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(en) Canada, Ottawa, Community Teach-in: The G8 -- Breaking it Down!(June 14-16, Ottawa)

From Chuck Munson <chuck@tao.ca>
Date Mon, 20 May 2002 03:17:18 -0400 (EDT)

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> From: Take the Capital! <takethecapital@tao.ca>
[1st announcement; please post and forward]

                  THE G8 -- BREAKING IT DOWN!
             A community teach-in about local & global
                     struggles & resistance

                     June 14, 15 & 16, 2002

Free. * Traduction disponible vers le francais. * Childcare available on
request. * Lunch to be served by donation. * Wheelchair accessible.

The G8 leaders -- the executive board of global capitalism -- will be
retreating to the foothills of Kananaskis, Alberta in late June. Their
official agenda includes: economic growth, Africa and the war on
terrorism. This community teach-in will breakdown the official agenda,
with panels, workshops and discussions looking critically at the G8's
policies and their effects.

The teach-in will include speakers from Africa and the Cree, Mohawk and
Algonquin nations, as well as activists and organizers from New York City,
Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Ottawa.
Speaker bios, and workshop topics are included below. Join us as we break
down the G8 in preparation to Take the Capital!

---> June 14, 2002, 7pm
   Ottawa Public Library
      120 Metcalfe
   (corner of Laurier)

OPENING PANEL: The G8 - Making the Links
* Patrick Bond (activist and writer from Johannesburg, South Africa)
* Aziz Fall (member of the Group for Research and Initiatives for the
Liberation of Africa)
* Pierre George (indigenous rights activist from the Stoney Point nation)
* Monami Maulik (New York City activist with the Stop the Disappearances
* Sharon Venne (Cree activist and writer)

---> June 15, 2002, 10am-5pm
         122 L'Amoureux
      University of Ottawa

PANEL: Economic Growth: Death by Capitalism, 10am-12pm
* Patrick Bond (academic and activist, Johannesburg, South Africa)
* Sue Collis (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, OCAP)
* Lisa Macpherson (Kimberly Rogers Womyns Brigade, Victoria, BC),
* Samer Elatrash (Palestinian anti-colonial activist)


PANEL: New Colonial Partnerships with Africa and Canada. 2:30-4:30pm
* Shawn Brandt (OCAP, Tyendinaga Mohawk Nation)
* Aziz Fall (Group for Research and Initiatives for the Liberation of
* Bonita Lawrence (Native Studies Professor, Queen's University)
* Sharon Venne (Cree writer and activist)

MORE WORKSHOPS (until 6pm)

---> June 16, 2002, 10am-5pm
        122 L'Amoureux
      University of Ottawa

PANEL: State Terrorism: Wars at Home and Wars Abroad, 10am-12pm
* Monami Maulik (Desis Rising Up and Moving, New York City)
* Nandita Sharma (Open the Borders, Vancouver)
* Amina Sherazee (immigration lawyer and counsel with the Canadian Arab
* Sarwat Viquar (South Asia Center, Montreal)


PANEL: Resistance and Solidarity, 2-4pm
* Rima Alhajj (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights)
* Andy Edwards (squatter and low-cost housing activist)
* Pierre George (indigenous rights activist)
* Manuel Rosenthal (Canada-Colombia Solidarity Campaign)
* Elissar Sarrouh (Women Against the Occupation)



WORKSHOP TOPICS: Workshops will take place after the panels on June 15 &
16. Several workshops will be conducted by members of Ottawa-area social
justice groups. Workshop topics include:

The G8 in 80 minutes
Attacking Global Governance
What is the NEPAD?
The War on Terrorism (No to War)
Plan Colombia
Resistance to Israeli colonialism in Palestine
Palestinian Self-Determination and Fighting Anti-Semitism
Security, Awareness and Solidarity
Immigration Direct Action Casework
Anti-Poverty Direct Action Casework
Police Brutality and Capitalism
and more ...


Speaker Bios:

Rima Alhajj. Rima is the president of the organization Solidarity for
Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) in Ottawa. Her responsibility is to ensure
that SPHR representives educate the Canadian public about the Palestinian
struggle, as well as the ongoing human rights violations being committed
against Palestinians.

Patrick Bond -- Patrick is an academic and activist at Wits University in
Johannesburg, and with the Alternative Information and Development Centre
(http://www.aidc.org.za). He has authored five books on aspects of
neoliberalism in South Africa and is a ZNet (www.zmag.org) columnist.

Shawn Brandt -- Shawn is an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against
Poverty (OCAP) in Toronto. He is from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Nation.

Sue Collis -- Sue is an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against
Poverty (OCAP) in Toronto.

Andy Edwards -- Andy was actively involved as a squatter and organizer in
Montreal's Overdale and Prefontaine squats last summer. The squats lasted
almost three months before being evicted by the riot police. He is a
low-cost housing activist, and a father to three children.

Samer Elatrash -- Samer is an anti-colonial activist and he has been an
active member of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) as well as
the Facing Reality anti-imperialist collective.

Aziz Fall -- Aziz is a researcher with the Group for Research and
Initiatives for the Liberation of Africa (GRILA), based in Montreal.

Pierre George -- Pierre is an indigenous rights activist from the Stoney
Point Nation (Aazhoodenaang Enjibaajig). He has been very active demanding
justice for his brother Dudley George, who was murdered by the Ontario
Provincial Police in 1995.

Bonita Lawrence -- Bonita (Mi'kmaq/Metis) is Assistant Professor at the
Institute of Women's Studies, Queen's University, where she teaches
courses on Aboriginal women, anti-racism, Indigenous literatures, and
introductory courses in both women's studies and Native Studies.

Lisa Macpherson -- Lisa is a member of the Kimberly Rogers Womyns Brigade
and the Anti-Poverty Coalition of Victoria, British Columbia. She was
recently involved in an occupation of an MLA's office in opposition to the
policies of the Gordon Campbell government in BC.

Monami Maulik -- Monami is an organizer with DRUM (Desis Rising Up and
Moving), a New York City-based group working closely with immigrant and
refugee detainees in the United States.

Manuel Rosenthal -- Manuel is an organizer with the Canada-Colombia
Solidarity Campaign (CCSC). The CCSC is seeking a negotiated solution to
the Colombian conflict, a fundamental transformation in social and
economic relations, and respect for the autonomy and integrity of popular
and social movements.

Elissar Sarrouh -- Elissar is a member of Women Against the Occupation.
She is a founding member of the Palestinian Women Association of Ottawa.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on
Canada-Arab Relations and is a member of the Steering Committee of the
Middle East Working Group.

Nandita Sharma  Nandita is a member of Open the Borders!, a group devoted
to ending practices that displace people and to ensuring that all people
have the self-determined ability to move. She is currently a Post-doctoral
Fellow in the Sociology Department at the University of British Columbia.

Amina Sherazee -- Amina is a Toronto-based lawyer and social justice
activist. She is also counsel for the Canadian Arab Federation.

Sarwat Viquar -- Sarwat is a Montreal-based social justice activist. As
the coordinator of the South Asian Center (CERAS), she recently traveled
to the refugee camps on the Afghan-Pakistani border. She is also a member
of rebelDESIS.

Sharon Venne -- Sharon is a Cree woman who has worked at the national and
international level on indigenous issues since the early 1970's. She has
written essays, articles and books on many topics related to the rights of
Indigenous Peoples. At present, Sharon is working with the Akaitcho Dene
to implement their Treaty that covers approximately 468,000 square
kilometers in the Western Arctic.

---> Organized by Take the Capital!
Info: 613-788-3310  or takethecapital@tao.ca

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