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nsjf 2011 Workshops: Session 1

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2011: Saturday, April 9th from 9 am – 5pm Pond Inlet, Brock University: FREE! Lunch Provided :)

9:30-10:30am: SESSION 1: Workshops

Workshop 1a: Protecting Brock’s Niagara Escarpment – Corey Burant
Location: MC C407
The work of the Niagara Restoration Council to restore forests and streams throughout Niagara. A Power Point presentation will be made that will illustrate some of the restored forests and other natural habitats that we have been involved in creating, and will have images of a potential future project at Brock University.

Workshop 1b: Developing a People’s Assembly on Climate Justice for Niagara – Fiona McMurran, South Niagara Chapter, Council of Canadians
Location: MC D308
April 2011 marks the first anniversary of the World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, called by President Evo Morales, following the failure of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. In response to the invitation, 35,000 people, representing an historic gathering of social movements, came to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Participants divided into working groups, each tackling a different problem associated with climate change. The conference in Cochabamba was the start of a climate justice movement that draws together social justice and environmental activists, through the creation of People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice, modeled on the Cochabamba process. This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of climate justice and the Cochabamba model of People’s Assemblies, in the hope of establishing one here in Niagara, so that we can work together to identify local problems associated with climate change and determine possible solutions.

Workshop 1c: Disability Accessibility, Cultural Sensitivity and Audisum – Karly Schaefer, The Canadian Hearing Society
Location: MC D309
This workshop will explore issues of accessibility and discrimination that deaf and hard of hearing individuals face daily in our communities. Living with a hearing loss is an invisible disability that makes our basic human function of communication more challenging. Often social stigmas surrounding hearing loss in general tend to limit deaf and hard of hearing individuals from being able to fully participate in society.

Workshop 1d: Social Media: Your Movement Needs You! – Dylan Powell
Location: MC H313
This workshop will focus on social media empowerment and ways in which every individual can leverage social media to promote social justice. Participants will create an “event” and direct it through social media from beginning to end.

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nsjf 2011 Workshops: Session 2

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2011: Saturday, April 9th from 9 am – 5pm Pond Inlet, Brock University: FREE! Lunch Provided :)

10:45-11:45am: SESSION 2: Workshops

Workshop 2a: No One Is Illegal-Toronto – Craig Fortier, No One Is Illegal-Toronto
Location: MC C407
No One Is Illegal-Toronto will work with participants to develop an analysis of why people migrate, how this is connected to capitalism and colonialism and how people become undocumented.  Our workshop is meant to challenge dominant understandings of migration and to assert the right of people to move freely and resist displacement.  More specifically we will discuss tangible campaigns that we have engaged in where we have effectively challenged Canadian immigration policy – including the Shelter, Sanctuary, Status campaign, the Education Not Deportation campaign, the Food for All Campaign, the May Day of Action and the broader Sanctuary City.

Workshop 2b: Youth Homelessness: The Invisible Population – Bertha Power and Helen Slee
Location: MC D308
The purpose of this workshop is to bring an awareness of this issue in Niagara, and to showcase the needs of these youth and what resources are available to them in the community. A presentation by local service providers, and facilitated drama exercise will help frame this issue with measurable goals.

Workshop 2c: Health Care Service Issues in Niagara – Sue Hotte, Niagara Health Coalition
Location: MC D309
This workshop will discuss adequate funding for Medicare and health services vs buying new jet planes and building prisons. The outcome of this federal election will have huge implications on the state of and access to health care and services in Niagara, Ontario and Canada.

Workshop 2d: Animal Rights on Film – Kimberly Costello, BARC and NAfA
Location: MC H313
Some say that video footage is the activist’s most effective tool for inducing critical thinking. This workshop will use powerful video footage to explore the often unseen lives of farmed animals and to expose the truth behind animal agribusiness.

