Final Bulletin of Winter 2013

Just Minerals Campaign

Wednesday, April 10 @ 7pm @ Cafe Pyrus (next to Charles St. Terminal) – You are invited to participate in the organizing committee for the Just Minerals Campaign in Kitchener Waterloo. The Just Minerals Campaign is a grassroots campaign to support the Conflict Minerals Act. We will meet this Wednesday to plan events and discuss issues relating to Corporate Social Responsibility in the mining sector. 

On 26 March 2013, MP Paul Dewar introduced the Conflict Minerals Act in the House of Commons. The if passed the Act would require mining companies operating in the Great Lakes Region of Africa to demonstrate due diligence of any extraction, processing, purchasing, trading in or use of designated minerals that it carries out in the course of its activities, or that it contracts to have carried out to ensure that it hasn’t supported rebel groups operating in the area.

Conflict Free UW

Blood.MobileFriday, April 12 @ 6:30 @ CGR 1110 – Join for the launch of the Conflict Free Waterloo Initiative. We will watch the documentary “Blood in the Mobile” in which Director Frank Poulsen travels to the Congo to show the connection between the illegal mine industry and our cellphones.

The mining of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold, as well as other valuable minerals and metals is providing tens of millions of dollars to the dozens of armed groups operating in the eastern DR Congo. In this way, our consumer habits inadvertently finance the purchase of arms and other supplies that help fuel the ongoing violence and instability perpetrated by rebel groups.

For more information, take a look at the Film Screening event page and Conflict Free UW’s Facebook page.

Close the School of the Americas: April Days of Action in KW

Protestors holding crosses with names written on them.

Wednesday, April 10 @ 6-9pm @ Queen St. Commons (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener) Every year, local students, activists and community members (including PACS students) travel to Fort Benning, Georgia with thousands of others to take part in the annual vigil to remember the victims of School of the America’s violence and celebrate resistance to this school of death and destruction (this year to be held November 22nd-24th). Join for an educational evening of documentary shorts, speakers and info booths from groups opposing militarism. Learn more about the School of the Americas/WHINSEC and the vibrant struggle to close it.

6 – 6:30pm – Information-sharing/tabling including Non-Violent School of Direct Action, SOAWatch, Conscience Canada, KW Anti-Torture Coalition, War Resisters and the official launch of the NVSDA!

6:30 – 9pm – Speaker and documentary screening on the School of the Americas/WHINSEC and the work of SOAWatch, with discussion to follow.

Film for Thought

A feature length documentary film that celebrates the struggle for a better world – Anonymous, the Arab Spring, Eco-warriors, Idle No More, Occupy, Yo Soy 132, Zapatistas and more – is available online for free at www.WhispersofRevolution.org

BLOKADA1Wednesday, April 10 @ 7-9pm @ MC 4020 WPIRG is hosting a screening of Blokada.

This film is a unique view from within on the most massive, longest, and politically most significant student protest in the country, since 1971, that started in April of 2009 at the Faculty of humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. The struggle against the commercialization of education and the blockade of teaching classes lasted for 34 days. The director followed everything: from the exhilarating preparation meetings and blocking of classes to the first signs of exhaustion, through personal situations and discussions late at night, from the initial support of most faculty members to the moment they turned their back to the movement and the attempt to reach the missing minister of education. This film shows that the blockade was not just physical and that it has a much broader meaning.

MCC UN Office Internship

MCC UN OfficeA fabulous opportunity has come up that might be of interest. Mennonite Central Committee is offering an unpaid, month long internship for a student from Anabaptist colleges and universities (like Conrad Grebel!) who are interested in international advocacy and policy work. The internship goes for 4 weeks from July 11 to August 16 and is located in New York at MCC’s UN office. Housing for this period will be provided.

If you’re interested in applying, send your resume and cover letter to the Program Associate Vanessa Hershberger at vanessahershberger@mcc.org. Deadline for application is Friday, April 12.

More details can be found on the Internship Application Synopsis.

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