Saturday, July 04, 2009

Here's the latest calender of events from the Olympics Resistance Movement/No Olympics on Stolen Native Land network out in Vancouver.

Upcoming meetings/events:‏
Upcoming ORN general meetings: (Every 2nd Sunday)
Sunday, July 5, 6pm @ Spartacus Books, 684 E. Hastings
(The first meetingof each month includes time for new member orientation and Olympic issues background.)
Sunday, July 19, 6pm @ Spartacus Books, 684 E. Hastings
** If you are interested in ORN, but unable to attend Sunday meetings,consider getting involved in one of the subcommittees planning popular education/outreach, legal defense, fundraising, communications, etc. and contact for more information.
Upcoming events of interest in Vancouver:
Saturday, July 4
Saturday 4th July, 1 - 2 pm
Rally at Little Mountain
(33rd Ave & Ontario)
BC Housing is demolishing habitable family homes at Little Mountain. On Wednesday June 24, crews came in without warning, right next door to apartments where tenants are still living. They took chainsaws to the vacant units, ripped out appliances, fixtures and pipes. Why now?Officials admit no construction will happen on the site for years. There are:
No plans or dates for new construction,
No dates for re-zoning
No plans or dates for community consultations.
Thousands of BC families desperately need affordable housing. Little Mountain homes are still solid, can be refurbished at very little cost,and can house hundreds of families.
Information: and 604-325-7209
Saturday, July 4
Saturday July 4th, 11 am to 5 pm
Room 700, SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings)
Decolonize your mind and join NOII for films screenings exploring the realities of the "Canadian" experience. Reasons to attend an indoor film screening on a beautiful summer day:
a) Canada-day weekend is filled with parades about the false histories and myths of Canadian peacekeeping and multiculturalism.
b) Wow, free movies!
c) I am interested in discussions about colonization, imperialism, oppression and how to ignite revolution!
d) I heard about acclaimed critical documentaries, shorts, and artistic films.
e) All of the above.
:==> 11:00 am
Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community (57 mins, Jennifer Hodge and RogerMcTair)
==> 12:30 pm
Writing the Land (7 mins, Kevin Lee Burton )Resist 2010 (15 mins, Burning Fist Media with no2010) You are on Indian Land (36 mins, Mort Ransen)
~ BREAK 2:00 - 2:30 pm ~
==> 2:30 PM
Borderless Me (14 mins, Setareh Mohammadi) Unmapping Desire (6 mins, Sheila James)Checkpoint (12 mins, Alex Mah)
==> 3:30 PM
Minoru: Memory of Exile (18 mins, Michael Fukushima) No Time to Stop (29 mins, Helene Klodawsky) Brown Women Blonde Babies (30 mins, Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy)
For more information: email or call 778-885-0040.
Tuesday, July 7 (and Thursday July 9 ?)
Vancouver CITY COUNCIL meeting on 2010 issues
Tuesday, July 7 2009,
2pm@ City Hall (12th and Cambie),
third floor Council chamber
[Two 2010 issues July 7: Report on Olympic security and a motion to endorse the Coventry Declaration. (from a UK Sport Conference condemning police harassment and advocating freedom of expression during the Games). The security report will be presented on the 7th but (if you request to speak) public comments would be heard at another date (prob. the 9th)
–the report to Council on the 7th will be available on the City Council’s website. If public comments are allowed on the Coventry Declaration motion, it will be presented with speakers on another date (prob. the 9th).
Interesting that Council would consider making a purely symbolic hollow gesture (like endorsing the Declaration) but willingly accepts the expansions of police powers, surveillance equipment, and Host City agreements that empower the police to act as private security guards to the Olympic interests ...]
A. 2010 Olympics and Paralympics Security Deputy Chief Constable Steve Sweeney, and Bud Mercer, Assistant Commissioner, RCMP / Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit, will provide a Report Reference to update Council on 2010 Olympics and Paralympics security
.B. Motions on Notice
1. Council Endorsement of Coventry Declaration
MOVER: Councillor Ellen Woodsworth
[from the Coventry Declaration: “Participants at Play the Game condemn, in the strongest manner possible, any action in Canada that in any way, shape, or form harasses, intimidates, or threatens any writers or individuals who express ideas through words. Participants at Play the Game ask the city of Vancouver, the province of British Columbia, the Canadian government, VANOC, and the Vancouver Integrated Security Unit, to state in unequivocal language, that all Canadians and those who visit Canada, will have their fundamental right to:
1. Security of the person
2. Freedom of expression
protected, respected and unimpinged ...”]
July 7 schedule (and how to register to speak):
Friday, July 31
Friday, July 31, 7pm @ TBA
On July 31st 2009 Vancouver will be hosting the World Police and Fire Games. The games are an international sporting event where police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers compete against each other in over 65 sporting events. More than 12,000 police officers, corrections officers and firefighters will be in Vancouver for the 10 day event.
The Anti-Poverty Committee is calling for a mobilization against police brutality both locally and internationally, and the violence that the state perpetrates around the world everyday through police and 'correctional' facilities. The APC calls on all those individuals and groups who are against police brutality and the everyday terror and violence caused by the various police forces to participate in actions and events during the police and fire games. The APC will stand to honor those in our community who have been killed, brutalized, and daily harassed by the police and to condemn not only the individual police forces, but the structure that allows them to get away with oppression, intimidation and violence everyday in our communities.
We believe that the police cannot be made accountable, and they will never truly protect those that they purport to, and that police will never make our communities safer, as they continue to harass, target and brutalize poor people, indigenous people, youth, sex trade workers and many others.
The APC is calling for a demonstration during the opening ceremonies of the games on July 31st at 7pm (location TBA).
To get involved in the organizing of the demonstration please contact APC ( ). If your organization would like to endorse the event please email the APC. We also encourage other groups to organize around these events and denounce the police and fire games. info/contact/organize:
Ongoing Event on Vancouver Island:
July 1 – 7 11th
Annual WILD EARTH! Gathering
July 1 - 7 (on Vancouver Island)
"We're pleased to announce an outstanding lineup of presenters and workshops. It's a thrill to work with such talented folks who are volunteering to share their activism skills, experience and wisdom. Big cheers!
Wild Earth is the only activism training camp on the coast, and this year's focus is media and legal support for social and environmental justice advocates who are speaking out against the 2010 Olympics and the Torch Relay. Possible locations include a couple forest sites on the beaches of southern Vancouver Island. Please register today!"
More info, registration, and volunteer/donation info at:
The Vancouver Renters At Risk group want to collect stories and interviews about some of the housing impacts of the Games; anyone with contacts, personal stories, ideas, etc., please send to: "Renters At Risk Campaign
- Subject: renters on video I'm looking for BC renters who have been affected/experienced evictions, renovictions, and/or huge rent increases in the lead up to the Olympics. If that's you, are you willing to allow me to film you in a short 15-45 sec segment? If you're interested in hearing more, please write: "
Olympic Resistance Network: contact -
The Olympic Resistance Network is primarily based in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories and exists as a space to coordinate anti-2010 Olympics efforts. In doing so, we act in solidarity with other communities across 'BC' - particularly indigenous communities who have been defending their land against the onslaught of the Olympics since the bid itself. Our organizing is largely being done under the slogan of "No Olympics on Stolen Native Land," while creating an opportunity for all anti-capitalist, indigenous, anti-poverty, labour, migrant justice, environmental justice, anti-war, and anti-colonial activists to come together to confront this two-week circus and the oppression it represents.

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