Call Out: The Union for Gender Empowerment needs fall volunteers!

Want to join the collective or volunteer as a staffer?

We need help to keep the space running over the fall semester! We hope to keep the library and co-op open as much as possible over the semester,  which means that we’re looking for volunteers who can staff the space for 2 – 3 hours a week throughout the semester.

You can also join the collective (a commitment of 2 – 5 hours per week, depending on projects) to help out with maintaining the space, running fall programming, and working on special projects!

Spend [part of] your semester basking in gender empowerment, trans* allyship, and intersectional feminism with the UGE!

Worried that you don’t have relevant experience? That’s okay! In order to get involved, we ask that you participate in an afternoon long training session, held Sept 22. If you are interested in getting involved, and can attend this session, email us at unionforgenderempowerment@gmail.com

More details at: https://unionforgenderempowerment.wordpress.com/join-us/

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The Union for Gender Empowerment is looking for new collective members and staffers! Whether you are new to feminism and gender issues, or you have lots of organizing experience, joining the UGE collective is a great way to get involved in feminist and transgender advocacy in Montreal, alternative libraries, and gain experience in workshop facilitation and event coordination.

What is the UGE?

The Union for Gender Empowerment  is a trans-positive feminist organization and is a service of the Student Society of McGill University. The UGE offers an alternative lending library, a zine distro, and a co-op selling at-cost ecologically-responsible menstrual products, DIY sex toys, safer sex supplies, and gender empowerment items.

The UGE also runs Trans allyship and anti-oppression workshops for other organizations, and takes part in the Rez project. The UGE  is a safe(r) space for people of all genders, and is equipped with trans and women-specific health and counseling referral services, a free phone line, a microwave, a kettle, and lots of tea! All UGE services are open to everyone!

You can find us in room 413, on the 4th floor of the Shatner building on McGill’s downtown campus at 3480 McTavish (Metro Peel.)

What happens at UGE collective meetings?

Meeting tasks might include responding to funding requests, brainstorming ideas and coordinating logistics for upcoming events, or scheduling workshops. The UGE collective operates on a non-heirarchical consensus-based decision making model, which means that everyone must agree on an action before a decision is made, and no one vote counts more than another. Some of the events we have organized in the past have been:

-a workshop on reproductive justice
-a speech and performance by transgender author S. Bear Bergman
-craft nights at the Ste. Emilie Skillshare
-the annual Librarian Dance Party fundraiser
-and many events in collaboration with other groups in Montreal

What do collective members do?

In addition to meeting on a regular basis, UGE collective members can get involved in any number of these awesome projects:
-recruit and train volunteers
-facilitate anti-oppression and trans allyship workshops for campus and community organizations
-staff the UGE space, help people check books out of the library and purchase coop items
-restock the coop
-purchase new books for the library
-maintain the UGE’s finances, liaise with SSMU regarding administrative tasks
-work with other organizations to plan popular education and fundraising events

This is a commitment of 2 – 5 hours/week (it varies depending on the project you’re working on and how much time you’d like to commit).

What do staffers do?

Staffers keep the space open! Becoming a staffer involves completing a one-day training session and commitment to a couple of hours a week in the UGE, helping people check books out of the library and purchase items in the co-op. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in the community and learn about running a trans* positive feminist space!

What if I’m not a McGill student? No problem! Anyone, McGill student or not, can get involved with the UGE collective!

If you are interested in getting involved at the UGE in any capacity, please contact us unionforgenderempowerment@gmail.com!

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