We would like to say a quick thank you to all those who helped out yesterday … the DJs, musicians, those who provided sound equipment, folks who bottom-lined the pre-party Critical Mass bike ride, those who spoke, people who made food, the safer spaces team, the medics, groups who set up workshops or art installations, banner painters and prop makers, those who set up the kids space, people who leafleted passers-by, the police liaison team, police monitors, those who tabled at the party, spaces that hosted our planning meetings, everyone who helped spread the word and of course everyone who came along on the day! Thank you.
Want to know why we organized a Party Against the Pipelines?
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We shut down Chevron for 3 hours, continued the difficult work of build trust and community connection, dreamt of a world beyond capitalism and colonialism and danced while we did it. And that was just the start. Stay tuned.
For more photos and videos from the day check out the Facebook Event page.
In June of this year, Vancouver’s city council unanimously passed a motion acknowledging that the city sits on the unceded land of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The acknowledgement came at the culmination of a “Year of Reconciliation.” Based on the same city council’s response to the indigenous-led community that has sprung up at Oppenheimer Park, it appears this was purely a token gesture.
Oppenheimer Park, now the heart of the Downtown Eastside low-income community, used to be the heart of the Japanese Canadian community which was forcibly displaced during the Second World War. Therefore it seems fitting that this was the site chosen for a reassertion of indigenous sovereignty over unceded land, given how colonial governments have historically treated its residents. Continue reading
Download and help distribute the new posters …
Party Against the Pipelines: A Carnival for Climate Justice – Party Against the Pipelines Poster – Sept 27th (11×17) (see below)
Pedals not Pipelines – CM Poster – Sept 2014
Today Rising Tide Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories delivered a load of apples to Christy Clark’s house to show our support and appreciation for BC’s teachers. If the apples are a little bit rotten, it is surely appropriate, since the refusal-to-deal the Clark government is giving the teachers is rotten to the core and straight-up stinks.
We call on Christy Clark – who as Education minister in 2002 introduced unconstitutional legislation eliminating the ability of teachers and principals to limit class size – and Peter Fassbender to agree to binding arbitration with the BCTF. No-one is fooled by the government’s aggrieved act. Let there be no mistake: teachers are still on strike because the province refused to resolve this conflict during the summer. Students could be back in school today, but for the Clark government’s refusal to enter binding arbitration.
Kinder Morgan has begun surveying conservation and parkland on Burnaby Mountain, unceded Coast Salish Territories. The giant US oil pipeline company plans to clear parkland and build a helicopter pad in preparation for boring a tunnel through the Northridge of Burnaby Mountain contrary to city bylaws.
To help protect conservation and parkland and to support the enforcement of city bylaws, residents of BC will meet on Burnaby Mountain overlooking the proposed helicopter pad. The convergence of people will take place on September 13 at 2:00 PM. Continue reading
On Bikes, Boards, Blades, or Skates – Ride for Climate Justice!
Saturday September 27th – A pre-party bike ride to Party Against the Pipelines: A Carnival for Climate Justice, critical mass style! Transform the streets with our bikes, boards, blades, and skates, and create the positive energy that says no to dirty energy. Let’s build community to create the alternative systems we want to live in! System Change Not Climate Change!
Meeting point: 1 PM, Victory Square, Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish territory. The ride will finish at 3 PM at the meeting point for Party Against the Pipelines Continue reading
As we all work towards stopping the pipelines – and all fossil fuel extraction – we must simultaneously work towards community alternatives to the systems of capitalism and colonialism which underpin these devastating projects.
The up-and-coming Party against the Pipelines is also a Carnival FOR Climate Justice. The carnival will spark new community relationships, and help us recognize and grow the collective influence we have to alter the places we live in. It will be a moment to learn from each other, share skills, dance and play, and decide for ourselves how spaces ought to be and work together to actually change them. Continue reading