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November 12th, 2008 by o4j user Leave a reply »


Organizing For Justice conference, Nov 20-22

Activism for progressive change happening in Ottawa

People are fed up with traditional politics. They know something needs to be done, and they aren’t willing to leave it to politicians. They’re taking responsibility into their own hands. Even Barack Obama used to be a community organizer.

The current generation of organizers and activists are coming together this Nov 20-22 in Ottawa. The occasion: the Organizing For Justice conference.

This is meant as a time for people to connect around the themes of social, economic, and environmental justice, and healthy communities: to develop strategy, to share vision, and to work on skills and tools that will help them in their efforts to effect change. All people who share these interests and values are welcome to attend and be a part.

There’ll be plenty of opportunity for expanding horizons and getting into the nitty-gritty of organizing effective communities for change.

Thursday evening will be a panel discussion on “Organizing: Possibilites, Problems and Priorities”. Friday night will be the launch of the Dominion Newspaper, the special issue dedicated to mining. And then Saturday is an all-day schedule of workshops, panels, and an info-fair. And to top it off, Saturday night is the launch of Upping the Anti, journal #7. Both launches will features speakers and musical performers.

The workshops reflect a wide cross-section of activist struggles, including Indigneous solidarity, anti-poverty work, anti-oppression, the environment, and how to use the internet for social change. Most workshops will be in English, but there will be a French component as well. Participants in the conference will emerge engaged, inspired and informed, ready to make a difference.

Common Cause Ottawa, OPIRG-Ottawa, OPIRG-Carleton, and the Students’ Federation of the University of Ottawa, and a team of committed volunteers have joined together to make this gathering a reality.




7-9pm, Thurs Nov 20
Panel Discussion
Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch Auditorium, 120 Metclafe (at Laurier)

7-10pm, Fri Nov 21
Launch of the Dominion Newspaper special issue on Mining
with Speakers and Live Music. All Ages.
Umi Cafe, 610 Somerset St W. (at Percy)

9am-5pm, Sat Nov 22
Workshops, Panels, Info-fair, and Break-Out Groups
University of Ottawa, 2nd Floor Morisset Library

8pm-2am, Sat Nov 22
Launch of Upping The Anti journal #7
With Speakers, DJ Music. All Ages.
University of Ottawa, Bar 1848, 2nd floor University Centre


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