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Xpression Against Oppression (XAO)

Xpression Against Oppression (XAO)

February 23 - 26, 2009

Various Locations at U of T Scarborough

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Xpression Against Oppression (XAO), takes place February 23-26, 2009 and is the largest social justice event at UofT Scarborough.  The event features various social justice and anti-oppression events, human rights speakers and workshops. XAO showcases political, social, economic, and environmental issues that impact our local and global environment.

Organized by the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union, each day of XAO will highlight one main speaker in addition to workshops and seminars.  Overall, the four days series of 11 events will focus on issues that dominate global attention, such as: racism, social inequality, discrimination, apartheid, and terrorism.  XAO offers the UTSC community to engage in discourse and move forward in creating solutions.

Attendance, among many others, will include:

i. Prof. Paul Kingston, Political Science Faculty

ii. Councilor Shelley Carroll, Toronto City Councilor and Budget Chair

iii. Neethan Shan, Executive Director of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians

iv. El-Farouk Khaki, Immigration Lawyer, Canadian Refugee and Human Right Activist

v. Camille Cendana, youth activist on Filipino-Canadian Youth Alliance-Ontario,

vi. Jasmin Hristov, Author of the book Blood & Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia, York University, Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Latin America, Advanced PhD Candidate at York U

Event Schedule:

Feb. 23 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Human Rights Awareness Clubs Fair

Feb. 23 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM Anti-Oppression Training 101 (SL-232) Liza Arnason, Director

Feb. 23 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Palestine-Israel Conflict (HW216) Paul Kington, Professor, UofT

Feb. 24 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Human Rights in Philippines (SL-232) Camille Cendana, Youth Activist, Filipino-Canadian Youth Alliance-Ontario

Feb. 24 - 7:00 - 9:00 PM (Meeting Place), Oppression of Tamils in Sri Lanka, Neethan Shan, Executive Director, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians

Feb. 25 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM T.E.A.C.H Anti-Homophobia Training (SL-232), Peer Facilitators with the TEACH Program

Feb. 25 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM (SW143), El-Farouk Khaki, Canadian Refugee, Immigration Lawyer,  and Human Rights Activist

Feb. 25 - 7:00 - 9:00 PM (SW309) - Blood and Capital: The Paramilitirization of Colombia, Jasmin Hristov

Feb. 26 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM (AA-303, Music Studio), Movie Matinee: Saving Face, Hosted by LGBTQ & Arts & Events Programming

Feb. 26 - 3:00 5:00 PM (TV Lounge) Documentary & Discussion: Threads of Wrath, Presented by IDSSA

Feb. 26 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Women in Politics, Toronto City Councilor & Budget Chief, Shelley Carroll

For more information, and a detailed schedule of events visit XAO WEBPAGE, the UTSC Intranet or join the facebook group at XAO FACEBOOK GROUP

Please contact Reza Hajivandi at or at 4162877031 for more information. 

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