Friday, January 22, 2010

Long Overdue Update, NOII Ottawa Reinvigorated

A lot of great stuff has been happening for NOII Ottawa lately, and we're about due for an update. More specifically, this December, NOII Ottawa had a rapid kickstart in organizing for a day of action. This resulted in a push to obtain funding from OPIRG-GRIPO at the University of Ottawa so that we can continue that effort. We're currently organizing a workshop and a fundraiser. Read on to see what's going on! And, remember that you can get plugged in to events by subscribing at:

On December 2nd, NOII Ottawa participated in the National Day of Action for Justice for Migrant Workers, but making several banners and have successful banner drop activities. The variety of banners had slogans such as: "Migrant Labour is Real Labour"; "Justice for Migrant Workers"; "No One Is Illegal," etc. Our small but growing group was hoping to address the new policy changes of the Conservative government that continue to render migrant labour ever more disposible. We also published a pamphlet addressing some of these issues in more detail, which was endorsed by a number of groups around Ottawa. Stay tuned, as a copy of it will be posted here soon.

More recently, folks from No One Is Illegal have been working to organize a workshop for the Global Apartheid Conference taking place this weekend in Ottawa. Our workshop will be taking place on:

THIS Saturday, January 23
from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
at the University of Ottawa
in Room 250, Morisset Hall (65 University Private).

Entitled, "Global Apartheid, the G8/G20, and Migrant Justice," ours will be a three part workshop about the G8 and G20 and what they mean for the migrant justice movement. Hussan SK from NOII Toronto will talk about the G20 and how it relates to migrant justice organizing, a member of NOII Ottawa will talk about the work being done in Ottawa to link NOII’s work with anti G8/G20 work, and a member of the Collectif du Chat Noir will present the local anti-G8 organizing that is happening in Ottawa and how YOU can get plugged in.

The conference will be a great opportunity for NOII Ottawa to continue growing.

Finally, NOII Ottawa is in the process of organizing a super FUNdraiser to support the renting of a bus to send to the G8/G20 summit this June. Things are still in the planning stage, but feel free to send an e-mail to if you're interested in helping out.

And that's just the beginning of what we've planned so far. We're hoping to continue on with this rapid growth and put on some sweet events in the coming year.