Organizing For Justice / Organisons-nous pour la Justice


2008: Thursday Panel

Thursday evening, Nov 20 at 7pm, will feature a panel discussion with four panelists. They will speak to the topic of “Organizing: Possibilities, Problems, and Priorities” and on one or more of the four themes of the conference: Social Justice, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, and Healthy Communities.

The confirmed panelists are:

  • Anjali Helferty is the National Sustainable Campuses Coordinator for the Sierra Youth Coalition. One of the goals of SYC over the past few years has been to determine the best role for the organization in working on environmental justice issues and with environmental justice groups in the US and Canada, and Anjali has been an active participant in these conversations. She has been involved in environmental activism for many years and has made an effort to become more knowledgeable about social issues over the past 4 or 5 years. 613-241-1615, national@syc-cjs.org, www.syc-cjs.org
  • Clayton Thomas-Muller, of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatawagan) in Northern Manitoba, Canada, is an activist for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. Clayton has gained vast experience in grassroots movement building, organizational development and strategic campaign planning and policy development. Clayton’s work has taken him to five continents across our Mother Earth. Currently, Clayton is the tar sands campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. 613-789-5653, 218-760-6632, monsterredlight@gmail.com, www.ienearth.org
  • Ed Bianchi coordinates the Indigenous Rights Program of KAIROS. KAIROS unites 11 national churches and church organizations in work for social justice and human rights. He collaborates with Indigenous peoples and their allies to address governments, corporations and the general public using innovative public education and action initiatives, in Canada and internationally, towards the recognition and enforcement of Indigenous peoples’ rights. Ed was the Aboriginal Rights Coaltion’s National Coordinator from 1995 to 2001. In 1986, Ed co-founded Friends of the Lubicon (FoL), a Toronto-based support group for the Lubicon Lake Cree First Nation. 613-235-9956, ebianchi@kairoscanada.org, www.kairoscanada.org
  • Rob Rainer is the Executive Director of the National Anti-Poverty Organization. The mission of the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) is to eradicate poverty in Canada by promoting income and social security for all Canadians, and by promoting poverty eradication as a human rights obligation. 613-789-0096, rob@napo-onap.ca, www.napo-onap.ca

The moderator for this event, Tara Lyons, is the Executive Director of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP). She is also a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Carleton University. Her research focuses on drug treatment courts, feminist methodologies, and critical approaches to drug treatment and conceptualizations of addiction.

This event will take place at the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch Auditorium (120 Metcalfe at Laurier), from 7-9pm.



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