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Statement of Solidarity with UTSU Staff, Vita Carlino and Maria Galvez

Students for Barrier-Free Access at The University of Toronto- STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH UTSU Staff, Vita Carlino and Maria Galvez

The staff and board at Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) at The University of Toronto extend our solidarity and support with the staff of UTSU, and in particular, Vita Carlino, Previous Clubs and Service Groups’ Coordinator, and Maria Galvez, Previous Health and Dental Plan Coordinator who were unjustly laid off Tuesday May 30, 2017. The dismissal of Maria and Vita did not follow due process as outlined in the Collective Agreement between the UTSU and CUPE 1281. UTSU failed to compile with their duties as employer. We ask that Vita and Maria be reinstated into their role.

SBA stands for the right of workers to a safe working environment free of discrimination and unjust dismissal. As an organization located within the University of Toronto, fighting to remove student barriers to education we recognize that workers rights are central to sustainability and growth of the student movement. These cuts that the UTSU had made to staff positions have been ongoing (the financial coordinator position was cut and has been vacant since August 2016) and negatively affects students, particularly marginalized students (that SBA serves).

Student have a right to organize. Creating inclusive, diverse community through clubs and service groups fosters a sense of belonging which is crucial for student success at U of T. Vita’s role ensured that students had access to the information and support required to create such spaces. Clubs provide students with the possibility to create enriched/meaningful relationships with other like-minded students fostering community and collective care.

Increased cuts to student services further contributes to student poverty. By cutting Maria’s role and not having a designated person for students to navigate the health and dental plan, the UTSU has created additional barriers, particularly for low-income, disabled students in accessing proper and necessary health care during their tenure as students at the University of Toronto. The loss of Vita’s role as club’s and service group coordinator  results in a lack of transparency and coordination in the communication between the UTSU and the student service groups as the Clubs and Service Group Coordinator, through their work as a liaison and advocate, ensured that service groups like SBA were well supported and resourced in our work with marginalized students.

For more information on CUPE 1281’s Save our Staff Save our Services (SOS) campaign please visit: https://www.facebook.com/sosUTSU/.

In solidarity,

Students for Barrier-free Access

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TRACX 2017 – What’s Left? Confronting the Alt Right

TRACX 2017 – What’s Left? Confronting the Alt Right

This year’s symposium is 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.

ACCESSIBILITY
ASL, TTC Tokens, childminding lunch provided and gender neutral accessible washrooms available

Schedule and Location:
Sept 30 Day 1: OISE Library

11am – 1pm
Lspirg Waterloo: Fascism and the Rise of the Alt-Right; Organizing Tactics with LSPIRG
https://www.facebook.com/events/482135165497955/

1pm – 2pm Lunch + Social

2:15pm – 3:45pm Feminist Perspectives on Resisting Infiltration: Building a Strong Security Culture by Building Strong Relationships MISN: Mining Injustice Solidarity Network
https://www.facebook.com/events/557362997988343/

15min Break

4pm – 6pm Countering Transphobia at the University of Toronto
https://www.facebook.com/events/1961287477421614/

Oct 1 Day 2: 11am – 3pm OISE Library – 3pm – 7pm OISE Room 2214

11am – 12:30pm “Migrant Justice, Canadian Liberalism, and the Rise of Fascism” hosted by No One Is Illegal | Personne n’est illégal | Nadie es ilegal / No One Is Illegal – Toronto

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch + Social

1:30pm – 3pm Tkaronto Organizing Committee: “Bearing Witness” – Inside the Detention Review, A TOC intervention

3pm – 5pm The Anti-fascists – Film Launch and Panel
(Please note that this session will be held in OISE 2214)
https://www.facebook.com/events/367656610336080/

5pm – 6pm Closing Social

Saturday and Sunday OISE Room 2205 Quiet Space and Community Fair

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

Sponsored / Endorsed by:
APUS – Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students
Arts and Science Students’ Union
CUPE 3903
CUPE Local 3907
OISE Graduate Students’ Association
Opirg Toronto
Opirg York
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
PM Press
Sba Centre
York University Faculty Association

