LIVE Discussion of Frosh Week & SKETCH Community Arts Initiative

Monday September 23, 2013:

York Community Report: Andrew Borzic speaks to members of the Students for Safer Spaces Collective, an initiative inspired by a class project. The collective began with the concern the students have with the university’s approach to student safety on campus. The three students explain what their goals are as a collective, and what students can do to change the stigmas attached to campus safety.

Feature Interview: Joanna Beaton and Meghan MacRae discuss the ramifications of the traditional frosh week LIVE with Victoria Barnett from OPIRG York. Given recent controversies over traditional frosh activities, OPIRG’s DisOrientation Week offers an alternative to those parties and outings, and a bridge between campus and academic life.

Independent Arts Report: Leana Lattanzio speaks to Rudy from SKETCH, a community arts initiative for street-involved and homeless youth, as well as those living on the margins. SKETCH is in the middle of building a new space and expanding. They discuss SKETCH’s process, how they work and what resources they provide for youth to create their art.

[images via http://www.sketch.ca, http://diso2013.opirgyork.ca/ & wikipedia commons]

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BEST OF THE WEEK: Socialist Fightback Club, Charles Roach & ArtFLASH

Friday September 20, 2013:

York Community Report: Christian Deo speaks to Jahan Nooshinravan from the Socialist Fightback Club about their activities at York and in the community. They discuss student reactions to intervention in Syria, the anniversary of the coup in Chile, and events this year. Visit them at Treats in the Student Centre every Thursday from 6-8 PM to meet other activists and discuss political issues. Visit the Socialist Fightback Club online at: http://marxist.ca or http://yorku.collegiatelink.net/organization/socialistfightbackclub

Feature Interview: Kofi Sankofa speaks to Miguel Saint Vincent, co-owner of A Different Booklist, about the life of Charles Roach, civil rights lawyer, activist, founder of Caribana and the Black Action Defense Committee. He was also an advocate for an end to Canadian monarchy and the establishment of Canada as a republic. They discuss his remarkable life, his work, and a book of his poetry and art published to honour his life. To purchase the book, visit: http://www.adifferentbooklist.com/?opt=bn&q=h.ts&so=oh&qse=V3xamOryLYYrz4_ti2nIdQ

Independent Arts Report: Christian Deo interviews Victoria Barnett from OPIRG York about ArtFLASH, one of OPIRG’s DisOrientation events. ArtFLASH is a hands-on creative workshop to teach button-making, banner-making, and different artistic and creative techniques to design your own activist artwork and clothing.

[images via Socialist Fightback Club, http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/, and http://diso2013.opirgyork.ca/]

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Interview with Sid Lacombe of Canadian Peace Alliance, DisOrientation & ‘Oil and Honey’

Thursday September 20, 2013:

York Community Report: Joanna Beaton and Meghan MacRae interview Victoria Barnett from OPIRG York to discuss DisOrientation – an alternative to ‘traditional’ frosh week activities. “It offers students and community members access to exciting social justice spheres at York and beyond York.”

Feature Interview: Christian Deo speaks to Sid Lacombe, National Coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance to discuss potential intervention in Syria, and the peace movement’s mobilization and reaction to the idea of a US-led attack on the country, as well as the Canadian position on the intervention, and mainstream media coverage.

Independent Arts Report: Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman interviews Bill McKibben about protests over the Keystone XL pipeline, and his book “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist”, in which he recounts the story of how he ended up handcuffed and behind bars in the summer of 2011 after leading protests against the pipeline.

[images via http://diso2013.opirgyork.ca/ and http://www.billmckibben.com/]

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OPIRG York DisOrientation & Unhealthy Social Media Trends: Thinspo, Fitspo and Curvespo

Tuesday, August 20th 2013 edition:

York Connection: News Now Joanna Beaton and Meghan MacRae speak with Victoria from OPIRG York discussing Disorientation – an alternative to ‘traditional’ frosh week activities. “It offers students and community members access to exciting social justice spheres at York and beyond York.”

Feature Interview: Disclaimer – Contains content that some viewers may find disturbing. For the latest installment of Fat Phobia, Joanna Beaton and Meghan MacRae tackle one of the most prevalent social media trends; #thinspo #fitspo and the latest adaptation #curvespo. What are these and what are the repercussions? 

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[photo credits: http://www.opirgyork.ca/

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