Archive for March, 2011

Community Consulta – April 30

March 18th, 2011


This Saturday, people are coming together to:

  • Get to know each other
  • Share our interests, experiences and actions/projects
  • Talk about what we can do together, how to support each other
  • Come up with practical steps, ideas and direction to build local movements



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Organizing For Justice
Community Consulta

Sat Apr 30, 10:30am-4:30pm
at PSAC, 233 Gilmour

Social, economic, and environmental justice,
and healthy communities

You don’t want to miss this!

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We invite you to come for the full day
or whatever part(s) you can

Here’s the schedule
* includes lots of small group discussion, variety of activities, and times to come together as a whole group … plus breaks!

Morning (start at 10:30am)

  • Getting to know each other on an individual basis
  • Understanding why we’re here
  • Considering the issues we’re dealing with
    … both on a societal level, and in our groups/projects
  • Intro to what we can do together

Lunch – provided (approx 12:45pm)

Afternoon (approx 1:45pm)

  • In-depth small-group discussions on self-selected topics
  • What ideas do we pursue? What plans can we take on?
  • Wrap up, follow up plans, what’s next?

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Some items that might be discussed:

  • Creating ways to learn from each other
  • Developing the skills and tools needed to organize
  • Building activist infrastructure and networks
  • Accessing resources
  • Shared projects like: online event calendar, independent media, regular community events
  • and more


It really depends on you. This event will be ‘self-directed’ in that it will be participants’ interests that guide the discussion(s)

We are hoping that this will help foster an ongoing process of collaboration and coming together…

But again, it really depends on you

Hope to see you there!
– Organizing For Justice collective

We regret to say that there will be no childcare provided.

For any questions or concerns, please contact or 613-656-5498.

March 16: Edge-U-cation

March 4th, 2011


Wed March 16 – 7:00pm sharp (6:30pm refreshments/ice-breakers)
at PSAC building, JK Wlyie boardroom (first floor)
233 Gilmour (at Metcalfe)

Thinking about liberating education!

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How can we overcoming the domesticating and confining education we experience everyday in our major institutions and media? What does a truly liberating education look like and how do we engage with it?  Come and share your thoughts and experiences.

In our contemporary culture, learning how to learn and how to think independently is just as important as mastering any particular technical skill.

And to learn the things we do need, we need to learn to find (or create) opportunities and spaces outside of the traditional institutions and approaches that have ‘taught’ us how to be ourselves.

This event will offer the opportunity to explore ways of learning – based on our experiences and our aspirations – and discuss what is being done (or could be) in the community to facilitate an ongoing connected process of individual and community learning.

Edge-u-cation is being held in dozens of cities throughout the world as part of the ‘spores’ network:

!! Please join us !!

** This event will formally end by 8:45pm
The space is open until 9:15pm for any informal continuation of discussion/planning

** All ages welcome.
Very young children? Also welcome.
Please read

** Contact:, 613-656-5498
Please contact us if you have further needs/accommodations

** Further reading/resources:

** Event co-hosted by:

** Facebook event:

Organizing For Justice is planning an upcoming consulta on creating ‘infrastructures of dissent’ in Ottawa, with a focus on (but not limited to) education and learning … please stay tuned for details:
– Email list:
– Facebook:
– Website:

PROMdemonium Fund – deadline March 14

March 4th, 2011

PROMdemonium Fund 2011

PROMdemonium is in its fourth year! This year’s event will be held April 9 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Not only is it a night of fun and community celebration, PROMdemonium is a fundraiser for local, community initiatives and creative resistance. We’re calling out now for applications to the PROMdemonium Fund. The deadline to submit applications is March 14, 2011.


The PROMdemonium Fund is open to individuals, groups and organizations that challenge the current unjust economic and social systems and work towards social, economic or environmental justice. The Fund offers funding to projects that are often unable to obtain mainstream sources of funding. Our support is directed towards initiatives achieved through advocacy, political action, artistic expression, community organization and other creative actions.

Who can apply?

The aim is to support local grassroots initiatives that meet the Fund’s objective and focus on

a) direct action and/or

b) community-building and/or

c) artistic expression

The Fund is available to individuals, groups or organizations in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. We welcome new initiatives and renewing projects that require additional funding.  Please note that organizations that have charitable status are not eligible.

How is the funding allocated?

The amount of the Fund depends on how much is raised from PROMdemonium. We expect the Fund budget this year to range from $3000-$4000. Individual project grants can range from $100-$2000 depending on the scale of the project.

Please note: The funding cannot go towards overhead (staff costs, rent, utility bills, computers, etc.)

How to Apply:

Send us an email including the information listed below. Or send in a video or audio recording of yourself answering the questions below (feel free to show examples of your work.) We welcome applications in English or French.

∗ Title of initiative

∗ Summary: Describe what you plan to do, what you hope to accomplish and how you plan to accomplish this. How will this project benefit people and communities who live in Ottawa/Gatineau?

∗ Amount requested from the Fund: Please provide a general estimate and how the Fund funding will fit into the overall project budget.

∗ Other sources of funding: Please inform us of any other sources of funding, if any, that you have secured for the project.  What are sources of funding have you received or are attempting to secure?

∗ Description of yourself/your organization: Please describe what you/your group is all about.

∗ Contact information: Give us a way to contact you.

Initiative bio:  Please provide a short description (150 words max.) of the organization and/or initiative that will be included on the PROMdemonium website (with your permission) to announce the recipients of this year’s PROM fund.  Feel free to include a web address and/or contact information.

Selection Criteria:

How will applicants be evaluated? The PROM Fund is overseen by the PROMdemonium Committee. Funds are limited and shared between multiple community-based projects. The PROMdemonium Committee looks at the following criteria:
* How would this initiative benefit the communities and people of Ottawa/Gatineau?
* Is it creative and unique?
* Does it fit with PROM values (i.e., respect for the environment, social justice, creativity, etc)?
* How complete is the plan for making the activity happen?
* Will this initiative have trouble getting funding from other sources, if necessary?
All applications will be kept confidential.

Deadline: March 14, 2011

Questions and applications can be directed to: or 613.263.1335. If you are emailing, please put PROM Fund in subject line.

All applications received by the deadline will be acknowledged using the contact information provided.

We anticipate being able to announce the successful applicants ahead of PROM and, with the applicant’s permission, will post the successful name of the initiative and a brief summary of the project on the Prom website.  We also plan on announcing the recipients the night of Prom and there will be an opportunity for recipients to have a table to share information about their initiative.

For more information about PROMdemonium, check out the website: