Concerned citizens gathered at Grace Lutheran Church in Victoria to discuss food security, food distribution, and food banks.
Emeritus Professor Graham Riches gave a historical review of social services in Canada.
Alan Cassels is a drug policy researcher at the University of Victoria and author of Selling Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease. He was the keynote speaker at the Victoria Seniors Meeting in February 2012.
Michael Riordon reading from his book “Our Way to Fight: Peace-Work Under Siege in Israel-Palestine,” talks about the experiences of repressed and silenced people working for peace in Palestine and Israel.
Jeff Schutts, a history professor at Langara College, speaks about the culture of consumerism from Nazi Germany to the present.
2011 World Peace Forum, Vancouver-Canada
This PDD thesis attempts not just to show the pitfalls of our present political system, but offers a realistic framework of a new Citizen’s Constitution.
It suggests that statutory changes and constitutional laws need to resonate and harmonize with a Citizen’s needs. It also suggests a shift from a system based in political and economic competition, where money begetting money is the biggest aim of activities, into a system where providing social services becomes the collective responsibility and the main purpose of society.
This PDD framework is not a monolithic program to be literally followed, but only a set of observations and practical suggestions in the midst of our precarious time. We are nothing more than transitory observers and participants, and we could do better by recognizing the evolving ‘Social Consciousness’ as the guiding supreme authority.
We must keep in mind that by submitting our individual opinions for examination, discussion, and tabulation, on an established official poll, we will produce a social consciousness.
This booklet offers the author’s perspective, limited to his understanding; therefore it is not presumed to be a final rule. PDD is suggested only as a starting contribution to a larger solution where we all participate to develop a perpetual direct democracy.