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Tragedy of the Market: Crisis to Commons
A Community Gathering January 6-8, 2012
A crisis in capitalism is stalking the world. Ecological plunder, famines,
displacement off the land and greed increasingly mark the battle lines
between the rich and everyone else. Enforced homelessness, social service
cuts, and environmental disasters are daily occurrences. But today we also
see people in every corner of the world are rising up against these
injustices, and we are inspired by this “indignant” moment. But we want to
understand what lies beyond our collective “no!” to a future foreclosed by
dispossession, debt and ecocide.
Communities around the globe have common cause, fighting for of safe food
and housing, decent health, clean air and undeveloped spaces in nature. But
these “commons” have either been captured by the market or are at risk. The
commons refers to relationships based on shared resources, collective
management, networks of mutual aid, respect and dignity. Taking back the
commons means reclaiming community control over the parts of our lives that
have been colonized by governments, markets, and corporations.
Can we recognize, reclaim and create alternative social realities that the
elite tell us cannot possibly exist? A gathering is being organized to help
us answer those questions. This gathering will cover the themes of land,
food, water, health, education, media, decolonization, migration & the
history of the commons. Stay tuned for more details.
CEOs are dreaming of owning everything on the planet – what are we dreaming
January 6th-8th, 2012
Bonsor Recreational Complex
6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
Coast Salish Territories
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Early Registration (October 2011)
It’s time to get indignant : Take back the Commons!
The gathering is free to attend but we do ask attendees to make
contributions if the are able in order to offset the costs of organizing the
event. Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. The venue is
wheelchair accessible and on site child-minding will be provided.
We would like to make this space accessible and safe for people addressing
needs of marginalized communities that may face barriers due to their class,
race, gender, age or ability. More details including the program will be
provided very soon. In the mean time we encourage you to contact us if you
have any questions, concerns or if you would like to offer any assistance:
Please complete and email the registration form below to
COMMUNITY/ORGANIZATION/ETC:¶DO YOU REQUIRE ACCOMIDATIONS? :
WHEN WILL YOU BE ARRIVING AND LEAVING? :
DO YOU HAVE ANY FOOD ALERGIES? :
Do YOU HAVE ANY ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS :
WILL YOU BE COMING WITH CHILDREN? HOW MANY? :
CONTRIBUTION ** :
•Gathering is free of charge (suggested donation of $20-40). Cheques can
be mailed c/o Crisis to Commons to #700-207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver,
BC, V6A 1H7. Otherwise please be in touch with us at
firstname.lastname@example.org make arrangements.