The Stand Commmunity Organizing Centre

February/March Update

Friends, we are now entering the one-year point of the Covid-19 pandemic.  There is no question that this past year has been a trying time for all of us, but the ravages of Covid-19 have exposed many of the inequities and injustices that plague our society.  Routinely we hear that racialized communities are facing greater risks from the disease because of systemic racism in our public institutions. We also know from data produced by the Public Health Agency of Canada that  Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and across Canada face similar risks due to a lack of government action to ensure people’s safety.  

The lack of attention to these systemic racial and economic inequalities makes the work of our progressive partners and allies more important than ever.  At the Stand we will continue to support our community partners and sustainer donors, maintaining our mandate to be a community organizing hub for all people continuing to struggle for a more just and sustainable post-Covid future. 

As always, let us know if you are creating new online events for activists or are running a new campaign yourself. 

If you like the work we’re doing, please consider these 5 ways to help The Stand grow so that we can continue supporting grassroots activism here in Saskatoon!

  1. Become a member of The Stand.
  2. Check out The Stand’s Group Memberships
  3. Become a Stand Sustainer Donor
  4. Make a one time donation
  5. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram

What’s New at the Stand


Elections What Are They Good For

ELECTIONS, WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR? Recording now available!

In December The Stand and Stop the Cuts co-hosted this panel featuring Tomilola Ojo (Black Lives Matter YXE), Jason Mercredi (Executive Director at Prairie Harm Reduction), Barb Cape (President of SEIU-West), and Tria Donaldson (Municipal Elections Organizer). 

Click here to hear what these incredible Saskatchewan change-makers have to say about how elections factor into their strategies. 

AGM

AGM Announcement! 

We have set a date for our 2021 AGM.  Please save a date in your calendars for May 1, 2021.  More details to come shortly. 

OUR COMMUNITY ZOOM ACCOUNT with WEBINAR features is now up and running and available for Stand members. 

With the move to online meetings and the suspension of The Stand’s meeting room rentals during the pandemic, we created a zoom account to share with members of the stand – both individual members and member groups. Email organize@thestandcentre.ca to book it.

You can also check out these Tips for Effective & Engaging Online Meetings from Amnesty International.



PPE for Protests still available
Winter usually means fewer rallies and events, but if you are organizing something and need PPE to help keep everyone safe, click here for more info about how we can help.


Call for new board members!
We still have a some open positions on the board! Email Karissa at board@thestandcentre.ca for details.


ON OUR RADAR – Community Events & Campaigns


How to Start an Organizing Drive
How To Start An Organizing Drive

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 6 pm-7 pm

Young Workers are hosting a series of 3 workshops going over a mock organizing drive. This is the first of three, which will go over the first steps of a campaign, how to begin organizing your coworkers, requirements according to the Labour Relations Act, and more.

More information can be found here. 


Beautiful Trouble
New Resources from Beautiful Trouble

These past several months (while also helping to stop a coup) the team at Beautiful Trouble burned the midnight oil building an online toolbox that will better serve our global community. And it went live last week!

All the best tools from their books — sourced from 200+ frontline activists around the world — are now online, free, and available in five languages!

See it for yourself: www.Beautifultrouble.org

Health Equity How to Make Systems More Accountable
Health & Equity: Making Systems More Accountable

Friday, 5 March 2021, 12:30 pm

Join Sharissa Hantke as she presents her research findings identifying how whiteness gets performed in a health education context. This session will take an antiracism/anti-oppression approach to accountability in our health care and health education systems. 

Read more here. 


Saturday, March 6 2021, 10 am- 2 pm

Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) invites you to participate in a respectful exchange of knowledge on a virtual platform where dialogue and discussions are encouraged and embraced. Read more here. 

Register for this event here. 


Friday, March 12 2021, 7pm -March 13 2021, 10pm

The Q Factor is an all-ages digital talent competition produced by Saskatoon Pride. Taking place on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2021, Saskatchewan 2SLGBTQ+ community members will have the chance to show off their talents in a virtual show to win cash prizes – first prize is $1,000!

Read more about this exciting event here. 


Thursday, March 18 2021, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm 

A free workshop to celebrate World Water Day.  Register for this event here


Saturday, March 20 2021, 7 pm

In 2020 everything was cancelled. Weddings? Concerts? GLITTER? Everything was cancelled. But in 2021, it’s time to celebrate! We may still be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean be absolutely fabulous. Join us, on Saturday, March 20, 2021, for the 2021 virtual GLITTER Gala: Home Sweet Homo presented by Nutrien. 

Read more here. 


Saturday, March 20 2021, 9:00 pm

Richard Falk’s and Virginia Tilley’s 2017 report for a major UN body aroused the fury of the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, and UN Secretary General Gutteres moved quickly to suppress the report.

Read more here. Read more

Black History in Canada

January update

Friends, we cannot be happier to be entering a new year.  2020 represented one of the most complicated years that many of us have ever experienced.  In addition to the many friends and loved ones who may have come into contact with Covid19, the inequity in our communities has made the pandemic even more difficult for thousands of our friends, allies, and supporters. 

Recognizing the difficulties of 2020, we enter 2021 with a sense of optimism.  The news of vaccines against Covid19 comes as welcome relief and notwithstanding the slow distribution of the vaccine by many of our governments, the activism of workers, health professionals, prisoners, and everyday people is forcing governments to respond. Workers are leading demonstrations against unsafe work conditions, prisoners are staging hunger strikes against inhumane and unhealthy conditions in prisons, and everyday people are demanding governments and employers treat us all fairly.

We know that the end of the Covid19 threat will not mean an end to racism, violence against women, employer violence, or government injustice.

