Canadian Auto Workers
Union); Wendy McKeen (Dalhousie University); Marge Reitsma-Street
(University of Victoria); Andrew Jackson (Canadian Labour Congress); Barbara
Cameron (York University); and Pat Armstrong (York University).

To register, and for full draft program and other detailed conference
information, see the conference website at

Cost to register: $125 ($35 Student & Low-Income).
Space is limited, so register soon.
Note: Some subsidies are available for participants representing BC-based
low-income community groups - please contact rwwchair (at) sfu.ca for details and
application information.

The Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women's Economic Security Needs
conference is sponsored by the Economic Security Project
, a multi-year research
initiative funded by the SSHRC Community-University Research Alliance. The
principle partners in this alliance are the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives - BC and the Women's Studies Department at Simon Fraser
University. The Co-Directors of the ESP are Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Seth


Thi Vu
Manager - Economic Security Project
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (BC)
web: http://www.policyalternatives.ca
tel: 604-801-5121, ext 230
email: thi (at) policyalternatives.ca
mail: 1400-207 West Hastings St, Vancouver, V6B 1H7

** Please note my new email address: seth (at) policyalternatives.ca **

Seth Klein
Director, BC Office
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
seth (at) policyalternatives.ca
tel. (604) 801-5121 1400 - 207 West Hastings St.
fax. (604) 801-5122 Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
CCPA webpage: http://www.policyalternatives.ca

The CCPA is a non-partisan, non-profit public policy research institute,
dedicated to social and economic justice. We produce and promote progressive
research on a wide range of provincial and national policy issues.

From: Seth Klein


14. "Earth(ling) - A Festival - Youth, Arts, Activism"

October 21, and 22, Vancouver, BC

This Youth Arts Festival promises to stand up, stand out, and party. With 10 performances a night, a kickass band, alternative gallery spaces, and workshops from some of Canada's most exciting artist/activists - you'll never want to leave. All in an 18,000 sq ft industrial warehouse.

Who owns the earth? We want to hear your voices about the arts, social justice, and the environment.

We're looking for artists who are 14 to 25, whose art has something to say about the Earth, our communities and where we're taking them.

Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP) is currently accepting submissions for "Earth(ling)" which will take place in Vancouver, BC.

We need:

? Examples of your work which could include music, visual art, theatre, dance, zines, spoken word, or whatever forms you're working in (15 minutes max for performance pieces) on CD - jpeg, tif's, DVD's, video, or some form of representation.

? A resume, contact information, and your age (for funding purposes.)

? A description of how your piece will relate to the environment, social justice, or both!

We will consider wild proposals (eg. site-specific work, art installations, fusion work.)

Please send all material:

Attn: Spencer Herbert
Judith Marcuse Projects
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street - 7th floor
Unceded Coast Salish Territory
Vancouver BC V6B 2G6

All submissions are due no later than September 1st, 2005. Late submissions will not be accepted. JMP is not responsible for sending back materials. For more information, email Spencer at spencer (at) judithmarcuseprojects.ca. Travel costs, and accommodation (billeting) may be covered for some successful applicants. Every artist accepted will be paid an honorarium.

Judith Marcuse Projects is an equal opportunity employer. We work with, and value artists from all of the world's diverse communities.

Prenez part ?

'Earth(ling) - Un festival pour les jeunes, l'art et l'activisme.'

21, 22 et 23 Octobre 2005, Vancouver, B.C.

Ce festival d'art par les jeunes se promet d'?tre plein de courage et d'opinion, sans oublier de faire la f?te! Avec 10 repr?sentations par soir, de la musique ?lectrisante, des espaces d'exposition non conventionnels, et des ateliers offerts par certains des artistes/activistes canadiens les plus excitants - vous ne voudrez plus repartir. Tout cela dans un espace d'entrep?t de 18 000 pieds carres.

A qui appartient la terre? Nous voulons savoir ce que vous pensez de l'art, de l'environnement, et de la justice sociale.

Nous recherchons des artistes entres 14 et 25 ans qui se preoccuppe de la terre et de son avenir.

Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP) accepte pr?sentement des candidatures pour son projet 'Earth(ling)' qui se d?roulera ? Vancouver, B.C.

