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Sunday, 17 April 2005 06:19
LEFT COAST EVENTS & NEWS (pt II) - Lower Mainland - April 15th, 2005 

1.  Family Event at Science World - April 16th
2.  Two New Dance Creations - May
3.  Arts & Crafts Auction Fundraiser - May 7th
4.  Great Debate, Dinner, Dance - May 7th
5.  Mother's Day March & Rally - May 8th
6.  Showcasing Political & Enlightened Entertainment - May 14th
7.  Int'l Day of Solidarity w/Haiti - May 18th
8.  Doxa Documentary Film & Video Festival - May 24th
9.  School for Grassroots Organizing - May 28-August 1st



The Silbury Sampler

A Family Event at Science World with a Medieval Twist

April 16th 
6:30 ? 10:00 pm

The Silbury School and Resource Centre for Gifted and Creative Children invites you to see our vision that will ignite a passion for learning, spark humanitarian values and develop our children as future thinkers, leaders and innovators.

6:30 pm Registration Starts

              Junkology and Resource professionals available

6:40 pm Sharp ?

             Science World?s NEW Interactive Climate Change Show ? the first 50 people to show up!!

7pm ?8pm ? Interactive Experience

?          Hands-on learning: Brickville DesignWorks an authorized LEGO affiliate organization, presently at Science World, is providing a creative, interactive learning experience.  Join in the castles building merriment complete with flinging catapults and other creative endeavors.

?          Mind Mapping: Abdul Hassam, PhD, presents Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan?s strategy for expanding your natural learning potential. Learn a fun technique for remembering the planets.

?          LEGO Robotics: with Paul Nagelkerke, interact with his jousting knights.

?          Multiple Intelligences: Play with Carol-Anne as see talks about Medieval Medicine!! Carol-Anne Bickerstaff is an international facilitator and educator, and will teach with Multiple Intelligences strategies.

?          Storytelling: Marilina Musto, tells the imaginative math tale ?Sir Cumference and the Round Table??math can be entertaining.

?          Inventor: Farrell Segall, whose Pixellation display you can see at Science World, will explore ?time? in the medieval sense.

Available from 6:30 ? 8:00, and after the show

During our Sampler Evening we will have professionals on hand to answer questions

?          Dyslexia: Sue Hall, from the Positive Dyslexia Center, will be showing you the Davis Method of creating word images with clay.

?          Brain Gym: Sharon Promislow, International lecturer, author and Specialized Kinesiologist will be available to talk about Brain Gym & Brain based learning.

?          Social Skills: Sarina Kier, Integrative Health and Education, social skills instructor, homeopathy, nutrition and diet expert.

?          Tutoring: Daphne Beames, owner and facilitator of Individualized Learning Group Ltd., will discuss strategies for different learning styles.

?          Technology Products for Learning & Productivity Challenges: Secrest Resources, Rick Stuible

?          Books: Odin Books will have books on display that you can purchase through Silbury or at the store.

?          Gifted Children?s Association ? Representatives available for answering questions

8:10 ?8:50

            Cinemazoo - Unique and amazing live animals from Cinemazoo who are featured in movies, commercials

            and print. ? Always a crowd pleaser with the children

 8:15 ? 8:45

             Presentation About the Silbury Vision ? For the parents

9:00 ? 10:00  ?Suzuki Speaks?, a film by Avanti Pictures ? For the whole family

 Location:              Science World, 1455 Quebec Street

(2nd level) in the LEGO room, New Climate Change Exhibit and Theater areas

RSVP Kelly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 604-264-7019 Further questions contact Karen at (604) 261-4695

Admission by donation.

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EDAM presents . . .

The Underside
Two New Dance Creations in Final Season Presentation

Event: The Underside
New dance by choreographers Peter Bingham and Wen Wei Wang

Dates: May 4, 6-7, 11, 13-14, Time: 8 pm
Venue:  EDAM's Studio Theatre at 303 E. 8th Ave., Vancouver

Tickets: $15 advance &  $18 at the door
Reservations: 604-876-9559

The Underside, the final of three EDAM studio theatre presentations this season, will feature two new dance creations: SLIP, choreographed by EDAM's Artistic Director Peter Bingham, and One + One, choreographed by guest artist Wen Wei Wang.

