Festival of Solidarity 2015

Saturday June 13th from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
 
Co-organized by Alternatives and the New York office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
 
Coeur des sciences-UQAM
Salle Agora Hydro-Quebec
175 avenue du Président Kennedy
Metro 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?

Featuring speakers from Quebec and North American social movements as well as spokespeople for the anti-austerity radical left from Europe.

LIVESTREAMING on www.ricochet.media at 3:30 PM : «BUILDING A POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE TO AUSTERITY: THE EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE» with International Guests (Podemos, Syriza et Die Linke)

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

Speakers:

  • Clayton Thomas-Muller , Idle No More;
  • Nathalie Guay, executive board advisor for Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN)
  • Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (Cornell University, NY)
  • Marie-Josée Béliveau, Coalition against the pipelines (COVO)
  • Anthony Garoufalis-Auger, Students Against Pipelines (ECO)

Facilitator: Bruno Massé, RQGE (Quebec Network of Ecological Groups)

12:00-1:30pm LUNCH - THEME : SOLIDARITY WITH LATIN AMERICA

Salvadorian Auction:  sale of artisanal products made by comunities affected by extractivism

1:30-3:30pm

FROM SPRING TO FALL 2015: PERSPECTIVES FOR CHALLENGING AUSTERITY

With:

  • Patrick Rondeau, Quebec Federation of Labour (FTQ)
  • Fanny Theurillat-Cloutier, Profs contre la hause (Rank-and-file teachers) 
  • Claudia Cachay-Osorio, member of Quebec Student Union (ASSÉ)
  • Sébastien RivardSpokeperson of Red Hand Coalition (Community and Women’s groups)

Facilitator: Claude Vallaincourt, ATTAC-Quebec president 

3:30- 5:30pm

BUILDING A POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE TO AUSTERITY: THE EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE

(LIVESTREAMING on www.ricochet.media)

Speakers:

  • Yiannis Bournous, Political Secretariat, SYRIZA, Greece;
  • Pablo Bustinduy Amador, International Representative, PODEMOS, Spain;
  • Caren Lay, Member of Parliament, DIE LINKE, Germany ;
  • Amir Khadir, member of National Assembly, QUEBEC SOLIDAIRE
*Simultaneous French-English translation will be on offer.*

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/801750816576375/

For all Questions and Info: Roger Rashi