Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, February 17 – Sunday, February 23

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.

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. Ottawa Says: RCMP off We’suwet’en Land – Monday, February 17, 2:00pm 
  2. Kids Reject Teck – Tuesday, February 18, 9:00am-5:00pm 
  3. Queercrip Identity and the Question of Trans Disability w/ Riley Lewicki – Tuesday, February 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm
  4. Black Womxn Making The World A Better Place – Tuesday, February 18, 7:00pm-8:00pm
  5. Leveller Story Meeting – Tuesday, February 18, 7:00pm 
  6. Phone and Email Zap for Free Prison Phone Calls – Wednesday, February 19, 9:00am-5:00pm
  7. First Courage Ottawa Meeting – Wednesday, February 19, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  8. Ottawa Harm Reduction Task Force – Wednesday, February 19, 6:30pm 
  9. Migration, Movement, and Freedom: A Collective Zine Project – Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm 
  10. Film and Fundraiser: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance – Thursday, February 20, 6:00pm-9:00pm  
  11. Free Transit Ottawa Meeting – Thursday, February 20, 6:45pm-8:30pm  
  12. The Future Is Rising – Friday, February 21, 12:00pm-2:00pm 
  13. Book Launch: Israel, Palestine, and the Politics of Race – Friday, February 21, 7:00pm-9:00pm 

DETAILS

1. Ottawa Says: RCMP off We’suwet’en Land – Monday, February 17, 2:00pm 
Confederation Park, 100 Elgin St.

Join Indigenous Youth and their allies on Family Day to rally in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation and land defenders, and to raise awareness of the general public on the ongoing struggle.

Meet on Monday February 17th at Confederation Park at 2pm!

The fight is far from over! We need to keep the pressure up!

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The camps are reoccupied, heavy RCMP presence is ongoing, the Coastal GasLink (CGL) workers are unhindered, and some land defenders cannot return to the injunction zone or they will be jailed until they appear in court. One land defender is still detained – without charge – as she has refused to sign the release conditions to abide by the colonial injunction.

The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs are responsible under Wet’suwet’en law and governance for making decisions relating to their ancestral lands. They have said NO to the pipeline and this must be respected, as their lands are not Canadian territory. Canada has signed and BC has put into law the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) so they must respect the rule of law and uphold the principle of free, prior and informed consent included in it.

On Thursday, “the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have attended a Feast and reaffirmed their following positions:
1. The eviction order from the Wet’suwet’en against Coastal GasLink still stands.
2. The RCMP CIRG detachment at 29km on the Morice Lake road was never permitted onto our lands like the RCMP claim. It must be removed.
3. The RCMP must remove their presence on our lands. They must never return to inflict trauma on our people ever again.
4. The BC govt (premier John Horgan) and the Canadian govt (PM Trudeau) must have a face to face meeting with the Wet’suwe’ten to discuss their roles in what has happened twice on our lands in 2019 and 2020.”
– Hereditary Chief Smogelgem
Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8kKnghlZlu/

Media statement from Gidimt’en: https://www.facebook.com/212798726332588/posts/521619158783875/?d=n

***This action is taking place on unceded Algonquin territory. This stolen land must be returned to the Algonquin nation.

2. Kids Reject Teck – Tuesday, February 18, 9:00am-5:00pm 
Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St.

Join us on Parliament Hill on Feb 18 to demand that the Canadian Government reject the Teck Frontier Mine. Canadians need a government that respects Indigenous rights, respects life, and respects the rights of all children to a liveable future. We will be inviting young people to sign our banner which reads: “Kids Reject Teck. Don’t Carbon Bomb Us” before we deliver it to our MPs. Bring your signs. Bring your voices. Let’s make sure our government hears us!

Organized by: Parents for Future (Toronto), Fridays for Future (Ottawa), Fridays for Future (Toronto)

3. Queercrip Identity and the Question of Trans Disability w/ Riley Lewicki – Tuesday, February 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Venus Envy, 226 Bank St.

$20 ($10 student/senior/limited income) – Tickets

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

This workshop is designed to explore the growing intertwining of solidarity and understanding between Crip and Queer identifies. The workshop covers a brief history of theories of disability before moving on to examine what it is to be a QueerCrip, and eventually raising the complex question of how trans identity interacts with its own history of medicalization.

