Pan-Canadian Day of Action for Reproductive Justice: Equal Access Now!

 

Details on several events have been added to the RJ-Day website. (http://oct20rjday.wordpress.com/events-actions/) Please check it out. This is a day for local groups and individuals to take action in their own way, even just a small way.

Events & Actions

from coast to coast…

We invite local activists to organize events in their own communities. Please add your event to this list!  Provide details in the Comments, or email info@arcc-cdac.ca. If your city is already listed below and you want to help out, email us so we can connect you up with local organizers.

 

National / Web-based:

This Is My Canadian Body: Video project compiling clips from Canadian women who own their own bodies. Send in your short video clip today, it’s easy! (Deadline is Oct 30)
Facebook page.
Don’t forget the video-making party on Thurs Oct 11 in Winnipeg – Facebook page

 

Charlottetown:

Facebook page

Friday, Oct 19 – 12:15pm. National kick-off press conference! (location and speakers TBA)
Saturday, Oct 20 – 1-4pm, Rochford Square & Murphy’s Community Centre

March for access: Gather at 1pm in Rochford Square

Action Station: Take direct action and have your voice heard! 2 – 4pm at Murphy’s Centre

Stations include:

 

  • Speakers Corner
  • Abortion stories
  • Petitions
  • Letter writing
  • Abortion research Information
  • Discussing needs for sexual health info on PEI

 

Halifax:

Possible convoy to PEI!  Stay tuned for details….

The SMU Women’s Centre and Support Choice Halifax are continuing their 41 days of action in Nova Scotia. Check their Facebook pages for upcoming events!

 

Fredericton:

Thursday, October 18, 7pm. University of New Brunswick, Tilley Hall. Discussion on Reproductive Justice, with Law Professor Jula Hughes, Law Professor Karen Pearlston, and Allison Webster and Jaden Fitzherbert of the Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic. Presented in partnership with the faculty of Political Science.

Saturday, October 20, 10am. A counter protest against the 40 Days for Life, outside the Morgentaler  Clinic in Fredericton.  Facebook page

 

Montréal:

No event currently planned in Montreal, but an educational campaign aimed at an anti-choice MP will be launched on October 20.

 

Ottawa:

TBA

 

Toronto:

Rally

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012  •  1-3pm

Old City Hall, 60 Queen Street West

Facebook page

Sunny Clifford (main character of “Young Lakota”, see following event) and Jessica Danforth (Native Youth Sexual Health Network) will be speaking at the rally and to the media.

 

Film Screening and After-party
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012  •  4:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West.
Facebook pageYoung Lakota PosterFilm screening: “Young Lakota” – ImagineNATIVE International Indigenous Media Arts Festival. Followed by discussion and after-party starting at 7pm in the Green Room, with filmmakers and Sunny Clifford. Young Lakota is a coming of age film about reproductive justice and Indigenous youth on the Pine Ridge reservation, during the battle ground for abortion rights and access in South Dakota.
Purchase tickets

 

 

Winnipeg:

TBA

 

Regina:

TBA

 

Calgary:

No event currently planned for Oct 20, but the Calgary Sexual Health Centre is hosting their 40th anniversary celebration on Oct 25. See below under “Related Events” for details.

 

Vancouver:

Special Event – Help bring attention to abortion/SRH access issues in the Maritimes and BC!Saturday, October 20, 2012  •  noon
Waterfront Station, 601 W. Cordova St. (inside main lobby area)

All are welcome to participate, it’s easy!  Please wear something purple, and arrive by 11:30 am to receive simple instructions and tools for the event. (Or arrive by noon just to watch.)

Facebook page coming soon…

 

Whitehorse, Yukon

Women’s rights activists will issue a press release about the Day, and Yukon women will be encouraged to write letters to the editor bringing attention to the Day and access issues.

Details TBA.

 

Related Events Near the Same Date: (not affiliated with our Day)

National: October 19, Spirit DayMore info  (GLAAD: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

International: October 17. Day for the Eradication of Poverty
More info (Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses)
United Nations

Ottawa: October 18. Women’s Forum des Femmes
Government Conference Centre, 2 rue Rideau street
Facebook page

Ottawa: October 19. Roundtable on the Future of the Women`s Movement in Canada. Half day event bringing together women’s organizations, academics, labour, and other interested individuals. Sponsored by:Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), YWCA  Canada,  the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). Details TBA, but please RSVP to cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com

Toronto: October 23. How did we win abortion rights? Speaker: Carolyn Egan, long-time pro-choice activist and leading member of the International Socialists. The fight for abortion rights is one of the most important victories of the women’s movement in Canada and Quebec. Join a discussion about how abortion rights were won and how we can win equality and liberation today! Organized by the U of T International Socialists. Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. 252 Bloor Street West. Facebook page.

Calgary: October 25. Calgary Sexual Health Centre’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. “With the theme of “A Revolutionary Retrospective“, our guests will enjoy a playful exposé of how society’s views on gender, sexual orientation and reproductive health has shifted over the past four decades, and how CSHC has responded. The sexual revolution will be played out – and mirrored by the cocktails, music and legends of the times. Then we’ll toast our future as we dance the night away at our after-party.”

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