COMMUNITY ROUND TABLE: A conversation about community organizing, grassroots knowledge and self-determination

COMMUNITY ROUND TABLE : A conversation about community organizing, grassroots knowledge and self-determination
Join community organizers from 7 different groups working on issues from migrant justice to prisoner solidarity and beyond in a discussion about grassroots knowledge work, social justice organizing and the importance of community accountability and self-determination.

As part of an event series on community-driven social justice research, the round table aims to reframe and reclaim research as grassroots, community-owned and beyond the institution. We seek to validate knowledge that is intimately connected to people’s lived experiences, that reflects various forms of resistance and that is ultimately a vital tool in grassroots organizing and social justice movements.
Organizers will be engaging with the moderators, the audience and each other to share their experiences and perspectives.
▲▲▲ Prisoner Correspondence Project ▼▼▼
(Olivia Dumas & Parker Finley)
PCP coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people a part of these same communities outside of prison.
⧳⧳⧳ Accessiblize Montreal! ⧳⧳⧳
(Gift Tshuma)
Accessibilize Montreal is a by-and-for group of folks living with disabilities that seeks to mainstream perceptions of disability through direct action and speak out against transit and systemic discrimination. Access for all!
◓◓◓ Non-status women’s collective of Montreal ◓◓◓
(Three members from collective)
The Non-status women’s collective organize to regularize the status of all and bring attention to the realities and existence of non-status women. The are, in their own words: “women and mothers who live and work in the shadows, invisible and excluded. We live in precarity because of our immigration status. Our precarious status threatens our security, our liberty as women, our rights as workers, our families. We live here; we will remain here. This is our home and our children’s home. We want to live in dignity, peace and stability; we want an end to the fear that constantly tortures us.”
◉◉◉ Elena Stoodley Author ◉◉◉
Composer, singer, performer, community activist, member of C-Uni-T (Community-University Talks), Production Coordinator at CKUT 90.3FM
➻➻➻ Emilie Savoie ➻➻➻
French language teacher and consent educator who is working on an anti-oppressive French grammar exercise book. She and her collaborators want to offer a teaching tool that is accessible to everyone, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-colonial and more. It is designed in solidarity with everyone who needs to learn French and who lives at the intersection of oppressions – gender, class, ability, race and beyond.
⧓⧓⧓ Bridget Tolley ⧓⧓⧓
Algonquin activist from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. Bridget is an active member of Justice for Victims of Police Killings and Families of Sisters in Spirit. She has been fighting for justice since her mother, Gladys Tolley, was struck and killed by the Quebec provincial police in 2001.
⏏⏏⏏ Mad Pride ⏏⏏⏏
(Two members from the collective)
A fabulous collective by and for folks identifying as mad, sad, crazy, hyper-emotional, neuroatypical, mentally ill, mentally different, psychiatric survivors/consumers… or questioning.
◇ Free!
◇ Welcome to all.
◇ Wheelchair accessible.
◇ Whisper translation available.
◇ Childcare available with 48 hours notice.
◇ This is a scent-free event; please do not wear any colognes or perfumes.
◇ Get in touch with any accessibility needs.
info(at)qpirgconcordia(dot)com // 514-848-7585
This event takes place on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka. The Kanien’kehá:ka are the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The island called “Montreal” is known as Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka, and it has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin peoples.
This event is part of a series on community-driven social justice research. It is co-organized by CURE Concordia & QPIRG Concordia.