Hastings Park Consultation – COPE is holding a public consultation about the future of Hastings Park on July 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm. COPE City Councillors David Cadman and Ellen Woodsworth as well as COPE Parks Board Commissioner Loretta Woodcock will be on hand to hear community concerns and thoughts about future strategies on this issue. The event will be held at St. David’s Anglican Church, 2475 Franklin St. (1 block north and east of E. Hastings St. and Nanaimo St.). Light refreshments will be served. Come out and have your say! 
 
Solstice BBQ – Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us at the Solstice BBQ this year.  With your help we exceed our fundraising goal! We hope everyone had a great time and we look forward to seeing you again at next year’s BBQ!
 
 
2010 PRIDE Parade – Come and march with COPE at this year’s Pride Parade!  If you are interested in joining us please contact aaron@cope.bc.ca and let him know! The parade will take place on Aug. 1st at 12pm and we encourage you to show your PRIDE!
 
Annual General Meeting – This year COPE’s Annual General Meeting will be held Sunday, September 19th at the Japanese Language Hall.  Please make sure you save this date in your calendar! Details to follow in the next newsletter.
 
 
Hyatt Event – Make History on July 22!
Join hotel workers across North America in a historic protest against global hotel corporations. In 14 cities, including Vancouver, hotel workers will be demonstrating their unity and their determination to fight for respect in an industry dominated by wealthy multinational companies that continue cutting jobs and trying to squeeze more from workers. 
 
The protest on July 22 targets the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Hyatt Corporation is a $5.5 billion global company owned by one of the 10 wealthiest families in the world. Hyatt continues to try to take advantage of the economic slowdown to hurt workers – even while the company’s profits are growing. 
 
What: Protest at the Hyatt! Hotel workers in Vancouver join 50,000 workers in 14 cities across North America fighting Hyatt Corporation’s attempts to hurt workers
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St. 
When: July 22 at 5:00pm
Who: Hotel workers, friends and allies
Why: We are at a crucial moment in our struggle against big, greedy hotel corporations. Standing together with workers and supporters across North America will bring us victory. 
 
Background:  Hyatt Corporation is owned by American billionaires, the Pritzker family. Worth $5.5 billion and with $1.3 billion in the bank, Hyatt Corporation’s profits are increasing but they want to lock workers into a permanent recession. Hyatt’s plan for economic recovery is a JOBLESS hotel industry recovery. By cutting jobs and increasing workload, Hyatt and the other global hotel companies continue to try to squeeze workers who already suffer from increased workloads and remain at risk for greater injuries. 
 
1600 hotel workers in Vancouver at the Hyatt, Four Seasons, Westin Bayshore and Renaissance hotels are bargaining a new contract this year. All of these hotels are operated by wealthy global hotel corporations. The majority of hotel workers are women and immigrants. All hotel workers deserve safe jobs that support families and provide for a secure future. Hotel jobs should be good jobs. 
 
We’re making history on July 22. Be part of the movement. Join us at the Hyatt!
 
For more information: 604-473-4815, www.uniteherelocal40.org , www.hotelworkersrising.org 
July 16th 2010 – Hastings Park Consultation – July 23rd, Solstice BBQ Wrap-up, PRIDE 2010, AGM, Hyatt Event – July 22

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