Wednesday Weekly - May 4th, 2016


OPIRG-CARLETON NEWS


Panel: Solidarity Against Colonialism - Confronting Gendered Violence
Saturday, May 7th, 6-8:30pm
216 Murray St

We welcome you to join us for a community discussion on the gendered impacts of colonialism, featuring a conversation with Colleen Cardinal and Ibtehaj Shahid.

IBTEHAJ SHAHID will speak regarding the overlap and interplay of gendered, migrant/immigrant and racialized identities within both the Canadian and wider global colonial contexts. Ibtehaj is a recent M.A. graduate from the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Carleton University. She worked for about a year as the Gender Inclusivity Coordinator at the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. During this time, she helped implement policies and initiatives within the Student Federation and the university in general, to try and make them moreinclusive and safe.


COLLEEN CARDINAL will shed light on the modern face of Canadian colonialism, specifically by speaking to 60’s Scoop impacts on Indigenous women, children, and communities. She is a Plains Cree woman from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta who currently resides in Algonquin Territory. Colleen is an Indigenous adoptee of the 60's scoop, the daughter of a residential school survivor and has had two women murdered in her family.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS


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Letter Writing Campaign: Hassan Diab
We are urging the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Stéphane Dion, and the Minister of Justice, Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould, to raise Hassan’s case with their counterparts in France, and make sure that Hassan is promptly released and returned to his home in Canada.  At the very least, the deeply flawed handwriting analysis and unsourced intelligence, which were withdrawn from the Canadian extradition proceedings, should not be used against Hassan in France. Using these discredited elements against Hassan undermines his right to a fair legal process and is a recipe for wrongful conviction. Please join our letter writing campaign by writing to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice around April 12. By raising our voices in unison we can make a real impact and push for the speedy release of an innocent man. Find out more.

Art Exhibition: Positive Sex - Eroticizing Safer Sex Practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s
Apr 8 - May 8
MacOdrum Library, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive) 
This exhibition explores AIDS activists’ work to #eroticize safer sex practices in Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Eroticizing was a personal and political intervention. It was a way of refusing to see “sex-crazed, ‘promiscuous’, bath-going gay men” as a problem and refusing to push for monogamous “politically correct” relationships. It was a way of clearing space for ambiguities and contradictions as well as for fisting and fingering. It was a way of caring for oneself and others, for friends and fuck buddies, and for people living with HIV/ AIDS. Eroticizing safer sex, as this exhibition makes clear, was a personal, political and liberatory effort. Curated by members of the AIDS Activist History Project. Find out more.

Call-Out: Summer Documentary Series
CKCU is looking to create a summer radio documentary series on Carleton University's subversive history. This series will be looking at the people and places that made Carleton stand out. From Porter Hall's legacy as a punk rock venue to students who made history by leading a campaign to divest from apartheid South Africa, this series is hoping to uncover some things about Carleton that you didn't know about while acting as a time capsule for students in many years to come. If you or anyone you know have fond memories of the divestment from South Africa campaign or the OPIRG defunding campaign, please send an email to Francella Fiallos at v.fiallos@gmail.com

TONIGHT

Planning Meeting: Banner Making for the Counter Protest against the March "for Life"
May 4, 6pm
Room 201, Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane)
The counter protest against the march "for life" is coming up fast, and banners are needed ! Come join the Proletarian Feminist Front for an evening of banner making fun. Snacks will be provided, and you can drop in anytime from 6-9. This time slot will also be used to finalize details. Come join us! Find out more.

Screening: El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent)
May 4, 6:30pm
River Building Theatre, Carleton University (1125 Colonel By Drive)
Tickets: FREE for Carleton Students & Staff, otherwise $9-13
The Oscar nominated film tells the story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. The 20th Latin American Film Festival is proud to present this very special screening, with the Embassy of Colombia, of this remarkable cinematic achievement for Colombia’s national cinema. Find out more.

SATURDAY

Item Donation Drop-Off: Needed Items in Attawapiskat
May 7, 10am-12pm
1830 Walkley Road
In consultation with Attawapiskat leaders and teachers, Annie and Company and the Laalo family will be accepting donations to be sent to Attawapiskat.Find out more.

Planning Meeting: Ottawa Trans March
May 7, 6:30-8:30pm
2nd Floor, 251 Bank St
Planning meeting for a new* trans march in Ottawa, to coincide with Pride Week. All are welcome who self identify as trans or otherwise gender non-conforming, be they two-spirit, non-binary, genderqueer, etc. Cis allies, please respect the community's needs to lead itself, and save your supportive presence for the actual march. Find out more.

Posted on May 5, 2016 .