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OPIRG WEEKS! / Semaines GRIPO!

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OPIRG has a series of cool and insighful events coming up this Semester, so we’re calling OPIRG Weeks! Here is the schedule of events:

On Wed. Feb. 1st, join The People’s Republic of Delicious for sustainable vegan meal cooking starting at 9 am in the UCU Terminus.  Then enjoy lunch (by donation) between 11am and noon!

• The next issue of THE WRENCH is coming out on February 1st. Read it on-line (http://ottawawrench.ca/) or pick up your copy of this street newspaper.  We hope you’ll like it.
In the meanwhile, if you like an article of ours, share it!  It is important to share what homeless people are expressing.
• On February 2nd, OPIRG is happy to co-sponsor with the Department of Criminology a screening of the award-winning new documentary The Prison in Twelve Landscapes from 6pm to 9:30pm in the Alumni Auditorium. A Prison Abolitionist  Information Fair in the UCU will precede the film screening, and the director, Brett Story will be present for a discussion after the screening.
• The Leveller / Les Sans-culottes is having its next Story Meetings on February 3 & 4.  On Friday it’s in room UniCentre 326 (OPIRG-Carleton) at 5 PM at Carleton University.  Or come to Saturday’s meeting at 9 am in room B125 of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (at Laurier & Metcalfe).  You can check out our latest issue here: http://www.leveller.ca/2017/01/9-4/

• On Feb. 6, Papothé (group for women of colour in academia) and the Canadian Association of Francophone Sociologists and Anthropologists (ACSALF) invite you to attend presentation (in French) by Professor Sirma Bilge entitled “Intersectionality: from global dispersion to whitewashing”, followed by a discussion in French and in English.  Free admission, reservations required.  In Desmarais Hall, room 12102 from 6pm to 9pm.
• On Wed. Feb. 8th, join The People’s Republic of Delicious for sustainable vegan meal cooking starting at 9 am in the UCU Terminus.  Then enjoy lunch (by donation) between 11am and noon!

•  Also on Feb. 8, OPIRG-Carleton is sponsoring a discussion about the collaboration between the Carleton University and researchers involved in the criminalization of dissent against natural resource development on Indigenous territories, as well as the the increasingly repressive atmosphere targeting those who speak out against the administration’s decisions on campus. This freedom of speech event will take place  in English from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm in Dunton Tower, room 2203 at Carleton University.

• On Friday February 10th, it’s going down! OPIRG is throwing a Hip Hop show from 8pm to midnight at Café Nostalgica with some of the most radical artists in town! Omar Saghir and the folks from Missing LinX will be at Nostalgica, having accepted to bring us their message of consciousness and struggle, while our house DJ Golbon will be providing beats in between acts.

• On February 13th, OPIRG is teaming up with Papothé – Groupe de dicussion pour femmes racisées en mileu académique to screen the new documentary Ouvrir La Voix/Speak Up/ Make Your Way, followed by a discussion led by the film director, Amandine Gay.  The film is about the black women impacted by the European colonization of Africa and the Antilles, and discusses the variety of paths their lives have taken, as well as the stereotypes associated with their black and female identities. This event will be in French, from 7pm to 10pm in the Alumni Auditorium (University Centre), with free admission.

• The Revolutionary Student Movement will have its next General Meeting on February 23 at 6 PM (room to be announced), as well as hosting the 6th Pan-Canadian RSM congress on February 18-19 at uOttawa. Contact the RSM directly for more details.

On Feb. 27 at noon, the International League of People’s Struggles‘ Ottawa branch is holding a protest rally outside the High Commission of the United Kingdom, 80 Elgin St., in support of the Craigavon 2, two Irish liberation political prisoners in occupied Northern Ireland.  Following the protest, at 7 PM in the evening the ILPS and 32 County Sovereignty Movement will be hosting a panel discussion about the Justice for the Craigavon 2 struggle. The panel will be taking place in room FSS 1006 (Social Sciences building) at uOttawa.


Stay tuned for more events!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or requests concerning accessibility to our events.

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Le GRIPO a préparé pour vous une série d’événements superbes cette session, c’est parti pour les Semaines GRIPO!

• Le mercredi 1 février à 9h, La République Populaire du Délice tiendra une séance de cuisine végane dans le Terminus UCU.  Venez cuisiner et manger avec nous!  Le repas sera servi entre 11h et midi.

