Archive for November, 2010

What to do when binary gender roles, patriarchy and sexism are sustained in social justice activism

November 3rd, 2010

4:00pm Sat Nov13
Lamoureux Hall first floor, U of Ottawa
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What to do when binary gender roles, patriarchy and sexism are sustained in social justice activism

This will be a participant led workshop. Participants will be asked to share experiences of sexism during their organizing. We will create a space for critical reflections, where dynamics of power will be discussed, and support/coping approaches and strategies might be shared. While we are often very quick to jump on the “fuck patriarchy” wagon, it is a whole other thing to actually engage in the hard work of deconstructing current organizing practices.

Facilitator: Mélanie is a poet, lover and a fighter. She is an agitator, facilitator and educator in matters of sexual health. This is a wide issue, and she’s found that writing, singing and listening are powerful forms of activism. She mostly learns from young people, and actively engages against the oppressive disturbances in our everyday interactions. Mélanie facilitates with a belief that everyone has something to share, learn and unlearn.

Going Beyond Polar Bears and PPM: Strategy Tools for Climate and Environmental Justice Organizing

November 3rd, 2010

2:30pm Sat Nov13
Lamoureux Hall first floor, U of Ottawa
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Going Beyond Polar Bears and PPM: Strategy Tools for Climate and Environmental Justice Organizing

[note this workshop runs for 2 time slots, 2:30-5:00ish]

The climate change movement usually brings up images of Al Gore, fuzzy polar bear suits, and arguments about numbers and specifics.  While these have all brought attention to the pressing issue that is the climate crisis, they tend to glaze over the real impacts climate change is already having on communities and don’t dig to the root causes of environmental destruction. In fact, this type of strategy has sometimes just been a frame to prop-up false solutions such as contracts for the same companies extracting from the tar sands to build large wind farms or for the amazon forest to be cut down to grow corn to fuel SUVs.  However, beyond the statistics and images of polar bears, there is a growing climate justice movement being led by the communities most impacted by fossil fuel extraction and climate change.  In this participatory workshop we will explore how through being allies and participating in community-based resistance we can rewrite the story behind climate change,the  tar sands, and other extractive industry, building a grassroots movement that people can connect to.  The tried and true tools we will discuss come from a variety of sources, such as the Ruckus Society, SmartMeme, and Beyond the Choir, and include the spectrum of allies, different points of intervention, and an analysis of how our tactics affect our message, allies, and opponents. While this workshop is built around climate and environmental organizing, the tools and discussions are essential for all intersecting social justice movements.  Come build a movement!

Facilitators:

Cam Fenton (a direct action trainer and organizer with Climate Justice Montreal)

Daniel T’seleie (A K’asho Got’ine Dene currently working for Climate Action Network)

Tasha Peters (or other organizer with Climate Justice Ottawa)

The Ottawa Umi Café Story

November 3rd, 2010

2:30pm Sat Nov13
Lamoureux Hall first floor, U of Ottawa
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The Ottawa Umi Café Story

[note this workshop runs for 2 time slots, 2:30-5:00ish]

The Umi Café lives on but no longer as a co-operatively run experiment.

The Umi Café has been a hub of vibrant artistic, supportive, and social justice energy in Ottawa. It attracted poets, musicians, social fabric builders, and activists of all kinds in an open and accepting free space, …that did not always pay its bills but that managed for a good stretch until a new model was needed…

Those who co-founded, ran, owned, invested, and loved and hated the Umi Café learned a lot and several have accepted to tell their stories for the benefit of all who may be interested.

The artists and clients also have their views and stories that we also hope to hear.

The O4J Umi Café Story workshop will start with the projection of Catherine Eastwood’s 55-minute documentary film about Umi Café. This is a warm and intimate report that obviously involved a love affair between the film maker and her subject. Catherine is now in China and will not be able to attend this conference premiere.

This will be followed by a participatory presentation that will attempt to meander along the lessons, discoveries, frustrations, and elations of the Umi Café, all from the very different perspectives of those who will be present.

Confirmed participants include original co-founders Erin, Naomi, and Sergio. All touched by Umi are invited.

Lost in Colonization: Al kaffiyeh l’3arabiyeh, The Israeli Keffiyeh, The Hippest of the Hipsters and The Politicized Queer

November 3rd, 2010

2:30pm Sat Nov13
Lamoureux Hall first floor, U of Ottawa
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Lost in Colonization: Al kaffiyeh l’3arabiyeh, The Israeli Keffiyeh, The Hippest of the Hipsters and The Politicized Queer

Directed workshop with visual art, video, and discussion

This workshop aims to address the recent ‘kuffiyah’ fashion trend, especially among queer or activist circles. It raises the issue of how this scarf has been rid of its political significance by the clothing industry and the Israeli government, and facilitates education about the kuffiyah and its history as well as the broader goal of reflecting on solidarity and elaborating strategies to be better ‘allies’.

Facilitator/presenter: Oliver/Ghaida, Masters Student at the University of Ottawa (thesis on the resistance of Palestinian Queer Womyn) and active member of Agitate! Queer People of Colour