OPIRG-Carleton Newsletter November 5, 2013

Kitiganensag GSA-Carleton Community Garden needs your support! The Carleton administration decides to build a privately operated residence on top of our community garden after its successful first growing season. Please stay tuned for updates and check out the Garden's news on the GSA facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/carletongsa?ref=br_tf

Sunny Drake in Carleton November 14th & 15th

This event is sponsored by OPIRG-Carleton, CUSA Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, and the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies and Sexuality Studies Carleton U.

There are two events here: one on November 14th and one on November 15th! Both are wheelchair accessible!

November 14th @ 8pm Residence Commons 270- FREE

Performance of Transgendered Seeking...

Description of this performance:

Jimmy is trying to quit romance, cold turkey. An exposing, funny and tender look at queer relationships including run-ins with the polyamory police, online dating mishaps, and how relationship scripts and bigger political systems like policing and prisons affect our relationships. Transgender Seeking… includes clever unconventional use of multimedia. Jimmy is trying to quit romance, cold turkey, so he’s joined your Romance-aholics Anonymous group. Since the break-up, he’s been trying to prove that he’s “Great! Fine! Never been better!” His secret comforts include watching cheesy old black and white romance films – but don’t tell his radical friends… An exposing, funny and tender look at queer relationships, the bold visions we have and the often hilarious struggles in living up to them. Run-ins with the polyamory police about jeolousy. Online dating mishaps. How relationship scripts and bigger political systems like policing and prisons affect our relationships. Transgender Seeking… includes clever unconventional use of multimedia projections.

November 15th @ 1pm Residence Commons 208- FREE

Trans Anti-Oppression 101

An introductory workshop about trans* identities, strengths, challenges, and allyship.

About Sunny Drake // Educator// Facilitator// Theatre Artist// Workshop Facilitator & Educator:

Performance & theatre // 36 years in the making, queer & trans theatre maker & educator Sunny Drake is a complex piece of art. He lives his creative escapades, is usually in the middle of an art in life experiment.

Sunny is largely self-taught and has created his own unique style of multi-genre theatre, which he has been evolving since he was a teenage girl. Sunny has performed in theatres, festivals, living-rooms, streets, work places, deserts, schools, universities, basements, backyards & conferences in Australia, the USA & Canada. Sunny has performed in numerous festivals including the San Francisco International Arts
Festival (2010), the USA National Queer Arts Festival (2008/10/12), NACL Festival (New York 2010), Mardi Gras (Sydney 2009/10), Gasworks Arts Park (Melbourne 2009/10),
Brisbane Festival’s UNDER THE RADAR (2009), Feast (Adelaide 2009/10), Metro Arts Independents (2012),
Pride Toronto (2013) and SummerWorks (2013).

Sunny has facilitated over 280
workshops in the past 15 years including LGBTIQ training, creative workshops, practical political workshops, community engagement, professional development for project workers & artists. Participants have included people of diverse age, gender, cultural, sexuality, disability and class backgrounds; educational institutions (universities, high schools…), artists, young people, collectives, service providers & government in both urban & rural contexts.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/531901880229338/

Carleton Food Collective General Meeting

Wednesday November 6
OPIRG-Carleton Office (326 Uni Centre)

The Collective, in the early days of its return, is especially in need of volunteer support to re-establish our presence on campus. We would like to expand our volunteer base in order to gather the many creative ideas we all posses and implement these ideas in a way that does not weigh too heavily on any of us.

We would like to call out to the general membership to discuss the importance of volunteers and the energy they can contribute to the Collective. The Collective is looking for two or three new board members. We are all volunteers but 'Directors' are those who contribute extra energy and can reliably carry out some of the Collective's core operations until the end of the academic year (May 2014). We would also like to identify those who would simply like to help cook and serve in our future servings. The date of the General Meeting will be on November 6th, at 6:00pm in the OPIRG Office (326 University Centre). We seek to meet those who are interested in helping out with the many functions of the Collective. Whether you want to engage in food-activism, help create a more sustainable campus, or just enjoy cooking and serving food for the people, we would love to welcome you to the team.
Agenda The agenda of the General Meeting will entail:

- report of expenses and revenue
- updates on the issue of space
- election of new Directors
- relations with CUSA and the GSA
- discussion on future operations

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/169531176588495/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Briarpatch is seeking submissions for March/April 2014 issue

Deadline: November 5th, 2013

As a grassroots publication rooted in social movements, Briarpatch Magazine is an open platform for activists and organizers of all stripes to connect with one another and reach a national readership. Briarpatch is seeking submissions for our March/April 2014 issue. We are looking for feature articles, provocative essays, investigative reportage, interviews, profiles, reviews, humour, and photography rooted in an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist analysis. If you’ve got a story in mind, we want to hear your pitch!