• Le prochain numéro de THE WRENCH sera disponible le 1er février. Lisez-le en ligne ou venez ramasser votre propre copie du journal des rues d’Ottawa, on espère que vous l’apprécierez!
Si vous aimez un des nos articles, partagez-le! L’important pour nous c’est de partager ce que les sans-abris expriment.
• Le 2 février entre 18h et 21h30 dans l’auditoire des anciens, il nous fait plaisir de commanditer avec le départment de criminologie le visionnement du documentaire The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, en compagnie du directeur qui sera présent pour une discussion après le film. Le tout sera précédé d’une foire avec différentes organisations dans le UCU sous le thème de l’abolition des prisons. Le documentaire est en anglais.
• Le journal The Leveller / Les Sans-culottes se réunira les 3 et 4 février pour préparer le prochain numéro.  La réunion du vendredi commencera à 17h, dans la pièce 326 du centre universitaire de l’Université Carleton. Ou venez participer samedi à 9h dans la pièce B125 de la Bibliothèque principale (Laurier et Metcalfe).  Consultez le plus récent numéro au http://www.leveller.ca/2017/01/9-4/

• Le 6 février, Papothé – Groupe de discussion pour femmes racisées en milieu académique et l’Association canadienne des sociologues et anthropologues de langue française (ACSALF) vous invitent à la conférence de la professeure Sirma Bilge, titrée : ” Intersectionnalité: entre dispersion globale et blanchiment”. La conférence se tiendra en français suivi d’une discussion en anglais et en français, dans la pièce 12102 du Pavillon Desmarais entre 18h et 21 h.  Des panélistes et artistes seront de la soirée.  ***Entrée gratuite et réservation obligatoire.

• Le mercredi 8 février à 9h, La République Populaire du Délice tiendra une séance de cuisine végane dans le Terminus UCU.  Venez cuisiner et manger avec nous!  Le repas sera servi entre 11h et midi.

Le 8 février il y aura une discussion (en anglais) concernant la liberté d’expression à l’université Carleton et la collaboration entre l’université et des chercheurs en vue de d’empêcher la résistance contre l’exploitation des ressources naturelles sur les territoires  apartenant aux peuples autochtones. De 18h30 au 21h30 au Dunton Tower, pièce 2201, à l’université Carleton.

• Le vendredi 10 février, les choses se passent! Cet hiver le GRIPO vous amène un show de Hip Hop avec quelques-uns des artistes les plus radicaux en ville! Nous aurons avec nous au Café Nostalgica Omar Saghir et Missing LinX, qui ont accepté de venir porter leur message de lutte et de conscientisation, de même que notre DJ maison Golbon qui assurera l’ambiance aux intermissions. Soyez avec nous de 20h à 24h.

  • Le 13 février, en collaboration avec le Papothé – Groupe de dicussion pour femmes racisées en mileu académique, GRIPO organise une soirée de projection et débats du film Ouvrir La Voix, réalisé par Amandine Gay sur les femmes noires issues de l’histoire coloniale européenne en Afrique et aux Antilles. Le film est centré sur l’expérience de la différence en tant que femme noire et des clichés spécifiques liés à ces deux dimensions indissociables de notre identité “femme” et “noire”. Il y est notamment question des intersections de discriminations, d’art, de la pluralité de nos parcours de vies et de la nécessité de se réapproprier la narration.  La projection commencera à 19h00 dans l’Auditoire des Ancien.nes au Centre Universitaire, et sera suivie d’une discussion avec la réalisatrice jusqu’à 22h. Entrée et participation libre. Cet événement sera en français.

  • Le Mouvement Étudiant Révolutionnaire aura sa prochaine réunion générale le 23 février à 18h (lieu à confirmer). Il sera également l’hôte de la 6e Conférence pan-canadienne du MER à uOttawa. Pour plus de détails, contacter directement le MER.

Le 27 février, à midi il y aura une manifestation devant Le Haut-commissariat du Royaume Uni, au 80 rue Elgin pour demander la libération des 2 prisonniers politiques irlandais Craigavon, suivi à 19h00 d’une discussion en anglais au 1066 FSS de la campagne de libération, organisé par International League of People’s Struggles – Ottawa.


Restez à l’affût pour d’autres événements!

 

Our Members

Who is an Ottawa-OPIRG member?

Undergraduate students at the University of Ottawa, as well as full-time graduate students, are members of the Ottawa-OPIRG since the student referendas of 1977 (for undergraduate students) and of 2011 (for graduate students). It is also possible for non-students to become community members and to accordingly have access to the Ottawa-OPIRG resources! You can do so by stopping by office at 85 University 215 D University Centre* and paying the membership fees of 5.00$-10.00$, sliding scale.
*Our office is located on the Jock Turcotte building in the middle of campus live. Please email us atopirgripo@gmail.com or call us at 613-562-5800 Ext: 4364/4365 for accommodations.


