Wednesday Weekly - November 18, 2015

OPIRG Carleton's Wednesday Weekly is your newsletter portal to social justice events and Working Group activities on campus and in the community.
Transcending Transphobia Week
Nov 16 - 20 @ GSRC Carleton
For the week leading up to the Trans Day of Remembrance, we are hosting a number of events to support and uplift trans communities, fight transphobia and transmisogyny, and amplify the voices of trans people.
Wednesday, November 18th: Who Let the Uglies In? 6PM (427 UC) 
Thursday, November 19th: Challenging Transmisogyny, 3PM (427 UC) 
Friday, November 20th: Positive Possibilities: a Transfeminine-Spectrum Panel, 6:30 PM (Raven's Roost, tunnel level of Stormont/Dundas)

My Body My Decision
Wed, Nov 18, 7:30 PM @ 65 Bank St.
Morgentaler Counter Protest Round 3:
Canada in Africa - Yves Engler Book Launch
Wed, Nov 18, 7 PM @ Café Alternatif, UOttawa
300 Years of Aid & Exploitation.
Engaging LGBTQ+ Stories & Archives
Wed, Nov 18, 7:30 PM @ Venus Envy
Keeping Our Stories Alive.
Black Radical Imagination
Nov 19-20 @ Club SAW
Cinema Politica is proud to be a community partner for this exciting event. 
A series of short films curated by Erin Christovale (Los Angeles) and Amir George (Chicago), Black Radical Imagination is a program of visual shorts that delve into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative. Focusing on new stories within the African Diaspora, each artist contributes their own vision of post-modern society through the state of current black culture.
The films in this edition address the state sanctioned violence against people of color, the ritual anchorages of life and the divine feminine.
Nov. 20th AFROSURREAL Screening + Q&A -  7PM
Afrosurreal presupposes that beyond this visible world, there is an invisible world striving to manifest, and it is our job to uncover. 
Followed by food from Detroit Soul Food and Afro-Futurist DJ sets by Gayance (Montreal) and DJ Magnificent (Double Barrel/Ottawa).

Surviving Progress Doc
Thurs, Nov 19, 7:30 PM @ Discovery Centre, Carleton Library

Fri, Nov 20, 1 PM @ Confederation Park
Logement, itinérance: URGENCE! Manifestation du FRAPRU et du Réseau SOLIDARITÉ itinérance du Québec à Ottawa et action au Bureau du PM, Justin Trudeau.

Cinematic Conspiracies
Fri, Nov 20, 3:30 PM @ Rm 435 St. Patrick's Bldg, Carleton
Gunn & Greenlee. Lecture by Erin Christovale (Los Angeles) and Amir George (Chicago) from Black Radical Imagination, moderated by Aboubakar Sanogo (Assistant Professor, Film Studies), and presented by SAW Video in partnership with Carleton University Film Studies.

The Circle, Power and Healing
Sat, Nov 21, 10 AM @ Park across from North River Rd and Prince Albert St (near Queen Mary)
Albert Dumont is leading a talking / prayer circle on the issue of the Chaudière Falls development; all welcome, advance RSVP required

Round Dance
Sat, Nov 21, 5 PM @ Raven's Nest, Carleton

Imagining Future: Youth Afro-Futurist Workshop
Sat, Nov 21, 5 PM @ Boys and Girls Club, Britannia Clubhouse
In the workshop, curators, arts educators and filmmakers Amir George and Erin Christovale will introduce the concepts of AfroFuturism to a young audience. AfroFuturism describes a cultural aesthetics and philosophy at the intersection of black culture, technology, the imagination, and liberation, including the creation of alternative realities. The participants are invited to explore the diverse AfroFuturist expressions across different disciplines such as music, short films and drawing, and are encouraged to create their own collage artwork.
The capacity for this event is limited. To sign up, please send an email to:

What Does Sustainability Mean To You?
Mon, Nov 23, 6 PM @ 403 Southam, Carleton
A discussion with local farmers and professors on What Does Sustainability Mean to You? Three panelists will nurture a discussion on how we define sustainability and how we act on these definitions. They hope to develop ideas about how we can develop a common definition of sustainability and ways to work together. Presented by the Carleton Food Collective.
The Refugee Crisis: Responsibility & Responses
Mon, Nov 23, 7 PM @ Ottawa Public Library
Join James Milner and Rachel Vincent for an evening discussing the ongoing refugee situation.
James Milner, a leading expert on refugee policy, will be discussing Canada's responsibilities towards and responses to the refugee crisis. Rachel Vincent, Communications Director for the Nobel Women's Initiative, will present the results of her organization's fact finding mission to Europe aimed at investigating the impact the crisis has had on women.