Slip is a metaphor that takes a look at how support in our lives is constantly shifting and reconfiguring. The strength of our adaptability and speed of our reaction depends both on our past knowledge and our ability to improvise the incremental differences of each moment. Some days are better than others. In every move and decision, there is the potential to falter or to soar. As in life, the slightest distraction or loss of focus could cause a downfall. The dancers in Slip recognize and embrace this challenge - the result is a complex physical dance that exhilarates in risk-taking. Slip will be performed by Delia Brett, Anne Cooper, Kathleen McDonagh and, new to the Vancouver dance scene, Ali Robson.

The second dance of the evening will be created and performed by guest artist Wen Wei Wang. Drawing upon his unique background in classical Chinese ballet and Western contemporary dance, Wen Wei's One + One is a thoughtful work that reflects upon issues of self and identity.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.  Call 604.876.9559 for reservations.  The Wednesday, May 4th showing is free and reservations are required.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.edamdance.org

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~~ The Hastings 7 Art & Craft Auction Fundraiser ~~

on Saturday, May 7th,
2005 at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre (805 E. Pender Street)

doors open at 8pm art & craft auction at 9.30pm super folk music to follow -
salmon bbq (mmm...) and cash bar (yay!) also available -

$10 - $20 sliding scale (salmon not included, but it will be affordable!) no
one will be turned away for lack of $$

Advance Tickets Available From:
** People's Co-op Bookstore :: 1391 Commercial Drive, EastVan.
** Seamrippers Craft Collective :: 436 West Pender, Downtown.
(get your tickets early!!)

For more information on the event, or to book a table there, please contact
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If you have art or craft stuffs to donate, please contact philippa at
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*** All proceeds from this event will support the Hastings 7 Legal Defense
Fund, to help off-set court costs for 7 eastside activists/residents who
were brutalized by the Vancouver Police Department in February of 2004, and
who were then charged themselves.  For background information on the
Hastings 7 case, please visit http://resist.ca/~vpdbrutality *****

 From: "Phil Lyons" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >



Please find attached a flyer with the details for the "Great Debate" and Paradigm's 3rd Annual Dinner and Dance to be held on Saturday, May 7th, 2005.

The topic of the Great Debate is Income Tax, Un-Constitutional and Illegal or Constitutional and Legal?  You be the Judge.

The debate is open to all truth-seekers interested in the educational experience of hearing from two very well-respected men, who have dedicated many years of research, developing their respective positions on the topic of Income Tax.

Join us for an event that promises to be educational as well as fun.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The debate will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a 20 minute break and then a Q&A till 4:30 p.m.
Following the debate will be the celebration of Paradigm's 3rd annual dinner and dance.  In addition to Paradigm's educators, this event will be open to all Paradigm students, family and friends.

The location for these events is the Chilliwack Best Western, Rainbow Country Inn.

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Second annual Mother?s Day March & Rally:
Bringing in Mother?s Day with a Bang

(Vancouver, Canada) ? Building on an a tremendously successful Mother?s Day
March and Rally in 2004, Grassroots Women will honor Mother?s Day with two
events in the heart of the Vancouver?s working- class community.
This May 8, 2005, at 2pm, working- class mothers, their children, childcare
and domestic workers, and supporters will gather at Woodland Park (Woodland
and Adanac) and march to Grandview Park on Commercial Drive to support the
call ?Universal Childcare is a Women?s Right.? The March and Rally will
include speakers from various community organizations, performers, and
children?s activities.

On May 28, 2005, Grassroots Women will release a comprehensive and timely
report entitled ?Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Examining the Impact of
Childcare Policy on Marginalized Women.? The report is the culmination of a
yearlong Participatory Action Research project involving over 70 mothers and
childcare workers. The report documents the myriad of ways in which working
class women?s development and equality is stalled by childcare policy in
Canada. It is a testament to the daily struggles of working class mothers
and childcare workers as well as a tribute to both their individual and
collective resistance.

?Despite decades of promises, Canada still has no universal, national
childcare policy,? explains Rachel Rosen, a childcare workers and member of
Grassroots Women. ?So the Live-in Caregiver Program ? where domestic workers
are little more than modern-day slaves ? is the defacto national program.
This highly exploitative program does not serve the needs of any working
class women, including the domestic workers themselves. This is why it is
essential that we take to the streets to reclaim Mother?s Day!?

