Nanaimo Social Awareness Festival

Popular Participation MovementNanaimo’s Popular Participation Movement is organizing a Social Awareness Festival in Maffeo Sutton Park from noon to 6 pm on Saturday, July 28, 2007. This free concert will feature reggae by Belizean-Canadian singer/songwriter Randeesh, the one-man didgeridoo band of Shane Philip from Quadra Island, Fredlocks Asher & the Ultra Flex Crew with reggae, hip-hop, and dancehall from Vancouver, and spoken word and funk by Nanaimo’s own Tongue & Groove.

The PPM’s mission is to increase public awareness of local and global socio-political issues, and Roger Oakley of CUPE Island Water Watch will speak on "Water is a human right". Aldo Javier Michel, an international student from Bolivia, will talk about the "Water War" and the peoples' victory in Bolivia. Nanaimo’s leading anti-poverty activist Gordon Fuller will fill us in on the affordable housing situtation in the city. There will also be interventions by Malaspina University-College student activists who are spearheading the struggle for the $10 minimum wage. Over 25 of Nanaimo's community organizations will be represented at this day of music, discussion, and fun! Y’all come.

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