Left Coast Events Bulletin with Janine Bandcroft April 26th, 2018

Trans & Two Spirit Folk against TransMountain: Day of Action!

april 26th
Thursday at 5:45–17:45
3 days from now

pin Soccer 200 field, 8505 Forest Grove, Burnaby Mountain

ALL ARE WELCOME – please join the Rise and Resist crew as we stand up to Kinder Morgan in a Trans-led day of action on Thursday April 26th.

Meeting date/time: April 26, 5:45am.
Location: Meet in Fernwood Square.
Those joining from the mainland can join us at Burnaby 200 Soccer Field, 8505 Forest Grove Drive, time TBA.

Transport
The Community Action Bus will leave Fernwood Square at 5:45am on Thursday April 26th, heading for Kinder Morgan’s facilities on Burnaby Mountain. On Thursday night the bus will catch the 5:00 PM ferry and return to Fernwood square by 7:30pm Thursday night.

Cost
Seats on the Community Action Bus will cost $50, including ferry fees both ways. To confirm your seat please e-transfer $50 to riseandresistkm@gmail.com before April 23rd.

Some sponsorships will be available, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If finances are an impediment and you would like to secure a seat on the bus, please contact us at riseandresistkm@gmail.com. If you are able to sponsor someone else, please make a donation by e-transfer, or contact us to arrange cash/cheque donations.

Training
We will be doing Nonviolent Direct Action training on April 22nd, Earth Day, at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St, Victoria, BC, unceded Lekwungen territory, from 1:00 pm-4:00pm. We encourage everybody participating in the action to come to the training.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1997526456943865/

Legal
While some Trans and allied Coast Protectors are prepared to risk arrest, space is being held for all different forms of peaceful, public protest. Non-arrestable roles are very welcome.
Typically, only those deliberately breaching the court order have been arrested and we consider the risk of unintended arrests to be low, although marginalized and racialized water protectors have sometimes been targeted.

What to bring
Please bring banners, chants, drums, songs, art, potluck food offerings, your own fluids and food, and layers of warm, dry clothes.

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Although our goal is to centre Trans and Two-Spirited voices in our movement, this day of action is open to all allies seeking to take part in peaceful front line action to resist Kinder Morgan at this critical time. With Trudeau, Notley, and Kinder Morgan uniting against, it is more important than ever for our movement to come together in all its diversity.

Coast Salish members with the Protect the Inlet Coalition have issued a call for action, we want to show that all British Columbians, Trans and allied, old and young, indigenous and settler, intend to stand shoulder to shoulder with them in this struggle.

We hope you’ll join us to defeat this environmentally ill-conceived, deeply colonial and socially unacceptable project, once and for all!

This event is being coordinated by a Victoria-based grassroots organizing group, Rise and Resist Kinder Morgan. We organize on unceded Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories and the action will be held on osəli wəta (Tsleil-Waututh), Swú7mesh (Squamish), and xməθk ə əm (Musqueam) territories, at the invitation of Coast Salish members.

Please contact Kym A. Hines with any questions at: riseandresistkm@gmail.com.

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Capitalism and the Expropriation of Nature
april 26th
clock Thursday at 19:00–21:00
3 days from now · 11–23° Mostly Sunny

pin 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6, Canada

This event will take place in Room 320 at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings St. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required.

Capitalism and the Expropriation of Nature: The Strategic Discourse of Ecosocialism with John Bellamy Foster

Ecological resistance in the twenty-first century has more and more been informed by the development of Marxian ecology and ecosocialism more generally. However, as ecosocialist analysis has grown, various divergent branches of thought have emerged, often in conflict with each other. Based on the conviction that clarity about capitalism’s relation to the environment is indispensable for the strategic understanding of present-day struggles, this talk will present some of the new research within Marxian ecology, bringing together the core issues of the expropriation of nature and the metabolic rift, and seeking to unite the ecosocialist movements of our time.

Speaker: John Bellamy Foster

Editor of Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He has written widely on political economy and has established a reputation as a major environmental sociologist. He is the author of Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature (2000), The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (with Fred Magdoff, 2009), The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth (with Brett Clark and Richard York, 2010), and The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism: An Elaboration of Marxian Political Economy (New Edition, 2014), among many others.

