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Sudbury Social Justice News - January 18, 2015

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EVENTS & ACTIONS:

1) Monday, January 19: Mobilization for Anti-Poverty and Disability
Demands at City Committees
2) Tuesday, January 20: Mobilization to Demand City Anti-Poverty Funding
3) Wednesday, January 21: Labour Film Night
4) Saturday, January 24: Celebrating Indigenous Women in Film and Television
5) Thursday, February 19: Meeting of Sudbury working-group of The Media Co-op
6) Thursday, February 19: Classroom Closet Conference 2015
7) Sunday, March 1: Strategy and Campaign Planning Workshop with Chris Dixon

NEWS, ANALYSIS & CALLS TO ACTION:
1) "The Homeless Will Keep Dying Until Affordable Housing Is a Priority" by Sharad Kerur
2) "John A Macdonald: Son of Glasgow, Father of Genocide – a Métis woman’s reflection" by Zoe Todd

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Monday, January 19: Mobilization for Anti-Poverty and Disability
Demands at City Committees

Time: 4pm and then 6pm
Location: Tom Davies Square (200 Brady Street, Sudbury)

The Operations Committee of Sudbury's city council will be meeting at
4pm on this day, and the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty is asking
everyone who supports access for all people with disabilities who need
it (including for people with disabilities without mobility problems) to
attend and to support this position. At 6pm that same day the Community
Services Committee meets at Tom Davies Square and we want as many people
as possible to be there to support more extended hours for the Out of
the Cold Shelter and making sure that it is a City Shelter and not a
Salvation Army Shelter; supporting CSUMB policies and rates for CHPI
exceptional circumstances funding; and that the SAMS crisis not hurt
people on OW or ODSP or OW or ODSP workers.

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Tuesday, January 20: Mobilization to Demand City Anti-Poverty Funding

Time: 6pm
Location: Tom Davies Square (200 Brady Street, Sudbury)

The Finance and Administration Committee of Sudbury's city council meets
at 6pm on this day to seek community input into the upcoming budget
deliberations. The Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty is asking to be on
the agenda to argue for funding for expanding the Out of the Cold
Shelter and to ensure that CSUMB rates and policies are followed for
CHPI funding – including for community start-up needs.

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Wednesday, January 21: Labour Film Night

Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: Room C-304, Classroom Building, Laurentian University

The 6th Annual CLIFF!
(Canadian Labour International Film Festival)
CLiFF is a collection of short films about working people
from Canada and around the world.

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY
Room C-304

(2 hours with a DISCUSSION AFTERWARDS)
FREE Admission and Snacks

**All Are Welcome**

Sponsored by The Sudbury and District Labour Council

Complete listings at www.labourfilms.ca Ÿ info@labourfilms.ca

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1602305853326742/

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Saturday, January 24: Celebrating Indigenous Women in Film and Television

Time: 2pm to 10pm
Location: Open Studio (3rd floor, 93 Cedar Street, Sudbury)

The University of Sudbury, Dept of Indigenous Studies presents this 2nd
annual film festival.
2pm Featuring a SHORT FILM PROG
4pm Panel of Award-winning Filmmakers: Darlene Naponse, Michelle
Latimer, Shirley Cheechoo, Jules Koostachin, Laura Milliken.
6:30pm Wine and Cheese Reception
7:30pm "Trick or Treaty" by Alanis Obomsawin

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/602546913178491/

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Thursday, February 19: Meeting of Sudbury working-group of The Media Co-op

Time: 10am to noon
Location: Main branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library (74
Mackenzie Street, Sudbury)

At this meeting, we'll continue working on our collaboration with
the Sudbury Coalition Against POverty for events in March with visiting
author and organizer Chris Dixon; our collaboration with the Sudbury
and District Labour Council for a media-related training for local
labour activists; and our ongoing work to find a wide-range of
interesting and original local content to publish on our site.

We encourage anyone and everyone who might be interested in making media
themselves, or who recognize that a robust grassroots media
infrastructure is essential for social change work being done across a
broad range of issues, to come out to the meeting and share your ideas!

If you can't make it to the meeting but still think you might want to be
involved somehow -- through organizing things, through participating in
some of the editorial stuff, through writing or producing other content
-- then be in touch with me at the email address above or send a note to
grassrootssudburymedia@gmail.com.

Find our site at:
http://sudbury.mediacoop.ca/

Our callout for content, some of which we might even be able to pay for:
http://sudbury.mediacoop.ca/blog/grassrootssudburymedia/19108

Find us on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/GrassrootsMediaCollective

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Thursday, February 19: Classroom Closet Conference 2015

Time: 8:30am to 3pm
Location: Holiday Inn (1696 Regent Street, Sudbury)

Promoting safer spaces for two-spirit, queer, transgender, lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and questioning individuals.

This FREE, annual, one day workshop gathers students, teachers,
educational institution staff, community members, and allies to
discuss their roles in creating a safer, positive, and inclusive
environment for students and co-workers.

Keynote addresses will be in English, but breakout sessions will be
organised into four streams:

-English Educators/Educational Staff/Community Members
-French Educators/Educational Staff/Community Members
-English High School Students
-French High School Students

At lunch time we will be showing a documentary.

