2-Day Training

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Your Good Fight Plan

Let's create it together

Maybe you've been to rallies. Perhaps you've shared articles on Facebook or read some books on racism. You care about your community and you care about justice. But you can't help but think you could be doing more.

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house
— Audre Lorde

It's that doing more part we want to help with. And that's exactly what we want to do this September - train you to join The Good Fight.

When you register to come to the 2-day training conference, you get to choose up to 3 sessions with our experts, tailoring your plan to you. Each one of us has a unique set of skills, interests and passions. With just a little direction, we can each create a plan for action that is as specific to us as our fingerprint.

You will have plenty of time to work with other participants and our trainers to create your plan. This isn't going to be a passive experience - this is a workshop, and you will walk away with a concrete, actionable plan. 

please note: there is limited seating (30 participants) in each training session.

The Sessions & Trainers

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(click on each session title to learn more about the session and the trainer.)

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EXPOSING FASCISTS – DARYLE LAMONT JENKINS

To stop fascists in our midst, we need accurate, up-to-date, and verifiable information. It’s the basics of research and reporting, which are some of the best tools of activism. “Doxxing” random people as an act of petty revenge is deplorable. But carefully investigating and exposing extremists who have harmed people and are planning to hurt more is indispensable. Join veteran investigator and One People’s Project founder Daryle Lamont Jenkins to learn:

  • How to gather the facts in all circumstances
  • How to avoid believing or reprinting propaganda (claims serving an agenda rather than verified information serving the public good) while investigating the far right, Neo-Nazis, Whitesupremacists, and their ilk
  • Useful sources of information about—and by—fascists and their plans
  • How to maintain a reporter’s discipline when gathering the news

Daryle Lamont Jenkins, one of the founders of the antifascist organisation One People’s Project, is a former US Air Force man who's spent a lifetime fighting American neo-nazis, and was a pioneer of the early internet with innovative online tactics to fight Whitesupremacists. Today, in service of his cause he speaks across the United States. Liberal and conservative journalists try to smear him; Nazis try to fight him in the courts and lose. Why do they fear him? Because he exposes the Nazis who are hiding in plain sight by investigating them and revealing their nazi identity to the world. But he also helps those people who want to leave the nazi movement. He fearlessly steps up to fascists such as Richard Spencer and Matthew Heimbach and simply mocks them, and even got Spencer thrown out of CPAC, the Conservative Political Affairs Conference which was teeming with Spencer's own fanatics.

RESPONDING TO & COUNTERING HATE SPEECH - BARBARA PERRY

Recent world events seem to have motivated renewed activity among and public attention to right-wing extremism, not only within a global context but in Canada as well. Drawing on a study involving interviews with Canadian law enforcement officials, community organizations, and right-wing activists, paired with analyses of open source intelligence, this workshop considers a number of best practices to counter violence from the far-right. This workshop will focus primarily on countering hate speech on and off line. We will talk in more detail about what that looks like, and then identify safe and effective ways by which we might individually and collectively respond to hateful language, images and gestures.

Barbara Perry is Professor and Associate Dean of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She has written extensively on hate crime, including several books on the topic, among them In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime; and Hate and Bias Crime: A Reader. She has also published in the area of Native American victimization and social control, including one book entitled The Silent Victims: Native American Victims of Hate Crime, based on interviews with Native Americans (University of Arizona Press). She has also written a related book on policing Native American communities Policing Race and Place: Under- and Over-enforcement in Indian Country (Lexington Press). She was the General Editor of a five volume set on hate crime (Praeger), and editor of Volume 3: Victims of Hate Crime of that set. Dr. Perry continues to work in the area of hate crime, and has begun to make contributions to the limited scholarship on hate crime in Canada. Most recently, she has contributed to a scholarly understanding of anti-Muslim violence, hate crime against LGBTQ communities, and the community impacts of hate crime.

