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OPIRG-Carleton's Resource Centre is an alternative source of information including books, documents, periodicals, magazines, zines, videos, and DVDs. It's focus is the environment, Canadian governance, women, gender and sexuality, Native peoples, international issues, low income, labour, health, prisons and criminal justice, race, ethnicity, and culture, disability, education systems, communication and technology.

Everyday, students flow in and out of OPIRG, using our resource library, borrowing equipment for student events. They sit and work at our computers, and they gather around the table to plan exciting events. OPIRG-Carleton is the hub for student organizing on campus.

OPIRG-Carleton is the centre for student organizing on campus. It supports initiatives to fight discrimination and works closely with vulnerable communities to work towards meaningful change on our campus and in our community.

Through the support of Carleton University's students, OPIRG-Carleton leads social and environmental justice initiatives. It creates spaces for critical dialogue and engagement on campus.

It is your student-run Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). In the 1980s, Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) were founded on campuses across North America with the goal of pursuing important social justice work to address community issues and work towards real solutions. Today, PIRGs exist on campuses across the continent, contributing to campus culture, campus politics, and campus community. 


A hub for student organizing on campus

We provide student space on campus (326 UniCentre) where students can work, organize and gather. It’s full of books, magazines, and resources that you can’t find elsewhere. We provide equipment for student groups to borrow, and support student research through four different $500 annual bursaries. 

OPIRG-Carleton has worked closely with campus partners to fight for safer bicycling around Bronson Avenue and in the city. This year, It has hosted a winter bike safety workshop, and co-hosted a town hall on cycling safety in Ottawa.

OPIRG-Carleton is a partner in the ongoing Carleton community garden project.

hree times a semester, OPIRG's working group The Leveller publishes a progressive campus and community newspaper.

Each year, Books 2 Prisoners sends hundreds of fiction and nonfiction books to prisoners incarcerated in Canada and the United States.


In 2013-2014, OPIRG-Carleton co-hosted a human rights defender from Guatemala, sponsored a lecture by Métis leader and author Maria Campbell, co-sponsored a panel discussion on African leader Amílcar Cabral and another on Indigenous and Black identity in Canada. OPIRG co-hosted a town hall on cycling safety and a winter safety cycling workshop soon thereafter.

OPIRG-Carleton regularly hosts and co-sponsors events, panel discussions, movie nights, workshops, training sessions, and town halls. 



Working Groups

OPIRG’s working groups are collectives -- groups of people who voluntarily agree to work together on a common issue towards a common goal while sharing responsibilities and decisions equally. Together with our volunteers, working groups are the heart of OPIRG Carleton. Every year, OPIRG Carleton welcomes a dozen or more groups who work on a variety of environmental, economic, and social justice issues.

Your PIRG’s working groups do work for our campus and our community. All students are welcome to  participate in their work, or start their own group.
 

ATI Working Group uses Access to Information and Freedom of Information legislation to research issues of public interest, related to other WG areas, or determined by OPIRG members. We put the R in OPIRG. Contact

ATI Working Group uses Access to Information and Freedom of Information legislation to research issues of public interest, related to other WG areas, or determined by OPIRG members. We put the R in OPIRG.

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Books 2 Prisoners: B2P knows that reading can change a person’s perspective and that access to education is a right for everyone. B2P sends books to folks on the inside, and works towards justice for prisoners. Contact. Website.

Books 2 Prisoners: B2P knows that reading can change a person’s perspective and that access to education is a right for everyone. B2P sends books to folks on the inside, and works towards justice for prisoners.

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Carleton Cinema Politica aims to educate, enlighten and inspire individuals using progressive documentary films that cover a wide variety of social, political and environmental themes.  Contact. Website.

Carleton Cinema Politica aims to educate, enlighten and inspire individuals using progressive documentary films that cover a wide variety of social, political and environmental themes. 

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The Carleton University Student Action Movement exists to pressure the University of Carleton for an immediate tuition freeze, and has a long term goal of lowering tuition from its high levels. The broader purpose of the organization is to fight for affordable education for students at Carleton and in Ontario. CUSAM and its volunteers participate in the Ontario wide campaign The Hikes Stop Here. Website. Contact. Facebook. Twitter.   

The Carleton University Student Action Movement exists to pressure the University of Carleton for an immediate tuition freeze, and has a long term goal of lowering tuition from its high levels. The broader purpose of the organization is to fight for affordable education for students at Carleton and in Ontario.

