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QPIRG Concordia offers workshops and presentations on several topics related to social justice, community-based research and popular education, in both English and French. In some cases, QPIRG members can present the workshop, and in other cases, we can provide referrals. We are able to offer these workshops based on our own group capacity. In offering these workshops, we prioritize the QPIRG Concordia campus and community membership. We also outline below the many workshops offered by QPIRG Concordia’s working groups.

QPIRG CONCORDIA WORKSHOPS

WORKING GROUP WORKSHOPS

QPIRG CONCORDIA WORKSHOPS (Descriptions)

Solidarity, not charity: Activism in Montreal 101

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.” – Eduardo Galeano

Are your curious or interested in social justice organizing? If so, QPIRG Concordia presents monthly sessions about activism and community involvement for both students and non-students. “Activism in Montreal 101” includes an overview of collectives, groups, organizations, campaigns and projects that people can join or volunteer, as well as answer any questions participants might have about social justice organizing in the Montreal context. We will also discuss QPIRG’s anti-oppression, grassroots organizing framework. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Community-based social justice research

“Knowledge itself doesn’t make change for the better, it’s people with knowledge that do.”

This workshop and discussion will explore the idea of community-based social justice research. We will present a model of “social justice research” rooted in principles of accessibility and popular education, while at the same time critiquing prevailing ideas of what constitutes “knowledge work”. We will also share many examples of community-based social justice research projects and methods, — from indy classes and free schools to alternative research projects — directly relevant and applicable to both campus and community members. The workshop will last approximately 90 minutes. Presented by members of the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at Concordia. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

How to Convert your Class Paper into a Conference Presentation

QPIRG Concordia is a social and environmental justice center. Our core projects include the Community-University Research Exchange (CURE) and the Study In Action conference. Both projects nurture and encourage undergraduates to link their research and learning with community organizations struggling for justice and social change. This workshop will provide handy tips on how to convert your class paper into a presentation that can be shared more widely at conferences. We encourage you to attend this workshop to get empowered and motivated to share what you’ve been researching and learning more widely. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

The Anti-Oppression Grassroots Organizing Framework

This workshop looks at the basics of power, privilege, and oppression in its various forms, including but not limited to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism. It aims to contribute to the building of an anti-racist, anti-capitalist, multiracial, feminist, queer, trans liberationist, anti-authoritarian movements. The presentation is grounded in a grassroots organizing framework that emphasizes self-organization and self-determination by directly affected individuals and groups. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Consensus decision-making, facilitation and meeting process

This workshop explores the basics of consensus decision-making, whether in small groups, or in larger groups, and whether for informal collectives of non-profit organizations. The presentation also looks closely at facilitation skills and good meeting processes and practices. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Community Bike Tour of Montreal’s Southwest

An interactive tour of the neighborhoods near Concordia, including Little Burgundy, Shaughnessy Village, St-Henri, Griffintown and Point-St-Charles. During this tour you will learn more about popular, queer, and working class struggles in our community, as well as current campaigns against gentrification, car culture and poverty. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Radical Walking Tour of Concordia

Learn more about social justice struggles at Concordia University and beyond. Topics include: The 1969 Sir George Williams Computer Center Riot; The 1970 Santhanam Affair; The 1987 Day of Action Against Tuition Hikes; The 2002 Netanyahu Riot/Uprising on Campus; and more. As well, learn about food politics, feminism, gender liberation, corporatization and campus space, environmental justice and sustainability, and labour politics The walking tour lasts approximately 2 hours. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Accessing and mobilizing the mainstream media

A 90-minute primer for grassroots groups who want to better access and mobilize the mainstream media. Members of QPIRG Concordia can make referrals to individuals who can help facilitate this workshop. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Conflict mediation and resolution

Conflicts in organizations are common, and don’t have to be problematic (and can even be useful building experiences) if they’re navigated using grassroots conflict mediation and resolution skills. This workshop looks at conflict resolution methods, grounded in QPIRG’s own conflict resolution and complaints committee policy. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Grassroots Fundraising in Montreal

Organizations doing social justice organizing need access to funds, without compromising their principles. This workshop provides a space to discuss grassroots fundraising models and tips. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Stopped by the police? Know your rights!

