reading, rally, bi(Ea)rthday

Posted by Daniela Elza on Apr 22 2010

I am reading tomorrow night at the Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series at The Black Stilt Coffee House (103-1633 Hillside Ave.,Victoria). Peter Morin,Onjana Yawnghwe, and myself will read from 4poets (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2009). The evening begins at 7:30 with an open mike; 3$ at the door.
It will be great to see you there.

If not, I would encourage you to attend a student organized rally tomorrow April 23rd, 2:30 – 3:30 pm. at the Vancouver School Board (1580 W Broadway).

The students will collect signatures on a petition then march to the Minister of Education Constituency office (1245 West Broadway) to deliver the petition. They have set up a facebook page called “Rally for Strong Education” in the Vancouver School District. Here is the poster.

Funding For our Future flier

It would be great if you could encourage your kids to attend, or come yourself to support. If you get excited you can also bring catchy signs.

The kids just showing up and speaking for themselves about the impact of these cuts is potentially the most important message the provincial government can receive.

Both my kids are in alternative programs which has been a respite from the heartache and frustration that we experienced in the “regular” school. The way the cuts are proposed will pretty much be the end of these programs.

And please spread the word.
More Information: Visit “Rally for Strong Education in the Vancouver School District” on facebook.

And if you cannot attend any of these events, at least say Happy Birthday to my sister.
Happy Earth Day.

3 Responses to “reading, rally, bi(Ea)rthday”

  1. Rob Taylor Says:

    The reading sounds great. Get out there, Victorians!

    Here’s hoping the rally’s a success…


  2. Daniela Elza Says:

    Thanks Rob.

    I think the kids had a lot of fun with the rally. I regret I was not there. They had called ahead of time to notify the minister of education that they will be stopping by the next day with their petition, to deliver it.

    When they got there the ministry was closed locked and the bars pulled across. That says a lot already. They taped there posters, and photocopied pages of the petition to the door, from what i hear. Left her a note, shall we say.

    The media was there, the kids were there, and there was a lot of honking in support. So it was a success from that point of view. We will see what the ministry comes up with as an excuse for not showing up for the date.

  3. Rob Taylor Says:

    Well, if the Liberals aren’t hiding because of this, they’re hiding because of the HST… I don’t expect to see them out and about until the next election!