March April 2015
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Feminist Brunch: Austrity and Intersectionnality;
QPIRG-Concordia is hiring an Administration and Communications Coordinator;
Act now :Harper is scheduling mass deportation of migrant workers starting April 1st;
Solidarity with the Quebec student strike against austerity (at Ottawa);
Friday's Vigil against the occupation of the Palestine;
Palestine culture Show, by Ambassade of Palestine in Canada;
Citizens in action free public Conference on Toxic Economy;
Progressive Planning and Community, lecture/exchange with Tom Angotti;
Two nexts screenings at Cinema Politica Concordia;
Technical block (to contact us);
feminist brunch : Austerity and Intersectionnality
Tuestay, MAR 31, 2015Venue :
Center for Gender Advocacy
1500 de Maisonneuve West #404
Mixed, but speaking time is prioritized for women and trans people.
How are austerity measures affecting women specifically:
women of color, single mothers, lesbians, impoverished , immigrant,
Native and trans women? How can we make the current movement
more feminist and intersectionnal?
Discussions and creation of a big artsy map of concepts and ideas!
While we eat and drink tea and coffee, let's share our experiences an
our knowledge. Bring your favorite pen with you! We will provide stuff
to paint, draw and write.
Women are more affected by austerity than men. Cuts to the public
sector, privatization and user fee hikes touch them in particular.
Collectively women are more poor, more likely to be a single parent
and working precarious jobs. Women make up a majority of the people
touched by Liberal government cuts to jobs in the public sector
(health, education, public service) and will be those for whom volunteer
work will have to replace professional work discounted by the state.
We want to discuss together the ways in which austerity measures affect
us, because even though they affect women more, they don't touch us
individually in the same ways. Many women will come talk to us about
how they experience these measures in their respective surroundings.
In the next few days, we'll be giving more information on the subject that
will be addressed and the people that will be coming to present.
With the purpose of remembering the event, the exchanges will be used to
produce a zine or an audio document afterwards.
*Thank you to all the trans folks and women and their generosity for sharing
The space is wheelchair accessible. Doors are at ground level, no steps
However the entrance door is not automatic. Don't hesitate to contact
us to communicate any specific need or resquest.
QPIRG-Concordia is hiring an Administration and Communications Coordinator.
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia is a resource centre for
student and community research and organizing. We strive to raise awareness and
support grassroots activism around diverse social and environmental issues.
Our work is rooted in an anti-oppression analysis and practice. We seek to
make campus-community links and inspire social change through engaging,
inclusive and non-hierarchical approaches.
The Administration and Communications Coordinator is responsible for:
volunteer intake and orientation, managing the alternative resource library,
organizational publicity, policy development, and administrative support
to QPIRG's Board of Directors and Conflict Resolution and Complaints
DEADLINE TO APPLY:
Friday, April 24, 2015, before 5pm.
Sole Responsibilities: Board Administration Volunteer Intake and
Coordination Organizational Policy Development Alternative
Resource Library Coordination Organizational Publicity.
Responsibilities Shared with Co-Coordinators:
Office Coordination and Organization Board and Staff Relations Outreach
and Community Building Reception and Internal Communications Coordination
Project Coordination (e.g. DisOrientation, Study In Action, CURE, etc.)
Organizational Outreach and Promotion Basic Office Tech Support.
. A full job description is available HERE.