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Peer Support Group for Graduate Students with Disabilities

The Peer Support Group for Graduate Students with Disabilities has been created to build a community for students with disabilities. Through this Peer Support Group we hope to create space for students to:

  1. meet old friends/colleagues and make new friends

  2. de-stress

  3. engage in group discussions

  4. share skills and learn new ones

  5. learn from each other’s experiences navigating grad school

  6. socialize

Peer support is a way for us to build community, share knowledge and experiences, and provide support to and connect with others who share similar struggles. Peer support extends the opportunity to take on a mentorship role, if desired. Coming together in support of each other. We hope you will join us.

 

Our first meeting will be Tuesday October 3rd, 2017

Location: SBA Centre Meeting Room

Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm

 

Please note that the SBA Centre is an accessible venue.

This peer support group is a collaboration of Disability Visibility and Students for Barrier-free Access.

Disability Visibility is an accessible, graduate student-run mentorship program. The program centres around peer mentoring with new and returning graduate students at the University of Toronto.

Students for Barrier-free Access is a student-led non-profit that centres the leadership of disabled people. We work from a Disability Justice framework and advocate for the removal of barriers to accessing postsecondary education.

Image is a white banner with pink lettering. The banner reads 'University of Toronto, Queer Orientation, September 25-30, 2017'. On the left of the text is an image of a music note, a flower and a microphone. On the right of the text is a bowtie.

QT2SBIPOC Fall Social

QT2SBIPOC Fall Social (with snacks!)
Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a fall social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

There will also be activities, including games, colouring and crafting. We will have snacks (including vegan and gluten free options).

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

Date: Tuesday September 26, 2017

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: Room 207 (MultiPurpose Hall), MultiFaith Centre. The MultiFaith Centre is located at 569 Spadina Avenue. The accessible entrance to the building is off of Bancroft Avenue.

Please arrive to the event fragrance fee.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

If you require ASL or have any other access needs, please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com by September 11th, 2017.

***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.**

 

[Image Description: Image is a white banner with pink lettering. The banner reads 'University of Toronto, Queer Orientation, September 25-30, 2017'. On the left of the text is an image of a music note, a flower and a microphone. On the right of the text is a bowtie.]

 

Image contains the logos of the following groups; SBA, Leap U of T, OPIRG, UTGSU, ASSU, and Fight for $15 on the left hand side of the banner. The banner reads Art of Solidarity Sept 18th-22nd. In the background are 6 streaks of colour, purple, pink, green, blue, peach and violet.

Resisting Ableism in Activism; Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing

Resisting Ableism in Activism; Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing

In a social justice culture where individualism and independence are privileged, and where attending lengthy or late-night meetings and participating in marches and rallies are seen as the the ultimate way of showing your support or commitment to the struggle, conversations around accessibility as a community organizing practice are rare. The failure to to take up accessibility as a practice in our activist communities reproduces the structural ableism that is prevalent in our society. This not only marginalizes disabled activists but limits our capacity as organizers to engage fully and meaningfully with our communities.

This workshop will discuss how practices of accessibility can be brought into community organizing spaces.  We will discuss the following topics:

  1. organizing accessible meetings and strategic planning sessions
  2. adopting a survivor-centred practice
  3. strategies for making protests, rallies and marches more inclusive

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Date: Tuesday September 19, 2017

Location: To be confirmed

Wheelchair accessible.  Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please arrive to the event fragrance-free.