With the pandemic persisting, The Stand continues to adapt the ways we support grassroots organizing in Saskatoon. See below for What’s New at The Stand and for Community Events & Campaigns on our radar.

If you like the work we’re doing, please consider these 5 Ways to help The Stand grow so that we can continue supporting grassroots activism here in Saskatoon!

  1. Become a member of The Stand.
  2. Check out The Stand’s Group Memberships
  3. Become a Stand Sustainer Donor
  4. Make a one time donation
  5. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram

What’s New at the Stand


NEW – Zoom account available for members
With the move to online meetings and the suspension of The Stand’s meeting room rentals during the pandemic, we created a zoom account to share with members of the stand – both individual members and member groups. Learn more about Zoom sharing on this page.

You can also check out these Tips for Effective & Engaging Online Meetings from Amnesty International.

PPE for Protests still available
Winter usually means fewer rallies and events, but if you are organizing something and need PPE to help keep everyone safe, click here for more info about how we can help.

Call for new board members!
We still have a couple open positions on the board! Email Karissa at board@thestandcentre.ca for details.


ON OUR RADAR – Community Events & Campaigns


Open Letter in Solidarity with Prisoners at the Saskatchewan Correctional Centres

The horrendous health and safety conditions in Saskatchewan’s penetentries has become a province-wide crisis.  The Covid19 rates in these institutions have soared while the government has done very little to protect the health and safety of inmates and workers alike.   Please consider adding your name to this petition demanding government action to protect the health and safety of inmates and workers. 

You can view and sign the petition here. 


Racism and Colonial Violence in Archives

Racism and Colonial Violence in Archives: Discussing Issues in an Archival Setting

Thursday 28 January 2021, 1:00 pm

As part of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre’s virtual programming series, The SRSC is presenting a  webinar will be a discussion surrounding Racism and Colonial Violence in Archives.

Information about the event can be found here. 


Sirocco

Sirocco: Winds of Resistance

Sunday 31 January 2021, 7pm-9pm CST

Please join the Knox Metropolitan United Church in Regina for this virtual event on the human rights crisis in Western Sahara.  Information about the event can be found here. 


Health Equity How to Make Systems More Accountable

Health & Equity: Making Systems Accountable

Patterns of White Dominance in Health Care with Sharissa Hantke

5 February 2021, 12:30-1:30pm

This session will explore how health, social service, education, justice, and other systems can deepen and broaden their approach to – and ultimately be held accountable for – achieving health equity.

More information about the event can be found here. 


Black History in Canada

Black History in Canada: A Look Back at 400 Years of Black Presence

17 February 2021, 6:00pm

Celebrate Black History Month by looking back at the last 400 years of Black presence in Canada. Join presenter Natasha Henry, the president of the Ontario Black History Society, as she delves into the rich history of Black people in Canada and shares some local stories of Black residents in Caledon, past and present. To register and learn more please visit the following link.


No Cops: Queers x Cops

25 February 2021, 6:00pm 

Join a panel discussion organized by CSSDP Ryerson to explore the historical and present relationship between police and Queer people as an institution, the policing of Queer people and bodies that occurs in everyday lives, as well as the ways in which we can continue to resist these institutions and ideologies.

More information can be found here. 


Two Spirit 102: Deeper conversations on Identity, Ceremonies, and Resiliency Movements

26 February 2021, 2pm-4pm

Disclaimer: You must have previously attended Two Spirit 101: Histories, Teachings, & Resurgence within the last 2 years before registering for this workshop. In this session, participants will further their foundations of Two Spirit identities, ceremonies, and resiliency movements in Canada by and for Two Spirit peoples. Participants will have the opportunity to explore historical Two Spirit peoples and their roles within their communities.

To learn more visit the following link 


Resolving to Do Better in 2021?

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Consider investing locally in renewable energy! 

Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s (SES) Solar Co-op Ltd. invites you or your group to become a member-owner by buying one or more shares.  The Solar Co-op’s share offering is still open during RRSP season!  Buying Solar Co-op shares as RRSPs might interest you.  Also, existing self-directed RRSPs can be transferred into Solar Co-op shares, without attracting income tax. 

Learn more about the SES Solar Cooperative and how to buy shares here or contact Jeff at (306) 227-5732.

Virtual Bottle Drive to purchase PPE for Protests

The Stand fundraising committee is pleased to announce our first Virtual Bottle Drive to purchase PPE for Protests with the support of the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan. For the month of August, you can visit any SARCAN Drop & Go location to donate your recycling refund to help keep your community safe during Covid19. 

Making a donation is as easy as Sort, Drop & Go! 

  1. Sort your plastic & aluminum recycling into bags at home, and put glass beverage containers into boxes.
  2. Find your nearest SARCAN Drop & Go location.
  3. Follow the instructions on the Drop & Go terminal screen, and type PPE when prompted to enter the group phrase.
  4. The amount of your order will be processed and paid directly to The Stand Community Organizing Centre to buy PPE for Protests.

To download a copy of these instructions along with the complete list of SARCAN locations click here (PDF).

The PPE for Protests initiative connects grassroots organizers with masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, and safety information for how to organize protests or rallies during the pandemic. Until a vaccine is found, we are all responsible for helping to limit the spread of the novel Corona Virus in our communities while also making a stand for social justice.

If you are an organizer looking to access PPE and health information for your protest please check out this information sheet here (PDF)

The Stand & The Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan would like to extend a warm thank you to the Saskatoon Inter-agency Response to Covid-19 for providing us with information on best practices for safety as well as Arcana Creative for their help designing the communication tools! 

