Protect Aid, now.

Hey EWBers (you rule!),

This might turn out to be our most active term in a long time... we've got major advocacy campaigns, at the national and local levels; all kinds of goodies and surprises and events in the works with other groups; a huge National Engineering Month portfolio to take care of in March; a re-establishing of our donor relations with a big innovation to our Junior Fellow program; team lead elections that will likely create an entirely new chapter leadership and vision; and so much more!
How's that for proper use of a semicolon? ;)

Anyway, without additional ado, here are the goings-on for the next week:

#Protectaid Campaign:
The national campaign to protect aid spending in the federal budget is fully underway! EWB has a glorious history of pushing Ottawa in the right direction when it comes to international development spending, and at <2% of the budget and falling fast (it was cute by $370 million last year) the aid budget needs protecting now more than ever! Go to protectaid.ca to sign the petition, and protect the interests of countless millions whose lives and futures are... for lack of a better word... AIDED by the funds. You can also find out more by checking out that link, as well as visiting any of the partner organizations' sites which are listed at the bottom of the page.

On a chapter level (also see attached image)... we're gonna be petitioning, outreaching, letter-writing, talking to classes, publishing articles, and all the other marvellous contributions we'll make to #protectaid
Use that hashtag in everything you do online, and contact Mohamed at advocacyuw@gmail.com if you're interested in getting involved with what the chapter's efforts!

NEM Planning Meeting:
National Engineering Month is next month! Interested in getting involved in a humongous EWB month-long event with all kinds of roles to suit your preferences? Come to the National Engineering Month planning meeting, Monday Feb 3, from 8 - 9 PM in E5 - 2004. Send any questions you have to bigevents@uwaterloo.ewb.ca.

General Meeting:
Our meeting place is E5 2004 at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, classic! I believe we'll be talking a bit more about our #protectaid campaign... and we'll (FINALLLY) be getting a chance to break-out into teams. Screw everlasting chapter unity, let's divide and conquer!!! (i.e. team break-outs are action oriented things where you can engage with a smaller group and really choose a place to own your involvement)

WPIRG's 2014 SPI Conference:
We're all invited to attend the upcoming "Just Education? Bringing Together Social Justice and Student Life" conference at the University of Waterloo, February 7th (in RCH) and 8th (in EV3).
This year's conference will focus on the role that students can play in bringing about positive social change by featuring student presentations and discussions on important campus issues including racism, tuition, debt, mental health, Islamophobia, role of ethics in a S.T.E.M. education, and more. It will also feature workshops aimed at giving students the skills they need to organize successfully, such as campaign planning and storytelling through writing and film. This year's keynote address will be "Fight to Win: How Quebec Students Stopped a Tuition Hike" by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, at 4pm, Friday Feb. 7 in RCH 101. You can find more information about the conference at www.SPI2014.com.
Whether you drop in between classes, or attend both days, the conference is entirely FREE and all are welcome. Please register online to receive a free lunch and conference bag!

Saving Lives Along the Cola Road – A Story of Social Entrepreneurship
On Tuesday, February 11, 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm, come by St. Paul’s University College to join in on a talk and an exclusive screening of the new documentary The Cola Road, featuring the innovative work of Applied Health Studies alumnus Rohit Ramchandani (BSc ’04), which aims to use the cola supply chain to deliver life-saving medicines to remote communities in Africa.
Please register for this free public talk at: RohitAtGreenHouse.eventbrite.ca
Free pizza, too.

Syria Movie Night: The Basics of the Syrian Crisis
On Wednesday, February 5 from 6:30-8:30 pm on campus in Hagey Hall Room 139, it's movie night!
Join Students for Peace in Syria for the screening of two short features that present the crisis in Syria during different times. The human stories like the ones shared in these films are critical to the understanding of the conflict. We will also be having a short discussion afterwards. This event is free of charge and we will provide snacks!
The films that will be shown are:

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
This film tells the story of the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year-old rebel commander and a 24 year-old female journalist in Aleppo, Syria. The film shows why the Syrian people are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been turned upside down and torn apart by war.

Bassel Shehadeh: Streets of Freedom
This documentary displays the early days of the uprising. This filmmaker was a prominent activist in the early days of the uprising, organizing peaceful protests and training other activists in film-making. He passed away while working on another short film in the city of Homs.
For more information and updates, visit the Facebook event page.

That's all for now... but a quick word of warning: you'd never know it by reading this email, but actually not everything great in life is free!

Toodle-loo Waterloo,
EWB UWaterloo

P.S. I feel like I used that semi-colon joke in a previous newsletter... I've been at this too long >_>

#PROTECTAID