FESTIVAL OF SOLIDARITY 2017: LIVING TOGETHER
September 15-16, 2017 - Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal
The Festival of Solidarity 2017 is one-and-a-half day event to build critical links between progressive activists from across North America.
The festival’s theme this year will be “Living Together,” with a specific focus on racial and economic justice in the city. With right-wing populist and anti-immigrant rhetoric rising in the United States, and a growing “progressive neoliberalism” in Canada, activists on both sides of the border are looking for creative ways to use municipalities to deepen a progressive agenda.
The festival will take place in Côte-des-Neiges, a largely immigrant enclave in Montreal, on September 15-16, 2017. This event is co-presented by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office and Alternatives (Montreal).
Friday, September 15th, 7:00 pm
Opening Panel – Cities: An Arena of Struggles Against Racism
– Kali Akuno, Cooperative Jackson and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
– Will Prosper, spokesperson for Montréal Noir and Hoodstock
– André Trépannier , Comité d’action Parc Extension (CAPE) on housing discrimination faced by racialized communities
– Ismael Robert, Haitian community activist on the wave of Haitian refugees escaping US to Montreal
-Yasmina Price, Co-founder of Afrosocialists & Socialists of Color Caucus of the Democratic Socialists of America
Facilitation: Manon Perron, Secretary General of Montreal Labour Council-CSN (Confederation of National Trade Unions)
Saturday, September 16th, 1:30 pm
Round Table – Economic Justice for All
– Biju Mathew, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
– Mostafa Henaway, Immigrant Workers Center
– Jasmin de la Calzada, Education Officer at Pinay (Philippines Women’s Organization)
– Wilson Jean-Paul, President of Montreal Taxi Drivers Association-affiliated to Steelworkers
– Cathy Inouyé & Donalda Gabirel, Project Genesis, defending welfare recipients in CDN Neighbourhood
– Trina Rose Slapkoff, on economic oppression of indigenous people
Facilitation: Marc-Édouard Joubert, President of Montreal Labour Council-FTQ (Quebec Federation of Labour)
Saturday, September 16th, 3:30 pm
Closing Panel – Fighting Systemic Racism
– Carmen Dixon, from Black Lives Matter New York Chapter
– Émilie Nicolas, co-spokesperson for Coalition for Equality and Against Systemic Racism
– Haroun Bouazzi, President of Association des musulmans et arabes pour la laïcité
– Widia Larivière, Indigenous activist, co-founder of Mikana and Idle No More in Quebec
– Houda Asal, historian and author of Being Arab in Canada (Être arabe au Canada)
Facilitation: Safa Chebi, Member of the Board at Alternatives
All events taking place in Park Brilliant in Côte-des-Neiges.
RSVP for this event here.
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