MONDAY, MARCH 18

Film Screening: Bottled Life – The Truth About Nestle’s Business with Water
5:30 PM
Education South, room 107

Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there’s a company which has developed the art to perfection – Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water.

Swiss journalist Res Gehringer has investigated this money-making phenomena. Nestlé refused to cooperate, on the pretext that it was “the wrong film at the wrong time”. So Gehringer went on a journey of exploration, researching the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan. His journey into the world of bottled water reveals the schemes and strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company on our planet.

Sponsored by Council of Canadians and Cinema Politica.

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/278651045599773/

Social Movements & Social Media: Benefits and Barriers
7:30 PM
Education 165

Social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, have created shared spaces where people can search, find, and share information across not only time and space boundaries, but also social and cultural boundaries. Because social media can increase the perceived social and public equity, users are more likely to engage in active participation.

Diasporic and marginalized peoples and communities are using social media to magnify on the ground social movement actions. From Arab Spring to Native Winter (also known as Idle No More), social media has played an integral part in grassroots communication and participation. Although social media creates many opportunities for marginalized peoples to magnify voices and participate in movements, it is also important to identify the limitations and barriers connected with privately owned social networking technologies.

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/108737949296830/

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

People’s Power and Democracy
5:30 PM
Education 165


It is evident that we want a change from the existing system, but what is the way forward? Join us as we discover together traditional Indigenous governance structures and compare them to other existing models such as that of Bolivia and Cuba. This rich discussion will include an analysis of current social movements and inform how we best move forward towards the social transformation so many are working towards.

Sponsored by Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton and the Cuba Edmonton Solidarity Committee.

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/561032880588337/

Solidarity Week Rouge Poetry Night
8:30 PM
Rouge Lounge
10111 – 117 Street (Corner of 117 St. & Jasper Avenue)

Come and participate in Edmonton’s most chillin’ hot spot on Tuesday nights and watch Solidarity Week Poets drop experiences from the soul that help us grow in the decolonizing process.

Sponsored by the Breath in Poetry Collective

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/547412038622727/

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

Women & Revolution
5:30 PM
Education 165

Traditionally, most Indigenous societies had either matriarchal or gender parity societies. Some societies even had multiple genders with special roles within their society. Today, we see a shift away from gender equality and a move from matriarchal to patriarchal viewpoints that remove women from important spaces and roles within society.

During the civil rights movement, ethnic, gender, and class minorities were catapulted into the media and caught the attention of North American society. Despite this movement of equality and the attention of the media, what was not represented was how both American Indian Movement and the Black Panthers were still representing gender inequalities and violence amongst the women. However, recently with the Idle No More movement, Indigenous women are finding their voice again within the revolution. It was even Indigenous women who had awakened the people.

So where do Indigenous and non-Indigenous women fit within the revolution? We will be trying to answer this question and examining lateral violence amongst women, what are our “traditional” roles were and are now today, feminism, and what men could do to help achieve gender equality.

Sponsored by Native Studies Student’s Association, and Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

Film Screening: The Other Side of Immigration
5:30 PM
Telus 217/219

Based on over 700 interviews in Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States, The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Through an approach that is both subtle and thought-provoking, filmmaker Roy Germano provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative and effective solutions to the problem. “There are inevitably real people behind the strident slogans and ideological labels in today’s immigration debate. Roy Germano’s The Other Side of Immigration does more than any other work to give people otherwise disparaged as ‘threatening’ and ‘illegal’ a human face and to reveal the devastating personal effects of U.S. immigration and economic policies on our closest neighbors.” – Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University

Sponsored by Canadian Council for Refugees, CCR Youth Network Edmonton

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/492914704099533/

International Indigenous Solidarity: Struggles to Defend the Waters
7:30 PM
Telus 217/219

Water is the source of all life and essential to the spiritual existence of Indigenous peoples all around the world. However, whether in the willful ignorance of water pollution caused by industry or through the privatisation of water itself, capitalist states and corporations treat water as a lifeless object to be exploited in the pursuit of profit.

The Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, the Mapuche and the Nasa del Cauca of Turtle Island – Abya Yala have all had conflict with the capitalist states in their territories over the issue of water. Join us in a discussion of the role of Indigenous law and sovereignty in the protection of water and our Mother Earth in the context of state supported capitalist industrial development.