The workshop presumes some familiarity with either queer or crip identity, but is designed to foster greater understanding between the two groups, and is open to all people, not just queercrips. The workshop will be partly interactive, with discussions between Riley and the group, but for the sake of disseminating information, will occasionally take on a more lecture style.

FACILITATOR BIO

Riley Lewicki is a disabled trans woman educated and working in the field of disability studies. She is also a published poet, journalist, and academic. This includes her award nominated thesis on automation, basic income, and Hannah Arendt. She is fascinated by growing intersectionality and new group and self understandings within the queer and disabled communities.

SPACE + ACCESSIBILITY INFO

Venus Envy is a physically accessible space. We have an automatic door, no steps and a gender inclusive bathroom big enough for most mobility devices.

We use foldable, plastic chairs for our workshops. We have three softer chairs that we’re happy to reserve if you get in touch with us before the workshop.

We do sell some scented products so we’re unfortunately not able to make this a scent-free space. However, we do ask that guests refrain from wearing strongly scented products.

We’re happy to book ASL interpretation for any of our workshops! Please get in touch with us in advance of the workshop if you would like us to book interpreters. At minimum, we will need one week’s notice, but the earlier you can make your request, the better.

TO SIGN UP

Sign up on our website by clicking the ‘Ticket’ link for this event. You can also drop by the store to sign up in person.

Questions? Comments? Get in touch with us by phone at 613-789-4646 or by email at education@venusenvy.ca

Hosted by: Venus Envy

4. Black Womxn Making The World A Better Place – Tuesday, February 18, 7:00pm-8:00pm
750 Gladstone Ave

Free – Tickets

NEW YEAR NEW LOCATION! 2020 is bringing Ask Womxn Anything to new places in the city.

We’re starting the new year with our first event at Pressed. February being #BlackHistoryMonth, we will be hosting a panel full of incredible Black womxn from our very own community. Our speakers are Meghan Wills, Maya McDonald and Deborah Owusu-Akyeeah. Join us at 7 pm on February 18th Tuesday at Pressed Cafe, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa. Come out for a great hour-long discussion… you can ask our panelists anything!

**NOTE: Due to the popularity of our previous events, this event will require pre-booked tickets on EventBrite (free of charge!) in order to be guaranteed entry. Those without a ticket will be let in on a first come first served basis after ticket holders. Get your tickets soon!

Come and join us as we highlight these womxn as they share their journeys, insights, ideals and take our questions over a 60 min period. Enjoy an evening of awesome drinks and snacks from Pressed and knowledge sharing with Ottawa’s incredible womxn!

Hosted by: Ask Womxn Anything

5. Leveller Story Meeting – Tuesday, February 18, 7:00pm 
Equator Coffee (NAC), 1 Elgin St.

Wanna get involved with power-challenging, community-based journalism? We’re gearing up for another issue of The Leveller and want to invite you to join us at one of our two Story Meetings – both this Tuesday, February 18. (Details below)

Come and learn more about The Leveller and how to get involved. Story Meetings are where you can come pitch your article ideas, help brainstorm content, or be assigned a story.

Campus Story Meeting
4pm, Tuesday, Feb 18 @ Mike’s Place (Rm 209, 2nd floor, in the Unicentre, Carleton University)

Downtown Story Meeting
7pm, Tuesday, Feb 18 @ the National Arts Centre (1 Elgin St), more precisely at the NAC’s Peter Herndorf Place (i.e. the room opposite Equator Cofee, past the reception desk, facing the fancy stairs, overlooking the canal)

(Accessibility: Both of these venues are accessible – hurrah! There are accessible washrooms in the NAC, less so in Mike’s Place but still elsewhere in the Unicentre building.)

If these times and locations don’t work but you’d still like to meet to discuss contributing, drop us a line to editors@leveller.ca and we’ll set up something that does work.

Can’t Come? Contribute Anyways!

Can’t make it and still want to write or contribute? Great! Drop us a line with your ideas and input at editors@leveller.ca. Please also have a look at our Submission Guidelines and Checklist.

