We’ve been busy this year, and so have you!

Thanks for everyone’s help in getting out in the streets and showing our power. Here is a little year in review. And no need to worry if you missed any of last year’s events, because next year is going to be great! It is going to be kicked off with a march organized by the January 1st Collective – so definitely keep reading for details.

To begin 2013, we organized a Noise Demo to meet the Enbridge hearings when they came to Vancouver…

The next day, Whistle Blowers disrupted the Enbridge hearings http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/photo/enbridge-hearings-pipeline-whistle-blowers-arreste/15643 deeming the process illegitimate and undemocratic.

In March, we called for a Global Day of Action against Chevron . Leading up to the day of action we held trainings and workshops on Non-Violent Direct Action and Media Skills to engage with the mainstream media. We blocked access to the Chevron refinery in Burnaby with a fun and family friendly circus. Check out what happened globally (http://unistotencamp.com/?p=129) and here on unceded Coast Salish Territories (http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/photo/truck-stop-circus-rings-chevron-refinery/16941)

In May, we went on our Building Resistance Tour to Northern B.C. We visited communities who would be impacted or are already being impacted by extreme energy projects such as pipelines, fracking projects, or mega dams. http://risingtide604.ca/?p=578

Upon our return, we hosted folks from Rising Tide Portland and began talking about how to stop fossil fuel exports all along the Pacific Coast-from Oregon all the way to Alaska! A few months later, we joined them in Vancouver, Washington during a rally against a proposed oil export terminal.

In June, we dropped a banner with those opposing the Enbridge Line 9 reversal project which would bring crude through Ontario and Quebec as part of a national call for action http://swampline9.tumblr.com/post/53814398018/cross-canada-actions-in-12-cities-on-june-25-in-support

In July, we had members head to the 4th Annual Healing Walk outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta; and to the 4th Annual Unist’ot’en Action Camp on unceded Wet’suwet’en lands.

In the fall we attended the PowerShift BC conference and presented numerous workshops and strategy sessions on fracking, grassroots organizing, and Capitalism and Climate Change.

In October, we fracked Christy Clark’s house by setting up a fracking rig on her front lawn.

In November, we were invited to speak at Vancouver EcoSocialist Group’s event. Check out the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLJES3GWu1k

And we finished off the year by saying that whether it is Coal, Oil, or Gas: None Shall Pass! We told the Port of Metro Vancouver that we opposed a coal export terminals http://risingtide604.ca/?p=1099

Throughout the year we have been fundraising to support the Unist’ot’en Camp, Ancestral Pride, and others and we are still continuing to fundraise. Like what we do? Check out our website and Donate! http://risingtide604.ca/?p=1014

Asking what you can do!? Join us on the streets on January 1st!

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20 Years of NAFTA, 20 Years of Resistance Our Struggle Against Corporate Power Continues

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 2:00 pm Waterfront Skytrain Station (Train Station Entrance)
601 West Cordova Street (cross street Seymour) Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver

This is a family friendly march.
On Facebook: http://on.fb.me/189KIhb

Almost two decades have passed since Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) were the hot topic, when the incredible resistance to the World Trade Organization at Seattle covered front pages across the globe, and the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico were on everyone’s minds. Even the powerful music and message of Rage Against the Machine seems like ancient history!

But two decades have not been enough to normalize the almost complete destruction of our social safety nets (health care, education, unemployment insurance programs), the impoverished living and working conditions that are constantly getting worse, and the general dispossession that thousands of people across North America and the rest of the world have endured due to these agreements.

Two decades of FTAs have also meant two decades of resistance, and on January 1st, 2014 we’re celebrating that we’re still here, re-building our communities.

Bring your friends, family, comrades and join in on this international day of action!
For more info please email: jan1stcollective@gmail.com

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