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Sudbury Social Justice News - February 28, 2015

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EVENTS & ACTIONS:

1) Sunday, March 1: Strategy and Campaign Planning Workshop with Chris Dixon
2) Monday, March 2: Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements
3) Monday, March 2: General Meeting of Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury
4) March 2 to 8 (and beyond): International Women's Week - Sudbury (25+ events)
5) Wednesday, March 4: Panel Discussion on Advocacy
6) Thursday, March 5: Transgender Parents: Film Screening
7) Thursday, March 5: Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance Comedy Night Fundraiser
8) Saturday, March 7: Project Impact: Community Projects and Voting
9) Monday, March 9: Public Forum on Student Issues
10) Tuesday, March 10: 'Know Your Workplace Rights' Workshop for Women
11) Friday, March 13: FSP does TDK Drag Show
12) Wednesday, March 18: Metis Cultural Day at Laurentian University
13) Tuesday, March 24: Student Walk-out and Day of Action

NEWS, ANALYSIS & CALLS TO ACTION:

1) "On BIll C-279, state violence and institutional transphobia" by Sophia Banks
2) "Sudbury postal workers fight for home delivery" by Ben Leeson
3) Petition: Stop the mass deportation of thousands of immigrants on April 1st

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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.
 
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/

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Monday, March 2: Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements

Time: 10am to noon
Location: room 132, West Res, Laurentian University

A talk by former Sudburian Chris Dixon about his new book.

Recent decades have seen the exciting convergence of anti-authoritarian radicalism and broader-based movements in the U.S. and Canada. From this convergence, a growing set of activists – from anti-poverty organizers in Toronto to prison abolitionists in Oakland, from occupy activists in New York to migrant justice organizers in Vancouver – are developing shared politics and practices. They are building “another politics,” to use a Zapatista expression. These efforts combine anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-oppression politics with grassroots organizing among ordinary, non-activist people. Drawing on interviews with organizers across North America, this presentation will explore another politics and distill lessons for building effective, visionary movements.

Dixon, originally from Alaska, 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.

This event is sponsored by the Sudbury working-group of The Media Co-op, the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty, and the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy at Laurentian University.

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/906286682728859/

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Monday, March 2: General Meeting of Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury

Time: 7pm
Location: South End branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library (1991 Regent Street, Sudbury)

Please join us for the next general meeting of the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury. All are welcome!

The agenda:

1.  Welcome
 
2. Project Impact – updates, planning & decisions (30 min)
-  Event March 7
-  On-line voting & voting at libraries week of March 9
-  awarding of funds & volunteer time; resources for all applicants
 
3.  Advocacy at City Hall – updates & discussion  (20 min)
-  municipal budget
-  other items
 
4.  Looking ahead to other events  (15 min)
-  Earth Day Festival April 25
-  gardening festival May 30
 
5.  Other business & open discussion 

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March 2 to 8 (and beyond): International Women's Week - Sudbury (25+ events)

The following listing of events is subject to change. Locations, times, costs, and contact people as noted below.

Facing HIV Project – Réseau ACCES Network (Stephanie Harris) will be displaying photos of people who have supported this campaign. Participants are encouraged to take their own photos holding Facing HIV signs to display in support of ending the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

March 2nd, 10 AM – Bridge event – Join us for a public demonstration to kick off the week for International Women’s Week 2015. We will be heading to Laughing Buddah afterward to enjoy a nice hot cup of hot chocolate or tea. Free! Powerful motivational speech by Dr. Karen Hourtovenko 11 AM.

March 2nd, (all week) 10 AM – NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action (Kaarina Ranta) is hosting “Inspirational Women Interactive Art Piece” where participants will be encouraged to answer questions such as “What makes a woman inspirational? Or “What inspires you?” 36 Elgin St, 2nd floor. 705.222.6472. ext. 305, kranta@nisa.on.ca.

March 2nd - March 6th -HEART & SOUL Training and Reiki Studio, 40 Eyre Street Sudbury - 50% off Regular Price of a Reiki Sessions (50% of $60), $40 for Reiki & Cedar Foot Soak Combos To book your appt call 705-988-3207. Gift Certificates available.

March 2nd, 6PM to 9 PM – Laurentian Women’s Center (Taynia Rainville) is hosting a Body Cast event. Le Fromagerie on Elgin. FREE EVENT & FREE CHEESE - Body Cast Displays and Social Facts & Information. TM_Rainville@laurentian.ca

March 3rd, 1 PM - NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action (Kaarina Ranta) is hosting “Women’s Expressive Art Therapy: Self Esteem”. Participants will draw themselves as a tree to represent how solid and strong they are and the qualities that keep them rooted. 36 Elgin St, 2nd floor. 705.222.6472. ext. 305, kranta@nisa.on.ca.

