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Amazonia: The Rights of Nature
March 10, 2017 to January 28, 2018
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents the thought-provoking, socially and environmentally-conscious new exhibition Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, on display March 10, 2017 – January 28, 2018. Curated by Dr. Nuno Porto (MOA Curator, Africa and Latin America), Amazonia explores the     Show more . . .


Free Public Transit for Ottawa
October 23, 2017
Solidarity Ottawa’s Eco-Justice Committee is convening a public meeting to launch a campaign for Free and Accessible Public Transit. The speakers at the event, including Stefan Kipfer from Free Transit Toronto Now, will provide insight into challenges and ways forward. Free transit is the     Show more . . .


Power of Water Conference
October 23, 2017 to October 25, 2017
17th Annual Power of Water Conference      Show more . . .


7th Annual Social Justice Week
October 23, 2017 to October 27, 2017
Join us at the 7th Annual Social Justice Week, taking place from October 23 - 27, 2017 at Ryerson University. This year's multi-disciplinary program features 18 events ranging from daily roundtables, panel discussions, lunch & learn workshops, lectures, and a commemorative art installation for     Show more . . .


World Development Information Day
October 24, 2017
"[...] Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion     Show more . . .


Keep Transit Public
October 24, 2017
Metrolinx is doling out the big bucks on new transit projects across the province. But where is all this money going?We will gather in front of Metrolinx HQ in Toronto, on Front St. between Bay and York in front of Union Station, at 7:30am, followed by a press conference at 8am.      Show more . . .


Disarmament Week
October 24, 2017 to October 30, 2017
The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race,     Show more . . .


Kevin MacKay speaking on “Radical Transformation” in Ottawa
October 25, 2017
oin author, professor and activist Kevin MacKay for a presentation on Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization. Radical Transformation is a story about industrial civilization’s impending collapse, and about the possibilities of averting this fate. Human     Show more . . .


Higher Education and the Plague of Authoritarianism
October 26, 2017
Higher education in our politically desperate age is threatened by a legacy that it does not dare to name and that legacy with its eerie resonance with an authoritarian past asserts itself, in part, with the claim that education is failing. The Trump administration needs education to fail in a very     Show more . . .


The Dialectics of Liberation in the Era of Neoliberalism
October 26, 2017 to October 28, 2017
In the summer of 1967 Herbert Marcuse gave a talk titled 'Liberation from the Affluent Society' at a London conference called The Dialectics of Liberation. The conference brought together a wide range of left and counter-cultural activists, thinkers, artists and poets - Herbert Marcuse, R.D Laing,     Show more . . .


World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
October 27, 2017
"The stories told by this heritage are powerful expressions of culture and place, weaving together personal and collective experience, reflecting the search for meaning shared by all. This heritage provides an anchor in a world of change, especially for local communities, providing records of     Show more . . .


An Evening with Martine Delvaux (in conversation with Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis)
October 27, 2017
Come hear Martine Delvaux”, author of Serial Girls: From Barbie to Pussy Riot, in conversation with Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis. This event is free and open to the public.      Show more . . .


Law’s sponsorship of corporate irresponsibility with Harry Glasbeek
October 27, 2017
Join legal expert Harry Glasbeek for a presentation on law’s sponsorship of corporate irresponsibility.      Show more . . .


Exploring Meaningful Opportunities in the Social Justice Field
October 27, 2017
Join us for an afternoon of networking, learning and dialogue in sessions on what it takes to work for social justice in the non-profit sector. Keynote speaker: Chris Ramsaroop, Community and Labour Activist     Show more . . .


Demonstrating Diversity: Love is Stronger than Hate
October 28, 2017
White supremacist groups in London, ON have called for another xenophobic rally. People for Peace London and Council of Canadians London Chapter are calling for Londoners to show our support for diversity in our community.      Show more . . .


The State of (In)Equality: Social Justice Under Siege
October 28, 2017 to October 29, 2017
The State of (In)Equality: Social Justice Under Siege is the fourth annual interdisciplinary conference presented by Humber College’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Toronto, Canada in association with the International Festival of Authors (IFOA).     Show more . . .


World Cities Day
October 31, 2017
"Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Cycling and Walking Our Way to Social and Climate Justice
November 01, 2017
Historically, Toronto’s under-served and lower-income communities have enjoyed unequal access to the benefits of infrastructure investments that are made with public funds. While social justice activists campaign for more convenient and affordable public transit options, there are very     Show more . . .


