It’s a simple question: “When did activism become “terrorism”?” and it’s posed by the new documentary film, ‘Eco Warriors.’ This Thursday, the Red Octopus Collective production will hold its Victoria premier screening of Eco Warriors, right here at the University of Victoria’s David Lam Auditorium. The presentation will include a Q and A with the film’s executive producer, Jennifer Pickford and eco warrior, Zoe Blunt.
Zoe Blunt is a long-time environmental defender and activist/organizer, based on the South Island. Zoe’s past campaigns include an attempt to forestall the so-called Bear Mountain development, (a failed effort that culminated spectacularly in a massive SWAT team assault on three tree-sitters at the site of the now derelict Spencer road overpass) and the successful turn-around of mega-developer at large, Ender Ilkay’s Marine Trail Resort.
Zoe conducts activist workshops, took part recently in the Caravan to Wet-suwet-‘en, an annual manifestation at the planned site of the pipeline confluence for the controversial Pacific Trail Pipeline project, and she was instrumental in convincing VanCity’s ethical investments arm to disinvest of Enbridge related vehicles. Zoe has appeared on this show many times over the years, and joins us again in the first segment.
And; last week, the University of Victoria Student Society and UVic’s Social Justice Studies played host to the ‘Maple Tour’, a cross-country educational forum conducted by two members of CLASSE, the Quebec student union that practically paralyzed Montreal and transfixed the world press with the largest civil demonstrations that province and this country, Canada has ever seen. Former CLASSE spokesperson, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and executive and key organizer, Cloé Zawadzki-Turcotte were accompanied by Quebec journalist, and former student organizer, Ethan Cox to share their stories of “The longest student strike in Canadian history” and how it ended up, “[I]nspiring people across the country to stand up to “austerity.”” Showing CLASSE with Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Cloé Zawadzki-Turcotte, and Ethan Cox in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here to bring us newz from our city’s streets and beyond at the bottom of the hour. But first, Zoe Blunt and “When did activism become terrorism?” – drawing red lines in Canada.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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