As a head’s up, due dates for this issue will be:
Tuesday, Feb 25 – Early date that guarantees feedback and time for revisions
Thursday, Feb 27 – Final date

Hope to see you there,
The Leveller crew.
leveller.ca
editors.the.leveller@gmail.com

6. Phone and Email Zap for Free Prison Phone Calls – Wednesday, February 19, 9:00am-5:00pm 

CALL, EMAIL, and TWEET the Ministry, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) to let them know our demands:

1. Free phone calls for prisoners;
2. The ability for prisoners to call cell phones and switchboards; and
3. No more time limits on jail phone calls.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN:

On #BellLetsTalk day in 2019, a protest, video, and social media campaign based in Ottawa was organized demanding changes to the prison phone contract between Bell Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Solicitor General. For the 2020 edition, organizers from Toronto joined and expanded the effort to put the pressure on Bell and the Ministry. In recent weeks, more than 5,500 people have signed a petition supporting our demands for change. As support for the campaign for phone justice in Ontario’s jails grows, now is the time to ramp-up the pressure on the Ontario government.

We know that when prisoners and their families are forced to pay Bell up to $30 for a 20-minute call just to talk, the Ministry receives a portion of the profit. Prisoners can only place calls to landlines (no cell phones or switchboards), and calls cut off automatically after 20 minutes.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

If you have been wondering about what you can do to help, now is the time to let Ontario’s government know that you want them to stop putting profit over people and rethink the prison phone contract before it expires this summer.

On February 19, please take five minutes out of your day to call, email, and tweet at the Ministry and your MPP.

EMAIL
You can use this tool to email your MPP: https://cp-ep.org/prison-phones/

CALL & TWEET
– Ministry of the Solicitor General’s Office: (416) 326-5000
Twitter: @ONsafety

– MPP Sylvia Jones’s Constituency Office: (519) 941-7751
Twitter: @SylviaJonesMPP

– Find your MPP: https://eregistration.elections.on.ca/en/election/search

Remember to hashtag #ONpoli #BellLetsTalk #FreeJailCalls #BellLetUsTalk #BellLetsTalkPIC / prison industrial complex

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Don’t know what to say? Follow this script:

“Hello, I am calling to speak with [Minister Sylvia Jones/your MPP],

My name is [your name or pseudonym], and I am from [your city in Ontario]. With the upcoming end of your prison phone contract with Bell, I am calling to demand the following:

1. Free phone calls for prisoners;
2. The ability for prisoners to call cell phones and switchboards; and
3. No more time limits on jail phone calls.

[Minister Sylvia Jones/your MPP’s name], prisoners are dying from suicide and inadequate support under YOUR custody. The phone is a lifeline for those inside. It is their connection to their loved ones, to mental health and health care providers, to lawyers, and to other community supports. And because of your exploitative contract with Bell, you are not only preventing prisoners from accessing support, but actively worsening their physical and mental health and profiting from it.

This is why we demand you make calls in prisons FREE, without limits, and able to reach cellphones and switchboards.

As my representative, you are accountable to listen and act on our concerns.”

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LEARN MORE:

Check-out the resources below to learn more about the campaign’s work.

Petition:
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Ryerson, “Give Prisoners Access to Free Phones Now” – https://www.change.org/p/bell-give-prisoners-access-to-free-phones-now

Op-ed:
Spring Magazine, “Bell Let’s Talk about disconnection and suicides in Ontario’s jails” – https://springmag.ca/bell-lets-talk-about-disconnection-and-suicides-in-ontarios-jails

Sample news coverage – 2020 day of action:
Globe and Mail, “A mom’s $6,000 phone bill in three months: The push to rein in Ontario’s costly prison phone system” – https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-activists-see-injustice-in-high-cost-of-phone-calls-from-ottawa-area/

Sample news coverage – 2019 day of action:
Ottawa Citizen, “Bell, let’s talk about making it easier for inmates to call from jail, say protestors” – https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/bell-lets-talk-about-making-it-easier-for-inmates-to-call-from-jail-say-protesters

PSA:
Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, “Bell… Let’s talk about the importance of a phone call” – https://www.facebook.com/CPEPgroup/videos/753073488399392/

Poetry:
Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, “#BellLetsTalk – Will you accept the charges?” – https://www.facebook.com/CPEPgroup/videos/119062846120974/

Podcast:
Canadaland, “Let’s Talk About How Bell is Complicit in the Dehumanizing Conditions in Ontario’s Jails” – https://www.canadalandshow.com/lets-talk-about-how-bell-is-complicit-in-dehumanizing-jail-conditions/

Report:
Jail Accountability and Information Line, “Will You Accept the Charges?” – https://cp-ep.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Ontario-Jail-Telephone-Report_JAIL-Hotline_Final_October-2019.pdf

Organized by: Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project, Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Criminalization and Punishment Education Project

7. First Courage Ottawa Meeting – Wednesday, February 19, 6:00pm-8:00pm  
464 Metcalfe St.

We’ve now held 2 community consultations to get a read on what issues matter to progressives in Ottawa. At both meetings the turnout was incredible- – only exceeded by the brilliance and passion in ideas for how to take back our politics and transform our city.