March 3rd, 7 PM – Sudbury Wolves Game. International Women’s Week Planning Committee is hosting a booth. Free swag to first 500 people who visit our booth. Lots of community resources will be available for your information.

March 4th, 10 AM to 3 PM – YWCA Sudbury is hosting “Her Amazing Race” (Lise Armstrong) Location TBD. During family changes, women and her children are often required to run an amazing race in accessing services in the community in their time of need. Please call to register your team to this “Amazing Race”. 705.674.2210 ext. 302 or email l.armstrong@ywcasudbury.ca.

March 4th, 10 AM – APANO is hosting a wellness day for women. 10am to a 4:30 excercise with a 5:30 meal and then another treat of either body wraps and motivational female speaker after supper. All is free and child care is provided free. This will be held at Better Beginnings Better Futures at 450 Morin street. 705-670-9252 to register....

March 4th, Noon (le 4 mars à midi) – ACFO et Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury (Lyse Lamothe) – diner-conférence Femmes leaders…source d’inspiration présenté par l’honorable Marie-Paule Charrette-Paulin. 9$ pour l’évènement. 19, chemin Frood. 705.670.2166, llamothe@santesudbury.ca .

March 4th, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - YMCA Newcomers Services -Interactive discussion
Jennifer Johnson is the dean of Women studies at Laurentian University and will be coming to engage newcomers in an interactive discussion about women’s rights, women in the Canadian context, and about the importance/meaning of International women’s day. Location of Activity/Event: Newcomers centre
Contact Person: Jennifer Johnson 1-705-673-1730 X 601
Email jljohnson@laurentian.ca

March 5th, 6:30 PM - NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action (Kaarina Ranta) is hosting “M.O.M.S/Mothering Offering Mutual Support Group”. A support group for mothers experiencing PPMD. *Pre-registration is required. 36 Elgin St, 2nd floor. 705.222.6472. ext. 305, kranta@nisa.on.ca.

March 5th, 4:30 PM (le 5 mars, 16 h 30) – Club Accueil âge d’or Azilda et Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury – souper et soirée. 64, avenue Notre Dame Est, Azilda. 25$ par personne. Gaetanne Drolet 705.670.2166, gdrolet@santesudbury.ca

March 5th and 6th, 9 am to 5 pm, Naturally Balanced Wellness (Linda Waugh) is offering 50% off all treatment including Body Talk, Reflexology and Reiki. 1375 Regent St South, Unit 3. 705.561.0709, lindapathtohealth@gmail.com.

March 6th, 6 pm– VERE: Golden Journey (Lizanne Leclair) is hosting an “Intuitive Art Workshop – Honouring our Body” at the Tree of Life North (227 Regent St). All materials included. lizannelecl@live.ca 705.690.1422

March 6th, 10 AM – all day – Tree of Life North (Charmaine Kennedy) is hosting various events including free Animal Totem Readings and other discounts. Donations accepted and will be donated to Sudbury Action Center for Youth (suggested donation $20). 227 Regent St., info@treeoflifenorth.com, 705.671.2000

March 6th, 12PM to 1:30 PM - The Sudbury Women's Centre would like to invite you to join us for our 3rd Annual Women's Day Luncheon at the Howard Johnson. Tickets $30. Tracy DeVos, 705.673.1916, info.sudburywomenscentre@gmail.com.

March 6th, 1 PM - NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action (Kaarina Ranta) is hosting a “Women’s Wisdom Writing Circle”. 36 Elgin St, 2nd floor. 705.222.6472. ext. 305, kranta@nisa.on.ca.

March 6th, 6 to 9 PM (le 6 mars, 18 à 21 h) – Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury (Michelle Bilodeau) - Film “Girl Rising” – le visionnement du film sera suivi d’une activité sur l’affirmation de soi. 19, chemin Frood, Sudbury. 705.670.2166, mbilodeau@santesudbury.ca

March 7th, 10 AM to 6PM – Heart and Soul Training and Reiki Studio (Cynthia Widawski) is offering Reiki and Cedar Foot Soaks. All proceeds to Sisters Helping Sisters. 40 Eyre Street. 705.988.3207, cynthiawidawski@gmail.com.

