eXpression Against Oppression (XAO)
XAO is an annual series of events aimed at challenging oppression in various forms and raising awareness about equity and social justice issues. XAO typically lasts one to two weeks. We collaborate with a number of campus clubs and groups to host a variety of events including workshops, seminars, art shows, performances, and large-scale keynote speaker series. Past speakers have included David Suzuki, Stephen Lewis, Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, Angela Davis, Ward Churchill and Ruben Carter.
Fuck Your Bigotry: Why I Refuse to Accommodate Intolerance
When: Monday, November 16th, 2015 (International Day of Tolerance)
Where: Cat’s Eye Lounge
Time: 6-8 PM
What: Why does Canada pride itself on being a “mosaic?” and then deem those very groups as second class citizens? What does an ideal multicultural society look like and why doesn’t Canada meet those standards? Why are we only tolerant when it’s convenient for us? This event seeks to resist values of assimilation and colonization that are perpetuated within North America and that consequently sustain systems of oppressions for marginalized groups– specifically immigrant and refugee populations. This event aims to celebrate our diverse roots, backgrounds and narratives in an artistic light.
Mishkeegogaming First Nation Clothing Drive
When: Tuesday, November 16th, 2015 (Buy Nothing Day)
Where: Multi-Faith Centre
Time: 12 PM-4 PM
What: The purpose of this event is to hold a clothing drive to help the Mishkeegogaming community in North-Western Ontario prepare for the upcoming winter season
We are in State of Emergency: Anti-Black Racism in Toronto
When: Tuesday, November 16th, 2015
Where: Debate’s Room, Hart House
Time: 7-9 PM
Guest Speaker: Desmond Cole (keynote speaker); Ellie Adekur (moderator)
What: The Black experience in Canada continues to be one of the most dire situations that has been deprived of the immediate attention it deserves. These circumstances include: extreme marginalization and disadvantage, restricted access to housing, racial profiling in policing/security/education, and child welfare, criminalization, over-representation in the criminal justice system, high levels of unemployment, and disproportion. This event will hopefully inform, inspire action, and create a room of empowerment against the wrongs that have been committed by our country, government, and police force against the Black community within Toronto. In addition, a portion of this event will hopefully be dedicated to proper anti-Black allyship, and what it means to be an ally. Being supportive of #BLM isn’t being an ally: unless you are putting energy into the advocacy of an anti-oppression movement, you shouldn’t be able to parade yourself around as an ally with a clean conscience.
Solidarity with Palestine: Building the Student Movement
When: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Where: William Doo Auditorium
Time: 6-9 PM
What: The event is a screening of the film “Roadmap to Apartheid,” followed by a conversation/ open discussion on the BDS movement and the Divestment campaign on campus.
You are not Forgotten: Honouring the Lives of Trans Women of Colour
When: Friday, November 20th (Trans Day of Remembrance)
Where: Queen’s Park Crescent
Time: 4-6 PM
What: An event for the remembrance of trans women of colour whose lives and deaths were not given deserved coverage and respect. This space will not only provide trans women of colour the ability to project their anger, demands and needs, but it will also exist to discuss the need for effective solidarity work by allies.
Format: Panel Discussion & vigil (names of as many trans women of colour who have lost their lives)