Faites-nous parvenir :

? Des exemples de votre travail pouvant inclure de la musique, de l'art visuel, du th??tre, de la danse, du spoken word ou tout autre forme sous laquelle vous travaillez (dur?e maximum de 15 minutes pour les arts de la sc?ne), grav?e sur CD sous format jpeg ou tif's, sur DVD ou vid?o.

? Un curriculum vitae, ou vous rejoindre et votre age (en vue des subventions)

? Un commentaire sur la fa?on dont votre ?uvre parlera de la terre.

Nous consid?rerons toutes sortes de propositions, m?me les plus folles (site-specific, installations, fusions?)

Faites parvenir l'ensemble de votre application ?:

Attn: Spencer Herbert
Judith Marcuse Projects
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street - 7th floor
Vancouver BC V6B 2G6.

La date limite pour toutes les applications est le 1 septembre, sans exceptions. JMP n'est pas responsable de vous renvoyer les dossiers. Pour plus d'information, contactez Spencer ? spencer (at) judithmarcuseprojects.ca. Les frais de transport et de logement seront possiblement couverts pour les candidats retenus.

Judith Marcuse Projects est un employeur ? opportunit?s ?gales. Nous appr?cions et travaillons avec des artistes de toutes les communaut?s du monde.


From: "Tom Sandborn"



The Centre for Multicultural and Community Development present:

"Racisms in the New World Order: Realities of Culture, Colour and Identity" Conference

December 8-9, 2005
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Coolum, Queensland, Australia

This conference will provide opportunity to examine the contemporary manifestations of racism across the world around key themes. The CMCD invites representatives from community, government and other organisations, as well as academics to attend the conference to develop a better understanding of racism and ways to combat it.

For more information regarding Registration, Accommodation Booking and Call for Papers, contact:

Ms. Mitra Khakbaz, Coordinator
Centre for Multicultural & Community Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of the Sunshine Coast
Phone: +61-7-210-6951
mkhakbaz (at) usc.edu.au

6476 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver BC
PH: 604.822.1402


From: "Chu, Patricia"


16. Upcoming anti-war events


This week:

1)August 15 solidarity with Cindy Sheehan
2)August 18 picket for Haiti
3)August 18 report back on people's health conference,
war in Iraq, Philippines

1)Next StopWar general meeting
2)August 25 Forum on Canada in Haiti
3)September 13 film showing, 'Fallujah 2004'
4)September 24 day of action


1)Support Cindy Sheehan

Monday August 15 is a day of solidarity with Cindy
Sheehan, the mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq
who is gaining international attention camping out
front of George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, to
demand a meeting and to protest the occupation. Take a
moment to fax, email or call in your support. The
message below was orginally sent out by the Toronto
Coalition to Stop the War (nowar.ca).

Support Cindy Sheehan and US military families!
Phone, mail and e-mail messages of support!

Cindy Sheehan is a member of Gold Star Families for
Peace (www.gsfp.org) and Military Families Speak Out
(www.mfso.org) who lost her son Casey Sheehan, 24, a
US soldier killed in Sadr City, Iraq in April 2004 -
only five days after being deployed.

Since last weekend, Cindy has been camping out on the
road leading to George Bush's summer ranch in
Crawford, Texas demanding that she meet with him to
talk about the war in Iraq. Contrary to what Bush,
Cheney and the rest of the administration have been
saying, Cindy believes that the best way to honour the
fallen troops in Iraq is to bring the remaining troops
home and end the occupation immediately.

Her protest has attracted military families from all
over the United States who are now converging in
Crawford, Texas to support her demands and to meet
with Bush. So far, he is refusing to meet any of them.

Activists and supporters from across the US and around
the world are also sending messages of support. The
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is calling on its
members and supporters to do the same.

Please phone, mail or e-mail your messages of support
to Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace and
Military Families Speak Out as they gather in
Crawford, Texas to protest the war in Iraq.

Cindy's phone number in Texas: 707-365-7750
Crawford Peace House: 254-486-0099

Crawford Peace House: crawfordpeacehouse (at) yahoo.com
Gold Star Families for Peace: contact (at) gsfp.org
Military Families Speak Out: mfso (at) mfso.org

Mailing address (they received over 150 postcards
today alone):
Cindy Sheehan
c/o Crawford Peace House
9142 5th Street
Crawford, Texas

2)Thursday, August 18 picket Pettigrew for Haiti

Tell Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew:

Stop the repression and killings in Haiti!

