Thursday, 20 December 2012

This weekend: winter solstice party, political discussion & activism

End of the World Party! (Winter Solstice)
Image Source: Humanists Atheists and Agnostics Manitoba
The Humanists Atheists and Agnostics of Manitoba (HA2M) are hosting their annual winter solstice party. This time it's a joint event with Winnipeg Skeptics, styled as an "End of the World Party".

It'll be held at the Assiniboine Golf Club on 2045 Ness Avenue from 7 pm to 12:00 am this Friday. There'll be food and drink and other activities. Attending the event costs $15 per ticket. 

One can email the Winnipeg Skeptics to RSVP. There's also a Facebook page for the event.

Progressive Drinks

Cousins Deli & Lounge, site of this Sunday's
 Progressive Drinks.

Image Source: Cousins Deli & Lounge Facebook page

Winnipeggers interested in municipal issues will have an opportunity for discussion amongst drinks at Cousins Deli & Lounge on 55 Sherbrook Street. It's from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm this sunday (Dec. 23, 2012). 

Topics like poverty, urban development, and the environment will be discussed.

It also appears to be a free event. Here's it's Facebook page.

As a teetotaller, I'll probably stick to diet pop if I attend.

Image Source: Idle No More Site
The Idle No More movement is a heavily social media organized, grassroots, and decentralized movement somewhat similar to the  Occupy and "Arab Spring" movements. The movement started in response to Harper CON plans to change the Indian Act through the "mega" omnibus Bill C-45.

Various Winnipeg events part of the Idle No More movement have been organized by the North End based Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO!). AYO! is part of surge in North End First Nations activism of which Michael Champagne and the North End Bell Tower meetings are representative of.

On Dec. 10 an Idle No More rally at the Manitoba Legislature drew 300 people. This friday and saturday, there are two Idle No More events.

On Friday (Dec. 21), from noon to 3:00 PM, Idle No More participants will gather at Oodena Circle at the Forks. They've organized speakers, drummers, and a march to the legislature. The AYO! appears to have organized this event.

Based on the Regina precedent, a flash mob at Portage Place on Dec. 22 from 3:00 PM to 3:20 PM is planned. This event seems to have been planned independently of AYO!.

It's really a packed weekend.

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