February/March Update

The Stand Commmunity Organizing Centre

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. 

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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 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