CWTP-SBA Cookie Exchange

SBA-CWTP Cookie Exchange

SBA-CWTP Cookie Exchange and Social

Join Students for Barrier-free Access and the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T for a cookie exchange and social. This will be a relaxed and fun evening of cookie decorating, button-making, and socializing.

Cookie exchange guide:

A cookie exchange allows participants to bring in a batch of cookies to share with the group (we suggest 6-12), and to take home cookies brought by other participants.

We ask that, when possible, people bring between 6-12 cookies to share at the cookie exchange. They can be home baked or store bought. Please bring a list of ingredients for the cookies that you bring to share. Please ensure that all cookies are nut-free. If possible, please bring a container to take your cookies home in as well.

Please let us know if you have any allergies.

Free! Everyone welcome! We will have tea, coffee, and a cookie decorating station set up!

Date Monday December 12, 2015
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924 on the 9th floor.

This is an anti-racist, anti-ableist, queer and trans positive and family friendly space.

Accessible, single-user all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space.

***If you have any food allergies, including nut, coconut, and soy allergies, please let us know by 8pm on Thursday December 8th so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com with information about allergies, access needs, or any other questions/concerns.***

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [November 28, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
  • Crafternoon
  • Office Closure

Community Events and Resources

  • Resisting Oppressions and Reclaiming Spirituality
  • Fearless Heart: Anti-Colonial Mindfulness Workshop
  • Toxic Trespass: Film Screening
  • The Spice
  • Fearless Heart: Anti-Colonial Mindfulness Workshop


SBA Programming and Events

QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

https://www.facebook.com/events/559577280900060/

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied. As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

Our first meeting will focus on collectively creating community care guidelines, deciding on topics of discussion for upcoming events and deciding on a name for this discussion series.

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.

Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:45pm-6:00pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.
Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.
If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***

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Crafternoon

Join us for another craft session at SBA next Thursday December 8th from 4:30-6:30pm! We will be making cards again for all occasions. Want to try using embossing powders? We’ll have the supplies at hand!

Location: 215 Huron Street, Suite 924

If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322 and someone will pop down and let you in. Gender neutral washrooms on the same floor and please note that this is a scent-free space.

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Office Closure

Please note that the SBA Centre will be closed from December 19th, 2016 until January 5th, 2017.

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Community Events and Resources

Resisting Oppression and Reclaiming Spirituality: Tues Nov 29, 6:30-8:30PM

Join ROARS on November 29th as we celebrate the end of semester with plenty of food, board games, art activities and casual conversation! If you need to tokens in order to attend, please let us know. If you would like to bring food to share with everyone, please feel free!  ROARS is a student-led peer support group that provides a safe(r) space for self-identified women, trans, two-spirit, and gender non-binary/non-conforming people to discuss, critically analyze, and take action on issues of sexism, misogyny, racism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, xenophobia, ageism, ableism, classism, white supremacy, colonialism, and settler colonialism, in relation to our lived experiences within religious institutions and spiritual journeys. This is a space to examine the impact of oppressive -isms and reclaim your own spirituality.

Next meeting: Tuesday November 29, 6:30-8:30PM at the Centre for Women & Trans People, 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100, Wheelchair access via Bancroft Ave.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/610221412511555/
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Toxic Trespass: Film Screening and Discussion

Time:  November 30th, 2016, 7pm

Location:      6th Floor LHAE – (see signage for room number)

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

University of Toronto

252 Bloor Street West (above St. George subway station)


Synopsis of Toxic Trespass:

This NFB co-production is an investigation into the effects of the chemicals we are all exposed to in our daily lives. The film begins with the filmmaker Barri Cohen’s own 10-year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long-banned DDT. Then, it heads out to Windsor and Sarnia: Canadian toxic hotspots, and highlights the devastating health impacts effecting the Aamjiwnaang First Nations Community of Sarnia surrounded by refineries and petrochemical plants.

The film presents passionate activists working for positive change, along with doctors and scientists who see evidence of links between environmental pollution and health problems and helps us learn about and act on the implications of environmental racism and the need for environmental justice. Carried by Cohen’s passion for truth and her disarming openness, this moving documentary is essential viewing for anyone concerned about the effects of pollutants on our – and our children’s – very DNA. An accompanying resource guide for using the film as a tool for education and social change can be found at, www.toxictrespass.ca.

The film contains a section on the Aamjiwnaang First Nations Community of Sarnia surrounded by refineries and petrochemical plants which helps us learn about and act on implications for environmental racism and the need forenvironmental justice.

Join Green Neighbours 20for this film screening of the award-winning documentary, Toxic Trespass. We will have a follow-up discussion with the film’s executive producer and primary research consultant, Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg and Heather Marshall from Toronto Environmental Alliance, who will tell us about the INHALE project. This is a great opportunity to learn about air quality in our city, actions we can take, and green initiatives we can join in as Green Neighbours 20to mitigate air pollution. We will also learn how we can be in solidarity with Indigenous communities who are the most impacted by the effects of toxic pollution from oil and gas production and are on the frontlines of struggles to protect their land, the water, and the air we all breathe.

Please see www.toxictrespass.com

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The Politics of Disability on Campus

What we know and don’t know about the appearance and disappearance of disability on campus

THURSDAY DECEMBER 1, 2016
The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue (WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE)
7:00 P.M.

Our amazing colleague, USW member and award winning DJ Nik Redman will close out the evening and the end of term with great music. Book the date and join us for our last salon for the term!

Key questions for discussion will include:

– What are some of the ways that the appearance and/or disappearance of disability matter to work-life?
– What aspects regarding the politics of disability on campus are important for us to think about?
– How might the official measures of “being included” not be adequate to the task of creating a disability-friendly workplace?

MODERATOR: June Larkin (Director, Equity Studies at New College and Senior Lecturer, WGSI)

PRESENTERS:
Tanya Titchkosky, Professor, Social Justice Education, OISE

Karen Yoshida, Associate Professor,Department of Physical Therapy and the Rehabilitation Science Institute at the University of Toronto

Fiona Cheuk, PhD Candidate, from Students for Barrier Free Access

For more information, visit the wordpress site: https://utopenletter.wordpress.com/

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Fearless Heart: Self Compassion for BIPOC Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming and Gender Non-Binary People: FREE Anti-colonial Mindfulness Workshop Series: December 1 & 8

Cultivating a fearless heart does not mean the heart ceases to feel fear. A fearless heart is one that is unafraid to turn towards fear with kindness, which is the heart of compassion. This two part mindfulness workshop introduces practices of self-compassion to befriend and attend to fear through the direct experience of thoughts, emotions, and sensations. Mindfulness is offered by centering embodied traditional knowledges from an anti-colonial paradigm, in service to the liberation of our Black, Indigenous and POC (BIPOC) Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender non-conforming and Gender non-binary communities, and all oppressed communities.

To Register:

1. Read the detailed description to see if this workshop series meets your needs: http://tinyurl.com/z344mqq

  1. Contact facilitator Lu Lam to request a spot. Space is limited. Registration closes November 29. If you have any questions, Lu would be happy to set up brief phone call with you.

    3. If you cannot attend full series, contact Lu to ask if single workshop spots are available.

    Lu: lu@lulam.ca416-876-8135

    Workshop Dates, Location & Access Info:

    Dates: Thursday December 1 & Thursday December 8, 6-8:30pm

    Location: Centre for Women and Trans People UofT, 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100, Wheelchair access via Bancroft Ave.

    Access Info: Light vegan dinner included. Wheelchair accessible space. Single-user, wheelchair accessible, all-gender washroom. Tokens available upon request.

    Facilitator:Lead Facilitator, Lu Lam, M. Ed, CCC, is a trans-identified, Chinese-Taiwanese Counsellor and Mindfulness Consultant. He is trained in mindfulness and critical diversity counselling practices.

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The Spice: Community Cooking & Lunch: Every Thursday 12-3pm

The Spice is a social, participatory community cooking program organized through The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T. Food has always brought communities together, and The Spice aims to continue this tradition! The Spice invites women and trans people on campus and in the larger community to contribute and learn culinary ideas and skills in a fun event that quenches intellectual and social appetites. The Spice encourages participants to initiate discussions on issues that are important to them and to socialize in a supportive and inclusive environment. Discussion topics have ranged from parenting to experiences of racism and sexism over the course of sharing a delicious, nutritious meal. Meal preparation, menu ideas for the following weeks and clean up are shared. Recipes are kept with the goal of compiling of creating a special Spice recipe book. Recipes are chosen that are affordable, healthy, diverse and easy to make. Child-friendly, trans inclusive event. Vegan options always served. Every Thursday (except during noted closures), 12-3pm, at The Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT (563 Spadina Ave, Room 100). Wheelchair ramp access via Bancroft Ave. http://womenscentre.sa.utoronto.ca/programming/the-spice/
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Fearless Heart: Self Compassion for 2SQTBIPOC folks
FREE Full Moon Anti-colonial Mindfulness Workshop: Tuesday December 13

Cultivating a fearless heart does not mean the heart ceases to feel fear. A fearless heart is one that is unafraid to turn towards fear with kindness, which is the heart of compassion. This mindfulness workshop introduces practices of self-compassion to befriend and attend to fear through the direct experience of thoughts, emotions, and sensations. Mindfulness is offered by centering embodied traditional knowledges for the liberation of ourBlack, Indigenous and POC (BIPOC) Two-Spirit, Queer, Trans, Gender non-conforming and Gender non-binary communities, and all oppressed communities, and all oppressed communities.

To Register:

1. Read the detailed description below to see if this workshop series meets your needs: http://tinyurl.com/jlvlcuy

2. Email or call Lu to request a spot. Space is limited. Registration closes December 6. If you have any questions, Lu would be happy to set up brief phone call with you.

Lu: lu@lulam.ca416-876-8135

Workshop Date, Location & Access Info:

Date: Tuesday, December 13 from 6-8:30pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People UofT, 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100, Wheelchair access via Bancroft Ave.

Access Info: Light vegan dinner included. Wheelchair accessible space. Single-user, wheelchair accessible, all-gender washroom. Tokens available upon request.

Facilitator: Lead Facilitator, Lu Lam, M. Ed, CCC, is a trans-identified, Chinese-Taiwanese Counsellor and Mindfulness Consultant. He is trained in mindfulness and critical diversity counselling practices. Lu has 8 years of daily meditation practice and is in continual mindfulness study.

 

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [November 21, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • #NotUpForDebate; SBA responds to the University of Toronto forum on Bill C-16
  • Around the Kitchen Table; An Evening of Community Cooking – Tonight!
  • Crafternoon
  • Monthly Lunch
  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

Community Events and Resources

  • NoDAPL Solidarity Info
  • BLM-TO Presents: Love is the Cure
  • Play the Game: The Paralympic Way
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality of Blind Canadians
  • Student UofT Library Job Opportunity
  • Lived Experience Advisory Group

SBA Programming and Events

#NotUpForDebate; SBA responds to the University of Toronto forum on Bill C-16

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) is an organization led by mad and disabled students at the University of Toronto (U of T), an institution located on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit.  SBA advocates for the removal of barriers to accessing education. As mad and disabled students located at the intersections of multiple identities, we are committed to creating safer spaces with marginalized students on campus. We believe in the right to gender self-determination and the right to access post-secondary education free of transphobia, anti-black racism, racialized and gender-based violence. As an organization committed to actively resisting transphobia, anti-black racism and settler colonial violence on campus and within the larger community we condemn Jordan Peterson’s anti-black statements and his hate speech directed at trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and two-spirit students, staff and faculty.  Attempts to reduce these statements simply to a speech act is a violent erasure of the material impacts of Peterson’s and his supporters’ oppressive practices.

Over the past few weeks, Peterson has continued to assert that the refusal to use people’s pronouns will result in the criminalization of individuals under Bill C-16 and the Canadian Human Rights Act. This privileged position taken by Peterson, a middle class cis-white man, clearly indicates his lack of understanding of the criminal code and the prison industrial complex. As illustrated through the work of Black Lives Matter, the criminal code is enforced in a way that specifically criminalizes genderqueer, gender non-conforming, trans and two-spirit people. Black, indigenous and people of colour are disproportionately targeted through these processes of criminalization.

Gender self-determination which includes the right to use and demand that others refer to us by our pronoun is an act of survival in the face of societal violence that forces all people to conform to a binary notion of gender. In fact, this violence has always been at the core of the colonization of Turtle Island, where settlers enforced conformity to a gender binary and Western gender roles and tried to erase indigenous beliefs and systems of gender.  Transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit people who do not fit into colonial cis-heteropatriarchal notions of gender often face violent repercussions, including death.

As illustrated clearly in many of Peterson’s comments, transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and two-spirit people are often pathologized, where gender non-conformity is seen as a symptom of an illness that is in need of diagnosis and cure. Through this framing, transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming, and especially black, indigenous and racialized transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit people are represented either as objects of pity to be saved or as dangers to our society that need to be punished. In either case the proposed solutions are incarceration either in the prison system or in psychiatric institutions. Peterson’s hate speech and refusal to recognize non-binary pronouns works to further pathologize, medicalize and criminalize communities who are disproportionately labeled as ‘mentally ill’, putting them at further risk of criminalization, incarceration and death.

Peterson has grossly misrepresented his comments as “free speech” creating an environment that is unsafe and violent for Black, Indigenous, and racialized trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer and two-spirit students, staff and faculty on campus. He has defended his resistance to what he refers to as nonsensical calls for ‘political correctness’ by claiming that the duress of a so-called politically correct (PC) culture (for example, of having to respect gender self-determination) can lead to ‘insanity’ in immigrants and Muslims in particular. We reject this claim as a racist, Islamophobic, transphobic and sanist representation of our communities which simultaneously erases our members that are located at these intersections and our radical history of collectively reimagining community and organizing spaces and movements that honour and uphold the complexity of peoples’ existence and lived experience.

As a direct result of the anti-black, racist, and transphobic public comments made by Peterson and his supporters, and the violence at the protests held in support of  so-called ‘free speech’, students at U of T are concerned for their safety when attending classes. The University of Toronto administration, despite requiring that Peterson  respect pronouns, have actively contributed to this unsafe environment by hosting a public forum which will allow for hate speech to continue under the guise of a debate on “free speech” and Bill C-16.  As stated in the Open Letter released  by the Queer Caucus of CUPE 3902, “We object to the basic premise of this event. Human rights are not up for debate. 

The demand for the use of our pronouns is not an issue of free speech, nor does it infringe upon any rights associated with free speech. The refusal to use the pronouns of  trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer and two-spirit people is a direct attack on those bodies and on the right to gender self-determination. To claim otherwise is not a defence of free speech. To claim otherwise is a practice of racialized, gendered, and colonial violence.

In Solidarity,

Students for Barrier-Free Access

Below are various resources including crisis services for students who require emotional support during this unsafe campus climate. We are also linking some resources to encourage the U of T community to learn more about gender, and the barriers affecting non-binary and binary transgender communities. In addition, we are sharing resources on anti-black racism. We strongly encourage the U of T community to learn more about anti-black racism and the barriers affecting black communities. We will continue updating these resources over the next few days.

