Festival of Solidarity 2015

Date: 
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 09:30 - 17:30
Co-organized by Alternatives and the New York office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Coeur des sciences-UQAMSalle Agora Hydro-Quebec175 avenue du Président KennedyMetro Places des arts

Our theme this year is « FIGHTING AUSTERITY HERE AND ABROAD »

During the Festival, we will discuss the following issues:

  • What are the perspectives for mass mobilization this coming fall ?
  • How can we better link climate issues and anti-austerity mobilizations?
  • What lessons can be drawn from the European experience in fighting austerity?

We will feature not only speakers from Quebec and North American social movements but also spokespeople for the anti-austerity radical left from Europe.

PROGRAM

9:30-10:00AM

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Speakers: Ronald Cameron, president of Alternatives and Albert Scharenberg, co-director of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office

10:00-12:00am

FIGHT AUSTERITY, SAVE THE CLIMATE: STRATEGIES AND CHALLENGES

With: Idle No More; CSN; Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (Cornell University); COVO (Coalition against the pipelines); ECO-Students Against Pipelines, and RQGE ( Quebec Network of Ecological Groups)

12:00-1:30pm LUNCH

1:30-3:30pm

FROM SPRING TO FALL 2015:PERSPECTIVES FOR CHALLENGING AUSTERITY

With: FTQ; Teachers' Union activist; ASSÉ member of the executive board; Red Hand Coalition (Community and Women’s groups), and ATTAC-Quebec.

3:30- 5:30pm

BUILDING A POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE TO AUSTERITY: THE EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE

Speakers:

  • Yiannis Bournous, Political Secretariat, SYRIZA, Greece;
  • Caren Lay, Member of Parliament, DIE LINKE, Germany ;
  • Pablo Bustinduy Amador, International Representative, PODEMOS, Spain;
  • Amir Khadir, National Assembly person, QUEBEC SOLIDAIRE

For all Questions and Info: Roger Rashi (e-mail:roger@alternatives.ca)