UPCOMING EVENTS

Off-white text on a black background. Building Cultures of Care: May - August; a workshop series presented by SASSL and OPIRG York; a moth is at the center with radiating lines.

Building cultures of care: A Workshop Series

Coming Soon! Spring-Summer 2022

We want to build a world where rape culture has ended and cultures of consent and respect thrive. This series will work toward creating that reality at York by encouraging students and community members to learn the skills that will nurture us all to show-up better together. 

While we envision a more just world we also need to be real about the world that we are in. Some of our workshop offerings will include skills for reducing harm and keeping ourselves and each other safe. 

For those who are able to attend 6 out of 8 workshops we will be offering a letter of completion in Anti-Oppression. Most workshops will be offered online, and a few embodied activities will take place at the York Keele campus and in North York. More information coming soon!

PAST EVENTS

OPIRG YORK Annual General Meeting

Join OPIRG York as we reflect on the last year, and make decisions for the year ahead. We’ll hear a summary of what happened in 2021-2022, learn about our new Action Groups, and we’ll talk about how you can get involved! Register here.

This is also a time to elect our new Board of Directors! Nominations are due March 16-March 23th, and the form is available on our website here.

 

ACCESS INFO

We will be gathering on Zoom. Closed caption will be available. There will be some SkipTheDishes vouchers available—amount TBA!

If you have any questions about the Board elections, please contact Mithilen Mathipalan at opirgyorkcro2022@gmail.com. If you have any other questions contact Naila Lalji naila.opirgyork@gmail.com.

 

Image description: To the right there is black text on a yellow background that reads: OPIRG at York, Annual General Meeting/ April 6th, 7-9pm. Below the text a crowd of engaged students and community members rally together around a diversity of messages: Consent is Sexy and Mandatory! / No Justice, No Peace! / People before profit / Expect Resistance / ACAB / Books Not Bombs!

Solidarity With Ukraine: Music, Poetry, and Film Screening

Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building, York Keele campus
in-person & live on Zoom

FRIDAY 25, MARCH, 7-10PM ET

*Register here*

**Donate to the fundraiser here**

The funds go to Ukrainian filmmakers who are on the ground documenting the current Russian invasion.

Event overview:
To open the evening, Ukrainian Canadian composer and vocalist Anna Pidgorna will live-stream Ukrainian folk resistance music from Vancouver.

Political Activist Denis Pilash will introduce the film remotely from Ukraine and then we will screen Director Sergei Loznitsa’s “Maidan” (2hr 11min).

Following the film, Historian, Theatre Activist and Professor Oksana Dudko will join us live from Kyiv, Ukraine to give us a short talk.

After the talk, poet and translator Ostap Kin will read us selected Ukrainian poetry virtually from New York, with English translations will be offered by an MFA Grad Students.

Image description: To the right there is black text on a yellow background that reads: OPIRG at York, Annual General Meeting/ April 6th, 7-9pm. Below the text a crowd of engaged students and community members rally together around a diversity of messages: Consent is Sexy and Mandatory! / No Justice, No Peace! / People before profit / Expect Resistance / ACAB / Books Not Bombs!

PHONE ZAP FOR THE ATTAWAPISKAT RIVERR

You can still make call and send emails using the script and contact information in this doc!

Let’s join together to push for a regional assessment process that uplifts Indigenous rights, biodiversity, and climate. Join our Indigenous-led coalition for a short educational about the “Ring of Fire” region, also known as “the breathing lands,” and participate in a phone-zap action.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE CITY: FROM ORGANIZING TO MOVEMENT BUILDING DURING THE PANDEMIC

Watch the recording HERE

How has social justice activism in the city changed with the Pandemic? What has been lost, gained or put on hold? What are the challenges and opportunities that we as organizers have in front of us? As our first event of the new year, OPIRG York invited you to hear about, and reflect on, lessons learned and issues faced by key organizers from several of the city’s key movements and organizations.

Over the course of the past two years, activists have struggled to highlight the crucial issues of our time: anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, paid sick leave, homelessness and the housing crisis, and more, as frontline healthcare and other essential workers try to contain and mitigate the crises produced by the Pandemic. One of the biggest challenges to organizing has, of course, been the inability to gather safely and in-person, or to collaborate and organize across groups and sectors. Faced with an already fragmented and small social justice landscape, activists in Toronto have had to think creatively and strategically about how to re-shape their activism so that organizing work can not only continue, but constructively address the challenges that communities face.

We brought together activists from the across city, and we invited you to not only learn about the different struggles these organizers have mobilized around, but also, to think through how all of us might contribute concretely to the work undertaken by these groups. The goal of the event was to have organizers consider the obstacles we faced with the onset of the Pandemic, and for participants to brainstorm and come away equipped with tactics, strategies and ideas necessary for (re)building movements that are strong, rooted, and able to make their mark on our post-Pandemic future.