Release Dr. GN Saibaba Immediately and Unconditionally!

Release Dr. GN Saibaba Immediately and Unconditionally!
Statement of the Alliance for Peoples Health 
The Alliance for Peoples Health, a grassroots organization of progressive health workers, condemns the assault and abduction of Dr. Saibaba by Indian state police on May 9th, and call for his immediate and unconditional release.
Dr. Saibaba is a professor at Delhi University and is known for his outstanding work in solidarity with movements of the most oppressed sectors of Indian society: Dalit people, Adivasi people, women, and the poor, all of  whom have faced intensified oppression and exploitation under Indian capitalism.  
Despite its democratic and public character, Dr. Saibaba’s organization, the Revolutionary Democratic Front has been targeted violently by Indian police, military and paramilitary forces.  This tagging of activists as ‘maoist’, justifying violent repression, has become a major tactic of the Indian state in its attempt to silence, marginalize and liquidate those who organize and struggle for social, economic and environmental justice. 
As health activists we are very concerned about Dr. Saibaba’s health and well being while in detention.  As health workers who choose to side with the excluded, the exploited and the oppressed we add our voice to many others around the world who are calling for Dr. Saibaba’s immediate and unconditional release!   
Alliance for Peoples Health
Vancouver – Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Canada
May 13, 2014

Join the OC at Crafts for a Cause

The Organizing Centre will selling OC merchandise while attending this year’s Crafts For A Cause!

Crafts for a Cause: 4th Annual Craft Fair to Support Social Justice Struggles
Saturday December 3rd, 6-10pm
Rhizome Café, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Come shop for holiday gifts while supporting migrant rights, youth empowerment, Indigenous autonomy and more! Peruse socially conscious crafts by local artists, and items created by local organizations to support their social justice work. Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the evening.  Participating artists and organizations include:

No One is Illegal:
The Purple Thistle:
Redwire Native Youth Media:
The Organizing Centre for Social and Economic Justice:
Environmental Youth Alliance:
Downtown Eastside Studio Society:
Just Work Potters:
Kalayaan Centre:

Fair Trade Coffee from Cafe Justicia:
la mano ethical textiles:
Prints by Favianna Rodriguez:
Rhizome Cafe T-Shirts and Buttons
Sam Bradd Designs:
fierce green creations:
Cease Wyss
Just Jingo Body Botanicals:

Partial proceeds from artists’ sales are distributed to participating organizations.
$2 suggested donation at the door, but no one turned away; http://www.rhizomecafé.ca

Health, Human Rights, and the Struggle for Justice in the Philippines

Saturday November 26th
3:00 p.m.
St. Micheal’s Anglican Church
409 East Broadway

By Donation, no donation is too small!  Donations of toothbrushes, dental floss, soap, note books, pens, pencils, crayons, and new or gently used infant and children’s toys gratefully accepted!

The exploitation of the Philippines, integrated into the world economy 400 years ago as a colonized and oppressed nation, continues today; millions of Filipino workers travel abroad as the cheap labour force for developed nations and transnational corporations continue to plunder the country for its mineral and natural resources. The national government, beholden to the interests of foreign capital, wages a ruthless counter-insurgency against the widespread opposition to its policies of trade liberalization, privatization and deregulation.  Yet in local communities across the Philippines people are organized into a powerful movement for health, human rights and liberation. A key component of this struggle is the community health workers, who struggle against great odds to meet the immediate health needs of their communities while joining the broader movement struggle to tackle the underlying structural determinants of health.

Join us on November 26th at 3:00 p.m. to hear the first-hand experiences of three local health workers who traveled to the Philippines with the Alliance for People’s Health to provide solidarity and support to the progressive health sector and to learn from the liberation movement.

Brought to you by the Alliance for People’s Health and the Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights

For more information, call/text: 604 315 8766

Health worker blogs:

Alliance for People’s Health
672 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 1X6

Capitalism is Scary! An Organizing Centre Party & Fundraiser

Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street) – Doors Open at 6pm * Dinner at 7:00pm * Live music starts at 8:30pm

Do privatization and corporate bail-outs make your hair stand on end? Do you think Stephen Harper is spooky? Join us on the evening of Sunday, October 30th and enjoy an excellent Moroccan style dinner, followed by live (and lively!) local music. Costumes are encouraged!

