bookmark_borderHelp us expand the reach of the Radical Events Ottawa List!

Over the course of 2020, we’re hoping to expand both the number of subscribers and the number of groups submitting events. And we’re hoping you can help us make that happen.

The first edition was emailed to almost 70 subscribers on Monday June 18th, 2018. It has gone out every Monday since, and has grown to over 200 local subscribers.

Even more amazingly, just in 2019, the REO List featured events from 174 different organizations, all based in the Ottawa area.

There’s clearly a lot going on in Ottawa! With your help, the REO List can reach even more people and organizations.

There are two tangible things you or your organization can do to help keep the REO List growing:

1) Share the details about the REO List with your friends, family, and with your organization’s members and contact lists. A general overview of the REO List, including how to subscribe, can be found here.

2) Submit your organization’s events to the REO List for inclusion in an upcoming email. Events submitted by Friday at midnight will be included in the email released the following Monday. You can submit an event by filling out the online form.

How Does the REO List Work Again?

If you’d like to let other people know about the REO List and need a quick descriptive blurb, you’re welcome to use this one:

The Punch Up Collective runs the Radical Events Ottawa (REO) List, a weekly public email announcement list for radical events, meetings, protests, and other activities in Ottawa, Ontario, on unceded Algonquin territory. It’s a way for fellow radicals to share upcoming activities without relying on Facebook and other commercialized platforms.

Subscribers receive one email per week, each Monday, containing details on upcoming events and actions in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Subscriber emails are not shared with anyone and won’t appear publicly anywhere. The REO List is not a discussion forum; the only email subscribers receive will be the once-weekly events email from Punch Up, and individuals can unsubscribe anytime.

You can subscribe to the REO List here.

If you have any questions or have suggestions on other ways we can get the word out about the REO List, you can contact us at punchup@riseup.net.

bookmark_borderFighting For Our Lives Contingent for December 10 Anti-Ford Protest

Fight Ford! We Will Win! 
Join the “Fighting For Our Lives” contingent on December 10th!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
5:00-8:00pm
Ottawa Conference and Events Centre
200 Coventry Road

Bring signs, banners, and noisemakers!

Doug Ford is coming to Ottawa for a $1,000 per plate “Holiday Dinner” hosted by the Conservative Party. The Ottawa Coalition Against Ford will be there to give him the welcome he deserves! (See the general call-out here.)

Join us in the “Fighting For Our Lives” contingent! We’ll picket one of the entrances in solidarity with those most affected by Doug Ford’s cruelty, with the people whose very lives are put at risk by this government’s policies, including Indigenous people, people on ODSP and OW, people denied access to overdose prevention sites, migrants and refugees denied access to legal aid, and all those targeted by multiple forms of oppression.

We are fighting not only the cuts to social services, to classrooms and universities, and to environmental and worker protections; we are also fighting the Ford government’s distribution of money and support towards things that hurt us: prisons, the foreclosure of reproductive justice, and corruption at the core of the current government.

We acknowledge that this action is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory. We believe that effectively fighting the Ford government requires reckoning with and challenging colonialism and supporting Indigenous struggles for self-determination.

Please email us at punchup@riseup.net if you are definitely planning to attend the picket so that we know we can count you in! We will email a reminder and plans for gathering. We’re friendly and welcoming!

Fight Ford! We Will Win!

In solidarity and struggle,
The Punch Up Collective

bookmark_borderFighting For Our Lives Contingent for June 7 Anti-Ford Actions

Fight Ford! We Will Win! 
Join the ‘Fighting For Our Lives’ March on June 7th!

4:00pm 
Friday, June 7th, 2019
Dundonald Park (Somerset @ Lyon, map link)
Marching to Courthouse on Elgin St.

Bring signs, banners, and noisemakers!

On Friday, June 7th, during the province-wide Day of Action to oppose the Ford government, the Punch Up Collective invites you to join the ‘Fighting For Our Lives’ contingent as we march from Dundonald Park to the main Ottawa rally at the Ontario Courthouse on Elgin St.

The main June 7th rally in Ottawa, taking place at the Ontario Courthouse (161 Elgin St.), has been endorsed by the ODLC, OPSEU OAC, Ottawa Post-Secondary Education Coalition, Ottawa Coalition Against Ford, ETFO, OCEOTA, OSSTF, CUPE, PSAC, UNIFOR, Fight for $15 and Fairness, and GSA Carleton. Groups are encouraged to organize their own feeder marches and to converge at the Courthouse for a 5:00pm rally.

The ‘Fighting For Our Lives’ contingent marches in solidarity with those most affected by Doug Ford’s cruelty, with the people whose very lives are put at risk by this government’s policies, including Indigenous people, people on ODSP and OW, people denied access to overdose prevention sites, migrants and refugees denied access to legal aid, and all those targeted by multiple forms of oppression.

We are fighting not only the cuts to social services, to classrooms and universities, and to environmental and worker protections, we are also fighting the Ford government’s distribution of money and support towards things that hurt us: prisons, the foreclosure of reproductive justice, and corruption at the core of the current government.

We acknowledge that this action is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory. We believe that effectively fighting the Ford government requires reckoning with and challenging colonialism and supporting Indigenous struggles for self-determination.

Fight Ford! We Will Win!

In solidarity and struggle, 
The Punch Up Collective

bookmark_borderOttawa Organizing Guide: Planning Timeline, Accessibility Checklist, Spaces & Places

With the aim of increasing local organizing infrastructure, Punch Up has begun assembling a series of resources we hope will help organizers plan and carry out effective social justice events, demonstrations, and actions.

