Purpose: to offer activities to increase congregational and community awareness, and encourage action, on global and local social justice issues.
Members: George Johnson (chair), Kathy Johnson (secretary), Diane Stuart, Lynda Fisher, Rose Soneff, Sabrina Trigg,
Meetings: Global usually meets once a month, except in summer, with occasional additional meetings as required when preparing for special events.
- Truth & Reconciliation Hearings May 2013
- 2nd Renew & Recycle sale June 1, 2013
- Aboriginal Sunday event June 2013
- Contribution to Rice Inc. of $1,500 June 2013
We continued our support of the Fair Trade Rice growers in the Philippines by providing a $1500 donation, which funded more equipment, education and training for the farmers to help with the marketing and sale of their fair trade rice. It now looks possible that they will get into the Canadian market, which is a wonderful chance to showcase heirloom rice from the Philippines!
The challenge of fundraising and funding continues to affect numerous social justice and advocacy groups in Canada. Global worked on raising the awareness of several agencies that had their funding affected by changes to government policies. From the complete withdrawal of all funding for Kairos, to the change of classification for CIDA (now part of an International Trade government ministry), all organizations with social justice mission statements have found their funding significantly reduced or even eliminated, making creative solutions a necessity.
As a follow up to our work on the sudden collapse of bee hives around the world, a recent highlight was the EU passing legislation banning pesticides shown to be harmful to bees. After a lot of grass-roots protests, including email petitions that reached into the millions, the European Union faced the fact that people become informed very quickly and move equally fast on issues of import.
Global also continues to call for continued discussion and information sharing on the issues of the Ajax Mine and the Keystone pipeline as well as other proposed LNG (liquid natural gas) and natural resource projects.
We will continue to raise awareness of these and other social justice issues through the coming year. We also plan to make and sell more mason bee houses.
If you are interested in joining the Global and Community Action Team, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the members or contact the KUC office, who will forward any enquiries.