Sponsored by Canadian Council for Refugees, CCR Youth Network Edmonton, The Condor and The Eagle Committee, and Sierra Club Prairie Chapter

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/163850787100150/

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

Film Screening: Borderless
5:00 PM (Notice there has been a time change).
Telus 217/219

This film tells the story of undocumented workers in Canada who take the low-paying jobs that Canadians refuse to. They sew clothes in Montreal, clean high rises in Vancouver and build houses in Toronto. Their low wages subsidize our first world economy. Using silhouetted interviews, Borderless tells the story of Angela and Geraldo. Angela works as a domestic help caring for other people’s children while her own child is growing up motherless in the Caribbean. Geraldo arrived from Costa Rica to work in the construction industry, which heavily relies on undocumented workers. In Ontario alone, almost a quarter of homebuilders are undocumented.

Many young women of my generation face migration. According to the International Organization for Migration, women now constitute half of the international migrant population, and in some countries, as much as 70 and 80 percent. These young women are exposed to a much higher risk of exploitation, violence and abuse.

I made this film to show the realities behind migration to Canada and to challenge our accustomed ways of seeing. Through the eyes of undocumented workers, we see a different Canada. Geraldo puts it best when he says, “Beyond the borders of Canada, Canada is Canada. But inside the borders of Canada, it is something else.”

Sponsored by Canadian Council for Refugees, CCR Youth Network Edmonton and Cinema Politica.

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/569010549785338/

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Film Screening: Last Chance
2:00 PM
Telus 217/219

Last Chance tells the stories of 5 asylum seekers who flee their native countries to escape homophobic violence. They face hurdles integrating into Canada, fear deportation and anxiously await a decision that will change their lives forever.

Sponsored by Canadian Council for Refugees, CCR Youth Network Edmonton

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/247823828687572/

XXXIII Anniversary of Martyrdom of Archbishop Romero
5:00 PM
Sacred Heart Church of the First People
10821 – 96 Street

Archbishop Oscar A. Romero of San Salvador was assassinated by a military death squad while celebrating Eucharist in a hospital chapel on March 24, 1980 .

He underwent a conversion after many of his priests and innocent lay people were murdered. In his homilies Archbishop Romero described the role of the church in denouncing “structural sin”. The economic, cultural, and political structures which effectively drive people to the margins of society.

While he was alive, his voice was heard around the world denouncing injustices and violations of human rights. He supported public demonstrations for freedom and was the voice of the Salvadoran people when all innocent voices were silenced. His prophetic words, his courage and light continues to shine today and it is the source of inspiration to many around the world.

Hosted by Christian Base Community of Edmonton (CEBES), Sister of Providence, and the Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/437507229651921/?fref=ts

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Edmonton Sister in Spirit Rally – Stolen Sisters Awareness Walk
11 AM – 3 PM
City Hall
On Saturday October 6th 2012, Edmonton will be hosting the National Sisters in Spirit Rally & Stolen Sisters Awareness Walk. Please gather with us to honour our lost sisters and show support to their families & friends. We gather to show that we are a united front. We gather to shed light on a crisis that affects every Canadian. The epidemic of racialized and sexualized violence against Indigenous/Aboriginal Women is a national tragedy (‘Aboriginal’ identified in Canada as First Nations, Non Status, Métis and Inuit).
Facebook Event Page
http://www.facebook.com/events/383540575051373/
Hands Off Iran! International Day of Action
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Churchill Square

A peace rally organized by the Edmonton Coalition Against War & Racism (ECAWAR) urging the Canadian government not to use military intervention in Iran.

The program includes:
Dr. Rose Geransar (Iranian-Canadian activist)
Siavash Saffari (Iranian-Canadian activist)
Peggy Morton (ECAWAR)
Dr. Dougal MacDonald (ECAWAR)
Paula Kirman (political singer/songwriter)

Hands off Iran! Hands off Syria! No Sanctions – No War!
Canada Needs and Anti-War Government!

Facebook Event Page
http://www.facebook.com/events/160644687407685/?fref=ts

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

katipeyimisohk: indigenous notions of freedom and colonisation
7PM
Telus Centre, room 236/238
University of Alberta Campus, 87 Avenue and 111 Street

The old people often speak of the importance of language to Indigenous identity. More than just a different set of sounds and grammatical rules for equivalent concepts, different languages are different ways of thinking that both say and talk about different things in different ways and with particular social meanings. Social, political and spiritual meaning are all conveyed in the enunciation of simple seemingly obvious statements. The comparison of indigenous and colonial languages reveals both colonialism and indigeneity as conflicting spiritual cultures which not only govern what is thought, but the very framework which allows it.

