The Co-op is currently involved in a number of campaigns, some in collaboration with other groups and organizations, and some as initiatives originating in the Co-op. One consequence of a world in which politics happens at a fast pace is that an organization like SJC needs to be responsive to events and issues as they happen, and so some of our campaigns and activities have happened "on the fly," so to speak, while other campaigns have evolved more deliberately over time. We are always interested in new campaigns and in getting new people involved in our work, so get in touch if you have an idea or want to help.
In the last number of years, the SJC has organized and participated in a number of events to do with Climate Change and Climate Justice, including the yearly (unfortunately) Climate Marches. For a video of the 2014 Climate March, click here. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of this century, and in many ways Newfoundland and Labrador -- a hub of activity for the oil industry -- is on the front lines of this struggle.
The Co-op has been working in solidarity with west coast groups like the Bay St George/Port au Port Fraking Awareness Group and NL Fracking Awareness Network. to getting fracking banned across the province. Due to sustained grassroots efforts, the provincial government mandated a review panel to decide whether to go ahead, and after nearly 600 submissions from the public, it seems likely that our vocal opposition to the unconventional means of fossil fuel extraction will keep NL frack free. For a video of an event SJC helped organize in Corner Brook featuring a panel of speakers, click here.
Our organization has been involved with other groups in NL and with Palestinians in the community in recent years, specifically when conflict has broken out or intensified in Gaza and the West Bank. SJC has organized public events like demonstrations and vigils in coordination with local faith groups and with individuals concerned about the ongoing plight of the Palestinian people.
SJC members have been involved in a number of initiatives around the ongoing Syrian Refugee crisis and the global refugee crisis generally. We have hosted a Teach-In with expert panelists, organized public demonstrations, and some of our members are involved with other groups and individuals in the private sponsorship of refugees. Along with this, SJC has been critical of the Canadian immigration and refugee system broadly. Part of our organizing on this issue has been in co-ordination with an ad hoc national organization called Refugees Welcome, made up of groups in cities throughout the country..
In collaboration with groups such as Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (CAP-NL) and Friends of Grand River/Mistashipu, the Co-op took part in a campaign to ban the herbicide Tordon 101. We held public events and canvassed communities to sign petitions. You can learn more about this issue on the campaign website. Spray season (for various pesticides) takes place in the spring/summer each year, and so these campaigns to bring public attention are ongoing.