TEACHING TEACHERS – DR. DARREN E LUND

Educators and other professionals are correctly being encouraged to attend to diversity issues in their practice. Bringing about social and institutional changes toward inclusion and social justice requires thoughtful advocacy, challenging extremism, and even some professional risk. Darren’s talk will offer specific insights from his three decades of work on social justice activism and human rights in schools. He has faced protests, online harassment, a nuisance lawsuit, and even death threats for his social justice work. This workshop will encourage and prepare attendees to respond to various forms of extremist activity in and around schools, and to prepare for backlash and resistance.

Darren E. Lund, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, where his research examines social justice activism in schools, communities, and professional education programs. Darren was a high school teacher for 16 years, and formed the award-winning Students and Teachers Opposing Prejudice (STOP) program. Darren has been recognized with a number of awards and honours, including the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s 2015 Educational Research Award, the inaugural 2013 Alberta Hate Crimes Awareness Award, the 2012 Scholar-Activist Award from the American Educational Research Association (Critical Educators for Social Justice), and he was named a Reader’s Digest National Leader in Education.

Fighting fascism through memes – Abdul Malik, AUPE

Memes. Everyone thinks they know what they are, but most people don't really know. Most people can't make one, or identify a good one. And most people on the left have a hard time meme-ing. The saying "The left can't meme," isn't necessarily untrue, but we can change that. Through examples, explanations, theory, and in workshop practice, I would explore the nature of memes, the utility of them, contextualize them in our media landscape and try to open up and explain what makes a good meme and why.

Abdul Malik is a photographer and filmmaker from Toronto, Canada, who has lived in Edmonton for the last several years. His work has been seen in the CBC, Rabble, and other editorial outlets. Much of what he documents and creates based around the subjects of struggle, labour, and race, and documenting the relationships that form in political spaces. He has traveled extensively for his work, both in Alberta and around the world, and is currently working on several projects to be completed in late 2018 and 2019.

Theatre of the Oppressed to counter hate – Lindsay Ruth Hunt, AUPE

Learn about what Theatre of the Oppressed is, how it has been used and continues to be used as a participatory, arts-based way to work toward equity and justice. Be prepared to be active, collaborate, and immerse yourself in the practice. You will also have a chance to reflect on how you might implement change-making projects using Theatre of the Oppressed.

Lindsay Ruth Hunt is a community-engaged theatre artist, and educator, most recently joining the Education Department at AUPE. She is passionate about the role of transformative education and arts in/as activism and believes they can provide a necessary means to work toward positive social change.

Fascism's War on Unions and How to Combat it - Sam Nuako, AFL

If you’re in a union, or you want to help working people and their families maintain the benefits that unions protect, how can you stop fascism before it erodes your rights? In this session with veteran labour relations officer Sam Nuako, learn:

  • About union platforms to mitigate extremism and fascism
  • How fascists have historically attacked organised labour including today’s Trumpism and “right to work” laws in the United States
  • How to build solidarity
  • How to build diversity in the workplace
  • Learning the landscape of workplace struggle including barriers, allies, priorities, and how to deal with harassment, discrimination
  • Effective ways to organize and educate union members, and what a “Not-Okay” coffee session is
  • With a passion for promoting diversity in the labour force, Sam Nuako currently works for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 401 as a Labour Relations Officer, and serves on Alberta Education’s Schools Attendance Board. In Edmonton, Nuako worked with various community agencies for four years before working eleven years with the Government of Alberta. After that, he worked for a year as a Social Benefits Advocate with Edmonton Community Legal Centre, a pro-bono law firm in downtown Edmonton. Born in Takoradi, Ghana on the west coast of Africa, Nuako has been in Canada for almost twenty-two years and a citizen by choice since 2001. Prior to coming to Canada, he worked with an international relief agency on development and peace projects, a job that took him to six European countries. He possesses a Professional Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Divinity with several other courses in Human Resource and Addictions Studies at the University of Alberta. He also took Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the U of A Hospital and the National Introductory Program in Mediation at the ADR in Edmonton. Nuako is married to a teacher with the Edmonton Public School Board. Together they have a boy and two girls.