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

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [July 27th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Office Closures
  • Computer Lab Closure and Upgrade
  • Monthly Lunch
  • QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!)
  • What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
  • Disorientation – Call for Volunteers

Community Events and Resources

  • The Black Artist Market
  • Resilience 150
  • CWTP York is looking for Collective Members!
  • Government Survey on Accessibility Standards in Education
  • Proclaiming our Roots: An oral history project by and for mixed Black and Indigenous people
  • Slut Walk Toronto:  Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2-6 p.m.
  • Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC Space

Job Opportunities

  • Volleyball Coordinator
  • Photographer

SBA Programming and Events

Office Closures

Please note that the following closure dates and times for the SBA Centre:

  • July 28th, 2017 – SBA will be closed
  • August 7th, 2017 – University is closed; SBA is closed
  • August 28th, 2017 – SBA is closed

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Computer Lab Closure and Upgrade

The SBA Computer Lab will be closed from August 1st to September 4th in order to completely upgrade our computers, adaptive and assistive softwares, and furnishings. During this period, members have access to both library services throughout the University of Toronto as well as the Toronto Public Library. The TPL offers CCTVs, print magnifiers, braille writers, Kurzweil, JAWS, Daisy Players, ZoomText, TTY telephone, and wheelchair accessible furniture. Please note that you will require a library card to access the library and its technology. For more information on specific libraries and their equipment, please visit: www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/accessibility/branch-equipment

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Monthly Lunch

Join Students for Barrier-Free Access for another monthly lunch this Monday July 31st, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:30pm! There will be vegan and gluten-free options available! We are located at 215 Huron Street, Room 924.

Please note that there is a all gender accessible washroom on the same floor and that this is a scent free event and space.

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QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!) – Please note location change!
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

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Room 208 (Main Activity Hall), MultiFaith Centre. The MultiFaith Centre is located at 569 Spadina Avenue. The accessible entrance to the building is off of Bancroft Avenue.

Please arrive to the event fragrance fee.

If you have any questions, or access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
***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.**

https://goo.gl/3fJKsZ

[Image Description: Image is a photograph of multicoloured ice cream popsicles that are melting, on a black background]

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What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) is a two part program 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 Opirg Toronto and Sba Centre along with the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange collective. 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.

September 30 – October 1
University of Toronto
Find this event on facebook

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

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

Are you interested in supporting us? If you appreciate our programming initiatives and have the capacity to do so, consider making a donation of any amount here: https://www.youcaring.com/tracxproject-793042
All donations, big and small are greatly appreciated!

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Disorientation Week – Call for Volunteers
DisOrientation is an alternative orientation week that educates students about social and environmental justice issues while fostering student activism and connecting campus and community issues. The full event lasts for a week and includes panels, workshops, performances and other events intended to expose students and community members to critical analysis, insight and research about a range of social and environmental justice campaigns. OPIRG Toronto is looking for volunteers and like minded
campus organizations

interested in collaborating
to help make the next DisO week our best one yet. Are you passionate about social and environmental justice? Are you interested in learning more about political campaigns happening here in Toronto and around the province? Are you involved with a student service or campus group thats looking to host social or environmental justice themed programming for the new school year? Looking to develop your organizing skills while getting involved in campus politics and/or community organizing? We want you!

Note:
This years DisOrientation Week will be structured and focused on hands on, arts, DIY, skillsharing and participatory workshops from September 18th – 22nd. We would encourage groups interested in proposing panels, keynotes and discussion spaces to instead submit or volunteer with the TRACX symposium happening the following week on September 30th and October 1st. For more information on the TRACX symposium email racheleopirgto@gmail.com.

Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers:

• Event Logistics
– Set-up and clean up at events
– Moderating and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs

• Outreach & Promotion
– Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events
– Distributing flyers at community events
– Postering on and off campus
– Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs
– Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation

• Media
– Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events
– Video or audio recording our events
– Photographing events for the Disorientation archives.
To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2017, please fill out the volunteer form here.

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Community Events and Resources

The Black Artist Market
The Black Artist Market was born out of a frustration with the anti-black racism in art spaces in Toronto. It was born out of a being exhausted by the struggle of trying to survive as a Black artist in Toronto. The Black Artist Market was born out of a yearning to see Black Artist in Toronto come together. Finally, it was born out a need to honour the brilliance of the Black Artist.