Why be or become an Ottawa-OPIRG member?

All members have access to the Ottawa-OPIRG resources, such as radical books, zines, dvds, etc. from our Resource Centre. The members are also deciding on the direction of the Ottawa-OPIRG through the election of the Board of Directors, and they can themselves run for election! Both members and community can take part in our research program, apply for funding, join action groups, and attend our events.


Reimbursement of membership fees

If you wish to get reimbursed from your automatic student contribution, you can do so once a semester (fall, winter, summer), by stopping by the Ottawa-OPIRG office or by our reimbursement table located in an accessible space on campus. Please contact us at 613-562-5800 Ext: 4364/4365 to know the exact date of our refund weeks and where on campus our table will be located this year.

STAND WITH STANDING ROCK AGAINST THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

North Dakota - NODAPL

Honor the Earth with Owe Aku are working from the Standing Rock reservation to challenge the Dakota Access pipeline. We have been involved in the opposition to the pipeline for the past few months, with our support for the Red Warrior Camp and the Sacred Stone Camp.  The situation is moving very quickly out there; and needs urgent attention. While thousands of people are on site at Standing Rock to oppose the pipeline; the North Dakota governor has called this a state of emergency.   This may allow for significantly more law enforcement and possibly the National Guard.    

Background:   The Dakota Access Pipeline is a project of Energy Transfer Partners, with new partner Enbridge/ Marathon, who appear to be moving their interests out of the highly contested terrain of Anishinaabe territory of the Great Lakes. Honor the Earth has been deeply involved in this work, opposing the Enbridge lines for four years.   The Dakota Access Pipeline, began in May 2016, and, if finished will snake through the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, where it will join up with a second 774-mile pipeline to Nederland, Texas.  More than 570,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil will pass through the pipeline per day after it is finished (projected in third quarter 2016), according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  That’s a lot of carbon. 

The pipeline, which is a joint venture between Enbridge Energy Partners LP and Marathon Petroleum Corporation, would also span 200 water crossings, and in North Dakota alone would pass through 33 historical and archeological sites.  Initially, the pipeline was to run north of Bismarck, but because it proved to be a potential threat to Bismarck’s wellhead source water protection areas, the route was cancelled, according to the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The water of Standing Rock, however would be at risk. 

UPDATE:

l) The camp of 1500 plus people will need to remain a presence out in the territory.

2) 28 Arrests have occurred thus far for those opposing the pipeline. We expect many more.

3) The Standing Rock Tribe has filed a request for an injunction on the pipeline construction; this will be heard in Washington DC on August 24.  With relief, the situation will be diffused. Without relief the situation will escalate.

4) The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit requiring an EIS for the proposed pipeline. Honor the Earth will join this lawsuit. That case has not stopped construction.  Standing Rock has also filed a motion at the United Nations.   We will need help with legal costs. Honor the Earth’s attorney Tara Houska will be providing much of this work, in coordination with other attorneys. 

5) The major drill will be arriving on the shore of the Missouri River within weeks, if they are able to transport this heavy haul.  There will likely be more arrests; and direct actions.North Dakota officials were quick to point out that those opposing the pipelines had not been at all the public hearings in the state on the Dakota Access pipeline; but from having attended over 30 public hearings in Minnesota on the Sandpiper; and having seen clearly that our words were not part of the public record or decision making; it was not difficult to see how people do not believe the system would work; nor that in North Dakota, a place full of oil interests, that any Indigenous , or other voice of reason would have been heard. We must all work together. We are very pleased to see that the International Indian Treaty Council filed action at the United Nations.. That is the forum for the violations of treaties and the lack for due process and justice in the US court system.

I always remember what Chief Frank Fools Crow said; “the court of the thief.”Let us hope for justice and let us work together. – Winona LaDuke, Ex. Director of Honor the Earth

Standing Rock Sioux Issue Urgent Appeal to United Nations Human Rights Officials

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/08/20/dakota-access-pipeline-standing-rock-sioux-issue-urgent-appeal-united-nations-human

Resistance continues, “What Would Sitting Bull Do Today? “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children,” it is time to act.

UPDATE Honor the Earth joined 30 Groups Urging Pres. Obama to Halt Construction, Repeal Army Corps of Engineers Permits for Dakota Access Pipeline: Read here

Please join us:

Donate to Honor the Earth here.

Donate to the Camp of the Sacred Stones general operating fund here.

Donate to the Camp of the Sacred Stones legal defense fund here.   

Donate to the Red Warrior Action Camp mobilizing operating fund here.

Holiday Closure

OPIRG-Ottawa will be closed from Wednesday December 21 until we re-open on Tuesday January 3.  Happy holidays!