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Holistic Activist Communities – Part II

Overall goal: To think together through the aspiration of holistic activist communities
What does it take to keep our activist communities from burning out? What practices are needed to sustain our movements in healthy and transformative ways? Come join us for vibrant discussion about how as individuals and as movements we’re mending fractures and building interdependencies. This two session workshop will dive into theory and practice around building strong and healthy movement ecosystems, and creating cultures of emergence and nurturance in pursuit of decolonial ends.

We’ll be using Zoom for this event.

This workshop is split in 2 stand-alone sessions (you don’t have to attend both, although that’d be best) :

Session one (link here):

Let’s take this moment of the covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to gather online and think together about what is working and what is not working in the movements we are part of and about how we can build stronger, more resilient, more powerfully transformative social movements, Jen Gobby will share what she has been learning through her research and activism about strengthening movements and she will facilitate a conversation to draw out the insight and reflections from participants about what it’s going to take to transform systems in these times of multiple, converging crises.

Session two (this one):

Building off of session one, we’ll dive into some conceptual frameworks that embody the ecological principles we strive for in building resilient, sustainable, and transformative movements. Wanting to ground us in the pursuit of decolonization, Brett Cox will share what he’s learned through his research and activism about nurturance culture, solidarity economy organizing, and emergent strategy as explored by Adrienne Maree Brown, facilitating a conversation on how we can see these frameworks in our movements, and critically, as a settler, how these frameworks relate to and help push for decolonial ends that puts land back in the same conversation as climate justice.

 

Facilitators Bio:

Jen Gobby recently completed her PhD at McGill as part of the Economics for the Anthropocene partnership and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Concordia. She organizes with Climate Justice Montreal and has spent the last 5 years doing research with the climate justice, anti-pipeline and Indigenous land defense movements to think together about how we can build more powerful movements towards decolonizing and decarbonizing Canada. She is the founder of the MudGirls Natural Building Collective, did a term in office on the local government, lived-off-the- grid for a decade and did a stint traveling with a sustainability-themed circus troupe! Her book More Powerful Together: Conversations with Climate Activists and Indigenous Land Defenders is coming out in May 2020 published by Fernwood Press.

Brett Cox is a settler originally from so called ‘Brantford, Ontario’, passionate about reconciliaction, climate justice, and finding ways to foster cultural disillusioning amongst the status quo. After finishing a masters’ in globalization at McMaster in the summer of 2018, Brett made his way to so called ‘Montreal’ to pursue a graduate diploma in community economic development at Concordia. Completing his graduate diploma in August 2019, he now works as the internal coordinator for Sustainable Concordia, helping to manifest a sustainable culture at Concordia and beyond, in all the beautiful and intersectional ways sustainability is embodied.

 

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This event is happening as a part of Sustain’Alive, an event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.

 

Ecological Grief Circle

Come join us for a circle to share fears, anxieties, grief and other related feelings regarding climate change and socio-environmental harm. Climate change is inseparable from colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism, and other forms of oppression, so discussion of climate change’s connected social harm is also welcome to this space.
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Our intentions in holding this space are: to speak from the heart, listen from the heart, and share spontaneously. When we are in a circle, what we share does not fall on any single person’s shoulders to bear- instead, it is held in the circle, witnessed, and given opportunity for release. Circles are open to everyone, a talking piece is used so that everyone gets a chance to share.

Facilitator:
Anya (they/she) is a Ukrainian queer, whose work is in facilitating urban agriculture gardens and workshops. They are a graduate of Environmental studies at McGill, and are very passionate about DIY ethics, skillshares, and building community. They are also a vipassana meditator of 3 years.

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This event is happening as a part of Sustain’Alive, a weeklong event series centred on activism, society, and the planet.

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceeded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.

