Building Solidarity Across Movements
August 15 - 18 | Toronto, Canada
#ReclaimYorkU students lead a delegation to York University Board of Governors Bay Street offices in downtown Toronto and refuse to leave until members agree to work to end the CUPE3903 strike action.
CGEU 2019: Building Solidarity Across Movements comes at a time of growing resistance to austerity measures across North America. Student and labour movements are confronting major cuts to post-secondary education, public services, as well as a number of important social welfare programs. Now more than ever we are seeing an increase in social movement work and collaborative projects from student, labour and grassroots organizers as people from all walks of life mobilize to resist austerity measures.
This year CGEU looks at the intersections of our movements. How can students, workers and community activists unite the fight and organize across movements? How might our unique histories of organizing inform other movements and help us unite struggles for political, economic and social justice?
Part conference, part skills share, CGEU 2019: Building Solidarity Across Movements aims to inspire our movement-building work on and between campuses. We look to connect campus-based struggles to community-based resistance work, and highlight the importance of international coalition building and solidarity work. In this spirit, we aim to feature undergraduate student resistance work as well as community organizing alongside conversations about graduate worker organizing.
Students and academic workers from CUPE Local 3902 and the Flying Squad at the University of Toronto, CUPE Local 3903 at York University, and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) are proud to jointly host the CGEU 2019 conference in Toronto! We will take advantage of our close proximity to incredible local organizing efforts, communities with rich histories of struggle, and the density of institutions of higher education to feature inspiring panels, skills-building workshops, and hold space for socializing with comrades at night.
You do not need to submit a proposal to register for the conference.
a note from your hosts!
We're thrilled to welcome CGEU delegates and community to Toronto, Ontario! This year's conference is jointly hosted by student and labour activists from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902 Flying Squad (University of Toronto), CUPE 3903 (York University) and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group.
We will take advantage of Toronto's rich histories of social and political struggle to highlight the importance of collaborative organizing across movements and the role of organized labour in supporting grassroots struggles for social, political and economic justice.
The Flying Squad is an activist wing of CUPE Local 3902 (academic workers at the University of Toronto) that expands the reach of labour organizing in our local to support community organizing efforts.
We engage in direct action, solidarity work with other locals and look to introduce avenues for political engagement and advocacy in our local.
The Ontario Public Interest Research Group is a volunteer-based group at the University of Toronto, with a mandate for action, education, and research on environmental and social justice issues. We are part of an international network of Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), including eleven others in Ontario.
CUPE 3903 represents academic workers at York University. Activists from the local participated in CGEU 2018 following one of the longest strike actions in the history of Canada's post-secondary sector.
Connecting with students, academic workers and community organizers engaged in movement-building work.
solidarity ACROSS MOVEMENTS
Building critical and inclusive forms of resistance & connecting our struggles to broader movements for social, political and economic justice.
Spreading the skills for movement-building, member-engagement, creative escalation and collaborative resistance work.
What do creative tactics for social movement work look like? How can we make use of performance art and humor to strengthen our resistance?