Archive for March, 2013

We’re hiring a Summer Events Coordinator!

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 Head & Hands, a non-profit community organization dedicated to youth empowerment, is looking for an Summer Events Coordinator for a full time 6 month contract.  This person will be the coordinator of several fundraising and cultural events this summer, including our Annual General Meeting, indoor and outdoor concerts, program fundraisers, and our team’s participation in the “Ca Marche” AIDS walk.
Requirements: organized, strong communication, time management and networking skills, bilingualism, comfort working autonomously, as well as fundraising and event planning experience.  Familiarity with Montreal business & cultural sectors and Head & Hands’ mission and approach are assets.This position is dependent on Emploi Quebec subvention salariale funding.
Candidate MUST qualify for the subvention salariale program and be available to start in early May.  To apply, email your CV and cover letter to admin@headandhands.ca  or by fax to 514-481-2336 by April 22 2013 at 10:00am (Attn: Summer Events Coordinator Hiring Committee). Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Head & Hands welcomes the unique contributions that individuals from marginalized and oppressed communities bring to our organization, and invites these individuals to apply.  We encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Head & Hands in their cover letter.

YPP at the Sugar Shack

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Happy spring! Trees are budding, snow is melting, and the sap is running in the sugarbush, which means it’s Cabane à sucre season in Québec. Last Friday, 47 parents, kids, and staff headed out to Mont-St-Grégoire to enjoy a day out of the city. They sat down to a big meal together, ate sugar taffy outside, went on horse-drawn wagon rides, saw how sap becomes maple syrup, wandered forest paths, and danced under the disco ball. Participants were really excited to have this chance to take a trip off the island, which can be hard without a car, and also to take part in this seasonal Québec tradition and make memories with their kids.

Were You Detained, Brutalized, Kettled, or Arrested on March 15?

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(Reposted text from the COBP)

The COBP is currently looking for people who were victims of the police attack during the demonstration on March 15th, 2013. We are hoping to organize a contestation of the tickets, to launch other recourses against the abuses of the Montreal police, and to file a complaint at the police ethics commission.

Were You Arrested At The Protest On March 15th, 2013?

CONTACT US!

If you were amongst the people who were arrested, be it for criminal charges or for a ticket, let us know. We want to organize a meeting with all of the people who were arrested in order to challenge the tickets and charges collectively. We also want to support the work of the lawyer of those charged with criminal offences. We need your contact info (name, address, phone number, email, date of birth, event number, type of infraction, place where you were arrested).

CHALLENGE YOUR TICKETS!

You have 30 days after you receive the ticket to do this. Check the not guilty (« non-coupable ») case behind the ticket and don’t write anything in the « plaidoyer » (plea) section -it is optional information that will not help your case. Let the Municipal Court know of any change of address, and also let the COBP know of any change in your contact info.

IF YOU WERE A VICTIM OR A WITNESS OF POLICE BRUTALITY

Please send us a detailed report of the event indicating the location (street corner), the time, the witnesses, the type of cops (SPVM, undercover, anti-riot, etc.).

GET INVOLVED IN DEFENSE OF THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH

The police assault that took place at the international day against police brutality is a serious threat to the freedom of speech and the right to protest. It is necessary to fight this intervention so that it doesn’t create a dangerous norm. But, the COBP can’t lead this struggle without the active participation of the people arrested and the witnesses of the event. If you wish to get involved in the defence, let us know.

DO YOU HAVE PHOTO OR VIDEO EVIDENCE?

If you do, send it to us by email or contact us directly. We don’t want to publish it but to eventually use it as evidence against the police.

To reach us:

Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (COBP)
By email: cobp@riseup.net
mail (you can send an envelope to the COBP):

COBP
a/s QPIRG-Concordia
1500, de Maisonneuve Ouest, suite 204
Montréal, Qc
H3G 1N1

By phone: 514-395-9691 (Voice machine, please take time to leave a message)

Volunteers, You’re Invited!

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Volunteers eat, drink, and hang while watching the slide show at last year's VAP.

Volunteers eat, drink, and hang while watching the slide show at last year’s VAP.

At Head & Hands, we rely on volunteers to do what we do. Volunteers coach basketball at J2K, tutor students at the main offices, provide childcare at the Young Parents Program, work at the front desk, help plan and pull off Faggity Ass Fridays every month, translate blog posts like this one, keep score at SERVE, file financial records, and serve on our Board of Directors. WHEW, that’s a lot! Last year, 308 volunteers gave more than 9000 hours of their time to Head & Hands, and we think y’all deserve a huge thank you in the form of a party! An awesome party!

If you’ve volunteered with us in the past year, you’re invited to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, where we will celebrate you with food, drinks, and amazing raffle prizes! This year will also feature a photo booth and karaoke for all of our entertainment. This evening of awesome will take place on March 15th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm! To find out where, please RSVP to the program coordinator with whom you volunteered by March 10th.

Accessibility information: wheelchair accessible with automatic door and elevator. There is a wheelchair accessible, single-stall bathroom on the same floor as the event. Please let us know if you require childcare or have any other accessibility requests by emailing Juniper at membres@headandhands.ca by March 10th!