Job Requirements: Minimum 3 years of experience (paid or volunteer) in
community organizing, activism and mobilization Extensive experience
coordinating volunteers Ability to speak both French and English Strong
writing skills in both French and English Strong public speaking skills
Experience developing organizational policy for non-profits and/or
community organizations Good understanding of the structure and
day-to-day operations of non-profits and/or community organizations
(ie. board, staff and volunteers) Ability to support and organize with both
volunteers and staff Extensive experience with consensus decision-making
Strong meeting facilitation skills Anti-oppression analysis and proficiency in
applying this to all levels of decision-making Ability to work non-hierarchicall
in groups Ability to work in a highly collaborative staff team environment
Ability to work and network with a broad range of people and political
perspectives Ability to work autonomously Commitment to social change,
and to QPIRG's mandate to fight all forms of oppression Knowledge of
word processing, desktop publishing and graphic design programs
(eg. MS Office, Photoshop, or equivalents) Experience with web design
and maintenance (eg: WordPress) Experience with conflict resolution and
mediation Experience with programming events Experience with event publicity
and outreach Knowledge of Montreal-area community groups Familiarity with
PIRGs Excellent knowledge and awareness of political, social, economi
and environmental justice issues Ability to work occasional irregular hours
Ability to problem-solve and prioritize tasks in a busy work environment
Strong graphic design and desktop publishing skills Knowledge of tech security
and internet privacy issues Familiarity with Concordia University, its institutions,
and the campus milieu Experience in student organizing Knowledge o
languages other than English and French, including sign languages
Experience with budgeting
Employment equity: QPIRG Concordia has an employment equity policy
(the full policy is available HERE). People from marginalized groups are
encouraged to apply. If you would like to be considered for employment equity
please indicate this on your covering letter by including the statemen
"I would like to be considered for employment equity." No further elaboration
is necessary, but you are free to add more information if you would like.
This is a two-year renewable contract, beginning in May 2015.
Salary: Salary is $20.55/hr for 30 hours a week (hours are flexible, including
some evening and weekend work) as well as 2 weeks of paid vacation and
How to apply:
For more information, including the full job description and the employment
equity policy, contact QPIRG-Concordia at (514) 848-7585, or email us
. Please send us your cover letter and CV, by e-mail, mail, or in person,
BEFORE 5pm on APRIL 24, 2015. Please indicate
"Attn: Hiring Committee" on your e-mail or letter.
1455 de Maisonneuve West,
Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8.
Street address/Office Location:
QPIRG Concordia 1500 de Maisonneuve West, Suite 204
Open Monday – Thursday, 12 – 6pm
Please note that QPIRG Concordia is located in a wheelchair accessible office.
There is a wheelchair access ramp at the front of the building, with two 40
″non-automated doors in the front. The office is located on the second
floor, accessed with an elevator. The doors to the office and the washroom
are non-automated and 30″ and 33” wide respectively. There is one
wheelchair accessible washroom located in the women's washroom.
QPIRG Concordia is also a scent-free and chemical-free space.
A full description of our accessibility information is available HERE.
For more information about QPIRG Concordia, please visit our website
or come by the office! Our office is located at
1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204
(office hours: Monday to Thursday between 12-6pm).
Your campus-community link for social change!
act Now: Mass deportations starting April 1st, and event updates.
In a few short weeks, new regulations will come in to place that will effectively
force thousands of migrant workers to leave the country or become
undocumented. All low-waged migrant workers will have a 4 year limit on their
stay in Canada starting April 1st.
This is one of the final steps in concretizing a revolving door immigration
system. Take 1 minute to sign this petition, and join this action in Toronto
on March 4th at 1pm at MP Joe Oliver's office (Lawrence & Bathurst).
More details follow. Also, in this email we have for you: Videos and pictures
from our rally against immigration detention outside Lindsay jail in below
-21 celsius weather an appeal from No One Is Illegal - Toronto's bowling team
for the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre fundraiser an invitation to a Rally Against
Police Violence on March 2nd; and Update on the Transportation Not
Deportation victory in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.
In continued solidarity,
No One Is Illegal - Toronto.
act now :Harper is scheduling mass deportation of migrant workers
starting April 1st.
As of April 1st, 2015, all low-waged migrant workers employed under the
Temporary Foreign Workers Program and Live-In Caregiver / Caregiver Program
who have worked in Canada for more than four years will be banned from
continuing to work in Canada and forced to leave. They will also be barred
from returning to Canada as workers for a further four years.
Those that choose to stay will become undocumented.
Please sign and share this petition:
from Campaign Against the 4 Year Limit on Migrant Workers
to stop this unjust law, and ensure permanent residency on arrival
for migrant workers.
