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TRACX Symposium Call for Proposals: What’s Left? Confronting the Alt-Right

The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) Collective runs a two part program originally started by Opirg Toronto to build space for student and community research on social and environmental justice issues. The first component is a research portion. Through this research we work to facilitate connections between campus resources and community organizations working for social change. Through the TRACX program, community organizations can develop research projects useful to their campaigns and long-term strategies while being matched with students interested in completing the research for credit.

This year’s symposium is tentatively titled “What’s Left? Coalition-Building and Countering the Alt-Right” and will be co-hosted by the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange collective along with Opirg Toronto and Sba Centre. The symposium portion is organized to showcase research with a community organizing focus from students, non-students and community groups. We want to problematize and challenge perspectives on research, and build networks between socially-conscious students and grassroots community organizations to develop research proposals led by the community group’s needs and priorities. We hope you can join us in helping facilitate this process as we focus on how we resist fascism, racism and oppression in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in the institutions and systems that govern our daily lives.

This year’s symposium will include both a skills-based component for developing the practical tools for conducting and disseminating research, and a thematic set of panels, keynotes, group discussions and presentations on anti-fascist work in Toronto and its intersections with other movements. This symposium is motivated by a need to reflect on our understanding of anti-fascism in the era of Trump and what the practice of anti-fascist organizing looks like. How do we cultivate an understanding of what anti-fascism means, and how do we employ it in our organizing work? We will explore how it intersects with other movements (like anti-racist organizing, migrant justice work, trans rights, and disability justice work) and what the antifascist organizing of the future might look like. Students attending the symposium will be exposed to a variety of social and environmental justice causes in the city of Toronto and will be able to network with community organizations about their research interests in the areas that the community groups work in. Students and community members will also have an opportunity to learn more about issues in the communities surrounding the campus and learn how the resources of the University could be utilized to assist with community projects.


If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a TRACX session as part of this years program schedule we will be soliciting submissions starting 12am June 1st 2017 until 11:59pm August 1st 2017. This year we are searching for applications centred around discussion based sessions. These sessions can be in the form of panels, keynotes, literary/movie reviews, group discussion spaces or other creative proposals that foster dialogue amongst and actively engage attendees in the source material. To submit a proposal please fill out the following google form or email: opirg.tracx@gmail.com.

Please note that we will strive to offer every facilitator an honoraria for their time and effort.

TRACX Session Proposal Form
https://goo.gl/forms/MKCl9ca1rpiJMCNp1

If you would like to become an official TRACX volunteer please fill out our registration form here. All new volunteers are asked to attend an Anti-Oppression 101 training in August and so we ask that you submit your interest to volunteer no later thatAugust 1st 2017. If you have volunteered with TRACX, OPIRG (Toronto or York) or SBA Students for Barrier-Free Access
you may register as a volunteer no later than September 1st 2017. If you have any further questions, concerns, or would like more information please feel free to reach out via emailing racheleopirgto@gmail.com.


TRACX Registration and Volunteer Form
https://goo.gl/forms/4zMzY9w7p0vlZdjf1

Finally, if you aren’t up to submitting a session proposal but would still like to support us and our work please consider making a small donation to help us cover the costs associated with keeping the TRACX collective going. We are committed to keeping the TRACX Symposium free and accessible to all, but in order to do so we need your help.
https://www.youcaring.com/tracxproject-793042

ACCESSIBILITY
We are committed to providing ASL and captioning and are currently working on organizing other accessibility related logistics such as childcare and gender neutral accessible washrooms. Full details around accessibility will be posted along with the schedule

SCHEDULE TBA
The submissions period for panels, keynotes, and group discussion sessions opens June 1st, 2017 and closes August 1st, 2017

Hashtags: #tracx2017 #whatsleft

For inquiries around accessibility, schedules, how to propose a session and how to get involved (volunteer or join the organizing committee) email TorontoResearchActionCommunityeXchange(at)outlook.com

Students for Barrier-Free Access and LGBTOUT Present QT2SBIPOC Summer Social! From 4pm - 6pm, Friday July 28th, 2017 at the SBA Centre (215 Huron Street, room 924). There will be Icecream!

QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!)

QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!)

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans* People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT) for a summer social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

We will have ice cream (including vegan and gluten free ice cream), fruit and exciting toppings, along with some other snacks. There will also be activities, including games, colouring and crafting.

Join us for the treats, stay for the amazing people!

Date: Friday July 28, 2017

Time4:00pm-6:00pm

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

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.

If you have any questions, or 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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SBA Annual General Meeting

We will be having our Annual General Meeting on June 28th, 2017. It is a great opportunity to meet with outgoing, returning, and newly elected SBA Board of Directors.

