Justice Rocks 2010 – A free, interactive, social justice music festival happening this Sunday in Strathcona Park!

Photo Courtesy of JusticeRocks.org

On Sunday, August 15th 2010, Pivot Legal Society will be hosting the third annual Justice Rocks music festival in Strathcona Park.  There will be free live music shows, interactive social justice presentations, and festival fun, all day from 1-8pm.

Many local, social change makers and organizations will be present at this Sunday’s Justice Rocks event:

Amnesty International will have a display featuring an interactive “slum dwelling,” where participants will be asked to grab the three objects within the dwelling they would take during a forced evacuation.

Dogwood Initiative (in partnership with Westcoast Environmental Law, Greenpeace, Forest Ethics, and No Tanks) will have a “No Tanker” booth, which will feature a filthy ‘oil spill’ dunk tank.

In celebration of its 20th year anniversary, EcoJustice will be presenting a proposed Environmental Universal Rights Charter.  Also, an interactive photo booth will be present to make you the face of the revolution in future campaigns!

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) will be present to teach individuals about citizens’ rights and help stimulate discussions on the subject matter.

Canada’s Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is a major sponsor of Justice Rocks.  They have graciously hooked up free public water access on-site for event participants.  Bring a water bottle to fill up (or look for the free CUPE bottles that they will be giving out).

In addition to food, fun and games, the day will be jam-packed with performances from Canadian artists:

Maria in the Shower

En Karma

Abstract Random

Corbin Murdoch

Giraffe Aftermath

and Luciterra

As well as dialogues and workshops hosted by:

1:40-2:25pm – Tria Donaldson (Youth Movement Toward Real Movement Justice)
2:35-3:20pm – Greenpeace (Tar Sands in BC and Alberta)
3:30-4:15pm – Amnesty International (Demanding Dignity: Bill C-300, forced evictions, and the Millennium Development Goals – a rough guide for beginners)
4:25-5:10pm – Judith Marcuse and Vanessa Richards (Arts for Social Change – Sharing What Works)
5:20-6:05pm – Emily Henry (The law and Intergenerational Impacts on Aboriginal People)
6:15-7:00pm – Fiona York (LEAF) (Women’s Rights, Religious Freedoms, and Legal Aid)

“Above all, Justice Rocks will be a celebration. It will be a musical tribute to the social progress that has allowed so many improvements to the modern quality of life, and a collective honouring and recognition of the values that allow us all hope for a better future.” – JusticeRocks.org

Currently, Justice Rocks is looking for volunteers to help with:

Burning Man

Photo Courtesy of PSFK

Strategically scheduled to coincide with this year’s Burning Man event, occurring on August 30th - September 6th in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, artists are invited to bring and set-up their own burner art installations to share with the general public.

If you would like to participate in the marketplace, set up a burner art installation, or help facilitate other park play, e-mail: Andrea Curtis at andrea@transformationprojects.ca

Let’s celebrate all the social change going on in our neighbourhoods.  Come out and rock in the park!

By Flavia Kajoba