    Keeping your eyes on the prize - Daniel David

    It’s normal for people to change priorities, change their minds, forget the project’s objective. Old hands leave, new people join, and bring new ideas. Changes in the political, economic, regulatory and social climate may affect changes to achieve the objective. What do you do when this happens? This workshop is all about defining what the “prize” of your work is, and how to keep it in focus when your plans need to be adjusted and changed.

    Dan David is Mohawk, Bear Clan, based at Kanehsatake Mohawk Territory, near Oka, Quebec. After graduating high school, he was turned away from journalism school by Indian Affairs. He spent the next ten years as a construction labourer, a garbageman, and a printer at one of the first Indigenous community colleges in central Quebec, followed by a stint as a civil servant in Ottawa after the federal government closed the college. Dan jumped at the chance to leave Ottawa to attend the Program in Journalism for Native Peoples at Western, an intensive one-year diploma course. After graduating top of his class, CBC recruited him for a stint in Whitehorse.After returning south, the CBC picked him up again for the its "Visible Minorities Program" meant to bring diversity to its newsrooms across Canada. This led to him becoming one of a handful of CBC trainers invited by South African journalists to help them transform the South African Broadcasting Corporation from a state-controlled propagandist into an independent public broadcaster before their first-ever democratic elections in 1994. Dan went back and forth for the next 7 years, working as a producer at TVOntario and Vision-TV before accepting a job at Ryerson University as the first ever Chair of Diversity at any school of journalism in Canada. Back in South Africa, he became the first ever Mohawk to be head of TV training at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dan's trained TV producers and reporters across Canada, Indonesia, and Azerbaijan. He's earned two National Magazine awards writing about his home community before, during and after the 1990 Oka Crisis. He's been working too long on a book about his home community, past, present and future. Soon, he plans to launch a literary journalism web site for Indigenous writers and journalists.

    CAMPAIGNING OUT OF THE BOX - Eugene Plawiuk

    Drawing on decades of organising experience in labour, social justice, anti-fascism, and animal rights, Eugene Plawiuk will lead you through an intensive workshop on organising to win. What should go on your Do/Don’t list? How do you target for results? How do you avoid blowback? What are the first steps you must always take before trying to get the public to join you in any action? What lessons from the labour movement are indispensable for almost any campaign?

    Eugene Plawiuk was an original founder of the Anti Fascist League (the other AFL) in Edmonton during the 1980s, which outed fascists and neo-Nazis operating in Edmonton with the Aryan Nations, and organized protests against the neo-Nazi skinhead Daniel Sims who had attacked journalist Keith Rutherford for outing an alleged Nazi war criminal. During the 1990s, Plawiuk was an executive Board member with CUPE LOCAL 474, the Custodial Workers Union with the Edmonton Public School Board. He and other executive members developed a decade-long PR campaign focusing on the threats posed by contracting out and privatization, and the importance of maintaining in-house unionized custodial workers. The campaign included organizing with artists, dramatists, and poets in venues such as the International Fringe Festival. He spent 13 years developing and delivering an Adult Education course for Custodial Workers in EPSB. Eugene helped organize Erewhon Books Collective, the first Anarchist Bookshop in Edmonton, helped organize Anarchist Book Fairs, and is currently a member of the Association of United Ukrainian-Canadians working on its 100th Anniversary celebration this year.

    The Location

    The training sessions will be held at the Education South building on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, Alberta  (11210 - 87 Ave).

    Please visit the registration desk on the second floor when you arrive.

    We are making every possible effort to make this event as accessible as possible - located near major public transit, parking available, gender neutral bathrooms, wheelchair accessibility, pay-what-you-can payment structure - but if you have specific needs that you worry we might not be able to accommodate, please contact us.