Friends! We are doing a call out for donations of gently used books and clothing for a fundraiser for our annual Rebel Knowledge Symposium. As many of you know, the Student Choice Initiative has hit us hard and we have lost a significant portion of our funding. This means that we are having to find other sources of funding in order to be able to stay afloat and host events for our community. Here are some details about our Rebel Knowledge Symposium theme this year:

Join us from (dates TBD) for Rebel Knowledge 2020! An annual OPIRG Guelph event, Rebel Knowledge is a social and environmental justice symposium that brings together activists, radical academics, critical researchers, and community organizers to learn, share, and strategize. Aiming to bridge divides and build relationships, Rebel Knowledge is a convergence of academic and community research and activism. This year, we are gearing the symposium towards people who are involved in climate justice struggles, those who want to get involved, and those whose organizing and research are valuable contributions to the struggle. The goal is to develop a more effective, intersectional and intergenerational movement around climate change. 

The climate crisis continues to unfold globally, disproportionately impacting the most marginalized communities who are the least responsible for the climate crisis and yet face the brunt of its impacts. Our time to act has come, now more than ever, we must all uphold our responsibility to future generations to leave a better world, in which respecting existence is more important than protecting a system fueled by greed. We must question the role of so-called “Canada” in the ongoing violence that is being perpetuated on the environment and on the people, not only in our own communities, but worldwide. We must also ask ourselves: How can our climate justice movements better center the voices and experiences of Black and Indigenous people, and people of color who are constantly the targets of environmental racism? And how do we better bridge our struggles and diversify our tactics to build a long-term movement for climate justice? 

Any contributions would be greatly appreciated 🙂 !