The goal of this Solidarity Week session is to do a light survey of particular elements of Cree and English in order to examine both colonialism and indigeneity as spiritual cultures and with the intention for a discussion on how these notions impact colonialism today and struggles for decolonisation.

Facebook Event Page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Solidarity-Week-U-of-A/142023262499804?ref=ts&sk=events#!/events/371442692930146/

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Supporting indigenous land struggles against neo-colonialism
7:00 PM
Telus Centre, room 236/238
University of Alberta Campus, 87 Avenue and 111 Street

What does colonization look like today? How can communities in the city support indigenous land struggles, and what does that support look like? This discussion will feature speakers who have been involved in solidarity work, as well as members of communities that are resisting colonization in Alberta. Profiling the upcoming court challenges by Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, and the struggles of the grassroots Denesuline people out in Cold Lake, this discussion seeks to explore ways for folks in the city to support the struggle against ever-encroaching land theft.

Facebook Event Page
http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/537201566306639/?context=create

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Palestine: Connection to Land and resources (Short Films)
12:30 PM
Telus Centre, room 217/219
University of Alberta Campus, 87 Avenue and 111 Street

Doors to the Sea: Gaza’s Fishers Under Siege
This film, produced by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Palestine, explores through interviews, film of fishers working, and commentary, the experience of Gaza’s fishers under siege, confronted by Israeli warships, sharp restrictions on their areas for fishing, and the political, military and economic siege on Gaza. Participants in the film include Vittorio Arrigoni, the martyred international solidarity activist murdered in Gaza in April 2011.

My Beloved Olive: Palestinian Farmers On their Land
This film, produced by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Palestine, explores the role of the olive in Palestinian farmers’ lives, and in the Palestinian economy, and the struggles of farmers to remain on their land and continue to harvest their olives in the face of the construction of the Apartheid wall, military occupation, settlement building, and land confiscation at the hands of the Israeli occupation. Includes numerous interviews with Palestinian farmers.
Staying: Palestinian Farmers and Fishers
This film, produced by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in Palestine, looks at the impact of Israeli siege on Palestinian fishers and farmers in Gaza, and the fishers’ and farmers’ steadfastness and resistance on their land and the Gaza sea.
Facebook Event Page
http://www.facebook.com/events/152625681547896/
artivist happening
2:00 PM
2nd Floor, Fine Arts Building
(in front of the artivist 4 life display case).

You are invited to join design students, artivists 4 life Uganda and anyone and everyone interested in joining or supporting our emerging artivists 4 life Edmonton group/project as we engage in a creative happening. It is pretty wide open, but one of the main objectives of this exchange is to decolonize how we tend to think about youth in Africa, Africa in general and others in general. We are using creative/artistic processes to help us build community around the idea of artivism to change the terms of the conversation for talking about art, Africa, diversity, community and so on.

Facebook Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/468592319829255/
AlterNATIVE Perspectives: Challenging Embedded “Truths” With a Mandatory University Native Studies Course
5:00-7:00PM
Telus Centre, room 236/238
University of Alberta Campus, 87 Avenue and 111 Street
 

The Native Studies Students’ Association (NSSA) is hosting a workshop to increase awareness regarding the reproduction of colonial knowledge embedded within structural institutions, which includes the post-secondary education system in Canada. The institutional reproduction of colonial knowledge not only influences our everyday understandings of the world we live in, but also reproduces “authority” knowledge through research frameworks and teaching methodologies that reflect Eurocentric perspectives and histories, without consideration of Indigenous epistemologies and histories.

The Faculty of Native Studies seeks to reposition understandings of colonial structures in Canada through Indigenous perspectives and knowledges within post-secondary, and to challenge the colonial, mainstream, ideas of Indigenous peoples’ past, present and future.

Facebook Event Page
http://www.facebook.com/events/491660714180398/?fref=ts

Friday, October 12, 2012

Inquilab: A Night of Reflection, Human Rights & the Power of the People
6:30 PM
TransAlta Arts Barn
10330 – 84 Avenue
Tickets: $10
Contact: fiveriversyouth@gmail.com
Robby 780-278-5600 or Aditi 780-720-3751

Solidarity Week October 2012

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Solidarity Week is gearing up for another great year of building community. If you want to be part of the organizing committee for the October 2012 Solidarity Week please email rosouljah@gmail.com

We would love to have you participate with us!

