Labour as a Force for Peace & International Solidarity

November 28, 2020 at 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St
Vancouver, BC V5L1K3
Contact VDLC Office 6044547816

About this Event

1 day - November 28, Saturday / 9:30am to 4:00pm / via Zoom

This course will examine the importance of international solidarity work in advancing democracy, social justice, and the rights and interests of workers here and around the world. We will examine examples where international solidarity helped turn the tide, the pivotal role of labour in the peace movement throughout history, and its ongoing importance today.

Instructors: Sarah Bjorknas, Derrick O’Keefe

Sarah Bjorknas has been a library worker and CUPE member since 1993, and a union activist most of that time. She has always had an interest in history, politics and international relations which resulted in a BA in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. Sarah is a co-founder of the Vancouver Catholic Worker, which is a small community and part of a Christian Anarchist grassroots movement known for communal living with shared resources, subsidiarity and pacifism. From 2004 to 2016, Sarah coordinated the Vancouver group of the War Resisters Campaign. She is currently a Regional Vice-President of CUPE BC and President of CUPE Metro Vancouver District Council.

Derrick O’Keefe is a proud labour and tenant union member, and a long-time anti-war and social justice activist in Vancouver. He is a former co-chair of the Canadian Peace Alliance and Vancouver’s StopWar Coalition, which was formed in 2003 to oppose the war on Iraq. Derrick is a member of the Teaching Support Staff Union at Simon

Fraser University, and a volunteer editor and translator with Ricochet Media. He is the author of several books and chapters on anti-war topics, and co-wrote the book “A Woman Among Warlords” with Afghanistan’s Malalai Joya.


Pre-registration is required as course space is limited - registration open to all, union membership is not necessary. If class space is full please contact Elizabeth via email [email protected] or phone 604-254-0703 to put your name on a wait list.

Fees include lunch & material - Please advise of special dietary needs at time of registration by emailing [email protected]

Cancellations must be received 5 working days prior to course start for refund. No-shows will be charged the full course fee. Exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Register HERE

The Vancouver and District Labour Council acknowledges that its offices reside on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

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Labour as a Force for Peace & International Solidarity