Welcome to the newsletter of the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group. We invite you to join in our activities.

Tuesday, November 12,

SFU Downtown (Harbour Centre) 6:30 pm, Room 2050

'The next organizing meeting of the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group will take place on Nov. 12. If you would like to join: come to our meeting, phone 604-773-8393 or email.

Upcoming Events:

Public Lecture: Professor Jonn Axsen, Citizen Acceptance of New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure: Value Theory and Canada’s Northern Gateway Pipeline
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 19:00

Energy slaves and the fate of hydrocarbon culture
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 16:30

Bring your boomers #5: Where do we go from here? Gen why media
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 19:00

Council of Canadians: Fracking and LNG are risky business
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 18:45

Vancouver's annual revolution dinner guest speaker: Dr. Michael Parenti
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 18:00

Rally: Defend our climate, defend our Communities
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 14:00

Rising Tide Presents: Gas Land 2
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 19:00

Idle No More: 1yr webinar Winona LaDuke "Restoring Stable Indigenous Economies"
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 10:00

"The New Geopolitics of Food"
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 19:00

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After the evictions, the U.S. Occupy movement struggling at the front lines of the crisis

"Three years after the financial meltdown of 2008, the U.S. Occupy movement opened the possibility for a left regroupment against resurgent neoliberalism. Yet the forceful eviction from the squares just two months after the movement emerged, cut short the development of such a constituting power, of a historic bloc of the “99%.” ...more

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Premiers Alison Redford and Christy ClarkMore publicity stunts for the premiers of British Columbia and Alberta,

as they announce what they call a "truce" over pipelines. Christy Clark and Alison Redford are pushing ahead on plans to bring Alberta tar sands bitumen across pipelines and then to world markets on ocean tankers. Beginning last year, with an eye to the May 2013 provincial election, Premier Clark began insisting that "five conditions" had to  be met before any deal would go through. She postured as an ardent defender of ‘B.C. interest’ in a bid to deflect attention from the serious environmental consequences of pipelines and tankers and the unknown dubious financial gains for the provincial treasury...more

Fracking Christy Clark's HouseWhy so little revolt in the midst of corporate ecocide in BC? Not so: youthful activism alive and well and effective in BC...

A local chapter of the North American activist group, Rising Tide, performed an inspiring act of street theatre and civil disobedience by erecting a 15 foot mock fracking rig on British Columbia Premier Christy Clark's home lawn and announced: “Because the Premier loves fracking, we figured we would save her the hassle of trying to take over other peoples’ homes and bring it right to her!” The fracking and LNG story has lost some profile in the BC context in the face of recent anti-pipeine and anti-coal activism. The rising Tide action has helped put the issue front and centre. Read the Rising Tide news release and other articles about the issue...more

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Surrey Delta Coal Train DemonstrationLower Mainland communities protest expansion of coal ports

- Port Metro Vancouver is moving forward with plans to expand coal exports at Neptune Terminals in North Vancouver and to approve a brand new coal port on the Fraser River at Surrey Docks. Already, the Neptune and Westshore (Roberts Bank) terminals make the port the biggest exporter of coal in North America. That coal produces more GHG pollution than all the tar sands oil proposed for the Northern Gateway pipeline. On October 27th, a number of local grassroots organizations held a rally in New Westminster to oppose these developments and the related increase in coal train traffic...more

David Suzuki - Fukushima - "the most terrifying situation I can imagine"

Monday, November 4, 2013 - "Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine," said Suzuki. "Three out of the four plants were destroyed in the earthquake and in the tsunami. The fourth one has been so badly damaged that the fear is, if there's another earthquake of a seven or above that, that building will go and then all hell breaks loose. And the probability of a seven or above earthquake in the next three years is over 95 per cent." See the video, and commentary.

Edward Snowden issues first official statement:

"In a very short period, the world has learned that some intelligence services operate unaccountable and occasionally criminal dragnet surveillance programs. While the NSA and GCHQ appear to be the worst offenders, we must remember that mass surveillance is a global problem and needs global solutions. Such programs are not just a threat to privacy, but to free expression and open societies. We must not allow the existence of spying technology to determine political policy; we have a moral duty to ensure our law and values constrain surveillance programs and protect basic human rights"...more

Naomi Klein: "...climate scientists say the world is fucked..."

New Statesman, October 29, 3013
"In December 2012, a pink-haired complex systems researcher named Brad Werner made his way through the throng of 24,000 earth and space scientists at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held annually in San Francisco. This year’s conference had some big-name participants, from Ed Stone of Nasa’s Voyager project, explaining a new milestone on the path to interstellar space, to the film-maker James Cameron, discussing his adventures in deep-sea submersibles. But it was Werner’s own session that was attracting much of the buzz. It was titled “Is Earth F**ked?” (full title: “Is Earth F**ked? Dynamical Futility of Global Environmental Management and Possibilities for Sustainability via Direct Action Activism”)"...more

Pipeline map: Have there been any incidents near you?

Ever wonder whether your community contains any buried pipelines? Or if any issues have arisen with them over the years? Through an access-to-information request, CBC News obtained a data set of every pipeline safety incident reported to the federal regulator in the past 12 years...more

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From the organizers: "Join us for what could be the biggest rally against Enbridge so far. Let's make sure Premier Christy Clark and the Harper Government know that for the people of BC, stopping the Enbridge pipeline is an issue as black and white as a Killer Whale."...more
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