Grassroots Women has been campaigning for universal childcare since 1999. As
part of this campaign, Grassroots Women has presented working class women?s
demands for universal childcare to federal Minister of Social Development
Ken Dryden and has mobilized over 5000 people to send postcards to the
federal government calling for the implementation of a universal childcare

For more information or to volunteer for the Mother?s Day March and Rally,
contact Rachel at (604) 682-4451 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Grassroots Women
#304 - 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 1H7

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all proceeds given directly to radicals facing criminal charges


saturday may 14th, doors open at 7:30PM

ADMISSION $5-20, but no one turned away

this money raised from this showcase will go to:

-JOHN GRAHAM DEFENCE; to help with the burdens that former American Indian
Movement member John Graham's family faces while waiting for the appeal
process to start over his extradition case to the United States.
-FRANK MARTIN; a local native soveriegntist facing obstruction charges
after an RCMP Division E intelligence officer pulled him over on the
highway near Abbotsford.


RICKY LAVALLIE - a native bluegrass player from downtown eastside.
ANDY MASON - Mohawk/Upper Cayuga folk and rock songwriter.
THE ANGRY COMIC MARK SMITH - hosts comedy night at Granville's Cellar.
CORWIN FOX - songwriter and producer from Victoria B.C.
HOSTED BY - Joey Only, local anarchist bluesygrass songwriter.
more acts to be announced as various negotiations continue...

prizes, raffles, draws, giveaways, art
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-THURSDAY APRIL 14th @ the Railway, RAE SPOON cd release party
-APRIL 28th @ the YALE: John Graham Defence Party, Manik, Joey Only, more.
-JUNE 11th @ the PIC: 100th Anniversary of the I.W.W.

   All proceeds were divided three ways, one part went to the musicians
and performers, another to the Waldorf Seven legal defence fund and the
third was to Joey Only's legal defence fund for the Westmount Trial in
Montreal.  In total well over $500 was raised at the door and from the
various raffles and draws.  The show featured the opening solo acts of
Nayden with a guitar and Altona McAwesome on a banjo.  Ross Waldron
from Australia played a 25 minute instrumental set using crazy chicken
noises.  Then we got into some hip hop first with MCEhawk who really
got the crowd stoked for the Dead By Dawn Sound System who rocked the
PIC!!  Then Corwin Fox from Victoria surprised everyone with his upbeat
voice and intelligent persona before Joey Only came out decked out in
cowboy threads to stomp out a 35minit set full of high energy.  Andy
Mason and the Tricksters took over and left the stage open for Rae
Spoon who closed the night in good style.

  Industrial Worker of the World t-shirts and memorabilia were raffled off
along with CD's of the performers and a Ken Foster original peice of
art.  Over 130 people came through the PIC that night, they said they
were very happy with us; that is how we managed to set up another show
there...I hope you all make it.

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Day Movement!

Stand with the people of Haiti against the Coup, the de facto protectorate and foreign occupation of Haiti.
What: - A grassroots initiative by The University of Guyana African Culture & Development Association (UGACDA) in association with the Global Afrikan Congress (GAC) Guyana, endorsed by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network and co-sponsored by a network of university students, human rights' activists, Haiti solidarity organizations, progressive radio and press outlets, reparation organizations and the global African community from the Caribbean, U.S., Canada, France, Latin America, Africa. (The students at University of Guyana have made the May 18th announcement on their website at: http://www.acdagy.com/haiti_solidarity_day.htm )

When: May 18, 2005 - Haitian Flag Day is International Solidarity Day with Haiti!!!
Why? To support the resistance inside and outside of Haiti to the U.S./Canada/France-backed Coup D'etat and foreign occupation of Haiti.

Why: To support the Haitian Lawyers Leadership
Network's Haiti Resolution calling for a stop to the
killings, rapes and political persecutions; return to
Constitutional rule; release of all political
prisoners; disarm, prosecute and bring the death
squads, ex-military, paramilitaries, renegade police
and Coup d'etat orchestrators to justice;  to not
remobilize the former military or reconstitute human
rights violators into the police force; give
temporary protected status to fleeing Haitian
refugees, and support calls by CARICOM, OAS,
African Union, Congressional Black Caucus for
investigations into foreign powers' role in the Coup

Why? To say to the Haitian demonstrators and marchers:
"You shall not walk or die along this freedom road
alone or in vain. We shall fly Dessalines' liberating
colors on May 18, 2005 worldwide!"