Pandemic Protection for Protests

To help keep each other safe from COVID-19 while we rally for justice, The Stand with support from the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan is providing masks, hand sanitizer, and safety information for rallies and protests in Saskatoon.

If you’re part of a group that’s organizing a rally or protest, click here for details about how we can support your event.

This initiative will rely on:
1) volunteers to help give out masks and hand sanitizer at events; and
2) donations to help cover the costs of supplies.

To volunteer, donate, or request event support, please fill out the short form at the link below and we’ll get you connected! You may also indicate if you’d like to add your name to The Stand’s volunteer database, and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch.

We’d also like to thank the Saskatoon Inter-agency Response to Covid-19 for providing us with information on best practices for safety as well as Arcana Creative for their help designing the communication tools!

Sign up now!

June 2020 Update – AGM, New Board, and Black Lives Matter Solidarity March

Dear friends and supporters,

We are writing with our first update from The Stand – Community Organizing Centre since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our community. On March 19, heeding the advice of 200 Saskatchewan doctors, we closed our doors to the public along with our co-locator Turning the Tide Bookstore. This meant that we effectively shut down services to the public by halting meeting space rentals, co-working, and equipment rentals. 

Our board, along with the rest of our community, spent time adapting to the new reality of life during a global pandemic including working from home, having children at home, and figuring out how to care for ourselves and our loved ones in isolation. While we didn’t meet until recently as a board, some of our members moved into action to address the lack of action by the Provincial Government in providing supports for people who were homeless and underhoused during the pandemic. We started a petition that has gathered over 9000 signatures to date. However, still very little action on the part of the Provincial Government to support people who have been put at risk through structural barriers and discrimination. Much work remains to be done.      

AGM and Our New Board

On March 7, 2020 we held the 5th Annual General Meeting of The Stand at the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op. The energy at the meeting was fantastic and we accomplished many things including the adoption of our 2019-2020 Financial Report, our 2020-2021 Budget, as well as a new set of roles and responsibilities for the board. These newly defined board roles will be key to growing The Stand’s capacity as a completely volunteer-run organization, especially given that prior to the AGM, Bonnie Heilman stepped down as our part-time paid Coordinator. The decision to suspend the 0.2 time Coordinator position was made prior to the AGM as a strategy to address budget constraints and increase board stability and sustainability. At the AGM, Bonnie was elected to the Board of Directors along with 4 other new members: Bethani Groat, Catherine Gendron, Charles Smith, and Kathi Epp. They join Karissa Patton and Peter Garden, bringing our current board to 7 members. We will be profiling our new Board members in our upcoming newsletter.  

Our Plans – The Space & Services

While Saskatchewan appears to be flattening the COVID-19 curve and the province has just entered the third phase of the reopening plan, it is clear that none of us will be returning to business-as-usual anytime soon. Many of the grassroots groups who have used our meeting rooms for their gatherings have suspended meetings or have moved their meetings online to ensure physical distancing requirements. We expect this to continue into the foreseeable future. To help offset some of the lost revenue from the rentals, Turning the Tide Bookstore, is taking over the rental costs of the small meeting room to use in packing their online book orders.  

Co-working and equipment rentals are two of the other services that we offer out of the physical space at the Stand which we plan to bring back online in the coming weeks as we put safety protocols in place.  

Our Plans – Community Organizing & Programming

The Stand is going virtual! 

We had our first Virtual Solidarity “Potluck” and Meeting on June 6th and will continue to meet monthly on the first Saturday of each month. Together we will check-in with our community and make plans on what we need to move forward during a global pandemic! 

In June the Stand is hosting a member led Webinar Series: Histories of Health, Disease, and Community Action! The speakers will discuss historical examples of health crises motivating social action and change. 

Click here to register for the Stand virtual events..

Become a Member!

Do you or someone you know want to keep up-to-date with community organizing activities in Saskatoon? Do you want to get involved or volunteer your skills? Become a member of the Stand! Click here to sign up.

Volunteer!

The Stand is building a volunteer database to help connect people with opportunities to use their skills and passion to help make change, either by helping grow The Stand as an organization or by providing support directly to the grassroots groups that The Stand serves. Click here to volunteer. 

Black Lives Matter Solidarity March – THIS Saturday @ Noon

https://www.facebook.com/events/280224093172930/?active_tab=discussion

The Stand is supporting the march by providing a team of volunteers to run the sound system and to give out masks and hand sanitizer. We are looking for more people to help with the masks and sanitizer. If you can help between 11am – 2pm this Saturday, please fill out our volunteer form asap and write “Black Lives Matter Solidarity March” in response to the last question.

Support Social Change - Make a Gift Donation

The Gift of Social Change

The holidays can be a tricky time of year for those of us trying to resist consumerism and capitalist exploitation.

This year you can support grassroots activism in Saskatoon, all while finding the perfect gift for family and friends!
Donate in their name and receive a donation certificate to give to them over the holidays.

Big or small – EVERY DONATION will bolster the GRASSROOTS GROUNDSWELL in Saskatoon.

Donation Methods: 

  1. Donate online and receive the Donation Certificate will be emailed within 2 business days for you to print off
  2. Donate in person at Turning the Tide Bookstore and receive a hardcopy donation certificate

It’s a great way to give back and support your community activists and organizers this holiday season! 

Learn more about The Stand’s website or Facebook page and enjoy the holiday season!

March Events & Campaigns


Next Up Saskatchewan presents…

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4-7pm on Sundays, January – April
Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op (905 20th Street West)Next Up Saskatchewan is holding regular space every Sunday at the Core-Neighbourhood Youth Co-op where leaders from diverse backgrounds can come to learn about justice related issues, develop skills as an organizer, and build relationships with others who are working to bring social, economic, and racial justice in the communities. 