#BAMTO is a series of Black Artist Markets taking place in Toronto. The Black Artist Market is dedicated to Black Art in Toronto. Artists markets in Toronto rarely, if ever, prioritize the voices and art of those who, despite being the most marginalized contribute the most to culture. It can also be an extremely lonely and isolating as a Black Artist to be in spaces that allow us to participate, but do not prioritize or understand the Black Artist experience.

This event is the first of it’s kind! It will take a whole new spin on what artist markets can be. There will be a DJ spinning live at the event, the space is wheelchair accessible and a diverse set of vendors! This market will be interactive and specifically curated. It will be so much more than some folding tables and chairs.

The black artists that are part of this event blow me away with their gift of imagining and creating the world in brilliant ways.
In the upcoming weeks there will be a feature on each of the brilliant artist. So stay tuned! on Come out to support local Black Artists in our community!

Date: August 5th

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Location: D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor Street West

*Cover: This market is Pay What You Can $ 5 – $15 and no one turned away due to lack of funds.

*The venue is wheelchair and mobility device accessible/

* You do not have to buy food at the cafe in order to come to the market.

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Resilience 150

Supporting Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to acknowledge and celebrate thousands of years of Indigenous resilience on this land

Young people are playing an important role in creating new possibilities for a decolonized and reconciled Canada. Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth are leading, co-creating and involved in intergenerational efforts to address the ongoing impacts of colonization and to build cross-cultural relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.

To give voice to alternative narratives and actions during this contentious year, we are offering micro-grants of up to $1000 to support projects and events created and/or co-created by young people that celebrate Indigenous resilience and resistance on this land. These grants will support opportunities for learning, reflection and relationship building that strengthen community efforts to ensure the stories, experiences, and priorities of Indigenous voices are not drowned out by fireworks and festivities in this year of Canada’s 150th birthday.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, July 31st, 2017 by 5 pm

PopUp Grant Details
Resilience 150 grants will support events, field trips, workshops, action projects, intergenerational exchanges, arts-based initiatives and other activities that explore:

  • The stories, histories and present day experiences of Indigenous peoples on the lands in your community
  • The stories, histories and present day examples of Indigenous resilience and resistance on this land
  • What is possible for the next 150 years

Eligibility:

Are you a youth-led group (young people between the ages of 15-29) led by and/or co-creating with Indigenous youth? (you can be an intergenerational group and have members older or younger than 15-29).
Are you based in Ontario?
Do you have a project or idea that will acknowledge and celebrate the thousands of years of Indigenous resilience on this land?
Would some funding/resources help you get this project going? Then apply for a Resilience 150 grant.
*Please note, you do not need to be a charity to apply. You can be a grassroots group and apply on your own or in partnership with another group.

How to apply:
Logon onto the application portal by clicking here.

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CWTP is Looking for New Collective Members!

The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University is seeking new Collective members from both York University and the larger Toronto community.
We actively prioritize the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invite First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, black people, people of colour, members of racialized groups, Muslim people, two-spirited people, low-income people, queer people, trans people, sex workers, gender variant, gender fluid, and genderqueer people, working-class people, single parents, migrants, disabled and mad people, and members of the D/deaf community to apply.

Deadline to apply: Open until all positions are filled

The Collective

CWTP is governed by a volunteer feminist collective. The Collective is fully responsible for the smooth operation of CWTP and acts in accordance with its constitution, vision statement, mandate, collective agreement and other relevant centre policies. The Collective takes responsibility for staffing, policy, programming, services, development, budgeting, and other initiatives and operates within a non-hierarchical model of consensus decision-making. The Collective is especially looking for people with a demonstrated commitment to feminist, anti-oppressive politics (challenging cis-sexism, racism, anti-black racism, ableism, etc.) strong communication and leadership skills, and experience with non-profit organizations.

