Action Groups

Action groups are made up of people who choose to focus on a particular issue or area related to social and environmental justice. They receive funds, organizational support, training, space to meet and organize, and access to OPIRG’s networks of student and community activists. Action groups are always open to new members, and OPIRG is always open to proposals for new action groups.

GROWING COMMUNITY HEALTH

We are a migrant justice group that works in alliance with Fuerza Puwersa to ensure that individuals in the Guelph community and surrounding area have equal access to health care services regardless of citizenship status. We also focus on exposing the injustices faced by migrant workers and individuals without status, while keeping those who are directly affected central to the work we do.

We connect with migrant workers in the Guelph area, host workshops and movie nights, and help to put on health fairs for migrant workers in several different communities.

You can reach us at: growingcommunityhealth@gmail.com

FOSSIL FREE GUELPH

We believe that the impacts of climate change are a pressing reality and that there is an urgent need for us to react as a society. The most important step toward reducing global green house gas emissions is to curb the growth of the fossil fuel industry. We are asking the university to freeze new investments in fossil fuel companies and, over a five year period, divest from them completely.

We engage in outreach and education, and mobilize students to take a stance against the university’s unethical investments through petitions and direct action events. Our meetings are based on members’ availability.

You can reach us at: fossilfreeguelph@gmail.com

GUELPH ANTI-PIPELINE ACTION (GAP)

We mobilize to educate, agitate, and organize around environmental and social issues related to resource extraction. We especially focus on challenging pipeline projects and the Tar Sands, which we see as inherently detrimental to natural environments, Indigenous communities, settler communities and watersheds. We also oppose the industrial expansion they facilitate.

We host speakers, screens films, demonstrate, educate, and facilitate events and workshops. We challenge oil dependency and strive towards resiliency.

You can reach us at: guelphgap@gmail.com

RHYTHMS OF RESISTANCE – Guelph

Rhythms of Resistance is a network of action samba bands, playing for all kinds of socio-political and ecological causes. We actively criticize and confront any form of domination, exploitation, discrimination or oppression and choose tactical frivolity and/or other forms of creative protest as a way to express our rage and indignation.

We play music at rallies and marches. We learn the songs together, and you don’t need a drum or any experience to join.

You can reach us at: ror.guelph@gmail.com

STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA

SJLA’s primary focus is acting in solidarity with Latin America as part of the global community.  We provide information to educate people about social and environmental justice issues, and promote a wider understanding of human rights violations committed by North American governments and corporations.

We host panel discussions, film screenings, letter writing modules, and fundraisers to support select NGOs with a focus on Latin American social issues.

You can reach us at: sjlaguelph@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/sjlaguelph, and www.twitter.com/students_la