Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Event Listings: Monday, January 23 – Sunday, January 29, 2023

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. National Day of Action Against Predatory Lenders – Tuesday January 24th 3:30 PM
2.
Colonialism is Not Charity: Defunding racism in Palestine – Saturday Jan 26th 07:00 PM
3. Queering ARTivism forums for youth – Thursday Jan 26th – Feb 23rd, various times
4. Parent’s Coffee Hour at the Ottawa Trans Library – Thursday Jan 26th 7 PM
5. OPIRG-Carleton Annual General Meeting 2023 – Monday Jan 30, 2023 05:30 PM
6. Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in BC – Tuesday Jan 31 7 PM
7. The End of This World: online book launch – Tuesday Jan 31st 7 PM

DETAILS

1. National Day of Action Against Predatory Lenders – Tuesday January 24th 3:30 PM
Dundonald Park (516 Somerset St. W.)
Hosted by Ottawa ACORN
Low-income and working class people have been under near-constant attack from financial ghouls like MoneyMart, Cash Money and EasyFinancial, and this has led to an outbreak of horrifying debt traps that has infected low income-neighbourhoods.

Last year, the feds launched a consultation to crack down predatory lending – ACORN won this! More than 600 ACORN members sent submissions to the feds to demand lowering of the interest rate for installment loans.
Right now, lenders can charge an annual interest rate of 60% plus insurance, fees etc. for installment loans. These loans vary anywhere between $1,500 to $15,000 and more!
The federal consultation ended in October 2022 but no action has been taken to criminalize high interest!
That’s why Ottawa ACORN members are joining other ACORN chapters across Canada for a National Day of Action against predatory lenders across Canada!

Join other Ottawa members at the Walking Debt Tour on Tuesday January 24th at 3:30PM at Dundonald Park (516 Somerset St. W.) as we march to places like EasyFinancial and Cash4You before making a stop at the Prime Minister’s Office to FIGHT BACK against the vampiric, parasitic and predatory nature of payday lenders!

2. Colonialism is Not Charity: Defunding racism in Palestine – Saturday Jan 26th 07:00 PM

Online event, register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Op3ppUewThawDmcfL8POEA
Did you know that each year hundreds of registered Canadian charities raise over a quarter billion dollars for projects in Israel? That many of these groups support the Israeli military, racist organizations and West Bank settlements? And that a number of groups set up by or close to extremist ministers in the new Israeli government provide tax credits to Canadian donors?

“Colonialism is not charity” will explore what may be Canada’s most important contribution to Palestinian dispossession. Under the cover of charity, organizations are bilking Canadian taxpayers to fund the Israeli colonial project. This webinar will look at efforts to disrupt charities supporting for Palestinian dispossession.

The Defund Racism campaign is a Palestinian-led movement to end the use of ‘charitable’ funds raised in other countries, including Canada, to fund settler extremism and violence. Colonialism is not Charity is a Canadian based campaign focused on exposing and stopping Canadian charities from subjugating and displacing Palestinians.

Registration link
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Op3ppUewThawDmcfL8POEA

SPEAKERS:

Bana Abu Zuluf, PhD student & researcher, Defund Racism campaign

Kathryn Ravey, Business & Human Rights Legal Researcher, Al-Haq in Palestine.

Miles Howe, Assistant Professor of Critical Criminology, Brock University, research on “burner charity phenomenon”

Shane Martinez, lawyer and adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School

Khaled Mouammar, Palestinian-Canadian, former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

3. Queering ARTivism forums for youth – Saturday Jan 26th – Feb 23rd, various times

Online, register here: https://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/programs/queering-artivism/
This free, bilingual program is for 2SQTBIPOC youth* aged 16-29 across Turtle Island who are interested in learning hands-on about the power of art as a form of activism and 2SLGBTQ+ history and storytelling.

Participants will join us for a full-day online youth forum featuring artist-led workshops, keynote addresses, and activities centering the importance of art as an alternative form of learning and its power as a vehicle for advocacy and sharing history within Two-Spirit, queer, and trans Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (2SQTBIPOC) communities.

Through the workshops and keynote presentations, we will be highlighting the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality and shared stories of resistance. By doing an arts-based forum, we aim to showcase the many ways that art can be a tool not only for self-exploration and discovery, but as a way to intersect with activism, memory, and storytelling in connecting communities throughout time.

4. Parent’s Coffee Hour at the Ottawa Trans Library – Thursday Jan 26th 7 PM
In person – 1104 Somerset St. West

Are you the parent of a trans kid? Do you want to hang out and meet other parents? Join us this Thursday the 26th between 7 and 9 PM for coffee and tea at the Ottawa Trans Library! All are welcome!

This will be a recurring event, so if you can’t make it to this one you might be able to make it to the next one.

Masks are suggested but not mandatory.

5. OPIRG-Carleton Annual General Meeting 2023 – Monday Jan 30, 2023 05:30 PM

Online, Register to attend here.

OPIRG-Carleton Annual General Meetings are where members hear our 2021-2022 Working Group, financial and annual reports, as well as vote on incoming board members.

Nomination forms for Board members.

Questions related to the OPIRG-Carleton Board can be sent here.

Previous Annual Reports are archived here.

6. Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in BC – Tuesday Jan 31 7 PM
Online, register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lessons-in-legitimacy-tickets-512074307037

Hosted by the Ottawa Historical Society

Our next guest will be Sean Carleton, who is a settler historian and assistant professor in the departments of history and Indigenous studies at the University of Manitoba.

Between 1849 and 1930, schooling in what is now British Columbia supported the creation of a capitalist settler society. Lessons in Legitimacy examines government-assisted schooling for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples – public schools, Indian Day Schools, and Indian Residential Schools – in one analytical frame.

Sean Carleton demonstrates how church and state officials administered different school systems that trained Indigenous and settler children and youth to take up and accept unequal roles in the emerging social order. This important study reveals how an understanding of the historical uses of schooling can inform contemporary discussions about the role of education in reconciliation and improving Indigenous-settler relations.

7. The End of This World: online book launch – Tuesday Jan 31st 7 PM

Online, register for the event (free!) here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_Z8vJBd4wTamGbSuOyG6pPw
Hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Between the Lines
The climate crisis is here, and the end of this world—a world built on land theft, resource extraction, and colonial genocide—is on the horizon. The authors of the newly released book The End of This World: Climate Justice in So-Called Canada (pre-order the book here) envision a near future where oil and gas stay in the ground; where a caring economy provides social supports for all; where wealth is redistributed from the bloated billionaire class; and where stolen land is rightfully reclaimed under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples. The book is published as part of the Corporate Mapping Project.
Join us for an online discussion with all six book authors (Angele Alook, Emily Eaton, David Gray-Donald, Joël Laforest, Crystal Lameman and Bronwen Tucker), led by academic and CCPA–BC research associate Clifford Atleo (Niis Na’yaa/Kam’ayaam/Chachim’multhnii). They will focus on the book as a roadmap to a livable future, where Indigenous sovereignty and climate justice go hand in hand, showing that the next world is both within reach and worth fighting for.
The End of This World: Climate Justice in So-Called Canada comes out on January 17th, 2023, and can be pre-ordered from your local bookstore or directly from the publisher Between the Lines Books. It is also available from major retailers. Pre-order the book online here: https://btlbooks.com/book/the-end-of-this-world
This event is endorsed by: Wilderness Committee, Iron & Earth, 350 Canada, Green Majority Radio, Climate Justice Edmonton, Oil Change International, Public Interest Alberta, Leadnow, Stand.earth, Climate Emergency Unit, Peace Brigades International-Canada, and The Council of Canadians.