Monday, February 27
Film: The End of Poverty? Think Again
2:00 PM
Telus 236/238

Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries. The End of Poverty? explains how today’s financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Consider that 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate. At this rate, to maintain our lifestyle means more and more people will sink below the poverty line. Can we really end poverty within our current economic system? Think again. Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/392505470765674/#!/events/392505470765674/

Monday, February 27
Privilege, Guilt, and Responsibility
5:00 PM
Aboriginal Student Council Lounge 220 North Power Plant

Whether it be for the way you used to think/talk/act or even actions of your ancestors, guilt is not a valid reason to remove yourself from the fight for social change. Join us as we discuss moving towards an understanding of privilege as access to power that demands responsibility within progressive movements and the fight against dominant oppressive structures. Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/392505470765674/#!/events/253907078021173/

Tuesday, February 28th
Film: Bottled Life
2:00 PM
TELUS 217/219

Can you imagine someone turning ordinary water into a billion dollar business? The secret key to the blue gold lies in the hand of Swiss transnational nutrition company Nestlé. Nestlé is generating 10 billion dollars a year with bottled water. A Zurich-based journalist starts investigating into his country’s most powerful corporation. He wants to find out what is behind Nestlé’s fastest growing line of business. The journey leads him from Switzerland to the USA and Pakistan. He gets involved in a harsh fight between citizens trying to protect their local sources and an international giant. Sponsored by UofA Council of Canadians
Tuesday, February 28th
What is Solidarity?
5:00 PM
Telus 236/238
Join the Solidarity Week Organizing Committee as we build a working definition of solidarity to continue building working relationships that strengthen the local social and political movements in Edmonton. For the past three years we have focused on uncovering the legacy of colonialism and decolonizing ourselves. We are now asking how we bring these discussion to other organizations and movements. Help carve the path! Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/358520897505634/
Tuesday, February 28th
Rouge Slam Night
8:30 PM
10111 – 117 Street (Corner of 117 Street and Jasper Avenue)
Join us for the Rouge Poetry Slam!6 poets will compete each night in the hopes of being crowned the champion and securing a spot on the 2012 Edmonton Slam Team that will go on to represent Edmonton at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2012. Come out to cheer on your favorites and see Edmonton poets at their best! It is going to be amazing! What is a Poetry Slam? Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. Who can Slam? Anyone who has original works of poetry is invited to join! Poets are to have 3 poems prepared; each poem should be no more than 3 minutes long. Sign up for the slam will be done in advance up to one hour before the Slam. Only 6 poets will slam a night. Spots for the slam are first come first serve! Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/392505470765674/#!/events/229418280484875/
Wednesday, February 29th
Indigenous Peoples and the State: Multinationalism – Multiculturalism for Real
5:00 PM
Telus 236/238
In the last 10 years the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia has implemented profound socio-economic and political changes. It has re-written it’s constitution through a process of popular assembly and has introduced various concepts, including ”nacionalidad,” which translates to multinationalism. Analyzing the Bolivian context we will open the door to discuss the problems with multiculturalism in Canada, how sometimes First Nations in Canada are equated as yet another cultural group within Canada. Join us as we discuss possibilities for designing a new path for how all peoples engage and interact with the state. Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/392505470765674/#!/events/375268579168443/
Wednesday, February 29th
Film: Bottled Life
7:00 PM
Education South room 129
Can you imagine someone turning ordinary water into a billion dollar business? The secret key to the blue gold lies in the hand of Swiss transnational nutrition company Nestlé. Nestlé is generating 10 billion dollars a year with bottled water. A Zurich-based journalist starts investigating into his country’s most powerful corporation. He wants to find out what is behind Nestlé’s fastest growing line of business. The journey leads him from Switzerland to the USA and Pakistan. He gets involved in a harsh fight between citizens trying to protect their local sources and an international giant. Sponsored by UofA Council of Canadians Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/392505470765674/#!/events/212800722150513/
Thursday, March 1st
Say No to a UofA Honorary Degree for Nestle!
2:30 PM
Timms Centre for the Arts
The University of Alberta has announced that on March 1 it will award an honorary degree to Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, the Chair of Nestlé, the world’s largest multinational food and water corporation and the largest bottled water corporation in the world. While the univers…ity claims that the honorary degree will honour those who have contributed to “the preservation, distribution and management of one of humanity’s most vital resources: water,” the reality is that under Brabeck-Letmathe’s leadership Nestlé has been one of the biggest global voices pushing for the privatization and commodification of water worldwide, is the largest player in the bottled water industry and is depleting aquifers in communities throughout North America and around the world to bottle and sell, is the target of global boycotts for its marketing of breast milk substitutes in violation of international standards, has a long list of labour violations in countries all over the world, and is currently involved in a court case in which Nestlé has admitted it hired agents to spy on the ctivist group ATTAC. Hundreds of students, professors, alumni and concerned citizens have flooded the University demanding that U of A President Samarasekara and Chancellor Hughes revoke the honorary degree to Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe. Join us on March 1 to demonstrate your opposition to the University rewarding this type of corporate record. We also encourage you to register to attend the Who Speaks for Water event where Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe will be given the University’s “highest honour” by visiting www.president.ualberta.ca/waterevent. You can also send messages to the University at: http://canadians.org/action/2012/nestle.html