For more information, contact Manuela @ manola.valle@gmail.com or visit the Facebook Event Page


Saskatchewan Hands Off Venezuela Coalition presents…

Hands Off Venezuela Teach-In

5:00 – 9:00 pm Monday, March 11
Room 344 St. Thomas More College, UofS

Come join us to learn about the history of U.S. and Canadian imperialism. We have a list of speakers, speaking to a number of topics, with a focus on providing personal stories of survivors of imperialist intervention, and fascist regimes propped up by American and Canadian elites; as well as providing fact based information on the history, profiteers, sanctions and all else that is conveniently left out of the usual media discourse as well as Canadian history classes. Followed by questions and community discussion.

5:00 – Doors and a light supper (vegan soup provided by Food Not Bombs Saskatoon)
5:30 – Presentation

Children welcome.

More info on the Facebook Event Page


Our History is the Future:
Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline,
and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance

7 – 9 pm Wednesday, March 13
Station 20 West (1120 20th Street West)

Join us for a discussion with Nick Estes, author of Our History is the Future, which traces traditions of Indigenous resistance that led to the #NoDAPL movement. Our History Is the Future is at once a work of history, a manifesto, and an intergenerational story of resistance. With emcee: Erica Violet Lee.

More info on the Facebook Event Page.

See also the 12:30pm event at the UofS. See here for details.


1:30 – 5:00pm Wednesday, March 13 Health Sciences E1150, University of Saskatchewan Speakers include: Samir Sinha – Director of Geriatrics @ Mount Sinai Hospital Sandy Buchman – Palliative Care Physician (Toronto) Murray Lee – Physician & Advocate for Northern Health Valerie Terasuk – UofT Department of Nutritional Sciences & P.R.O.O.F. Shane Pateridge – Str8-Up Coordinator Click here to register.


Nonviolent Communication Saskatoon presents…

Activating Connection through Nonviolent Communication 

7pm Tuesday, March 19 The Stand Community Organizing Centre Let’s explore Nonviolent Communication to fortify the foundations of social change, systemic change and the root workings of any relationship internally, interpersonally and in our wider community. Through regular, open drop-in meetings we will challenge and transform our often invisibly painful and existing disconnections with life and each other into vision and actions to sustain our reach and reception- whatever the distance. Join us for a continuous drop-in study on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. No registration is needed.

More info on the Facebook Event Page.


Stop the Cuts Saskatoon presents…

March Meeting
3:00 – 5:00 pm Saturday, March 23
The Stand Community Organizing Centre (615 Main Street, Saskatoon)

Stop the Cuts is an organization for everyone in Saskatchewan affected by or deeply concerned about the recent cuts, privatization, and elimination of public services in the recent budget. Join them for their March meeting and help Stop the Cuts.

More info on the Facebook Event Page.


The Treaty 6 Justice Collective presents…

12:00 – 3:00 pm Sunday, March 24
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

Join us for our 4th Annual General Meeting for updates on the past year and discussions about plans for the future.

12:00 – Potluck
1:00 – Meeting

– Please RSVP here: https://www.thestandcentre.ca/2019_agm
– Childminding available (limited space; contact organize@thestandcentre.ca to reserve)
– Wheelchair accessible
– Entrance on Avenue C


Sum Theatre presents…

The Last Sunday

 

Last Sunday of the month 733 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon
Back by popular demand! 

On the last Sunday of every month Sum Theatre invites the public to join us at 733 Broadway Ave for a free, one-hour performance experience. It’s as fresh as a show gets as our community’s playwrights, musicians, ranters and celebrity interviewees delve into some of that month’s top news stories and events. 

“It’s theatre of the now,” says artistic director Joel Bernbaum. “Art is more relevant than it has ever been before. It has the power to take people down a new path of understanding the world around them. We believe these performances and the discussions they generate will build a better community.”

How much? It’s free!

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.


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The Stand does a lot with very little, but to keep the momentum going, we need to reach $2200/month of sustainer donations.

We’re already half way there with 50 sustainer donors contributing between $10 – $50 each!

With another $1000 more per month from 50 more people, we’ll reach our goal and be able to:  

  1. Increase The Stand Coordinator position to two days a week to keep The Stand growing strong.
  2. Remain independently funded so that we’re not beholden to the agendas of government and corporate funders.
  3. Replenish the Community Organizing Fund that supports grassroots organizing.

To become one of The Stand’s Sustainers, please click on this link and choose the option: “Become a Monthly Sustainer of The Stand.” Or just let us know by email: organize@thestandcentre.ca.

6 Other Ways to help The Stand grow…

1. Attend our Annual General Meeting: March 24, 12-3 @ The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

2. Become a member of The Stand Community Organizing Centre.

3. Check out The Stand’s Group Memberships for grassroots groups and organizations.

4. Book The Stand for your next meeting or event.

5. Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter or Instagram

6. Make a one time donation

From everyone at The Stand, thank you for your continued interest and support,

The Board of The Treaty Six Justice Collective

February Newsletter

Fighting Fascism and Cold Weather Together

Saskatoon is in the news for record-setting cold, but the Polar Vortex isn’t keeping this town’s activists down!

  • Last Friday, in some 30 degrees below, 30 activists from groups like Climate Justice Saskatoon, Next Up, and Stop the Cuts came together for a Creativity Social hosted by the Saskatoon Anti-Fascist Education & Action Committee.   
  • On February 16, Food Not Bombs’ Mixer with food, fun, and conversation.
  • On March 24, The Stand is hosting our Annual General Meeting, 12 – 3 pm at The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

Get in on a gathering to enjoy and help nurture hope and solidarity in Saskatoon. Scroll down for more event listings or click here to visit The Stand’s Community Calendar.