Crisis Teams Across the GTA:

www.healthfulchat.org/mental-health-chat-rooms.html

Peer Support and Referral Services:

  • Students for Barrier-free Access

215 Huron St, Toronto, ON M5T 1R2

Phone(416) 967-7322

Binary and nonbinary Trans Resources:

  • Trans Girls/Guys Against Violent Assault

www.springtideresources.org/project/t-guava-trans-girlsguys-against-violent-assault

  • Emotional First Aid

www.vanissar.com/blog/emotional-first-aid-for-the-holidays-or-anytime/

  • Find local resources

www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca/Search/AdvancedResults

  • Sherbourne Health Centre – LGBT Health

sherbourne.on.ca/lgbt-health/

Statements by U of T community members challenging Peterson’s arguments

Beyond the Binary; Resources on gender and gender self-determination

Resources on anti-black Racism

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Around the Kitchen Table; An Evening of Community Cooking

 

Join Students for Barrier-free Access and the Centre for Women and Trans People for a fun, participatory evening of community cooking. We’ll cook and share a delicious meal, and help clean up together. You don’t have to have any experience with cooking to join us and everyone can join in with food preparation in whichever way they are comfortable. The recipes are affordable and easy to make, and we will be cooking vegan and gluten-free dishes.

 

Date: Monday November 21st, 2016

Time: 5pm-8pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100, Accessible Entrance off of Bancroft Avenue

This is an anti-racist, anti-ableist, queer and trans positive and family friendly space.

The Centre for Women and Trans People is an accessible venue. Accessible, single-user, all gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

***If you have any food allergies, including nut, coconut, and soy allergies, please let us know by 8pm on Monday November 14th so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com with information about allergies, access needs, or any other questions/concerns.***

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Crafternoon

Join us for another craft session at SBA next Thursday November 24th from 4:30-6:30pm! We will be making cards for all occasions. Want to try using embossing powders? We’ll have the supplies at hand!

Location: 215 Huron Street, Suite 924

If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322 and someone will pop down and let you in. Gender neutral washrooms on the same floor and please note that this is a scent-free space.

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Monthly Lunch

We have our monthly lunch coming up next Monday November 28th, 2016 from 1pm to 3pm! So join us at the SBA Centre (215 Huron Street, Suite 924). Gluten-free, vegan options available. Gender neutral, single user accessible washroom on the same floor.

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

https://www.facebook.com/events/559577280900060/

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied. As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

Our first meeting will focus on collectively creating community care guidelines, deciding on topics of discussion for upcoming events and deciding on a name for this discussion series.

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.

Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:45pm-6:00pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.
Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.
If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***

Community Events and Resources

NoDAPL Solidarity Info

1) support the camps by donating funds or requested supplies to the Camp of the Sacred Stones and the Red Warrior Camp:
https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf?ref=sh_25rPQa
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/support-the-camps/

2) join the camps on the ground at Standing Rock by coordinating your presence and support with those leading and facilitating the efforts:
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/come-to-standing-rock/

3) organize solidarity direct actions (irl or online) aimed at
highlighting the institutions that support the dakota access pipeline:
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/targets/primary-targets/
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/secondary-targets/
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/nonviolent-direct-action-reso…/

4) sign the petition demanding that the white house stop the construction of the DAPL:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction-dakota…

5) if you are in the U.S. call/email/fax your local governmental representatives to express your concerns with the DAPL, to express your NoDAPL Solidarity, and to inquire about their actions in response to the state facilitated crisis.
https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

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Play the Game: The Paralympic Way

The Equity Movement student team at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education presents

Play the Game: The Paralympic Way

An opportunity for individuals of all abilities to experience a variety of adapted sports, hear from a Paralympian keynote speaker, and eat great food!

Friday November 25th from 11am to 4pm,

FREE

This event is open to all U of T students, faculty and staff.

Register at http://playthegame2016.eventbrite.ca

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BLM-TO Presents: Love is the Cure

Family,

On Saturday December 3rd, join us for a LITUATION! Thats right, BLMTO is bringing the heat for you! We love you so much, we are throwing you a party. Time to unwind,recline, and catch the wickedest whine! Ah ah Ah!

We have curated a performance showcase of Toronto’s freshest artists in a dope array of artistic expressions from dance, singing, spoken word, ciphers, live painting, rap, theatre and story telling – a fire line-up to celebrate our Toronto artistic community that will turn into a 19plus party with 4 of Toronto’s hottest Dj’s spinning us into the night.

ARE YOU EXCITED! You know its only a #DressToImpress flex. Do you feel us?!

This event is about community! We are fundraising money to secure the Watah Theatre, which is a space that has nurtured the growth of hundreds of artists across race, gender, class and orientation under the artistic direction of world renowned black genius Dbi Young. For more info: http://www.thewatahtheatre.org/

Db’i has worked to develop the most powerful artists in Toronto that have profoundly impacted our community through their talent and contributions to our movement. We are honoring and celebrating the incrdible impact D’bi has on our different black communities, as we support the only infrastructure that Dbi has created within this city which develops black artists intentionally.

The Watah Theatre is in danger of closing due to consistent lack of funding which is reflection of the ways in which black art is consumed and funded in the Toronto arts community. As we are aiming towards to goal of fundraising 15k to secure the funds to keep the school running, we are advocating for the Toronto arts community to step up and support black artist in this city meaningfully. We are calling for systemic changes in funding and support for black artists to be able to continue to create without having to worry about being resourced. Funding for equipment, space, skill development is there, it is just not funded or funelled into our communities.

JOIN US FAMILY! This event will have multiple opportunties to fundraise money for the Watah Theatre! We have vendors, raffles & give aways, silent auctions and lots of exciting things to unveil – stay tuned! We got some dopeness cooking for you!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631561183811015/
BUY YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/love-is-the-cure-savewatah-tickets-29361310470

*The tickets will cover the cost of refreshments, child minding services, acess to performance showcase and party

Community Early Bird Ticket Price $15
Regular EarlyBird Ticket Price – $20

ACCESSIBILITY & DETAILS OF EVENT:

8:30pm – Doors Open for Performance Showcase

9:00pm – 11:00pm – Performance Showcase includes refreshments, Child Friendly Space with child care & programming and a show to see Toronto’s hottest artists perform! This portion of the event will be a dry (no alcohol) zone. ASL & Gender Neutral washrooms available!

11:00pm – Doors open for Party

11:30-2:00am – 19plus party with 4 of Toronto Hottest Dj’s. Please note that this is going to be an adult party with the serving of alcohol. We will be checking for underage attendees. Coat check available!

**BIRTHDAY BOOTH SPECIAL**
Are you or somebody you love having a birthday coming up? We are here to celebrate and turn up for you! You can order a Birthday booth for you and your crew! We have a wonderful birthday special package prepared for you that comes with a BOTTLE SERVICE – birthday shoutout included! Email us at blacklivesmatterto@gmail.com headline: BirthdayBooth Dec 3

*SQUAD BOOTH*
If you just feel like stunting, hit us up and we can make that happen for you too . To order a Squad Booth that comes with a bottle service for you and your crew email us at blacklivesmatterto@gmail.com headline: SquadBooth Dec3

If you cant attend the event, and want to support this fundraiser, please donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/savewatah

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality for Blind Canadians

You are cordially invited to come to this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities event in Toronto focused on employment. This is Goal 5 of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on decent work and economic growth.

Elected representatives from all three levels of government are invited to come and speak on government employment initiatives, as well as persons with disabilities to share their employment success stories. Employment agencies are also invited to come and network with job seekers.

Date:          Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time:         2 to 4 p.m.
Venue:       Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 308 and 309.