Co-sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, Vancouver Ecosocialists, SFU Public Square, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

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National Day of Mourning: Remembering Lives Lost in Workplace Accidents
Location: Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, SE of the Paul Building

Date & Time: April 27, 2018 from 10:30-11:30

198 workers died in British Columbia in 2017. Every day workers suffer from work-related injuries and diseases. This year the theme for the International Day of Mourning is ” Violence and Harassment: Not Part of Your Job”. Please join Victoria Labour Council for the International Day of Mourning to remember those who are gone and to fight for those still here.

Tomorrow, April 28th, marks another National Day of Mourning. The National Day of Mourning is held annually in Canada and many countries around the world, and is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, been injured, or suffered illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy.

Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) statistics tell us that in 2014, 919 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada – more than 2.5 deaths every single day. Among the 919 dead were 14 young workers aged fifteen to nineteen years; and another 25 workers aged twenty to twenty-four years.
Add to these fatalities the 239,643 claims accepted for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease. Including 7,998 from young workers aged fifteen to nineteen, and the fact that these statistics only include what is reported and accepted by the compensation boards, and the situation is even direr.

What these numbers don’t show is just how many people are directly affected by these workplace tragedies. Each worker death impacts the loved ones, families, friends and coworkers they leave behind, changing all of their lives forever. My father, Thomas Borden Moorby Jr., was 28 years old when he was killed at work on August 6th, 1996. This day also happened to be my mothers and his brothers birthday. My father was killed at the hands of a negligent boss who decided to send his workers onto a rooftop without turning the electricity off. Apparently taking some time out of the day to have it shut down was not a priority. And because of that, my dad paid with his life. Leaving behind a wife and children… I was only 2. His mother, his father, his siblings, his friends… The number of people effected by the death of my father is countless. And even 20 years later new generations are being effected, as his grandchildren are born without him here.

The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

On April 28th the Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. Employers and workers will observe Day of Mourning in a variety of ways. Some light candles, lay wreaths, wear commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, and pause for a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.

Please, if you fly a flag, be sure to have it at half mast tomorrow. And encourage your employers or employees to take a moment of silence at 11 a.m. It’s the least we can do. Take a moment tomorrow to talk to your employer or employees about your/their rights and about safe work practices.

Tomorrow and every single day, WORK SAFE. Do NOT allow yourself to become a statistic!!! My fathers life was more than just a number. He is more than number __ out of 919. He was a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, and he and all workers deserve better than he was given! Remember that you have RIGHTS as an employee. The most important right I hope that you know is the right to say NO when you feel that working conditions are unsafe. You have the right to say NO without fear of repercussions!

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Reconnect with Mother Nature – Forest Therapy Walks
saturday/sunday
clock 28 April – 29 April
28 April at 13:00 to 29 April at 16:00

pin Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
1772 Millstream Rd, Victoria, British Columbia V9B 6E4

Join Haida Bolton, BC’s first certified Forest Therapy Guide
April 28 and 29th for Guided Forest Therapy Walks @ Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Each walk is 3 hours – includes wild plant tea ceremony

Surrounded by the sensual ambiance of the forest, we have the opportunity to sink into a deep calm space, that opens us to the physical, emotional and mental nurturing energy nature provides.

The results speak for themselves when you start experiencing better relationships with yourself, others and nature. I invite you to join us for a new and expanding way to enjoy the forest as a group.

It is slow…it is mindful…it is healing…and it can expand your heart, your creativity and your relationships. The world will be a better place when everyone is connected to nature!

The Association of Nature & Forest Therapy lists myriad benefits including reduced blood pressure, increased energy, and increased ability to focus.

PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE at link above

Talk: Forest Therapy – Nature as Healer
With Haida Bolton (Sunshine Coast)
When: April 28, 2018 10:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Nature House @ Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary,
1772 Millstream Rd
Cost: $15

Guided Forest Therapy Walk # 1: 3 hours – includes wild plant tea ceremony
When: April 28, 2018 1-4 pm
Location: Mary lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd
Cost: $50 {Minimum 6 participants; up to a maximum of 12}

Guided Forest Therapy Walk # 2: 3 hours -includes wild plant tea ceremony
When: April 29, 2018 1-4 pm
Location: Mary lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd
Cost: $50 {Minimum 6 participants; up to a maximum of 12}

For questions contact haida@naturewithhaida.ca or phone 604-989-3600

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Cube of Truth: Victoria: April 29th
Sunday at 15:00–17:00
6 days from now

pin The Bay Center Government Street Entrance

If you are interested in volunteering, join the following group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/644028365798366/

The Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; we attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach.

Masks, signs, and outreach literature are provided. Black upper clothing appropriate for the weather is essential, and please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet if you have one. If you are bringing a laptop or a tablet, please download the following:

Media Player:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Footage:
https://goo.gl/3XM5gH

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May Day – International Workers’ Day
tuesday
1 May at 16:00–19:00
Next Week · 8–15° Mostly Sunny

pin 1079 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 2C5, Canada

The theme this year is “Stepping Back from the Brink”. The brink of environmental catastrophe. The working class has a direct interest in ensuring the survival of the species.

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May Day 2018: Stand Up, Fight Back!
Public · Hosted by Vancouver and District Labour Council
1 May at 14:00–16:00
Next Week · 9–16° Partly cloudy

pin Jack Poole Plaza
1085 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 0C

Join the Vancouver and District Labour Council and affiliated unions in marking International Workers Day with a march and rally in Vancouver.

2:00PM – Gather at Canada Place
2:30PM – Labour songs performed by the Left Coast Labour Chorus
3:00PM – March to Bentall Centre
3:30PM – Rally

The VDLC acknowledges that this event is held on the unceded
traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and oter First Nations.

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Vancouver Mayday Social Justice Info Festival
Public · Hosted by Vancouver Mayday Social Justice Information Fair and Spartacs Books

Sunday at 14:00–16:00
6 days from now · 7–13° Rain Showers

pin Grandview Park
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2T4

All social justice/community organizations are invited to set up a table, distribute literature, and talk to the community on the Sunday afternoon prior to Mayday.

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Who’s fighting the bosses?
clock 1 May at 19:00–21:00
Next Week · 8–15° Partly cloudy

pin YWCA Hotel Vancouver – A Social Enterprise Hotel
733 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2M4

Join us for a panel and facilitated discussion on what class struggle means for our movements today
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Callous Media Collective is reviving Mayworks as a festival of resistance in Vancouver

Each one of us has an intimate relationship with the current economic system–capitalism; a relationship which defines our lives, the lives of our families and our communities.

Most of us are working class–meaning we either have to work for a living or are unemployed and marginalized because we’re not working for a living.

Our movements take many shapes and directions as we resist and deconstruct intersecting oppressions. We are organizing and fighting back!

In our struggles, class is often a divisive or irrelevant topic. And our movements are often fragmented according to identities and issues. Can we learn from movements across the world that see class as a hub in the wheel of intersecting oppressions? What happens when we organize and fight the bosses?

As working people we have many strengths individually, collectively and strategically that places us in a particularly powerful position in society; a fact that the bosses work hard to suppress. Join us for an evening of discussion to explore how we can work together to reclaim class analysis and bring down the bosses.

Presenters who will initiate the discussion:

Alexandra Henao (from Columbia) – works advocating for migrant farm workers
Chauncey Carr – member of Callous Media Collective
Natalie Knight (Yurok and Navajo) – member of Alliance Against Displacement

*** Free event, child friendly. Venue and washrooms are wheelchair accessible. If you require ASL, other translation, child minding, or other support to attend the event please contact:

>> Who we are <<
Callous Media Collective is a diverse group of organizers that exists because marginalized communities are still on the front lines of class struggle. We organize from our base on unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Stó:lō (Stolo), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.

