Several thousand people are meeting in Ottawa from August 21 to 24 for the Peoples’ Social Forum.
It is an ambitious gathering of those wishing to change the world. From labour activists, to environmentalists and Indigenous activists, from students to seniors. With several hundred workshops and assemblies, the PSF Program, you will inevitably come across many meetings you will want to attend.
RankandFile.ca will be at the PSF covering many of the labour-related workshops, as well as hosting our own workshop and a party. You will be able to follow our coverage on Twitter and Facebook. You can always contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also looking for volunteers to help with tabling, making contacts for interviews, and helping out with other random tasks.
THE LABOUR BEAT: LABOUR REPORTING AS ACTIVISM
Friday, August 22, 1pm
Lamoureux Hall, Room 219, University of Ottawa
A workshop on how to report worker struggles and labour issues in your local area or in your union. Develop basic labour journalism skills such as mapping your hometown or sector, interviewing workers and union officials, and writing an effective article. Also engage in discussion about the big ideas underpinning labour reporting and the need for its renewal.
FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY WITH RANKANDFILE.CA!
Friday, August 22, 8:30pm,
The Glue Pot Pub, 340 Queen St. W
The following are being promoted because of RankandFile.ca participation or because we have agreed to requests to endorse and promote them. The first meeting below could be incredibly important in transforming the loose network built around Hassan Husseini’s presidential bid for Canadian Labour Congress, into something more organized and coordinated. RankandFile.ca supports and will be covering.
The second meeting is an important one for workplace and environmental safety. One of the speakers is Roger Annis, a RankandFile.ca editor.
The third is a meeting organized by an Ottawa-based rank-and-file organization of federal public service workers in PSAC, CAPE and PIPSC. The Public Sector Caucus is associated with the Ottawa group Solidarity Against Austerity.
FROM TAKING BACK THE CLC TO TAKING BACK OUR MOVEMENT
Saturday, August 23, 9am-noon
Alumni Auditorium, University of Ottawa
Hosted by the organizers of Take Back the CLC, the campaign behind Hassan Husseini’s presidential run for the CLC in May 2014.
THE STARTLING RISE OF CRUDE OIL TRANSPORT BY RAIL AND THE LAC MÉGANTIC DISASTER
Thursday, August 21, 10:45am
Tabaret Hall, Room 333, University of Ottawa
Hosted by: Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives; Carre bleu lac mégantic; Vancouver Ecosocialist group; Ottawa Ecosocialists
BEATING GOVERNMENT AUSTERITY:
How Federal Public Service Workers can defeat their employers in the interests of all citizens
Saturday, August 23, 1pm
Morisset Hall, Room 224
Hosted by the rank-and-file cross-union Ottawa-based Public Sector Caucus of Solidarity Against Austerity