One Year Since the Stanley Verdict

We want to acknowledge that one year has passed since the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the killing of Colten Boushie. The verdict sent shockwaves across Saskatchewan and around the world. To many, it signalled that the lives of Indigenous people are not valued in the same way as those of the white settler population of Saskatchewan. That the life of Colten Boushie, the son, brother, cousin, and friend of many was disposable. Doug Cuthand sums up well the meaning of the verdict to Indigenous people and their allies in his CBC editorial today. It is clear than in the year since the verdict that conditions have not improved and that there is much to do to address the injustices and divide that remain in our communities. As an organization committed to justice on Treaty 6 territory, it is our job to work for change to these harmful and often lethal dynamics. To stand for a better future for those whose ancestors welcomed us into these lands and agreed to live with us as equal family members, not as subordinates.

Venezuela

Many of us have been following the news of the turmoil and political conflict that has been developing in Venezuela in recent months and years. We know that the people of Venezuela have been suffering from shortages of food and medicine, from rising costs to basic necessities due to inflation and that thousands have fled the country due to the instability. We also have seen forces of multinational resource companies and financiers (with their allies in Western governments) aligning against the Bolivarian social movements and governments first of Hugo Chavez and now Nicholas Maduro. To help make sense of these developments and where we can stand, we have included the following articles that can help you think through the complex situation and guide our action in solidarity with the poor and oppressed of Venezuela and against the predatory interests of global capital who are poised to take advantage of the situation.

Venezuela and the Left

Canada’s Leadership on Venezuela is misguided, misdirected – and a mistake

Corporate Canada behind slow motion coup attempt in Venezuela


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We do a lot with very little, but to keep the momentum going, we need to reach $2200/month of sustainer donations.

We’re already half way there with 50 sustainer donors contributing between $10 – $50 each!

With another $1000 more per month from 50 more people, we’ll reach our goal and be able to:  

  1. Increase The Stand Coordinator position to two days a week to keep The Stand growing strong.
  2. Remain independently funded so that we’re not beholden to the agendas of government and corporate funders.
  3. Replenish the Community Organizing Fund that supports grassroots organizing.

To become one of The Stand’s Sustainers, please click on this link and choose the option: “Become a Monthly Sustainer of The Stand.” Or just let us know by email: organize@thestandcentre.ca.

6 Other Ways to help The Stand grow…

1. Attend our Annual General Meeting: March 24, 12-3 @ The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

2. Become a member of the Treaty 6 Justice Collective, the nonprofit that manages The Stand.

3. Check out The Stand’s Group Memberships for grassroots groups and organizations.

4. Book The Stand for your next meeting or event.

5. Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter or Instagram

6. Make a one time donation

From everyone at The Stand, thank you for your continued interest and support for social, environmental, and economic justice.

The Board of The Treaty Six Justice Collective

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February Events & Campaigns


Next Up Saskatchewan presents…

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4-7pm on Sundays, January – April
Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op (905 20th Street West)Next Up Saskatchewan is holding regular space every Sunday at the Core-Neighbourhood Youth Co-op where leaders from diverse backgrounds can come to learn about justice related issues, develop skills as an organizer, and build relationships with others who are working to bring social, economic, and racial justice in the communities.  February 10 – “Maquilapolis: City of Factories” (Documentary, Mamas Films, Mexico/US). Meet the women working the SANYO warehouses in Tijuana as they record and reflect on their own lives and efforts in organizing.

February 17 – “Do the Right Thing” (Fiction, Spike Lee, 1988). End of the 80’s artistic/political comment on racial tensions set on the hottest day of the year in Brooklyn. Pop-corn provided!

February 24 – “Incident In Oglala” (Documentary, 1992, US) On the death of two FBI agents in 1975 in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota that resulted in the arrest and conviction of American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier.

March 3 – “Black Panthers: The Vanguard of the Revolution” (Documentary, 2015, PBS). Documentary by Stanley Nelson examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture.

For more information, contact Manuela @ manola.valle@gmail.com or visit the Facebook Event Page


Healthcare for Migrants: National Day of Action

4:30 – 5:30 pm Tuesday, February 12
Royal University Hospital, Memorial Gates

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) recently issued a landmark decision condemning Canada for denying access to essential health care on the basis of immigration status based on the case of Nell Toussaint. In light of this UN decision, over 1500 individuals and 80 organizations have signed onto an open letter addressed to the federal government, leading to widespread media coverage. You can read the letter at healthcareformigrants.com. The UN has given Canada 180 days to respond to the UN decision which ends in February.

This is a public event open to students, physicians, professionals, as well as caring community members. 

Spread the word, and join us for rallies across Canada on February 12th as the health community calls on the federal government to stop the denial of healthcare on the basis of immigration status!

See all the rallies across the country at: https://www.facebook.com/events/528757717635083/


Food Not Bombs – Saskatoon Presents…

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7 – 9 pm Friday, January 4
The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre (609 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon)

Food not bombs is cooking a meal and you can just unwind talk about socialism, music, whatever activism or fun thing that gets into your mind.

Join us see what we’re about. We’ll also have some sweet swag if you want it. Donations welcome though not at all required.


More info on the Facebook Event Page.


