This May Day we demand change

STOP BILL C-51

Stephen Harper is trying to pass a new “secret police” law that would give reckless and unnecessary powers to spy agencies with little oversight or accountability. We say no to this brutal police state bill!

SAVE HOME DELIVERYCanada Post belongs to Canadians! It’s not just a mail delivery service; it’s a communications link that connects people across the country. Removing home delivery will disproportionally impact people with limited mobility and cut up to 8,000 jobs.

RAISE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15

Ontario’s minimum wage was frozen in March 2010, and inflation has lowered earnings from minimum wage to 19% below the poverty line. Every worker in Canada deserves a living wage, indexed with the cost of living.

END STUDENT DEBT- FREE TUITION NOW

Quebec students took a stand for fair tuition and as a result still have the lowest tuition fees in Canada. Education should be accessible to everyone, no matter their financial situation. Post-secondary education is needed for a modern world. A fight to end student debt and for free tuition is a fight we can win.

STOP ENERGY EAST! STOP THE TAR SANDS!

TransCanada plans to send 130 million litres a day of diluted tar sands bitumen through the city of Ottawa; a pipeline called Energy East. A single spill of bitumen, a thick black mixture that doesn’t float on water, would devastate aquifers and poison our city’s water supply.

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Solidarity Against Austerity at the Peoples’ Social Forum

PSF-logoSolidarity Against Austerity is supporting or co-hosting several workshops at the Peoples’ Social Forum this week (taking place at the University of Ottawa – the full program is available at http://peoplessocialforum.org/):

FROM ANTI-AUSTERITY TO ANTI-CAPITALISM: BUILDING A LOCAL LEFT ORGANIZATION
9:00am, Friday, August 22. Room DMS 1160

Despite the economic crisis of 2008 and the austerity turn by governments, the left in Canada has had plenty of difficulty building organizations capable of fighting back. How can the left rebuild local organizations capable of building the broad-based political movement to resist austerity and advance an anti-capitalist alternative?
– Solidarity Against Austerity (Ottawa), and Solidarity Halifax. English Simultaneous translation Read the rest of this entry

General Assembly

Monday, June 23–25One Community, 251 rue Bank Street, 2nd floor/2e étage,* 6:30 PM/18h30

All are welcome, with respect to our new Safer Spaces policy.

Discussion topic: Building a movement.

Activists engaged in campaigning at the recent convention of the Canadian Labour Congress and those looking forward to the Peoples’ Social Forum here in Ottawa in August are all talking about building our movement. We’re inviting a couple of guests to lead off a discussion.

The coordinating committee will bring forward a proposal to advance our discussion about how SAA can best continue its work.

There will be reports on working group activities.

General Assemblies are where we make decisions using consensus-based direct democracy, with facilitation.

Meetings are mostly in English, but anyone can speak the language of their choosing.  Translation can be provided for French speakers.

*Elevator in building.

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