Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Community News

Grassroots Activism 101

Free workshops for community engagement June 22

Submitted by Jordan Wilson, Pipe Up Network, Chilliwack


fter nearly a year of education and outreach along the Lower Mainland route of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, the PIPE UP Network is bringing the Fraser Valley a rare and unique training opportunity to develop and nurture community organizing skills.

Facilitators from organizations like Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Council of Canadians, and Forest Ethics will be leading an afternoon of workshops dedicated to Consensus Decision Making, Engaging Elected Officials/representatives, Media & Messaging, Participating in Environmental Assessments, Online Organizing/Facebook Engagement, and Peaceful Direct Action.

Although primarily concerned with the transport of tar sands oil, the skills are valuable for any campaign to uphold community rights in the face of industry proposals. The event is free for all to attend.

“Whether they are meeting with the Fraser Valley Regional District to propose a pipeline route through the Cheam Wetlands, or hosting closed door meetings with local politicians, it is clear that Kinder Morgan is moving forward and escalating their plans to build a new heavy-oil pipeline through the Lower Mainland” remarks Jordan Wilson, former oil sands worker and campaign organizer for the PIPE UP Network.

“However, it is equally clear that as more facts surface about the unacceptable risks and lack of benefits for those of us who live in the region, there is substantial and growing opposition to the pipeline project. We are hosting this event to ensure local residents have the tools they need to connect with others and have their voices heard.”

“In times of ecological and economic crises, communities need to come together to defend our common air, water and land resources for future generations, and for the protection of local property values; learning skills for more effective community engagement will only serve to benefit local communities,” explains Ananda Lee Tan, of the GAIA. “Building collective skills and strategies for creative media, grassroots organizing and non-violence action are key to defending our rights and assuming our responsibilities to protect people and the planet.”

WHAT: Going Forward, Leading Change: Skills Training for more effective community engagement.

WHEN: Saturday, June 22nd. 12:30pm – 6:30pm

WHERE: Yarrow Community Center

WHO: Members of the PIPE UP Network; Facilitators from GAIA, Council of Canadians, Forest Ethics, and EcoPath Planning

For more information, visit www.pipe-up.net


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