Wednesday Weekly - August 10th, 2016



Petition: Justice for Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan

It’s been two months since Abdurrahman Ibrahim Hassan (Abdi) died in immigration detention custody after being ‘restrained’ by police and border officials – and still no Coroner’s Inquest has been called in to his death. On August 10th, supporters in Toronto will deliver the demands and signatures to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Help us get to 2,000 signatures by then by sharing this petition:

Festival: Asinabka Film & Media Arts 2016
August 10-14, 2016
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce our 2016 festival programming, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world. 
This years festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screenings on the beautiful Victoria Island, 2 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature - Musée canadien de la nature, a Gallery Crawl with 2 art openings at Gallery 101 &Galerie SAW Gallery, as well as Matinee Film Screenings, a Midnight Film Screening, live Indigenous music, and a family friendly film screening on our closing night outdoors in the SAW Courtyard.
For details about our entire festival schedule visit


Peace Cafe & March: Prisoners' Justice Day 2016
August 10, 1pm-5pm
Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD) emerged as a prisoner-initiated day of non-violent strike action to commemorate the death of Eddie Nalon in the segregation unit of Millhaven maximum-security penitentiary on August 10th 1974. It was first observed in 1975, and in 1976 the prisoners of Millhaven issued a communication calling for one-day hunger strikes in opposition to the use of solitary confinement and in support of prisoners’ rights, in memory of Eddie Nalon and Robert Landers, who also died alone in solitary confinement. Since then, PJD has become an internationally-recognized day of solidarity and action, both inside and outside prison walls, to commemorate deaths in custody and to demand justice for the human rights atrocities that states and their officials authorize and engage in. Find out more.

Meeting: Us & CapCity Pride - Let's Get In-Formation
August 10, 7-8pm
Rm 2044, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa (120 University Private)
We will be marching with Kind Space in Capcity PRIDE. So, we want to make sure we are organized. So, we've planned a meeting to get on the same page. We hope to see you there on this Wednesday. Allies let's get in formation. Because for this to go down you'll need information. Find out more.


Fundraiser: Karoake FUNraiser for HighJinx
August 12, 8pm
Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset St W)
We are going to have a night of fun and frolicking with ChinaDoll! Let's raise some funds for the HighJinx Neighbours! We need to get our wheels running again so we can deliver, move folks, drive to appointments and help them get around again! Help us help. Come sing! $10 at the door or whatever you want to donate! Special drinks, special songs and possibly a live performance by The HighJinx Ladies!  highJinx is a social enterprise, community hub and friendly livingroom for vulnerable Neighbours! We are grassrooots, action packed and take no Gov funding. Find out more.


Fundraiser: Homo Phono - Pride Edition
August 13, 10pm
Bar Robo (692 Somerset St W)
DJ's Sarita and del Pilar spinning funk, house, and pop dance jams!
Dress to sweat!
$7 with partial proceeds to the Venus Envy Bursary Fund
Find out more.


Workshop: We're Not All In This Together - An Intro to Anti-Blackness in Queer Communities
August 14, 5-8pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane)
Encouraged by the exquisite wisdom of Queer Black teachers before us, this workshop works to unveil and challenge the anti-Blackness that is foundational to many facets of queer identity as we know it today. Through looking at culture, bodies, labour, and (dis)comfort, it is hoped that participants can better understand the violence enacted against Black people in queer circles and discover ways to disrupt said violence in their day-to-day lives. **This workshop is intended to be an interactive and healing space for Black folks and a learning space for all others. Please come prepared to reorient your understanding of community and just what safety looks like when practiced to a fuller extent. Find out more.


Pipe Ceremony & Feast: Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare
August 16, 5-8pm
Victoria Island
Come join us for a community event to heal, pray and work towards supporting survivors of colonial child welfare policies that have created trauma, loss of culture and identity of thousands of First Nation Metis and Inuit people. In anticipation of the historical class action hearing for sixties scoop survivors which may set precedent for those impacted but also triggering for those impacted and excluded by the class action. n the spirit of Feasting protocol please bring a dish if you can and feast bundles(your own dishes) to reduce waste. Traditional food accepted gratefully.
****Volunteers please inquire at
Find out more.

Panel: Intimate Partner Violence - Pride Event
August 16, 6:30-9:30pm
McNabb Community Centre (180 Percy St)
Join us for a panel discussion on intimate partner violence in queer and transgender relationships. This panel will consist of 4 panelists [Sam Whittle, Ibtehaj Shahid, Lukayo Estrella and Elke Keating] and a moderator. The doors open at 6:30pm and the panel will start at 7pm sharp. We ask that folks arrive before 7pm if possible. Panelists will speak for approx. 15-20 minutes each followed by roughly 30 minute question and answer period. Find out more.


Discussion: Ottawa Speaks - Discrimination
August 17, 6:30-9:30pm
City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
Come to City Hall to join in an open discussion about discrimination, to hear and learn from each others experiences. We will have 3 speakers discussing their experiences and we invite everyone to share their own stories. This location is wheelchair accessible. Following this event we will be attending the Capital Pride Human Rights Vigil. Find out more.

Posted on August 10, 2016 .