Groups that are part of the CAIA network agree with the basis
of unity but organize their activities and actions in an independent manner.
CAIA-Victoria grew out of a series
of five public meetings on the Palestine/Israel conflict, the last
one consisting of a smaller "roundtable" with
invited speaker Adam Hanieh of the Al Awda Right of Return Group, CUPE
and CAIA. Previous invited speakers had included Dan Freeman-Maloy of
York University, speaking on "AIPAC North", and Jon Elmer,
Canadian freelance writer and photojournalist specializing in the the
All were admission-free, held at the University of Victoria during
February, March and early April 2007 and were organized by the
Victoria Peace Coalition
with the co-sponsorship of VIPIRG and CUPE local 50, among others.
Shortly thereafter, CAIA-Victoria was formed as a separate
independent group, loosely affiliated with CAIA and working in solidarity
the Palestinian call for an international BDS (Boycott, Divestments & Sanctions)
campaign against Israeli apartheid until it complies with International
The first of a series of regular boycott picket actions against the
local Chapters bookstore located at Douglas and View Streets
after the roundtable and have continued.
A CAIA-Victoria Newgroup supplies
interested parties with an email letter 3 times per week.
It brings important comments and news to the interested members that
sign up to receive the newsletter.
activities include invited speakers, demonstrations, boycotts,
literature handouts, relevant movies, fundraising dinners,
and promoting information web links.
boycott demonstrations are held at the Chapters at Douglas
Streets and other locations to stress the importance of Boycotts
Divestments and Sanctions.
For those interested in joining our group, having us handout
our information at your meeting or have us co-sponsor
in an event, please contact us at [email protected]