This will be the first official meeting of the Courage Ottawa branch. All welcome. We’ll review what we heard at the consultations, discuss priorities and strategy and get into working group to begin building a powerful and independent Left!

We seek, hopefully alongside you, to grow a base of parallel power in Canada that expands the challenge to the neoliberal order — a system that survives only by shrinking the imagination and dividing us until we’re willing to leave some people behind. A handful of good Members of Parliament were elected in October, but they’re already feeling the weight of elite interests both outside and within the NDP.

Building counter power to fight this needs to start now — and it starts with coming together.

What will this look like?
In large part, that depends on you. Whatever you call this project to reshape the world, we all know the 2020s will be a pivotal decade. The decade when we win or lose the future. If that sounds like the stakes are high, we can remind ourselves that so too is the opportunity. So let’s hear each others’ voices —starting on Feb 19th– to strategize, prioritize, and organize ourselves.

PS- For more info on what Courage is and does, check out:
http://www.couragecoalition.ca/about/
…or see our Basis of Unity here:
http://www.couragecoalition.ca/en-unity/

If you’re curious how that translates into plans for the world, our version of a Green New Deal might help illustrate it:
http://www.couragecoalition.ca/gnd

8. Ottawa Harm Reduction Task Force – Wednesday, February 19, 6:30pm   
Somerset West Community Health Centre

Join us for monthly meetings to organize, collaborate, and advocate for harm reduction!

Snacks provided! All welcome!

This event takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory.

Organized by: Overdose Prevention Ottawa

9. Migration, Movement, and Freedom: A Collective Zine Project – Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm    
Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King BridgeFebruary 19 join the Ottawa Sanctuary City Network for our monthly gathering at the Ottawa Art Gallery. This month we’ll be thinking together about how to build the city we want while making zines!

In this zine workshop we’ll be sharing information on the various immigration pathways (both regular and irregular). Our discussions will focus on the issues around the concept of resilience in migrant communities and the othering that happens outside and within communities. The facilitators and participants will co-create a zine made up of these discussions.

Free and open to all.

This event takes place on the violently colonized unceded and unsurrendered traditional territory of the Algonquin Nation.

Please help us to plan our supplies by RSVPing on the eventbrite page.

Hosts: Sinda Gariz and Andi Vicente

Sinda: is an African Amazigh, Arab immigrant in Canada, a migrant justice activist, and a youth worker. Born and raised in Tunisia, she has worked with the transnational network No One Is Illegal advocating against borders, visa regime and providing support for migrants and refugees in different countries in South Europe essentially and North Africa. She participated in blocking different deportations of undocumented migrants in Tunisia and Germany and did advocacy work against the left to die policy in the Mediterranean Sea of migrants and the militarization of European borders. In 2013, she moved to Canada, Ottawa to start her second degree since then she has been involved in different committees and campaigns including No one is Illegal, the Justice for Deepan Support Committee, Refugees Welcome – Ottawa, The End Immigration Network and The Sanctuary City Network

Andi: Andi (she/they) is an artist based on unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa). In their interdisciplinary practice they work with photos and textiles to create mixed media pieces and installations. Their work revolves around intersectional diasporic identities, the juxtaposition of movements and community engagement. They are a full spectrum doula and currently working as a Community Health Worker for LGBTQ+ migrants.
We provide daycare services, snacks, and refreshments.

Getting to the Gallery: Drop-off entrance: 10 Daly Avenue. The Daly entrance is between Waller and Nicholas on the south side. The Gallery’s large glass double doors are recessed from the street. The building’s banners have hot pink.

50 Mackenzie King Bridge entrance: For those taking OC Transpo, get off at Mackenzie King Station, walk east towards Ottawa U. The Gallery is on the same side of the street as the Rideau Centre mall, at the northwest corner of Mackenzie King and Waller. The Gallery’s entrance is recessed from the street with an LED sign out front.

The Studio is adjacent to the cafe at the Daly Ave entrance.

** This space is wheelchair accessible. 10. Film and Fundraiser: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance – Thursday, February 20, 6:00pm-9:00pm     
Location: TBD
 ***This event is taking place on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Nation. This stolen land must be returned to the Algonquin Nation and we commit to act in support of this decolonization.***

Fundraiser for front line land defenders! Stay tuned for more info!

