January 2020

Friday 24

No War With Iran Uleth Campus Rally

Location: University of Lethbridge Bus Loop

The rally will occur on two days; Friday the 24th at the University of Lethbridge bus loop and on Saturday the 25th out front of City Hall. Both rallies will go from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sign making supplies will be provided but we encourage you to bring your own if you want. More information on the rallies is below:

LPIRG, The Meliorist and the Campus Women's Center will be co-hosting two rally's to protest the Trump administration's attempts to escalate global political tensions. On January 3, Trump ordered a drone strike that targeted and killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. The attack has the potential to lead to a full out war between the United States and Iran, while immediately putting Iranian-Americans and allied troops in danger. Trump himself has threatened to bomb Iranian cultural sites, which is considered a egregious war crime. Trump has since been escalating the tensions, while Justin Trudeau has failed to make any significant comment on the attack. Canada should have no involvement with the Trump administrations war-mongering aspirations, and our government needs to be vocal on the subject. Furthermore, "Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne put out a statement highlighting the need for “all sides to exercise restraint” and made a point of noting that Canada has held longstanding concern about the “aggressive actions” of Soleimani."

NATO's article 5 states that a direct military attack on one member country is an attack against them all. The United States has invoked article 5 in the past when they went to war with Iraq. While Canada was largely able to make a case against involvement in 2003, we may not be able to again. Trump has a long history of making key military decisions without consulting allied forces, making the situation even more tenuous than it was in the Iraq war. Trump has encouraged NATO to increase involvement in the middle east and certainly, any conflict with Iran will have major impacts in surrounding countries. Canadians must stand up to show that as an allied country, we do not support US imperialism or aggressive action.

The rally on the 25th will coincide with the Global Day of Protest, initiated by Initiators for this call include the ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK, Popular Resistance, Black Alliance for Peace, National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), Veterans For Peace, US Labor Against the War (USLAW), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), United National Anti-War Committee, Pastors for Peace/Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, International Action Center, United For Peace and Justice, Alliance For Global Justice (AFGJ), December 12th Movement, World Beyond War, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Dominican Sisters/ICAN, Nonviolence International, Food Not Bombs and many other anti-war and peace organizations (https://www.answercoalition.org/iran-jan-25). In this regard we are rallying in solidarity with people around the world. The devastating plane crash has effected people globally and we want to support those who have lost loved ones.

We would like to thank the Campus Women's Center for supporting our event. They will be available on Friday for people to come in, warm up and get a hot drink. They will also have peer counselors on site if anyone needs to talk. We recognize that this could be a sensitive matter for some people and want everyone to feel as safe and comfortable as possible. They are located in SP 150. http://www.campuswomenscentre.com/. Please also be aware not to block the ramp or access to the buses at the university. We don't want to impede anyone travelling between classes or disrupt teaching.

This is a peaceful event and that everyone attending should be respectful and mindful of those involved. The campus is a global community in itself and there may be people directly effected by these events. We don't want to spread any hate messages. We are calling out the actions of governments, not the people who live under them.

Saturday 25

No War with Iran Community Rally

Location: Lethbridge City Hall

The rally will occur on two days; Friday the 24th at the University of Lethbridge bus loop and on Saturday the 25th out front of City Hall. Both rallies will go from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sign making supplies will be provided but we encourage you to bring your own if you want. More information on the rallies is below:

LPIRG, The Meliorist and the Campus Women's Center will be co-hosting two rally's to protest the Trump administration's attempts to escalate global political tensions. On January 3, Trump ordered a drone strike that targeted and killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. The attack has the potential to lead to a full out war between the United States and Iran, while immediately putting Iranian-Americans and allied troops in danger. Trump himself has threatened to bomb Iranian cultural sites, which is considered a egregious war crime. Trump has since been escalating the tensions, while Justin Trudeau has failed to make any significant comment on the attack. Canada should have no involvement with the Trump administrations war-mongering aspirations, and our government needs to be vocal on the subject. Furthermore, "Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne put out a statement highlighting the need for “all sides to exercise restraint” and made a point of noting that Canada has held longstanding concern about the “aggressive actions” of Soleimani."

NATO's article 5 states that a direct military attack on one member country is an attack against them all. The United States has invoked article 5 in the past when they went to war with Iraq. While Canada was largely able to make a case against involvement in 2003, we may not be able to again. Trump has a long history of making key military decisions without consulting allied forces, making the situation even more tenuous than it was in the Iraq war. Trump has encouraged NATO to increase involvement in the middle east and certainly, any conflict with Iran will have major impacts in surrounding countries. Canadians must stand up to show that as an allied country, we do not support US imperialism or aggressive action.

The rally on the 25th will coincide with the Global Day of Protest, initiated by Initiators for this call include the ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK, Popular Resistance, Black Alliance for Peace, National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), Veterans For Peace, US Labor Against the War (USLAW), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), United National Anti-War Committee, Pastors for Peace/Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, International Action Center, United For Peace and Justice, Alliance For Global Justice (AFGJ), December 12th Movement, World Beyond War, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Dominican Sisters/ICAN, Nonviolence International, Food Not Bombs and many other anti-war and peace organizations (https://www.answercoalition.org/iran-jan-25). In this regard we are rallying in solidarity with people around the world. The devastating plane crash has effected people globally and we want to support those who have lost loved ones.

This is a peaceful event and that everyone attending should be respectful and mindful of those involved. The campus is a global community in itself and there may be people directly effected by these events. We don't want to spread any hate messages. We are calling out the actions of governments, not the people who live under them.

Monday 27
Image: Logos for LPIRG, ULSU, Campus Women's Centre and SACPA. Headline: Student Speaker Challenge 2020. Image of a microphone.

Student Speaker Challenge 2020 applications now open

Location: LPIRG Office - Students' Union Building

The Student Speaker Challenge 2020 is here and accepting submissions!

This year’s topic is: “What is the Cost of Public Education?”

Speakers are encouraged to build their speech around this topic, using any narrative and argument that fits their thesis. To apply, please fill out this form complete with a description of your thesis. The Student Speaker Challenge is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Lethbridge. Applications will be judged based on clarity of thesis and argument. Application deadline: January 27th, 2020. 

Eight students will be chosen to face off in two rounds, with cash awards going to the top three speakers. 

The awards for speakers are:

1st place: $750.00

2nd place: $500.00

3rd place: $300.00 

And a $50.00 bookstore gift certificate for the five participants who didn’t place.

The first round featuring all eight speakers will be held February 5th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The second round featuring the top four speakers from the first round will be held February 12th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. 

This year’s Student Speaker Challenge is presented by the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, the Women’s Centre, the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union, the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group.