Wednesday Weekly Newsletter January 21

OPIRG Carleton's Wednesday Weekly is your newsletter portal to social justice events and Working Group activities on campus and in the community.
Innovative Identities: Carleton Pride 2015
*Wednesday, January 21st* 
-Dance Workshop with Ill Nana Dance Company 5PM-7PM (314 UC)
-***PRIDE SHOWCASE*** featuring Ill Nana, Wesley Dykes-Darling, and Carleton Talent 9PM-2AM (Oliver's)
*Thursday, January 22nd* 
-Sex Toy Workshop (by Venus Envy) 5PM-6:30PM (427 UC)
-QTPOC Art Workshop (by Dee Micho) 7:30-9:30 (427 UC)
*Friday, January 23rd* 
-Zine-making Workshop (by Morgan Sea) 5-6:30PM (427 UC)
-Morgan Sea Multimedia Keynote 8:30-10PM (Rooster's)
Documentary Screening: Vessel
Wed, Jan 21, 5:30 PM @ 251 Bank St., 2nd flr
Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters.
Protest to Stop Flogging of Raif Badawi
Thurs, Jan 22, 4 PM @ Saudi Arabian Embassy
Beauty in the Middle
Thurs, Jan 22, 5 PM @ Saw Gallery
Exclusive vernissage of “Beauty in the Middle: Women of the Congo Speak Out” presented by Julienne Lusenge, founder and director of the Fond pour les femmes Congolaises (FFC) and fearless activist in the Congolese women’s movement. The exhibit presents the story of grassroots women’s activists who have mobilized against incredible odds toward ending rape, seeking justice, and establishing peace in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Energy East Pipeline Consultation
Thurs, Jan 22, 6 PM @ Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Legget Dr.
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) consultations, being held at the request of the provincial government, provide an important opportunity to have our voices heard about this broken pipeline plan to ship 1.1 million barrels – including tar sands crude – every day through communities like yours.
Read more about the proposed pipeline and 5 reasons Ontarians should say “no” to the Energy East pipeline at
Crafting Community: DIY Sushi Party 
Thurs, Jan 22, 6 PM @ PTS (331 Cooper St.)
Meet, eat and create with the No Means No Committee at Carleton, as we engage on ways to end rape culture at our university.
Ottawa Launch of End Immigration Detention Campaign
Thurs, Jan 22, 6:30 PM @ Jack Purcell Community Centre
Migrants in a maximum security prison in Lindsay Ontario have been on strike since September 17, 2013. They have refused to enter their cells, boycotted their detention reviews and have been on hunger strike - 2 of them for over 60 days. Striking detainees have been deported, locked up in segregation, denied medical services and transferred to other prisons. Inspired by their actions, migrant justice organizers in solidarity have formed the End Immigration Detention Network. More info on the campaign website:
NOII - Ottawa will be having an initial planning meeting open to all interested in organizing around ending migrant detention and supporting migrants currently in detention.
Book Launch: Journey of an Unrepentant Socialist
Thurs, Jan 22, 7 PM @ 25One Community, 251 Bank St.
With Brewster Keen.
SAIA New Members Meeting
Fri, Jan 23, 6 PM @ OPIRG Carleton (326 UC)
Come learn about Students Against Israeli Apartheid and get involved.
Homo Phono
Sat, Jan 24, 10 PM @ Raw Sugar Cafe
Homo Phono is a fresh and occasional dance party for queers and their pals in Ottawa!
Books to Prisoners Letter Writing
Mon, Jan 26, 6:30 PM @ Daily Grind, upstairs
Books 2 Prisoners hosts monthly letter writing nights on the fourth monday of every month.
Join us for conversation as we write letters to prisoners. We’ll provide stamps, paper and all the info you need to get started.
Screening: Schooling the World
Mon, Jan 26, 7 PM @ Rm 230 Tory Bldg, Carleton
Presented by Carleton Cinema Politica
SAIA Divestment Campaign Re-Launch
Tues, Jan 27, 6 PM @ Rm 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton
With special guest Dr. Jeff Halper, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
OPIRG/ASC WORKSHOP: Decolonization
Tues, Jan 27, 6 PM @ Ojigkwanong (228 Paterson), Carleton
