Archive for December, 2009

Welcome and thanks!

December 23rd, 2009

Welcome to the Organizing For Justice website, and thanks to all who participated in the conference in October and made it such a success.

We’re currently working on next steps for this initiative – feel free to sign up to our email announcement listserv, at or just email us and we’ll add you.

We had a debrief meeting after the conference, here are the minutes (note: we are planning a next meeting for mid-to-late-January, to work on what comes next):


– comment on process of selecting speakers/facilitators: maybe need more of a ‘vetting’ process?
– also need to focus discussions/speakers more, integrating with purpose/goals of conference and what we’re trying to accomplish
– could survey people coming more: looking at where they’re coming from, what involved in, what looking to get out of it
– housing and anti-poverty panel: good, b/c had people who are organizing on the ground, look at facilitating conversations about how they can work together
– also need for looking at bigger picture: at systems, processes that are creating problems, looking at root causes
– problem of using non-disposable dishes (lots of work for some people, not necessarily same people who really wanted no garbage): look into compostable plates etc plus garbage bags
– negative of dividing languages: do we really need to segregate? are we acknowledging that some people are bilingual? maybe can bi-locate conference to cover both ottawa and gatineau and make both bilingual events? but still people can travel across the bridge anyways
– experiences from other similar events: opening ceremony acknowleding indigenous land, having drumming; integrating performers into intermissions instead of seperate event; closing ceremony circle dance gets everyone involved in closing


– blend of experience, perspectives, involvement
– dialogue between academicia and activism?
– paying attention to what is being talked about, and who is doing talking
– facilitating involvement, providing tools
– political mapping (something like a directoy of activist groups/organizations for people to use, either find one or make one)
– help to get people/groups being able to work together:
.. activist/political groups
.. people interested but not involved
.. academics doing analysis
– measure success by:
.. participants learned something?
.. having some practical/useful/tangible result?
.. continuing space to stay in contact (individ. participants stay in contact)
– aspects:
.. relations
.. information
.. involvement
– dialogue: what comes out of conference?
.. session notes? unresolved questions? promoting community (events etc)?
– issue based vs organizing based (what’s being done / how / what needs doing / what could be done)