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Dear Friends of SJS,

VIPIRG needs your SUPPORT!!

Hi everyone,

We're writing to you at a very important time. VIPIRG, the organization you have known and loved since the 80s, has to go to referendum in the coming week. If we lose this referendum, we will no longer be able to provide any services on the UVic campus.

What this means is that we must ask UVic undergraduate students to continue to support us through the $3.00 per semester fee that makes up the majority of our organization's funding. If we lose this referendum, we not only lose the vast majority of our funding, but we also lose our right to exist on campus in the space we currently rent from the UVSS. In other words, losing the referendum could... mean the end of VIPIRG. Of course this sounds very doomsday, but we are doing everything we possibly can to make sure that we win the referendum... and we need your help to do it!

Campaign period starts today, February 25 at 9am, and the polls close on March 8th at noon. There are a lot of rules and regulations around any campus referendum, stipulating who can be involved in campaigning and in what capacity. Here's how you can help us between now and then:

If you are any other kind of VIPIRG supporter (grad student, professor, volunteer, community member, general VIPIRG lover):

1) Statement of Support!

We would appreciate receiving a statement of support for us to post on our website. Just a few sentences is adequate :)

According to UVSS referendum rules, please don't endorse our referendum question (ie. you can't include "vote no!" in your letter), BUT you can definitely write us letters of support to show how important VIPIRG is to UVIC and the broader Victoria community. We appreciate any and all letters that come in, including from individuals. Please send your letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2) Share our campaign page with UVic students.

We have a dedicated campaign page at www.vipirg.ca/vote. Please talk to students about the referendum, direct students to that page, and tell them about the good work that VIPIRG does. VIPIRG staff and volunteers will be doing classroom talks during the campaign period.

3) Publicize our events and conference!

Since we will all be very, very busy during this time, we will need a great deal of support around our annual conference which takes place a week after the referendum ends. Lee Maracle will be speaking in a keynote panel, featuring Mayor Lisa Helps and former UVic Provost, Dr Reeta Tremblay. Our events page is here, and the conference page is www.vipirg.ca/conference.

THANK YOU all in advance for your support. Help us keep VIPIRG alive!!!!


Boma Brown

Director of Internal Affairs

Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

phone: 250-721-7285

web: www.vipirg.ca

office: University of Victoria Student Union Building Room B122

mail: PO Box 3035 Stn CSC, Victoria, BC, Lekwungen Territories, V8W 3P3


Feb. 28:



By Maria Torrellas

It has been shown in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela, Spain, France, Canada, England, Turkey and San Francisco CA, and will now be shown in Victoriaa. This film evokes the continuous role of women in the Revolution, both in the guerrilla struggle and in the construction of the new Cuban society, through the testimonies of heroines such as Vilma Espín, Celia Sánchez and Haydée Santamaría, the founding figures of the Revolution, and also of contemporary women from different sectors of Cuban society. Reflections and life experiences that show how these women were nourished by the values built in the revolutionary struggle in the late 1950s.


By Hernando Calvo Ospina

This documentary came out recently and the cover page of the documentary says: “This documentary is not temporary. It will be valid as long as the United States persists in ending the Bolivarian Revolution that is being built in Venezuela, to seize its immense oil wealth”. It is based on interviews with Venezuelan scholars who, in simple and didactic language, tell us a story that the mainstream media insist on hiding or misrepresenting. Ospina’s documentary helps us understand why Venezuela has been in news all over the world for a long time now. Its take differs from the supposed mainstream corporate media and is based on the interviews conducted with a variety of individuals from different walks of life. It also puts in the right perspective the way the US administration has shown interest in the internal affairs of Venezuela.


March 7:

Student Open Forum Against Racism Storytelling Workshop

Thursday, March 7, 2019

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: TBA

This event will host Black Students, Indigenous Students, and Students of Colour to tell their stories of experiencing racism on campus in a variety of artistic forms.


March 8:

International Women’s Day

On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/336893877034911/


March 13:

Human Rights in Israel and Palestine: Canada's Response and Responsibility

Where: UVic David Turpin Building A102

When: March 13, 7-9 pm

An expert panel discussion featuring:

• William Geimer, a US army veteran, retired trial lawyer and law professor; author of "Canada:The Case for Staying Out of Other People's Wars

• Adrian Fine, retired medical specialist: 11 years active member of Independent Jewish Voices(IJV)

• Michael J. Carpenter, a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Global Studies, UVic; author of "Palestinian Popular Struggle: Unarmed and participatory" (Routledte 2019)

Bring your questions and concerns


Social Justice Studies UVic

Independent Jewish Voices

Vancouver island Peace and disarmament Network

KAIROS Victoria

Poster attached (please share widely)


March 16:


March 19:

Social Justice Studies Annual Lecture

The Challenge of Climate Justice: Can we make a just transition from fossil capitalism?

A talk by Dr. William Carroll

7 to 9 pm

David Turpin Building A110


March 23:

Margo L. Matwychuk, PhD

Director, Social Justice Studies

c/o Dept of Anthropology

University of Victoria

PO Box 1700, STN CSC

Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Office: Cornett B210

PH: (250) 721-6283

FAX: (250) 721-6215

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