July Members Meeting

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Thursday, July 23 – 5:00-7:30pm  edufactory-thumb

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Save the date for our second and last Members Meeting of the Spring/Summer 2015 term. The meeting agenda can be read here. 

As usual, we’ll be serving a hot supper at 5pm before the meeting. 

Minutes from the May 2015 Members Meeting can be read here. For more information about how Members Meeting work please click here: http://wpirg.org/members-meetings/

Lunch and Learn: The Youth of Aamjiwnaang Confront Chemical Valley’s Toxic Legacy


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July 9, 12:00-2:30pm 

Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre

190 Westmount Rd. North, St. Paul’s College, University of Waterloo

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Ten years ago, a health report surfaced that showed two girls were being born for every boy in Aamjiwnaang First Nation due to toxic chemicals emanating from industry in Chemical Valley. The news made international headlines and shamed the Canadian government. Since that time, more refineries have been built, more pipelines have spilled, and the community continues to have inadequate research and information on the scale of contamination in the air, lands, and waters belonging to them.


WPIRG & the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre are proud to host a community lunch and talk by youth members of Aamjiwnaang, Vanessa and Lindsay Gray. The two sisters have been active members of the youth-led ecological protection group ASAP (Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines), which has participated in community activism around the issue of Indigenous land and environmental rights, including speaking tours, petitions, lawsuits, rallies, blockades, scientific testing, and built networks of supporters to help share the story of what is happening to our lands, and our people.

Student, faculty, and staff members from the University of Waterloo community, as well as everyone from Waterloo Region, are invited to join us to host Vanessa and Lindsay for a lunch in the WAEC space at St. Paul’s, and hear from them directly their story and the ways that Waterloo can support their struggle for health, justice, and a better future.

March for Jobs, Justice & the Climate!

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On July 5th we’ll be marching in Toronto for an economy that works for people and the planet.

We want an economy where workers win, communities have more democratic control, and those most impacted and impoverished are the first in line to benefit. An economy that honours Indigenous peoples’ rights and recognizes their role in protecting the land, air and water for everyone. An economy that respects the limits of the environment made clear by climate science.

A bus will be leaving from Kitchener – Waterloo to join the march. This bus is organized by Waterloo 350, a WPIRG action group. The schedule will be as follows.
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Cinema Politica New Members Meeting

WPIRG’s Cinema Politica Waterloo is looking for new members to join our collective and help us grow one of the KW’s best documentary film series! On a monthly basis, we screen socially and politically-themed documentaries at the Princess Twin Cinema with the aim of using film to promote politically-engaged dialogue, movement-building, and social change.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about participating in the collective, please join us on Tuesday July 2, 7:00pm at the Pricess Cinemas (46 King St. N), for our new volunteers meeting.

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