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Opening panel starts at 7:00 pm at SFU Harbour Centre. Even if you have not registered we can try to secure you a seat but cannot promise one will be available. You can also follow live updates on twitter by following the hash-tag #commons2012

A Community Gathering

A crisis in capitalism is stalking the world. Greed, ecological plunder, famine and displacement off the land increasingly mark the battle lines between the rich and everyone else. Enforced homelessness, social service cuts, and environmental disasters have become regular occurrences. But today we also see people in every corner of the world rising up against these injustices. We are inspired by this “indignant” moment, but we want to understand what lies beyond our collective “no!” to a future foreclosed by dispossession, debt and ecocide.

Fighting for safe food and housing, decent health, clean air and undeveloped spaces in nature have long given common cause to communities around the world. The “commons” refers to relationships based on shared resources, collective management, networks of mutual aid, respect and dignity. But these commons have either been captured by the market or are increasingly at risk of it. Taking back the commons means reclaiming community control over the parts of our lives that have been colonized by governments, markets, and corporations.

Can we recognize, reclaim and create alternative social realities that the elite tell us cannot possibly exist? A gathering is being organized to help us answer this question. The gathering will cover the themes of land, food, water, health, education, media, decolonization, migration and the history of the commons. Stay tuned for more details.

CEOs are dreaming of owning everything on the planet. What are we dreaming of?

Join Us!

OPENING PANEL: January 6th, 7pm  –  SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC – Coast Salish Territories [ ** Space Limited – Arrive Early for Seats ]

CONFERENCE: January 7-8th, 10am to 6pm – Bonsor Community Centre, 6550 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby, BC  – Coast Salish Territories