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G20-Toronto Debrief

November 11th, 2010

Friday November 12, 7:00pm
at Morisset Hall room 205, University of Ottawa (MRT building)

~ free / by donation ~ wheelchair accessible ~

* Farrah Miranda, Toronto Community Mobilization Network
* Mike Leitold, Movement Defense Committee
* Sarah Reaburn, Toronto Street Medics
… bios below

Opening by professor Claudette Commanda, Algonquin, Anishinabeg, National Coordinator of First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres

Moderated by Ayesha Asghar, No One Is Illegal-Ottawa

This is the keynote event of the 4th Organizing For Justice gathering. Full info at or 613-656-5498 /


Farrah Miranda organized with and was a spokesperson for the Toronto Communiyt Mobilization Network (now Community Solidarity Network): “The network is a collection of Toronto-based organizers and allies, that used the fleeting moment of the G8/G20 meetings in Toronto in June 2010 to come together and share the work that we do every other day of the year. Building the momentum for a movement for Indigenous Sovereignty and Self-Determination, Environmental and Climate Justice, Migrant Justice and an End to War and Occupation, Income Equity and Community Control over Resources, Gender Justice and Queer and disAbility rights.” Farrah also organizes with No One Is Illegal-Toronto.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Mike Leitold lives in Toronto and works as a criminal defence lawyer with a small progressive firm. He is an active member of the Movement Defence Committee (MDC), an autonomous working group of the Law Union of Ontario that organizes legal support for movements for social justice, including the recent anti-G20 mobilizations in Toronto. He also sits on the Steering Committee of the Law Union, and is a member and supporter of grassroots organizations including the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

Sarah Reaburn is a nurse and member of Toronto Street Medics. Re-incarnated out of the planning for the G20, Toronto Street Medics are individuals with various types of health training who view `health` as a strategic resource for all struggles for justice and dignity. Toronto Street Medics supported resistance to the G20 by providing preventative health care, emergency first aid and aftercare to persons attending the summit in Toronto. When the worlds 20 most dangerous countries are not occupying her downtown core, Sarah organizes with No One Is Illegal-Toronto, Health for All, gardens in her local community garden and paints.

Sat Oct 17: Book/Info-fair, Workshops/Sessions, Community Dinner

September 4th, 2009

Saturday October 17, 10:00am-8:00pm

Location: 440 Albert St (the old Ottawa Technical High School, between Albert & Slater just east of Bronson)


  • Book-fair/info-fair, 10am-6pm – with vendors and local community groups and organizations
  • Workshops / sessions – four time-slots of jam-packed ‘edutainment’ (see schedule below)
  • Community dinner and social – beginning at 6:00pm

Workshops/Sessions schedule:

10:30am-12:00pm – click for details of sessions

  • Movement- and Coalition-Building
  • Diversity, Equity and Anti-Oppression
  • Measuring Sustainability – Is there room in the middle?

12:30pm-2:00pm click for details of sessions

  • Queer Struggles and the Economic Crisis
  • Healthy Activism / Preventing Burnout
  • Housing and Anti-Poverty Organizing
  • Resistance to the Coup in Honduras

2:30pm-4:00pmclick for details of sessions

  • Labour Solidarity and Resistance
  • Indigenous Peoples and the Law
  • Building an Anarchist Organization
  • Successful Online Campaigns and Internet Communication

4:30pm-6:00pm click for details of sessions

  • Cooperatives: A Different Way of Doing Business
  • Know Your Rights (when dealing with the cops)
  • Environmental Organizing

Thurs Oct 15: Panel discussion

September 4th, 2009

Thursday October 16, 6:30pm

Location: Ottawa Public Library main branch auditorium (120 Metcalfe at Laurier)

Panel discussion – Theme: Grassroots Responses to the Economic and Environmental Crises


  • Beenash Jafri was one of the founding members of the Anti-Racist Environmental Coalition (AREC) and continues to write and present on environmental justice issues. She’s currently a PhD candidate in women’s studies at York University, Toronto. Her research interests include: critical race/antiracism studies, postcolonial theory, critical feminism/gender studies, indigenous studies, identity politics, environmental justice, social movements and coalition building. See co-authored article ‘Green is not the only colour
  • Ben Powless (Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Indigenous Environmental Network) – A Mohawk young person from Six Nations (currently a student at Carleton University) involved in organizing the Power Shift Canada 2009 conference (Ottawa, Oct 23-26), addressing climate change and a just transition to a ‘green’ society / economy.
  • Carlo Fanelli has been a part-time employee with the City of Toronto for the past 10-years and is currently a PhD candidate at Carleton University. Involved with an initiative aiming to organize working class communities in Toronto, he will discuss the origin, process and outcome of the recent Toronto Workers’ Assembly, as well highlight future plans and aims of its participants.

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