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October 2014 E-Bulletin

Welcome to COCo’s October 2014 E-bulletin COCo Note A new approach to membership At the last COCo AGM, our members adopted new bylaws with significant revisions in our membership definition. The objective in re-examining our definition is to forge a new membership structure that is more conducive to membership engagement.  To this end, we would like […]

A Look Back at the Peoples’ Social Forum: a COCo digest

The Peoples’ Social Forum wrapped up in Ottawa last week having hosted more than 5000 participants and 500 workshops. Aiming to be a space inclusive of the diverse social movements from First Nations, Quebec, and all of Canada, and dedicated to exploring and sharing alternative, anti-oppressive and anti-colonial perspectives, the PSF set the bar high […]

Self-Referred: A Québec Trans-Health Survival Tool

Here is another great resource tool published by ASTT(e)Q (Action santé travesti(e)s et transsexuel(le)s du Québec).  Written by and for trans people with topics ranging from Coming Out, Employment, Housing and Family life to Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sex Reassignment Surgery and Sex Segregated Spaces, Social Isolation and Self-Advocacy!  What is particularly great about this tool […]

Diversity within Women’s Organizations: A Conversation with Relais-Femmes

  [youtube id=”emAGvNLetlI”] Nancy Guberman and Nicole Caron of Relais-Femmes talk about their project “Intégration et maintien en emploi de femmes d’origines diverses dans les groupes de femmes.”  The project looked at the attitudes and practices that are present within women’s groups in Montreal that pose barriers to the inclusion of women of diverse origins, […]

13 Ways to Expand Your Organization’s Anti-Oppression Capacity

This short video came out of our second working session where we asked the question: “What are the conditions necessary for Anti-Oppression to take place within Community Organizations?”   After brainstorming about our experiences within our own organizations, and the challenges we face there, we came up with a list of 13 suggestions to promote […]

Solidarity Symbols!

  Sometimes it is the little, simple things that make a difference.  In our second Portes Ouvertes working session, while brainstorming about ways that our community organizations can actively demonstrate their commitment to anti-oppressive principles, the importance of symbols came up.  As one participant noted: “If I am in a new place and I see […]

Les Voix Migrantes: Une Entrevue avec Aadi Ndir

  [youtube id=”7AEMrVpsO-w”]   Aadi Ndir of the Immigrant Worker’s Centre talks about the power of using people’s direct testimony in working against oppression.  Many times during the Portes Ouvertes project, the idea came up that listening to other’s experiences is a powerful way to overcome prejudices.  The Voix Migrantes project is an excellent example […]

“Être soi-même”: un vidéo d’Arc-en-ciel d’Afrique

  One of the ways to expand our organizations’ understandings of oppression that came up through our working session was the importance of hearing multiple voices from marginalized groups- so as to avoid the trap of flattening the “gay” experience, the “female” experience, the “black” experience to one thing only.  The importance of remembering that […]

Going beyond policy: An Interview with Tynan Jarrett

  Tynan Jarrett of the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office at McGill University talks about the importance of having political will, an implementation plan and support for policies so that they are able to be effective.  This is especially important to think through in terms of Anti-Oppression work in community organizations- as we have […]

Anti-Oppression Policy Examples

Examples of Anti-Oppression Policy Saint Columba House has put a lot of energy into developing and implementing their Anti-Oppression policy.  Here is the policy itself for you to have a look through (scroll through for the English version)- thanks Michelle for passing this along! Michelle Duchesneau talks about anti-oppression policy in her interview, here. Here […]