Social justice summer retreat

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 17:00 to Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 22:00
Camp Arowhon Algonquin Park , ON
Canada
45° 33' 14.292" N, 78° 35' 48.336" W
Ontario CA

This year's theme:

The lingering effects of the 2008 financial collapse, stubbornly high unemployment, more part-time work without benefits, stagnant or falling pay and diminished pensions signal the fact that the financial crisis will be paid for by workers. Governments show no sign of reversing the tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy that have helped plunge public finances into deficit. Severe cutbacks to social programs are certain to follow. Unionized workers in public and private sectors are under increasing pressure to give up collectively bargained salary and benefits won over more than a quarter century.

We are now in an Age of Austerity where common struggles unite workers around the globe. The questions are all too familiar: How can we build coalitions to protest cuts and the loss of democratic controls?; How can we preserves jobs, wages and the social benefits that help maintain community and the social and economic equality that are a vital part of it. Workshops and plenary sessions will develop strategies to build movements and again this year will focus on activist training and skill building.

This annual event brings together people from a variety of social movements -- activists from all walks of life. You, friends and family are invited to join us for a wonderful time of relaxation and renewal.

Here's how your days might be filled:

-workshops and plenary sessions on how to build a strong culture of activism

-free time at the waterfront with swimming, boating and nature trails

-evenings with music and film, story tellers and campfires

-being as solitary or as social as you wish

    Retreat

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