Queries are due November 5, 2013. If your query is accepted, first drafts will be due by December 5. Your query should outline what ground your contribution will cover, give an estimated word count, and indicate your relevant experience or background in writing about the issue. If you haven’t written for Briarpatch before, please provide a brief writing sample. Please review our submission guidelines here: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/call-for-submissions8 before sending your query to editor AT briarpatchmagazine DOT com.

Our standard rates of pay are as follows:
· $50 – Profiles, short essays, parting shots (generally <1000 words)
· $100 – Feature stories, photo essays
· $150 – Research-based articles and investigative reportage (generally 1500-2500 words)

We reserve the right to edit your work (with your active involvement), and cannot guarantee publication.

Stephen Kimber's "What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five"
Octopus Bookstore

Wednesday November 6th
7:00 pm
Under One Roof, 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor

Stephen Kimber's book recounts the events leading up to the arrest of the Cuban Five, five Cuban anti-terrorism agents wrongfully arrested and convicted of “conspiracy to commit” espionage against the United States. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/529418083809939/?previousaction=join&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

RED LIPS [cages for Balck girls] Racialized Queer/Trans identities and the Prison Industrial Complex
CUSA Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre

Thursday November 7th
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Carleton University Tory Building Room 446

This participatory, multimedia workshop will shed light on the intricate system we call the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). Using RED LIPS [cages for Black girls] as a point to start from, we will discuss how this system disproportionately effects Racialized, Queer/Trans bodies. Facilitated by kyisha williams. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/235618983268035/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Solidarity Rally For the Tsilhqot'in Nation at the Supreme Court
MiningWatch Canada

Thursday November 7th
12:30 pm
Supreme Court of Canada

Join the Tsilhqot'in delegation that have traveled across Turtle Island to be in the Supreme Court for the hearing of their landmark title case. The case - now going on 2 decades stands to be the first to concretely establish aboriginal title to land without the extinguishment of rights and title that has been demanded by Canada through the modern treaty / land claim process.

It's a grueling day so let's give them a strong show of support and fill the delegation and legal team with good positive energy for a successful outcome.


We will also have a smaller ceremony to start the day if you are interested - meet us at the Court at 7:45 am. More information contact: Ramsey Hart ramsey@miningwatch.ca / 613-298-4745 (mobile)

For more about the court case see this brief backgrounder: http://www.raventrust.com/blog/2013-09/backgrounder-tsilhqot-146-in-nation-v-british-columbia-and-canada.html

For more information about this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1425916604290725/?previousaction=join&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

Transformative Justice 101 Workshop: Confronting Interpersonal Violence without the Cops or the Courts 

Thursday Nonmember 7th
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Ottawa, 
215 UCU (Near 1848, 2nd floor UCU, behind the Peer Help Center)

In this interactive workshop, Lena Carla Palacios will cover the history, theories, principles, and phases of transformative justice. Together, we will develop our own community accountability strategies and see how to apply them to a series of challenging scenarios depicting everyday forms of interpersonal, sexual, state, and structural violence.To conclude, we will debrief with a creative response activity to reflection on transformative justice in our own lives.

Lena Carla Palacios is a PhD Candidate (Education and Communication Studies) at McGill University. She is an active member and a lead project coordinator of Life after Life, a Montreal-based collective dedicated to prison abolition and the de-criminalization of formerly incarcerated girls, women, and queer and transgender people. Her research focuses on transnational feminist prison studies, prison education, critical race feminism, restorative and transformative justice, media justice, as well as transnational youth- and student-led social movements. Lena is also a filmmaker and is currently working on a short documentary about Indigenous women who are "doing time on the outside" with a life sentence.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/546561955422225/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

Turning Point for Indigenous Land Rights: Tsilhqot'in Title and the Supreme Court- PUBLIC FORUM

Friday November 8th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Rd, Ottawa

Leadership from the Tsilhqot'in National Government

Keynote presentations:
Grand Chief Ed John, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Louise Mandell, Mandell Pinder. LLP

Will David
Paul Joffe
Robert Morales
Maria Morellato
Jay Nelson

For the first time in almost a decade, the Supreme Court of Canada is considering the vital question of Indigenous peoples' right to own and control their traditional lands and resources. The outcome of the Tsilhqot'in title case could have far reaching implications in Canada, and possibly around the world. This forum will examine the way Canadian constitutional and international human rights law are converging  in this landmark case. Speakers include prominent lawyers from the case.

