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SFT at University of Lethbridge – SFT Canada Chapter spotlight

Today, we look at one of our newest chapters in Canada, at University of Lethbridge. Here we speak with Arron K. Lewis, President of the SFT Chapter at Lethbridge.
Q. Hi Arron, can you please provide an introduction of yourself and what you do?
AL: I’m currently in my second year at the University of Lethbridge, working towards a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Addictions Counselling.To help with student debt I work at a law office and with the YWCA. I am passionate about social justice and human rights and work towards change in those area where I can.

When and how did you first learn about Tibet and the movement?
AL: I learned about the Tibetan situation in my teens (about 20 years ago) and I can’t say for certain how I heard. It may have been through Amnesty International or some other human rights organization. I was not online in those days so it was likely an event or written information somewhere. I’ve followed it with interest and love over the years and rejoiced in watching it grow into a powerful, united, international movement.

What made you start a chapter in Lethbridge? When did you start?

AL: As I said, I’ve been involved in a peripheral capacity for a long time but I always felt my impact was minimal. I would write letters, attend rallies and talk about Tibet to people, but it didn’t feel like enough. This past spring Amnesty Lethbridge showed the film “The Sun Behind the Clouds” and I learned of the Students for a Free Tibet movement. My best friend here in Lethbridge is Tibetan so I asked her if it was okay if I started an SFT. I wasn’t sure if a non-Tibetan could do such a thing. She encouraged me to follow my heart and so in April 2012 the Lethbridge chapter of SFT was born.

What kind of activities have you been able to coordinate with your SFT Chapter in Lethbridge?
AL: We have had the opportunity to host a table during New Student Orientation and during Club Rush Week at the UofL. Our table promoted the Tibetan movement and provided information about the history and situation of Tibet.On October 11 we had an event to gather members and encourage students to join. During the event we had our table and posted several pieces of news information around the space. We showed the film “What Remains of Us” and had a good discussion following the film.

We regularly provide our membership with information to get involved with the Tibetan movement and this includes petitions, the Nexen deal, Amnesty Lethbridge events featuring Tibetan appeals, etc. We use our Facebook group and our email mailing list to share this information.Most recently, we collaborated with the Amnesty International Club at the UofL to promote conscious consumerism. We used the campaign to bring awareness to human rights violations
connected to the consumer chain, including China (Tibet and sweatshops), Walmart, etc. The campaign was promoted through Facebook, Twitter, Causes.com, posters around Lethbridge and on campus, and on CKXU (our campus radio station).
launched the event with a film night and discussion. Our intention was to show the film “China Blue” but issues with the distributor forced us to change plans at the last minute and we showed “Walmart – The High Cost of Low Prices” followed by a discussion around our role as consumers in the production and commerce chains. We had t-shirts made as part of the campaign which read “FIGHT INJUSTICE at the local mall”. The campaign was targeted to promote awareness during holiday shopping but it will be extended into 2103 as a general goal of conscious consumerism.

Do you have any big plans for 2013?

AL: In 2013 we are hoping to continue the consumer campaign through film and the t-shirts. We are also working with the band “Sunrise and Good People” to try to plan a concert for Tibet in the spring. In addition, we hope to hold a cultural Tibetan event (food, dance) to bring awareness of the movement in general but also an appreciation of the culture of the Tibetan people, a culture which the Chinese government is trying to eradicate.

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Professor of philosophy John Woods at the University of Lethbridge in Canada:
'In science and everyday life it is common to reason backwards from a known fact to some unobservable phenomenon that would explain or generate that fact. In so doing the reasoner forwards an hypothesis, which may then be subject to experimental or theoretical test.'
Using this definition, abductive logic falls well within the accepted model for the scientific method.

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