Monday, December 28, 2009


CANADIAN ANARCHIST MOVEMENT:
ANTI-OLYMPIC TOURS AND PUBLIC MEETING:
Here's the latest from the Olympic Resistance Network about their upcoming speaking tours, as well as public meeting in Vancouver with Dave Zirin, author of 'Politics In The Ring'.
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Tours + Dave Zirin in
1) Anti-Olympic Speaking Tours in Jan (BC, Washington, California)
2) Politics in the Ring - Dave Zirin in Vancouver!
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- please forward to your contacts in BC and West Coast -
* UPDATED SPEAKING TOUR INFORMATION *
No Olympics on Stolen Native Land Speaking Tour British Columbia and US West Coast - Jan 2010
Greetings,
As you may be aware, in February 2010, Vancouver BC, unceded Coast Salish Territories, will be the host city for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The effects of the upcoming Winter Games are increasingly apparent expansion of sport tourism on Indigenous lands; increasing homelessness across the province and especially in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside; misdirected public spending and debt; vulnerable working conditions especially for migrant labour; unprecedented destruction of the environment; and unparalleled police and security spending.
Beginning in January 2010, we will travel down through so-called BC -unceded Indigenous lands - as well as the west coast of the US to conduct a series of speaking tours on resistance to the 2010 Olympics, to share our experiences, and to promote the Feb 10-15 anti-colonial & anti-capitalist convergence.
The purpose of this letter is to find people/groups in these areas to assist in local organizing of speaking events for our tour. The events will feature a speaker from the movement. We would also bring materials such as leaflets and Tshirts to distribute and fundraise with, as well as videos we have produced for screenings. A template poster will be provided if you would like to use it. Specifically, you will have to secure a venue for the event (community centre, university, union hall etc), provide billeting, and put $100-$200 (flexible) towards overall travel costs. No event is too small or meaningless for us!
1) BC TOUR INFO
In BC, we aim to arrive in towns and communities just prior to the arrival of the Torch in these communities to help build local resistance to the Torch relay. For more information on the torch route, check out the interactive map found on www.vancouver2010.com .
* Specifically we are looking to host the following events as part of our speaking tour:
- Kelowna Jan 14
- Penticton Jan 15
- Nelson Jan 16
- Castlegar Jan 17
- Golden Jan 18
- Merritt, Kamloops, Salmon Arm or Vernon: Jan 19-20
- Nanaimo: Jan 22
- Comox Valley: Jan 23- Powell River: Jan 24
* Day trips on any Saturday or Sunday in January:- Squamish, Gibson, Lillooet, Abottsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Pemberton,Sechelt, others.
2) US WEST COAST TOUR INFO
In the US, we hope to confirm events in LA, Bay Area, San Diego, Santa Cruz etc between Jan 19-25 (as close to Jan 19th as possible), starting in San Francisco.
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If you can help out with this, please respond ASAP or by December 28th at the latest so we can confirm final details. Thank you in advance and we look forward to your response! The tour email is ORN.tour@gmail.com .Please forward all correspondence regarding the tour to that email address.
About Olympic Resistance Network: http://olympicresistance.net
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- mark the dates -
"POLITICS IN THE RING: DAVE ZIRIN IN VANCOUVER!"
Award-winning sports writer Dave Zirin will be speaking in Vancouver on the politics of sport and mega sporting events on January 20 and January 21, 2010. You will not want to miss him! On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=249378115627&ref=ts
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Wed Jan 20 @ 2:30-4:30
MBC 2290,
SFU Burnaby campus
Organized by Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU), email organizer@tssu.ca
Wed Jan 20 @ 6:30 pm.
Suggested donation $10, no one turned away.
Maritime Labour Centre,
1880 Triumph Street (corner Victoria Drive)
Dave will be available for a book signing, People’s Co-op Books will have his books for purchase.Organized by Olympic Resistance Network, olympicresistance@riseup.net .Endorsed by: Vancouver Action, Submedia, No One Is Illegal, Anti Poverty Committee, Council of Canadians, Warrior Publications, Stopwar.ca.
Thurs Jan 21 afternoon at UBC (details TBC)
Organized by UBC Social Justice Centre.
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Named one of the UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World", Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports and resistance in sports. His writings appear in the Nation Magazine, SLAM Magazine, the Progressive, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News, and Los Angeles Times. Zirin is also the host of XM satellite's popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has brought his blend of sports and politics to other television and radio programs including ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, C-SPAN, Democracy Now, National Public Radio, Air America, and Pacifica. Author of several books, his new book is "A People's History of Sports in the United States," part of Howard Zinn's People's History series for the New Press.
* Some recent articles:
Amy Goodman and Canada's Olympic Paranoia
Message to Obama: You Can't Have Muhammad Ali
Tiger Woods Falls from Grace
Obama's Olympic error:
Gaza anger overwhelms hoops contest
* More about Dave and his writings:

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