Climate Justice Saskatoon presents…

Bridging the Gap:
Environmental Groups & Coal Producing Communities in Saskatchewan

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7pm Tuesday, February 19 Frances Morrison Library The Federal government’s commitment to phase-out coal across Canada by 2030 has led to polarized conversations, with urban environmental groups in favour of the policy and those in coal-producing communities opposed. Join Climate Justice Saskatoon (CJS) to learn about their experience interviewing people in the coal-producing communities of Estevan and Coronach, and our thoughts about how to move toward a justice-based transition away from fossil fuels in Saskatchewan.

More info on the Facebook Event Page.


Saskatoon Co-op Member, James Mills presents…

Co-operative Principles: Town Hall Meeting

7 – 8:30pm Wednesday, February 20 Rusty Macdonald Library – Auditorium (225 Pinehouse Drive)

This town hall meeting will start with a public discussion of the following Co-operative principles as they relate to our co-operative:

  1. Democratic Member Control
  2. Member Economic Participation
  3. Autonomy and Independence

A workshop on the development of resolutions for a Co-operative’s Annual General Meeting will complete the town hall meeting.

For more information, contact James Mills; jamei@hotmail.ca


Fair Trade Saskatoon presents…

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8 – 11pm Friday, February 22 The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre (609 Dufferin Avenue)

An evening of great music and luscious desserts. Show your love for farmers, producers, and musicians! Join us for live entertainment by Vesti and Friends, fair trade wine and desserts, featuring fair trade, local, and organic ingredients. Free admission.

Suggestion donation: $20 For more information, visit the Facebook event page.


Sum Theatre presents…

The Last Sunday

 

Last Sunday of the month 733 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon
Back by popular demand! 

On the last Sunday of every month Sum Theatre invites the public to join us at 733 Broadway Ave for a free, one-hour performance experience. It’s as fresh as a show gets as our community’s playwrights, musicians, ranters and celebrity interviewees delve into some of that month’s top news stories and events. 

“It’s theatre of the now,” says artistic director Joel Bernbaum. “Art is more relevant than it has ever been before. It has the power to take people down a new path of understanding the world around them. We believe these performances and the discussions they generate will build a better community.”

How much? It’s free!

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page

Fighting Fascism and Cold Weather Together

Saskatoon is in the news for record-setting cold, but the Polar Vortex isn’t keeping this town’s activists down!

  • Last Friday, in some 30 degrees below, 30 activists from groups like Climate Justice Saskatoon, Next Up, and Stop the Cuts came together for a Creativity Social hosted by the Saskatoon Anti-Fascist Education & Action Committee.   
  • On February 16, Food Not Bombs’ Mixer with food, fun, and conversation.
  • On March 24, The Stand is hosting our Annual General Meeting, 12 – 3 pm at The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

Get in on a gathering to enjoy and help nurture hope and solidarity in Saskatoon. Scroll down for more event listings or click here to visit The Stand’s Community Calendar.

One Year Since the Stanley Verdict

We want to acknowledge that one year has passed since the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the killing of Colten Boushie. The verdict sent shockwaves across Saskatchewan and around the world. To many, it signalled that the lives of Indigenous people are not valued in the same way as those of the white settler population of Saskatchewan. That the life of Colten Boushie, the son, brother, cousin, and friend of many was disposable. Doug Cuthand sums up well the meaning of the verdict to Indigenous people and their allies in his CBC editorial today. It is clear than in the year since the verdict that conditions have not improved and that there is much to do to address the injustices and divide that remain in our communities. As an organization committed to justice on Treaty 6 territory, it is our job to work for change to these harmful and often lethal dynamics. To stand for a better future for those whose ancestors welcomed us into these lands and agreed to live with us as equal family members, not as subordinates.

Venezuela

Many of us have been following the news of the turmoil and political conflict that has been developing in Venezuela in recent months and years. We know that the people of Venezuela have been suffering from shortages of food and medicine, from rising costs to basic necessities due to inflation and that thousands have fled the country due to the instability. We also have seen forces of multinational resource companies and financiers (with their allies in Western governments) aligning against the Bolivarian social movements and governments first of Hugo Chavez and now Nicholas Maduro. To help make sense of these developments and where we can stand, we have included the following articles that can help you think through the complex situation and guide our action in solidarity with the poor and oppressed of Venezuela and against the predatory interests of global capital who are poised to take advantage of the situation.

Venezuela and the Left

Canada’s Leadership on Venezuela is misguided, misdirected – and a mistake

Corporate Canada behind slow motion coup attempt in Venezuela


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We do a lot with very little, but to keep the momentum going, we need to reach $2200/month of sustainer donations.

We’re already half way there with 50 sustainer donors contributing between $10 – $50 each!

With another $1000 more per month from 50 more people, we’ll reach our goal and be able to:  

  1. Increase The Stand Coordinator position to two days a week to keep The Stand growing strong.
  2. Remain independently funded so that we’re not beholden to the agendas of government and corporate funders.
  3. Replenish the Community Organizing Fund that supports grassroots organizing.

To become one of The Stand’s Sustainers, please click on this link and choose the option: “Become a Monthly Sustainer of The Stand.” Or just let us know by email: organize@thestandcentre.ca.

6 Other Ways to help The Stand grow…

1. Attend our Annual General Meeting: March 24, 12-3 @ The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

2. Become a member of the Treaty 6 Justice Collective, the nonprofit that manages The Stand.

3. Check out The Stand’s Group Memberships for grassroots groups and organizations.

4. Book The Stand for your next meeting or event.

5. Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter or Instagram

6. Make a one time donation

From everyone at The Stand, thank you for your continued interest and support for social, environmental, and economic justice.

