Organizing for the Long Haul: A Solidarity Halifax Conference

Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 6:15pm - Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 2:15pm

  • Free Childcare
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
  • Seating for Elders
  • Accessibility Lift Available

Solidarity Halifax is hosting a conference on the weekend of Friday November 3rd to Sunday November 5th at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax.

The title and theme of the conference is ‘Organizing for the Long Haul’, with a focus on the need for long-term organization on the Left.

The conference will also aim to highlight the importance of incorporating anti-capitalist analysis into social movements strategies.

Different sections of the conference will focus on local struggles in anti-racism, worker’s movements, environmental justice, and what they all have in common.

We hope that through this conference attendees will consider becoming members of Solidarity Halifax.

Registration is Pay-What-You-Can $5-25 | No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Drop In Anytime | Registration can be paid online or at the door


Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre
Joan Glode Gathering Space
2158 Gottingen Street, Halifax NS


Friday November 3rd:

6:15pm to 7:00pm — Registration

7:00pm to 9:00pm — “Trump and the Resistance” with speaker Ashley Smith from the International Socialist Organization

Saturday November 4th

8:45am to 9:30am — Registration

9:30-10:45 — “Challenges of Worker Organizing in the New Economy” — panel discussion with members of Solidarity Halifax’s Workers Solidarity Committee

11:00-12:30 — “The Fight for a $15/hour Minimum Wage” – with speaker Pam Frache, Ontario Provincial Coordinator of the Fight For $15 and Fairness Campaign and Organizer with the Toronto-based Workers’ Action Centre

12:30-1:30 — LUNCH

1:30-3:00pm — “From Eco-Crisis to Ecojustice: Anti-Capitalist Organizing for the Environment” — panel discussion with Dorene Bernard, Louise Delisle & Sherry Pictou

3:15-4:45pm — “Lessons in Anti-Racist Organizing” — a candid conversation and discussion with Jackie Barkley and Lynn Jones

4:45-5:00pm — Saturday Wrap-Up Plenary

5pm to 10pm — Saturday Night Conference Social at Alteregos Cafe & Catering!

Sunday November 5th

9:30am-10:45am — “Capitalism and Oppression” — a discussion on fighting for a society without oppression and a world beyond capitalism, led by members of the Political Education Committee of Solidarity Halifax

11:00am-12:30pm — “Fighting the Far Right Today” with speaker Eric Ruder, journalist with

12:30pm-1:00pm — LIGHT LUNCH / SNACK

1:00pm-2:00pm — “An Introduction to Solidarity Halifax” — What is Solidarity Halifax, and how can you join or become involved?

2:00pm-2:15pm — Conference Wrap-Up Plenary

Accessibility Notes:

There are no stairs to the first level where the registration table and spare room will be in the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre.

To get to the Joan Glode Gathering Space, there is a lift at the rear entrance that works for portable walkers and wheelchairs. The whole upstairs space, including washrooms, is accessible once you are there.

There will be a staff person for the venue available the whole time we are there.

We will have posters outside the venue throughout the conference to indicate the location of the lift at the rear of the building.

Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre

2158 Gottingen St.
Joan Glode Gathering Space

Halifax, NS