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Tackle Food Security in Your Community

If you’re interested in food security issues in your community, and ready to take on a challenge, WhyHunger created an incredible toolkit to lead you through the process of community food assessment. All of the resources and stages are diverse, comprehensive and inclusive, which is especially important when asking questions about food security in your community. Give people a chance to tell their stories.

 

Check out their process and case studies here.

 

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| June 21, 2013

Lobbying

A woman looks at Parliament on the cover of the USW Lobbying guide

For many of us, lobbying is something other people do – women and men who wear fancy clothes and buy politicians lunches at expensive restaurants. But the truth is that lobbying, or trying to influence those who make policies that affect our lives, is something anyone can do.

Lobbying: Bulding the Political Foundation for Tomorrow's Jobs is a downloadable booklet produced for the 2010 USW National Policy Conference. You can download the pdf here!

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| July 13, 2012
The F Word

Cop watch: Community activism to end police brutality

May 5, 2012
| The F Word discusses community resistance to police brutality, featuring footage from the International Day Against Police Brutality rally and interviews with Cop Watch organizers.
Length: 48:58

Activist protests omnibus crime bill with hunger strike

Photo: loretta.lime/Flickr

After 10 days, Obert Mandondo says he is finally feeling the effects of his hunger strike.

"I was healthy until yesterday. Usually in the mornings I have a lot of energy, but today is a different story," he says. "I'm starting to feel very weak."

That hasn't stopped the Ottawa blogger and activist from continuing to work towards his demands. Four of his five demands involve the appeal of Bill C-10, the omnibus crime bill.

He is also campaigning for the resignation of former Ottawa Police Chief-turned-Senator Vern White, for the police involvement in the Occupy Ottawa eviction. Madondo says his back and arm were injured during the protest.

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Radical doulas

Radical doulas and midwives bring their knowledge and politics

Doulas are folks who "mother the mothers" during and after pregnancy. They help guide women through the physical and psychological changes that come during birth by sharing knowledge gained through courses and the experiences of other women.

While doulas provide non-clinical support to a woman (and her partner), a radical doula simply holds different politics. Radical doulas are frequently pro-choice (many of them offer their services through the process of abortion as well as birth), queer or gender variant, people of colour and may or may not ever see themselves as having children.

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Recruiting potential activists

people join social movements for different reasons

People join social justice movements for a variety of reasons. Recruiting people towards a cause can be an important step in community networking and building momentum. The more folks interested, involved and participating, the more sway your campaign will have. This four hour workshop outline from the social change agency aims to help demystify why people join up with a cause and teach other participants about how to recruit. The outline involves:

Discussing why people get involved, brainstorming


Creating maps of different levels of participation


Dissecting the requirements for each level

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Restorative justice for activists

words associated with restorative justice

This trainer's guide from Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Diversion Association goes through three different workshop outlines: the basics of communication, the basics of facilitation and troubleshooting restorative justice. Restorative justice means that the person who committed a crime can be held accountable by their victims in a safe and supportive environment with a trained facilitator.

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Wise practices guide for aboriginal trans folks

two spirited folks have always been around

Developed by 2spirits this guide is part instructive, part demonstrative but on the whole a necessary read for activists. Designed for educators, organizations, activists and community workers, it includes detailed explanations of issues currently facing the indigenous trans community. From unisex toilets to harm reduction and visibility in the community, everything is examined through an indigenous perspective. The guide also provides an important context that two spirited and trans folk have in indigenous culture.

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