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We’re 5 hours into Giving Tuesday, and feeling so grateful for our supporters! So far, 24 donors have stepped up and donated nearly $1,500! We have $1000 left to go.

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With your support, we can bring the BCCLA’s Youth Conference to life.

I do this work because I believe in the power of popular education. When people understand the human rights and civil liberties issues at hand, they are inspired to take action and to fight for what’s right.

This is what’s so wonderful about the BCCLA’s Youth Conference. Students learn about their rights, their responsibilities, and the power they hold to create real change.

We work with educators and youth experts to provide students with tools to create structural change in their communities.

We need $5,000 to...

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SumOfUs members in trouble

Thousands of SumOfUs members and their families are struggling to pay rent or put food on the table -- because of the pandemic.

Here at SumOfUs, we always do everything we can to show up for each other. If you’re able, will you chip in for a fellow SumOfUs member in need?

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Someone else reading this exact same email right now is in crisis. They’re out of work and trying to keep up with bills, pay for childcare, and buy groceries.

So today, I’m not asking you to sign a petition, or chip in for a lawsuit. Today I’m asking if you’ll help a fellow SumOfUs member in need.

Our team put together a page on our website for members like you to ask for help during the pandemic. There are hundreds of urgent requests from fellow bee-loving, rainforest-saving...

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Today's the day! Your gifts are being matched!

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Today’s the big day! It’s Giving Tuesday. Today and tomorrow, your gifts are being matched one-for-one.

With your support, we can bring the BCCLA’s Youth Conference to life.

Every year, the BCCLA brings together over 100 high school students to tackle issues ranging from anti-oppression to their rights as young workers.

We work with educators and youth experts to provide students with tools to create structural change in their communities. Students will attend workshops on anti-oppression, workers’ rights, and digital rights. They will get to meet students from all over greater Vancouver, and build communities across multiple schools. They will explore their role in creating social and political change.

We need $5,000 to make our virtual conference happen in 2021.

This is your chance to take an action that will support hundreds of high school students to learn more about the issues you and I care about.

One of our donors, Andrew Beckerman, is offering a matching challenge!...

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Annual report and exciting updates

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Our Annual Accountability Report is here

The days have gotten shorter and there’s snow on the ground in many parts of Canada, so you know what that means: it’s time to reflect back on the past year at CFSC. Our Annual Accountability Report hits the highlights of what was a year full of unexpected challenges as well as many successes in our work for justice and peace.

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Sick and Tired of Virus Banalities

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Sick and Tired of Virus Banalities

Harry Glasbeek

Everyone has seen those cheesy T-shirts which say, “My grandmother went to Tahiti and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.”

One of our friends went to Venice and brought us back an attractive mask, one of those with a protruding beak. It hangs on a wall in our hallway. I pass by it many times every day, imprisoned as I am by the coronavirus. Each time I glance at it, I am reminded that life is not as it should be. The mask fuels my anger about the way we (by which I mean our governments) are dealing with this problem....

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Your first $3.50 contribution this #GivingTuesday will be matched 100%

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I am about to ask you to make a $3.50 contribution this #GivingTuesday to help build a movement strong enough to dismantle the fossil fuel industry. Every donation today will be matched — dollar for dollar — so your contribution will go twice as far to protect our planet and communities.

But first, I hope you will allow me just a moment to say why your support — especially today — matters so much to the success of our organization and our movement:

In Canada, campaigners are fighting to stop tar sands expansion. In the United States, organizers are on the ground fighting the Line 3 pipeline and gearing up to demand bold climate action from the Biden administration. In Europe, activists are winning major divestment campaigns and pushing the financial sector to divest from fossil fuels. In the Pacific, community leaders are protecting the wellbeing of present and future generations of Pacific Island people from unprecedented climate disasters.

Our movement is powered by lots of people making small donations. That is truly the only way we will...

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We’re getting excited here at the BCCLA virtual office.

Tomorrow’s a big day. You can take an action that will support hundreds of high school students to learn more about the issues you and I care about. You can support them to have resources and tools to create structural change in their communities.

Every year, the BCCLA brings together over 100 high school students to tackle issues ranging from anti-oppression to their rights as young workers.

For 16 years, we’ve worked with educators and youth experts to provide students with the tools necessary to take action. They’re given resources to push for structural change in their communities.

Our conference is happening virtually in February 2021, and we need $5,000 to make it happen.

This is where you come in. With your support, we can raise the money we need to bring our Youth Conference to life.

On Tuesday, December 1, the BCCLA will be participating in Giving Tuesday. Giving...