So far, we’ve put together 3 short guides:

  1. Event Planning Timeline
  2. Event Accessibility Checklist
  3. Map of Event Spaces & Places

Please use these, modify them to suit your own organizing context, and share as needed.

We’ll be adding to these resources over time. If there’s an issue or topic you’d like to see addressed, or if one of the above guides is missing something crucial, contact us at punchup@riseup.net.

bookmark_borderThe Ottawa Police’s Long History of Violence and Racism

With the ongoing trial of Constable Daniel Montison in Ottawa, we contributed an in-depth article on the Ottawa police to the new issue of The Leveller. This is a companion piece to our timeline of Ottawa police violence featured in the previous issue. Drawing on public records, media accounts, and independent investigations, we examine a history of violence and racism, ineffective oversight, reports that go nowhere, and bloated budgets. We argue that taking all of this together clearly indicates that the OPS, as an institution, is rotten to the core. While there’s a lot that we couldn’t cover in this article, we do hope this piece helps to share some context for understanding and challenging the police in our city.

bookmark_borderTimeline of Ottawa Police Violence

We contributed a detailed timeline of Ottawa police violence to the new issue of the The Leveller. We developed this timeline in preparation for the upcoming trial of Constable Daniel Montison, who was charged with manslaughter following the death of Abdirahman Abdi in July 2016. While the timeline is obviously incomplete, we hope it’s helpful in creating a context for understanding specific incidents of police violence in our city. Stay tuned for the longer, in-depth article we will be releasing soon!

bookmark_borderOttawa Organizing Guide – Spaces and Places

Things are really hard for a lot of us right now. Alongside thinking that it’s important for us all to take good care of ourselves and each other, Punch Up is committed to supporting social infrastructure for collective liberation. So we made a map of Ottawa that we hope will be useful! It has a handy list of meeting and event places for when you want to plan something along with info about them, descriptions of outdoor spaces with the same, and more than twenty of the targets for protests or political interventions available in town. 

Let us know what we’ve missed! Please share!

bookmark_borderGetting It Together: Organizing Collectives for the Real World

During 2017, Punch Up Collective spent several months developing curriculum for a four-hour workshop we call “Getting It Together: Organizing Collectives for the Real World.” In early 2018, we facilitated this workshop for the first time and also wrote “Getting It Together: Ideas for Organizing Collectives,” a companion article which Briarpatch Magazine published.

We were primarily motivated by what we see as the demands of this political moment. As Toronto-based organizer Syed Hussan writes, “If there is a hope in hell of us transforming our society, and building the kinds of worlds we want to live in, we need masses of people organized, disciplined and militant. It may seem that media moments are where change happens, but that is fleeting. Large scale movements rise up and dissipate. Organizations, collectives, affinity groups are needed to build up to them and beyond them.” We wholeheartedly agree.

Our hope, in developing these materials, was to create easily-shareable resources to support and encourage the development of collectives. We crafted the workshop curriculum to be clear and accessible, we included detailed notes and options for facilitators, and we designed a helpful handout and sample planning timeline as well. We revised all of these further after our experience of facilitating the workshop. We encourage you to take these materials, modify them, and run collective-building workshops where you live.

Again, find our curriculum here, our handout here, our planning timeline here, and our article here. We’ve also listed some further readings below. These may be texts you want to incorporate into the workshop (for example, as preparatory reading for participants) or use as stand alone resources.

We sincerely hope that what we’ve put together is useful to you! If you have any thoughts on these resources, or the workshop itself, we’d love to hear it – drop us a line at punchup@riseup.net.

Further Reading

  • Cold B and T Barnacle, Building a Solidarity Network Guide
  • Virginia Coover, Ellen Deacon, Charles Esser, and Christopher Moore, Resource Manual for a Living Revolution: A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists, 4th ed. (Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1985)
  • Chris Crass, “Strategic Opportunities: White Anti-Racist Organizing and Building Left Organization and Movement: An Interview with the Heads Up Collective,” in Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy (Oakland: PM Press, 2013), 179-196
  • Chris Dixon, “‘Vehicles for movement-building’: Creating Organizations,” in Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements (Oakland: University of California Press, 2014), 199-219
  • S.K. Hussan, “You can’t change the world alone, but all of us can together
  • Bruce Kokopeli and George Lakey, Leadership for Change: Toward a Feminist Model (Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1984)
  • Jeremy Louzao, Someday We’ll Be Ready, and We’ll Be Enough: Building Anti-Authoritarian Movements With the Size and Resilience to Win
  • Starhawk, The Empowerment Manual (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2011)
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project, SRLP Collective Member Handbook
  • Harsha Walia, “Overgrowing Hegemony: Grassroots Theory,” in Undoing Border Imperialism (Oakland: AK Press, 2013), 173-202

bookmark_borderLaunching the Radical Events Ottawa List!

Punch Up is super excited to announce the launch of the Radical Events Ottawa (REO) List, a weekly email announcement list for radical protests, meetings, events, workshops and other activities in our region!

Yep, we’re going old school with a legit listserv to help organizations keep people informed while avoiding some of the pitfalls of social media. That darn social media can definitely be handy, but it’s also often a real drag. Plus, not everyone’s on here, and how are they going to hear about your cool event?

If you sign up, you’ll receive one email a week, each Monday, containing details on upcoming events and actions in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Your email won’t be shared with anyone and won’t appear publicly anywhere. And please note the REO List is not a discussion forum; the only email you’ll receive will be the once-weekly events email from Punch Up. You can unsubscribe anytime.

If you’re part of an organization or group, please start submitting events! You’ll find details on how to do so via the link.

We’re really looking forward to helping spread the word about the fantastic community organizing you all are up to!