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
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.
Robyn Luff (Calgary Next Up 1)
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.Read more
Thoughts from Paris
Matt Hammer (Next Up Calgary 6)
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.Read more
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.
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: http://www.ourclimate.ca/cydailyRead more
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.Read more
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.
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:Read more
Fossil Free Faith is an initiative to unite people of all religions to address the climate changes created by fossil fuels. This article features three alumni of Next Up BC, Maisaloon Al-Ashkar, Christine Boyle and Anjali Appadurai, great activists coming together across faiths to drive change.
Keeping the Fossil Free Faith
Initiative calls on religious institutions to address climate change
Over the weekend, the United Church of Canada voted to divest from fossil fuels. That means the church will sell off close to $6 million in holdings, a bit less than five per cent of its investments.Read more