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Activism: rights conference watchword

Nov 25, 2006 10:24 AM
 
Our voices rising day two

No to discrimination—yes to equality for all

Activism in the ongoing struggle for an end to discrimination was the watchword for day two of CUPE’s first national human rights conference continuing in Vancouver until Sunday, November 26.

Four hundred and twenty registered delegates listened intently, Friday morning, as lawyer/activists Anita Braha and Kiké Roache delivered impassioned messages filled with fire and hope.

Delegates spent the early afternoon hours immersed in workshops exploring identity and equity issues.

Hip hop artist/activists Sara Kendall and Curtis Clearsky demonstrated the power of rhythm and spoken word in helping to translate the work shop lessons to engaged cultural activism.

Late on Friday afternoon Adrianna Paz, an organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers BC, recounted the struggle by workers and peasants to overturn the privatization of water in Cochabamba, Bolivia. And Paz called for solidarity with and support for migrant workers in their struggle for dignity and justice.

CUPE’s first national human rights conference continues in Vancouver until Sunday, November 26.

Watch this site for downloadable copies of most of the conference speeches within days. Also watch for the link to streaming of the full conference on Working TV.