These changes are effectively a mass deportation. These rules will tear
apart families, friends and communities across the country. Migrant workers pa
tens of thousands of dollars to come to Canada and work at minimum wage
jobs to provide an opportunity for their family; so that their children can go to
school; and to have a better life. The 4 & 4 rule strips away migrant workers'
dignity, forces workers already in precarity into further uncertainty, and
imposes discriminatory and arbitrary barriers on how long workers can stay here.
That these migrants have worked in Canada for four years proves that their jobs
are permanent, not temporary. These friends and community members
deserve permanent residence, not deportation. This 4 and 4 rule entrenche
a revolving door immigration policy, employers can simply replace current with
There are many ways you can support: Sign the petition Click here to share
Find an action near you and attend or organize your own Download petitions,
flyers and background information and distribute to your supporters.
solidarity with the Quebec student strike against austerity
Organize by Solidarity Against Austerity
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Dundonald Park Ottawa K1R
Make some noise in Ottawa and across Canada 5:30pm,
Thursday, April 2 Dundonald Park
(at Somerset & MacLaren)
Bring your pots and pans
Thousands of students in Quebec are going on strike against austerity.
The strike is just in the first week, but already students are facing severe
police repression, including mass arrests and in at least one instance
a student was shot in the face with a tear gas canister at point blank range.
On April 2, as many as 200,000 students across Quebec may
vote to join the strike.
Their struggle is our struggle.
With the secret police bill C-51 racing through Parliament while public service
cuts deepen from coast to coast to coast, the time for action against austerity
and repression is now.
Solidarity with the Quebec student strike.
Solidarity Against Austerity.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. If you're in Ottawa join the solidarity "casseroles" where we'll make some
noise in solidarity. Wear a red square & bring your pots and pans!
2. If you're outside Ottawa organize an action locally and share the info her
or email the details to
Learn more about the strike:
Everything you need to know about Quebec’s latest student strike
Quebec students launch anti-austerity, pro-environment "social strike" and
Want to see what police emboldened by #C51 look like?
Mass arrests in Québec signal start of #Printemps2015
Weekly Vigil Noon to 1 PM
End the occcupation !
Join PAJU and support the heroic resistance of the Palestinian People.
Become part of the longest-running protest vigil in Canadian history,
every Friday in front of in front of Indigo Books
on the north-west corner of Ste-Catherine St. and Mcgill College.
Friday, April 3, 10 17, & 24, 2015
Silent vigil in protest against the occupation.
corner of Ste-Catherine St. and Mcgill College.
Invite your freinds. We hope to see you there.
The Vigil Committe.
palestine Culture Show
Organization: Flag Mann
Saturday, April 04, 2015 19:00 23:00
The Palace Reception Hall
1717 Boulevard le Corbusier
Laval H7S 2K7
After the great success of the Palestine Peace Festival of May 2014,
The DSTT and The Palestine Embassy of Canada proudly presents
The Palestine Fashion Show to be held March 28 2015.
Last year the Palestine Peace Festival (May 2014) had more more than
1,000 supporters, where we presented our historical flag of peace which
was signed by more than 30 000 thousand people from different origins,
religions, colours and countries for the first time in history. It has been featured
in over 70 events and festivals and finally was delivered to Palestine where
it was displayed at a rally in the city of Ramallah in October 2014 where it was
placed on the tomb of the martyr leader Abu Ammar in the tenth anniversary
of his death.
DSTT CULTURE in cooperation with THE PALESTINE EMBASSY OF CANADA
invites you to one of the most festive events of this year with the participation
of several figures from the world of Palestinian art and music.
A rich and varied program for all ages and tastes.
This event is designed to keep the Palestinian heritage we cherish alive,
and to illustrate the identity of the young Palestinian generation who are the
sons of the original community rooted in the land of Palestine since the time
of the ancient Canaanite civilization. We wish to promote the cultural heritage
of the Palestinian identity and to inform people of other nationalities
about this beautiful heritage.
- Introduction of program coordinators
- Modelling of twenty traditional Palestinian couture outfits, each outfit
representing a region of Palestine, each creation is a masterpiece of unique
work with brilliant colours that blend silk and embroidery.
- Folk groups who will perform several songs and dances.
- Dance And Dabke.
- Dinner with service.
