April 2nd 7PM – What is a solidarity economy?
In view of our upcoming conference From the Ground Up, we propose this introductory workshop on the solidarity economy in order to highlight the important role it can play in the anti-capitalist communities we wish to promote. More specifically, our speakers will represent various community coops and other solidarity initiatives around the island of Montreal, and will highlight how they put into practice democratic values, the important role that they play within their communities, and how they situate themselves in the larger conception of a socially-conscious solidarity economy.
Each will also present their success factors and difficulties faced, to end with an open period of moderated discussion.
All this, in one of the most inspiring solidarity coop and community space in Montreal!
At : La place commune – 7669 Avenue Querbes
March 22nd 7PM
Projection: A Silent Transformation
This is a film about the transformative power of the co-operative enterprise model.
The co-operative movement was built by people who took on the responsibility for their collective well being in the face of government neglect, economic exclusion and cultural discrimination.
As the modern economy increasingly denies vast sectors of the population basic amenities for decent life, this co-operative spirit is as critical as ever. However, over the years the co-op sector has become insular and poorly understood.
A Silent Transformation sets out to explore the innovative self-help efforts of different communities across the Province of Ontario. By addressing their needs collectively they are helping to regain the radical vision of co-operation.
In these communities are the seeds of economic democracy, global solidarity, and a new popular movement to transform society!
Will it grow and flourish?
At: concordia, hall building, H110
March 23th 7PM – Democracy From the Ground Up !
Come and participate in a reflection for citizens about democracy.
Are you satisfied with the political system in which we live ? What issues do you worry about in relation to democracy ? Is there one more important than the others and why ? We will discuss these questions and more as we gather together to transform the world with rigor and creativity !
At: 3590 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, QC H2X 2K3, Canada
This FREE event will be held at the Galeries du Parc Community Center
MEAL served from 1pm to 1:30pm
There will be a maximum capacity of 40 people.
CHILDCARE can be organised if you let us know at least 3 days before the event
March 26th 7PM – What is a land trust?
Community-led development on community-owned land: Origins and evolution of the community land trust
As gentrification uproots people from their homes, community land ownership has the potential to take back the destiny of our society and economy and put it in the hands of the people. Community land trusts (CLTs) protect land against market speculation, corporate control, and state mismanagement, and allows property to be democratically and collectively owned for the common good forever. They are especially used for community housing and organic agriculture, but they can also be used for the social and solidarity economy, ecological preservation, parks, community spaces, the arts, and heritage protection.
At this presentation, John Davis presents an introduction to community land trusts from its origins to its living realities, from its community values to its practical democratic functioning. Through pictures and stories, the history of community land trusts will be presented, from the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the Garden Cities of England, and the Gramdan villages of India, to its current incarnations across the world, including in the US, Canada, Belgium, France, the UK, and Australia. The short film “Arc of Justice”, co-produced by John Davis, will also be screened. Equivalent models and examples from Quebec will also be mentioned, including Fiducies d’utilité sociale (FUS), OBNLs, and coops. The presentation will include a discussion period with the audience about how we can make this happen in Montreal and Quebec. Come and be inspired to take back the land!
John Davis’ book “Manuel d’antispéculation immobilière” (Les Editions Ecosociété, 2014), a translation of the “Community Land Trust Reader” (2010), will be available for sale.
He will also screen his short film Arc of Justice. (22 min)
John Emmeus Davis is a founding partner of Burlington Associates in Community Development, a consulting cooperative that assists nonprofit organizations and city governments in developing homes that remain permanently affordable. Community land trusts have been a prominent part of his practice, teaching, and writing. His publications include The City-CLT Partnership (2008), The Community Land Trust
Reader (2010), and Manuel d’antispéculation immobilière (2014). His film credits include Arc of Justice, a documentary about the pioneering CLT that grew out of the civil rights movement in southwest Georgia in the 1960s. He is co-director of the Center for Community Land Trust Innovation, a program created by the Global Land Alliance to support CLT development outside the United States.
At: Maison du développement durable – 50, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal H2X 3V4