March 8th, VERE: Golden Journey (Lizanne Leclair) is hosting an “Intuitive Art Workshop – Honouring our Body” at Choice Coaching Canada .All materials included. lizannelecl@live.ca 705.690.1422

March 8th, 10 AM to 2 PM – Sudbury and District Labour Council Women’s Committee – (Treana Campbell) is hosting the SDLC International Women’s Day Brunch at the Radisson Hotel in the Palladium Room. GUEST SPEAKER – Lana Boyuk – Certified Life Coach is offering a talk on “A Return to Self-Care” and Faceless Dolls Workshop. Donations accepted. Silent auction and booths. All proceeds donated to agencies who serve women and children. 705.521.4691, treanacampbell@eastlink.ca. Entry fee per person is $25.00 Please contact Treana at the phone number or email listed above.

March 8th, 1 PM (le 6 mars à 13h), Centre Victoria pour femmes (Sylvie Chouinard) – Thé 20e. Tout en célébrant être femme, on vous invite à un après-midi de photos, de thé et de réflexion sur l’aventure qu’est à la vie. Venez-vous amuser et nous aider à créer un projet souvenir des 20 années du Centre Victoria. (705) 670-2517, Sylvie.chouinard@centrevictoria.ca

March 8th, 2 to 4 PM – At Heart and Soul Training and Reiki Studio (40 Eyre St). Terra Kerani & Kim Rivers is hosting a Soul Care Circle – a workshop designed to inspire a heart-centered approach to spirituality. Enjoy tea, talk, crafts and relaxation. Donations accepted and will be donated to Sisters Helping Sisters (suggested $20). 705.929.1829 or terra@terradesigns.ca

March 1 to March 31 - Passion Parties by Sheila in Sudbury is offering FREE informational parties to enhance a women's awareness to her inner DIVA.
My parties are educational, fun and filled with amazing products for women and men for those moments when you need to feel pampered. All on line sales during IWD customers will get 15% off their entire order. Host a free party during IWD or the month of March get over $50. in free hostess gifts + discounts and prizes at your party.. Contact me
www.sheila.yourpassionconsultant.com

March 19th, 7:30 to 10 PM – Violence Intervention and Prevention Program is hosting their Annual Movie Night – “Invisible War”. This documentary paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem with respect to rape. Ernie Checkers, Thorneloe University. Nancy Horan, 705.675.4743 ext. 1011, nhoran@hsnsudbury.ca

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Wednesday, March 4: Panel Discussion on Advocacy
 
Time:4:30pm to 6pm
Location: The Green Room (Suite 301, 176 Larch Street, Sudbury. Please note that this venue is not wheelchair accessible.)
Cost: FREE for members of reThink Green and Forge, $5 for the general public
RSVP: Please RSVP to info@rethinkgreen.ca by Monday, March 2.

reThink Green invites you to a panel discussion about advocacy.

How can you effectively communicate your views to elected officials? What can you do to raise issues you care about with your representatives in parliament?

I hope you can join us for reThink Green’s first workshop of 2015: a panel discussion about advocacy. In the recent by-election, Sudbury got a lot of attention from provincial and federal politicians. We hope this workshop will give you some tools to hold MPs and MPPs accountable for the promises they made and help you get issues on to their agenda. We will begin with presentations from our panelists followed by questions and discussion with the participants. Although we are focused on environmental advocacy, this experience will be valuable for everyone

We hope you'll join us afterwards at Laughing Buddha as we continue the discussion informally over dinner.

The panelists:

Brennain Lloyd has been the project coordinator with Northwatch for over 27 years. As the regional coalition in the northeast, Northwatch assists community based groups around the region to access government and policy-making processes and consultations, and provides representation based on regionally developed positions on environmental concerns and ecological protection. Northwatch has as a priority issues that are of a regional nature: sound energy planning, healthy forests, responsible mining, waste reduction, and conservation of our natural resources and environmental assets. Northwatch has worked with residents over the past two decades to prevent northeastern Ontario from becoming the receiving ground for foreign wastes, whether it’s Toronto's garbage, Ontario's biomedical waste, Canada's nuclear reactor fuel waste, or PCB's from around the world.

Cathy Orlando is a published scientist and educational author, regular contributor to the Sudbury Star and is the National Manager of Canada’s Citizens Climate Lobby as a full-time volunteer. With Citizens Climate Lobbyists across Canada and in close partnership with the USA's Citizens Climate Lobby, Cathy works passionately towards cooperatively developing progressive and comprehensive Canadian climate change policy, to be synchronized to the USA's climate policy by 2015. Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) is a growing organization of local volunteer groups (over 200) that are pressing for progressive climate legislation. They lobby our representatives and governments to support carbon fee and dividend and to end subsidies to fossil fuel companies.

