Sexual assault awareness week at UBC

Next Up participant and Sexual Assault Support Centre Assistant Manager Josey Ross reflects on how we can confront sexual assault:

“One of the things we know is that people who perpetuate multiple assaults do this because there’s a culture that allows them to. By bringing these conversations out, we close some of the avenues that let people get away with this,” said Ross. “It offers support to people who are survivors and says ‘we are talking about this.’”

Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC hopes students will “join the conversation”

By Emma Partridge  ·  Jan. 6, 2016
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 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBC has a specific goal this year — bringing those who are typically absent from the difficult topic of sexual assault into the conversation.

According to Josey Ross, assistant manager of the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), SASC’s goal is to engage broadly with the community by outreach as well as diversifying what is under discussion.

UBC has been hosting and facilitating the month and its events for six years, said Access and Diversity advisor CJ Rowe. This year’s events include a talk by Julia Serano, a transgender-bisexual American author and activist, a gendered violence talk with Jamie Utt – an educator for sexual violence prevention – and a “Denim Day” in which denim is worn to show support for a more respectful campus.

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Youth Collaborative for Chinatown

Inspired leadership from Next Up grad Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon, Doris and June Chow, and Hua Foundation's Kevin Huang. Celebrating/defending culture and community in Vancouver's historic Chinatown Neighbourhood.

(reposted from The Vancouver Sun, Dec 20, 2015)
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A new generation defends Vancouver's Chinatown traditions 

Opposition keeps growing to a proposal for a 13-storey condo building


Doris Chow (left) and her sister June Chow co-founded the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown and have been holding monthly mah-jong social events that bring together senior citizens with hipsters over the poker-like game. Photograph by: Jason Payne , VANCOUVER SUN

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Next Up in the Alberta Legislature

Robyn Luff (Calgary Next Up 1)

Robyn Luff

As a new NDP MLA in Alberta, I often get asked "so how did you get into this in the first place?"  It's a legitimate question, since prior to May of this year one had to be a little crazy to run for the NDP in Alberta.  You had to be willing to do a lot of work with very little money, and you had to be willing to be yelled off quite a few doorsteps. 

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A NUpper in Paris

Thoughts from Paris

 Matt Hammer (Next Up Calgary 6)

 Matt Hammer &  the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition in Paris

This deal sucks. It also is a historic opportunity, a significant step forward on addressing one of the defining challenges of our time. We got it through people power, mobilization, and the struggles of frontline communities, and if the deal means anything, it will mean something because of those same things. 

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Big thanks to those who donated to NU Ottawa this year!

On December 3rd, Next Up Ottawa hosted a rockin' fundraiser with community performers Moonfruits and Poetic Elements along with a house full of supporters in attendance.  Thank you to everyone who made it. Your donations to our program provide youth with the mentorship, training, inspiration, and connections they need to become embedded in progressive movements across Canada. 

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NU Edmonton alumni participate in COP21, Paris

Diane Connors (Next Up Edmonton 2014 – 2015) and Aleah Loney (Next Up Edmonton 2013 – 2014) are presently in Paris for COP21 as part of the Canadian Youth Delegation (a group of 17 Canadian youth leaders from across the country aiming to have their concerns heard and considered regarding the climate and human rights). Their presence, demands, and actions are getting significant media coverage. Additionally, the delegates are contributing to an up-to-date blog about their experiences and happenings in Paris:

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What's Left - 2015 Parkland Institute Conference


by Sarelle Azuelos (Next Up Calgary 6)

How do you sum up a weekend of speakers and discussions on Alberta’s future? 

What’s Left?, this year’s Parkland Institute conference, was focused on the next steps for Alberta’s political landscape now that change seems like an honest possibility. Next Up’s Calgary and Edmonton contingents were invited to attend. 

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NU SK alum focuses on women in municipal politics


by Halena Seiferling, NU4 Saskatoon

I participated in the Next Up Leadership Program while in a transition phase in my life. I had recently completed an undergraduate degree and moved to Saskatoon, and I was wondering what my next adventure would be.

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Night of Action with Climate Friendly Zone SK

Next Uppers Prominent at Climate Friendly Zone Saskatoon Night of Action

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) and its Climate Friendly Zone (CFZ) campaign hosted their first Night of Action in Saskatoon on November 5th, an event that was bolstered by a significant Next Up presence. The evening focused on the importance of municipal action in addressing climate change, and what engaged citizens can do to help bring about such action. SES and CFZ organized a dynamic two-hour event that alternated between local experts examining issues such as municipal building standards and public transportation, activists sharing their skills in areas such as social media engagement and good old-fashioned letter-writing, and collective action including Tweeting at local officials and planning to attend an upcoming City Council meeting. At the end of the event, participants were invited to try out their new skills at action stations.


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Next Up BC participant criticizes Liberal refugee plan, calls for access for all

Ahmed Danny Ramadan, volunteer coordinator at QMUNITY and current Next Up BC participant, has received a storm of media attention for his work to help bring LGBTTQ+ Syrian refugees to Canada.

Globe and Mail featured a video of Danny's work entitled: Meet a Syrian refugee who has become a LGBTQ activist in Canada.

Danny, a Syrian-born gay refugee in Canada, challenges the Liberal refugee resettlement plan to exclude straight, single Syrian men from coming to Canada. In a poignant piece calling for refugee rights for all, he shares his insights:

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