2015 School of Public Interest

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NO ACTION WITHOUT INQUIRY: STRATEGIES FOR SOLIDARITY

WPIRG’s 2015 School of Public Interest (SPI) will take place on Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6.

This year’s conference will focus on the importance of rooting our politics in a sound understanding of the concept of solidarity and of approaching politics with a serious commitment to thinking through the what, why and how of our campus and community organizing.

We intend the conference to challenge our members to see the pitfalls to an activism not rooted in a collective practice of thinking together about what and how we organize. Hence, “no politics without inquiry”. We also intend the conference to be a space where we can together consider the theory and practice of solidarity as a guide to our current and future political engagement with our campus, fields of work and beyond. We hope the outcome of our collective effort is a stronger grasp of “strategies for solidarity” that can be applied on campus, in future professional fields and workplaces and in our communities. 

Join the Facebook event page and check the event page on our website for more details as workshops are finalized. Please contact Kalin at kalin@wpirg.org if you’d like to join the SPI 2015 Planning Committee.

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Update – Support Grows for Call to Reinstate Marilyn Boutilier at UW

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Updated on January 15, 2015. Originally published on December 19, 2015.

The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group is pleased to announce that over 300 individuals have signed our letter calling for the University of Waterloo to reinstate recently-fired food service worker, Marilyn Boutilier. Our letter has been signed by a broad range of the UW community including staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, UW retirees and alumni. Community members from the Waterloo Region have also signed on. “We received many signatures and messages of support for Marilyn throughout the holiday break and it has continued into the start of the Winter term” says WPIRG staff Alex Diceanu. “We continue to circulate our letter on campus and we are hopeful even more members of the campus community will add their voices to our request that Marilyn be reinstated as more people become aware of the issue.”

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WPIRG Stands in Support of Dr. Idrisa Pandit, Opposes Islamophobia, Harassment

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Last week, WPIRG shared a CBC radio interview with University of Waterloo professor, Dr. Idrisa Pandit, who criticized the expectation that Muslim-Canadian community organizations publicly condemn and apologize for any random act of violence supposedly associated with a Muslim individual. This interview followed a week of accusations and speculation in the Canadian press about the motivations, identity, and “terrorist” connections of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the lone gunman responsible for the events in Ottawa on October 22nd. It has since become clear that Zehaf-Bibeau was acting alone in this attack, that he suffered from mental illness, and that the attack is more appropriately discussed as a criminal act than as a terrorist one.

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January Members Meeting

Our first meeting of the Winter 2015 term will take place on Thursday, January 22 from 5:30-7:30pm in MC 4042. All WPIRG members are encouraged to take part in running the organization by submitting motions and attending our members meetings. Please submit agenda items by Friday, January 16 at 11:59pm.

Dinner is served at 5:30pm. Meeting starts at 6pm and ends at 7:30pm. To get updates join our Facebook event page.

For more information about Members Meeting click here.  You can read the minutes from the last Members Meeting here.

Winter 2015 Refunds *Update*

Full time undergraduate students wishing to have their WPIRG fee refunded for the Winter 2015 term may do so during the first three weeks of the term (Jan. 5 – 23).

For the remainder of the refund period (Jan. 20 -23) refunds will be available in our office – Rm. 4222, Centre for Peace Advancement, Conrad Grebel College. Please bring your Watcard.