Solidarity Week Event Schedule March 17 – 23, 2013

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.


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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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