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nsjf 2011 Workshops: Session 3

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2011: Saturday, April 9th from 9 am – 5pm Pond Inlet, Brock University: FREE! Lunch Provided :)

1:30-2:30pm: SESSION 3: Workshops

Workshop 3a: Back to the Source: The Right to Water Access – Elizabeth Sauer, Liz Morelli, Frank Fohr and Nancy Santamaria
Location: MC C407
“Back to the Source” will heighten awareness about the critical issue of the national and international right to water access. This workshop offers a unique perspective on the connection between our choices and their implications for the peoples of the Global South. The multimedia workshop will include a DVD on The Story of Bottled Water, a powerpoint presentation on the consequences of the privatization of water in the South; a skit dramatizing debates over the issue; and an invitation to create Bottled Water Free Zones and advocate for the right to water at the local, national, and international levels.

Workshop 3b: Resisting Orders, Crossing Borders – Karrie Porter, Michelle Robidoux and The War Resisters Support Campaign, Niagara Chapter
Location: MC D308
Is it just that the Canadian government should deport Americans who have decided to seek asylum in this country rather than be redeployed to fight in an illegal war of occupation that has decimated Iraq and killed thousands upon thousands of its citizens? Abandoning their country, friends and family to seek a new life has been a difficult and often painful experience for war resisters and they are grateful to have the support of the majority of Canadians. American war resisters come from small towns and cities in economically depressed regions, much like Niagara. Brock students and Niagara residents have much to learn from these men and women. In this important workshop, a local war resister will share her family’s story.

Workshop 3c: Migrant Workers – Richard C. Mitchell, David Fancy, Frupo N. Doam, Rangel R. Zapata, Jackie Barrett-Green, Jennifer Pothier, Chris Woodall, Jeff Burch and Janet McLaughlin
Location: MC D309
The workshop aim is to communicate contemporary legal, labour, health and advocacy issues building upon outcomes from last year’s SJ Forum when Niagara Region migrant worker representatives requested Brock faculty assist them in engaging in a public, participatory, democratic conversation focused on their concerns.

Workshop 3d: The Problematic yet Promising Relationship Between Faith and Social Justice – Bob McMillan and Troy Watson
Location: MC H313
How has faith both helped and hindered social justice movements throughout history? What positive aspects can postmodern Christian faith bring to social justice work? How can social justice help Christianity progress and mature into a more benevolent influence in our world? This workshop will explore these questions.

Workshop 3e: Aboriginal Diabetes: Hip Hop & The Empowering Voice of Aboriginal Youth – Laurie Sherry-Kirk, John Henhawk and Southern Ontario Diabetes Aboriginal Initiative
Location: MCD 303
This workshop discusses how Aboriginal youth are using the art of Hip Hop musicality as an organizing tool to address both the disproportionate levels of diabetes that are prevalent within their communities and also as a form of activism to resist the Coca-colonization and McDomination of Aboriginal people.

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nsjf 2011 Workshops: Session 4

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2011: Saturday, April 9th from 9 am – 5pm Pond Inlet, Brock University: FREE! Lunch Provided :)

3:00-4:00pm: SESSION 4: Workshops

Workshop 4a: Vagina Monologues Performance – Nicole Jol and the Feminist Action Collective
Location: MC C407
A shortened version of Eve Ensler’s original script, which was written after she had interviewed over 200 women on the topic of their vagina. Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, rape, menstruation, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the variety of names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. This recurring theme uses the vagina as a tool of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

Workshop 4b: The Global and Local Relevance of Sport and Physical Education – Kelsey Pinch and Nick Beamish
Location MC D308
This workshop explores the “new age”, humanistic approach to physical education and its possible role in less developed countries. Additionally, it will touch on how El Salvador’s humanistic approach to physical education has impacted youth in Niagara. The workshop will be both experiential and discussion based.

Workshop 4c: Unveiling the Veil – Brock University Muslim Students Association, Student Justice Centre and Carol Leishman
Location: MC D309
This workshop focuses on the debate within Muslim communities surrounding the choice to wear or not wear a veil in their daily lives. This issue is often misunderstood by the larger population that frequently lacks insight into the realities of life within Muslim communities. Our aim is to provide information that may decrease the discrimination, ostracization, and prejudice that occur against Muslim women who work, study, and live in the Niagara region.