A film by Rémy Huberdeau, Transgender Parents is about love, life and
kids after a gender transition. It shares the struggles and strengths
of several trans women and trans men navigating different stages of
parenting: from pregnancy, through raising infants, toddlers and
teenagers. Some, who transitioned prior to founding their families,
experience fertility clinics and hospital births; others, who
transitioned in the presence of their kids work to renegotiate their
identity and relationships within their families. All are openly out
in the world as trans and as parents in ways that weren’t possible
20 years ago.

This will be played in English and closed captioned in English. We
ask that when you register, please specify whether or not you will
be attending the screening at lunch.

Space is limited, so please register early.

A complimentary lunch will be provided.

A Classroom Closet Conference programme will be issued at the
registration desk.

For more information please call: 705-688-0500 ext. 211
or email: christopherg@reseauaccessnetwork.com
or carlaj@reseauaccessnetwork.com

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Promouvoir des milieux plus sécuritaires pour les bispirituels, les
allosexuels, les transgenres, les lesbiennes, les gais, les bisexuels
et les personnes en questionnement.

Cet atelier annuel GRATUIT d'une journée rassemble des élèves, des
enseignants, des employés d'établissements scolaires, des partenaires
communautaires et des alliés dans le but de discuter de leurs rôles
dans la création de milieux plus sécuritaires, positifs et inclusifs
pour les élèves et les collègues de travail.

Les allocutions seront données en anglais, mais des séances en
petits groupes seront organisées:

-Éducateurs/enseignants/membres de la communauté anglophones
-Éducateurs/enseignants/membres de la communauté francophones
-Élèves d’écoles secondaires anglophones
-Élèves d’écoles secondaires francophones

À l’heure du dîner, nous présenterons un documentaire en anglais,
accompagné de sous-titres anglais.

Le film de Rémy Huberdeau, Transgender Parents, est un documentaire
sur l’amour, la vie et les enfants après une transition de genre.
Il présente les luttes et les forces de plusieurs femmes et hommes
transgenres explorant différentes étapes parentales, de la grossesse
à l’éducation des nourrissons, des enfants et des adolescents.
Certaines personnes, qui ont subi la transition avant de fonder
leur famille, vivent l’expérience des cliniques de fertilité et des
naissances à l’hôpital; d’autres, qui ont subi la transition en
présence de leurs enfants, s’efforcent de redéfinir leur identité et
leurs relations au sein de leurs familles. Toutes les personnes
s’affirment ouvertement en tant que transgenres et parents de
manières qui, il y a 20 ans, n’auraient pas été possibles.

Au moment de vous inscrire, nous vous demandons de bien vouloir
préciser si vous assisterez ou non à la présentation à l’heure
du dîner.

Les places sont limitées, veuillez vous inscrire tôt.

Un goûter sera servi.

Un programme pour la conférence Placard de la classe sera disponible
au bureau d’inscription.

Pour obtenir plus de renseignements, veuillez appeler le 705 688-0500,
poste 211, ou envoyer un courriel à christopherg@reseauaccessnetwork.com
ou à carlaj@reseauaccessnetwork.com.

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Sunday, March 1: Strategy and Campaign Planning Workshop with Chris Dixon

Time: noon to 3pm
Location: meeting room 1, main branch, Greater Sudbury Public Library
(74 Mackenzie Street, Sudbury)

Developing strategy – building effective plans of action to win what we
want – is one of the biggest challenges we face in organizing for social
change. This workshop will offer tools to address this challenge, laying
out a strategic organizing framework based in a campaign-planning model.
This model focuses on bringing more and more people together on our side
while undermining adversaries. It involves collective investigation of
strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in our context of
struggle; a deliberate process of setting goals; an orientation toward
tactical escalation; and regular practices of appreciation and
evaluation. In this workshop, we will go through this model together,
applying it to our current organizing work.

Chris Dixon, originally from Alaska and a former resident of Sudbury, is
a longtime anarchist organizer, writer, and educator with a PhD from the
University of California at Santa Cruz. His writing has appeared in
numerous book collections as well as periodicals such as Anarchist
Studies, Clamor, Left Turn, and Social Movement Studies. He serves on
the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the advisory board
for the activist journal Upping the Anti. Dixon lives in Ottawa, Canada,
on unceded Algonquin Territory, where he is involved in anti-poverty
organizing. His new book is Another Politics: Talking Across Today's
Transformative Movements, published by University of California Press.
Find him at writingwithmovements.com.

Chris will likely also be doing a talk about his book at Laurentian
University during the day on Monday, March 2 -- check back for more details.

This workshop is organized by the Sudbury working-group of The Media
Co-op and the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty.

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1553204658268585/

NEWS, ANALYSIS & CALLS TO ACTION:

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"The Homeless Will Keep Dying Until Affordable Housing Is a
Priority"
by Sharad Kerur
(From HuffPost Politics: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sharad-kerur/winter-homeless-deaths-toronto_b_6486226.html)

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"John A Macdonald: Son of Glasgow, Father of Genocide – a
Métis woman’s reflection"
by Zoe Todd
(From A Thousand Flowers: http://athousandflowers.net/2015/01/11/john-a-macdonald-son-of-glasgow-father-of-genocide-a-metis-womans-reflection/)


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