Justice Rocks: Bringing social justice activists together (and some music)

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Justice Rocks: Bringing social justice activists together (and some music)

Off-stage entertainment
Off-stage entertainment

For the second year, Pivot hosted Justice Rocks, an afternoon of music and social activism in Strathcona Park. As they describe it:

Only in it’s second year now, Justice Rocks is attracting a huge site full of party people — skate demos, a dunk tank, three marching bands, b-boy/girl break off, and a carnie birthday party. Nevermind the full line-up that you can check out here on our webpage!

Holding up the perimeters of the event are dozens of Vancouver City Superheros… folks behind some of the most prolific movin’ and shaking environmental justice, social justice, youth groups and campaigns around.

Justice Rocks is a powerful movement for progressive change. It’s an outdoor dance party, park takeover and full on celebration for the brilliant work we’re doing around here.

We were there representing the animals. Animal rights is a social justice issue too – but the animals are too often left out of discussions of rights and justice.

A view of the stage
A view of the stage

I love going to this event and seeing all the other groups and hearing about their projects. Being out there on the field you really feel like we all can change the world. That if we all keep working we’ll be able to solve problems of civil liberties, the environment, homelessness, and animal rights.

We talked to a bunch of people and answered a number of questions. It was great to hear how many people are concerned about animals – and how many people are changing their diets to help animals and the environment. It was all very positive. Thanks to Roger and Alissa for helping out at the booth. I also got to meet some people who I’d only known on Twitter and Facebook.

Some of the other groups at the event were BC Civil Liberties Association, Greenpeace, Katimavik, Hope in Shadows, Megaphone Magazine, Wilderness Committee, Gallery GachetDowntown Eastside Women’s Centre, Youth Co AIDS SocietyForest Ethics, No One Is Illegal, and more. It was a real who’s who of activist organizations in the Vancouver area.

Roger at the LBC booth

Roger at the LBC booth

Next year, if you have a chance, and you care about any of the issues represented, head on down to Strathcona Park and have some fun, listen to music, watch some dancers, do some dancing of your own, and find out how you can make a difference!

Oh, and our duck was there doing some dancing. He’s not a very good dancer – but he has fun!

1 Comment


September 1, 2009 at 4:59 am


*bangs head on pillow*

Stupid work keeps getting in my way. I WOULD OF BEEN AT THE PARK! SO CLOSE TO HOME [from what it seems]!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Ah, those grassroots organizations…I hear of them much, and they linger on my mind too…

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