Rally Against Environmental Racism

Join the RALLY at Greater Victoria’s first All-Candidates Debate. Tuesday April 18, 5:30 pm at Esquimalt High School, 847 Colville.

The subject is Energy, so we’re going to focus on pipelines, tankers, fracking, and destruction of indigenous lands and waters. From the Athabasca to the Goldstream, the end-game of capitalism is massive extraction for profit regardless of the brutal cost to those who depend on the land, water, and climate – ultimately, all of us.

Also on the agenda: Josh Steffler, an alt-right conspiracy theorist best known for his connection to Canadian white supremacists and for harassing women at the Women’s March earlier this year. Steffler, the Libertarian Party candidate, is trying to organize an anti-anti-racist counter-demonstration.

This is no time to go backward when so much is at stake.  The sovereignty of British Columbia’s First Nations is being infringed upon by corporations and their massive energy projects such as the Site C Dam, LNG terminals, and Kinder Morgan pipeline. Environmental racism stems from the colonial idea of entitlement to Earth’s resources, that the natural enviroment should be exploited for its wealth while disregarding the health of the ecosystem and its inhabitants. From the Sacred Stone and Red Warrior camps in Standing Rock to the Unist’ot’en camp in northern BC, Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island have been the ones most active in defending our water and land.

This event is taking place on Lekwungen, WSANEC and Wylomith territory.

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