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 email@example.com. 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)
Your city / Your home
No event listed below for your city? Please consider organizing something, no matter how small! Some examples: A sidewalk rally on a busy street with pro-choice signs, a forum or panel, a counter protest against the “40 days for life,” a film or video night, a letter-writing campaign, or a performance using art, music, or spoken word. On an individual level, you can write a letter to the editor or to your local elected representative, publish a blog post, donate time or money to your local clinic or pro-choice group, or contribute to the “This Is My Canadian Body” video (see above).
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
Action Station: Take direct action and have your voice heard! 2 – 4pm at Murphy’s Centre
- Speakers Corner
- Abortion stories
- Letter writing
- Abortion research Information
- Discussing needs for sexual health info on PEI
October 25. 6pm to 8pm. Atlantic Veterinary College, Lecture Theatre C, UPEI. The Campus Alliance for Reproductive Justice at UPEI is hosting a film screening of the American documentary “The Abortion Diaries.” Facebook page.
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! They are also looking for volunteers to help poster the city and do street outreach to support the RJ Day.
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
No event currently planned in Montreal, but an educational campaign aimed at an anti-choice MP will be launched on October 20.
Film Screening and After-party
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 • 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West.
Young Lakota Poster
Film 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.
When: October 20, 2012, 12-4pm.
What: RJDay 2012 Celebration and Action
Who: Reproductive Justice Advocates and allies of Manitoba
Where: Women’s Health Clinic, Main Floor – 419 Graham Ave, Winnipeg
What: You are invited to drop-in at Women’s Health Clinic (419 Graham in Winnipeg) to celebrate RJDay 2012. A group of community women are taking collective action to address reproductive health disparities across and throughout Manitoba.
Why: There will be light refreshments, networking, collaborating, raging, and ranting to be shared with other like-minded women and allies. And at the same time, you can participate in our action by taking a few seconds to sign a letter to our Manitoba Members Legislative Assembly. We are requesting a meeting to discuss how we might collaborate in solving reproductive health challenges faced by Manitoba women. We envision a system that supports and entrenches a continuum of reproductive health services for Manitoba women wherever they live.
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.
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.)
Women’s rights activists have issued a press release about the Day, calling for Improved access to abortion, contraception, and sexual and reproductive health services in rural and remote areas and Canada’s North. They are also encouraging Yukon women to write letters to the editor bringing attention to the Day and access issues.
Related Events Near the Same Date: (not affiliated with our Day)
National: October 19, Spirit Day
More info (GLAAD: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
Ottawa: October 18. Women’s Forum des Femmes
Government Conference Centre, 2 rue Rideau street
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”