Austerity. What is it? What does it mean for our communities? How can we resist it?
It isn’t always easy to understand it as a concept, but we know what it looks like on the ground. Attacks on public sector workers and cuts to social services have been on the rise in Toronto and abroad. This is only the beginning. The local cutbacks are only a small part of a larger agenda. This fight against austerity also resists the same exploitative system that keeps communities and people poor, and works to end a system built on a continuing history of white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and the colonization of indigenous people. A brutal era of austerity is already being felt, but so too is the resistance to it.
Dis/Orientation is the radical alternative to frosh week. Organized annually by OPIRG-Toronto, in conjunction with the University of Toronto Student’s Union, disorientation aims to introduce new and returning students to the politicized side of campus life, and connect them with student activism, community organizing and the work of OPIRG’s action groups. All Disorientation events are free and wheelchair accessible. If you want to get involved, in a volunteer or skills sharing capacity, get in touch with us at email@example.com. More information on all Disorientation volunteer opportunities to come shortly!