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What’s Left? Coalition Building and Countering the Alt Right

What’s Left? Coalition Building and Countering the Alt Right

Toronto Community Action Research Exchange (TRACX)Presents

What’s Left? Coalition Building and Countering the Alt Right 

September 30 – October 1
10 AM – 8 PM
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West

Saturday September 30: all events held in the OISE library (first floor)
Sunday October 1: 11 AM – 2 PM in OISE library with the closing session (2 PM – 7 PM) in OISE room 2214
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**Barrier Free Space**
**ASL-Interpretation, Captioning and Lunch Provided**|
**TTC tokens and Childminding Available on Request**
**Contact opirg.toronto@gmail.com for access needs and questions**

All events free and open to the public
///Fascism and the Rise of the Alt-Right: Organizing Tactics with LSPIRG/// Migrant Justice, Canadian Liberalism and the Rise of Fascism with No One is Illegal /// The Anti-Fascists – Film Launch and Panel /// Tkaronto Organizing Committee: “Bearing Witness” – Inside the Detention Review, A TOC Intervention /// Countering Transphobia at the University of Toronto  ///  Feminist Perspectives on Resisting Infiltration with Mining Injustice Solidarity Network ///

The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) Collective runs a two part program originally 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 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.

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.

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 + Social2:15pm – 3:45pm Feminist Perspectives on Resisting Infiltration: Building a Strong Security Culture by Building Strong Relationships MISN: Mining Injustice Solidarity Network

15min Break

4pm – 6pm Countering Transphobia at the University of Toronto

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)

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