There was a large audience this evening for the ‘Shout Out Against Mining Injustice’ public forum at the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver.
Montreal-based singer/ songwriter Mark Berube opened and closed the evening with his touching songs. There was also a very special video at the beginning of the program that featured an interview with Bernardo Vasquez Sanchez, the anti-mining activist who was murdered just ten weeks ago in San Jose del Progreso, Mexico.
Vancouver-area Mining Justice Alliance activist Sarita Galvez was the moderator. Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation welcomed people to the territory and offered a blessing.
The keynote speakers were:
– Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
– Chief Marilyn Baptiste, Chief, Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, Tsilhqot’in National Government
– Jesus Lara Chivarra, the Wirikuta Defense Front, Mexico
There were great speeches, as well as evident solidarity and deep emotion. It was a wonderful step forward for this campaign.
A video of the public forum will be posted to rabble.ca shortly.
Thank you to everyone who made this public forum possible. And now onto the Saturday plenary and workshop sessions!