Organizing For Justice / Organisons-nous pour la Justice

New website by waawaaskesh

Welcome, but we have registered domain names now and so have started a new website – taking what was one this one, and adding to it for the 2009 conference (scheduled for Oct 14-18).

Please visit our new website:

Note that this site will cease to be updated, so to get the latest you’ve got to go to our new one. Thanks!


Your input requested! by waawaaskesh
July 5, 2009, 8:51 pm
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We are looking for groups and individuals participation in providing us with input on what you’d like to see at this year’s conference. Please consider filling out this survey (deadline = Tues July 21 but we’ll accept late input)

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Planning for Oct 2009! by waawaaskesh
June 5, 2009, 5:34 pm
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Planning is underway for the 2009 version of the Organizing For Justice conference. We are looking at the weekend of Oct 15-18 for the event, with keynote speaker(s), arts performances, workshops, a bookfair (!), breakout caucuses, and a closing plenary. More details coming soon!

Planning meetings are being held every second or third Thurs evening, 7pm at the University of Ottawa University Centre, rm 207. Next meetings: June 18, July 9, … email us to get involved.

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Environmental Justice article by waawaaskesh

An article on Environmental Justice, based on content from the Organizing For Justice 2008 conference, was published in the Dec 08/Jan 09 edition of the Linchpin paper.

Cliick here to download the 4-pg pdf file for easy printing (article is on pages 1-2). The paper can also be picked up at Exile Infoshop, 256 Bank St., 2nd floor (hours: 12-8pm Wed-Sat, 12-5pm Sun).

Note: we also have notes from a few of the sessions at the conference, and may get them typed in and posted online at some point … stay tuned!

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Audio from Nov 20 panel by waawaaskesh
November 29, 2008, 11:17 pm
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We’ve got the recorded speeches from the four panelists, plus the questions/discussion period afterwards, up online at

(note: right now they’re fairly large files, we may be able to get smaller files up later on)

For bios and contact info for each panelist, see our Thursday night panel page

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Audio online, part1 by waawaaskesh
November 21, 2008, 3:02 am
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Thursday morning one of the organizers of the conference appeared on CKCU 93.1 FM, one of four shows in the past week promoting the conference on one or the other of the two campus/community radio stations CKCU 93.1 FM and CHUO 89.1FM.

Here is an audio file of the interview (12 min) or visit the show’s post on their website.

Also note that we also recorded the four speakers, and the Q&A session, from Thursday night’s panel discussion, and it will be posted online sometime soon.

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Press Release by waawaaskesh
November 12, 2008, 9:15 pm
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Organizing For Justice conference, Nov 20-22

Activism for progressive change happening in Ottawa

People are fed up with traditional politics. They know something needs to be done, and they aren’t willing to leave it to politicians. They’re taking responsibility into their own hands. Even Barack Obama used to be a community organizer.

The current generation of organizers and activists are coming together this Nov 20-22 in Ottawa. The occasion: the Organizing For Justice conference.

This is meant as a time for people to connect around the themes of social, economic, and environmental justice, and healthy communities: to develop strategy, to share vision, and to work on skills and tools that will help them in their efforts to effect change. All people who share these interests and values are welcome to attend and be a part.

There’ll be plenty of opportunity for expanding horizons and getting into the nitty-gritty of organizing effective communities for change.

Thursday evening will be a panel discussion on “Organizing: Possibilites, Problems and Priorities”. Friday night will be the launch of the Dominion Newspaper, the special issue dedicated to mining. And then Saturday is an all-day schedule of workshops, panels, and an info-fair. And to top it off, Saturday night is the launch of Upping the Anti, journal #7. Both launches will features speakers and musical performers.

The workshops reflect a wide cross-section of activist struggles, including Indigneous solidarity, anti-poverty work, anti-oppression, the environment, and how to use the internet for social change. Most workshops will be in English, but there will be a French component as well. Participants in the conference will emerge engaged, inspired and informed, ready to make a difference.

Common Cause Ottawa, OPIRG-Ottawa, OPIRG-Carleton, and the Students’ Federation of the University of Ottawa, and a team of committed volunteers have joined together to make this gathering a reality.




7-9pm, Thurs Nov 20
Panel Discussion
Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch Auditorium, 120 Metclafe (at Laurier)

7-10pm, Fri Nov 21
Launch of the Dominion Newspaper special issue on Mining
with Speakers and Live Music. All Ages.
Umi Cafe, 610 Somerset St W. (at Percy)

9am-5pm, Sat Nov 22
Workshops, Panels, Info-fair, and Break-Out Groups
University of Ottawa, 2nd Floor Morisset Library

8pm-2am, Sat Nov 22
Launch of Upping The Anti journal #7
With Speakers, DJ Music. All Ages.
University of Ottawa, Bar 1848, 2nd floor University Centre


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