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Request for $$ contributions

October 3rd, 2010

Dear Friend

We would like to take a moment of your time to introduce you to Organizing For Justice, and ask you to consider contributing and/or participating in this initiative.

Organizing for Justice (Org4Justice) is a grassroots collective and collaborative community-based effort in the Ottawa/Outaouais region aimed at creating an activist community of groups, organizers, activists and revolutionaries. Our goal is to unite and create a free space for all to share knowledge, skills, experience; to educate and to learn in the realms of social, economic and environmental justice and healthy sustainable community building.

In the past two years our small collective has successfully organized and carried out three multi-day events featuring various capacity-building sessions for activists from a wide variety of issues , ideologies and backgrounds. The sessions included workshops, speakers, participatory activities, skill shares, cultural performances and table displays.  They have increased capacity for mutual aid, solidarity, and more direct forms of democracy and grassroots organizing in the region. Between 100-200 people have attended each time.

Afterwards, participants speak of the value of coming together in such a space that facilitates such learning, sharing, community building/collaboration, and meeting others with aligned values and committment to action.

We are only able to carry out these initiatives because of the free labour of many people, and contributions from different organizations, both financial and in-kind. In general, an event costs between $2000-3000 in cash, and although some money comes from voluntary donations from attendees (the events are free/pay-what-you-want), this is not a major source of revenue.

We are planning our next event (an evening keynote event followed by full day of various sessions) in mid November, and we need your help to make it possible.  Please consider a small donation to help us build the movement for social, economic and environmental justice in this region.

You can send contributions, via cheque payable to “Organizing For Justice”, to the address listed at the bottom of this letter.

We, the planning committee of Org4Justice, are a group of volunteers: there are representatives of the four main organizational sponsors (Common Cause Ottawa, the Socialist Project, OPIRG-Carleton, and OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa), as well other individuals, mostly people already involved in various other initiatives in the region.

From all of us, we ask that you consider contributing financially (either as an individual or an organization), and we’d also like to stress that we would love for you to participate in our upcoming event in November (details coming soon).

Sincerely,
Organizing For Justice planning committee

613-656-5498 – org4justice@gmail.com
www.OrganizingForJustice.ca

Mailing address:
Organizing For Justice
c/o OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa
631 King Edward Ave, 3rd floor
Ottawa, ON  K1N 7N8