Program:

2 – 2:10           Welcome

2:10 – 2:45      Government Speeches

2:45 – 3:15      Panel Presentation

2:15 – 2:45      Question and Answer Period

3:45 – 4:30      Networking with Employment Agencies

Refreshments, attendant care and ASL will be provided.

Please RSVP by October 28 at Voice Mail: 647-947-9022

Email: aebctoronto@gmail.com

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Student UofT Library Job Opportunity

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Position: SLA

Department: Information Technology Services – Web Development Group

Period of Employment: As soon as possible to April 30, 2017

Qualifications:

Required qualifications:
– University of Toronto undergraduate student
– Comfortable with computers (Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, wikis, web-based content editing)
– High-level of confidence in using the web and web-based applications
– Able to communicate effectively through written formats (e.g. report writing, drafting emails) and in person (e.g. speaking with users of our website)
– Detail oriented

Preferred qualifications:
– Experience or familiarity with qualitative research and data
– Experience or familiarity with user experience concepts, including usability testing and writing for the web

Duties:

Assisting the User Experience Librarian, this position supports the maintenance of library websites and digital projects in the Information and Technology Services Department at the University of Toronto Libraries.

The User Experience Assistant will facilitate the first line of support for library websites and digital projects via a web-based ticketing system (JIRA), including editing ticket details to match content, applying labels to tickets, removing spam from the ticket queue, updating statuses, and assigning tickets to appropriate staff members.

The position includes involvement in monthly usability tests, including supporting the test facilitator with logistics (e.g. location set up) and recording (e.g. observing and note taking). The assistant will also perform routine maintenance of content on various library websites in Drupal, as needed.

Hours per Week:

Approx. 10 hours per week. Hours of work: Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm only.

Hourly Rate:

$16.68, $17.18, $17.87, $18.53, $19.22

University of Toronto Students interested in applying for this position must submit their applications via the Electronic Application Service.

The Electronic Application Service is available at: https://studentjobs.library.utoronto.ca/.

Applications for this position will be accepted until November 25, 2016

This position is in the CUPE Local 1230 – Student Casual Bargaining Unit

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Shared on behalf of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office

For hardcopies of the attachments, please contact Poverty Reduction Strategy Office, (416) 416.392.3999,prso@toronto.ca

LIVED EXPERIENCE ADVISORY GROU

Help ensure that the Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy makes a strong impact.

The City of Toronto is seeking individuals who have lived experience with poverty to join the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG). Understanding that poverty affects people differently, this is an open call to everyone who can inform the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy based on their firsthand experience with poverty.

The LEAG is supported by the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Office.

MEMBER TIME REQUIREMENTS

  • Two year term beginning January 2017
  • Two day orientation session, January 13th and 14th (full-day)
  • Two day training, February 25th and 26th (full-day)
  • Monthly meetings (3 hours long, day and time to be determined)
  • Attend and/or participate in local community meetings and activities

 ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PROVIDED

  • Two day orientation
  • Training and skills development opportunities
  • Recognition
  • TTC fare, child care and food
  • Honorarium $50/meeting and $100/full
    day activities
  • Attendant care (upon request)
  • Other activities as identified

LAST DAY TO APPLY

Application forms will be accepted until December 3rd, 2016.

ELIGIBILITY

All City of Toronto residents

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

 ONLINE (click to access application form)

http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/LEAGapplication/

FAX Attn: Poverty Reduction Strategy Office

416.392.4976

APPLICATION FORM

An electronic copy of the application form is attached to this email and can be used if you wish to submit an application by fax.

INFORMATION

For more information on the Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Lived Experience Advisory Group please visitwww.toronto.ca/toprosperity

CONTACT

Poverty Reduction Strategy Office

(416) 416.392.3999

prso@toronto.ca

Picture of the Students for Barrier-Free Access Logo. Logo includes 3 people on the left hand side of the banner holding up signs with the following symbols, Sign Language logo, a person using a wheelchair, a person using a cane.

#NotUpForDebate; SBA responds to the University of Toronto forum on Bill C-16

#NotUpForDebate; SBA responds to the University of Toronto forum on Bill C-16

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) is an organization led by mad and disabled students at the University of Toronto (U of T), an institution located on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit.  SBA advocates for the removal of barriers to accessing education. As mad and disabled students located at the intersections of multiple identities, we are committed to creating safer spaces with marginalized students on campus. We believe in the right to gender self-determination and the right to access post-secondary education free of transphobia, anti-black racism, racialized and gender-based violence. As an organization committed to actively resisting transphobia, anti-black racism and settler colonial violence on campus and within the larger community we condemn Jordan Peterson’s anti-black statements and his hate speech directed at trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and two-spirit students, staff and faculty.  Attempts to reduce these statements simply to a speech act is a violent erasure of the material impacts of Peterson’s and his supporters’ oppressive practices.

Over the past few weeks, Peterson has continued to assert that the refusal to use people’s pronouns will result in the criminalization of individuals under Bill C-16 and the Canadian Human Rights Act. This privileged position taken by Peterson, a middle class cis-white man, clearly indicates his lack of understanding of the criminal code and the prison industrial complex. As illustrated through the work of Black Lives Matter, the criminal code is enforced in a way that specifically criminalizes genderqueer, gender non-conforming, trans and two-spirit people. Black, indigenous and people of colour are disproportionately targeted through these processes of criminalization.

Gender self-determination which includes the right to use and demand that others refer to us by our pronoun is an act of survival in the face of societal violence that forces all people to conform to a binary notion of gender. In fact, this violence has always been at the core of the colonization of Turtle Island, where settlers enforced conformity to a gender binary and Western gender roles and tried to erase indigenous beliefs and systems of gender.  Transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit people who do not fit into colonial cis-heteropatriarchal notions of gender often face violent repercussions, including death.

As illustrated clearly in many of Peterson’s comments, transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and two-spirit people are often pathologized, where gender non-conformity is seen as a symptom of an illness that is in need of diagnosis and cure. Through this framing, transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming, and especially black, indigenous and racialized transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit people are represented either as objects of pity to be saved or as dangers to our society that need to be punished. In either case the proposed solutions are incarceration either in the prison system or in psychiatric institutions. Peterson’s hate speech and refusal to recognize non-binary pronouns works to further pathologize, medicalize and criminalize communities who are disproportionately labeled as ‘mentally ill’, putting them at further risk of criminalization, incarceration and death.

Peterson has grossly misrepresented his comments as “free speech” creating an environment that is unsafe and violent for Black, Indigenous, and racialized trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer and two-spirit students, staff and faculty on campus. He has defended his resistance to what he refers to as nonsensical calls for ‘political correctness’ by claiming that the duress of a so-called politically correct (PC) culture (for example, of having to respect gender self-determination) can lead to ‘insanity’ in immigrants and Muslims in particular. We reject this claim as a racist, Islamophobic, transphobic and sanist representation of our communities which simultaneously erases our members that are located at these intersections and our radical history of collectively reimagining community and organizing spaces and movements that honour and uphold the complexity of peoples’ existence and lived experience.

As a direct result of the anti-black, racist, and transphobic public comments made by Peterson and his supporters, and the violence at the protests held in support of  so-called ‘free speech’, students at U of T are concerned for their safety when attending classes. The University of Toronto administration, despite requiring that Peterson  respect pronouns, have actively contributed to this unsafe environment by hosting a public forum which will allow for hate speech to continue under the guise of a debate on “free speech” and Bill C-16.  As stated in the Open Letter released  by the Queer Caucus of CUPE 3902, “We object to the basic premise of this event. Human rights are not up for debate.

