Archive for August, 2008

PEN article

August 11th, 2008

This was submitted to the Peace and Environment News (PEN) paper for their Sept/Oct issue:


A group of people are planning an Ottawa conference for November that will bring together a wide range of activists and community organizers around the themes of social justice, economic justice, environmental justice and healthy communities.

The conference is entitled Organizing For Justice and will run Nov 20-22. There will be a Thursday night panel discussion, a Friday night musical / social event, and an all-day Saturday lineup of presentations, workshops, discussions and an info-fair, followed by an evening social. The organizers are working to make this conference as accessible as possible, in both English and French, with childcare provided.

The aim is to bring together those involved and/or interested in activism and organizing to share their learnings with each other, to network and build relationships, to teach organizing skills, and to develop strategy and vision. A key theme is that we need to come together as a local activist community in order to grow our movement(s).

Details are tentative at the moment, but will be posted at the conference website, Interested people can also contact or 613-656-5498 for more information.

How can you help? We can use input on what you would like to see included at the conference,  as well as having people help with things (both in advance and especially the day of) and offer billeting for out-of-towners. And perhaps the most important thing is word of mouth promotion – let’s build the excitement as the date for this conference approaches!

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