DisOrientation Week : September 26- 30, 2022

Building Cultures of Care/ Disorienation Week with OPIRG York/ Join us this September 26-30!
Building Cultures of Care/ SEPTEMBER 26-30, 2022/ DisOrienation Week is an alternative to/ Frosh Week promoting campus-based activism and political action./ Join OPIRG York and our community partners for a series of in-person and online events. A pink background with bold flowers in three of the corners. There is a heading in bold black font that states: Disorientation Week 2022/ with OPIRG York. To the right of that is the text: Building Cultures of Care/ This SEPTEMBER, join OPIRG York and other campus organizations to learn how to build cultures of care!/ DisOrienation Week is an alternative to Frosh Week promoting campus-based activism and political action. In white blocks there are five sections: Monday 26/ 3:30 - 5pm Orienting yourself to Allyship with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REDI) Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom) Monday 26, 5:30 - 7pm Abolition of the Death penalty with Amnesty International at York Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom) Tuesday 27, 3:30 - 5pm The Ecology of allyship with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REDI) Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom). Tuesday 27, 5:30 - 7pm Panel Discussion "On the Housing Crisis, Disparieties, and Beyond" with OPIRG York, moderated by John Clarke Location: First Student Centre, Grad Lounge, rm. 430. Wednesday 28, 1 - 2pm Dismantling ableism with the YFS Access Centre Location: First Student Centre, YFS Access Centre, Room 321; Wednesday 28, 7pm - 9:30pm Film screening of Sgaawaay K’uuna [Edge of the Knife] with Nat Taylor Films (Cinema Politica) Location: Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building. Thursday 29, 3pm - 4:30pm Accessible Digital Design with Victoria Barnett of the Design Justice Collective Location: First Student Centre (room 307; and on Zoom). Thurs 29/ 6pm - 9:30pm Velcro Hearts Chapbook Launch & Social with the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) and OPIRG York Location: the Ross Building Podium/ Rain plan: First Student Centre, Rm 430) Friday 30 3pm - 5:30pm /Transforming Masculinity & Moving Towards Collective Healing/ (on Zoom)/ with Ikake Rising/ **an online workshop space for men and masculine people; register for Zoom link

PAST EVENTS

Social and Bonfire at Maloca Garden— with OPIRG York and SASSL

Tues. September 20, 5-8pm 2022

Do you know that there is a community garden on the York Keele campus? Join OPIRG York and SASSL in the Maloca Community Garden for a bonfire and free food! There will be music, smores, hot chocolate, and vegan chili. Come hangout, meet like-minded humans, and get to know OPIRG, SASSL, and the Maloca garden.

The Ontario Pulbic Interest Research Group at York (OPIRG York) is your activist hub on campus; the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Support Line (SASSL) provides unbiased and non-judgmental support & referrals to survivors of sexual violence. We’ll tell you a little bit about our organizations at the beginning of the gathering, and then the music will be the rest of the evening.

Note: We suggest wearing warm layers, and bringing a blanket to sit on/ wrap-up in, in case it’s cold in the evening!

the silhouette of pine trees border either side of the poster; there is amber orange background recalling fall leaves. A chunky black text curved over the top says: free smores & vegan chili. Below that it says: Tuesday 20th, Sept 5pm-8pm. There is a graphic of a small bonfire with crossed arrows on either side and the small words “music” and “social.”

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 RIVER

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.