Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, June 1 – Sunday, June 7, 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. Reconciliation Book Club 5: A National Crime – Tuesday, June 2, 7:30 – 9:30PM
  2. National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis – Wednesday, June 3, 12:00pm
  3. Ford Failed Us Province-Wide Day of Action – Wednesday, June 3
  4. Winning a Just Recovery from COVID-19 (Ottawa Valley Edition) – Wednesday, June 3, 7:00pm-8:15pm
  5. Peaceful March of Solidarity in Honour of George Floyd – Friday, June 5, 3:00pm-6:00pm

DETAILS

1. Reconciliation Book Club 5: A National Crime – Tuesday, June 2, 7:30 – 9:30PM

Hosted by Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa and Climate Justice Climatique Ottawa

These monthly-ish book clubs will be following the “Reconciliation Book Club” series spearheaded by Pam Palmater – Mi’kmaq lawyer and Ryerson University professor.

This time we’ll be discussing The Story of a National Crime (1922) by Dr. Peter H. Bryce.

More booklet than book, this 18-pager can be read online for free at http://caid.ca/AppJusIndCan1922.pdf

For historical context, we recommend reading this CBC article on Bryce and his connection to Cindy Blackstock – or listen to an interview on the Unreserved podcast: https://bit.ly/36cStWp

You can watch the video of Pam Palmater talking about the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIhL-L3NmCY

This event is free, and will be taking place online on Jitsi (it’s like zoom but encrypted). Please message us to get the link! More info here.

The event will be in English but questions in French are welcome.

If you did not have time to read the book, we encourage you to still come and attend the discussion to learn more about the book, its content and the issues it covers (but try to read it please, it’s only 18 pages :)).

Launched in July, the YouTube video series and its comments section are meant to be a safe space for Indigenous peoples and their allies to collaborate on what Palmater describes as an interactive journey to educate the resistance. How to be an ally is not taught in schools, she reminds viewers, so self-education is key. Each month she will recommend a book, and then in the following video she’ll discuss it using subscriber comments as feedback and contributions into the conversation.

Please note that the facilitators of this book club will be members of Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa (https://indigenoussolidarityottawa.wordpress.com/) – folks who have been involved in Indigenous solidarity work and with a commitment to unsettling themselves and society, but are not Indigenous themselves.

Invite your friends and we hope to see you there!

PS: The NEXT book club event, most likely happening this summer, will be on Policing Indigenous Movements by Jeffrey Monaghan and Andrew Crosby. We are telling you now so that if you want to participate in that discussion, you order it now to have enough time to receive it and read it 🙂 https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/policing-indigenous-movements. If you are in Ottawa, you can buy it at Octopus Books to support them if you’d like: https://octopusbooks.ca/

***This event is hosted on Algonquin territory. This land was stolen by settlers and settler governments in order to further the colonial project that is now called Canada. This land must be returned to the Algonquin Nation and we are committed to working in solidarity towards this decolonization.

2. National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis – Wednesday, June 3, 12:00pm

On this National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis, we demand a safe supply or we will die.

This year, the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD), the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA), & Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) are planning a National Day of Action.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t rally together like we usually do – but we are using socially distanced and virtual means to call attention to BOTH of the public health emergencies that are converging: COVID-19 and the Overdose Epidemic.

We have had family, friends and community members dying from this poising/overdose crisis since Fentanyl flooded the streets in 2016. We have seen what politicians can do in response to COVID-19, and demand to know why they haven’t supported any of our evidence-based, life-saving initiatives.

Without decriminalization, legalization, and regulation of drugs, people will continue to die from preventable deaths, be criminalized for having to buy illicit medication, and risk contracting COVID-19.

GET INVOLVED

BANNER DROP & TWITTER BOMB

On May 30, display a banner at your agency or home with hashtag #SupplyOrWeDie. Take a selfie with your sign and share it on social media.

Make your own signs or print one of ours: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ucKyNlJPHDVzEvLETyx5b-N0FCEOHK7V?usp=sharing

Direct federal tweets to @GovCanHealth @JustinTrudeau @PattyHajdu.

Direct provincial tweets to your local Minister of Health and Premier (in Ontario, tweet at @celliottability @ONThealth @fordnation @MichaelTibollo @cpso_ca)

EMAIL ZAP

On and after May 30, use our simple email tool to send a message to decision-makers demanding safe supply: https://torontoharmreductionalliance.ca/safe-supply/

VIDEO CAMPAIGN

Send a video clip to THRA voicing your reasons why we need a safe supply of drugs. Videos will be compiled and sent to the College of Physicians and Surgeons to move regulators and prescribers.

For more info, see https://torontoharmreductionalliance.ca/safe-supply-video-campaign/

3. Ford Failed Us Province-Wide Day of Action – Wednesday, June 3

Join the Power of Many Ford failed us province-wide day of action on June 3, 2020. Tell the PC government to build an Ontario for all! Workers’ health and safety and decent work must be prioritized today and everyday in the future.

Ford has failed us. He needs to take immediate action by:

  • fixing long-term care
  • prioritizing workers’ health and safety
  • implementing the promised pandemic premium pay, expand its eligibility, and make it permanent
  • introducing a livable minimum wage immediately with no exceptions
  • providing permanent paid sick days, plus paid days during an outbreak
  • respecting collective agreements and listening to workers

On June 3, be part of safe community actions to show that Ford has failed us and pressure the Ford government to fix long-term care homes, make strong and enforceable health and safety standards, implement the promised pandemic premium pay, expand its eligibility, and make it permanent, ensure a livable minimum wage, legislate permanent paid sick days for all, respect collective agreements and much more.

Despite physical distancing requirements, there are several ways you can participate in this day of action.

It’s time for a new normal that provides decent work for all.

Click here to RSVP and get a list of ways you can participate safely in your area!

4. Winning a Just Recovery from COVID-19 (Ottawa Valley Edition) – Wednesday, June 3, 7:00pm-8:15pm

We’re in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. It’s one part pandemic, one part economic crisis, and one part the cumulative impact of converging climate and social crises. How we respond to, recover from, and rebuild after this crisis will define the next chapter of human history. Join us for an online teach-in and discussion focused on the principles of a Just Recovery, what that means for our region and what it will take to get there.

Online event link: https://act.350.org/event/teach-ins-just-recovery/25025/

This event is hosted by Katie Perfitt a community organizer who grew up in the Arnprior area.

5. Peaceful March of Solidarity in Honour of George Floyd – Friday, June 5, 3:00pm-6:00pm
US Embassy, 490 Sussex Drive

Let our voices be heard through a peaceful march of solidarity against police brutality of groups of minority. 

Hosted by: No Peace Until Justice Ottawa