This is a list of the OPIRG-Toronto Action Groups as of September 2023. Please contact them if you are interested in getting involved with the work they do, or contact us at opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com if you have any questions.
Climate Justice UofT is a student-led activist group working toward climate justice and a #FossilFreeFuture at UofT. We are working hard to build solidarity and momentum for real, substantive, and progressive moves toward equity and justice. In addition to organizing the fossil fuel divestment campaign at UofT, we also organize panels, workshops, rallies, protests, socials, and a book club, all centered around themes of environmental and social justice.
The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) is a Toronto-based activist group that organizes to draw attention to and resist the negligent practices of Canadian mining companies, who comprise over 75% of mining businesses worldwide. In solidarity with affected communities and in response to their calls for support, we:
Educate… the Canadian public on mining injustices in Canada and around the world.
Advocate… for stronger community control of mining practices, and in support of self-determination in mining-affected areas.
Agitate… against corporate impunity and in support of substantive regulatory change.
In the spring, we attend mining company annual general meetings to present statements from impacted communities, while simultaneously holding protests outside challenging the company’s narratives. During the rest of the year, we hold film screenings, educational events, speaking tours and workshops to raise awareness of mining injustice. We also respond to calls from impacted communities for support. This fall, we are launching a research project tracking violence committed by Canadian mining companies around the world. We are looking for long-term volunteers for this project to do research on a particular country. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these activities (or have ideas of your own), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hold new volunteer orientations on a regular basis.
Rising Tide Toronto is a grassroots collective that challenges environmental injustice and the root causes of climate change on Turtle Island through direct action, in solidarity with people’s struggles locally and globally.
Toronto has seen momentum build over the past several years to take action to protect land, water and air. Toronto is home to many of the companies, politicians and financial institutions that exacerbate environmental destruction and the climate crisis through mining, tar sands and other extractive industries. We take direct action because corporate-friendly “solutions” will not solve the climate and environmental crises and overwhelmingly governments choose to protect corporate interests at the expense of the planet.
Rising Tide Toronto tactics are diverse, effective and creative, taking a bottom-up approach to connecting the dots between colonialism, corporate power, climate disruption, social justice, and biocentrism. The systems that are destroying the planet are systems rooted in oppression. Combating climate change is therefore not just a matter of carbon emissions, but of confronting the institutions that destroy communities, cultures and the Earth. Rising Tide Toronto is committed to stopping the destruction of Turtle Island and creating a just transition to sustainable livelihoods that foster local autonomy and self-sufficiency. Our resistance will be in rooted in gardens as well as on the streets.
SURJ is an international network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. As white people, we are also settlers and visitors to Turtle Island, and commit to working towards decolonization and indigenous sovereignty. We work to connect people across Turtle Island while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice and decolonization organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.