Chapter Announcements 04-Aug-2011

2011 August 04, by Chapter Council

This is a list of community events that may be of interest to our members.

Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza

7:30pm Monday, August 8 – 2994 Douglas (BCGEU Hall)

Report: Kevin Neish on the 2nd Freedom Flotilla to Gaza. The 2nd Freedom
Flotilla to Gaza was made up of a dozen ships with hundreds of activists on
board from more than 50 countries. They were aiming to deliver tonnes of
humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza besieged by Israel. The flotilla was to
set sail at the end of June. The Greek government used the unprecedented tactic of blocking the
boats from leaving Greece ports. The only boat that was able to make it out of
Greece was the French boat which was later illegally seized by Israel before it
reached Gaza. Kevin Neish, who was on the Canadian flotilla boat, The Tahrir,
will give a full report about what happened.


Admission by donation.
Sponsored by the Victoria Free Gaza Coalition

Nagasaki – Hiroshima Remembered

Aug. 9, 1945 –  the day the bomb
was dropped on Nagasaki

Tuesday August 9
7:30 pm

Craigflower Park / Kosapsom
corner of Admirals Road and Gorge

This is the annual lantern ceremony,marking the 66th
anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan.  To remember this date and those
who died, we make origami cranes and lanterns and offer words of

Lantern making starts at 7 pm, with words and songs of peace at
7:30 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.  Lanterns with
battery candles may be placed on the lawn.

Bring a blanket and/or chair
to sit on and a battery candle if you wish.  Floating lantern supplies will be

All welcome.

Sponsored by – The Victoria
Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival, Victoria Nikkei Cultural
Society, Victoria Peace Coalition, The Council of Canadians –

For more information, call Virginia 778-433-3535

Policing, Criminal Justice and Poverty in Victoria: VIPIRG Volunteer Street Interview Recorder Posting

Are you interested in
making a hands-on contribution to a local research project on policing, criminal
justice and poverty? The Vancouver Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) is
looking for Volunteer Street Interview Recorders for the “Policing, Criminal
Justice and Poverty in Victoria” research project.  The volunteers
will support Peer-Interviewers as they talk with members of our street community
about their experiences and views on policing, criminal justice and

 What is the project

Policing practices and
the criminal justice system hold distinct and dramatic consequences for the most
marginalized members of our communities. In Victoria, Coast Salish Territories,
policing and the criminal justice system are part of the daily lives of many
street-involved people. This research project goes to the heart of the matter:
we’re looking into these issues by talking with members of the street community
about their experiences, perspectives and ideas.

How will the
research be done?

Community members who
are, or have been, street-involved will be interviewing their peers. Volunteer
Street Interview Recorders will accompany the Peer Interviewers with the
interview grid. The Volunteer’s job will be to write down the participants’
answers to the questions on the interview grid. This will allow the Peer
Interviewers to focus on the discussion.

What commitment do
we require?

Volunteer Street
Interview Recorders will be asked to attend an orientation and practice
workshop, with the Peer Interviewers, on August 18th from 12 – 2
. at the V ictoria Public Library Meeting Room.  

 Lunch will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. if you intend to attend and
let Tamara know if you have any dietary restrictions.


We ask that volunteers
be available for at least two three-hour interview sessions, which will be held
on the following days

  • Tuesday, August 23
  • Friday, August 26
  •   Monday, August 29
  • Wednesday, August 31
  • Tuesday, September 6


Volunteers will be
invited to a debrief session and thank-you dinner in early September, where they
will see the research results and participate in analyzing the data. VIPIRG
staff will be available at all times to provide support to the


Why do we need

This research project
is running on a shoe-string budget, but we think that the issues are too
important to ignore. We’re dedicating most of our available resources to provide
street-involved Peer Interviewers with stipends and research participants with
small honorariums to acknowledge the expertise and insight they will provide.


Who should apply to

We’re looking for
people who are committed to social justice, dedicated to eradicating poverty and
interested in anti-oppressive practice. Volunteers who have prior experience
or an interest in working with the street community are welcome.
We also ask that people understand issues of confidentiality, are good
listeners and are able to take notes/transcribe.


Students and others
looking to gain hands-on social research experience are invited to apply. We
welcome people who have done this type of work before, and our staff will be
available to provide mentorship throughout the project for volunteers who are
doing research for the first time.


What you get out of
the experience

If you’re looking to
contribute to grassroots research on important social justice issues, this type
of work is for you! In addition to taking an active role in critical research,
volunteers will gain skills in interviewing and hands-on experience in social
justice research. Volunteers will also be offered a certificate/reference letter
upon request.


How to apply and
get involved!

To register for the
orientation session on August 18th, please send your name and a
paragraph explaining why you’d like to volunteer and/or whether you have any
prior relevant experience to:


Ashley Mollison,
Research Assistant, Vancouver Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG)



Due to the sensitive
nature of this research, we ask that you provide contact information for either
one character or professional reference Please indicate in your email which of
the following interview dates you would be able to attend: August 23, August 26,
August 29, August 31, September 6.

A full research
proposal and the interview grid are available upon request.


Who we

VIPIRG is a non-profit
organization dedicated to research, education, advocacy, and other action in the
public interest. Located at the University of Victoria since 1983, VIPIRG is a
place where students and community members connect to work together on social
justice and environmental issues.


To find out more about
us or get involved: