Waterloo Research & Action Groups
LSPIRG's Action Committee
Technically, LSPIRG's Action Committee is not a research or action group. It is a separate committee, made up of Laurier students and folks in the broader community, that seeks to create a space for people who are interested in social justice. It is used as an opportunity to come together to build skills, analysis and actions that represent the goals of the group.
The Action Committee meets twice a month with the intention to both skill share (through various workshops and training) and to organize around various social justice issues.
If you would like to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is welcome!
Food Not Bombs
Food Not Bombs cooks and serves meals for free (with donations from Central Fresh Market, Full Circle Foods and Grainharvest Breadhouse). Why? Because food is a right, not a privilege. Because when we are hungry, we have the right to get what we need. Because poverty is a form of violence neither necessary nor natural. Because capitalism makes food a source of profit, not a source of nutrition. Because food does grow on trees. Because we need community, not control. Because we need homes, not jails. Because we need FOOD NOT BOMBS!
The serving happens at 1:30PM every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall (200 King St W.). Before that, we cook our soup at the Working Centre, which is located at 58 Queen St S. (just a few blocks away). Our leftover produce and soup is then driven to the House of Friendship in downtown Kitchener. We are always in need of volunteers to help cook, transport, and serve food! You can read a complete description of the different jobs available here. For information contact email@example.com
Not My Laurier
“Not My Laurier: Golden Hawks Combatting Gender Violence” is a student run service that aims to build and foster a campus culture that is dedicated to challenging gender violence in our community and supporting survivors. We are committed to creating safe and inclusive spaces on an ongoing basis for students on both the Waterloo and Brantford campus to learn about the cultural causes of gender violence, challenge their own assumptions, and develop the tools necessary to be pro-social bystanders. While the long-term goal is to reduce instances of sexual violence in our community, Not My Laurier’s role in this initiative is primarily to shift the campus culture among students to one that is rooted in respect, care, and anti-oppression.
Interested in volunteering?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KW Urban Harvesters
KW Urban Harvester’s initiative is to transform urban green spaces in the Kitchener/Waterloo Ontario area into anything sustainably edible. We seek to educate ourselves and others on how to grow food in urban settings, preserve the harvest, and save the seeds.
Our primary focus for the season is planting, maintaining, and harvesting the Northdale plot on the WLU campus. We also welcome the opportunity to work with community members who have yard space to share and transform into edible landscapes. Other initiatives within our group include forest gardening, urban foraging, and fruit tree harvesting as well as any other interests in urban agriculture that members would like to explore. If you are interested in getting involved, email us at email@example.com.
ShamRose is a non-for-profit active in building the Syrian and Arabic speaking communities since 2012. In the past year, we have focused on responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis, on a local level. Our main venues of work include: assisting refugee sponsors during pre-arrival period, share knowledge with individuals and groups interested in sponsoring refugees, Arabic School, fundraising, and community events.
ShamRose Refugee Support Center opened its doors in January 2016, to assist in resettlement and integration of Arab-speaking refugees and newcomers. Find out more information here! http://shamrose.ca/
Contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brantford Research & Action Groups
Laurier Brantford Students for Palestine
This group hopes to bring about positive social progress by creating a place where important issues regarding Israel and Palestine can be discussed, as we believe it is a crucial and continuing conversation that needs to be had on campus. Our goal would be to hold sessions where members would meet to discuss and debate popular opinions held about current issues regarding the Palestinian situation.
We would like to hold education campaigns, an annual panel of speakers, as well as documentary screenings. Through these events, we hope to work to achieve our overall goals of education and awareness. Contact: email@example.com Safa Youness
Advocates for a Student Culture of Consent
Advocates for a Student Culture of Consent (ASCC) is a collective passionate about ending sexual violence. This team of Laurier students and alumni recognized the reality of rape culture in Ontario universities, and were inspired to create a culture of consent here at Laurier. ASCC, with support from fellow Laurier organizations and community partners has created the first-ever sexual violence policy and response protocol for WLU. ASCC runs Consent is Golden.
Campus Anti-Fascist Network (CAN)
CAN is a multi-campus coalition of groups dedicated to fighting back against the early manifestations of fascism in our communities. We believe in community organizing, direct action, and relationship building as tools in the push towards collective justice.