ACTIVITIES: There will be teach-ins, rallies and
lectures before and on May 18, 2005 about Haiti's
historical accomplishments, the unmatched achievements
of the Lavalas movement; vigils, pickets outside
embassies and U.N. buildings; audio and video
streaming for internet and DVD distribution of
testimony from victims and resisters of the Coup
d'etat; letter campaigns, media outreach campaigns,
the wearing and flying of the blue and red colors of
Haiti; and, the sacrilege of last year's bicentennial
coup, shall be remembered as Africans worldwide commit
to fax, call-in and deliver to French Embassies and
Consulates worldwide the petition from The People of
Haiti demanding that France pays back the 22 Billion
dollars it extorted from Haiti after its people had
broken the chains of racial slavery to win their


Dessalines Rising Worldwide! Answer the call - Join
the list of sponsors for this Haiti Liberation Day

All people of conscience invited to sponsor in event.
(See attached flyer)
Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers' Leadership Network

"Men anpil chay pa lou"  is Kreyol for - "Many hands
make light a heavy load."

See, The Haitian Leadership Networks'  7 "Men Anpil
Chay Pa Lou" campaigns to help restore Haiti's
independence, the will of the mass electorate and the
rule of law.
Here is what you can do to help us help the people of
Action Requested from Haiti solidarity groups and
activists for justice and democracy

Please circulate our mailings and posts to your
mailing list and e-mail contacts. Subscribe by writing
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Read, adopt and circulate the Haiti Resolution (see
below) from the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
and/or the Porto Alegre Declarations on Haiti adopted
at the World Social Forum in 2005:

Circulate the human rights reports, especially the
latest Miami Law Center report:

Do Press Work: Join our letter writing campaigns to
help free the political prisoners in Haiti, stop the
persecution of Haiti's most popular political party
and restore Constitutional rule. Write a letter, call
the media, fax, - See our Press Work page for sample
letters and contact information:

HLLN Networkers are urged, in addition to the general
writing campaigns and e-mail circulations, to also
consider volunteering as primary
coordinators/contributors to one of our seven

Support our lawyers in Haiti and HLLN projects, such
as, our partnership with AUMOHD, the young human
rights lawyers in Haiti who are defending the
defenseless poor whose only crime is that they voted
for Lavalas, supported Constitutional rule or are
resisting a return of the bloody U.S.-trained Haitian
army and US-sponsored dictatorship. For information on
AUMOHD, go to: http://www.april6vt.org/

Support the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Haiti

1. Demand the return of constitutional rule to Haiti
by restoring all elected officials of all parties to
their offices throughout the country until the end of
their mandates and another election is held, as
mandated by Haiti's Constitution;

2. Condemn the killings, illegal imprisonment and
confiscation of the property of supporters of Haiti's
constitutional government and insist that Haiti's
illegitimate "interim government" immediately cease
its persecution and put a stop to persecution by the
thugs and murderers from sectors in their police
force, from the paramilitaries, gangs and former

3. Insist on the immediate release of all political
prisoners in Haitian jails, including Prime Minister
Yvon Neptune, Interior Minister Privert and other
constitutional government officials and
folksinger-activist S? Ann;

4. Insist on the disarmament of the thugs, death squad
leaders and convicted human rights violators and their
prosecution for all crimes committed during the attack
on Haiti's elected government and support the
rebuilding of  Haiti's police force, ensuring that it
excludes anyone who helped to overthrow the
democratically elected government or who participated
in other human rights violations;

5. Stop the indefinite detention and automatic
repatriation of Haitian refugees and immediately grant
Temporary Protected Status to all Haitian refugees
presently in the United States until democracy is
restored to Haiti; and

6. Support the calls by the OAS, CARICOM and the
African Union for an investigation into the
circumstances of President Aristide's removal. Support
the enactment of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H
Act which calls for U.S. Congressional investigation
of the forcible removal of the democratically elected
President and government of Haiti.

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Event: Opening Night Screening / DOXA Documentary Film & Video Festival

Date: May 24, 2005    Venue: The Vogue Theatre

Tickets: $15 at Bibliophile Bookshop, Videomatica and Festival Box Office
Information: 604.646.3200 / www.doxafestival.ca

The Komagata Maru's Return To Vancouver
Filmmaker To Attend Opening Night Screening

Vancouver, B.C. - A powerful retelling of one of the most shameful episodes in Canadian history will launch the 2005 DOXA Documentary Film & Video Festival. 

