Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, August 10 – Sunday, August 16, 2020

This is the most recent compilation from the Radical Events Ottawa (REO) List. The REO List is a public announcement list for radical events, meetings, protests, and other activities in Ottawa, Ontario, on unceded Algonquin territory. The Punch Up Collective collects submissions and produces this curated weekly compilation of upcoming activities.

Due to COVID-19, we’re expanding the list of events we would typically include to feature more online activities and actions, including some that are not specific solely to the Ottawa-area. 

Would you like to see your event included in the next REO list? Submit it through this form by the Friday before! Find out more about our submission guidelines and how to subscribe or unsubscribe here.

CONTENTS

  1. Noir.e.s sous surveillance au CA/Policing Black Lives in CA – Monday, August 10, 12:00-1:00PM
  2. PJD TV: Prisoners’ Justice Day Coast-to-Coast Livestream – Monday August 10, 5:00-10:00PM
  3. Prisoners’ Justice Day/PJD 2020 Vigil – Monday, August 10, 7:30-9:30PM
  4. Community Matters: Supporting LGBTQ+ Refugee Claimants – Tuesday, August 11, 6:00-8:00PM
  5. MARCO film screening and migrant sex worker panel discussion – Thursday, August 13 6:30-8:00PM
  6. Call for (Poster Art) Submissions: Concrete Cleavage 2020 – Saturday August 15
  7. Harm Reduction Taskforce – Monday August 17, 7:00-8:30PM
  8. Anti-Racist Teaching in the Early Years: a three-part series – Wednesday August 19, 4:00-5:30PM
  9. Words for Warriors Workshop w/ MayaSpoken Turning Artistic Passions into Impactful Change – Thursday August 20, 5:00-8:00PM
  10. The State of Ottawa’s Democracy: Problems and Solutions – Thursday August 20, 7:00-9:00PM

DETAILS

1. Noir.e.s sous surveillance au CA/Policing Black Lives in CA – Monday, August 10, 12:00PM-1:00PM
Online

Montréal en Action is pleased to welcome Robyn Maynard as the host of our next webinar. Robyn is the author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. Currently in its third printing, Maynard’s book is a CBC national bestseller and has been designated as one of the “Best 100 books of 2017” by The Hill Times.

During this webinar, Robyn Maynard, will explore the phenomenon of policing Black lives in Canada along with the defunding and disarming movements that have gained momentum around the world.

We are expecting you in large numbers. We look forward to have a constructive exchange on the subject!

Register here: https://bit.ly/maynard-0810

The Montréal en Action Team.

2. PJD TV: Prisoners’ Justice Day Coast-to-Coast Livestream – Monday August 10, 5:00-10:00PM
Online

Join the Abolition Coalition for a coast-to-coast Prisoners’ Justice Day Livestream!Moderated by El Jones and Desmond Cole with live music set by DJ NO COPS

Every year on August 10th we honour those who have died inside prisons and stand in solidarity with the thousands of prisoners demanding their human rights are met.

The Livestream will check-in with PJD vigils, broadcasts, memorial rallies, and campaigns across North-Turtle Island.

Hosted by the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project, Books 2 Prisoners Ottawa, Church of the Holy Trinity, Vancouver Prison Justice Groups and Criminalization and Punishment Education Project.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/3565279023533210/

3. Prisoners’ Justice Day/PJD 2020 Vigil – Monday, August 10, 7:30PM-9:30PM
Major’s Hill Park, Mackenzie Ave.

Prisoners’ Justice Day / PJD 2020 Vigil on Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa (speakers to be announced)

WHEN?
Monday, August 10 at 7:30pm

WHERE?
Major Hill’s Park (enter on Mackenzie avenue across from the US embassy and across the road from the stairs up from Byward Market – the vigil is in the park a short distance from the road, at the Unfinished Sundial, a small oval with some plaques)

For more information about PJD visit: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/august10/politics/1014_history.html

COVID-19:
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone will need to be wearing a mask and keep a safe distance of two meters from one another at the vigil. We will be providing masks and hand sanitizer, and practicing rules of social and physical distancing. We recommend all attendees to please take this self-assessment immediately before the event. If you experience COVID-like symptoms and/or if you are worried that you were exposed to the virus, please stay at home.