This workshop and discussion will provide you with basic information about your legal right to assemble and protest, as well as discuss various demonstration scenarios. During the workshop we’ll cover basic police tactics and strategies; protester tactics and strategies; common protest scenarios; searches & seizure; your rights if you’re arrested. This workshop will also include information specifically for international students. There will also be a period for questions. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Security and Awareness Culture for Activists

Movements for radical social change have always been subject to state repression and surveillance. Grounding this in the history of state repression of social movements, this workshop draws on our own experiences and the experiences of grassroots Montreal-based organizations over the past year dealing with state repression, infiltration and surveillance. The purpose of this workshop is to assist groups to be aware of police repressions and surveillance, and to create security and awareness cultures adapted to their particular organizing spaces and situations. We propose a model of solidarity and support to counter paranoia and fear. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

From the Zapatista Uprising to Occupy Wall Street: Global Justice Movements in North America

“It didn’t start in Seattle, it’s not going to stop with Occupy Wall Street”. This is a workshop/presentation looking at global justice movements in North America, and worldwide, in the last 15 years. It provides a space to root our current organizing with an understanding of recent history of political organizing, and the challenges and lessons from past struggles. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

Harper Mutiny: Understanding the policies of the Conservative “majority”

The Stephen Harper Conservatives have secured a majority government for the next four years. The coming years of austerity, cutbacks and regressive social policies will be a huge challenge for social and environmental justice movements. This workshop analyzes and the various policies of the Conservative government affecting privacy, the internet, education & accessibility, immigrant rights, national security, crime and prisons, the environment, queer rights, women’s rights, the economy and more. The workshop also focuses on local organizing against the Conservative Party agenda. Contact: info@qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585

WORKING GROUP WORKSHOPS (descriptions)

Basic Tech Security (Anarchist Tech Support)

An overview of basic password security, programs for email and instant messenging encryption, programs for browser anonymization, and a number of tips and tricks for securing digital information. Also covered are the reasons why a basic understanding and practice of tech security are important in the context of revolutionary struggle. This workshop can be done differently depending on the audience and what subject matter is of particular interest is of particular interest to them. Contact: http://ats-mtl.netats-mtl@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Digital Resistance, Digital Self-Defense: What Activists Need to Know (Anarchist Tech Support)

An overview of the present situation of revolutionary struggle on the internet, including the status of attacks against capitalist institutions online. the processes by which corporations and states are attempting to establish greater control of the internet, and the culture of internet use in our society now. Contact: http://ats-mtl.netats-mtl@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Une expérience d’expropriation populaire: le Centre social autogéré et le Bâtiment no. 7 à Pointe-Saint-Charles (Centre Social Autogéré)

Depuis 2007 le Centre social autogéré (CSA) travaille à récupérer gratuitement des mains du capitalisme un bâtiment pour y établir un centre autogéré où tenir des événements sociaux et politiques dans une perspective anti-autoritaire. Le CSA est ancré dans un quartier populaire et travaille en collaboration avec d’autres organisations de son milieu. Depuis juin 2011, le CSA et certains de ses partenaires sont assurés d’avoir un bâtiment, le résultat d’une lutte de 4 ans qui a utilisé la diversité des tactiques et le partenariat entre organisations aux idéologies différentes. Cet atelier mettra en exergue cette lutte pour montrer comment, dans un contexte de déstructuration capitaliste, une communauté peut obtenir des gains majeurs. La diversité de tactiques, la mobilisation populaire, la lutte contre le capitalisme et les alliances conjoncturelles avec certains acteurs politiques peuvent permettre à des organisations anti-autoritaires de faire des gains et de construire des communautés autonomes du capitalisme, de l’État et du patriarcat. Contact: www.centresocialautogere.orginfo@centresocialautogere.org – 514-934-3057

Surprise! On a des droits! / Guess what!? We’ve got rights! (Collectif oppose à la brutalité policière)