- Closing remarks
$ 50 in advance or $ 60 at the door
kids under 12: 20$
kids under 6: free.
To purchase your ticketS call Tarek at 514 553 6460
or buy online at:
Bring your friends and family and enjoy the day with us.
free public conference of Citizens in Action
Citizens in Action An Alternative Globalization Organization
"Another World is Possible" Together we can make a difference Citizens
in Action, a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group of concerned
citizens, dedicated to political, social & economic justice, presents:
A free, public conference on:
The Toxic Economy
by guest-speaker Professor, writer & public speaker,
Our governments take many economic decisions that are definitely harmfu
to the population but which are accepted and defended by a growing
number of experts. For example, the politics of the so-called
«economic rigour» applied by our federal, as well as our provincial governments,
are among the most toxic. How do we fight the logic that justifies
such damaging decisions?
Our governments claim:
"there are no other alternatives" but is this true?
To be followed by a discussion period.
April 7, 2015
Place: Concordia's School of Community & Public Affairs,
basement 2149 Mackay,
(between Sherbrooke & de Maisonneuve)
Time: 8.00 p.m. sharp
N. B. We usually meet second Tuesday of each month, to tackle a
different political issue, at Concordia University, same time, same place.
For further information, please call the founder & coordinator of the group,
Nadia Alexan, at tel. (514) 846-0644,
(sponsored by Concordia's Student Association (CSU).
lecture on progressive planning with Tom Angotti
Progressive Planning and Community Organizing
in the 21st Century, lecture/exchange with Tom Angotti
April 9th at 6 p.m.
A lecture by Tom Angotti,
Thursday, April 9th - 6 p.m.
Université Concordia University
(2ième étage/2nd floor 1455 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest.,
(In English ... whispered translation to French)
Presented by Planners Network-Montreal
co-sponsored by, GUSS (Geography Undergraduate Students Society),
UPA (Urban Planning Association), GEOGRADs and the Department
of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia Univ.
Wine and cheese too !
"Progressive Planning and Community Organizing in the 21st Century"
" In this talk, I argue that progressive planning and organizing today has to
go beyond advocacy and equity models. I trace the historical importance
of advocacy and equity approaches, but then talk about environmental
and climate justice, gender equality, occupy, black lives matter, anti-capitalism,
etc. and how and why planners (and geographers!) are largely silent on these
- Tom Angotti Tom Angotti is Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning
at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY),
and Director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and
Development. His recent books include The New Century of the Metropolis,
New York For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate,
which won the Davidoff Book Award, and Accidental Warriors and
He is co-editor of Progressive Planning Magazine, and Participating Editor
for Latin American Perspectives and Local Environment
He is actively engaged in community and environmental justice issues
in New York City.
cinema Politica Concordia Presents:
Til the Cows Come Home & Demure
Type: Documentary film screening
Organization: Cinema Politica Concordia
Date: Wednesday, April 8th
Time: 19:00 to 22:00
Concordia University Hall Building
1455 de Maisonneuve West H110.
Cost: By donation
The room is wheelchair accessible Website:
Join Cinema Politica Concordia for the Quebec premiere screenings of
TIL THE COWS COME HOME & DEMURE.
Two important docs highlight social justice activism in Ontario.
DEMURE hears from anti-G20 protesters in Toronto, while COWS follows
activists fighting against the closure of the Kingston prison farm.
The directors will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.
Entrance is by donation.
Svetla Turnin Phone Number: 514-575-1425
Cinema Politica Concordia Presents:
Type: Documentary film screening
Organization: Cinema Politica Concordia
Date: Monday, April 13
Time: 19:00 to 22:00
Location: Concordia University Hall Building
1455 de Maisonneuve West H110
Cost: By donation
The room is wheelchair accessible
We're trying something new.
We want to ask YOU to help us chose the closing film of Winter 2015
from a shortlist of great political docs to inspire your summer.
The list goes public on March 1 at:
Entrance is by donation.
Svetla Turnin Phone
ads to calendar:
(réseau des luttes sociales et citoyennes
au Québec et sur la planète) :
url of l'agenda militant:
end of this calendar.