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Another World is Possible: A look back on a year of Covid and emergent strategies for change
February 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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, build relationships and co-create different futures, Rebel Knowledge is a convergence of activism, academia and community research.
This year, the symposium will be hosted as a virtual gathering (Zoom link TBA), where we will have some rad speakers sharing stories, organizing tactics and mutual aid efforts during Covid times. The theme focuses on a look back at the Covid-19 pandemic, recognizing how the pandemic has exposed the inability and failure of the current systems in place to take care of people. We will also highlight how organizing strategies have changed & adapted to facilitate ongoing resistance to oppressive systems, in our fight for another world. As beautifully articulated by by Arundhati Roy:
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”