The demand for the use of our pronouns is not an issue of free speech, nor does it infringe upon any rights associated with free speech. The refusal to use the pronouns of  trans, gender non-conforming, genderqueer and two-spirit people is a direct attack on those bodies and on the right to gender self-determination. To claim otherwise is not a defence of free speech. To claim otherwise is a practice of racialized, gendered, and colonial violence.

In Solidarity,

Students for Barrier-Free Access

Below are various resources including crisis services for students who require emotional support during this unsafe campus climate. We are also linking some resources to encourage the U of T community to learn more about gender, and the barriers affecting non-binary and binary transgender communities. In addition, we are sharing resources on anti-black racism. We strongly encourage the U of T community to learn more about anti-black racism and the barriers affecting black communities. We will continue updating these resources over the next few days.

Crisis Teams Across the GTA:

  • The Gerstein Centre: 416-929-5200
  • Youthline 1800-268-9688
  • Scarborough Mobile Crisis Program: 416-495-2891
  • Trans Lifeline: (877)-330-6366 (CANADA)
  • Distress Centre Peel: 905-278-7208
  • Barrie Crisis Team: 705-728-5044
  • Crisis Services of Waterloo Region: 519-744-1813
  • COAST (Hamilton area): 905-972-8338
  • Durham Mental Health Services: 1-800-742-1890/905-666-0483
  • 4 County Crisis Community Mental Health Crisis Response Program: 705-745-6484/866-995-9933; serves Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland. Short-term crisis counselling and crisis bed available.
  • Peel Crisis Services: 905-278-9036
  • Mental Health Chat Rooms

www.healthfulchat.org/mental-health-chat-rooms.html

Peer Support and Referral Services:

  • Students for Barrier-free Access

215 Huron St, Toronto, ON M5T 1R2

Phone: (416) 967-7322

Binary and nonbinary Trans Resources:

  • Trans Girls/Guys Against Violent Assault

www.springtideresources.org/project/t-guava-trans-girlsguys-against-violent-assault

  • Emotional First Aid

www.vanissar.com/blog/emotional-first-aid-for-the-holidays-or-anytime/

  • Find local resources

www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca/Search/AdvancedResults

  • Sherbourne Health Centre – LGBT Health

sherbourne.on.ca/lgbt-health/

Statements by U of T community members challenging Peterson’s arguments

Beyond the Binary; Resources on gender and gender self-determination

Resources on anti-black Racism

 

 

 

 

  • 300 Hours; What I learned about Black Queer and Trans liberation at BLMTO Tent City http://marvellousgrounds.com/blog/300-hours/
  • Black Lives Matter Toronto https://blacklivesmatter.ca/
SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [November 14, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • UofT New Learning Portal Drop-In Testing Session – Feedback needed
  • Computer Lab and Study room Closure – November 16th
  • Around the Kitchen Table; An Evening of Community Cooking
  • Crafternoon

Community Events and Resources

  • Gender 101 & Accountability for Allies workshop – Today!
  • NoDAPL Solidarity Info
  • Academic Toolbox Renewal: Building UofT’s Next Generation of the Learning
  • Representations of Anishinaabewaki: Art and Anishinaabemowin
  • Performance in Protest: Art in Solidarity with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
  • BLM-TO Presents: Love is the Cure
  • Disability Rights Focus Group
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality of Blind Canadians

SBA Programming and Events

Feedback Needed: UofT’s New Learning Portal Drop-in Testing Session

U of T’s current Learning Portal hasn’t changed much in the last decade. Feedback from the University community is that the web interface for the Portal is clunky and out of date, and it doesn’t flow the way people would like. It’s also hard for instructors to incorporate new tools into their teaching.

The University is calling on the student community to help test three new systems that could serve as the engine for it’s new Learning Portal. In order to ensure that this system works with adaptive technologies that are used by students, the Academic Toolbox Renewal Group and Students for Barrier-free Access are co-hosting a drop-in testing session at the SBA Accessible Computer Lab. Please join us and share your feedback online, or in person with the SBA Centre Coordinators.

Date: Wednesday November 16th, 2016

Time: 11:30am-2:30pm

(this is an open drop-in so please come by anytime during this period that works for you)

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924 on the 9th floor

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible, single-user, gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

Students are encouraged to register (for testing site access) ahead of time at: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/ctsi-events/lme-online-testing/, or we anticipate doing this at the event.

If you are unable to attend the session, there are other ways to provide feedback. For more information about the University of Toronto’s Academic Toolbox Initiative please visit: http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/

For more information about the drop-in session please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

After this testing session, students are encouraged to attend a Student Panel discussion about the three systems – Wednesday, November 16, 15:00 to 17:00, Rotman LL1025. This event is part of Portal Week, November 14 – 18. See http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/lmeweek/.

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Computer Lab and Study Room Closure

Please note that the computer lab and the study room will be closed for general member use from 11:30am to 2:30pm on November 16th as we are hosting the learning portal drop in session described in the item above. Members are free to use both spaces after 2:30pm.

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Around the Kitchen Table; An Evening of Community Cooking

Join Students for Barrier-free Access and the Centre for Women and Trans People for a fun, participatory evening of community cooking. We’ll cook and share a delicious meal, and help clean up together. You don’t have to have any experience with cooking to join us and everyone can join in with food preparation in whichever way they are comfortable. The recipes are affordable and easy to make, and we will be cooking vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Date: Monday November 21st, 2016

Time: 5pm-8pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100, Accessible Entrance off of Bancroft Avenue

This is an anti-racist, anti-ableist, queer and trans positive and family friendly space.

The Centre for Women and Trans People is an accessible venue. Accessible, single-user, all gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

***If you have any food allergies, including nut, coconut, and soy allergies, please let us know by 8pm on Monday November 14th so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com with information about allergies, access needs, or any other questions/concerns.***

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Crafternoon

Join us for another craft session at SBA next Thursday November 24th from 4:30-6:30pm! We will be making cards for all occasions. Want to try using embossing powders? We’ll have the supplies at hand!

Location: 215 Huron Street, Suite 924

If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322 and someone will pop down and let you in. Gender neutral washrooms on the same floor and please note that this is a scent-free space.

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Community Events and Resources

Gender 101 & Accountability For Allies Workshop – Today!

DATE: November 14th, 2016

TIME: 5:30-8:30pm

LOCATION: 200 King St. E, rm.352E

For Questions/Accommodations: lgbtq@sagbc.ca

Registration required: lgbtq@sagbc.ca

Description:

Overview of the wide constellation of transgender and trans spectrum identities. This introductory level workshop covers, basic terminology, identity and performance, an understanding of the impact of violence and systemic barriers, and a look at the harms and hurt of stereotypes. Participants will also learn about pronouns and be introduced to the idea of gender self-determination. Words like accountability and allyship will be broken down using concepts like transphobia and transmisogyny to begin discussing how cisgender people can be in solidarity with the trans community.

This is a beginner workshop and therefore we do not expect participants to be knowledgeable on these topics. This workshop is a learning opportunity and place where folks can ask questions and seek answers in a closed and facilitated setting that does not put trans and non-binary people in unsafe or uncomfortable positions. We encourage you to bring your questions.

More: http://bit.ly/Gender101_2016

Facilitator Bios:

Eddie
I am a white queer and trans creative maker, community artist and educator. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Fine Art from OCADU, followed by a diploma from the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counselling and Advocacy program at George Brown College. I have been working in the community arts sector for almost a decade, predominantly as an educator, program and events coordinator, and support worker. The goal of my work is to create and foster spaces that combine equity (anti racism/anti oppression) practices with creativity. I work primarily with marginalized youth and the LGBTQQ2SIA spectrum community, but not solely. In the past I have worked with community arts spaces such as Sketch Working Arts and Gallery 44. Previous Women & Trans Students Support Staff at the Community Action Centre.

