Saturday, March 19, 2011
12:00 noon to 2:00 PM
Mountain Equipment Coop – Edmonton Store
12328 – 102nd Avenue

Facebook Event

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184265904948423

The Palestine Solidarity Network is joining Palestine solidarity activists across Canada in calling on Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) to end its partnerships with Israeli factories and to stop sourcing from Israel. Until MEC does so, we will continue to pressure MEC to act in accordance with their stated ethics by ending its partnership with Israeli factories.

During its brutal three-week assault on Gaza two years ago, the Israeli military killed 1400 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians. A recent report to the UN by Judge Goldstone concluded that Israel’s attack was “designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population.” Since its founding in 1948, the State of Israel has systematically oppressed the Palestinian people and denied them the fundamental rights of freedom, equality and self-determination. The ongoing illegal occupation of Palestine is defined by racism, dispossession, and brutal violence, as the recent massacre in Gaza has demonstrated.

Since the Gaza massacre, the global Palestinian-led movement calling for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) until Israel complies with international law has accelerated. In Canada, members have been asking MEC to end its “partnerships” Israeli factories — including military contractors — that produce MEC brand seamless underwear and hydration systems. These partnerships are antithetical to MEC’s promotion of itself as an organization with “rigorous ethical sourcing requirements,” and its professed belief that “business can advance human rights.” MEC’s house brand “partner” for hydration systems is Source Vagabond, an Israeli military designer and supplier that boasts on its website (www.source-military.com) “[Founder] Yoki and most of the members of our R&D team are experienced ex-officers of elite IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) units.” As Naomi Klein said in January 2009, “The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
* Do not buy products made in Israel at MEC (click here to see Israeli-made MEC products)
* Communicate to MEC your concerns about sourcing from Israel
* Ask friends and relatives to not buy Israeli goods at MEC
* Vote for MEC board members who support a boycott of Israeli suppliers
* Join one of our information pickets at MEC in Edmonton

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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.

FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113058985434945

 

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.

FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143235722408029

 

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.

FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199246553435158

 

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Film
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.

FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=192924180725957

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.

FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111666132245304

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, imperialism, and various forms of domination and oppression. The first Solidarity Week at the U of A was held in March 2010. Through a number of panel discussions and other activities, the week highlighted issues of gender, colonialism, and leadership. These broad issues were also linked to current local struggles in Edmonton and Canada as a whole.

One of the main goals of Solidarity Week is to make the links between “the local” and “the global”. We live in a world shaped by more than 500 years of colonialism and neo-colonialism, globalization of neo-liberal policies and a system of capitalism, and an extreme form of power imbalance and inequality. Policies that are made by a few rich countries and a handful of military, political, and financial organizations like NATO, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank affect the lives of people all over the world and especially the Third World or the periphery.

Our world is also shaped by the struggles of people who in the face of injustice, inequality, patriarchy, white supremacy, economic marginalization, racism, brutal dictatorships, and other forms of oppression, have resisted relations of domination and subordination. As Noam Chomsky and many others have pointed out, the people of the world are the World’s second superpower, and any challenge to the status quo would have to come from the people. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, resistance against a global system of oppression and domination requires solidarity among various struggles: from the anti-globalization struggle in Canada, to resistance against Free Trade Agreements in Colombia, and the fight against privatization of natural resources in India; from the anti-apartheid movement in occupied Palestine, to the movement for civil and political rights in Iran.

Just as several other grassroots initiatives around the world, such as the World Social Forum have brought people together to discuss common issues and common struggles, the organizers of Solidarity Week hope to do the same here in Edmonton and at the U of A. 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 “Reclaiming our Spaces, One Campus at a Time.” Throughout the week we hope to highlight some of the ways in which people from around the world have fought to reclaim their lands, their resources, their rights, and their lives. In the face of a new effort by the Canadian government 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 to take back our public spaces in this country.

Solidarity Week Organizing Committee

Justice for Janitors at the UofA

Posted: October 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Support Workers Struggle for Justice!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Education Building 106
Come out and hear the stories from the workers themselves and help determine how we as students, alumni, staff and community members can help them in their struggle.

Non-unionized staff of Bee Clean that work at the University of Alberta need your help. These workers are currently being subjected to an increasing number of labour violations including intimidation tactics.

• Temporary Foreign Workers have been told they’d be sent home if they spoke with a union.
• At least one worker has been illegally terminated for supporting efforts to improve working conditions.
•There have been wide spread threats from the managers
• Managers have tried to spy on meetings and have also tried to break them up.
• Groups of workers have been told they will be laid off if they appear on Justice for Janitors leaflets.
• They have also sent letters saying that Bee Clean would lose the contract at the University if a union is formed.