Film Synopsis: In July 1990, a dispute over a proposed golf course to be built on Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) lands in Oka, Quebec, set the stage for a historic confrontation that would grab international headlines and sear itself into the Canadian consciousness. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 days behind Kanien’kéhaka lines filming the armed standoff between protestors, the Quebec police and the Canadian army.

Today, the unceded territory of the Wet’suwet’en is under attack. On February 6, 2020, the RCMP began raiding the nation, arresting and removing land defenders from their sovereign territory. They have created an exclusion zone to restrict media access and control the flow of people and supplies, denied Hereditary Chiefs entry into their own territory, and spread misinformation about the use of surveillance over the camps. On Febraury 10, 2020 The RCMP breached the Uni’stot’en gate at the 39km checkpoint, raided the Healing Center, and arrested seven land defenders.

Obomsawin’s film depicts chilling parallels between the standoff in Oka and the recent invasion on Wet’suwet’en territory. For folks who followed the recent occupations across the country in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, this is an excellent opportunity to deepen your understanding of the history that has brought us to this point. Come out to learn more and support frontline land defenders! We will be watching this incredible film and having a a short discussion afterwards.

Donation: PWYC (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
All proceeds will go to front line land defenders. We will update the event soon with details on the specific groups.

Delicious free veggie food will be generously provided by the Garden Spot Collective!

Film will have captions in English

Location: TBD. Stay tuned!

We hope to see you there! Hosted by: Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa

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This is the first of a series of films that Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa will be hosting. Each month, we will be watching a film from an Indigenous filmmaker and facilitating a short discussion after the film. Our goal is to create a space for collective learning that helps attendees strengthen their understanding of indigenous struggles for justice. All are welcome, but we have a zero tolerance for any form of discrimination or hate speech.

Please note that the facilitators will generally be members of the Indigenous Solidarity Collective, from a settler background – folks who have been involved in Indigenous solidarity work themselves and with a long-term interest in unsettling themselves and our society, but not Indigenous themselves. We believe that there’s important work to be done by settlers in educating their own community and pointing peers towards Indigenous resources, and that settlers don’t have an inherent right to always have an Indigenous person hold their hand and educate them about the basics of colonialism. 11. Free Transit Ottawa Meeting – Thursday, February 20, 6:45pm-8:30pm      
Ottawa Public Library Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe St.

The next FTO meeting will be Wednesday January 8

WHERE: Room B125 of the Main Branch of the Public Library on Laurier/Metcalfe

AGENDA::
• Report/discussion of our ‘New Vision’ Campaign
• Provincial free transit movement
• Walk Ottawa

New members are always welcome!  
12. The Future Is Rising – Friday, February 21, 12:00pm-2:00pm       
Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St.

Come march, sing and chant with Future Rising Ottawa for our weekly youth lead Climate strikes on parliament hill! Bring your friends, your signs and your beautiful selves! Gentle Reminder: Future Rising holds the space for youth and young adults to raise their voices and be heard. Therefore we ask our adult supporters to please be respectful and to not take the center space that we hold for our young activist. If you have any questions please message Future Rising or speak to Mia Beijer at the strikes. 
Organized by: Future Rising Ottawa 
13. Book Launch: Israel, Palestine, and the Politics of Race – Friday, February 21, 7:00pm-9:00pm        
Social Innovation Workshop, 95 Clegg St.
 Join us to celebrate the publication of Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race. Meet the authors and share a reception with good company.

As the situation in Israel/Palestine seems to become ever more intractable and protracted, the need for new ways of looking at recent developments and their historical roots is more pressing than ever. Bearing this in mind, Yasmeen Abu-Laban and Abigail B. Bakan discuss the historic and contemporary dynamics in Israel/Palestine, and their international reverberations, from the unique vantage point of ‘race’, racialization, racism and anti-racism. They therefore offer close analysis of the ‘idea’ of Israel and the ‘absence’ of Palestine by examining the concepts of race and identity in the region, and how these ideas reverberate globally. Themes addressed include gender, Indigeneity, environment, surveillance, the BDS movement, apartheid and human rights.

Yasmeen Abu-Laban is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta

Abigail B. Bakan is a Professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto.

The co-authors will be joined by special guest Nahla Abdo, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

We hope to see you there! Hosted by: Octopus Books