Cet atelier (accompagné de la brochure du même nom) propose des conseils pour réagir aux abus de pouvoir des policiers. Il informe les participantEs de leurs droits face à la police. Il propose, avant tout, des moyens d’action pour établir un rapport de force avec elle. Ces renseignements s’appliquent en grande majorité au SPVM (Société de police de la Ville de Montréal). On doit compter sur nous-mêmes pour connaître nos droits et les faire respecter. La police abuse de ses pouvoirs quotidiennement et particulièrement envers les personnes marginalisées, pauvres, jeunes et celles qui remettent en question les autorités. Ces renseignements s’inspirent des lois canadiennes ainsi que des codes et règlements s’appliquant à la police au Québec.  L’atelier peut prendre la forme d’un exposé magistral ou celle d’un atelier interactif à travers lequel les participants peuvent intervenir à tous moments. La participation des personnes à qui s’adresse l’atelier est encouragé pour la préparation et la tenue de l’atelier. Contact: www.cobp.resist.cacobp@hotmail.com – 514-395-9691

Las normas de trabajo de Québec, en español (Dignidad Migrante)

A basic introduction to the Normes du travail du Québec in Spanish. We invite both undocumented and documented workers to participate, so that even if someone isn’t necessarily protected by the Labour Standards Board, they at least gain some power vis-a-vis their employer by knowing what the Labour Norms are. Contact: www.dignidadmigrante.orgdignidadmigrante@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

El neoliberalismo, la migracion, y cambios en el sector laboral: como luchamos? (Dignidad Migrante)

An introduction to the reasons people migrate (free trade agreements and how they force people off their land, etc.), and how migration feeds the Canadian labour market and gives Canada the opportunity to “flexibilize” work. How can we organize, as undocumented and documented migrant workers and allies, to fight this? Contact: www.dignidadmigrante.orgdignidadmigrante@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Anarchism without Anarchists / Anarchism with Anarchists: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (Montreal Anarchist Bookfair Collective)

This workshop will outline the basic principles of anarchism, from its historical origins, to inspirations and antecedents from diverse cultures and movements. From support work with prisoners, migrants and victims of police brutality, to inspiring insurrections and uprisings world wide, we’ll explore the tangible practice of anarchist values of self-organization, mutual aid, solidarity and autonomous action. We will look at meaningful examples of self-organization and resistance from Kabylie & Chiapas to Mapuche territories & the Iroquois Confederacy, including local examples in Montreal. Whether through anarchism by self-identified anarchists, or “anarchism without anarchists” who practice the values of anarchism in the day-to-day, this workshop will provide a basic overview of anarchist ideas and practice, and the uncompromising struggle against capitalism, state and all forms of oppression. This workshop is intended for people who are new to, or curious about, anarchist ideas and practice (not for people already quite familiar with anarchism). Contact: www.anarchistbookfair.cainfo@salonanarchiste.ca – 514-679-5800

Discovering Anarchism Through Music (Montreal Anarchist Bookfair Collective)

This workshop is designed for people curious about but not necessarily very familiar with anarchism. Its goal is to discover the origins, central ideas and historical figures and movements of anarchism through the medium of French-language music. Contact: www.anarchistbookfair.cainfo@salonanarchiste.ca – 514-679-5800

Histoire et philosophie de la pédagogie radicale (L’école libre de Montréal Rad School)

Comment l’éducation contribue-t-elle à la reproduction d’un système basé, essentiellement, sur les notions de domination et de compétition? En quoi l’école libre permet-elle un véritable changement de paradigme? Nous explorons à travers l’histoire différentes expériences en pédagogie libertaire. Contact: www.ecolelibre-freeschool.orgmontreal@ecolelibre-freeschool.org – 514-848-7583

Éducation et apprentissage dans une perspective radicale (L’école libre de Montréal Rad School)