Collective Member Responsibilities

Be familiar with and act in accordance with the Centre’s constitution, vision statement, mandate, and other relevant centre policies as well as have a working knowledge of the Centre, itsoperations and resources
Be familiar with the Collective Agreement with CUPE 1281 and fulfill duties of the employer
Commit to collective membership for a minimum of one year

  • Prepare for, attend, and contribute during Collective meetings 2-4 times per month.
  • Complete annual mandatory Centre training sessions and Collective development workshops.
  • Facilitate/lead 1 committee and participate in other committees (Hiring committees) and roles (such as Staff Liaison) as necessary. Standing committees include Library & Resources, Collective Development & Training, Programming & Outreach, Finance and Space Maintenance, Policy, Peer support, Trans Integration, or any other portfolio deemed necessary by the Collective.
  • Hold office hours 2-3 hours twice week.
  • Complete mandatory relevant training offered by the Centre, as outlined in the constitution
  • Ensure that the Centre is a safer space for all members including staff
  • Self-advocate within the consensus decision-making model
  • Support the Centre’s space through two weekly office hours
  • Attend weekly collective meetings. They shall be responsible for their own presence at meetings and in the event of their absence, conveying their regrets in a timely fashion.
  • Organize two events or workshops, whether collectively or individually, on behalf of the organization for the fall and winter semesters
  • Join local committees and/or coalitions on behalf of the Centre, to develop community relationships and help in an advisory capacity

Experiences:

Required:

  • Minimum of 6 months working or volunteer experience in relevant organizations.
  • A commitment to creating a welcoming and safer space for all of our members, one that is rooted in challenging settler colonial violence, racism, anti-black racism, xenophobia,islamophobia, anti-semitism, fatphobia, classism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, misogyny, mysoginoir, transmysoginy, ableism and sanism, discrimination on the basis of religion/spirituality, and institutionalized oppression within the university setting and in the wider community.

Asset:

  • Prior non-profit/ student based board experience
  • Previous anti-oppression and trans* 101 training

How to Apply:

  • Submit a written application form comprised of a completed Member Application Form, and a 1-page Statement of Intent.
  • If the Collective accepts your initial application, you will be invited to attend an interview.
  • The collective will invite all applicants successful in the interview process to attend 2 consecutive Collective meetings and to participate in Collective responsibilities for 1 month.
  • After 2 meetings, you will review your experience and involvement with current collective members and mutually decide whether you may begin your full, 1-year term as a full Collective member.

Forms: 
Collective Membership application form available HERE  (WORD)PDF

  • Printed forms are available at the Centre as well. (4700 Keele Street, 322 Student Centre, York University).
  • Applicants can drop it off in person, or e-mail their application to cwtpyork@gmail.com

All information provided on this form will be accessible only to staff, and collective members for the purpose of recruiting collective members. Submitting an application does not guarantee your acceptance as a Collective Member.

Thanks for your interest!

For more information 

cwtpyork@gmail.com

Please come by 4700 Keele Street, York University Room 322 Student Centre

or visit our website at http://cwtpyork.ca/announcements/

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Proclaiming our Roots: An oral history project by and for mixed Black and Indigenous people

This summer, we want to hear from you about what it means to be Black and Indigenous!

Please join us for a weekend to create personal videos that explore your unique identity. Equipment, supplies, food, transit, tech training and an $X honoraria will be provided.
All you have to do is come ready to share.

Study location: Toronto, Ontario
Dates: August 25 – 28th, 2017

Space is limited. We need your commitment to attend all 4 days.

Participation is voluntary.
Childcare subsidies are available.

For more information about this research project, please contact: Ciann Wilson, 519-884-0710 ext. 4911ciann.wilson@gmail.com

This research project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has been reviewed and approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board (REB #5239)

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Slut Walk Toronto:  Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2-6 p.m.

In 2011 SlutWalk Toronto started a global movement against rape culture following an incident involving the Toronto Police Service instructing York University students not to dress provocatively to avoid victimization. Since then, SlutWalk has grown with solidarity actions in 60 cities across the world each year. This year SlutWalk Toronto is working with Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and Silence is Violence to center sex workers rights in our struggle against rape culture and sexual violence.

On Thursday July 13th we invite you to join us for a community dinner and visioning meeting from 6-9pm at 526 Richmond Street East in downtown Toronto. We want to hear from community partners, SlutWalk participants and advocates as the need to keep pushing back against sexual violence, rape culture, stigmatizing attitudes, as well as systemic forms of oppression and violence is as prevalent as ever.

Together, we hope to establish space for people to share experience and learn from one another, strengthen individual and community capacity, and practice resistance to all forms of violence. We would like to engage in partnerships with other anti-oppression groups, community organizers, and social justice advocates to share resources and inform the upcoming SlutWalk 2017 march and rally scheduled for August 12th at Barbara Hall Park.

Please join us for a meal and visioning session to discuss SlutWalk 2017, your vision for a fantastic event and how we can make this year’s action as thoughtful and inclusive as possible! If you cannot make the dinner and would like to connect to see how our initiatives might complement one another, contact us at:  slutwalk.yyz@gmail.comFacebook, or Twitter.

Please also visit these links for more information about Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Worker Action Project and Silence is Violence UofT

Strength and solidarity,
SlutWalk TO Volunteer Team

Note:
**We encourage a scent-free environment and ask that participants refrain from using scented products before coming to the space.
**We will be able to provide childcare if you let us know in advance by email: slutwalk.yyz@gmail.com
**If you have any specific accessibility needs or dietary requirements please email: slutwalk.yyz@gmail.com and we will do our best to offer accommodations.–

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Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop

This workshop for artists explores the language, theories and practices of anti-oppression in depth. Institutional, community based and organizational strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression are central to the content and objectives of the workshop. Creative, technical and collaborative models for building equity and liberation will be explored. Group activities, case studies and discussion are critical tools to apply the learnings of this workshop.

When: August 9th, 2017

Where: 180 Shaw Street (Artscape Youngspace)

Cost: FREE

Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session.

Presented in Partnership with Generator, and b current performing arts

Facilitator Rania El Mugammar

Part of the SummerWorks Intensive Leadership Program (S.L.I.P.), a series of public events that explore how we can remove barriers and dismantle systems of oppression through artistic practice.

ACCESS
All SummerWorks venues are physically accessible, and many events offer accessible options such as ASL Interpretation, Relaxed Performances, and free or discounted tickets. For more info on accessibility at SummerWorks, visit summerworks.ca/access

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DEAF & HARD OF HEARING

BIPOC: BLACK, INDIGENOUS & PEOPLE OF COLOUR

Unite to share experiences and learn skills to enhance your life.

Springtide

Resources

@SPRINGTIDE_VAW

www.springtideresources.org

Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220 (Floor 2R)

(Spadina & Queen St. West) M5T 2C7

Email to register or for more info: info@springtideresources.org

Be heard!

Be inspired!

Become our

own advocates.

A SPACE JUST FOR US

 

Proudly brought to you by:
Springtide Resources, Alterna Community Fund and the LGBTQ Youth Initiative with generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Job Opportunities

Volleyball Coordinator – UTGSU


We are looking to hire a friendly, energetic, and experienced Volleyball Coordinator to run our volleyball league for the upcoming academic year. Interested in being considered for the position? We will be accepting applications (resume and cover letter) until Monday, July 31, 2017. For a full list of duties, qualifications, pay and additional information, view the: UTGSU Volleyball Coordinator Job Description.

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Photographer – UTGSU


Do you have experience taking professional photographs with natural light? We’re hiring a photographer to take photos at our Fall Orientation. If you’re interested in applying, please refer to the job posting: Hiring Photographer for UTGSU Fall Orientation. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 10, 2017.

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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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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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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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#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/