Filmmaker Ali Kazimi's groundbreaking new film, Continuous Journey  tells the story of the Komagata Maru, a ship that carried 376 passengers - men, women, and children - from British India to Vancouver's harbour in 1914.  As subjects of the Crown, they believed they had the legal right to settle in one of the Empire's territories.  Instead, the passengers lived like prisoners for two months, threatened by famine and disease as the ship was refused permission to land.

An essential addition to Canadian history, Continuous Journey is presented in an original way that resonates powerfully with contemporary events.  Involving eight years of research, the film is solidly documented, packed with archival material, and offers an insightful portrait of Vancouver at the turn of the 20th century.  Audiences and critics across the country have been moved by this telling of a little-known piece of Canadian history.

The DOXA screening of Continuous Journey is made possible by the generous support of Library and Archives Canada.   Mr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada and Member of the Order of Canada, will join the filmmaker and other distinguished guests for this local premiere.

DOXA is an annual documentary film festival dedicated to bringing thought-provoking and compelling films to local audiences. This year's festival will run from May 24 - 29, with schedule and ticket information to be announced soon.

Quotes of Note

"Brilliant?rarely has a documentary been so beautifully directed and rendered, shot for shot, image by image, pan by pan, zoom by zoom."
Peter Wintonick
POV Magazine

"Canadians often boast about the vibrancy and strength that flows from a multicultural society. Ali Kazimi's documentary ? shatters any illusions that our nation-builders wanted it that way?. The strength of the film then rests in Kazimi's ability to relate it to systematic racism in Canada's early immigration policies."
Bruce Kirkland
Toronto Sun

"Continuous Journey is the work of an experienced storyteller and image-maker. Kazimi's own journey from India (which he recounts here and in his previous films) has been a fortuitous event for Canada."
Leah McLaren
The Globe & Mail

"Archival material is a fundamental source of information, evidence, knowledge, and sometimes, inspiration.  Library and Archives Canada is proud to have participated in the telling of this story, by enabling access to Canada's documentary heritage.  The power of the documentary cannot be ignored.  Its message, a lesson to all Canadians, is one of respect for all cultures and ethnic backgrounds"

Ian E. Wilson
Librarian and Archivist of Canada & Member of the Order of Canada

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Announcing the School for Grassroots Organizing!
The Bus Riders Union (BRU) is excited to announce our 2nd annual School for Grassroots Organizing! The School will be a fun and dynamic opportunity for marginalized people to learn and share concrete skills to become life-long organizers for social justice. Last year?s 10 School graduates all expressed that they learnt innumerable skills which they continue to use as they organize in their communities today.
As you may be aware, the Bus Riders Union is a grassroots project to build a working class multi-racial women-led organization fighting for the rights of transit-dependent communities in the Lower Mainland. We develop campaigns that address the concrete struggles of transit-dependent people and link them to a movement for short term and structural change.
In a supportive, challenging and creative environment, School participants will learn and engage with both the theory and the practice of organizing for social justice. We will discuss the different forces of oppression and exploitation ? from patriarchy to systemic racism to the political-economic system that we live in ? and engage with the history of people?s resistance both locally and globally. We will talk about the nuts and bolts of organizing ? strategies and tactics based concretely on the example of the BRU and other inspiring case studies. Participants will learn to build consciousness and mobilize their communities, strategize and carry out grassroots campaigns, and train for a lifetime of organizing.
The School will run for two sessions a week (a total of 6 hours/week) from May 29 to August 1 2005. Participants will be expected to attend an orientation session on May 15 to meet facilitators and other participants, get information about the School and receive their package of readings and other materials.
If you are interested in attending the School, please fill out an application and send it to us by Friday, May 6. Visit our website at bru.resist.ca for online application forms and leaflets. We will notify applicants by May 11 as to whether or not they have been accepted. Feel free to come by the office, give us a call or send us an email if you would like more information about the school or just want to talk to us about the BRU!
Both new activists and experienced organizers are encouraged to apply to participate in the School. We prioritize and welcome women and people from communities of colour and Aboriginal communities. Some honoraria and childcare subsidies may be available. Space is limited so apply soon!

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