Wednesday Weekly Newsletter March 11, 2015

OPIRG Carleton's Wednesday Weekly is your newsletter portal to social justice events and Working Group activities on campus and in the community.

SPECIAL NOTE: OPIRG-Carleton Bursaries due Mar 12 (see below)
Israeli Apartheid Week
Mar 9-13 @ Carleton University
Students Against Israeli Apartheid is proud to announce our diverse series of events for our 11th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).


When: 6:30-9:30PM
Where: 182 Unicentre, Carleton U
Featuring Ahmad Abuznaid, Dream Defenders, and Cherrell Brown, Justice League NYC. Both participated in a 2015 delegation to Palestine aimed at connecting Black movement leaders in the US with those on the ground in Palestine.
As solidarity grows, we ask - what do Palestinian and Black liberation have in common? Looking at colonization and apartheid matrixes in North America and Israel is at the root of it.


When: 6:30-9:30PM
Where: 100 St. Patrick's Building, Carleton U
Dr. Nahla Abdo, Arab Canadian feminist, activist, and author, and Mariam Barghouti, Palestinian activist and journalist, will talk about the anti-colonial struggles and experiences of Palestinian women prisoners.

------FRIDAY, MARCH 13

When: 7-11PM
Where: Rooster's Cafe, Univentre, Carleton U
A night of poetry, music, and culture in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom. This year, our lineup includes King Kimbit, Radiyah Chowdhury, Ikenna "OpenSecret" Onyegbula and Nicole Lefebvre, Remi Kanazi, and more!
OPIRG Open Letter to Mayor, Council
Open Letter to Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa City Council regarding defunding of Shawenjeagamik (House of compassion) - 510 Rideau St.
Unity for the Community Fundraiser
Mar 9-13, all day tabling @ 3rd flr UC, Carleton
Raffle to help save the 510 Rideau Drop-In Centre.

When Governments Discriminate Against First Nations Children
Wed, Mar 11, 5:30 PM @ Heart & Crown, Byward Market
with Cindy Blackstock.

The Fair Sex?
Wed, Mar 11, 7 PM @ 25One Community
Presented by Ottawa CUPE District Council.

OPIRG Carleton Bursaries Deadline
Due Thurs, Mar 12, 3:30 PM @ OPIRG Carleton
OPIRG-Carleton is accepting applications for the Terry Cottam Research Bursary for Graduate Students, Undergraduate Research Bursary and International Student Bursary. Applications will be accepted until March 12th 2015 at 3:30pm. Bursary recipients will be recognized at the Annual General Meeting on April 1st in Dunton Tower 2203 at 6:30pm. Applications at the OPIRG office or online at

The Right to Have Rights: Statelessness, Citizenship and Belonging
Thurs, Mar 12, 6:15 PM @ 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton
Justice 4 Deepan presents Join us with Alex Neve, Daiva Stasiulis and Yavar Hameed to discuss the various problems and complications that arise when thinking about legal status and access to rights. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE:
Panel Discussion: Bill C-51
Thurs, Mar 12, 7 PM @ Ottawa Public Library Auditorium

The State of Public Science in Canada
Thurs, Mar 12, 7 PM @ Rm 252 MacOdrum Library, Carleton
Join the Graduate Students’ Association and Evidence for Democracy for a panel discussion on the state of public science in Canada.

G-Spot Serving
Fri, Mar 13, 12 PM @ Library Tunnel Junction, Carleton
The Garden Spot is a vegan volunteer-run community kitchen making free lunch two times a week for people at Carleton University.
The Garden Spot is looking for more volunteers to cook, serve, and clean up. The G-Spot is also looking for visual artists to paint and musicians to perform mini concerts at our lunch servings. Contact:

Ottawa Day of Action to Stop Bill C-51
Sat, Mar 14, 12 PM @ 80 Wellington St.
The proposed legislation Bill C-51 should be of concern to all Canadians. It would clearly allow for the violation of Charter Rights, facilitate spying on innocent Canadians, and create a secret police force with little oversight or accountability.

CKCU Volunteer Appreciation Party
Sun, Mar 15, 6:30 PM @ House of Targ

End Immigration Detention Rally
Mon, Mar 16, 9 AM @ Yasir Naqvi office, 109 Catherine St.

Next show: Tues, Mar 17, 12 Noon @ 93.1 CKCU FM / (every 2nd Tuesday). Now recruiting new hosts!! Contact:

Workshop: Consent & Sexual Assault Law
Tues, Mar 17, 6:30 PM @ Octopus Books Centretown, 251 Bank St.

Work-a-Day/Hour/Donate Campaign
March 25 @
Please join us in in supporting an Ottawa-based Carleton alumni and her family. Monika Thakker and Pierre Blais are parents to Étienne who has a rare, life threatening genetic condition called Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. The condition is estimated to affect 1 in 100,000. Children with ADA-SCID often die within the first year of life without treatment due to infections that they do not have tools to fight, even with the help of antibiotics or other treatments.
There are no bone marrow matches for Étienne in the donor registry. It’s more difficult to find matches for him because of his ethnic diversity. Étienne’s only long term treatment option is Gene Therapy, a type of bone marrow transplant in which he would be his own donor. He is enrolled in a clinical trial at UCLA in Los Angeles, and his transplant surgery will take place in April.
Please consider making a donation this family on your own or by taking part in the work-a-day for baby Étienne on March 25th 2015. Donations can be made through  Please join the facebook event at : and share your messages of support for Étienne and his parents.

White Allies Needed for March Conference
Mar 28-20 @ Heron Road Community Centre
The end of March harks the coming of Noojimo' Annish Wenjigdaazod Kitchi-Sippi (NAWK) a conference organized by and for local Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (POC) to promote healing for oppressed communities. The conference, whose title translates to English as "to heal the reason why we are angry," is free to all Black, Indigenous, and POC. Outlined below are a few ways we, as white allies, can compliment this healing initiative. 
1) Make/ donate food (help feed conference participants)
2) Financial contributions (help keep the conference free)
3) Door prize donations (help create some excitement) 
4) Taxiing (help conference participants get around)

OPIRG Carleton AGM
Wed, Apr 1, 5:30 PM @ Rm 2203 Dunton Tower, Carleton.
OPIRG Carleton Annual General Meeting with Election of Board of Directors
5:30pm - Doors and snacks
6-8pm - AGM
8-9pm - Volunteer Appreciation and Social
** Nominations Open: March 11th, 2015
• Nominations packages will be available on the OPIRG-Carleton website ( and in the OPIRG office, 326 UniCentre.
**Nominations Close: March 25th 2015 – one week prior to elections

Posted on March 11, 2015 .