Registration Time: 6pm
AGM Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: OISE Room 5150
Access information: ASL, captioning, a light supper, active listener, debrief/private at OISE 5160 and TTC tokens provided. Accessible and all gender washrooms available on the same floor. Please note that this is a scent free space. For any accessibility needs or if you have any questions, please email sba@utoronto.ca.

Click Annual General Meeting Package 2017 for your membership package. Copies will be available at the registration desk.

 

General Questions:

Am I eligible to be a Board Director?

 In accordance with our by-laws, SBA members who are graduate, undergraduate, international and part-time students and alumni of the University of Toronto are eligible to be on the board of directors.

Can I vote at the Annual General Meeting?

If you are a student, staff, faculty, or alumni of the University of Toronto, you can vote at the AGM. Please be sure to register at the registration desk with either your student number or UToronto email address.

What if I can’t make it to the AGM but would like to still participate?

If you are unable to attend the AGM in person, you can provide your proxy to another member of SBA who is eligible to vote.  You will need to follow the instructions below.

Proxy Voting Instructions

If you are unable to attend the AGM in person you can authorize another SBA voting member to represent you- a proxy.

 Proxy Authorization Letter

  1. Fill out the proxy authorization letter.
  2. Both you and your proxy need to sign it.

Ballot

  1. Fill out the ballot and place it in a sealed envelope separately from your authorization letter.
  2. Ensure that the ballot envelope is anonymous.

 Voting Day (AGM)

  1. Submit your proxy authorization letter to Danie Tucker.
  2. Place the ballot in the ballot box.

 

Proxy Letter

I, the undersigned,  _______________________, affirm that I am a member of Students for Barrier-Free Access.  I verify that I am granting ________________________ the permission to be my proxy for the purpose of electing new board members for Students for Barrier-Free access (SBA) annual general meeting on June 28th, 2017.

I understand that, I am granting this person my explicit permission to take part in the meeting on my behalf, and submit ballots that I have filled out and sealed in an unmarked envelope.

I understand that, in granting this person the permission to vote in my place, I am affirming that I have diligently read the candidate statements for this year and am fully responsible for the actions my proxy will take on my behalf in regards to electing new SBA board members for the 2017-2018 elections.

Sincerely,

[Name in Print]

Signature:  __________________________                          Date:

Signature of proxy: ___________________________            Date:

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SBA Nominations Period Extension! and Annual General Meeting

SBA Board Nominations

Students For Barrier-Free Access (SBA) is a student-run non-profit organization that advocates for access and the rights of students with disabilities at the University of Toronto. We work to encourage new ways of thinking that challenges dominant understandings of disability and to advocate for education that is socially, environmentally, and financially accessible. In order to be informed and vigilant about barriers and disability-related issues on campus and to be an effective stakeholder in university decision-making, we work with students, faculty, other social justice groups and allies to build an accessible campus and a strong diverse community.

If you would like a chance to shape and expand on some of these great initiatives, consider joining the Board of Directors!

The nomination period runs from Wednesday May 24th, 2017 to Wednesday June 14th, 2015 by 5:30PM. Please have your nomination packages submitted by this date and time.

For more information and for a copy of the nomination package, please visit click the link below. You may also pick up your copy at the SBACentre (215 Huron St, Suite 924) during regular office hours (Mondays – Thursdays 11:30am – 5:30pm and Fridays 12:30pm and 5:30pm).

Nomination Package 2017 – 2018.

Save the Date! We will be having our Annual General Meeting on June 28th, 2017. It is a great opportunity to meet with outgoing, returning, and newly elected SBA Board of Directors.

Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Location: OISE Room 5150
Access information: ASL, captioning, a light supper, and TTC tokens provided. Accessible and all gender washrooms available on the same floor. Please note that this is a scent free space. For any accessibility needs or if you have any questions, please email sba@utoronto.ca.

General Questions:

Am I eligible to be a Board Director?

 In accordance with our by-laws, SBA members who are graduate, undergraduate, international and part-time students and alumni of the University of Toronto are eligible to be on the board of directors.

Can I vote at the Annual General Meeting?

If you are a student, staff, faculty, or alumni of the University of Toronto, you can vote at the AGM. Please be sure to register at the registration desk with either your student number or UToronto email address.

What if I can’t make it to the AGM but would like to still participate?

If you are unable to attend the AGM in person, you can provide your proxy to another member of SBA who is eligible to vote.  You will need to follow the instructions below.

Proxy Voting Instructions

If you are unable to attend the AGM in person you can authorize another SBA voting member to represent you- a proxy.

 Proxy Authorization Letter

  1. Fill out the proxy authorization letter.
  2. Both you and your proxy need to sign it.

Ballot

  1. Fill out the ballot and place it in a sealed envelope separately from your authorization letter.
  2. Ensure that the ballot envelope is anonymous.

