Recopied here is an article from the new "Just Peace Newsbulletin" of January 2019.
RESPECT THE VENEZUELAN ELECTIONS AND
In Venezuela on May 22, 2018, Nicolas Maduro was re-elected with almost 68%
of the votes. On January 15, 2019, the inauguration of the
second term of his presidency was held. His party represents the Bolivarian
movement to raise living standards for workers and the poor, provide more
public services, and regionalize and nationalize economic activities.
The development of pipelines for transporting petroleum and natural gas have been stirring up relations with indigenous communities for decades. There are struggles over two pipelines in my region, British Columbia/ unceded lands of Coast Salish Territories. One is the expansion of the Transmountain pipeline and marine terminal to send bitumen from the Alberta tarsands to the Port of Vancouver and the other is the addition of a gas pipeline from the Peace River region of Northeast B.C. to the Port of Kitimat.
Time to sum up the year, I guess. I did review my short- and
long-term goals in the fall, finding myself mostly on track and arriving at the
decisions I had wanted to make by then. I have made some adjustments to the
goals regarding financial planning.
I am feeling good—refreshed after a break and very positive
from assessing my present situation.
First, let me talk about my holiday. I took the plunge,
splurged and did a Mayan Riviera resort stay. My first time in Mexico and on an
all-inclusive holiday package at a big resort.
November begins the reflective year-end time for me. My birthday in mid-December is approaching and soon after that the conclusion of the calendar year. It is a reflective period for me--a time to assess what I have been doing and where I'm heading. I am gearing up to do that and review and reset my goals.
In this part of the world, the weather gets dark, cold and rainy in November. It can be downright gloomy. Like other people, I usually feel blue in November.
The autumn and winter of this region is not like the rainy seasons of the tropics or deserts; rather, heavy rain commences and goes on and on for weeks.
A People's Remembrance
[Words and action prepared for the Remembrance Day weekend--Oppose empire and sacrifice for empire. Build the mass movement for just peace and oppose the imperialist system.]
Remember all the victims, civilian and military, and
affirm opposition to wars of aggression, militarization, militarism and
repression. Honour those who have given their lives for justice, too. Pledge to
unite to build a movement for just and lasting peace by exposing and standing
up together to the global system that is the primary root cause of much
violence and death.
HANDS OFF YEMEN!
Solidarity Statement of the Just Peace Committee,
The Just Peace Committee and all the local organizations of the
International League of Peoples’ Struggles in BC stand in solidarity with the
Vancouver Peace Council and other activists opposing the aggression against
and interference in Yemen, which is causing extensive wanton destruction of
life and society.
We sternly criticize Canada’s role as a junior imperialist state
in league with the US and its allies’ schemes and involvement, and supportive
of Saudi Arabia’s criminal and immoral military intervention in Yemen.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 12, 2018
2 Events in Solidarity with Venezuela in Vancouver, Canada
organized by Hugo Chavez Solidarity Front/ Frente Hugo Chavez in Southwest British Columbia, Canada
1>> PROTEST ACTION: U.S./Canada Hands Off Venezuela!
1075 W. Pender St. at Thurlow St.
2>> PETITION DRIVE & INFO DISPLAY:
No More U.S./Canada Sanctions & Threats!
Respect the Self-Determination of Venezuelan People!
Vancouver Art Gallery
Speech I made on behalf of the Just Peace Committee on the occasion of a rally to remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was held at Seaforth Peace Park in Vancouver on August 6, 2018.
Welcome. Thank you for taking the time out to mark this
important anniversary and help build a united anti-war movement in Vancouver.
In BC, this is a holiday weekend full of celebrations, but it is a sad day in
Japan, a country still reeling from the shock of the atomic bombing of
Hiroshima 73 years ago—a day to mourn and continue to oppose the misuses of
nuclear technology and imperialist war.
As an organizer for the Just Peace Committee in Vancouver, BC, I am organizing a day to remember the atomic bombings on August 6 and 9 in 1945. Shocked not to find any word of other commemorations, I drew support and set about planning an event to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and oppose nuclear weapons, all militarization and military aggression. Here is the notice from the Facebook event "Remember Hiroshima". There is also a posting on the Committee's webspace, https://justpeace.
OF INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF PEOPLES’ STRUGGLES (ILPS)—CANADA, July 10, 2018
OUT OF NATO! JUST PEACE FOR THE PEOPLES EVERYWHERE!
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, of
which Canada is a member state, is holding a Summit of Allied Heads of State
and Government chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels
on July 11 and 12. Prime Minister Trudeau is attending. The ILPS-Canada opposes
this military alliance as it operates to defend the richest states and the
global ruling class, maintain the oppressive and exploiting global system,
deter peoples’ movements for liberation and just peace, and interfere in the
internal affairs of many countries, causing genocide, fratricide, crises and