Tamar
Tamar is a QTPOC activist with a background working with youth and marginalized groups of people. They are a Psychology graduate from the University of Guelph as well as graduate of George Brown’s Assaulted Women and Children’s Counselling and Advocacy program. Their work has covered counselling and support at youth shelters, recreational planning and development with people with intellectual disabilities, outreach and event planning with queer youth organizations, sexual health and education with Planned Parenthood, and social justice campaign support on campus.

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NoDAPL Solidarity Info

1) support the camps by donating funds or requested supplies to the Camp of the Sacred Stones and the Red Warrior Camp:
https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf?ref=sh_25rPQa
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/support-the-camps/

2) join the camps on the ground at Standing Rock by coordinating your presence and support with those leading and facilitating the efforts:
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/come-to-standing-rock/

3) organize solidarity direct actions (irl or online) aimed at
highlighting the institutions that support the dakota access pipeline:
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/targets/primary-targets/
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/secondary-targets/
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/nonviolent-direct-action-reso…/

4) sign the petition demanding that the white house stop the construction of the DAPL:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction-dakota…

5) if you are in the U.S. call/email/fax your local governmental representatives to express your concerns with the DAPL, to express your NoDAPL Solidarity, and to inquire about their actions in response to the state facilitated crisis.
https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

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Academic Toolbox Renewal: Building UofT’s Next Generation of the Learning

Date: November 14 – 18, 2016

We are currently testing three new systems that can serve as the “engine” for our new Learning Portal. Come learn more about the choices, and even take a test drive. Faculty, Students and Staff– Your Opinion Matters!

Portal Week Schedule:

Drop By Info Desk – Robarts Library 2nd Floor

November 14 – 18
10:00 – 15:00 (every day)

Vendor Q&A – drop by and talk directly with the suppliers:

November 15: 10:00 to 16:00
Downtown – Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Robarts Library Rooms: 4034, 4035 & 4048

November 16: 12:00 – 15:00
UTM – Rooms:  DV3129, DV3138 & DV3210

November 17: 09:00 – 12:30
UTSC Rooms: AC219 & AC227, and SW403

November 18: 10:00 to 16:00
Downtown – Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Robarts Library Rooms: 4034, 4035 & 4048

STUDENT PANEL

Come hear what a panel of UofT students think:
November 16, 15:00 to 17:00, Rotman LL1025

Questions regarding Portal Week can be sent to: ati@utoronto.ca

Click here to give feedback on UofT’s academic toolbox renewal: http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/feedback-form/

The live testing period ends November 25th – sign up to test the systems here: http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/review-the-lme/

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Representations of Anishinaabewaki: Art and Anishinaabemowin

Representations of Anishinaabe Land: Art and the Anishinaabe Language

A panel discussion with Bonnie Devine, Lenore Keeshig, Andrew Hunter, Connor Pion, Wanda Nanibush

 Date: November 18th, 2016 4 – 6pm, Room 179

Location: University College, University of Toronto with a reception following in Croft Chapter House

This session presents Anishinaabe perspectives on representations of land through visual art and Anishinaabemowin (the Anishinaabe language). Visual artist/educator/curator Bonnie Devine, poet/storyteller/educator Lenore Keeshig and curator/educator Andrew Hunter will each present examples of their work and its connection to understandings of land. Community worker/geography student Connor Pion and curator/writer Wanda Nanibush will then join in as respondents. This event intentionally centres Anishinaabe knowledge and experience while also offering a conversational framework to allow participants and audience members an opportunity for exchange and discussion.

Presented by The Intersection Series of the Department of Geography & Planning and the Canadian Studies Program at University College

For more information contact Gwen MacGregor at gwen.macgregor@mail.utoronto.ca

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Performance in Protest: Art in Solidarity with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

Performance in Protest is an afternoon of performances and visual arts from Indigenous and non-Indigeous theatre creators, musicians, visual artists and storytellers at the Buddies In Bad Times Theatre Cabaret Space in solidarity with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. The Chippewas of the Thames will be going to the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30th to fight for recognition of the legal right of Indigenous peoples to be consulted over energy projects going through their territory.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation legal fund.

Featuring performances and artwork by:
Michael Greyeyes
Red Slam Collective
Terra Incognita Collective
Broadleaf Theatre
Akeesha Footman
Lisa Myers

More about the case:

Enbridge’s Line 9 is a forty year old pipeline built to transport light oil between Montreal and Sarnia. The pipeline passes through the traditional territory of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Northern Toronto and seventeen other Indigenous groups. Last December, the direction of the pipeline was reversed and now pumps heavier tar sands diluted bitumen. The pipeline reversal took place without the consent or adequate consultation of Indigenous nations, which is a constitutional duty of Enbridge and the National Energy Board.

A spill from Line 9, made all the more likely by the age of the pipeline and the heavier oil being transported, would impact innumerable people. It is estimated that there are approximately 9.1 million people within fifty kilometres of it. In order to fight Line 9 and the injustice of Enbridge’s failure to consult Indigenous peoples, the Chippewas will face over $500,000 in legal fees. They need your support.

Tickets available at http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/event/performance-in-protest-art-in-solidarity-with-chippewas-of-the-thames-first-nation/
Or first come first serve at the door. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $10-$100.
This event is co-hosted by Rising Tide Toronto, Terra Incognita Collective and Broadleaf Theatre.
Poster design by Ava Lightbody. If you can’t make it to the event but would like to contribute, you can make a donation to the Chippewas of the Thames legal fees here: https://chippewassolidarity.org/en/donate

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BLM-TO Presents: Love is the Cure

Family,

On Saturday December 3rd, join us for a LITUATION! Thats right, BLMTO is bringing the heat for you! We love you so much, we are throwing you a party. Time to unwind,recline, and catch the wickedest whine! Ah ah Ah!

We have curated a performance showcase of Toronto’s freshest artists in a dope array of artistic expressions from dance, singing, spoken word, ciphers, live painting, rap, theatre and story telling – a fire line-up to celebrate our Toronto artistic community that will turn into a 19plus party with 4 of Toronto’s hottest Dj’s spinning us into the night.

ARE YOU EXCITED! You know its only a #DressToImpress flex. Do you feel us?!

This event is about community! We are fundraising money to secure the Watah Theatre, which is a space that has nurtured the growth of hundreds of artists across race, gender, class and orientation under the artistic direction of world renowned black genius Dbi Young. For more info: http://www.thewatahtheatre.org/

Db’i has worked to develop the most powerful artists in Toronto that have profoundly impacted our community through their talent and contributions to our movement. We are honoring and celebrating the incrdible impact D’bi has on our different black communities, as we support the only infrastructure that Dbi has created within this city which develops black artists intentionally.

The Watah Theatre is in danger of closing due to consistent lack of funding which is reflection of the ways in which black art is consumed and funded in the Toronto arts community. As we are aiming towards to goal of fundraising 15k to secure the funds to keep the school running, we are advocating for the Toronto arts community to step up and support black artist in this city meaningfully. We are calling for systemic changes in funding and support for black artists to be able to continue to create without having to worry about being resourced. Funding for equipment, space, skill development is there, it is just not funded or funelled into our communities.

JOIN US FAMILY! This event will have multiple opportunties to fundraise money for the Watah Theatre! We have vendors, raffles & give aways, silent auctions and lots of exciting things to unveil – stay tuned! We got some dopeness cooking for you!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631561183811015/

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BUY YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/love-is-the-cure-savewatah-tickets-29361310470

*The tickets will cover the cost of refreshments, child minding services, acess to performance showcase and party

Community Early Bird Ticket Price $15
Regular EarlyBird Ticket Price – $20

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ACCESSIBILITY & DETAILS OF EVENT:

8:30pm – Doors Open for Performance Showcase

9:00pm – 11:00pm – Performance Showcase includes refreshments, Child Friendly Space with child care & programming and a show to see Toronto’s hottest artists perform! This portion of the event will be a dry (no alcohol) zone. ASL & Gender Neutral washrooms available!

