In this newsletter:
Recap / Overview
SJC has been busy recently with a number of activities and actions, including continuing to focus attention on the Syrian refugee crisis, helping organize and carry out a climate change march in St. John’s as part of the Global Day of Action on Climate Change, as well as running a workshop on contentious politics and radicalism, aptly titled “Radicalism Defined.”
Even as organizing and activities have continued in our communities, the province and the country more generally has been preoccupied with recent elections and new governing parties. In light of this, and also since the winter months are upon us, it is a good time to regroup and make some plans on how to make change from the grassroots – the only way real change ever happens.
SJC Meetings: Dec. 9th and 13th
There will be two open meetings for SJC members and for anyone interested in getting involved:
These meeting are informal and are being called on short notice for a few reasons: 1) to organize a further Refugees Welcome event in response to broken promises from the new federal government and to attempt to address racist and Islamophobic sentiment; and 2) in order to discuss a submission from SJC for the conference Petrocultures 2016; and 3) for you to bring your ideas for actions or further organizing.
If you can’t make it to one of the meetings above, or if you live in a community of our beautiful province other than St. John’s, please get in touch with us through our social media, through email, or through the online forum of our new website. SJC is committed in the long-term to being a province-wide organization. Let’s talk about how we can together build a movement to make real and lasting change.
Recruiting / Help Needed
SJC needs your active involvement in order to continue to address issues of social and environmental justice in our communities. The organization is in its third year and has been involved in a number of significant campaigns, hosting dozens of events including workshops, info sessions, and demonstrations.
SJC is poised to expand and has the capacity to support various sorts of activities, but needs more people to get involved by taking the initiative to organize events, help with logistics and communications, and with recruiting new members.
Our Co-op is only as vibrant as its active membership, so please consider how you can best contribute. In January, SJC will also be hosting strategy sessions open to all members and interested people (more details coming soon), and we hope to see you there!
Update your links and contact information to our new website: http://sjcnl.ca
The new site contains all the information and content from the previous site, but with a better interface and more functional software. The new site also hosts an online forum, which allows for virtual discussion and organizing – help test this new feature by signing up.
Statement of Solidarity
SJC stands in solidarity with Nunatsiavut and with our allies Friends of Grand River/Mistashipu calling on the NL government to Make Muskrat Right. Mega-hydro projects are not without harmful environmental consequences and the negative impacts of methyl-mercury on the way of life of Indigenous peoples cannot be ignored.
Scientific studies on the effects of hydro projects such as Muskrat Falls are readily available, and so it is incumbent on the provincial government to acknowledge the harm that is being done, and that will continue to be done, to the people of Labrador.
To learn more, visit the website Make Muskrat Right.