Thursday March 1st Feminism vs. Womanism
5:00 PM
Aboriginal Student Council Lounge 220 North Power Plant

Womanism usually centers on African American women’s experiences however, many colored women have also adopted this term. Womanists are concerned very much with both black women and black men. Womanism was popular during the 1960’s when Black women were not able to relate to the feminist movement. This discussion is not meant to be academic but rather for us to discuss the historical context in which womanism emerged and how feminists today can learn from these experiences. Further, we live in a society that is defined by discrimination and our discussion should allow us to understand how we act out gender norms and their effects on society. In order to stand in solidarity, sisters and brothers need to unite and the first step is discussion. Let us work through the historical context of womanism and the present day context of feminism in understanding how to move forward.

Posted: February 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

We are the 99%

Posted: October 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

http://occupyedmonton.org/
 
This Saturday people in Edmonton will join a global movement of people pushing for a better world and we want you to join us.

What began with a few people setting up tents in Wall Street’s Financial District in New York City has ballooned into a movement of thousands. 100’s of cities in the United States have set-up camps and on Saturday, October 15th 1400+ cities across Canada and across the globe will join them.

Corporate greed is killing us! Corporations are infecting our political institutions, dictating public policy and decimating the environment. The system we live in continues to put a hunger for profits above the health and well being of our communities and that needs to stop. The system is broken so we are joining with communities and movements around the world to demand and build the change.

We want a system that works for and not against the 99% of us and on October 15th we will take one step closer to that goal.
 
JOIN US!!!

Saturday, October 15th
12:00 p.m.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta

Peaceful rally and march followed by a General Assembly meeting to discuss a longer-term encampment. Please bring signs and your dreams and desires for a better, more just world.

For more information contact: oc.yeg.info@gmail.com or visit the website: http://occupyedmonton.org/

INQUILAB/ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA PARTY
Maharaja Banquet Hall
9257 34A Avenue
Edmonton, AB
7:30 PM

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163963310356950

FOR TICKECT AND INFORMATION CALL:

Harpreet 780-267-8284 (University of Alberta)
Rod 780-293-8496 (University of Alberta)
Manit 780-297-4881 (Grant MacEwan City Centre)
Sanam 780-660-3315 (NAIT)
Deep 780-200-3337 (Concordia)

Calgary Contacts:

Arvinder Sahans: 587-433-7368
Manjot Sandhu: 403-401-3276

Email: sikhstudentssociety@gmail.com or rosouljah@gmail.com for more information.

Check out www.solidarityweek.wordpress.com for more info on Solidarity Week.

Solidarity Week Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Solidarity-Week-U-of-A/142023262499804

Artists include:

Mandeep Sethi
http://www.facebook.com/mandeepsethiX
http://mandeepsethi.bandcamp.com/

G.N.E.
http://thebattledrums.com/

Politic Live
http://www.myspace.com/politiclive
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Politic-Live/11519844186

Peoples Poets
http://www.peoplespoets.ca/about
http://www.myspace.com/peoplespoets

Jessy N
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessy-N/325222938933

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Sisters in Spirit Walk/Rally
Alex Taylor School Gymnasium
9321 Jasper Avenue
1 PM

On Saturday October 8th 2011, concerned citizens, artists, community groups and organizations in Edmonton will be hosting the SIS (Sisters in Spirit) Walk/Rally. Please gather with us to honour our lost sisters and show support to their families & friends. We gather to show we are a united front. We gather to shed light on a crisis that affects every Canadian. The epidemic of racialized and sexualized violence against Indigenous/Aboriginal Women is a national tragedy (‘Aboriginal’ identified in Canada as First Nations, Non Status, Métis and Inuit).

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=256836404348851

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Anti-Oppression Workshop: What is White Privilege?
APIRG and Centre for Race and Culture
Education North 2-103 (Kiva Room)
5 PM

Join us for an interactive session where we explore the complexities of oppression in our world, and the meaning of white privilege.