11:00pm – Doors open for Party

11:30-2:00am – 19plus party with 4 of Toronto Hottest Dj’s. Please note that this is going to be an adult party with the serving of alcohol. We will be checking for underage attendees. Coat check available!

**BIRTHDAY BOOTH SPECIAL**
Are you or somebody you love having a birthday coming up? We are here to celebrate and turn up for you! You can order a Birthday booth for you and your crew! We have a wonderful birthday special package prepared for you that comes with a BOTTLE SERVICE – birthday shoutout included! Email us at blacklivesmatterto@gmail.com headline: BirthdayBooth Dec 3

*SQUAD BOOTH*
If you just feel like stunting, hit us up and we can make that happen for you too . To order a Squad Booth that comes with a bottle service for you and your crew email us at blacklivesmatterto@gmail.com headline: SquadBooth Dec3

If you cant attend the event, and want to support this fundraiser, please donate to: https://www.gofundme.com/savewatah

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Disability Rights Movement Focus Group

My name is Sara-Jane Linton and I am a Master of Health Evaluation student working under the supervision of Dr. Ellen MacEachen with the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.  I am working on a research project with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) called Regenerating the Disability Rights Movement. We are looking for  students between the ages of 18 – 35 who self-identify as living with a disability and may be interested in participating in a focus group session sharing thoughts and recommendations on how the disability rights movement can attract and retain the active participation of younger individuals.

The focus group session is voluntary and will assess and explore barriers and possible solutions to overcome factors that inhibit or prevent younger individuals from joining and remaining active with the disability rights movement. Student participants in the focus group session will be asked to share their opinions and experiences in a discussion forum with several experienced members of the disability rights movement along with at maximum of 20 other students.

If you know of anyone  who might be interested in participating or for further information on this research project please contact Sara-Jane Linton Master of Health Evaluation student with the University of Waterloo at: s2linton@uwaterloo.ca

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality for Blind Canadians

You are cordially invited to come to this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities event in Toronto focused on employment. This is Goal 5 of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on decent work and economic growth.

Elected representatives from all three levels of government are invited to come and speak on government employment initiatives, as well as persons with disabilities to share their employment success stories. Employment agencies are also invited to come and network with job seekers.

Date:          Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time:         2 to 4 p.m.
Venue:       Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 308 and 309.

Program:

2 – 2:10           Welcome

2:10 – 2:45      Government Speeches

2:45 – 3:15      Panel Presentation

2:15 – 2:45      Question and Answer Period

3:45 – 4:30      Networking with Employment Agencies

Refreshments, attendant care and ASL will be provided.

Please RSVP by October 28 at Voice Mail: 647-947-9022

Email: aebctoronto@gmail.com

 

An Evening of Community Cooking - Students for Barrier-Free Access and the Centre for Women and Trans People

Around the Kitchen Table

Around the Kitchen Table; An Evening of Community Cooking

Join Students for Barrier-free Access and the Centre for Women and Trans People for a fun, participatory evening of community cooking. We’ll cook and share a delicious meal, and help clean up together. You don’t have to have any experience with cooking to join us and everyone can join in with food preparation in whichever way they are comfortable. The recipes are affordable and easy to make, and we will be cooking vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Date: Monday November 21st, 2016

Time: 5pm-8pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100, Accessible Entrance off of Bancroft Avenue

This is an anti-racist, anti-ableist, queer and trans positive and family friendly space.

The Centre for Women and Trans People is an accessible venue. Accessible, single-user, all gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

***If you have any food allergies, including nut, coconut, and soy allergies, please let us know by 8pm on Monday November 14th so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com with information about allergies, access needs, or any other questions/concerns.***

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UofT’s New Learning Portal Drop-in Testing Session

UofT’s New Learning Portal Drop-in Testing Session – Feedback Needed

U of T’s current Learning Portal hasn’t changed much in the last decade. Feedback from the University community is that the web interface for the Portal is clunky and out of date, and it doesn’t flow the way people would like. It’s also hard for instructors to incorporate new tools into their teaching.

The University is calling on the student community to help test three new systems that could serve as the engine for it’s new Learning Portal. In order to ensure that this system works with adaptive technologies that are used by students, the Academic Toolbox Renewal Group and Students for Barrier-free Access are co-hosting a drop-in testing session at the SBA Accessible Computer Lab. Please join us and share your feedback online, or in person with the SBA Centre Coordinators.

Date: Wednesday November 16th, 2016

Time: 11:30am-2:30pm

(this is an open drop-in so please come by anytime during this period that works for you)

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924 on the 9th floor

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible, single-user, gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

Students are encouraged to register (for testing site access) ahead of time at: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/ctsi-events/lme-online-testing/, or we anticipate doing this at the event.

If you are unable to attend the session, there are other ways to provide feedback. For more information about the University of Toronto’s Academic Toolbox Initiative please visit: http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/

For more information about the drop-in session please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com
After this testing session, students are encouraged to attend a Student Panel discussion about the three systems – Wednesday, November 16, 15:00 to 17:00, Rotman LL1025. This event is part of Portal Week, November 14 – 18. See http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/lmeweek/.

 

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [November 7th, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Crafternoon
  • UofT New Learning Portal Drop-In Testing Session – Feedback needed
  • Computer Lab and Study room Closure – November 16th
  • Around the Kitchen Table; An Evening of Community Cooking

Community Events and Resources

  • Academic Toolbox Renewal: Building UofT’s Next Generation of the Learning
  • Representations of Anishinaabewaki: Art and Anishinaabemowin
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality of Blind Canadians
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project
  • Disability Rights Focus Group
  • Chief Returning Officer – UTGSU Paid Job Opportunity
  • NoDAPL Solidarity Info

SBA Programming and Events

Crafternoon

Join us for another craft session at SBA this Thursday November 10th from 4:30-6:30pm! The usual knitting, colouring, and paper crafting supplies will be available. Staff will be at hand to teach crochet pumpkins!

Location: 215 Huron Street, Suite 924

If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322 and someone will pop down and let you in. Gender neutral washrooms on the same floor and please note that this is a scent-free space.

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Feedback Needed: UofT’s New Learning Portal Drop-in Testing Session

U of T’s current Learning Portal hasn’t changed much in the last decade. Feedback from the University community is that the web interface for the Portal is clunky and out of date, and it doesn’t flow the way people would like. It’s also hard for instructors to incorporate new tools into their teaching.

The University is calling on the student community to help test three new systems that could serve as the engine for it’s new Learning Portal. In order to ensure that this system works with adaptive technologies that are used by students, the Academic Toolbox Renewal Group and Students for Barrier-free Access are co-hosting a drop-in testing session at the SBA Accessible Computer Lab. Please join us and share your feedback online, or in person with the SBA Centre Coordinators.

Date: Wednesday November 16th, 2016

Time: 11:30am-2:30pm

(this is an open drop-in so please come by anytime during this period that works for you)

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924 on the 9th floor

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible, single-user, gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

Students are encouraged to register (for testing site access) ahead of time at: http://teaching.utoronto.ca/ctsi-events/lme-online-testing/, or we anticipate doing this at the event.

If you are unable to attend the session, there are other ways to provide feedback. For more information about the University of Toronto’s Academic Toolbox Initiative please visit: http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/

For more information about the drop-in session please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com
After this testing session, students are encouraged to attend a Student Panel discussion about the three systems – Wednesday, November 16, 15:00 to 17:00, Rotman LL1025. This event is part of Portal Week, November 14 – 18. See http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/lmeweek/.