>> What we’re thinking <<
With the election of Donald Trump democracy everywhere have been drifting to a dangerous Right populism. Lead by corporate fueled propaganda these right-populist leaders push to convince us that the problems humanity faces are not fueled by the insatiable appetite of capitalist greed but instead is the result of a small minority of individuals within the capitalist system. Individuals such as the Chinese whom we are told are pushing up real estate prices, or migrants and refugees who are “stealing jobs”. We are convinced by these demagogues that the poor are poor because of a personal lack within themselves. We are told that the poor are not smart enough or resilient enough and under the rules of corporate social darwinism they just don’t have what it takes to make it.

While poverty (and climate change which is either denied or ignored) becomes a major issue the Right has taken on a stance of blaming the victim while liberals have opened the gates to anyone who is willing to climb a stair case made of the poor and working class. Both approaches from the Right and from liberals have largely been devised to get votes, to hold power, and to distract from increasingly evident destruction caused by capitalism. In all of this commotion much of the Left, the traditional representatives or the working class, have retreated into a profusion of identity manifestations. Each identity building a community and a consciousness divorced from class and from each other, each community advocating for its own. This detachment from class has allowed the Right to fill the void with shallow truths and empty promises, while liberals open their arms to a Left more concerned with representation within a corrupt capitalist system then with the liberation of those exploited by that system.

Unless the Left returns to its roots of class consciousness and class struggle our civilization and our species will continue to be in great danger. It’s time for the Left to get back to class. While the individual manners in which the capitalist system and it’s adherents effect us as symbolic members of particular groups is important, and must not be overlooked, the only way for us to take on the coming tide of authoritarian capitalism is together. While we continue to build communities with those whom we closely relate we must also bring those communities together to fight for our collective liberation. Identity is about our individual communities, class is about all of us. Whether a Filipina working as a live in care worker, a disabled person unable to get a job in a building with no ramp, a queer youth finding the street safer then their own home class is the the center through which our identities intersect. This was well known by all groups at one time, from work class whites and blacks, to trans women, gay men and the disabled. Let it be known again.

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Rally for The City We Need
wednesday
clock 3 May at 12:00–14:00
Next Week · 8–16° Mostly Sunny

pin Vancouver City Hall
453 West 12th, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y1V4

“We will never get what we need unless we ask for it.” – Jean Swanson

What: Launch of a people’s platform: “The City We Need”
Where: Vancouver City Hall, 12th and Cambie, South entrance (front)
When: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, 12 Noon

Last year, Jean Swanson’s campaign for Rent Freeze and Mansion Tax shaped the Vancouver by-election. This coming October, there is a general election, and Jean Swanson and her team are calling on residents and all candidates to support the City We Need platform.

After more than a dozen years of the developer-backed parties, NPA and Vision, running City Hall, Vancouver has never been more ready for sweeping political change. With your help, we can make it happen!

On Thursday May 3rd come to Vancouver City Hall at Noon to learn about this people’s platform, and to show your support for bringing a political revolution to City Hall.

There will be speeches, songs, spoken word, and other performances highlighting what the City We Need looks like. (Bring your Rent Freeze t-shirt if you have one, or come early to get one!)

What is The City We Need?

While some other parties and candidates have been focusing on backroom deals, Jean’s Team has been focusing on policies. The City We Need platform builds on Jean Swanson’s popular policies from last year, and extends them to other policy areas, including public transit, child care, environmental justice, democratic reform, local small business, and much more.

Many people in our city are struggling to pay for rent, tuition, transit, or day care. Wages and social assistance rates are far too low. Many are losing their homes or places of business to soaring rents and gentrification. When we all unite around a strong platform, pushing all levels of government to come through with what we need, only then can we start to win the City We Need.

This is a people’s platform – not a typical campaign document. We want your input on this platform, and Jean and others will be participating in meetings around the city, at community centres, co-op common rooms, and around kitchen tables to get your feedback and advice on how to fight for the City We Need.

Info: https://www.votejeanswanson.ca/rally_for_the_city_we_need

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The public space in front of City Hall where the rally will take place is wheelchair accessible.

Transit: #99 B-line to Broadway and Cambie, or #15 Bus to Cambie and 12th, Canada Line Skytrain to Broadway-City Hall.

This rally will be held on the unceded and occupied territory of the mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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