6:30pm, Thursday, August 18th

2741 West 4th Avenue (at MacDonald)

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Pettigrew
will be in Vancouver on August 18. The Liberal
government, under the leadership of Paul Martin and
Pettigrew, has taken a central role in overthrowing
the constitutional government and the elected president in
Haiti. Further, the Minister is well aware of the
atrocious and systemic abuse of human rights and
killings that are being carried out against supporters
of Aristide's return. Pettigrew, though, has dismissed
human rights reports as "propaganda."

The Young Liberals are hosting a reception and
discussion with Pierre Pettigrew on August 18. Please
join us for a picket outside as we make known our
opposition to the coup d'etat, and demand the
restoration of the constitutional government of Haiti.

Pettigrew lies, Haitians die!

Directions: Regular bus service to West 4th at
Macdonald on the 2, 4, 7, 22 and 32.

Organized by Haiti Solidarity BC.

More information call 778-858-5179 or email
haitisolidaritybc (at) yahoo.ca

3) Thursday August 18th, from 7-10 pm at 65 W.

Report-back on the Second International Assembly of
the People's Health Movement (PHA-II) held in Cuenca,
Ecuador this past July,

Martha Roberts, Bus Riders Union

The Bus Riders Union participated in the PHA-II as a
grassroots organization fighting for health and
environmental justice and against racism, economic
injustice, and war through regional campaigns for
economic human rights. The PHA-II report this
Thursday includes a short slide show on the PHA-II,
followed by two documentaries on the impacts of war,
militarization, and occupation on people's health in
the Philippines and Iraq. The Philippines documentary
highlights organized resistance in an indigenous
community in Mindanao, and the Iraq documentary
follows the experiences of a Belgian doctor who
arrived in Iraq two days before the US bombing of
Bagdad, as other aid agencies were pulling their
medical staff out of the region.



1)Next StopWar general meeting August 24

Wednesday, August 24, 5:30p.m. at the Martime Labour
Centre (111 Victoria Dr.)

Join us in planning peace and justice events and
campaings for the fall. Focus will be on planning and
publicity for September 24-25 weekend of action.

2)You're invited to a public forum and discussion:

Canada in Haiti: Regime change, repression and

Thursday, August 25, 7p.m.

at the Palestine Community Centre, 1874 Kingsway (west
of Victoria Dr.)


Aaron Mate, Montreal-based solidarity activist and
writer who travelled to Haiti in December 2004,

and a member of Haiti Solidarity BC and participant in
the World Youth Festival in Venezuela.

Admission by donation.

Organized by Haiti Solidarity BC.

For more information call 778-858-5179 or email
haitisolidaritybc (at) yahoo.ca

3)StopWar.ca movie night: 'Fallujah 2004'

Two screenings of 'Fallujah 2004' at Pacific
Cinematheque, Tuesday, September 13, times to be
announced shortly.

"The documentary "Fallujah 2004," chronicles the death
and destruction within Fallujah caused by U.S. Forces
in April 2003 and April 2004.

Director Toshikuni DOI exposes the side of the U.S.
war in Iraq that Americans do not see or hear in
mainstream media. Through eyewitness accounts, DOI
provides a media outlet for Iraqis to express what
U.S. Forces did to them. Moreover, the film
investigates how the violence spawned anger toward the
U.S. occupation."
(From Scoop review. Read full at

4)September 24 will be a major day of antiwar action
across North America. There will be major rallies with
the demand "bring the troops home" in Washington D.C.
and other U.S. cities.

The Canadian Peace Alliance has issued a call to
action for September 24 that can be read at

Details of actions planned by StopWar for the
September 24-25 weekend will be announced shortly.


StopWar.ca is a broad-based coalition of over 150
endorsing individuals and organizations in the Lower

General meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of
each month. See www.StopWar.ca for our basis of unity,
endorsers, and more articles and events.

For more information, email contact (at) stopwar.ca

From: "Derrick O'Keefe"



It is impossible to simultaneously protect, and print on, ancient forests.
Victoria Street Newz - http://streetnewz.communitypipe.org


"Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul."

Mark Twain


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