Philippines Support and Panama Maru

antidote network, illustrations by Eva Campbell.

Hi everyone,

This is a forwarded message about a way you can support the local Filipino community, as well as a reminder about an event on Nov 24th.

1. The local Filipino community is organizing support for those devastated by the typhoon. Please help by:
Making a donation through the Canadian Red Cross at the local office at 909 Fairfield Rd., online at or by calling 1-800-418-1111.

Supporting a fundraising dinner Friday, 7 p.m. at the Bayanihan Centre, 1709 Blanshard St., Victoria. $10 a plate, limited capacity. If the fundraiser sells out you can always leave a donation instead!

2. Reminder of the November 24 Panama Maru performance:

The Maritime Museum of B.C.,
28 Bastion Square, Victoria
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 3pm
Admission by donation

On October 17, 1913, the Japanese oceanliner Panama Maru steamed into Victoria’s harbour. Among its passengers were 56 newcomers from India hoping to settle in Canada. Most were detained under Canada’s Continuous Journey regulations, imprisoned at Victoria’s immigration shed, and ordered deported by immigration officials. However, the passengers refused to give up. Support from the new South Asian communities in Victoria (centred in the newly completed Topaz Street gurdwara, 1912) and Vancouver, and from Eurocanadian allies, prompted a legal challenge. The outcome in the Supreme Court of British Columbia surprised everyone, angered politicians in Victoria and Ottawa, sent shock waves across the Pacific, and set the stage for the Komagata Maru tragedy six months later. Join UVIC students on Sunday, November 24, 3pm in the courtroom of the B.C. Supreme Court at the Maritime Museum of B.C. for a creative performance of the trial and its aftermath. Reception to follow.

Sponsored by UVIC History and the Martime Museum of B.C.

With the support of UVic’s Asian Canadian Working Group; the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives; the Centre for Global Studies; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Faculty of Humanities; the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society; Office of the President; Provost’s Community Building Fund.

PDF of Panama Maru Poster

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