DEFEATING FORD’S AGENDA: Let’s Get Organized – Guelph!

June 26, 2018 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

University Centre (UC)-University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East, Guelph, ON

Organized By

OPIRG Guelph

Location: University Centre (UC) 442, U of G

A new political reality in Ontario under Doug Ford means we need new ways to fight back. How do we escalate our current struggles? How do we change our organizing strategies to address new threats? How can we build bridges between movements, and find accomplices in unlikely places?

We’re inviting activists, community organizations, labour unions, progressive political parties, service agencies, and anyone interested in helping us create a roadmap for the fight back. There will be a livestream of a moderated discussion happening in Toronto, followed by time for discussion and strategizing.

– Deena Ladd (Coordinator, Workers’ Action Centre, Fight for $15 & Fairness)
– John Clarke (OCAP Toronto)
– JP Hornick (OPSEU Local 556)
– Felicia Samuel (Elementary Teachers of Ontario Executive officer for TDSB Wards 6 & 21, former Ontario NDP candidate in Scarborough-Rouge Park)
– Other speakers to be announced!

The discussion will be moderated by Syed Hussan (Migrant Workers Alliance for Change) and the Toronto event is hosted by Briarpatch Magazine.

Briarpatch Magazine is a magazine for the movement. Since our start in 1973 as an anti-poverty newsletter, we’ve continued to publish fierce and independent commentary and investigations from a grassroots perspective.

The Guelph event is being organized by the Summer Institute, an annual workshop series put on by OPIRG Guelph and the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity.

Ford’s agenda will target vulnerable and marginalized communities and so it’s crucial that these folks be at the heart of any organizing against it. Please spread the word far and wide so we can make sure the people most affected know about this event – thank you! There will be snacks, we will have bus tickets available, and child care can be arranged upon request. More accessibility information is included below.

Accessibility information:
– this workshop is FREE!
– the room is wheelchair accessible.
– there will be access to an accessible and gender-neutral washroom.
– Vegan and gluten-free snacks (but not a meal) will be provided – feel free to bring additional food for your break if you’d like.
– Child care is available upon request with 48 hours notice. Babies are welcome in the workshop.
– Handouts can be made available in alternative formats with advance notice.
– Bus tickets will be available at the workshop.
– Unfortunately we cannot offer ASL interpretation but please get in touch to talk about how we can make the workshop accessible to you in other ways.
* Please help us to ensure a scent-reduced space. Perfumes, fragrances, scented products and cigarette smoke can be barriers for facilitators and participants. For more information on how to eliminate and reduce scents please see

Please contact us with any other needs or questions!