Occupy Victoria October 15

Not since the protest on February 15, 2003, when close to 7000 Victorians joined with millions worldwide to dare the US to attack Iraq, have I felt such collective humanity.

But unlike our resistance to war, this time we were focusing on the rotten heart of our corrupt political and financial systems-GREED.

And although we have gathered, walked, sat down and stopped traffic, sang, made music, wore costumes and carried insightful and profound messages, many times in the past, the thrill of Occupy Together was the feeling that this is just the beginning of a huge culture shift.

Here we are at the corner of Douglas and Fort where we occupied the intersection, facing the Royal Bank on one corner and Coast Capital on the other. Almost 1000 walked to the legislature and back to Centennial Square where a People’s Assembly was held. The occupation continues at Centennial Square. Join in the meetings on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Every day there is a lounge from noon to 2 pm, so if you work downtown, just drop by. Food and other provisions gratefully accepted.

We sat at the intersection of Fort and Douglas and stopped the traffic

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What’s happening today on Wall St

Owners of Zuccotti Park, the current home of Occupy 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.


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
at Noon
Centennial Square

Bring signs. For ideas, google Occupy Wall St.

 

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

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 (more…)

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!

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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 (more…)