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Computer Lab and Study Room Closure

Please note that the computer lab and the study room will be closed for general member use from 11:30am to 2:30pm on November 16th as we are hosting the learning portal drop in session described in the item above. Members are free to use both spaces after 2:30pm.

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Around the Kitchen Table; An Evening of Community Cooking

 

Join Students for Barrier-free Access and the Centre for Women and Trans People for a fun, participatory evening of community cooking. We’ll cook and share a delicious meal, and help clean up together. You don’t have to have any experience with cooking to join us and everyone can join in with food preparation in whichever way they are comfortable. The recipes are affordable and easy to make, and we will be cooking vegan and gluten-free dishes.

 

Date: Monday November 21st, 2016

Time: 5pm-8pm

Location: Centre for Women and Trans People, North Borden Building, 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100, Accessible Entrance off of Bancroft Avenue

This is an anti-racist, anti-ableist, queer and trans positive and family friendly space.

The Centre for Women and Trans People is an accessible venue. Accessible, single-user, all gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

***If you have any food allergies, including nut, coconut, and soy allergies, please let us know by 8pm on Monday November 14th so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com with information about allergies, access needs, or any other questions/concerns.***

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Community Events and Resources

Academic Toolbox Renewal: Building UofT’s Next Generation of the Learning

Date: November 14 – 18, 2016

We are currently testing three new systems that can serve as the “engine” for our new Learning Portal. Come learn more about the choices, and even take a test drive. Faculty, Students and Staff– Your Opinion Matters!

Portal Week Schedule:

Drop By Info Desk – Robarts Library 2nd Floor

November 14 – 18
10:00 – 15:00 (every day)

Vendor Q&A – drop by and talk directly with the suppliers:

November 15: 10:00 to 16:00
Downtown – Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Robarts Library Rooms: 4034, 4035 & 4048

November 16: 12:00 – 15:00
UTM – Rooms:  DV3129, DV3138 & DV3210

November 17: 09:00 – 12:30
UTSC Rooms: AC219 & AC227, and SW403

November 18: 10:00 to 16:00
Downtown – Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Robarts Library Rooms: 4034, 4035 & 4048

STUDENT PANEL

Come hear what a panel of UofT students think:
November 16, 15:00 to 17:00, Rotman LL1025

Questions regarding Portal Week can be sent to: ati@utoronto.ca

Click here to give feedback on UofT’s academic toolbox renewal: http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/feedback-form/

The live testing period ends November 25th – sign up to test the systems here: http://toolboxrenewal.utoronto.ca/review-the-lme/

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Representations of Anishinaabewaki: Art and Anishinaabemowin

Representations of Anishinaabe Land: Art and the Anishinaabe Language

A panel discussion with Bonnie Devine, Lenore Keeshig, Andrew Hunter, Connor Pion, Wanda Nanibush

 Date: November 18th, 2016 4 – 6pm, Room 179

Location: University College, University of Toronto with a reception following in Croft Chapter House

This session presents Anishinaabe perspectives on representations of land through visual art and Anishinaabemowin (the Anishinaabe language). Visual artist/educator/curator Bonnie Devine, poet/storyteller/educator Lenore Keeshig and curator/educator Andrew Hunter will each present examples of their work and its connection to understandings of land. Community worker/geography student Connor Pion and curator/writer Wanda Nanibush will then join in as respondents. This event intentionally centres Anishinaabe knowledge and experience while also offering a conversational framework to allow participants and audience members an opportunity for exchange and discussion.

Presented by The Intersection Series of the Department of Geography & Planning and the Canadian Studies Program at University College

For more information contact Gwen MacGregor at gwen.macgregor@mail.utoronto.ca

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Alliance of Equality for Blind Canadians

You are cordially invited to come to this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities event in Toronto focused on employment. This is Goal 5 of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on decent work and economic growth.

Elected representatives from all three levels of government are invited to come and speak on government employment initiatives, as well as persons with disabilities to share their employment success stories. Employment agencies are also invited to come and network with job seekers.

Date:          Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time:         2 to 4 p.m.
Venue:       Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 308 and 309.

Program:

2 – 2:10           Welcome

2:10 – 2:45      Government Speeches

2:45 – 3:15      Panel Presentation

2:15 – 2:45      Question and Answer Period

3:45 – 4:30      Networking with Employment Agencies

Refreshments, attendant care and ASL will be provided.

Please RSVP by October 28 at Voice Mail: 647-947-9022

Email: aebctoronto@gmail.com

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Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project

Do you or someone you know have difficulties getting a job because of a disability?
Do you want to learn how to speak up for yourself for equal access to employment services?

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Toronto Chapter is launching an Employment Advocacy Project to build the skills of persons with disabilities to make sure employment programs and services include persons with disabilities. For details on the project, check out http://www.blindcanadians.ca/news/bb/2016-10-inclusive-employment-advocacy-project

If interested in joining a focus group and training sessions, or to inquire further, please contact AEBC at

Voice Mail: 647-947-9022
Email: aebctoronto@gmail.com

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Disability Rights Movement Focus Group

My name is Sara-Jane Linton and I am a Master of Health Evaluation student working under the supervision of Dr. Ellen MacEachen with the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.  I am working on a research project with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) called Regenerating the Disability Rights Movement. We are looking for  students between the ages of 18 – 35 who self-identify as living with a disability and may be interested in participating in a focus group session sharing thoughts and recommendations on how the disability rights movement can attract and retain the active participation of younger individuals.

The focus group session is voluntary and will assess and explore barriers and possible solutions to overcome factors that inhibit or prevent younger individuals from joining and remaining active with the disability rights movement. Student participants in the focus group session will be asked to share their opinions and experiences in a discussion forum with several experienced members of the disability rights movement along with at maximum of 20 other students.

If you know of anyone  who might be interested in participating or for further information on this research project please contact Sara-Jane Linton Master of Health Evaluation student with the University of Waterloo at: s2linton@uwaterloo.ca

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Chief Returning Officer Needed- Paid Job Opportunity: Thu. November 17, 5pm

The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union is currently seeking a Chief Returning Officer for the 2017 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience involunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be members of the UTGSU, and must be physically present on campus during the election period. Remuneration: $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to put in up to approximately 100 hours total from December to March. Hours are flexible, and increase during the February 2017 election period. Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and letter of intent stating your qualifications and interest to the Nominating Committee in one document to hiring@utgsu.ca by 5pm, Thursday November 17, 2016. Please feel free to contact the Committee with any questions. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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NoDAPL Solidarity Info

1) support the camps by donating funds or requested supplies to the Camp of the Sacred Stones and the Red Warrior Camp:

https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf?ref=sh_25rPQa

https://nodaplsolidarity.org/support-the-camps/

2) join the camps on the ground at Standing Rock by coordinating your presence and support with those leading and facilitating the efforts:

https://nodaplsolidarity.org/come-to-standing-rock/

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSef4Xjn-tckbx7dg…/viewform…

3) organize solidarity direct actions (irl or online) aimed at

highlighting the institutions that support the dakota access pipeline:

https://nodaplsolidarity.org/targets/primary-targets/

https://nodaplsolidarity.org/secondary-targets/

https://nodaplsolidarity.org/nonviolent-direct-action-reso…/

4) sign the petition demanding that the white house stop the construction of the DAPL:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction-dakota…

5) if you are in the U.S. call/email/fax your local governmental representatives to express your concerns with the DAPL, to express your NoDAPL Solidarity, and to inquire about their actions in response to the state facilitated crisis.

https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials