Saturday, October 4, 2008

Why Resist 2010?

Everyone welcome - come on out!

Saturday October 25th
Olympics Resistance Benefit Show
Doors 8 pm
Rhizome Cafe, 317 E. Broadway (corner Kingsway)
$5-20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Poster linked at:

* Gabriel Teodros is a hip hop artist and member of the group Abyssinian Creole. He is of Ethiopian, Scottish, Irish & Native descent. His music is determined by a social consciousness. His recent album "Lovework" topped the CMJ Hip Hop charts.

* JB the First Lady is a triple threat as an Emcee, Actor and Director. She hails from the Nuxalk and Cayuga Nations and over the past five years has been heavily involved in the urban native youth community. Expression is her life's work.

* Echolalia is a politically infused and high energy all female folk/punk duo from Vancouver. Band members include Adrian Chappell on Violin and Vocals, Steph Cameron on Guitar and Vocals.

Sunday October 26th
Panel and workshops
10:30 am - 5:30 pm @ SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings, corner Granville, Waterfront Skytrain Station
Free. Donations thankfully accepted.

Room 1700. 11 am to 1 pm: Panel:

- Myths and Realities of the Olympics Industry: Chris Shaw is a professor at UBC and also one of the founders of 2010 Watch, an 2010 Olympic watchdog organization. He has recently published "Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games".

- Impacts on Indigenous Peoples and Lands: Kanahus Pellkey is Secwepemc & Ktnuxa and co-founder of the Secwepmec Native Youth Movement. Her mission is to defend and protect the land, mountains, and clean water and food, including from Olympics development such as Sun Peaks resort on her peoples' territory.

- Corporate Control of the Olympics: Garth Mullins is an activist, writer, and researcher who has been active in a variety of social justice struggles. He is on the advisory board of "Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action" and is working on a doctorate on communities intervening in capitalist globalization.

- Vancouver's Olympics Legacy: from homelessness to migrant labour exploitation: Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist and writer involved in local and global anti-capitalist & anti colonial movements, migrant justice organizing, feminist & anti-racist networks, and works in the DTES.

- Olympics, Tar Sands, and the Security and Prosperity Partnership: Dustin Johnson is a member of the Tsimshian Nation, coordinator of North Coast Enviro Watch documenting the impacts of the Tar Sands and Olympics, and organizer with Native 2010 Resistance.

1 pm to 1:30 pm: Lunch break

Room 1530. 1:30 pm to 5:45 pm: Workshops: Educate yourself and get involved!

(1:30-3:30 pm) Displacement from Indigenous, Rural, to Urban communities: Facilitated by Odessa Sterritt (Gitxsan Nation, Native 2010 Resistance, DTES mental health advocate) ; Wendy Pederson (Carnegie Community Action Project); and Alaina Tom (Statimc Native Youth Movement)

(3:45-5:45pm) Security Apparatus and Criminalization of Resistance + Getting involved in the Movement! Facilitated by Megan Craig (Anti-Poverty Committee and Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group); Gord Hill (Native 2010 Resistance, Warrior Publications); Cecily Nicholson (No One Is Illegal, DTES Women Centre worker); and Tammie Tupechka (The Torch, No Olympics at Brittania Group, DTES outreach worker)

* Accessibility information:
- Bus tickets will be available on both days.
- Both venues are wheelchair accessible.
- Bag Lunch will be provided during Sunday conference.
- Register early for free childcare on Sunday so we can make appropriate arrangements. Email or call 604-220-0451

* Download posters and leaflets:
Click here to download pdf of 11 x 17 Colour poster
Click here to download pdf of half-page Colour leaflets
Click here to download pdf of 11 x 17 Black and White poster
Click here to download pdf of half-page Black and White leaflets

* Information for those coming from out of town:
See billeting information below

* Interested in helping out?
If you are able to help with any of the following, please do get in touch by email at We greatly appreciate any help!

- If you can offer up a spare room, couch, or floor space to out of town participants
- Help with outreach including postering and flyering
- Volunteer on the days of the conference with setup, cleanup, tabling, food preperation etc
- If you have access to vehicles to help with transport
- If you are able to help secure donations of food such as fruit and snacks for the Sunday