Jan 22/23 – Global Apartheid conference/convergence

For full information, please see http://opirgcarletonpis2010.wordpress.com/

This year, OPIRG Carleton and OPIRG-Ottawa/GRIPO-Ottawa have teamed up to organize a conference focusing on Global Apartheid: the system of global inequality that dictates access to wealth, power and basic human rights based on race and place*.  Apartheid, an institutionalized system of racial subjugation which means ‘separateness’ in Afrikaans, did not end when South African apartheid formally ended in 1994, but continues to manifest itself today in many local and global contexts: Indigenous struggles for justice from Turtle Island to Palestine; Canada’s system of unfree migrant labour; struggles against colonial borders and racist citizenship regimes around the world; and racialized economic apartheid, to name but a few examples.

>> FRIDAY JANUARY 22

Opening Plenary :: Race, Space, and (In)Justice
Global Apartheid from South Africa to Turtle Island

A panel discussion with Shawn Brant, Rozena Maart, Chris Ramsaroop, and Jaggi Singh
7:00pm :: Carleton University, Azrieli Theatre 102

>> SATURDAY JANUARY 23

Building Movements to End Apartheid :: Workshops & Panels
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Morisset Hall, 65 Universite Pvt, University of Ottawa

*Advance registration required – PWYC, $5-10 suggested (includes breakfast, lunch, and conference materials)
>> Click here to register
>> Click here for schedule
… schedule includes ‘Indigenous Solidarity For Settlers’ at 2:00pm presented by IPSMO

Artists Against Apartheid :: No One Is Illegal-Ottawa Fundraiser
9:00pm, East African Restaurant, 376 Rideau Street

PWYC // suggested $5 at the door – all proceeds to No One Is Illegal-Ottawa

Featuring the Ottawa debut of Palestinian spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah performing poems from her critically acclaimed CD “Hadeel”
www.rafeefziadah.ca
PLUS * Ian Keteku (Ottawa) * Free Will (Ottawa) * Faye Estrella (Ottawa) * Readnex Poetry Squad (New York) * Beats by DJ yalla!yalla! and DJ Mikkipedia

Two Spirit and Queer Liberation Movements

Two Spirit and Queer Liberation Movements
From Radical Revolt to Freedom Fighting Justice

7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
at Montgomery Legion Hall
330 Kent Street near Somerset Ave
(wheelchair accessible)

With presentations by:

  • Jessica Yee, Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network
  • Gary Kinsman, co-author of “The Canadian War on Queers”
  • Ashley Fortier, Q-Team
  • Zaheen, Agitate! Ottawa

Suggested donation $5-10, no one turned away
Advance tickets available at OPIRG Carleton (326 UniCentre), OPIRG-GRIPO (631 King Edward Ave, 3rd floor) Venus Envy Ottawa (320 Lisgar St), and Octopus Books (116 Third Ave)

Talk descriptions:

>> Two Spirited Indigenous Feminist Freedom Fighting with Jessica Yee <<

Jessica Yee is a self-described Two Spirited Indigenous Feminist Freedom Fighter – and as such will outline how frameworks like reproductive justice and movements like Indigenous feminism come into play with her work with Two-Spirited youth specifically as the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network – currently the only Aboriginal organization in North America to work within the full spectrum of reproductive and sexual health.

Jessica Yee is a 23 year old Two Spirited young woman from the Mohawk Nation. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, a North America wide organization working on issues of healthy sexuality, reproductive justice, cultural competency, and youth empowerment.

>> Remembering Revolt and Resistance: Queer Struggles Against the Canadian National Security State with Gary Kinsman <<

Queer liberation started as a radical revolt against heterosexual hegemony in alliance with other groups fighting against oppression and for social liberation. This presentation actively remembers queer organizing against the Canadian national security state from the late 1950s to the 1990s. This resistance undermined and dismantled the Canadian War on Queers which had led to the purging, surveillance, and harassment of thousands of queer identified people. This presentation draws from the just-released book “The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation” which will be available for sale at the event.

Gary Kinsman is a longtime queer liberation and anti-capitalist activist. He is the author of The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities (1996), co-editor of Whose National Security? (2000), and Sociology for Changing the World (2006). He is a professor of Sociology at Laurentian University in Sudbury.

>> Queer Organizing Against Apartheid with Ashley Fortier <<

Drawing on a long history of queer solidarity organizing against South African apartheid, and in response to Israel’s branding of itself as a safe haven for queers in order to distract from its racist policies towards Palestinians, a growing movement of queer solidarity against Israeli Apartheid has emerged in recent years. This presentation will highlight some organizing successes and challenges throughout Canada and the U.S. and demonstrate the importance for queers to learn about and join in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

Ashley Fortier is based out of Montreal where she organizes around radical queer, prisoner justice, and Palestine solidarity struggles. She’s also a part-time activist researcher with the Collectif de recherche sur l’autonomie collective, works as a coordinator at QPIRG Concordia, and hopes one day to complete her graduate certificate in Editing and Publishing from Ryerson University.

>> Agitating Ottawa: A Local Perspective on Queer Anti-Racist Organizing with Zaheen <<

Think Ottawa’s bureaucratic and stuffy reputation is a drag? Unfortunately, this reputation has permeated many facets of our community, including the activist and queer communities. Anti-racist and queer organizing has never been easy in this city, but we have definitely come a long way. Zaheen from Agitate!, a local collective for queer people of colour, will address some challenges in doing this type of organizing in our city, as well as successes and ways we have overcome and continue to overcome these challenges.

Zaheen is a local community activist and has been a member of Agitate for almost 5 years. She is also involved with other community organizations such as Ladyfest Ottawa, SASC, and has recently joined the staff at OPIRG-GRIPO as one of their Coordinators. In her spare time, she likes to eat ice cream, be a Muslim heathen, and rock out to Whitney Houston.

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Endorsed by the CUSA GLBTQ Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the CUSA Womyn’s Centre, the CUSA Aboriginal Service Centre, the Carleton Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education, OPIRG-Ottawa/GRIPO-Ottawa, the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement-Ottawa, Agitate! Ottawa, Queer fAction, Q-Team, the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, PTS LBTTQ Women’s Health and Sexuality Program, Students Against Israeli Apartheid-Carleton, After Stonewall, Venus Envy Ottawa, and Octopus Books.

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For more info, contact opirg@carleton.ca or 613 520 2757.