This is also a chance to support the Organizing Centre for Social and Economic Justice as we come up to our fifth anniversary at our Broadway and Main location. We can hardly believe it’s been that long, but we did the math and it’s true! That’s five years of building local grassroots working class movement and international solidarity. Please come celebrate with us and help make our next five years possible!

This is an accessible space (front door is street level with no stairs and is large enough to allow a wheelchair, and the bathroom is wheelchair accessible).

The Organizing Centre is home to the Alliance for People’s Health, the Food Action Collective, Workers Across Borders, and People’s Health Radio. You can find out more at

* $25 Single Ticket (kids under twelve eat free)
* $40 Sponsor (one ticket and your name in program)
Solidarity sponsorship is available at $320 and includes reserved table (8 seats), name on table and name in program.

Please contact Jen at or call 604-566-4745 to purchase tickets. Tickets must be purchased in advance; we will not be selling tickets at the door.

We love volunteers! We are in fact a volunteer-run centre. If you are interested in helping out at the fundraiser we would love to hear from you. Please email Jen at

Mother’s Liberation: Examining Care-Giving under Capitalism

In recognition of the anti-imperialist pro-people history of Mother’s Day, People’s Health Radio joins moms in East Van and around the world as we reclaim this day as one of resistance against imperialist war and women’s oppression and exploitation.  PHR examines the health, social, and economic conditions of mothers, providing the unpaid care giving that allows public dollars to be diverted to privatization projects, imperialist occupation, and wars of aggression. 

Mother’s Liberation dreams of how mothers might be liberated from the isolating and at times grueling unpaid work of care giving under capitalism.


  • Valcina Cos, single mom, member of the Breakthrough Mamas
  • Suzanne Baustad, single mom, anti-poverty organizer, and founding member of Grassroots Women
  • Sophia Roberts, a high-school student, reading a Grassroots Women Mother’s Day statement
  • And speeches from the 2011 Mothers on the Move Mother’s Liberation Rally!

People’s Health Radio
Broadcast live on Co-op Radio CFRO 102.7 – Wednesday May 11 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Download our podcast after the show broadcasts at:

Updates on the SUNversion RUN!

Trainings are still going strong at Trout Lake on Sundays at 9am. If you haven’t made it out yet, don’t be shy! There are people training at all different speeds.
Silkscreen SUNversion t-shirts on Sunday March 27 at 11am at the OC. We will print enough for everyone registered (t-shirts are included in the minimum registration fee of $40), plus some to sell. We will provide the t-shirts and paint, but feel free to bring an extra shirt, hoodie etc to print.
SUNversion Brunch on Sunday April 10 at 11am at the OC. Come have some tasty brunch, hand in your pledges, and get oriented to the SUNversion route.
NOW IS THE TIME TO BE COLLECTING PLEDGES! Our goal is to raise at least $3,000. Minimum pledge donation is $40, but aim higher! All the money goes to supporting the community work at the Organizing Centre for Social and Economic Justice.
If you have any questions or want to get a pledge sheet, email Beth at

Walk or run the distance – we’re in the race for a future built on justice and solidarity not corporate charity!

SUNversion Run – 8 more weeks to go!

The SUNversion Run is only 8 weeks away!

It’s not too late to sign up for our weekly training sessions. All trainings are happening at Trout Lake at 9am on Sunday mornings. Meet at the concession stand by the playground. If you come late, you can catch us on our next loop around the lake.

Just want to run on April 17? Don’t need to train? Email for a pledge sheet and to register. Minimum registration is $40 – you can pay it yourself or collect it in pledges. This is a fundraiser for the Organizing Centre for Social and Economic Justice and all the funds go to support our work in the community. (Remember, this fee will not register you in the corporate sun run.)

For more details go to If you have any questions email

We’re in the race for a better future!