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Social Justice

March 17, 2016 - 2:38pm •
In 1966, the United Nations proclaimed March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. While there has been some progress with respect to racial justice, racism persists in Canadian society, there has also been some erosion of human rights over the past decade. 
March 3, 2016 - 4:52pm •
Dear Sisters and Brothers, March 8 is International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements. To build on this celebration, we are happy to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 PSAC Prairie Region Women’s Conference! Members can register online HERE!
October 25, 2015 - 12:09am •
PSAC Social Justice Fund invites your members to participate in the next Education In Action project in Guatemala for two weeks, February 12 - 26, 2016. Education In Action is supported by the PSAC Social Justice Fund to engage members and other Canadians to deepen their understanding of Guatemala and to build solidarity with Mayan communities in Guatemala.
October 25, 2015 - 12:00am •
EIA has inspired many people to get involved in meaningful solidarity with Guatemala. One hundred and three people have participated in the program to build homes for impoverished families in the rural areas of the Guatemalan highlands since 2007. Since the program was founded by former PSAC member Roberto Miranda, 86 homes, 3 community centres and 3 schools have been built.
June 26, 2014 - 12:00am •
The PSAC and many other unions and social justice organizations are currently facing many challenges that are undermining labour rights, human rights and democracy. While austerity measures are provoking protests and resistance like never before, our movements continue to be fragmented, each fighting their own battles.
June 16, 2014 - 12:00am •
PSAC members participated in PSAC's Social Justice Fund delegation to Guatemala. They supported the efforts of grassroots organizations to improve livelihoods of Mayan campesinos in Guatemala. Jen Botincan, a PSAC/UNDE member from Winnipeg, was selected to participate in this opportunity. Read her final report about the experience and view some of her photos. She also wrote a series of blog entries about her experiences for the PSAC Prairie Region website.
April 16, 2014 - 10:29am •
We finished the community centre in San Filipe and attended a surprise reception this afternoon, and what a surprise it was! As we were getting ready for the opening we heard amazing music fill the community. We followed our ears and discovered the community centre completely decorated with palm leaves, streamers and balloons – the whole community was there. The best part of the reception was when the children that we got to know over the past two weeks presented us with bracelets. We then danced well into the evening with people from the community until we went off and said our goodbyes. It was a magical evening and I am so glad we all got to be a part of providing this community with a place to gather, connect and play. What an honour. It was the perfect way to end our time in Quixayá.
April 13, 2014 - 12:00am •
A staggering percentage of Guatemalan children are malnourished - they are actually the most malnourished people in the Western Hemisphere. It’s infuriating that in a country with so much fertile land and natural resources that people could be starving. The reason so many are malnourished became blatantly clear after we completed our market activity, but let me provide some context first.
April 3, 2014 - 12:00am •
I want to talk about our visit to the beneficio and more about what the CCDA (Campesino Committee of the Highlands – Comité Campesino del Altiplano) does. Everything short of roasting is completed at the beneficio and nothing goes to waste. Small producers sell their coffee cherries to the beneficio, they are shelled with machines, sorted, washed and then placed in rows to dry in the sun. Then they are peeled again to make ‘green gold’, which is coffee ready to be shipped and roasted.
March 31, 2014 - 12:00am •
The first night in Quixayï was pretty warm and I'm almost regretting my decision not to sleep on the roof in a tent, like half of the delegation will be for the ten days we are here. The first morning here we awoke to the sound of some intense rumbling, and although we may be completely wrong, we believe it may be the Atitlan volcano expressing its presence (completely unnecessary as it's the largest peak around).

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