Workshop 4d: Are We Heading Towards the Futuristic Vision of Gender and Race?: Fluidity of Gender and Race in Science Fiction Films – Douglas Clarke, David Corman and Lynh Doan
Location: MC H313
This presentation examines depictions of gender in science fiction, focusing on how science fiction artists illustrate non-normative performances of gender. Secondly, presenters look at the futurist creation of voice. The third aspect examines comic book art and narrative of black superheroes. Together these are the cutting edge of social justice weaving popular culture and traditional sociological questions into theoretically driven inquiries about personhood, gender, culture and race.

Workshop 4e: The Bad Trip: Niagara Threatened by Motorway Madness – Sandy Vant and Tim Seeburn
Location: MCD 303
The threat posed by the Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie. It proposes to remove agricultural zoning protection on 827 acres of protected agricultural land. The project is a threat to endangered species such as the Grass Pickerel and the Box Turtle, and would involve the urbanization of the entire headwaters of Miller’s Creek.  The workshop will detail plans to stop the motorway through an upcoming hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board.

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nsjf 2011: Schedule

Niagara Social Justice Forum 2011
Saturday, April 9th
9 am – 5pm
Pond Inlet, Brock University
Price: FREE. Lunch Provided

Evening Event: Screening of “Reel Injun”
onefortyfive Gallery – 145 King Street, Downtown St. Catharines
6:30pm, FREE

Schedule

8:45am: DOORS OPEN. Coffee Available
9: Welcome and Opening Remarks (Pond Inlet)

9:30-10:30: SESSION 1
Workshop 1a: Protecting Brock’s Niagara Escarpment
Workshop 1b: Developing a People’s Assembly on Climate Justice for Niagara
Workshop 1c: Disability Accessibility, Cultural Sensitivity and Audisum
Workshop 1d: Social Media: Your Movement Needs You!

10:30-10:45: Coffee Break (Pond Inlet)

10:45-11:45: SESSION 2
Workshop 2a: No One Is Illegal-Toronto
Workshop 2b: Youth Homelessness: The Invisible Population
Workshop 2c: Health Care Service Issues in Niagara
Workshop 2d: Animal Rights on Film

11:45-12:30: “Protecting the Escarpment” Walks

12:30-1:30 Lunch (Pond Inlet)

1:30-2:30: SESSION 3
Workshop 3a: Back to the Source: The Right to Water Access
Workshop 3b: Resisting Orders, Crossing Borders
Workshop 3c: Migrant Workers
Workshop 3d: The Problematic yet Promising Relationship Between Faith and Social Justice
Workshop 3e: Aboriginal Diabetes: Hip Hop & The Empowering Voice of Aboriginal Youth

2:30-3:00 Coffee Break (Pond Inlet)

3:00-4:00: SESSION 4
Workshop 4a: Vagina Monologues Performance
Workshop 4b: The Global and Local Relevance of Sport and Physical Education
Workshop 4c: Unveiling the Veil
Workshop 4d: Are We Heading Towards the Futuristic Vision of Gender and Race?: Fluidity of Gender and Race in Science Fiction Films
Workshop 4e: The Bad Trip: Niagara Threatened by Motorway Madness

4:00-4:45pm: Performance by WomEnchant (Pond Inlet)

We will be having an ART SPACE upstairs in Pond Inlet from 9am – 4pm. There will be exhibitions and opportunities to explore your creative side in the spirit of Social Justice. No artistic experience necessary!

ART SPACE will feature: a visual project by tina hjorngaard about homelessness in Toronto, an exhibition curated by SJES 5P70 student, Ian Purdy, entitled “Art to Help Save Pigs” and a series of photographs by LGBTQ youth as part of the 2010 OUTwords Arts and Leadership program facilitated by The People Project.

There will also be INFO TABLES set up in Pond Inlet from 9-4pm.

NOTE: The NSJF 2011 will be providing FREE childcare and ASL interpretation. To reserve your spot and/or inform us of ASL interpretation please email socialjustice.nf@gmail.com by Friday, April 1st, 2011.

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For map, visit:
http://butler.brocku.ca/facilitiesmgmt/MB-CAMPUS-MAP.htm
*Pond Inlet is located in “J” block of the MacKenzie Chown Complex which is directly north of the Zone 1/Lot A parking lot

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