Solidarity Week Rouge Poetry Night
Rouge Lounge
10111 117st
9 PM
$6 cover at the door

Come and participate in Edmonton’s most chillin’ hot spot on Tuesday nights and watch Solidarity Week Poets drop experiences from the soul that help us grow in the decolonizing process.

Solidarity Week will be featuring:
Mariam Salloum
Rumbie Zinyemba
Nana Asabere
Dougal MacDonald
Chelsea Taylor
and more.

The Breath in Poetry Collective is also super Excited to have Tanya Davis feature at Rouge. If you have never heard of her before (You probably need to) click this link and be entertained. She is the Author of How to Be Alone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7sZzSXYs

There will be a $6 cover for the event to cover Tanya Davis’ travel expenses.

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162972803790519

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Decolonizing Ourselves: Settler, Immigrant, and Refugee Cultures in relation to First Nations Peoples
Aboriginal Student Council Lounge
220 North Power Plant
6 PM

Join us in a discussion that is sure to guide you in questioning where you come from and where you are going.  This evening people from diverse backgrounds will share in how we can begin to reverse the process of colonization and breakdown the myths and stereotypes created to oppress one another within the dominant socio-political and economic framework.

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172097842871340

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

También La Lluvia (Even the Rain)
Film Screening
Central Academic Building – CAB 269
2:30 PM

The politics of the past and present begin to merge during the making of a motion picture in this drama from director Icíar Bollaín. Spanish movie director Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) have arrived in Bolivia to shoot a picture about Columbus’ exploration and exploitation of the New World. While Sebastián has come to Bolivia for realistic scenery, Costa has chosen the location for the cheap and abundant supply of labor. An open casting call for extras attracts far more people than the picture needs, but when Costa tries to send them away, one would-be actor, Daniel (Juan Carlos Aduviri), makes a strong and eloquent case for fair treatment of the locals, and Sebastián casts him as Hatuey, the chief of a native tribe who fought the invading Spaniards. As Sebastián stages scenes of revolt against would-be colonists, a real battle is brewing in Colombia — the government has privatized the national water works, and the price of water has jumped by 300 percent, leading to protests and riots in the streets of Cochabamba. Daniel is one of the activists protesting price gouging for something as essential as water — will Sebastián and his colleagues join him in speaking out against this injustice?

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120723304700942

Haudenosaunee Frontlines
Film Screening and Discussion
Central Academic Building CAB 229
6 PM

Get an inside look as Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) defend their right to their traditional territory against the continued colonial encroachment of settlers on their land. This rare documentary film tells the story of centuries old struggle for justice in a current setting.

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=107345539374189

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Book Reading and Presentation:
Academia and the Dynamics of Transformative Leadership: the experience of the University of Zimbabwe in the first decade after Zimbabwe’s independence (1981- 1982)
Central Academic Building CAB 229
2 pm

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156897987734966

Justice 4 Janitors: One year later – Lessons Learned
Central Academic Building CAB 229
4 PM

Join us as we reflect back on last years Justice For Janitors Campaign and discuss the collective learning of workers, union organizers, students and staff of the university and community members. What was the context of this struggle and what is happening currently.

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=226051754120044

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

INQUILAB/ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA PARTY
Maharaja Banquet Hall
9257 34A Avenue
Edmonton, AB
7:30 PM

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163963310356950

FOR TICKECT AND INFORMATION CALL:

Harpreet 780-267-8284 (University of Alberta)
Rod 780-293-8496 (University of Alberta)
Manit 780-297-4881 (Grant MacEwan City Centre)
Sanam 780-660-3315 (NAIT)
Deep 780-200-3337 (Concordia)

Calgary Contacts:

Arvinder Sahans: 587-433-7368
Manjot Sandhu: 403-401-3276

Email: sikhstudentssociety@gmail.com or rosouljah@gmail.com for more information.

Check out www.solidarityweek.wordpress.com for more info on Solidarity Week.

Solidarity Week Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Solidarity-Week-U-of-A/142023262499804

Artists include:

Mandeep Sethi
http://www.facebook.com/mandeepsethiX
http://mandeepsethi.bandcamp.com/

G.N.E.
http://thebattledrums.com/

Politic Live
http://www.myspace.com/politiclive
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Politic-Live/11519844186

Peoples Poets
http://www.peoplespoets.ca/about
http://www.myspace.com/peoplespoets

Jessy N
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessy-N/325222938933