International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
November 02, 2017
"I pay tribute to the courage of all media personnel who put their lives on the line for the sake of truth. And I call for immediate action to secure justice in cases where journalists were attacked, harassed or killed." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Radical Roots/ Radical Routes of Worker Co-operation
November 02, 2017
The movement for workplace democracy has always had a radical, transformative vision. These radical roots also call us to new radical routes, i.e., what is our way forward as a movement of solidarity economics based on ownership and control instead of capital? The world needs workplace democracy now     Show more . . .


World Tsunami Awareness Day
November 05, 2017
"Tsunamis may be rare but, like any other natural hazard, if we fail to prepare and raise awareness, then we risk paying a heavy price." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
November 06, 2017
"On this International Day, I urge governments, businesses and citizens around the world to prioritize environmental care and the sustainable management of natural resources for preventing conflict, building peace and promoting lasting prosperity." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Canadian Wildlife Federation Goose Gala
November 09, 2017
The CWF Goose Gala supports Canada's wildlife and wild spaces. Proceeds from the event help ensure a bright future for Canadian wildlife. Thanks to the generosity of corporations and philanthropists, the gala has channeled $500,000 into the CWF Wild by Nature campaign. As we mark Canada's 150th     Show more . . .


International Week of Science and Peace
November 09, 2017 to November 15, 2017
The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was     Show more . . .


World Science Day for Peace and Development
November 10, 2017
Proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference (Resolution 31C/ 20) in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is an annual event celebrated all over the world to recall the commitment made at the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science (Budapest 1999).      Show more . . .


World Diabetes Day
November 14, 2017
"Let us focus both on prevention and strengthening health services so that everyone who has this debilitating disease can receive the support he or she needs." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Day for Tolerance
November 16, 2017
The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and     Show more . . .


World Philosophy Day
November 17, 2017
World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO to honour philosophical reflection in the entire world by opening up free and accessible spaces. Its objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to     Show more . . .


World Toilet Day
November 19, 2017
"Sustainable development goal 6 calls on the international community to ensure access to toilets by 2030. Delivering on this basic human right — the right to water and sanitation — is good for people, business and the economy." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Universal Children’s Day
November 20, 2017
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.      Show more . . .


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
November 20, 2017
The Day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It offers an opportunity for drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and     Show more . . .


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25, 2017
"Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price." — Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General     Show more . . .


International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 29, 2017
"This year, the number of demolitions of Palestinian houses and other structures by Israeli forces has doubled, compared to 2015. Gaza remains a humanitarian emergency, with 2 million Palestinians struggling with crumbling infrastructure and a paralyzed economy, and tens of thousands still     Show more . . .


World AIDS Day
December 01, 2017
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted with a promise to leave no one behind. Nowhere is this more important than in tackling AIDS. Supporting young, vulnerable and marginalized people will change the course of the epidemic." — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 02, 2017
"The UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery helps restore the human rights and dignity of thousands of victims and their families by awarding grants to projects providing rehabilitation services. I urge Member States, businesses, private foundation and other donors to increase their     Show more . . .


International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 03, 2017
"Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
December 05, 2017
The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental     Show more . . .


World Soil Day
December 05, 2017
"On World Soil Day, I call for greater attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
December 09, 2017
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The 9th of December is the anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the     Show more . . .


International Anti-Corruption Day
December 09, 2017
"On International Anti-corruption Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to ending the deceit and dishonesty that threaten the 2030 Agenda and our efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Human Rights Day
December 10, 2017
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10     Show more . . .


International Mountain Day
December 11, 2017
Mountains host communities with ancient cultures and traditions, and are places of religious worship, pilgrimage and rituals all over the world. The concept of traditional heritage, culture and spirituality is intrinsically linked with peoples’ livelihoods in the mountains, where it is often     Show more . . .


International Migrants Day
December 18, 2017
"On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


International Human Solidarity Day
December 20, 2017
"Global problems require collective solutions. At a time of divisiveness on many key global issues, from armed conflict to forced migration, people need to turn toward each other in common cause, not away from each other in fear." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon     Show more . . .


Work and Organizing in Digital Media
January 24, 2018
While many laud the benefit of digital technologies for the production of digital media - more access, more voices, more ways to tell a story, for example - paying attention to the experiences of workers in digital media demonstrates intensifying struggles underway. This talk presents research on     Show more . . .


2018 Social and Environmental Justice Symposium
February 09, 2018 to February 11, 2018
OPIRG Guelph’s Social and Environmental Justice Symposium is a convergence of academic and community research, activism, and art focused on social and environmental justice issues. We are aiming to make research more accessible to all and to foster deeper relationships and idea sharing     Show more . . .