Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, April 12 – Sunday, April 18

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’ve expanded 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. SURJ Ottawa – First Open Meeting – Monday, April 12, 7:00-8:30PM
  2. Digging for Accountability: Upholding Human Rights in the Philippines Mining Industry – Monday, April 12, 6:00-8:30PM
  3. Spectre Reading Group – Socialist discussion about China – Tuesday, April 13, 7:30–9:00PM 
  4. Robyn Maynard: Abolition and/as World-Building – Friday, April 16, 3–5:00PM
  5. Organizing Together During the Pandemic – Tuesday, April 27th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

DETAILS

1. SURJ Ottawa – First Open Meeting – Monday, April 12, 7:00-8:30PM
Online

Hosted by SURJ Ottawa

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) has a new Ottawa chapter and we are hosting our first open meeting April 12 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Our goal is to organize white people for racial justice in our community. All are welcome!

Zoom link for the meeting will be sent closer to the event date. The event will be in English, with the possibility to ask questions and participate in French.
We are happy to provide closed captioning for this event.

RSVP: https://t.co/lt747mgqeK?amp=1

Read more about SURJ Ottawa on our Facebook page or on Twitter :
https://www.facebook.com/surjOtt
https://twitter.com/SURJOttawa.

Looking forward to meeting you!

2. Digging for Accountability: Upholding Human Rights in the Philippines Mining Industry – Monday, April 12, 6:00-8:30PM
Online
An ICHRP-Toronto launch and panel discussion

REGISTRATION: www.ichrpcanada.org/toronto-launch
Join us for this educational on the human rights abuses of the Canadian mining industry in the Philippines In this event, we will be launching our organization ICHRP Toronto, and exposing the role of Canadian mining corporations in oppressing Filipino peoples to extract profit from their lands.ICHRP-Toronto is a local chapter of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines. ICHRP works to combine voices of progressive individuals and organizations in identifying and eliminating the sources of human rights abuses in the Philippines. Due to the Canadian mining industry’s role in development aggression in the Philippines, we are urging progressive people in Canada to stand against their violent activities and support the Filipino people’s sovereignty over their land and resources.Our line up of speakers include:

Angela Asuncion-Angela is a member of ICHRP Toronto and academic researcher who studies the impact of the Canadian mining industry on communities in the Philippines. She will be giving an overview Canadian mining activities in the Philippines and their connection to human rights violations by the current Rodrigo Duterte administration.

Sydney from Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN)- Sydney will speak about how Canadian mining corporations use narratives of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to mask their violent profit driven activities. They will describe MISN’s work in standing in solidarity with impacted communities around the world by disrupting the CSR narratives of Canadian mining companies at the annual Prospectors and Developers Conference (PDAC).

4. Spectre Reading Group – Socialist discussion about China – Tuesday, April 13, 7:30–9:00PM
Online

Hosted by Ottawa New Socialists

The April 13th session of Ottawa’s Spectre Reading Group for socialists will focus on the political debates surrounding the growing conflict between Canada/USA and China, including the growth of anti-Asian racism in North America. We hope you’ll join us.

This will be a Zoom meeting – contact socialisminthecapital@gmail.com for the details

Readings: 

  • Briarpatch: https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/china-the-canadian-left-and-countering-state-capitalist-apologia 
  • Spectre: https://spectrejournal.com/why-china-is-capitalist/
  • Pro-China article: https://www.invent-the-future.org/2021/02/neither-washington-nor-beijing/ 

Additional material:

  • Socialist Forum (DSA): https://socialistforum.dsausa.org/issues/winter-2020/neither-washington-nor-beijing-socialists-inter-imperial-rivalry-and-hong-kong/ 
  • Canadian Dimension: https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/the-class-struggle-and-geopolitics 

As always, one of the members of our group will start the conversation by posing some questions for discussion.

4. Robyn Maynard: Abolition and/as World-Building – Friday, April 16, 3–5:00PM
Online
Registration: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/…/WN_AB8g_0ZCST63bYyBvOGAGQ
Inspired by Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s assertion that “abolition is a presence”, this lecture attends to the world-making capacities of abolitionist struggle, focusing on past and present Black-led freedom-making practices that at once challenge the features of multi-sited anti-Blackness and bring forth new forms of lived justice.Robyn Maynard is the author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present (Fernwood 2017), and a finalist for the The Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. The book, her first, is a CBC, Toronto Star, and Globe and Mail national bestseller in its fourth printing. It was designated as one of the “best 100 books of 2017” by the Hill Times, and is the winner of the 2017 Errol Morris Book Award. Robyn has published writing in The Washington Post, World Policy Journal, The Toronto Star, The Montreal Gazette, Canadian Woman Studies journal and Maisonneuve magazine. Her writing on policing, criminalization, gender and anti-Black racism is taught widely in universities across Canada and the United States. Robyn has been a part of grassroots movements against racial profiling, police violence, detention and deportation for over a decade.Co-sponsored by Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture; Geography, Environment and Planning; Black Feminist Futures Working Group; Decolonial Perspectives and Practices Hub

5. Organizing Together During the Pandemic – Tuesday, April 27th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Online
Zoom registration: : https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kce-rrDorH9Pglnde84hjs_Fm6b1uO7kK

The COVID-19 pandemic and the sanitary restrictions have changed the way we organize.

Let’s take a moment to look back on the best practices, the lessons learned, and the strategies going forward.

Come ready to share with and learn from fellow activists and organizers. Together, we’ll create a map of the tools, skills and considerations needed to organizer better during and after the pandemic.