Une introduction aux formes alternatives d’éducation, au-delà de l’éducation étatique obligatoire. Nous explorerons les façons de supporter nos enfants dans la prise en main de leur apprentissage et de leur éducation. Venez vous renseigner sur les alternatives en éducation à Montréal et ailleurs. Contact: www.ecolelibre-freeschool.orgmontreal@ecolelibre-freeschool.org – 514-848-7583

Basic sound-system set-up (Équipe Sonore/Soundteam)

How to set up a sound system for indoor events.  Step-by-step training by experienced Soundteam volunteers! Contact: http://equipesonore.wordpress.comequipesonore@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Basic electronics repair and circuit bending (Équipe Sonore/Soundteam)

The basics of how to troubleshoot a sound system or device, or make fun and interesting modifications to it!  Basic electronics theory, soldering, safety and more. Contact: http://equipesonore.wordpress.comequipesonore@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Soundtrucks set-up (Équipe Sonore/Soundteam)

How to set up mobile sound unit that runs off a car battery.  Basic set-up and safety. Contact: http://equipesonore.wordpress.comequipesonore@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Tuition 101 (Free Education Montreal)

A brief overview of how tuition fees are collected, calculated, and spent in Quebec, and how and why the government in the near future will likely try to change the structure. Also includes alternatives to this structure. Contact: www.freeducationmontreal.orginfo@freeeducationmontreal.org – 514-848-7583

Demystifying Prisons 101 (Open Door Books)

This workshop will provide a foundation for a basic critical analysis of prison systems. Discussion will touch on dispelling myths surrounding the purpose of prisons; exploring the effects of criminalization and racial profiling; examining pop cultural representations of crime and criminals; providing information on North American prison conditions and the Prison Industrial Complex; discussing penal abolition and alternatives to incarceration; and offering opportunities for new students to become involved in prison justice organizing in Montreal. Contact: opendoorbooks.wordpress.combookstoprisoners@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

CSIS Knocking at your door? Ensure your rights are respected! (People’s Commission Network)

A slide presentation/primer about CSIS ways and means; analysis and argument about non-collaboration with CSIS. Contact: www.peoplescommission.orgcommissionpopulaire@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Security for activist groups (People’s Commission Network)

A basic workshop about security culture aimed at radical groups. Adapted from a workshop developed for Colombian activists. It’s a scary world out there! Stay safe. Contact: www.peoplescommission.orgcommissionpopulaire@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Blacklists and Blacklisting (People’s Commission Network)

Introduction to contemporary Canadian practices of blacklisting; blacklisting as a political tool of repression. Contact: www.peoplescommission.orgcommissionpopulaire@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

National security in Canada (People’s Commission Network)

An interactive workshop about Canadian national security agenda. Aimed at developing critical thinking about the myth of Canadian as a human rights practicing country and collective strategizing to address political and social problems. Contact: www.peoplescommission.orgcommissionpopulaire@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

You Improvise to Survive”: on sexual ’safety’ inside and outside prisons (Prisoner Correspondence Project)

A workshop / discussion featuring statements from gay, queer and trans prisoners across the US and Canada on what sexual “safety” means when condom access is restricted or when queer sex is criminal. The workshop and discussion following seeks to start dialogue about how we can support one another, and each others’ struggles for control over our own sexual lives, as trans folks and gays and queers across prison walls. Contact: prisonercorrespondenceproject.cominfo@prisonercorrespondenceproject.com – 514-848-7583

Kings and Queens and Criminal Queers: on queer youth and criminalization (Prisoner Correspondence Project)

A workshop and discussion charting the ways in which queer and gender nonconforming communities continue to be criminalized. The workshop outlines the legal status of queerness historically, and the implications that these histories have for us as queers and trans people today. The workshop provides an opportunity to talk about our experiences of marginalization in the context of the current legal landscape in Montreal / Quebec / Canada. The workshop provides an overview of projects and organizations that intervene on this process of criminalization and discuss strategies for responding. This workshop can be geared for a youth or adult audience. Contact: prisonercorrespondenceproject.cominfo@prisonercorrespondenceproject.com – 514-848-7583

Troubles with protection in a prison nation: on queers, sex crimes, and offender registries (Prisoner Correspondence Project)