Hosted by: Books2Prisoners, Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, email cpep.action@gmail.com for further information.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2636485976589594/


4. Community Matters: Supporting LGBTQ+ Refugee Claimants – Tuesday, August 11, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Online

Info Session + Training to accompany and support LGBTQ+ refugees during refugee claim hearings in Ottawa

Refugee claim hearings can be a really stressful and taxing process for refugee claimants. These hearings have been on hold due to COVID-19 but will resume in August at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). Volunteers accompanying refugees during this process can make a difference by offering emotional support. In two online sessions, you will receive training providing all the information and critical skills necessary to become a volunteer.

In the first session, we will review the refugee claim process, the institutional structure of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), and the roles that legal representatives play during the hearings. We will analyze the criminalization of same-sex intimacy and consider some of the challenges in assessing same sex relationships. We will also examine the IRB’s guidelines in making decisions for claimants.

In the second session, we will recount what to expect during a refugee claim hearing and discuss some of the best practices for accompaniment and support. We will be using many of the resources provided by the Queer Refugee Hearings Program organized and run by Community Legal Services of Ottawa (CLSO) in partnership with Capital Rainbow Refuge (CRR).

These training sessions aim to have folks be more informed of systemic immigration processes and to create a volunteer community that better supports refugee claimants. They are free and open to everyone, but previous experience working with and/or identifying as refugees and/or LGBTQ+ community members is an asset.

Info + training sessions will be happening via zoom on the 28th of July (Tuesday) from 6pm to 8pm, and on the 11th of August (Tuesday) from 6pm to 8pm. Register on the eventbrite link provided above by the 27th of July and we will email you the zoom training link. Attending both training sessions is recommended.

The sessions will be co-facilitated by Andi Vicente. Andi (she/they) works with newcomers and folks with precarious immigration status in a non-profit and community grassroots capacity. Please don’t hesitate to contact us as ottawasanctuarycity@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Hosted by: Sanctuary City Ottawa

Eventbrite tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-matters-supporting-lgbtq-refugee-claimants-tickets-114303898036


5. MARCO film screening and migrant sex worker panel discussion – Thursday August 13, 6:30-8:00PM
Online

MAX Ottawa in partnership with Qu’ART presents the Canadian premiere of the acclaimed short film MARCO (2019). Written and directed by Saleem Haddad (21 mins – Language: English / Arabic). This film was nominated for Best British Short at the 2019 Iris Prize. The event includes a short panel discussion featuring voices of local migrant sex workers, and a short interview with the film Director.

MAX Ottawa is grateful to collaborate on this event with Saleem Haddad, Qu’ART, & SAW Video

Pre-registration is required for this event (prior to Aug 12)
https://forms.gle/kbrfNs4pA9QmEtBD6

This event is free. Donations are encouraged to support the development of community interventions in collaboration with local guys who do sex work in the capital region: https://bit.ly/3gwIGyS

Event will take place in English. Film is in English/Arabic with English Subtitles Film details on IMDb https://imdb.to/2BYRWN9

For more information please connect with mohamad@maxottawa.ca 613.701.6555 x104

6. Call for (Poster Art) Submissions: Concrete Cleavage 2020 – Saturday August 15

The term cleavage is used in a range of contexts. Its occurrence ranges from a slip of atomic bonds to highlights of constraint; in some cases, it is a result of extreme contrasting temperatures. In others, it might be the defining feature of your local neighbour cougar. In an urban setting-the in-between spaces (alleys, crevices between buildings, bridges or other structures) have been host to innumerable exchanges. The dividing lines between types of cleavage remain arbitrary and potentially warrant further investigations. Collectively, this show seeks to invite a range of queer perspectives to interpret the theme: Concrete Cleavage. We’re seeking posters – from the whimsically volatile to critical intensity, theory driven, socially charged, explorative pieces and even those grounded in lived experience.

