Wednesday - 26 September 2018
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This Week: 
  • OPIRG Working Group Applications OPEN 1 October!
  • Solidarity Action and MORE Community Events
  • New Petitions and Reports in Community News!
  • Submit to the Wednesday Weekly!
Click on the title of the events and news items for more information where available. 
OPIRG Carleton News 
OPIRG Working Group Applications Open In
It's almost time, friends! OPIRG Working Group Applications will be live as of 6 AM on 1 October. Applications will close as of 12 October 2018 at 11:59 PM. The online application will be found at If you need a printed form or have access needs related to the online form, please contact Brad at
Wait, What Are Working Groups?
Working Groups play an important role in the work of OPIRG Carleton. These are open collectives consisting of a minimum of 3 individuals who choose to work on a specific issue or campaign. They are trained to use consensus in their decision-making and process and they share responsibilities among group members. Using a collective process they engage in research, education and action to meet their group’s objectives. You can check out previous year's working groups on our website.
OPIRG Carleton Programming Committee: Yup, OPIRG Carleton is relaunching it's Programming Committee and we need you! If you're interested in creating new and engaging programming initatives or sustaining existing events and workshops, now is your time to get involved. Email Brad at with the subject line 'Programming Committee - Interest' to be added to our contact list for the group. Future open meetings will be posted in the Weekly.
Community Events

Solidarity with Ayotzinapa
26 September 2018 @ 12 PM
Mexican Embassy (45 O’Connor Street) 

September 26th marks four years since police attacked a bus carrying 43 students from a rural college in Ayotzinapa who were studying to become teachers. Police took the students away. They were never seen again.

Join us as we gather outside the Embassy of Mexico to call on the government of Mexico to ensure truth, justice, and the return of the 43 disappeared students. 

Now is a crucial moment. The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto has months left to determine its legacy. The new government of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador will take office in December. Bring your signs and messages of solidarity. #VivosLosQueremos #CanadaMexicoSolidarity #VerdadParaAyotzi Hosted by Amnesty International 

Yoga Unity: Relaxation, Healing and Building Community for WOC
26 September 2018 @ 6 PM - 7 PM
Rideau Sports Centre (1 Donald St.) 

Yoga.Unity is a series of "Pay what you can" yoga classes for women of colour to create an environment of support and healing. This is an introductory class and a way to give the opportunity to women of colour to participate in activities that we feel we would benefit from and that meets our budget. It is also a way to create a unique space where body image, health concerns and wellness are shifted to look closer to what we experience them to be. This is a way to build and strengthen a community of trust and care.  Please send us an email to confirm or request your attendance, or if you have any inquiries, at This will help us plan more effectively.

Octopus Books Community Classroom: Contesting Total Institutions
26 September 2018 @ 7 PM Join the authors of Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State, Andrew Crosby and Jeff Monaghan, for a discussion of how to use Access to Information (ATI) or Freedom of Information (FOI) processes to research or investigate the practices of powerful (and often secretive) governmental institutions. Drawing from their experiences with agencies like Indian Affairs, CSIS, RCMP, Public Safety, as well as a variety of policing agencies, the workshop will introduce participants to the mechanics of ATI/FOI processes, advantages and disadvantages of using ATI/FOI, as well as workshopping some requests that might be of interest to participants.
BLEU w/ King Kimbit & Black Wax
26 September 2018 @ 8 PM
Pressed750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6X5
Presented by CHUO 89.1 FM & Pressed with a suggested cover of $8 or PWYC  More information on the artists can be found here: bleu ( and King Kimbit
Book Launch: Just Watch Us 
27 September 2018 @ 6 PM
Room 039 Morisset Library, University of Ottawa, 65 University Private  

Just Watch Us: RCMP Surveillance of the Women’s Liberation Movement, by Christabelle Sethna and Steve Hewitt, investigates why and how the women’s liberation movement in Canada and Quebec was targeted. It carefully weighs the presumed threat its left-wing ties presented to the Canadian government against the defiant challenge its campaign for gender equality posed to Canadian society. Hosted by OPIRG/GRIPO Ottawa U.  
Love, rage & solidarity: Memorial for MMIWG2s by FSIS
4 October 2018 @ 6-7PM
Parliament Hill

Free community feast + Vigil + Ceremony
 Round dance Join us as we express our love and solidarity with families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit peoples (MMIWG2S). It is also an opportunity to grieve collectively and to feel and channel our rage and pain at this ongoing epidemic of violence.
Re-tooling Ontario’s Mind Factories: Doug Ford’s Attack on Education
5 October 2018 @ 7 PM
U. of Ottawa - Desmarais Bldg, 55 Laurier E., Rm 8161

The Tory plan to inflict massive cuts to Ontario’s budget is intended to discipline us into the passivity they require so the 1% can build even larger fortunes at our expense. With many more battles over education looming on the horizon, it’s never been more important to understand what we are fighting against. The impressive province-wide strike by high school students is an impressive start for the resistance we need to mount.

Discussion will be opened with a talk by Alan Sears, Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University and author of Retooling the Mind Factory: Education in a Lean State. Event is sponsored by the Ottawa New Socialists (ONS).
Left, Right Book Launch with the Author Yves Engler
10 October 2018 @ 7 PM – 9 PM
The left is supposed to be opposed to colonialism and at least skeptical of nationalism. However, Left, Right shows that, for decades now, this hasn’t been the case in Canada. Yves Engler marshals damning detail on the long, surprising history of support from the New Democratic Party and labor unions for such policies and international interventions as the coup in Haiti, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Korean War, and much more.
The Antifa Comic Book Launch
11 October 2018  @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
McNabb Community Centre. 180 Percy St., Room C

Gord Hill will give a presentation about The Antifa Comic Book, his new book published by Arsenal Pulp Press.  Gord Hill is a long time activist, writer and author. He has published four books: 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance, the 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book, and The Antifa Comic Book.
System Change NOT Climate Change: A RADICAL RESPONSE to the ANTHROPOCENE
13 October  2018 @ Various Times

Meet in the lobby of the National Gallery. $15 Gallery ticket required.

Artists against the Anthropocene: An ecosocialist tour of the National Gallery’s “Anthropocene” exhibit Brian Donnelly, Professor of Design at Sheridan College/Toronto New Socialists

Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street in Lowertown

Fossil Capitalism, Ecosocialism, and the Anthropocene Crisis
Ian Angus, author of Facing the Anthropocene and editor of Climate & Capitalism

Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street in Lowertown

Fighting climate change in Ottawa: Short reports from local environmental activists about current campaigns
Community News

New Petition In Support Of Mohamed Harkat
A new petition has been released in support of Mohamed Harkat--please join us and send the lined-to-letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and the Ministers of Public Safety, Justice and Immigration to urge them to stop the deportation to torture of Mohamed Harkat.

Domestic Workers Rights Campaign: CISO (materials in FR)
Call for mobilization: Domestic workers have rights! The campaign NO to modern slavery: domestic workers have rights in full swing and we are about to increase the pressure one notch! To date, the petition has nearly 4000 signatures and we are currently entering an important advocacy stage for which your support is essential.
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