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.
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
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.
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.
- $10 donation would cover the cost of a megaphone rental from our equipment library for a rally or march!
- $30 could provide two hours of meeting space for one of the grassroots groups that the Stand Supports.
- $50 could sponsor the meal for one of our monthly Solidarity Potluck & Meeting.
- Donate online and receive the Donation Certificate will be emailed within 2 business days for you to print off
- 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!Read more
In recognition of International Women's Day, we honour the women in our community and around the globe who continually seek opportunities to change the world - like Delores Huerta, civil rights icon and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America.
International Women's Day began in the labour movement. It was first observed in 1909 "to honor the women who went on strike to protest unsafe conditions and unfair employment practices in New York City’s garment industry" (globalcitizen.org).
On Friday night, the fire and joy of union women was on full display right here in Saskatoon at the Solidarity Picket with Saskatoon Co-op Workers. They kept folks fed, cracked jokes, sang songs, lifted spirits, and taught about the movement's history.
We thank all of the women who persist in the struggle for workers' rights and Indigenous rights at home and worldwide.
Click READ MORE below for Events & Campaigns happening in and around Saskatoon for social, environmental, and economic justice, including the 4th Annual General Meeting of the Treaty 6 Justice Collective, the non-profit that manages The Stand.
"Read More" for March Events & Campaigns...Read more
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.Read more
At The Stand, we’re entering 2019 more motivated than ever to nurture hope and solidarity amongst the people and groups seeking social, environmental, and economic justice.
In the last few months, we’ve seen a wave of new faces signing up as members, volunteers, and sustainer donors. If you'd like to get more involved this year, send an email to [email protected] to learn more about the groups and campaigns you can join to take action on climate justice or a range of other social and economic justice issues.
In 2019, we’ll be hosting regular gatherings for coalition building amongst groups working on various issues, starting with our Annual General Meeting and potluck on February 10, 12:00 -3:00 pm (location TBD).
Use The Stand’s Community Calendar to keep track of these gatherings and other justice-related events happening around Saskatoon.
A BIG THANK YOU to Bryce Holcomb, the dedicated member who's been volunteering to keep the calendar up to date! Send your justice-related events to share in the calendar and newsletter: [email protected].
Do you feel encouraged by the work of The Stand and the groups we're supporting? Read on to the bottom to see the ways, big and small, that you can help strengthen our ecosystem of justice seeking groups and organizations.
But first, check out these updates on the great work that groups are doing...Read more