Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, March 30 – Sunday, April 5

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.

This week’s REO List includes online activities. During this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also maintaining a list of Ottawa-specific resources and mutual aid initiatives. Please send us other resources we’re missing at punchup@riseup.net!

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. Isol-action: Spread Justice Not Covid – Monday, March 30 – 1:00PM
  2. COVID-19 Rent Strike Ottawa – Wednesday, April 1, and onward
  3. Webinar: Building an internationalist response to Coronavirus – Wednesday, April 1, 11:00AM – 12:30PM
  4. Viral Solidarity – Thursday, April 2, 8:00 – 9:00PM

DETAILS

1. Isol-action: Spread Justice Not Covid – Monday, March 30 – 1:00PM

Hosted by Climate Strike Canada

COVID means we can’t be out in the streets, but we want to see you online! 

Looking for something to do during quarantine? Been wanting to learn more about climate justice? Meaning to take action? We’re launching isol-action, a youth learning collective, to spread justice, not covid – join us! 

We’re starting with 3 sessions a week: hour-long calls to connect, learn, and explore various topics around social change in these viral times — what we want our new world to look like, and how we’re going to get there. Part listening, part sharing, and ALL to build relationships, knowledge, and power. 

Dates:
Mondays and Wednesdays at 1pm PST/ 4pm EST
Film screening Fridays at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST
Every weekend, we’ll post the schedule with topics for each session for the next week.

To join, REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/2UD4QFQ – we’ll send you the link to the Zoom call!

Is there a topic you want to learn about? Want to run a session? Message us or post in the discussion!

Stay safe and keep resisting ♥

2. COVID-19 Rent Strike Ottawa – Wednesday, April 1, and onward

We have come together, tenants, and our allies from across the City, of all backgrounds to demand that there be a province-wide freeze on rents. Many of us have lost our jobs, were already unemployed or have had our hours reduced as a result of the massive amount of layoffs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, a good number of us do not fall into the eligibility criteria for Employment Insurance or other benefits or social services. To be forced to pay rent would mean foregoing other basic necessities like food and life-saving medication and that is something we cannot afford during this time of crisis. 

We keep hearing of relief for small businesses and for homeowners with a mortgage freeze but where is the relief for renters? Should we, many of us who are low-income and live paycheck-to-paycheck, not also be eligible for relief?

Our demands are simple, we want:

  • A freeze on rents across Ontario.
  • No back pay as a result of unpaid rents.
  • A freeze on rent increases.

We are asking tenants across the City of Ottawa and the province of Ontario to join us in a province-wide rent strike from April 1st, indefinitely until the virus is contained and we are able to go back to work and afford to pay our rent. We know you may face pressure from your landlord but like many tenants around the province, country and the world we are with you in solidarity and support. 

No Rent Until Containment!

Email: COVIDRentStrike@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ottawarentstrike/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CovidRent
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/covidrentstrikeottawa/

3. Webinar: Building an internationalist response to Coronavirus – Wednesday, April 1, 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Transnational Institute is glad to invite you to this free webinar on Wednesday, 1 April at 4pm (CET) with Sonia Shah, author of Pandemic: Tracking contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (2017) as well as experts on public health systems and activists on the frontlines responding to the crisis in the Global South.

Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bOtlIPFtR42tLdifpib2VA

Images from Italy of the army unloading coffins, exhausted doctors and fearful citizens in ever more countries have shocked the world and pushed even recalcitrant politicians into action.

But the real health disaster could still be ahead of us as the pandemic spreads in countries in the Global South, impoverished by decades of policies of neoliberal austerity, with weak public health systems and people already in highly precarious conditions. It will not be enough to respond at only a community or national level. How can social movements mobilise an internationalist response?

Presenters

  • Sonia Shah, award-winning investigative science journalist and author of Pandemic: Tracking contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (2017).
  • Luis Ortiz Hernandez, public health professor in UAM-Xochimilco, Mexico. Expert on social and economic health inequities.
  • Benny Kuruvilla, Head of India Office, Focus on the Global South, working closely with Forum For Trade Justice.
  • Mazibuko Jara, Deputy Director, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, helping to coordinate a national platform of civic organisations in South Africa to confront COVID-19.

This webinar is organised by Transnational Institute and co-sponsored by Alternative Information and Development Centre, South Africa and Focus on the Global South/Asia.

4. Viral Solidarity – Thursday, April 2, 8:00 – 9:00PM

Hosted by National Union of Public and General Employees

An online concert with David Rovics!

Join us for an evening of songs and solidarity to inspire us during this health crisis!

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/2557410957862253.