With Gabe Castilloux. Presented by OPIRG Carleton and the Aboriginal Service Centre.
OPIRG/ASC WORKSHOP: Environmental Sustainability
Thurs, Jan 29, 6 PM @ Ojigkwanong (228 Paterson), Carleton
Environmental Sustainability from an Indigenous Perspective with Ben Powless. Presented by OPIRG Carleton and the Aboriginal Service Centre.
Protest in Support of Algonquin Sacred Site
Fri, Jan 30, 8:15 AM @ Palais du Congrès, Gatineau
Earlier this year, the discovery of ancient artifacts on land near the Chaudière Falls in Gatineau prompted First Nations activists to occupy the site, which is slated for redevelopment. Given the findings, some people want the city to put the brakes on the $43-million project. Algonquin off-reserve chief Roger Fleury was among the occupiers arrested in September for refusing to leave. At 9am, we will proceed to Room 1 on the first floor to support Roger and six others for the injunction. 
We need as many people as possible to support Roger in his quest for protecting ancient Heritage Archaeological site found this past summer.
OPIRG Carleton Anti-O & Decolonization Workshop
Sat, Jan 31, 10 AM - 5 PM @ Carleton (GSA Lounge)
OPIRG Carleton and GRIPO are hosting an all day workshop, consisting of anti-oppression 101 training and decolonization for all our volunteers and staff. 
OPIRG Carleton requires that all our working groups operate under an anti oppressional and consensus based framework, and thus we encourage all our volunteers to attend this training, regardless if it's for the first time or as a refresher!  Lunch will also be provided.
Next show: Tues, Feb 3, 12 Noon @ 93.1 CKCU FM / (every 2nd Tuesday). Now recruiting new hosts!! Contact:
Exchange to Six Nations
Feb 16-21
Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is organizing an exchange to Six nations of the Grand River. Post-secondary-aged students are invited to apply. During the planned exchange, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will mutually learn more about the history, culture and current realities in Six Nations. Some of the topics of learning include: treaties, residential schools, traditional medicines, local business, Indigenous worldviews and environmental sustainability. Program cost is $600, but bursaries are available. To apply, please email for the application. 
March 5-7, 2015
Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is hosting a national youth forum: “Bridging the Gap” from March 5-7, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba! The interactive national youth forum aims to connect youth from across the country and to explore how to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. The forum allows youth (29 and under) to develop leadership skills, gather and dispel stereotypes, and facilitate reconciliation. CRE is inviting interested participants, youth presenters, and sponsors to participate in this national event!
For more information on how to apply and enter a contest to win a sponsored space, please contact or visit the Canadian Roots website:
OPIRG Volunteer Recruitment: Media Relations
OPIRG Carleton is currently recruiting Media Relations volunteers to help us with our rebranding efforts on campus. If you have media-related skills related to film, graphic design, web design, photography, writing, outreach, or wish to learn some of these skills, please get in touch at 
Fundraiser for SAIA Carleton
Students Against Israeli Apartheid Carleton are selling "Colors from Palestine" 2015 calendars.
Drop in to the OPIRG office (326 UniCentre) to pick one up today.

Give the Gift of Health: Justice for Deepan
Like hundreds of thousands of other people living in Canada, Deepan is being denied healthcare because of immigration status. As you know, Canada is refusing to recognize Deepan's citizenship, and attempting to cast him out of his home society. Because Canada ties healthcare to immigration status, he finds himself among the ranks of those who are either denied healthcare entirely, or must battle with a bewilderingly complex bureaucracy to obtain even the most basic coverage.

Posted on January 21, 2015 .