Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, July 4 – Sunday, July 10, 2022

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. Survey: Should we have more activist training in Ottawa? – Ongoing
2. Fight for Choice: A Rally in Solidarity for the right to abortion and bodily autonomy – Monday July 4, 5:30PM
3. World-Building in Unity for WebGL – July 5-19 6-9PM
4. Jamilah at the End of the World Book Launch – Wednesday, July 6, 6-7PM
5. Whose Labour? Whose Organizing? Socialism and the Racialized Working Class – Friday July 8, 7PM
6. People’s Transit Forum – Saturday July 9, 1-3PM
7. Share Fair: A Community Sharing and Gathering Space – Saturday July 16, 2-4PM
8. Volunteer with the Carleton Food Collective – Ongoing
9. Millhaven Lifers’ Liaison Group: Call for Volunteers – Ongoing

DETAILS

1. Survey: Should we have more activist training in Ottawa? – Ongoing 

Do you think there is a need for more activist/organizer training in Ottawa?

If so, take a few minutes to fill out this very short survey put together by the Punch Up Collective aimed at helping identify what training needs progressive Ottawa-based organizers and organizations might have.

Survey link: https://forms.gle/LvAqabd7cQcrFHf49

2. Fight for Choice: A Rally in Solidarity for the right to abortion and bodily autonomy – Monday July 4, 5:30PM
US Embassy, 490 Sussex Dr.

Join us on Monday, July 4, as we come together at the United States Embassy in Ottawa to show our support for and the urgent need for safe and legal abortion access in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. We stand in solidarity with communities in the States and are fighting for improved access to abortion services throughout Canada. Please share with your networks!

Organized by Defend Choice Ottawa.

3. World-Building in Unity for WebGL – July 5-19 6-9PM
Zoom

Participants will be introduced to the gaming engine Unity to create a WebGL experience and gain introductory skills for this new and exciting web based medium. This beginner workshop will introduce the user interface and asset store of Unity to set up a 3D environment. We will craft the WebGL world with imported 3D objects/textures, baked lighting, character controllers, audio set up, camera filters/post processing effects and build for WebGL.

See https://digitalartsresourcecentre.ca/world-building-in-unity-for-webgl/ for further details.

If access to funds is a barrier to participation please email access@digitalartsresourcecentre.ca. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. More accessibility information is available on our website.

4. Jamilah at the End of the World Book Launch – Wednesday, July 6, 6-7PM
Happy Goat Coffee Co., 35 Laurel St., Ottawa

Join Mary-Lou Zeitoun for a reading and discussion to celebrate the launch of her latest YA novel, Jamilah at the End of the World. Mary-Lou will be joined by special guest E.K. Highland, author of the sci-fi fantasy novel A Light Beam for Faith: The Making of a Restorer.

Jamilah knows the world is about to end, so why won’t anyone believe her?

When electricity over-consumption during a summer heat wave causes a city-wide blackout, Jamilah’s eco-anxiety kicks into high gear. After years of doomscrolling and being inundated by warnings of a looming climate change catastrophe, she knows this is it ― the end for the planet and life as she knows it. So why is no one in her family taking her plans to save them by converting the garage into a bunker, stockpiling LÄRABARs or using her university fund to buy a generator seriously? Is it really up to Jamilah to save the world on her own?

Mary-Lou Zeitoun is a Palestinian-Canadian author, essayist, arts journalist, and activist. Her novel 13 was the YA winner of the 2008 New England Book Festival award.

She’s not waiting for a hero to come save her; instead, she becomes her own heroine.

In A Light Beam for Faith, Hazel’s world comes crashing in front of her in an instant during a family trip to Mont-Tremblant. What she doesn’t know is that she is from the stars, and so it’s no wonder she must return in order to find the answers she seeks.

E.K.. Highland is a Haitian-Canadian first-time author who yearned for books and television with greater diversity. After attending the University of Ottawa to study English literature, she finally decided to write her own sci-fi fantasy novel with a lead character who resembles her – because representation matters.

5. Whose Labour? Whose Organizing? Socialism and the Racialized Working Class – Friday July 8, 7PM
Online, Zoom

Discussions about the working class have a tendency to make assumptions about who the average worker is; namely, a white, straight, cisgender male breadwinner working in a unionized industry. This tendency erases the rich and ongoing histories of racialized worker organizing and movement work that have won hard-fought gains for all workers over the years.

Join Spring Mag next Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. for a Zoom discussion on class, race, and the political work of the multiracial working class.

Email us at info@springmag.ca for the Zoom link.

6. People’s Transit Forum – Saturday July 9, 1-3PM
Minto Park (Elgin Street)

The Ottawa Transit Riders is hosting a people’s forum on transit. We need our next council to concentrate on improving transit for everyone; please come and chat with us!

7. Share Fair: A Community Sharing and Gathering Space – Saturday July 16, 2-4PM
Minto Park, 315 Elgin

You’re invited to the Share Fair! Also known as a Really, Really Free Market. Join us for a community gathering and sharing space where folks bring what they can and take what they need. No money, no barter, no advertising – Everything is free!

What to bring? Yourself! and anything you would like to share with your community.
Some ideas: books, clothes, plants, household items, toys, food, tools, craft supplies. And you’re not limited to things! Sing a song, play a game, offer bicycle repair, hold a workshop. The only limit is your imagination!

Rumour has it there will be a table full of zines. And who knows what else? It’s up to you!

Access Info:

– Masks: Please wear one! You’ll be offered one if you forget.
– Scents: Please separate scented and unscented items.
– Washrooms: The closest accessible public washroom is at Jack Purcell, approx. 200 m / 650 ft away.
– Bus: take Route 5 or 14. The stops are Elgin/Lewis or Elgin/Gilmour and are directly in front of the park.
– Parking:  Free 2-hr on-street parking on both Gilmour St and Lewis St. Bike bollards on both sides of the park.
– Access for mobility aids: Park is flat with hard-scaped paths, no step or curb from Elgin. Email for pictures.
– Seating: Many city benches and picnic tables available.
– Food labelling: If you bring food to share, please label with all ingredients. Vegan snacks available.
– Water: Provided; there is also a working public water fountain. Bring a reusable water bottle/glass if you can.
– Safety Plan: there will be one, contact for details.

Any questions or accommodation requests, please email centretownresistance@protonmail.com or call and leave a message at 613-699-0909

8. Volunteer with the Carleton Food Collective – Ongoing

The Carleton Food Collective is looking for more people to join their team! A volunteer-run, pay-what-you-can vegan food provider, they’re revving up to start the garden for the summer, and seeking new volunteers for the future.

Sign-up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUXi5IFmq2Gu7AwWgzqjVFUERsgfr6WRFAmuopAUrQdJ-ALQ/viewform

9. Millhaven Lifers’ Liaison Group: Call for Volunteers – Ongoing

The Millhaven Lifers Liaison Group (MLLG) works to be a bridge between the community and prisoners serving life sentences at the Millhaven maximum security institution in Bath, Ontario, while supporting their eventual release and re-integration.

The MLLG has moved their collective efforts online through prison justice activism, developing information pamphlets, research, weekly correspondence to the incarcerated community, and planning prisoners justice day activities. Meetings take place once a month.

Interested in volunteering? Email mllgottawa@gmail.com for more information.