Sound Tech for Activists

Do you feel muffled? Are microphones causing you pain? Are your events meek and your mobilization unnoticed? Does remembering the difference between an XLR an 1/4 inch jack haunt your dreams?
Come to Sound Tech for Activists!
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We’ll be covering the use and care of equipment including microphones, PAs, speakers, chords, and more, as well as the cheapest ways to get it. Get feedback, not feedback!

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This event is happening as a part of Sustain’Alive, a weeklong event series centered on activism, society, and the planet.

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Montreal, traditional name Tiohtià:ke is located on unceeded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.

Urban Somatics: Building intimacy with(in) the city

We’re super excited to host this workshop as a prelude to our Sustain’Alive event week!
 
Urban Somatics: A workshop to explore and embody the interactions between human and non-human bodies in the urban environment.
 
While considering themes of environmental hope and disaster (as they may relate to our particular identities) we will explore art-based practices that aim to critique, transgress and debunk our multilayered understanding of urban ecologies, and to propose and embody alternative urban futures through play and performativity.
 
This workshop will consist of in-studio exercises, sharing circles, a brief urban exploration, prototyping and play/performance. We will use our bodies, voices, and technologies to assist us in the process.
 
In the extent possible bring comfy clothes, a story about you/the environment, and a smartphone.
 
 
Facilitator bio:
Christian Scott is fascinated by the ability of people to transform cities with playful actions. With a background in urban sociology they use poetry, music, and sometimes movement as mediums of exploration; they’re currently applying to become a PhD candidate at Concordia University. They grew up between Montreal and Guadalajara (MX), and currently inhabit the H2R 1C3 postal code.
 
 
We’ll tell you more about Sustain’Alive very soon (it’ll happen mid-March), but come join us for this amazing workshop first!
 
When: Tuesday, February 19th – 5pm to 8pm
Where: School of Community and Public Affairs basement, 2149 Mackay street

 

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There’s Something in the Water: A Book Launch & Community Talk

Climate Justice Montreal – Justice Climatique Montréal & SistersInMotion MTL are so excited to present There’s Something in the Water: A Book Launch and Community Talk on Environmental Racism & Land Dispossession in Canada. Books will be sold on site by the wonderful Racines Bookstore and there will be a book signing with Ingrid Waldron afterwards! All are welcome to join us for this inspiring and powerful event! More details below.

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Lunch & Learn: Curriculum & Research

Join us for some free food and learn about sustainable initiatives at Concordia!

Concordia’s Sustainability Hub is organizing a Lunch & Learn presentation and discussion period about key initiatives at the University to integrate sustainability into the curriculum and to promote sustainability in research.

Concordia is in the process of drafting action plans to address how we will institutionalize sustainability best practices in relation to key areas (such as climate change, waste, food, research and curriculum) over the next five years. These Lunch & Learns are an opportunity for our community to come together to learn with and from students, faculty and staff members that are engaged in these action plans and other sustainability initiatives at Concordia.

Speakers:
Pascale Biron, Professor and Chair, Geography, Planning and Environment
Cheryl Gladu, ​Ph.D Candidate in the INDI program
Other speakers to be confirmed

Where:
Concordia’s Art Hive, EV 5.777 (1400 De Maisonneuve W.), Sir George Williams Campus

When: Tuesday, February 5th at noon

Don’t Buy That! Free Gift Making

A time for our community to come together and share DIY skills, craft, talk anti-consumerism, and celebrate the holiday season. Most materials will be provided by Concordia University’s Centre for Creative Reuse, but feel free to bring your own or some to share if you have something specific in mind!

Things to expect:
FREE hot drinks & snacks- self catered so feel free to bring something to share.

This year’s making stations will include:
Paper crafts and Collage cards,
Beeswax Wraps,
Sewing station with cloth produce bags or gift bags,
Bookbinding and custom journal making,
Wrapping station with DIY paper and cloth furoshiki,

This a free event! Just bring yourself + your friends + your DIY skills 💚

This event takes place on Tio’tia:ke (a.k.a Montreal), unceded Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) territory.

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