Migration Matters: The Root Causes of Displacement

Posted by admin on May 25th, 2013

Tuesday May 28th at 6:00 pm. Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 East 1st Ave (just east of Commercial Drive). Unceded Coast Salish Territories

Dinner and Childcare provided. FREE EVENT!

Join us for a presentation hosted by No One Is Illegal – Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories to hear how migrant justice is inseparable from anti-colonial land struggles, the fight against gentrification, climate justice, anti-war movements, and organizing against neoliberal trade agreements.


* ELLE-MAIJA TAILFEATHERS is Blackfoot from Kainai, also known as the Blood reserve in Alberta, and Sámi from Arctic Norway. In 2011, she was arrested in front of a fracking development site on Blood reserve. She is also an award-winning filmmaker, check out A Red Girl’s Reasoning – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEXYuZQy8qQ – and Bloodland – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSfBWMSl1rw

* FORMERLY HOMELESS DAVE is an activist for housing rights in the DTES and an organizer against gentrification and displacement. His mother is Skwxwú7mesh and father is from the Carribean. He recently started the Pidgin pickets and went on a 36-day hunger strike with demands for social housing and a social justice zone in the DTES, endorsed by DTES resident groups and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

* GIL AGUILAR is a member of CIPO-VAN, the Vancouver branch of the Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca, Mexico. He also works with migrant agriculture workers and is involved in coalitions organizing for trade, economic and mining justice in Latin America.

* KATIE ZALAZAR is a queer Filipina feminist and anti-imperialist activist who is currently organizing with the migrant justice group Sanctuary Health and the QTIPOCALYPSE collective.

* KHALED BARAKAT is a Palestinian writer and activist. His writings have been widely published in a variety of Arabic-language media outlets. He is active with Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and has co-founded various Palestinian and solidarity organizations in North America.

* performance by HARI ALLURI, a Vancouver-based Filipino South Asian filmmaker and poet who was born in Ogbomosho, Nigeria. His poems have appeared in the following journals, web journals, and zines: 580 Split, Cutthroat, Lumina, Kartika, TAYO, PULSE and RAIN. His poetry is published in several chapbooks, and in the Asian Arts Freedom School, Colouring Book and VONA (forthcoming) anthologies.

* performance by RAZAN ABU-REMAILEH, a Palestinian and Syrian settler of colour on the stolen and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh nations. They are a community organizer whose work deals with their own/ancestral experiences of the diaspora and colonialism.

* performance by RUBY SMITH DIAZ, born to Chilean and Jamaican parents, she has found her passion working as a facilitator with youth outside school environments by using art and popular education. She dedicates her artistic practice to building community and engaging in active decolonization.

The world continues to suffer from climate change, economic policies, military wars and colonial occupations. Among the lives that are lost and the lands that are destroyed are those who are displaced, carrying with them the stories of injustice. Displaced peoples are the human faces of economic, social and ecological crises – stateless Palestinian refugees to the over-representation of Indigenous people in the Downtown Eastside, climate refugees escaping drowning waters to boats of migrants fleeing genocidal wars, mining corporations destroying their land, and global economic imperialism. Justice requires us to fight against displacement at all levels – for the right to remain, the freedom to move, and the right to return.

* ACCESSIBILITY INFO: Grandview Calvary Baptist Church’s kitchen’s entrance is at street level, which gives access to washrooms, kitchen and lower hall. One washroom has a stall that can accommodate a wheelchair.The washroom door opening is 86 cm, and the stall door is 61 cm.

For more information email noii-van@resist.ca or call 778 552 2099.

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