Solidarity Week March 1 – 4, 2011 Events Schedule

Posted: February 16, 2011 in News
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Building a Culture of Revolution

Solidarity Week is a grassroots endeavour at the University of Alberta initiated by various campus and community groups. Our aim is to create a space and an opportunity for people from different backgrounds to come together and to learn about each other’s struggles against colonialism, neo-colonialism, imperialism, racism, patriarchy and other forms of domination and marginalization.

Solidarity Week is a small step in a local scale. But it is a step in the direction of forming a common front of people against all forms of oppression and domination. The theme of this year’s Solidarity Week is “Building a Culture of Revolution”. Throughout the week we hope to highlight some of the ways in which people from around the world have focused on building revolutionary cultural values in their struggles to reclaim their lands, their resources, their rights, and their lives.

As the Conservative Canadian government attempts to narrowly define what Canadian cultural values are and to deny and violate the basic rights of its citizens, as we saw in the violent crackdown against the anti-Olympics and anti-G8/G20 protests, it is increasingly important and absolutely necessary for us to reflect on who we are and the culture we are trying to build as we work to take back our public spaces in this country.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Rouge Lounge Poetry Slam Night
8:30 pm
10111 – 117 Street (corner of 117 Street and Jasper Avenue)

$5 cover at door

Come and participate in Edmonton’s most chillin’ hot spot on Tuesday nights and watch poets in a friendly competition battling to secure a spot on the Edmonton Slam Team that will represent Edmonton at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2011.

Special unplugged musical presentation by rosouljah of the people’s poets.

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 3011

Drum Circle and Discussion:
The role culture plays in building social movements

5:00 pm
Aboriginal Student Council Office

How do we identify and resist a culture of domination that reinforces neo-colonialism, imperialism, racism, patriarchy and different forms of marginalization in our communities and around the world? What does it mean to create an alternative culture? What is a culture of revolution? How do we incorporate a culture of revolution in our everyday lives?

As we have come together to learn about each others struggles, we have learned about the values we share in common that help serve as the foundation that will lead us towards societal transformation.

Even though we come from different and unique cultural backgrounds, we have shared stories of a shared commitment to fighting all forms of domination and marginalization.

Join us as we discuss and define the cultural values that help us build a culture of revolution.

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Workshop/Talking Circle:
Survival and Solidarity: Dealing with Racism and Colonialism

7:00 pm
Education South room 177

A talking circle for and by Indigenous people and racialized people of colour. Join us as we share our similar and dissimilar experiences with racism and colonialism in our daily lives and discuss survival strategies and solidarity building.

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Friday, March 4th, 2011

Framing the Intervention:
How Canada staged its Takeover of the Lubicon Lake Nation
Project Leader: Dietlind Bork
12:00 noon
Education South Room 129

Framing the Intervention (2011) follows the Lubicon community from June 2009, when the nation voted in a new Chief and Council, through to February 2011, which finds community members still dealing with the affects of a 2009 takeover by Canada’s Indian and Northern Affairs (INAC). Filmmakers talk with community members and leaders about their perspectives and the impact of being placed under INAC control. Noticing contradictions in the official Canadian Government line as to the reason for intervention, filmmakers then investigate how INAC staged the situation it needed for the takeover.

Dietland Bork will be present for a question and answer period after the screening of the film.

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African Students Association
Cultural Night and Fundraiser for Famine Relief in Niger
Faculté St. Jean – Grand Salon
8406 Marie-Anne-Gaboury Street (91 St)

5:30 pm Doors
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Performances by Romeo Gasasira, The Over Achievers and more
Tickets $20

For more information on where to get tickets please call Divine at 780-267-6232.  Tickets also available at InfoLink in SUB.

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