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Consider being a Working Group at QPIRG Concordia! (deadline: FRIDAY 5pm)

- Are you part of a grassroots group that organizes around a specific issue, idea, project or campaign?
- Consider being a Working Group of QPIRG Concordia!

- Deadline for applications is FRIDAY, September 28, 2012 at 5pm.
- Any questions? Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org or 514-848-7585
- More info below.

The Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at Concordia is a social and environmental justice center, making campus-community links for social change. We strive to raise awareness and support grassroots activism around diverse social and environmental isues, rooted in an anti-oppression analysis and practice.

What is a Working Group?
Working Groups are the heart of QPIRG Concordia. They are groups of volunteers who want to organize around a specific issue, idea, project or campaign. Working Groups usually organize around ongoing or long-term issues, though some focus on a particular theme or short-term topic. Working groups can be comprised of both students and community members. Our current Working Groups organize on a wide variety of issues ranging from anti-war organizing to prison justice, from art skillsharing to immigrant rights, from international solidarity to independent media. This year’s Working Groups, and previous Working Groups, are listed below.

To learn more about Working Groups at QPIRG Concordia, visit: http://www.qpirgconcordia.org/?page_id=9

How does QPIRG Concordia support a Working Group?
By becoming a Working Group, you are able to access QPIRG Concordia for administrative and staff support, as well as office space and resources. QPIRG resources available to Working Groups include: a budget; access to photocopying, fax and phone; computer and internet access; access to the QPIRG space for meetings; access to other resources such as megaphones, bike trailer, projector, childcare materials, stationery, paint supplies and more. QPIRG can also help your Working Group with grants, as well as to make links to organizing on campus and in the community.

How to become a Working Group?
If you agree with QPIRG’s mandate (included below) and want support for your group, consider becoming a QPIRG Concordia working group. The application process is straightforward:

1) If you’re not aware of QPIRG Concordia already, get to know us by visiting our website – www.qpirgconcordia.org — or coming by our space during office hours.

2) Download the Working Group Application Form & Working Groups Reciprocity Agreement. READ the Reciprocity Agreement, and READ & COMPLETE the Application Form.

-> The Working Groups Application Form is available for download here: http://www.qpirgconcordia.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/WGApplicationForm2012-13.doc

-> The Working Groups Reciprocity Agreement is available for download here: http://www.qpirgconcordia.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ReciprocityAgreement2012-13.doc

3) At any point, don’t hesitate to contact our Working Groups Coordinator with any questions: info@qpirgconcordia.org or 514-848-7585

Deadline for applications is September 28, 2012, before 5pm. Please send your application by e-mail to info@qpirgconcordia.org (If you want feedback on your application, please submit it before September 21).

The QPIRG Concordia Mandate:
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia is a resource centre for student and community research and organizing. We strive to raise awareness and support grassroots activism around diverse social and environmental justice issues. Our work is rooted in an anti-oppression analysis and practice. We seek to make campus-community links and inspire social change through engaging, inclusive and non-hierarchical approaches. QPIRG Concordia is committed to being inclusive and accessible to all. We are actively opposed to all forms of discrimination and oppression. QPIRG is a volunteer-driven, student-funded, non-profit organization that is independent from the Concordia administration and student union. Both students and community members are welcome to make use of our space and resources as well as participate in QPIRG projects.


Current (2011-12) QPIRG Concordia Working Groups:

Anarchist Tech Support / Anarchistes pour des technologies solidaires (ATS)
Anti-Colonial Solidarity Committee
Association pour la Liberté d’Expression
Centre Social Autogéré/Autonomous Social Center
Certain Days Political Prisoner Calendar Committee
Montreal Childcare Collective
Collectif Opposé à la Brutalité Policière (COBP)
Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes (CLAC)
Dignidad Migrante
L’école-libre radicale de Montréal/Rad School
Équipe Sonore / Soundteam
Ethnoculture
Free Education Montreal
Indigenous Solidarity Committee
Justice for the Victims of Police Killings
Montreal Anarchist Bookfair Collective
Open Door Books
People’s Commission Network
Prisoner Correspondence Project
Project X
PROS&CONS: Drugs and criminal justice system
Qteam
Radical Reference
Re-Con
Right to the City
Solidarity Across Borders / Solidarité sans frontières
Ste-Emilie Skillshare
TAPthirst
Termite Collective

(full descriptions of above groups at: http://www.qpirgconcordia.org/?page_id=1489)

Some recent working groups of QPIRG-Concordia include: Alcan’t in India; Anarchist Reading Circle; Block the Empire Montreal; Brown Birthing Network; Colours of Resistance Montreal; Comité soutien Dany Villanueva; Committee to Support Kader Belaouni; Common Front; Countershot; End Exploitation; Haiti Action Montreal; Ici La Otra; Independent Media Center (IMC-Montreal); Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement (IPSM); Initiative de Vidéo Stratégique; International Solidarity Movement (ISM); Kanehsatake Garden Project; LCP (Live-in Caregiver Program) Focus Group; Mad Autonomous Solidarity Collective (MASC); Mexico-Montreal; Not In Our Name – Concordia; Parc X Citizens’ Committee; Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie (PASC); Political Prisoner Solidarity Project; Résovélo; SNAP! Moving to Our Own Beats; Tadamon! Montreal; Women in Gear/Les Dérailleuses; W.O.R.D. (Writing Our Rhymes Down); and many others!

Some groups and projects that evolved from QPIRG-Concordia’s working groups in the past include: Right to Move/La Voie Libre; Popular Film Series (evolved into Cinema Politica); Urgence Manif; Sustainable Concordia; Blood Sisters; Un Juste Café; Santropol Roulant; Concordia Recycling and Composting Committee; Vegan Lunch Program (became People’s Potato); Project Take Root (evolved into Frigo Vert); Action Rebut; ASEED (became Equiterre); and others!

Reminders:
-> At any point, don’t hesitate to contact our Working Groups Coordinator with any questions: info@qpirgconcordia.org or 514-848-7585
-> The deadline for Working Group applications is September 28, 2012 before 5pm. Please send your application by e-mail to info@qpirgconcordia.org (if you want feedback on your application, please submit it before September 21).