The Board of The Treaty Six Justice Collective

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February Events & Campaigns


Next Up Saskatchewan presents…

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4-7pm on Sundays, January – April
Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op (905 20th Street West)Next Up Saskatchewan is holding regular space every Sunday at the Core-Neighbourhood Youth Co-op where leaders from diverse backgrounds can come to learn about justice related issues, develop skills as an organizer, and build relationships with others who are working to bring social, economic, and racial justice in the communities.  February 10 – “Maquilapolis: City of Factories” (Documentary, Mamas Films, Mexico/US). Meet the women working the SANYO warehouses in Tijuana as they record and reflect on their own lives and efforts in organizing.

February 17 – “Do the Right Thing” (Fiction, Spike Lee, 1988). End of the 80’s artistic/political comment on racial tensions set on the hottest day of the year in Brooklyn. Pop-corn provided!

February 24 – “Incident In Oglala” (Documentary, 1992, US) On the death of two FBI agents in 1975 in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota that resulted in the arrest and conviction of American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier.

March 3 – “Black Panthers: The Vanguard of the Revolution” (Documentary, 2015, PBS). Documentary by Stanley Nelson examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture.

For more information, contact Manuela @ manola.valle@gmail.com or visit the Facebook Event Page


Healthcare for Migrants: National Day of Action

4:30 – 5:30 pm Tuesday, February 12
Royal University Hospital, Memorial Gates

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) recently issued a landmark decision condemning Canada for denying access to essential health care on the basis of immigration status based on the case of Nell Toussaint. In light of this UN decision, over 1500 individuals and 80 organizations have signed onto an open letter addressed to the federal government, leading to widespread media coverage. You can read the letter at healthcareformigrants.com. The UN has given Canada 180 days to respond to the UN decision which ends in February.

This is a public event open to students, physicians, professionals, as well as caring community members. 

Spread the word, and join us for rallies across Canada on February 12th as the health community calls on the federal government to stop the denial of healthcare on the basis of immigration status!

See all the rallies across the country at: https://www.facebook.com/events/528757717635083/


Food Not Bombs – Saskatoon Presents…

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7 – 9 pm Friday, January 4
The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre (609 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon)

Food not bombs is cooking a meal and you can just unwind talk about socialism, music, whatever activism or fun thing that gets into your mind.

Join us see what we’re about. We’ll also have some sweet swag if you want it. Donations welcome though not at all required.


More info on the Facebook Event Page.


Climate Justice Saskatoon presents…

Bridging the Gap:
Environmental Groups & Coal Producing Communities in Saskatchewan

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7pm Tuesday, February 19 Frances Morrison Library The Federal government’s commitment to phase-out coal across Canada by 2030 has led to polarized conversations, with urban environmental groups in favour of the policy and those in coal-producing communities opposed. Join Climate Justice Saskatoon (CJS) to learn about their experience interviewing people in the coal-producing communities of Estevan and Coronach, and our thoughts about how to move toward a justice-based transition away from fossil fuels in Saskatchewan.

More info on the Facebook Event Page.


Saskatoon Co-op Member, James Mills presents…

Co-operative Principles: Town Hall Meeting

7 – 8:30pm Wednesday, February 20 Rusty Macdonald Library – Auditorium (225 Pinehouse Drive)

This town hall meeting will start with a public discussion of the following Co-operative principles as they relate to our co-operative:

  1. Democratic Member Control
  2. Member Economic Participation
  3. Autonomy and Independence

A workshop on the development of resolutions for a Co-operative’s Annual General Meeting will complete the town hall meeting.

For more information, contact James Mills; jamei@hotmail.ca


Fair Trade Saskatoon presents…

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8 – 11pm Friday, February 22 The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre (609 Dufferin Avenue)

An evening of great music and luscious desserts. Show your love for farmers, producers, and musicians! Join us for live entertainment by Vesti and Friends, fair trade wine and desserts, featuring fair trade, local, and organic ingredients. Free admission.

Suggestion donation: $20 For more information, visit the Facebook event page.


Sum Theatre presents…

The Last Sunday

 

Last Sunday of the month 733 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon
Back by popular demand! 

On the last Sunday of every month Sum Theatre invites the public to join us at 733 Broadway Ave for a free, one-hour performance experience. It’s as fresh as a show gets as our community’s playwrights, musicians, ranters and celebrity interviewees delve into some of that month’s top news stories and events. 

“It’s theatre of the now,” says artistic director Joel Bernbaum. “Art is more relevant than it has ever been before. It has the power to take people down a new path of understanding the world around them. We believe these performances and the discussions they generate will build a better community.”

How much? It’s free!

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page


January Updates & Events


Briarpatch Magazine – Fiercely Independent, Grassroots Media

January-February Issue – fully available online today!

As part of the Sask Dispatch, this edition includes “Decarbonized, democratized, decolonized,” a review of The Just Transitions Summit and critique of the NDP’s climate action plan, written by The Stand Coordinator, Bonnie Heilman.

Subscribe to get the print issue: https://briarpatchmagazine.com/subscribe


The Saskatoon Anti-Fascist Education and Action Committee presents…

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7 – 9 pm Friday, January 4
The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre (609 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon)

“In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.” – National Film Board of Canada

Join SAFE-AC for this free screening and discussion of how indigenous issues intersect with anti-fascism. Snacks will be provided


More info on the Facebook Event Page.


