disOrientation 2009 – Shoot Me! I’m Political | 14-18 September

disOrientation 2009 – Shoot Me! I’m Political
September 14th – 18th
University of Toronto – St. George Campus

disOrientation is a week of events being organized by the University of Toronto Students’ Union (U.T.S.U) and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Toronto. This week will focus on engaging the student body in political activism through an introduction to anti-oppression and social justice work being done on and off campus.

All events are free and open to both students and community members. All locations are wheelchair accessible.

Workshops we will be hosting during the week:
*Anti-War and Tamil Solidarity
*Palestine Solidarity
*World Poverty
*Local Poverty
*Justice for Migrants
*Queer Radicalism
*Colonialism 101
*Justice for Indigenous Communities

Events we will be hosting during the week:
*Radical Campus Tour
*Free Commuter Meal
*Film Screening of “Walk-out”
*The really, really, Free Market: Block party!
*Free Iftar meal at sundown for those observing Ramadan
*Words of Resistance – Performance Night
*Keynote address with Robert Lovelace
*Film Screening of “Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance” at
Philosopher’s Walk
*Community BBQ

Please see the attached schedule for the exact times and locations of
the workshops and events.

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disOrientation 2009:
Brought to you by your Students’ Union(U.T.S.U) and OPIRG – Toronto
Visit: http://www.opirguoft.org / http://www.utsu.ca

Contact for more information: opirg.toronto@gmail.com/ vpexternal@utsu.ca

Schedule of Workshops and Events


Monday, September 14th: EDUCATION

Radical Campus Tour
12 Noon – 4pm
Location: Meeting @ the OPIRG Toronto Office (563 Spadina Ave – North
Borden Building, on the east side of Spadina Circle)

Get to know your campus from a whole new light: radical history, important services and organizations to visit, buildings you will want to protest – its all here in a guided tour!


Community BBQ
Location: on the lawn of U.T.S.U (Hart House Circle)

At the end of the Campus Tour, join us for a free BBQ and discussion.

Outdoor Film Screening: ‘Walk Out”!
Location: on the lawn of U.T.S.U ( 12 Hart House Circle), or rain location TBD

A film about Student activists tired of being treated unequally, decide to take action and stage a walkout at five East Los Angeles high schools in 1968 to protest educational conditions anti-Mexican educational bias along with some 10,000 students.

An inspirational film, not to be missed!



Commuter Brunch with Hot YAM
Location: U.T.S.U Lawn @ 12 Hart House Circle

For those who have to travel to get to campus, and for those who are not inspired by campus food and can’t afford anymore crappy  starbucks…Commuter Brunch with the Hot Yam! The Hot Yam! is the University of Toronto’s all-volunteer lunch party – once a week they cook up a delicious, mostly local, mostly organic and entirely vegan lunch all for affordable prices.

Workshop: Anti-War from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka
Location: BA 1210 Bahen Centre (19 Russell St)

An introductory workshop to understanding Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka’s war against the Tamil people. Saying NO to racism and war!

*James Clarke: Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
*Tamil Students in solidarity
Workshop: Apartheid 101 and Palestine Solidarity

Tuesday, September 15th – 6 p.m.
Bahen Centre (19 Russel Street) – BA2175

An Introductory workshop on the issues of Israel-Palestine, and on the situation facing Palestinian students under occupation and apartheid.  Join us as we talk about ways of how we can stand in solidarity with Palestinian students.


*Alan Sears: professor at Ryerson University. He is a member of Faculty for Palestine, a coalition of university professors raising awareness about Israeli Apartheid and Palestinian human rights.  He will be talking about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

*Ilaria Giglioli: graduate student at the University of Toronto.  She is a member of Students Against Israeli Apartheid, has recently returned from a month-long trip to Palestine, and will be talking about the Right to Education Campaign.

Wednesday, September 16th: POVERTY and THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

Workshop: Global Poverty and the Crisis
12 Noon
Location: University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) @ 15 King’s College
Circle (University College)

Understanding global economic structures like the WTO, G8, and Free Trade. Looking at the current economic crisis and the affects of poverty on the Global south.

*David McNally: Professor of Political Science at York University, social justice activist,  and Author of ‘Another World is Possible’.

*S.K Hussan: organizer with No One is Illegal and part of the ad-hoc G8 organizing committee.

Workshop: Local Poverty and the Crisis
Location: University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) @ 15 King’s College
Circle (University College)

From local struggles for income security, access to education, and housing, this workshop will look at issues facing poor communities in Ontario.