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Left Coast Events - December 3rd - 9th

MST Futurism: Decolonizing the City through a Matriarchal Lens


Thursday, 3 December 2020 from 18:00 PST-20:00 PST


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Trump

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Have you heard about Donald Trump’s decision to dredge San Francisco Bay on behalf of Big Oil? If you answered no, you’re not alone. Trump and Co. are trying to keep this project out of sight and away from public scrutiny. And so far, they’ve been successful in doing so. Until now.

Here’s the scoop: Donald Trump has ordered the federal government’s Army Corps of Engineers to dredge San Francisco Bay. Tearing up the bottom of of the Bay with destructive equipment won’t just damage its fragile ecosystem – it will also allow refineries in the East Bay to take in even larger shipments of heavier, more toxic crude, such as tar sands. If it goes ahead, it will have horrific impacts on both frontline communities and the global climate.

The public can submit comments in opposition to dredging in SF Bay directly to the Army Corps of Engineers, and our tool makes it easy to do so. Will you add your voice to the thousands of others demanding this...

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If Unions Had Organized the South, Could Trump Have Been Avoided?

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If Unions Had Organized the South, Could Trump Have Been Avoided?

Chris Wright interviews Michael Goldfield

At a time when activists and commentators are puzzling over the United States’ enduring conservatism, Michael Goldfield’s new book The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press, 2020) provides some perspective. Goldfield argues that the old question “Why no socialism in the US?” reduces to “Why no liberalism in the South?,” which itself is answered, in large part, by unions’ failure to organize the region in the early and middle twentieth century. The book consists of case-studies defending this thesis and exploring what went wrong and how...

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REINSTATE THE UNION LEADERS AT THE SHERATON GRAND CONAKRY!

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If you've been waiting to make your first $3.50 donation, we are matching every donation made between now and the end of Giving Tuesday.

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If you have been waiting to make your first donation to 350, starting right now, we are matching every donation — dollar for dollar — through the end of the day on Giving Tuesday so we can build a movement strong enough to dismantle the fossil fuel industry.

So if you are prepared to make that donation now, please use this link so we can match your contribution:

https://act.350.org/go/GivingTuesdayMatch?utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit

I'm going to be honest: this holiday season, millions of people all over the world are struggling.

From the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, to unprecedented climate disasters uprooting frontline communities, millions of families are fighting with all they have to make ends meet. Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry continues to make billions at the expense of our planet.

That’s why 350 is building a movement that brings people together around the globe to take on the fossil fuel industry and the politicians they bribe.

But unlike the fossil fuel industry, our movement relies on individual donations from thousands of people chipping in what they can. We need your support to build enough people power to demand bold action from...

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Justice and Dignity for All: Stories From the Struggle for Pay Equity

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Justice and Dignity for All:
Stories From the Struggle for Pay Equity

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By Evert Hoogers, retired postal worker and former CUPW National Union Representative.

This gripping labour documentary takes 34 minutes to provide an inspiring account of 40 years of struggle by rural and suburban mail couriers in successfully winning the right to unionize, joining the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and finally gaining pay equity with their long-unionized urban counterparts. Comprised of at least 70 per cent women workers, the stories of these rural activist/organizers emerge from the background of many years of resistance by an employer that cynically used federal legislation declaring them “independent contractors” – and thus a “competitive advantage” – that denied them the right to unionize and earn a living wage....

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Stand up to Big Oil

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Imagine with me, if only for a minute, a future where people triumph over the fossil fuel industry. A world where communities no longer have to worry about being poisoned by extracting, refining, and burning fossil fuels – and the climate crisis is a concern of the past.

In this world, governments stop giving oil giants a free ride, and fracked gas fields are gradually replaced with solar farms, wind turbines, and sustainable buildings – all powered by a just transition for workers. Concerns over air and water pollution disappear. Global temperatures slow their rise, level off, and the climate stabilizes. This future, OUR future, is within reach – but only if we have the strength (and a plan!) to wrest it from the hands of the fossil fuel industry.

That’s where SAFE Cities comes in: a movement of neighbours, local groups, and elected officials taking a Stand Against Fossil Fuel Expansion to protect communities and address the climate crisis.

Together, we’re calling for, legislating, and ultimately...

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Women and Students Are Leading Thailands Fight for Democracy

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Women and Students Are Leading Thailand’s Fight for Democracy

Ashley Smith interviews Giles Ji Ungpakorn

A mass movement for democracy has swept Thailand since July. Led by a new generation of students and workers, protests have taken place throughout the country. They are fighting for a profound transformation of Thai society. Thai socialist Giles Ji Ungpakorn is a former associate professor of politics at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He was forced into exile in Britain, after being charged with lèse-majesté (insulting the monarchy) in late 2008 because of his book, A Coup For the Rich, which criticized the 2006 military coup. In this interview, Ungpakorn discusses the uprising and how activists...

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SUNDAY! The Farming Revolution We Need - SCNCC Live

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Toward a better world

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