 Voting Day (AGM)

  1. Submit your proxy authorization letter to Danie Tucker.
  2. Place the ballot in the ballot box.

Proxy Letter

I, the undersigned,  _______________________, affirm that I am a member of Students for Barrier-Free Access.  I verify that I am granting ________________________ the permission to be my proxy for the purpose of electing new board members for Students for Barrier-Free access (SBA) annual general meeting on June 28th, 2017.

I understand that, I am granting this person my explicit permission to take part in the meeting on my behalf, and submit ballots that I have filled out and sealed in an unmarked envelope.

I understand that, in granting this person the permission to vote in my place, I am affirming that I have diligently read the candidate statements for this year and am fully responsible for the actions my proxy will take on my behalf in regards to electing new SBA board members for the 2017-2018 elections.

Sincerely,

[Name in Print]

Signature:  __________________________                          Date:

Signature of proxy: ___________________________            Date:

 

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The Muslims Are Coming!

The Muslims Are Coming!
 

This event is part of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.

Using a combination of short video clips of poetry, prose, and comedy, as well as films and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017

Time: 2:30-4:30PM

Location: 246 Bloor Street West (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Building), Room 720, 7th floor

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/701593496687290/

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on the same floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info.

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Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee – April 4, 2017

Open Meeting of the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee

Join the SBA Anti-Sexual Violence Committee for a discussion on U of T’s new Sexual Violence Policy, and the University’s goals for the education and prevention of sexual violence.

The Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence at U of T  is currently holding consultations to gather student feedback and recommendations on their sexual violence education and training program on campus. Come join us in discussing the content that you would like to see the Expert Panel prioritize.

Some of the questions we would like to address include:

  1.     What is the SV Policy?
  2.     Why was it created?
  3.     What would members want to see prioritized in the University’s sexual violence education and prevention training modules?
  4.     What would meaningful support for disabled and mad survivors of violence look like in areas of sexual violence education and training on campus?

Students for Barrier-free Access is a student-led disability justice organization that has been actively advocating for a more inclusive Sexual Violence policy and Centre for Sexual Violence Support and Education at the University of Toronto. We are committed to working towards ending campus rape culture.

Please note that while this event is open to all disabled and mad survivors of violence, we seek to centre the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous and POC disabled and mad survivors. We ask that event attendees be mindful of the space that they are taking in the discussion and support the collective in creating a respectful and meaningful community dialogue.

Date: Tuesday April 4th, 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00PM

Location: TBD

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event.  TTC tokens available.  Please arrive scent-free.  Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you require ASL or Live Captioning to participate in this event, or if you have any other access needs, please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com by Tuesday March 28, 2016.

 

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Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!

Come meet other disabled students and SBA members and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Topics covered at the workshop:

– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presentation by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Monday February 27, 2017

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Student Centre Board Room, Room 270, UTM Student Centre

Everyone welcome! Priority will be given to disabled BIPOC students.
Wheelchair accessible.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room and on the first floor in the UTMSU office.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

If you require live captioning or ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access

Vegan Cooking Class with U of T Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access

Are you a beginner in the kitchen and wanting to learn some hands-on cooking skills? Considering switching to a plant-based diet but aren’t sure where to start? Love to cook but want to learn low-strain techniques for food preparation?

Join the University of Toronto Veg Club and Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a free cooking class and learn prep and cooking techniques for a variety of access needs!

At this class, registered dietitian Pamela Fergusson will teach us how to make easy, affordable, delicious and warming plant-based meals. Alternative steps on how to make the recipes allergen-free will also be shared during the class.

Please note that attendees will not be cooking their own meals. Instead we will work together to prepare each recipe and have enough food for everyone to get a taste of each dish.

 

Date: Friday March 3, 2017

Time: 2pm-4pm

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

Space for this cooking class is limited so please register by contacting Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com or Mahima at jhalanimahima13@gmail.com

Priority spaces will be held for disabled people.

Access Info: This is an anti-racist, queer and trans positive space. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space. Please arrive scent-free for the cooking class.

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

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.

This discussion topic for this meeting will be a continuation of our previous discussion on ‘how to take on critical conversations with community (and/or with family)’. You are not required to have attended the last discussion group to join this one. New members are always welcome!

Date: Monday March 6, 2017

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 5:50-6:00pm. 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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SBA Office Closures – Feb 14th, 17th, 20th

Office Closure Notice – Multiple dates

Please note that the SBA Centre will be closed on Tuesday February 14th from 12pm-2pm in order to attend the 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony. SBA members who would like to join us and travel together to the Strawberry Ceremony should arrive at the SBA Centre by 12pm. TTC tokens will be provided.

More information about the Strawberry Ceremony:
Media and public attention to this issue has continued to grow since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes

 
On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 12 years ago. 5 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event – the committee is now made up of individuals and organizations including The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Sistering, Maggies – Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103506026428929/

 
Please note the additional upcoming Centre closures:
  • February 17th – All Day
  • February 20th – Family Day
  • February 21st – All Day