Sponsored by Amnesty International, Assembly of First Nations, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Centre for Indigenous Rights, Centre for International Policy Studies, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, First Nations Summit, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Tsilhqot'in Nation Government, Union of BC Indian Chiefs

A reception with light refreshments will follow at noon.

There is no charge for attendance. Donations will be accepted to support the Tsilhqot’in Title Express. For more information, please contact, Craig Benjamin, cbenjamin@amnesty.ca<mailto:cbenjamin@amnesty.ca>

On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/616719271724403/?previousaction=join&source=1

C.A. Paradis: Don't sell SodaStream!
Independent Jewish Voices Canada

Sunday November 10th
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
C.A. Paradis- 1314 Bank Street, Ottawa

Independent Jewish Voices - Ottawa has politely asked C.A. Paradis, a high end kicthenware store, to remove SodaStream products from its shelves. They've refused to stop carrying this brand that manufactures on stolen Palestinian land. Join us for an information picket outside of their store to inform shoppers to stop buying SodaStream!

Why Boycott SodaStream?

While SodaStream, a home water carbonation device, claims that it is “Made in Israel”, its main factory is in the occupied West Bank industrial zone of Mishor Edomim, in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. Ma’ale Adumim is one of the largest of the illegal settlements and, because it connects Jerusalem to the Jordan Valley, dividing the Palestinian West Bank in two, is a major obstacle to any peace agreement. SodaStream’s taxes go directly to supporting the infrastructure of Ma’ale Adumim.

SodaStream’s operations exemplify the reality of Palestinian life under occupation, with few employment opportunities. It takes advantage of a virtually captive Palestinian workforce, paying them less than half of the minimum wage and subjecting them to terrible working conditions. Those who have disagreements are labelled “security risks”, making them virtually unemployable.

Do not support Israeli Settlements:

Israel builds and subsidizes more illegal settlements (colonies) every year. Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank provides ultimate control over all of the territory, with illegal settlements, illegal settler-only roads, the separation barrier, military zones, roads, and bases. Israel’s illegal land and resource confiscation and occupation has benefited illegal settlements and destroyed Palestinian homes, farms, businesses, and lives. The Israeli military imposes curfews, assassinates Palestinians, and invades communities at will, abducting and imprisoning Palestinian civilians, including children. There is frequent violence by settlers against Palestinians in nearby communities, which is largely ignored by the complicit Israeli army.

Without an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine, there will be no peace for Israel and Palestine, and absolutely no justice for Palestinians. Help us work towards peace and justice by boycotting SodaStream! For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/193815690805403/?previousaction=join&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

Building for Future Generations Art Auction & Gala

Friday November 15
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Elias Conference & Banquet Facility, Ottawa

You are cordially invited to Building for Future Generations: 18th Annual Odawa Art Auction & 2nd Annual Youth For Northern Communities’ Joining Hands for Our Community Gala, Friday, November 15, 2013 at St. Elias Banquet Hall, 750 Ridgewood Ave.

This is one of our major fundraisers of the year! Over the past fourteen years Odawa has raised over $250,000. All proceeds support programming for Aboriginal youth, families, elders and community healing.

This year’s proceeds will be going towards a vision to own a structure that will house Makonsag Head Start programming as well as Ottawa’s first Aboriginal High School and potentially other youth and child programs. All art is donated and overhead costs are covered by ticket sales as well by our main sponsor, Human Concern International (HCI).
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/643842152316817/648078545226511/?notif_t=like

Undoing Border Imperialism Book Launch
Presented by: Octopus Bookstore, No One Is Illegal Ottawa, OPIRG-GRIPO. Sponsored by: Public Service Alliance of Canada-National Capital Region (PSAC)

Tuesday November 19
7:00 pm

Octopus Books, 251 Bank St, 2nd floor, unceded Algonquin territory

"Undoing Border Imperialism combines academic discourse, lived experiences of displacement, and movement-based practices into an exciting new book. By reformulating immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labor exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire, it provides the alternative conceptual frameworks of border imperialism and decolonization. Drawing on the author’s experiences in No One Is Illegal, this work offers relevant insights for all social movement organizers on effective strategies to overcome the barriers and borders within movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation. The author grounds the book in collective vision, with short contributions from over twenty organizers and writers from across North America."

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist, writer, and popular educator rooted in migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, Palestinian liberation, anti-racist, feminist, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist movements and communities for over a decade.

"Harsha Walia has played a central role in building some of North America’s most innovative, diverse, and effective new move­ments. That this brilliant organizer and theorist has found time to share her wisdom in this book is a tremendous gift to us all." —Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/405255972935213/

Disability Awareness Week 2013

November 18th - November 22nd
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

University of Ottawa, Unceded and Unsurrendered Algonquin Terrirtory

Disability Awareness Week is a week of fun and educational events related to various aspects of disability. Our goal is to raise awareness about inaccessibility and existing inaccessible barriers that students at university face, especially those that identify with having a disability. Examining and challenging the existing societal views/values towards disability is a crucial step towards raising awareness. This week is organized by the Centre for Students with Disabilities within the SFUO. We are looking forward to collaborating with our partners for these events!

Monday November 18: DINNER IN THE DARK with the Sustainable Development Centre, featuring story teller Kim Kilpatrick
6:00pm-8:00pm in Desmarais room 12102

Participants will wear blindfolds while eating a delicious 3 course vegan meal and drink and listening to guest speakers and storytellers. Please note that an individual’s experience of vision lose cannot be understood by participating in this event.

*Tickets are will be on sale at the SFUO office (UCU 102) for $8.00

Tuesday November 19: MIA MINGUS: beyond Justice, an introduction to Disability Justice Keynote Speech
6:00pm-7:30pm in the UCU Alumni Auditorium (University Centre)

What is Disability Justice? How is it different from Disability Rights? What is ableism? How can we start integrating a disability justice analysis into our work as activists and organizers? How is disability and ableism connected to other forms of oppression? A disability justice analysis deepens and strengthens all of our work for social justice because ableism underlines whose bodies are considered desirable or disposable. This talk will introduce the disability justice framework and how it connects with different communities and movements. Disability justice has the power to shift our work so we can fight for liberation for all of us, not just some of us.

Mia Mingus will be speaking in English only. American Sign Language interpretation will be available. Presented in partnership with the Pride Centre and the Women's Resource Centre.

Wednesday November 20th: WORKSHOP WITH MIA MINGUS: “Transforming our Responses to Violence: Transformative Justice and Community Accountability”
11:00am-1:00pm in UCU room 215 (University Centre)

This workshop will address how transformative justice and Community Accountability can help us re-imagine our responses to violence. It will provide a beginning understanding of transformative justice and Community Accountability work, what it is and how it works to respond to and ultimately end violence. We will also address the complexities and critiques of current responses to violence. There will be teaching, discussion and small group work. In addition to learning about transformative justice, we will use media, video and audio
This workshop will be in English only.

Wednesday November 20th: TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE with the SFUO Pride Centre
UCU Agora stage (University Centre) in the afternoon

Description to come.

Thursday November 21: DISABILITY STUDIES AT UOTTAWA SPEAKERS PANEL with GSEAD (Graduate Student Association)
11:00am-1:00pm in the UCU Terminus (University Centre)

As a part of Disability Awareness Week, the Centre for Students with Disabilities with the GSAED (Graduate Student Association) will be hosting a panel on Studying Disability at the University of Ottawa. If you are a graduate student and are wanting to share your experience with studying Disability and research, please contact csd@sfuo.ca or call (613)562-5800(ext:2783) .

7:00pm-10:00pm at SAW Gallery (Club SAW), 67 Nicholas St, Ottawa.

The CSD is looking to recruit artists (music, poetry, spoken word, story tellers, visual artists and others) to present and perform at our Disability Arts Night at SAW Gallery on November 22ndperforming please do not hesitate to contact the CSD by email (csd@sfuo.ca), call (613-562-5800 x 2683) or stop by the CSD (UCU 211F).



Posted on November 1, 2013 and filed under Events.