The workers deman justice and they demand Bee Clean immediately stop attacking them.
• No more threats and intimidation!
• Reinstate workers who have been wrongfully terminated!

Currently the workers are asking for support from the UofA students, alumni, and staff as well as the broader community, to stand behind them in their search for justice.

To see full schedule of events, click here

Endorsements

Posted: September 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Solidarity Week (October 4-8, 2010) at U of A is endorsed by the following campus and community groups:

African Students‘ Association
Amnesty International, UofA Chapter
Cinema Politica
Memoria Viva
Edmonton Sisters in Spirit 
Music is a Weapon

Palestine Solidarity Network
people’s poets community
Rouge Lounge Poetry Night (Breath in Poetry, BIP)

SAGA – Students Against Global Apathy
Sikh Students’ Society
Solidarity with Iran’s Democratic Movement-Edmonton (SIDME)

SOLIDARITY WEEK

ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 2010
Edmonton and the University of Alberta Campus


Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

2010 SISTERS IN SPIRIT – STOLEN SISTERS AWARENESS RALLY/VIGIL/WALK

 

1:00 to 300 PM

Alex Taylor School (gymnasium)

9321 Jasper Avenue

All are welcome

Monday, October 4th, 2010

LEGACY of COLONIALISM
(Panel Discussion)

4:00 to 6:00 PM
Central Academic Building (CAB)
Room: 235
Free and open to all

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

PEOPLE and the PLANET:
BUILDING SOLIDARITY in ENVIRONMENTAL STRUGGLES
(Panel Discussion)

12:30 TO 2:00 PM
Civil-Electrical Engineering Building (CEB)
Room: 325
Free and open to all

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

WOMEN AND REVOLUTION
POETRY NIGHT @ ROUGE LOUNGE

Time: 9:00 PM
10111 – 117 Street
(117 St. and Jasper Avenue)

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

PROTEST MOVEMENTS IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT
(Panel Discussion)

4:00 TO 6:00 PM
Central Academic Building (CAB)
Room: 235
Free and open to all

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

THE LEGACY OF ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA

(Movie Screening)

6:00 to 9:00 PM
Dewey’s Pub
Free and open to all

Friday, October 8th, 2010

INQUILAB/CHE PARTY
A night of music, slam poetry, and celebration of revolution

Featuring:
Politic Live
the people’s poets
Sikh Knowledge

7:00 to 11:00 PM
Location to be announced

Solidarity Week – October 2010 is endorsed by the following groups:

African Students‘ Association
Amnesty International, UofA Chapter
Cinema Politica
Memoria Viva
Music is a Weapon

Palestine Solidarity Network
people’s poets community
Rouge Lounge Poetry Night (Breath in Poetry, BIP)

SAGA – Students Against Global Apathy
Sikh Students’ Society
Solidarity with Iran’s Democratic Movement-Edmonton (SIDME)

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Other Events in Edmonton:


 
2010 Edmonton Anarchist Bookfair
October 8-10
Cosmopolitan Music Society 8426 103 St (Gateway Boulevard)
Site of Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair
Edmonton, Alberta

Since 2002, the Edmonton Anarchist Bookfair has provided Anarchists,
activists, and the simply curious the opportunity to learn, share ideas and
connect with others. Vendors and speakers from across North America
attend each year, with around a thousand attendees passing through
during the event. Previous vendors have included AK Press, PM Press and
thoughtcrimeink. Previous speakers have included Ward Churchill, Andrej
Grubacic and prison abolitionist Viktoria Law. This year’s keynote presentation is
by No One is Illegal, an organization that fights for the rights of refugees,
migrant workers, and others who suffer at the hands of an unfair system
of borders and checkpoints.

For more information, visit:
http://edmontonanarchistbookfair.blogspot.com/

10th Annual Critical Race and anti-Colonial Studies Conference:
“Race-making and the State: Between Postracial Neoliberalism and Racialized Terrorism”
October 8-10
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

The Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality/Equity (R.A.C.E.)
emerged ten years ago as a national network with the aim of promoting equity
for First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Non-status Indians and racialized minorities
within the academy, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and
the broader society. The network and its
national steering committee are
committed to mentoring graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and new
scholars, as well as mid-career scholars working toward professional
advancement. Through community-university alliances, members engage
directly with local communities to promote social equity and social wellbeing.

For more information, visit:
http://www.criticalraceconference.arts.ualberta.ca/