[Sjsall] upcoming events and opportunities

Dear Friends of SJS,

NEW eco-political music-video from Bill Carroll:

I’ve put this short (3 minute) music-video together, based on the simple saying, ‘If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.’ It’s called Keep it in the Ground, and features footage from various places, worldwide – showing the extraction of carbon from the earth and the popular resistance to that, including student strikes, extinction rebellion, Ende Gelände, COP protests, Indigenous protectors and divestment. Musically, it’s sped-up hip-hop with marimba/vibes accompaniment.

Here is the youtube link: https://youtu.be/OHK_yutaSFc . The mp4 file (410 MB) can be downloaded in high-definition here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9gvpn97p9xi6p8b/kiigFinal.mp4?dl=0.

I hope it may be of value as a mobilizing tool for climate action. Please feel free to share it widely. This is an entirely non-commercial side project.

Best wishes,


CAPI Internships

See information at https://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/capi/internships/home/current-opportunities/index.php

The Kalmo Refugee Support Group is doing an Online Auction November 24th - December 7th to raise money to help local resident and former refugee Marwo Abdi to reunite with four family members still living in a refugee camp. We have over 50 items thus far including a botanical tattoo,... massage sessions, tea workshop for up to 15 people, books, linocut prints, handmade greeting cards, beaded and silver earrings, theatre and movie tickets, orca felting kit, swag from Radical Buttons, a custom-made fancy cake, assistance with an FOI request, fresh-roasted coffee, Blue Mountain pottery, and gift certificates from: Atlas Café, Beehive Wool Shop, Big Wheel Burger, Bolen Books, Caffe Fantastico, Cold Comfort, Fernwood Coffee Company, Floyd’s Diner, Hide + Seek Coffee, Il Terrazzo Ristorante, Knotty By Nature, Mason Street Nursery, Pagliacci’s Restaurant, Saraya Hot Bread, Soap Exchange, and Wildfire Organic Bakery & Café.

Marwo is from Somalia and she and her family were displaced by the war there in 1990 which is still ongoing. Marwo grew up in a refugee camp and came to Canada through a WUSC scholarship to UVic. Her mother, brother, and two cousins (one is a 12 year old child) are still living in a refugee camp and we are supporting Marwo to privately sponsor them to come to Lkwungen/W̱SÁNEĆ territories (aka ‘victoria’). Privately sponsored refugees are not eligible for welfare, subsidized housing, or food banks in their first year and before they can look for work they need time to adjust to the huge culture shock, learn English, and heal from the impacts of war and displacement. We have a fundraising goal of $75,000 which includes basics like rent, food, clothes, and health/dental not covered by the Interim Federal Health Program, and also one-time expenses like the plane fare to Canada. Kalmo has already raised over $56,000, and the immigration applications have been provisionally accepted so we expect the family to arrive soon. For more info about Marwo and her family see https://kalmovictoriabc.wordpress.com

How you can help:

1. Share the attached poster, which describes the event and explains how to participate, and encourage others to do the same. If you are part of relevant FB groups please consider sharing there too. You can use the writeup about Marwo above to encourage people to participate.

2. Invite FB friends to join the public group where the fundraiser is taking place, https://www.facebook.com/groups/kalmoauction/ (this FB group is specific to this fundraiser so it won’t sign people up for ongoing updates). If you already have friends in that group, PM them to let them know the auction is happening again this year and encouraging them to take a look at the group to see items up for bid.

3. For people NOT on FB - share the following links:

For more info on how this fundraiser works see tinyurl.com/kalmofun

To view the auction items go to tinyurl.com/kalmobid

4. Once the bidding opens on Nov 24, share to your page the individual post(s) of any specific items you think your friends might be interested in. All posts are public so can be widely shared. Encourage other folks to share too.

5. Tag in FB friends or share with them specific items that you think they might be interested in, for themselves or as gifts.

We want to acknowledge that this fundraiser is inspired by the Onaman Collective’s Auction for Action, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1139537812807939/ which raises money for Nimkii Aazhibikong, an Anishinaabe language camp for youth and elders.

Please contact the Kalmo Refugee Support Group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.


Nov. 21:

Aid for Cuba collection:

The following material aid is being collected for next January when our committee will be visiting Cuba on a fact finding mission. Thanks to the US blockade, which is being tightened almost daily, we would like to fill all our suitcases with items that Cubans are in much need of.

If you would like to donate any of the following items please bring them to our Social Justice Film Night or, if they need to be picked up, please let us know:

Office & Educational supplies - Pens, Pencils, Staplers, Staples, Note Pads, Erasers, Printing Paper, Magic Markers, Calculators, Computer Tablets and the like.

Health items - prescription drugs & eyeglasses, blood monitors, toothbrushes.

Musical Instruments - harmonicas, recorders, tambourines, flutes, whistles

The National Council of the National Association of the Blind of Cuba are very much in need of and have requested - Canes, Chess Games and a Braille Typewriter (all for the blind).

Another item requested by our great friends at the Cuban Institute in Solidarity with the People is a video camera for linking each other through the internet when they hold conferences.

All items must be new or as good as new. We need to bring our best for people we are in solidarity with.

We will purchase other items needed to fill our suitcases. Donations of funds to support this initiative are greatly appreciated. All donated funds will go for the purchasing of needed items.

Committee members will pay for all their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Nov. 23:

Join VIDEA for this years Fair Trade Fair!!! Saturday 23rd November!!!

It's that time of the year again!!!!!

Seriously, the BEST event of the season - I know we're biased, but... it's TRUE!!!!!

Support over 30 local Fair Trade vendors selling unique seasonal crafts, shop with a conscience, meet new friends, enjoy the truly AMAZING food from the International Women's Catering COOP, coffee from Level Ground Trading, great world music, and above all breathe in the good will, kindness, and energy in bucket loads!!!!

Where will you find us? Saturday November 23rd, 10-4pm at the First Metropolitan United Church 392 Balmoral Rd, Victoria. Wheelchair accessible. Admission by donation.

We have over 30 new and returning vendors that will be selling one-of-a-kind gifts! You're sure to find something for everyone on your list.

Nov. 29:

Dec. 6:

Film Showing: The Condor & The Eagle

First Peoples House

6:45 Doors Open

7pm Welcoming Ceremony followed by speakers

7:30pm film screening followed by Q & A with speakers

$5-$40 Suggested donation

Join us for the Victoria premiere of Sophie and Clement Guerra's documentary, The Condor & The Eagle (2019, 122 min.),

A film that follows four Indigenous climate leaders engaged in critical actions to preserve their territories from environmental devastation.

Following the screening we will be joined by speakers Erynne M. Gilpin & Kl. Peruzzo

As the Amazon rain-forest burns uncontrollably for many weeks, UN climate scientists are predicting unprecedented global catastrophe. The Condor & The Eagle features Indigenous leaders, from the global North and the global South, deploying an unparalleled joint and coordinated global response. The film embarks on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian plains to the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America, in effect deepening the meaning and importance of Climate Justice.

The Condor & The Eagle offers an intimate glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance. The film's four protagonists learn from one another’s legacies of resistance to colonialism’s extractive economies. Their path through the jungle takes them on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and to one another.

At its core The Condor & The Eagle illustrates tangible actions anybody can take, inviting settlers to follow the call from Indigenous communities. Featuring intimate interviews, brisk pacing and unforgettable original animation sequences from Lucy Animation Studio, The Condor & The Eagle will inspire you to consider the what you can do to tackle the climate crisis.

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

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


We acknowledge and respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose unceded territory the university stands and whose relationships with the land continue to this day.

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