edmonton_skyline02-X4.jpg

the Mission:

You. Us.

Fighting the good fight

 

It began with Charlottesville

Last year, a group of white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virgina, ostensibly to protest the removal of a confederate statue.

For many, it was the first time any of us had ever seen people - young men in khakis, looking like our sons and brothers and friends - marching with Nazi flags and chanting about Jews. But this wasn't new, really. We've known for a long time that racism and fascism are always brewing, just under the surface.

We - these disembodied voices talking to you here - started to organize in the days after Charlottesville. We were, like many, filled with righteous anger, which is a wonderfully mobilizing force that can be harnessed. But we were quickly confronted with the obvious question: what can we actually do to help?

Finding what works

We began talking to experts and the people who have been working on this problem for decades. We researched what worked and what didn't. We asked more questions than we found answers, but eventually, viable solutions started to take form. Each expert had different ideas on how to make a difference: Write op-eds for rural media. Expose white supremacists to their communities. Use art to counter hate.

It became clear that solutions were as individual as the people who were employing them. So that's what we wanted to bring to you: a conference to help you workshop your own action plan, unique to you, and based on not only what works, but what works for you

But this had to be an actual training conference; it had to be action-focused. This couldn't just be one more thing to learn. It had to be an opportunity to do. And in September 2018, exactly a year after we began the search for solutions, we are going to attempt to do just that. Over 3 days, we will come together to Fight the Good Fight, for diversity, justice and equality.

Why now?

We all have small moments in our lives that wake us up, sputtering and breathless, to the realities of the world. One such moment for me was when I was watching The Daily Show, back in the Jon Stewart days. His guest was Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist who started a sex-strike in Liberia and ultimately helped to end the the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Jon - rather sarcastically, I thought - asked her what she thought of the Occupy Wallstreet movement that was happening in America. I think he expected her to find it silly, maybe even frivolous, compared to the problems she had faced. But her response was something along this lines of "I can't believe Americans aren't in full revolt."

It was jarring for me. Revolutionaries around the world - from countries we perhaps expect to revolt -  were expressing shock at our complacency. 

And that was back in 2011.

The time is now because we don't have more time. Even if this is a "normal" cycle that we go through every few years, where hate threatens to take over, we no longer have a recovery period due to climate change (a topic for another conference, maybe yours!). We don't have the space for this to play out. We can't just hope away the time until the next election.

We need to act now. We need to fight the Good Fight.

 
 
 
african-3382795_1920.jpg

                The mission.

The goal of The Good Fight is to build the local, grassroots capacity to counter fascism and white supremacy and grow a culture of justice, inclusivity, and equity in our diverse community. We contend that it is not apathy, but lack of clarity, that prevents people from engaging in their community. This conference and the associated work aims to give participants a clear path to helping create justice for everyone in their community.

Learn More

who else thinks you should act now?

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King Jr

 

 
hands-1939895_1920.png

                Who we are

This project - The Good Fight - is a collaboration between The YEG Justice League, The Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG), The Aspen Foundation, and many more of our activist and community friends.

We wanted to create a community of people who not only wanted to change the world, but who were ready to start.

But we kind of need you. We hope you join The Good Fight.

 

Get Involved

There are many ways of getting involved in The Good Fight. We are a non-profit organization and our goal is to make our community better.

Care to join us?


register for the conference

On September 14-16, 2018, we are holding our first conference. It starts with a keynote presentation and expert panel Q&A, and continues with two days of training.

Volunteer

A 3-day conference isn't a small undertaking. We need your help to make this conference as effective as possible. If you want to help us before or during the conference, we'd love to have you join the team!

Make a Donation

Even if you can't come, you might want to donate so someone who isn't financially secure can come for less. The money we collect goes to putting on our conferences and ongoing programs.

 

Rent a Table

Interested in renting a table for your organization? We are offering space to appropriate vendors for $100 for the full weekend.

Send us an email to see if this is a fit!