A spring update!

A quick note to fill you in on what we’ve done and what’s coming up! spring-blog-floss-1.jpg

We were delighted to welcome Flossie Baker as our full time intern organizer in January.  Many of you will have had the pleasure of meeting her. She loves going for coffee! Her email is flossie.baker10@gmail.com if you have a spare half an hour!

 

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What if we had more power?

The stuff we do is important already right? Otherwise we wouldn't bother! Yes of course I’m interested in building solid broad based power to make sure we the people set the agenda! Duh! But how am I ever going to fit in the time?

 And should I? We work on our priorities. We say “No” a lot. How will giving time to Greater Victoria Acting Together not be a time suck away from your real priorities? The hungry need the soup kitchen every week. The seniors really need that housing project I am working on. My union’s campaign for better working conditions is crucial. Climate change will advance if we don’t act now!

 Some days you feel as if you might even win! But you know what.. so far not so much.

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No more social action Whack-a-Mole ( plus cute kitty video!)

Activists take action on issues that move them. I do. I have, over the years, engaged in a terrifyingly wide range of issue protests for example. “No nukes” “Take Back the Night”, “Peace” “Kill Bill C51”, you name it. I showed up. I have also participated in teach-ins and strikes and “unstrikes” and flash mobs and of course lots of internet and hand written petitions. I’ve had a lot of fun being involved in designing really creative ways of drawing attention to the cause in the moment. Like the time when bus drivers in the union for which I worked dressed up in clown suits and tuxedos to drive home the message that they were without a collective agreement and therefore under no obligation to wear their uniforms. 

 

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How we became interested in broad-based organizing

GVAT started as a result of frustration by activists in Victoria Faith in Action about their effectiveness in solving poverty issues. We protested at the provincial legislature as well as other actions but we realized that fighting the status quo is an uphill battle. Then we discovered Metro Vancouver Alliance that achieves results because it sets the political agenda and leads the politicians.

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