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March April 2015



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.

Informal discussion:


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

their experiences*



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.


job posting

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




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.


Contract duration:

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

health benefits.

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.


Mailing Address:

QPIRG Concordia

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

Office Accessibility:

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

new workers.

There are many ways you can support: Sign the petition  Click here to share

on Facebook.


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. #Printemps2015



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 #Printemps2015ébec-signal-start-printemps-2015


Fridays Vigil


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

Venue :

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.



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.

- Animation

- Folk groups who will perform several songs and dances.

- Dance And Dabke.

- Henna.

- Drawing

- 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,

Claude Vaillancourt.


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)

metro Guy/Concordia

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,

or e-mail:

(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.

Café Hive,

Université Concordia University

(2ième étage/2nd floor 1455 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest.,

métro Guy-Concordia)

(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

Battlefield Myths.

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


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.

Contact person:

Svetla Turnin Phone Number: 514-575-1425



Cinema Politica Concordia Presents:

You Decide!

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.

Contact person:

Svetla Turnin Phone

Number: 514-575-1425.


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