DisOrientation 2014: FEAR OF AN ACTIVE CAMPUS!
York University has a long history of protest and social movements. Lead by both student and community members there have been many successes, from staying unjust deportations of students, to getting the University to commit to stop selling bottled water by 2015. But along with these successes, there have been student and activist repression, a fear on behalf of the York administration.
York’s prohibitive actions of banning of student groups and individuals, demonstrations and freedom of expression, along with the use of security and increasing police presence contribute to racial profiling and further restrictions of student rights and freedoms, stereotyping of the Jane and Finch community and a continued denial of gender based violence issues without making an effort to address and. At the same time, the University invests its money (yes, student money) into war and occupation in other countries and into fossil fuel companies that pollute and destroy communities and the earth.
OPIRG York brings you "FEAR OF AN ACTIVE CAMPUS!" - DisOrientation 2014!
We call on York to be afraid - Fear our resistance, resilience and fear our challenging of your policies and rules! This is an active campus, and together, OPIRG York, community groups, allies, students and community members will challenge you!
For years on the York University campus, OPIRG York, its allied organizations and community members have put together an alternative orientation week open to students and community members. By bringing together a wide range of campus and community groups, DisOrientation aims to draw links between the many different kinds of political, environmental and social justice based organizing that exist on campus and in our communities.
This year’s DisOrientation is to be held on and near the York University campus, from Monday, September 22nd to Friday, September 26th. Throughout the week, OPIRG York and partner organizations will be offering a series of amazing workshops, panels and teach-ins, filled with storytelling, skill-sharing and art-making. DisOrientation is fundamentally about sharing skills, stories, and knowledge that demonstrate the vibrancy of our communities.
Come be part of the response to York's fear!
Fear...OF AN ACTIVE CAMPUS!