FESTIVAL OF SOLIDARITY 2015
Fighting Austerity Here and Abroad - June 13 - Montreal
The 2015 FESTIVAL OF SOLIDARITY, co-organized by Alternatives and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, will take place in Montreal from 9:30am to 5:30pm on Saturday, June 13. It is being held at the Coeur des sciences de l’UQAM, 175 Avenue President Kennedy, Salle Agora Hydro-Québec. Attendance is free and open to the public.
This event will be livestreamed here.
During the Festival, we will focus on how we can successfully fight austerity in Quebec, Canada, and beyond: What are the perspectives for mass mobilization against austerity in Quebec this coming fall? How can we better link climate issues and anti-austerity mobilizations? And what lessons can be drawn from the European experience in fighting austerity?
The Festival of Solidarity will feature speakers from social movements across North America, as well as prominent officials from parties of the anti-austerity left in Europe.
9:30-10:00AM WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Ronald Cameron, President of Alternatives
Albert Scharenberg, co-director of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
10:00-12:00AM FIGHT AUSTERITY, SAVE THE CLIMATE: STRATEGIES AND CHALLENGES
Clayton Thomas-Muller, Idle No More
Nathalie Guay, National Trade Unions Confederation (CSN)
Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (NY)
Marie-Josée Béliveau, Coalition against the Pipelines (COVO)
Anthony Garoufalis-Auger, Students Against Pipelines (ECO)
Facilitator: Bruno Massé, Quebec Network of Ecological Groups (RQGE)
12:00-1:30PM LUNCH / THEME: SOLIDARITY WITH LATIN AMERICA
**Salvadorian Auction, sale of artisanal products made by communities affected by extractivism**
1:30-3:30PM FROM SPRING TO FALL 2015: PERSPECTIVES FOR CHALLENGING AUSTERITY
Patrick Rondeau, Quebec Federation of Labour (FTQ)
Fanny Theurillat-Cloutier, Profs contre la hausse (Rank-and-file teachers)
Executive board member of Quebec Student Union (ASSÉ)
Spokesperson of Red Hand Coalition (Community and Women’s groups)
Facilitator: Claude Vailancourt, President of ATTAC-Quebec
3:30- 5:30PM BUILDING A POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE TO AUSTERITY: THE EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE
Yiannis Bournous, Political Secretariat, SYRIZA, Greece
Caren Lay, Member of Parliament, DIE LINKE, Germany
Pablo Bustinduy Amador, International Representative, PODEMOS, Spain
Amir Khadir, Member of National Assembly, QUEBEC SOLIDAIRE
*Simultaneous French-English interpretation will be available.*
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