Register for the 2018 International Solidarity Committees Conference
CoDevelopment Canada is pleased to invite you and your members to our International Solidarity Committees Conference.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Join representatives from union international solidarity committees and other international solidarity activists to share experiences and discuss practical strategies for international solidarity work. This workshop-style forum will include presentations and small-group discussions on how to make international solidarity meaningful to your members and central to your union’s vision.
The conference is designed as a way for solidarity activists to share experiences with each other, as well as for less-experienced members to learn about what has worked in other contexts. We will keep it as practical as possible, so that participants will come away with concrete ideas for building international solidarity networks in their unions.
Our special guests are: Buenaventura Civic Strike Committee representatives Maria Miyela Riascos Riascos and Victor Hugo Vidal Piedrahita. In May and June of 2017, the workers and other residents of Colombia’s principal port city of Buenaventura, tired of more than a decade of violence, displacement, erosion of labour rights and elimination of social services, launched a general strike that paralyzed the port. Despite repression from state security forces and paramilitary attacks, hundreds of thousands of citizens held the city until, after three weeks, the Colombian state agreed to a 10 point plan to restore public services to the city, curb violence and end evictions of communities around the port. Maria Miyela and Victor Hugo will share with us steps they took to build labour-community alliances, and mass community decision-making processes to build the unity that ensured the success of the strike.
SATURDAY, October 27, 2018 – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
CUPE National BC Regional Office
6222 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby
Cost (includes lunch and refreshments):
CoDev members or delegates of a CoDev Partner: $35