Archive for April, 2012

Report back: O4J Community Consulta

April 29th, 2012

Here are the collective notes from the May Day ’11 weekend Community Consulta hosted by Organizing For Justice. You can print them off from the PDF files, or they are organized by topic (as sub-pages) below. Please feel free to add additional thoughts as comments on the various sections.

PDF files


Sub-pages (divided by topic)

“Community (speaker’s) corner” at the consulta:
or watch the full version on youtube

Future possibilities for Organizing For Justice?

April 29th, 2012

Future things that O4J should or could do with and in support of the Ottawa activist community?

  • Solidarity with groups (especially marginalized): approaching/asking how to support
  • Free schools / learning opportunities
  • Communication/promotion strategies/structure (capacity building)
  • Connect with labour
  • Events: films, guest speakers
  • Get people together more: regular (informal) get togethers


April 29th, 2012

Comments on the consulta:  

The most useful learnings for you in your work as an activist:

  • Sense of community
  • Inspiring (community, discussions, etc)
  • Knowing different goals
  • Issues exercise (learning from what other people wrote)

Improvements to make:

  • Spread the ‘consulta’ idea: locally and further!
  • More time on each exercise: two days?
  • More clear on schedule / instructions
  • Balance openness versus too loose


Other issues…

April 29th, 2012

What do you think?

  • Leave time to sleep/relax!
  • Sometimes I project my own frustrations/anger with injustice on to other people. This will not encourage them to join the fight.
  • Time / space devoted to healing
  • Narcissistic issue! in our society! (I agree! Me Me too)
  • Emotions
  • Distance from injustice (physical, emotional, psychological). Feeling like you don’t “really” know what “others” are going through, therefore uncertain of how to help.
    (but are we really “distant” from injustice?)
  • Don’t assume someone needs your help. Most people just want to be listened to.
  • You cannot help everyone
  • What is it that unite us?
  • Value the successes as much as you criticize the failures. It’s the happy stories which maintain our hope and overcome inertia.
  • Celebrate achievements and victories, boast! (or, boost!)