*Gaetan Heroux: Streethealth and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)

*AJ Whithers: OCAP and Disability Action Movement Now (DAMN 2025)

*Campaign for a Poverty Free Ontario – Canadian Federation of Students

*Kelly O’Sullivan – CUPE 4308 and community activist


EVENT: The Really, Really, Free Market: BLOCK PARTY!
Location: U.T.S.U Lawn (12Hart House Circle)

An Outdoor party in the heart of Campus – and its really really FREE!

Thursday, September 17th: RESISTANCE to OPPRESSION
Workshop: Justice for Migrant Communities
12 Noon
Location: ES B149 Earth Sciences Building (5 Bancroft Ave)

An introductory workshop on the issues facing migrant and non-status communities; from immigration raids to racist immigration policy more broadly. Come hear about how local organizations are fighting back!


*Chris Ramsaroop from Justicia for Migrant Workers: a volunteer run political non-profit collective comprised of activists from diverse walks of life. Justicia strives to promote the rights of migrant farmworkers (participating in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and the Low Skilled Workers Program) and farmworkers without status.

* Joy Sioson from Philippine Women Centre of Ontario: a non-profit community based organization that advances the rights and welfare of Filipino women. Joy will talk about the plight of Filipino women and migrant workers and the community’s struggle for genuine settlement and integration.

* Yogi Acharya from No One is Illegal Toronto: a group of immigrants, refugees and allies who fight for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect.
Workshop: Building On A Radical Queer Politic
Thursday, September 17th – 2 p.m.
University of Toronto Arts Centre (UTAC): 15 King’s College Cirlce

This facilitated discussion will examine the struggles that have shaped queer radicalism. We will explore the histories of queer movements, strategies queer communities have employed in the past, and new directions that queer radicalisms are taking today.

*Mujeres al Frente is a Support Group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Intersex, Queer Women and Trans People of Latin-America.

*Tim McCaskell is a co-founder of AIDS Action Now and former member of the Body Politic Collective, the ground-breaking Toronto radical queer newspaper.

*Natalie Kouri-Towe is a former organizer with the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) and is currently organizing with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.

EVENT: Free Iftar meal for those observing Ramadan sponsored by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU)

Location: U.T.S.U Lawn (12 Hart House Circle)

EVENT: Words of Resistance
Spoken Word against Oppression

Location: Arbor Room @ Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)

Had lips tied? Rights denied?
Seen silence amplified?
They may draw boundaries on my home, my neighborhood, my people and me
But they will never, ever stop me from speaking out.
They will never take away my

Come to listen, to speak and to share. Open mike, short plays, spoken word and performances.

Featured Artists include:

Unknown Mizery
Anu Radha Verma
Gitanjali Lena
Amai Kuda
Jorge Vallejos
Jean-Marc Daga


Friday, September 18th: INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY

Workshop: Colonialism 101 and Solidarity
12 Noon
Location: University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) @ 15 King’s College
Circle (University College)

An introductory workshop to the history of colonialism within North America and the movements for solidarity with First Nations communities demanding justice.

Featuring: Tyendinaga Support Committee and Barriere Lake Solidarity Committee

Event: Justice for Indigenous Communities
Featuring:  Robert Lovelace
Location: International Students Centre – Cumberland Room (33 St. George St.)

Robert Lovelace is a retired Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University and a professor in Ecosystems Management at Sir Sandford Fleming College. He has written about community development and social reform as a de-colonizing strategy. On February 15, 2008, Robert Lovelace was sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court. His crime was taking a leadership role in securing Algonquin land and refusing to permit exploration for uranium near Ardoch,
Ontario. Lovelace will be speaking on Colonialism vs. The Future – adapting to the finite world means the end of colonialism.  He will speak to the need for education to take on a very strong anti-colonial character in preparing the next generation for the environmental and economic changes and challenges ahead.

Outdoor Film Screening: ‘Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance’
Location: Philosophers Walk @ 80 Queens Park
Rain Location: Arbor Room at Hart House

Alanis Obomsawin, 1993, 119 min 15 s
On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades.


University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) is YOUR students’ union. Representing over 41,000, we are governed by a Board of Directors elected from every college, campus, professional faculty and second-entry program. Our aim is to provide money-saving services and events to educate and enhance your university experience. www.utsu.ca

Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is a volunteer campus-based group with a mandate for Action, Education, and Research on issues of social and environmental justice. We have over 25 years of commitment to social justice and organizing at the University of Toronto.


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