Student assembly against war and racism

Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 03:30 to Monday, March 23, 2009 - 03:30

***This is a free event

The assembly will focus on Canada's war in Afghanistan, where over 2,600 Canadian troops are currently deployed. Thousands more have been cycled through in the largest Canadian combat operation since the Korean War. The assembly will also address a broad range of topics including racism, Islamophobia, civil liberties, counter-recruitment, the militarization of campus, global solidarity and more.

The assembly will feature a series of workshops that discuss anti-war issues and build organizing skills. It will also feature high-profile guest speakers, two evening panels, two anti-war socials, open organizing space and a closing strategizing plenary.

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Friday, March 20
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5:00pm to 7:00pm: Registration (FREE)

7:00pm to 9:00pm: Opening meeting
Why occupation won't bring peace to Afghanistan

9:00pm to late: Anti-war social

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Saturday, March 21
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10:00am to 11:15am: Canada's war in Afghanistan
1) Canada's role in the war in Afghanistan
2) A people's history of Afghanistan
3) Oil, gas, and pipelines: the geopolitics of Central Asia
4) Women's liberation in Afghanistan
5) Climate change and war: NATO's carbon footprint

11:30am to 12:45pm: Canada's war at home
1) Islamophobia, racism, and the attack on civil liberties
2) Omar Khadr: Abandoned in Guantánamo
3) First Nations: resisting occupation since 1492
4) Defend free speech on campus
5) Canada's peacekeeping myth

12:45pm to 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm to 3:15pm: Getting organized
1) Starting from scratch: how to build an anti-war coalition
2) Strategy and tactics: becoming an effective anti-war activist
3) Direct action and civil disobedience: a primer
4) Know your rights: a workshop on Canada's "anti-terror" laws
5) TBA

3:30pm to 4:45pm: Counter-recruitment on campus
1) "We want you!" Why is the military recruiting on campus?
2) War resisters: soldiers who say no to war
3) The militarization of academic research
4) Expose and oppose Canada's military budget
5) "Drop fees, not bombs!" The role of students in the anti-war movement

4:45pm to 7:00pm: Dinner

7:00pm to 9:00pm: Evening meeting:
Education, not occupation!

9:00pm to late: Anti-war social

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Sunday, March 22
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10:00am to 11:15am: Global solidarity
1) Gaza: What is Israeli Apartheid?
2) Sri Lanka: Stop the genocide of Tamils
3) Africa: The next front of the "war on terror"?
4) Haiti: A coup made in Canada
5) The U.S. under Obama: Will the new president end the wars?

11:30am to 12:45pm: Getting the word out
1) Getting the word out: a workshop on media
2) Mastering the sound-bite: ten simple arguments to end the war in Afghanistan
3) An introduction to anti-war film-making
4) From petition to policy: making your campus a war-free school
5) TBA

12:45pm to 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm to 2:15pm: Open space workshops

2:30pm to 3:00pm: Closing meeting:
Building a pan-Canadian student anti-war movement

Ryerson University Student Centre
55 Gould Street
43° 39' 28.9656" N, 79° 22' 43.3524" W

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