Next Up Saskatchewan presents…

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4-7pm on Sundays, January – April
Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op (905 20th Street West)Next Up Saskatchewan is launching Social Justice Sunday School! It’s about holding regular space every Sunday at the Core-Neighbourhood Youth Co-op where leaders from diverse backgrounds can come to learn about justice related issues, develop skills as an organizer, and build relationships with others who are working to bring social, economic, and racial justice in the communities.  Jan 6th: Come at 4pm for the social mixer and stay for our first training at 5pm! The session will revolve around what it is to be an organizer and and activist. Jan 13th: Film – “Kanehasatake: 270 Years of ResistanceJan 20th: Film – “The Black PanthersJan 27th: Film – “Zapatista

For more information, contact Manuela @ manola.valle@gmail.com


Saskatoon Co-op Member, James Mills presents…

Co-operative Principles: A Town Hall Meeting

12pm – 1pm Thursday, January 10 ANAVETS Downstairs Hall (359 1st Avenue North)

The January 10, 2019 Co-operative Principles Town Hall Meeting will review three of the seven Co-op principles that guide co-operatives world wide, and co-op members attending this town hall will be asked to look at their co-op from the following points of view:

  1. Democratic member control of their co-op – Where all members are equal share holders and no member has greater say in decision making than any other member. In order to maintain this democracy, elected officials must be accountable to the membership. Those members elected as directors must ensure that they and the managers that they hire respect this obligation when managing the co-operative.
  2. Members’ economic participation in their co-op – All members in a co-op have equal shares in the enterprise and have democratic control of the capital of the co-op. A co-op is a third sector enterprise where part of the capital is common property and not speculative capital unequally held by individual members. Capital is the servant of a co-op, not the master.
  3. Autonomy and independence – A co-operative is an autonomous, independent self-help organization whose capital and common property are in the control of its members. All individual co-operatives are autonomous and not subsidiaries or franchises of a larger organization. Co-operatives must ensure that in all financial agreements they make they maintain democratic control by their members.

Co-op members in attendance will also be surveyed on their opinions on the performance of their co-op.

All of the directors of the Saskatoon Co-operative Association Limited have been invited to attend this town hall.

For more information, contact James Mills at jamei@hotmail.ca


The UofS College of Medicine – Social Accountability Division presents…

The Nicaragua Uprising: Updates, Debates, and Voices in Exile

7 – 9pm Thursday, January 17 Room 133 Arts Building, University of Saskatchewan Nicaragua, one of Latin America’s lowest income countries, has experienced dictatorship, revolution, neoliberalism and authoritarian populism all in the space of forty years. In April, university students initiated an uprising against the regime of president Daniel Ortega that seemed to hold the possibility to redefine the country. Streets exploded with support for students after the unexpectedly lethal government response to peaceful protests against social security reforms, and the movement quickly grew into a broad but uneasy alliance.
Despite the opposition and its substantial international support, after months of deepening state repression the restoration of democracy and justice in Nicaragua seems distant. As the struggle rages, activists are forced underground and the number of exiles grows. Meanwhile, debates in North America rage between so-called anti-imperialist Ortega supporters and the critical anti-authoritarian Left. These debates expose troubling contradictions in 21st century internationalism. In this session, long-time Nicaragua solidarity activist-scholar Lori Hanson will offer an update on the struggle, highlighting voices from exiled students and opening a dialogue on what the North American debates reveal about the nature of Left solidarity today. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.


Sum Theatre presents…

The Last Sunday

 

Last Sunday of the month 733 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon
Back by popular demand! 

On the last Sunday of every month Sum Theatre invites the public to join us at 733 Broadway Ave for a free, one-hour performance experience. It’s as fresh as a show gets as our community’s playwrights, musicians, ranters and celebrity interviewees delve into some of that month’s top news stories and events. 

“It’s theatre of the now,” says artistic director Joel Bernbaum. “Art is more relevant than it has ever been before. It has the power to take people down a new path of understanding the world around them. We believe these performances and the discussions they generate will build a better community.”

How much? It’s free!

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page


The Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation presents…

International Development Week & the 2019 Saskatoon Global Citizen Awards

Saskatoon Global Citizen Awards: 7pm Saturday, February 9 Le Relais (103-408 4th Avenue North) International Development Week is a time to connect with each other, to celebrate the inspiring work being done by people in our community, and to create new energy and partnerships for sustainable development. This year, celebrations will offer a chance to recharge and remember that we are all “in it together” – this planet; this community; this work to achieve dignity, justice and peace for all. Join us on February 9 for the Saskatoon Global Citizen Awards as we honour Joanne Blythe and NEST Saskatoon. Hear inspiring stories of Saskatchewan people making a difference as we connect and learn from one another in order to build more peaceful, inclusive communities at home and around the globe.
Galas are FREE and open to the public! Enjoy free appetizers and great company alongside members of our local community.


6 Ways to help strengthen The Stand…

  1. Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter or Instagram.
  2. Become a member of The Stand Community Organizing Centre.
  3. Check out our Group Memberships for grassroots groups and organizations.
  4. Book The Stand for your next meeting or event. (Every booking helps us get a bit close to our vision of purchasing a community owned building to house justice seeking groups and organizations.)
  5. Attend our AGM on February 10! [insert link]
  6. Become a Stand Sustainer
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We’ve been doing a lot with very little, but to keep the momentum going, we need to reach $2200/month of sustainer donations.

We’re already half way there with 50 sustainer donors contributing between $10 – $50 each!

With another $1100 more per month from 50 more people, we’ll reach our goal and be able to:  

  1. Increase The Stand Coordinator position to two days a week to keep The Stand growing strong.
  2. Remain independently funded so that we’re not beholden to the agendas of government and corporate funders.
  3. Replenish the Community Organizing Fund that supports grassroots organizing.

To become one of The Stand’s Sustainers, please click on this link and choose the option: “Become a Monthly Sustainer of The Stand.” Or just let us know by email: organize@thestandcentre.ca.

From everyone at The Stand, thank you for your continued interest and support for social, environmental, and economic justice.

The Board of The Treaty Six Justice Collective