Saturday, September 12, 2009

It won't be long (the day before Halloween-how appropriate) when the Olympic Torch run for the 2010 Winter Olympics will begin in Victoria. Opposition to the spectacle will also be off and running. Here's the notice from the Vancouver based Olympics Resistance Network (see also the No 2010 website and the Victoria No 2010 site) about upcoming events for those who wish to protest the Olympic Games.
Upcoming ORN events and meetings‏:
----------- Upcoming ORN general meetings: (Every 2nd Sunday) Sunday, Sept. 13, 6pm @ Spartacus Books, 684 E. Hastings (The first meeting of each month includes time for new member orientation and Olympic issues background.)
Sunday, Sept. 27, 6pm and Sunday, Oct. 11, 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, indy media, etc. and contact for more information.
----------- Upcoming Events (Vancouver):
speakers series of Olympic critics and organisers ongoing most Mondays, 5pm, from Sept. 14 - Dec. 7.
Hosted by UBC's Green College.
*Starting this Monday, Sept. 14, 5pm with Helen Lenskyj, noted researcher and author of books on the Olympic industry and popular resistance. The speakers begin at 5pm with time for questions (FREE, open to all, no reservations). Optional dinner with speaker at Green College starts at 6:30pm ($12 for students and $16 for non-students; reserve a spot by noon Sundays at 604-822-0912). Located in the Green College Coach House at 6201 Cecil Green Park Road (north of NW Marine Drive). MAP at
1. Monday, Sept. 14:
"Challenging Olympic industry power and propaganda.” Prof. Helen Lenskjy (Univ. of Toronto). Prof. Lenskyj is an expert on the Olympics and the author of three books on the impact of the Olympic Games.
2. Monday, Sept. 28:
“The IOC, Olympic dreams, and the media.” Laura Robinson. Robinson is a freelance journalist and writer working out of Toronto.
3. Monday, Oct. 5:
"The hidden 4th pillar of the Olympic Games: privatized profit, socialized debt.” Prof. Chris Shaw (UBC). Prof. Shaw is the author of ‘Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games,' a long time Games critic, and a member of the Olympic Resistance Network.
4. Monday, Oct. 19:
“Olympics on unceded Indigenous land.” Speakers to be confirmed.
5. Monday, Oct.26:
"How the Olympics impact the poor and homeless." Laura Track. Track is a lawyer with Pivot Legal Society specializing in housing issues.
6. Monday, Nov. 2:
"Olympic security and civil liberties: A lasting legacy." David Eby. Eby is the Acting Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association.
7. Monday, Nov. 16:
"The myth of the Green Games." Harjap Grewal and Dustin Johnson. Grewal is a member of No One is Illegal, the Olympic Resistance Network, and the Council of Canadians. Johnson is an Indigenous activist.
8. Monday, Nov. 30:
"Understanding the Olympics as part of corporate culture.” Garth Mullins. Mullins is a Vancouver-based social justice activist and member of the Olympic Resistance Network.
9. Dec. 7:
IOC Corruption: Would you take these people home to meet your loved ones?" Andrew Jennings. Mr. Jennings is the author of three books on the IOC. contact: alissawt(at) Facebook info:
----------- Upcoming Events (Vancouver Island):
HALLOWEEN Convergence - October 30-31, Victoria BC Olympic Torch Relay - Coast Salish Territory
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the spotlight with the world's biggest circus of misspent public resources! Deliver a message to the world for justice and equality in Canada! Exercise our right to free speech and free association in the face of a police clamp down and come PARTY on Halloween! Ninjas, zombies, pirates, and superheroes welcome! Plan your own surprise party!
The official 2010 Olympic Torch Relay begins Friday morning, October 30,in downtown Victoria. On October 31, the relay goes through Sooke, Metchosin, Langford and beyond. Stay tuned for event announcements. Media convergence organizing is underway.
Everyone welcome!
Canada is a Free Speech Zone!
View the relay route on an interactive map here:
for more info:
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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