Richard Eberhardt, formerly the constituency assistant to MP Glenn Thibeault, is now the Northern Ontario Organizer for the New Democratic Party of Canada. As a former reThink Green board member, he is particularly interested in environmental issues in Sudbury. A long-time political organizer in the north, Richard brings a wealth of advocacy experience from the other side of the desk.

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/965686000110607

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Thursday, March 5: Transgender Parents: Film Screening

Time: 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: The Open Studio (93 Cedar Street, Sudbury)
 

TG Innerselves, NISA, LGBTQ Parenting Network and Rainbow Health Ontario present:

Transgender Parents
A film by Rémy Huberdeau

The Open Studio
93 Cedar St.
Sudbury, Ontario

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Film screening at 7:00 pm.

Screening followed by a short panel discussion with local LGBTQ organizations, refreshments and time to mingle. Wheelchair accessible.

This event on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/402579636582910

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Thursday, March 5: Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance Comedy Night Fundraiser
 
Time: 7pm
Location: Caruso Club (385 Haig Street, Sudbury)
Cost: $25

The funds raised from this event will support the ongoing work of the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance.

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Saturday, March 7: Project Impact: Community Projects and Voting
 
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Location: Parkside Older Adult Centre (140 Durham Street, Sudbury)

Have you ever had a great idea for your neighbourhood, but had no idea how to get it done? Many of your friends and neighbours feel the same way. Project Impact gives community members an opportunity to pitch their great ideas and helps them make it happen.

We need YOU to come and help decide which projects you would like to see happen this year. You will have a chance to look at each group's display and hear a short description of their vision. Then, we will invite you to vote for your favourite projects and even give you an opportunity to help us brainstorm for next year!

Support the growth and vitality of your community by joining us on this exciting new adventure, Project Impact!

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/387571611430175/

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Monday, March 9: Public Forum on Student Issues
 
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Come out to share your frustrations with the current education system! Snacks will be served.

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Tuesday, March 10: 'Know Your Workplace Rights' Workshop for Women

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre (110 Elm Street, Sudbury)

Join us for an evening of information about your workplace rights! This is part of International Women's Day events.

- Ask questions related to employment standards
- Have a discussion about workplace issues
- See how precarious jobs are affecting women

Beverages and snacks will be provided. Parking available and accessibility friendly space. All are welcome!

Please RSVP to sudburyworkerscentre@gmail.com or 705-470-3323

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Friday, March 13: FSP does TDK Drag Show
 
Time: 9pm to 2am
Location: Zig's (54 Elgin Street)
Cost: $10 at the door ($5 for Laurentian students when you buy them in advance through Laurentian Pride)

Fierté Sudbury PRIDE presents THE TORONTO DRAG KINGS!

The Hotties of TDK
Cameron, Tyler, Blake and Brian are coming to Zigs!!!

Did you see them at World Pride 2014 all over the stages?
Have you caught their weekly show in Toronto?

You don't want miss this Fantastic High Energy Dance Your Ass Off Sizzling Sexy Show!!

HAPPY PRIDE Laurentian University!!!!!!

TICKETS: $10 @ the door $5 for LU students (available in advance through Laurentian Pride)

9pm Doors
10pm show (come early if you want a seat)

This event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1607649786115958/

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Wednesday, March 18: Metis Cultural Day at Laurentian University

Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: LL-102, Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University

10am -- Opening Prayer by Juliette Denis, Metis Elder
10am to 12pm -- Marcel Labelle, Senior Artist and Traditional Birch Bark Canoe Builder
12pm to 1pm -- Lunch (provided)
1pm to 3pm -- Christi Belcourt, Michif Artist

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Tuesday, March 24: Student Walk-out and Day of Action

Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Be part of the Sudbury activities of this Pan-Canadian Day of Action in solidarity with Quebec students and against austerity. Walk out of your class with fellow students all across the campus, and join us for a rally. Details TBA.

NEWS, ANALYSIS & CALLS TO ACTION:

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"On BIll C-279, state violence and institutional transphobia"
by Sophia Banks
(From Rabble.ca: http://rabble.ca/news/2015/02/on-bill-c-279-state-violence-and-instituti...)

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"Sudbury postal workers fight for home delivery"
by Ben Leeson
(From The Sudbury Star: http://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/02/27/sudbury-postal-workers-fight-fo...)

 

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Petition: Stop the mass deportation of thousands of immigrants on April 1st

To sign the petition, click here: https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-mass-deportation-of-thousands-of-immig...


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