Overall, we wish to draw upon the creative collectively of our queer peers and communities. This show is a continuation of the curating team’s “Booty Call” art show held earlier this year.

We are actively encouraging queer BIPOC submissions, and have a limited subsidy pool to remove financial barriers around printing costs for all emerging BIPOC queer artists and designers.

Considering that there will be a limited number of physical events to attend during this summer’s Pride events, the team has set out the ambitious goal of creating this event as two walk-through pop-up galleries in Ottawa & Toronto Ontario. and an online virtual gallery.

Deadline for Submissions: AUGUST 15th 2020

Posters are to be designed for a final print size of 16×20”

Submissions should include

  • a short bio 300 (300 word max).
  • A statement, 400 words (max) highlighting the significance of your poster. This can include, methods, subject matter and interpretation of the theme; how did you make this poster? What inspired you?
  • A proof of concept image (this does not need to be a print-quality image)

Full details: https://marenkathleenelliott.com/blog/2020/07/02/call-for-poster-art-submissions-concrete-cleavage-2020/ or email overthemoon.popup@gmail.com

7. Harm Reduction Taskforce – Monday August 17, 7:00-8:30PM
Online

We are moving our monthly meetings online! Connect with us to organize, collaborate, and advocate for harm reduction!

This meeting is taking place over Zoom. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call into at 1-855-703-8985 (Toll-free Canada), then input the meeting ID and password.

Meeting ID: 958 3652 1645
Passcode: 961687

Hosted by Overdose Prevention Ottawa.

8. Anti-Racist Teaching in the Early Years: a three-part series – Wednesday August 19, 4:00-5:30PM
Online

Anti-Racist Teaching in the Early Years is a three-part series that explores the role and responsibilities of an anti-racist educator.

Organized by Parents for Diversity – P4D.

Tickets sliding scale $15-25

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2923560927754583/


9. Words for Warriors Workshop w/ MayaSpoken: Turning Artistic Passions into Impactful Change – Thursday August 20, 5:00-8:00PM
Online

SAW Video Presents, Words for Warriors. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore how they can use their passions and life experiences towards creating an impact within their communities and helping others do the same. Participants will explore areas within the community in which there is a need to be fulfilled. Through this workshop, we will examine different forms of allyship and activism while creating a connection between where each person stands in respect to their passions and experiences. We will delve into how to build an artistic platform through the lens of activism, as well as how to empower and uplift the platforms of others.

Instructor: MayaSpoken is a multi-disciplinary artist, speaker, educator, and activist. She uses the gift of words to share her story, advocate for others and promote healing. At 22 years old, she has given her first Ted Talk and became the author of poetry novel Warriors in Broad Daylight. MayaSpoken is also the founder of Tell ‘Em Girl Women’s Spoken Word Showcase and Loud Black Girls, both platforms giving women identifying individuals the space to be themselves unapologetically.

To register: https://www.sawvideo.com/workshops/scheduled/2020-08/words-warriors-turning-artistic-passions-impactful-change or email: access@sawvideo.com

Cost: $40.00 (members), $75.00 (non-members). Covid Impacted pricing available.

10. The State of Ottawa’s Democracy: Problems and Solutions – Thursday August 20, 7:00-9:00PM
Online

From backroom LRT deals to blocking councillors from sitting on certain committees, Ottawa’s democracy is far from perfect. Join us to talk about some of the challenges it faces and help us focus on solutions. “The State of Ottawa’s Democracy: Problems and Solutions” will be a great opportunity for us to shed some light on the ways in which we can create a more democratic and open municipality.

Please RSVP at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y5tdk9v5

Hosted by Horizon Ottawa.