KPIRG Endorsement: “Before the Flood” KPU Screening Event

KPIRG is excited to endorse the following event:

“Before the Flood” KPU Screening Event

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When: Wednesday, October 26, 4-6pm

Where: KPU Surrey, KSA Grassroots Cafe

The Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Steven and Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary on climate change, “Before the Flood”

The screening will take place before the National Geographic premiere on Oct 30th and KPU will be one of the few universities allowed to hold a screening in Canada!

The film follows DiCaprio on his journey around the world to understand the complex issue and to investigate concrete solutions to the greatest environmental challenge of our time. It also focuses on core topics such as combustion of fossil fuels, methane gas, palm oil and deforestation, geopolitical landscapes and more. Key speakers such as President Obama, Pope Francis, Ban Ki-Moon, Elon Musk and Sunita Narain are also featured in this documentary.

Join us as we explore the problem and the steps we can take as individuals to protect, conserve and live sustainably on this planet.

The documentary screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion. All are welcome, the event is FREE and refreshments will be served.



KPIRG presents: Grassroots Women!

A Grassroots Women presentation and workshop for SOCI 2240: Women in Canada

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When: Wednesday, October 26, 1-2:30pm 

Where: KPU Surrey, Surrey Main Room 3820

Grassroots Women is a working-class, feminist collective founded in the 1990s. After a 5-year hiatus, Grassroots Women is back! We are parents, students, women of colour, working-class women, and revolutionary feminists. We are currently working on our experience-sharing and social investigation for our 2016-17 campaign and will be working on our analysis building, followed by organizing and mobilizing. We are organizing against the class system, patriarchy, and structural racism. Issues that we tackle are the super-exploitation and exploitation of precarious workers, overpolicing the criminalization of the poor, and the lack of a social safety net (ie. healthcare, education, housing, social assistance programs)
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ChewOnThis! with KPIRG 2016

On Monday, October 17th, 2015 instead of handing out a free lunch, KPIRG brown bagging their call to action. They will be handing out lunch bags marked “Chew on This!” which contain an apple along with a magnet and postcard calling people to action to sign on to the call for a national anti-poverty plan for Canada.

LINK to our Facebook Event Page: CHEW ON THIS! with KPIRG 2016

For the past three years, Canadians have been serving up food for thought on street corners in cities across the country. Poverty activists and people passionate about human rights, are calling for a Federal Anti-Poverty Plan to eradicate poverty and hunger for the 850,000 people in Canada who use food banks each month and the millions of others struggling to get by.

On Monday, October 17th we will celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with an online event featuring photos taken by local organizers of events in their communities!

#WeNeedAPlan – This October, hundreds of volunteers from food banks, schools, churches and local non-profits are joining together to bring attention to the almost 900,000 people in Canada that continue to rely on food banks each month.

Please share your pictures via social media #ChewOnThis, #WeNeedAPlan #KPIRG (@DignityForAll on Twitter). Share on FB, Twitter and Instagram to entered in a contest to win a cool prize!!


Is it September 23rd already?! Week 2 of DISO DAYS was a complete and utter blur! We kicked off the week with some relaxing and warming Tai Chi and Chai Tea with the amazing instructors from Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi on September 19. The students that participated soaked it all in and we ended up practicing for 2 full hours!

We then quickly rolled into our interactive tabling event on September 20 to educate students on worker’s rights. We were shocked and horrified by the stories that some students shared with us – the very reason to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

Grassroots Women came by on September 21st – our largest event of DISO DAYS. The conference centre was completely packed and their kick-ass spirit lit up the room. The hard-hitting truths of reality and tone of this women’s liberation event was definitely a DISO DAYS highlight.

Last but not least, an issue that hits close to home (ha) with everyone, the housing crisis event on the last day of DISO DAYS, September 23. We had members from Chinatown Action Group and Alliance Against Displacement. They focused on the ideas of displacement and the history of oppression and continued oppression of the most vulnerable members of society. This event conjured up great discussion and was an amazing way to end DISO DAYS – with minds blown and shaken up!

Thank you to ALL of our amazing speakers and the students that attended. We also would like to thank the United Steelworkers Humanity Fund & Vancity for funding, as well as the Runner for their support and advertisement of DISO DAYS and Grassroots Cafe for the catering.

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Week one of DISO DAYS is over! Over this time, there were great conversations sparked and the depth and quality of the speakers was simply enlightening. Most importantly, the students that attended can take away a new perspective on the topics discussed. We were more than delighted to witness the meaningful debates and engagement that took place – that’s exactly what Dis/Orientation DISO DAYS are all about! Next week will be a continuation with the four remaining events:

September 19, Tai Chi and Chai Tea, 12-1PM KPU Surrey Conference Centre

September 20, Workers Rights Tabling, KPU Surrey Courtyard

September 21, Women’s Liberation, 1-4PM, KPU Surrey Conference Centre

September 23, Housing Crisis, 4-7PM Surrey Main 3830


Just a few snapshots from last night. As you can tell, it was a full house! What a fantastic way to start off Dis/Orientation 2016! KPU Elder in Residence, Lekeyten and Brandon Gabriel did an amazing job captivating the audience with their generations of knowledge and beautiful messages to encourage students to critically examine the land they’re on and the name that is spoken daily – Kwantlen.