A workshop focused on sex offender registries as one of the fastest growing components of the Prison Industrial Complex. It explores the cultural construction of the “sex offender,” in order to examine state responses to sexual violence. It provides an overview of queer histories of surveillance and registries, and the lived effects of these policies on queers living within the prison system. Contact: prisonercorrespondenceproject.cominfo@prisonercorrespondenceproject.com – 514-848-7583

Criminalizing risk and strategies for decarceration: on sex panics, HIV, criminalization and “tough on crime” (Prisoner Correspondence Project)

A workshop and discussion that explores (a) the criminalization of HIV transmission represented by recent legal shifts in Canada, (b) historical and ongoing sex panic and hysteria around non-hetero and public sex, and (c) tough on crime policies and politics in Canada, and how these three trends have worked together historically – and work together today – to secure gay / trans marginalization. The workshop will touch upon how we can understand these three trends in the context of prison expansion, and how we might situate our resistance to these trends within broader decarceration strategies. Contact: prisonercorrespondenceproject.cominfo@prisonercorrespondenceproject.com – 514-848-7583

Know your rights (Project X)

This workshop is oriented for youth of color, to know their rights in different legal situations in which racial profiling often takes place, such as in metros, in parks, shopping mall ‘loitering’, and anti-gang legislation.  We also provide information on what to do when these rights are NOT respected. Contact: www.theprojectx.cainfo@theprojectx.ca – 514-848-7583

Get Yr Queer On! Politics, Liberation, and Close Encounters with the Fabulous (QTeam)

The workshop will: i) Introduce participants to Montreal queer histories of resistance. ii) Problematize the mainstream GAY agenda – what are its goals, who sets it, and who benefits from it? iii) Engage participants in thinking about assimilation vs. liberation – what does radical queer organizing look like? Why does it matter? iv) Get folks thinking about queer culture with the (in)famous “name that gay tune” game, prizes to include zines and posters from the qteam distro + hankies. Contact: www.qteam.orgqteam.mtl@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Research Workshop: Beyond Googling (Radical Reference)

This workshop will cover: 1) Critical thinking: evaluation criteria (Who wrote this and why?); 2) Sources of information (see Rad Ref virtual reference shelf): public library databases, government websites; 3) Access to Information Act requests; 4) Using social media, Google alerts, and RSS. Contact: radrefmtl.wordpress.com – radrefmtl@riseup.net – 514-848-7583

Breaking Down the Canadian Immigration System (Solidarity Across Borders)

A presentation on how the Canadian immigration system works; topics include: a brief history of migrant justice organizing in Montreal (2001-2010); the immigration and refugee determination process; the bureaucracy and agencies of immigration control (CIC, CBSA, IRB, etc); detentions and deportations; sponsorships; humanitarian claims; the Quebec system; Canadian border control and immigration policies; and more. Contact: www.solidarityacrossborders.orgsolidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Doing Immigration Support Work (Solidarity Across Borders)

A presentation and discussion on doing immigration support work, using previous support efforts and campaigns in Montreal as a reference. Topics include: defining casework and support work; kinds of support; support roles; legal issues and procedures; support strategies; communications; building a campaign; money and fundraising; media; allies and resources; employment, education and health services; detention support; deportation support; and more. Individuals who have been actively involved in previous support efforts will be on-hand to share their experiences. Contact: www.solidarityacrossborders.orgsolidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

Screenprinting Printing for the Revolution (Ste-Emilie Skillshare)

Come to this screenprinting crash course and learn how you can use screenprinting as a tool for revolution. We’ll learn about screens, emulsion, image preparation, paper and fabric printing, basic image registration and all the rad projects you and your affinity group can do. We can adjust this workshop to make poster/banner/tee shirts with community groups too if interested! Contact: www.steemilieskillshare.commtlskillshare@gmail.com – 514-848-7583

The political parody “Parole sans Parole” (Termite Collective)

A multi-media political parody about prison life inside and out on the street (parole). Contact: gpedicelli@yahoo.com – 514-680-7447