OPIRG Roots Radio
Next show: Tues, Nov 24, 12 Noon @ 93.1 CKCU (every 2nd Tuesday). Now recruiting new hosts!! Contact:
The Illegal Book Launch
Tues, Nov 24, 7PM @ Centretown United Church
Lawrence Hill, in conversation with Waubgeshig Rice. Free tickets available at OPIRG Carleton! Contact us!!

The Refugee Story: Music, Poetry & Storytelling
Wed, Nov 25, 7 PM @ Raw Sugar Cafe
Ottawa area artists and refugees from Matthew House will get together at Raw Sugar Café for a night of music, poetry and storytelling.

Carleton Food Collective General Assembly
Thurs, Nov 26, 6 PM @ 409 Southam, Carleton
On Nov 26, 2015 the Carleton Food Collective will be having their General Assembly to facilitate the collective leadership of the organization. They will be reviewing finances, talking about how to run future servings and other collaborations they can take part in to transform campus.

Eco Gala Dinner
Thurs, Nov 26, 5:30 PM (doors) @ St. Elias Banquet Centre
Hosted by Ecology Ottawa. Guest speaker Kevin Page. Tickets:

Refugees Welcome Community Meeting & Panel
Fri, Nov 27, 7 PM @ Rm 221, Bronson Centre
Come participate in a community meeting at the Bronson Centre to share your views and ideas on how we can make Ottawa a city that is truly welcoming to refugees.

100% Possible Climate Justice March
Sun, Nov 29, 1 PM @ Ottawa City Hall
Join us in Ottawa for the 100% Possible March for Climate Solutions and Justice. Thousands of Canadians are rallying in Ottawa on November 29, the day before the UN Climate Summit. We're sending a strong message to our new government to take real action on the climate crisis. Nothing short of a 100% clean economy by 2050 will solve climate change, so that must be our goal. For more information on the 100% Possible march and the movement to transition to 100% renewables, visit

Feminist Fair
Sun, Nov 29, 1-5 PM @ Montgomery Legion

Terri-Jean Bedford
Wed, Dec 2, 7 PM @ Fenn Lounge, Carleton
The sex worker that brought the Canadian government to the Supreme Court, and won. Free admission community event.
Hassan Diab Support Committee
Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen who is at serious risk of wrongful conviction for a crime he did not commit. As Gerald Caplan writes in The Globe and Mail, in France, Hassan is being subjected to an unjust legal process that is using discredited evidence and unsourced intelligence against him. The Hassan Diab Support Committee is working on publicizing Hassan’s case nationally and internationally by producing a documentary about the case for online sharing and public showings.This documentary will help us spread the word and bring justice and freedom for an innocent man. Please donate to our crowdfunding campaign and share the page with your friends and networks:
Our goal is to raise CAD $15,000 by December 20, 2015, to fund the documentary. Any donation, no matter how small, will help achieve our goal.
We encourage you to donate early in the campaign, since a strong start is the biggest predictor of a successful campaign. Any donations in excess of $15,000 will go towards Hassan’s legal defence.

Call Out For Volunteers
Ongoing @ OPIRG-Carleton (326 UC)
If you’re a fan of dusty texts, updates of government reports and peer-reviewed journals, then you’re in luck! The Resource Centre Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the upkeep of our beloved social-justice library. Tasks include cataloguing, digitizing and other librarian-esque work! Enquire at if interested! 

Books 2 Prisoners Announcement
OPIRG-Carleton (326 UC)
Books to Prisoners knows that knows that reading can change a person’s perspective and that access to education is a right for everyone. B2P sends books to folks on the inside, and works towards justice for prisoners. 
The group is transitioning its operations from a singular office (at OPIRG-Carleton) to two locations - OPIRG-Carleton and the Garden Spot Kitchen.  Members will be meeting in the coming weeks to re-organize collected books donations and establish a new system for sending out books. The group hopes to complete the transition by the end of November. If you are interested in cleaning files, organizing books or helping out email: 
In 2016, Books to Prisoners will be engaging in outreach and recruiting new members to continue with regular letter writing and book mailings. There is potential for the group to do more as new members and returning members develop goals going forward.

Posted on November 18, 2015 and filed under Newsletter.