CUSAM and its volunteers participate in the Ontario wide campaign The Hikes Stop Here.

Website. Contact. Facebook. Twitter. 

 

Families of Sisters in Spirit is a grassroots not-for-profit volunteer organization led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies. Website.

Families of Sisters in Spirit is a grassroots not-for-profit volunteer organization led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies.

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The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO) is a grassroots organization that directly supports Indigenous Peoples in diverse struggles for justice on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory.  Contact.// Website. Facebook.

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO) is a grassroots organization that directly supports Indigenous Peoples in diverse struggles for justice on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. 

Contact.// Website. Facebook.

Justice for Deepan was formed in July 2013 to support Deepan Budlakoti in his quest to have his citizenship restored. Deepan is an Ottawa-born man who the Canadian government is trying to deport to India, a country where he has no family, has never lived and is not a citizen.  Connect. Website.

Justice for Deepan was formed in July 2013 to support Deepan Budlakoti in his quest to have his citizenship restored. Deepan is an Ottawa-born man who the Canadian government is trying to deport to India, a country where he has no family, has never lived and is not a citizen. 

Connect. Website.

InSol Womyn of Colour Collective is a united front of multiethnic women existing at multiple ends of the colonial difference. We proudly identify as a dynamic fusion of critical womyn who stand in solidarity with the transnational struggle against all forms of oppression(s), including, but not limited to, colonialism, racism, capitalism, imperialism, sexism, classism, homophobia, heterosexism, elitism, ableism, and ageism. Contact. Website.

InSol Womyn of Colour Collective is a united front of multiethnic women existing at multiple ends of the colonial difference. We proudly identify as a dynamic fusion of critical womyn who stand in solidarity with the transnational struggle against all forms of oppression(s), including, but not limited to, colonialism, racism, capitalism, imperialism, sexism, classism, homophobia, heterosexism, elitism, ableism, and ageism.

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The Leveller is a publication covering news, current events, and culture at Carleton University, in the city of Ottawa and, to a lesser extent, the wider world. It provides readers with a lively portrait of the university and their community and of the events that give it meaning. Our aim is to provide news and analysis in support of people everywhere who are fighting against all forms of oppression – among them, racism, sexism, homophobia, and capitalism. We are a democratic organization, and we side with people over profit. Contact. Website.

The Leveller is a publication covering news, current events, and culture at Carleton University, in the city of Ottawa and, to a lesser extent, the wider world. It provides readers with a lively portrait of the university and their community and of the events that give it meaning. Our aim is to provide news and analysis in support of people everywhere who are fighting against all forms of oppression – among them, racism, sexism, homophobia, and capitalism. We are a democratic organization, and we side with people over profit.

Contact. Website.

No One Is Illegal (NOII) Ottawa is a group of im/migrants and allies guided by anti-oppression principles that advocates and fights for the dignity and self-determination of all im/migrants regardless of status. We are against capitalism and we believe in abolishing borders. We call for Status for All. We also stand in solidarity with the struggles of indigenous peoples for land, self-determination and sovereignty.  Contact. Website.

No One Is Illegal (NOII) Ottawa is a group of im/migrants and allies guided by anti-oppression principles that advocates and fights for the dignity and self-determination of all im/migrants regardless of status. We are against capitalism and we believe in abolishing borders. We call for Status for All. We also stand in solidarity with the struggles of indigenous peoples for land, self-determination and sovereignty. 

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Roots Radio on CKCU 93.1 FM covers social justice issues on campus and in the larger community  themed broadly along the activism that OPIRG's working groups are engaged in. The show airs every 2nd Tuesday during the noon hour slot. The overall goal is to engage with Carleton students and the broader community to not only inform of social justice initiatives, but to create dialogue and get people actively engaged in movements for social, environmental, and economic justice. Contact. Facebook.

Roots Radio on CKCU 93.1 FM covers social justice issues on campus and in the larger community  themed broadly along the activism that OPIRG's working groups are engaged in. The show airs every 2nd Tuesday during the noon hour slot. The overall goal is to engage with Carleton students and the broader community to not only inform of social justice initiatives, but to create dialogue and get people actively engaged in movements for social, environmental, and economic justice.

Contact. Facebook.

Students Against Israeli Apartheid Carleton is a group dedicated to human rights and justice for all in the area of historic Palestine. We organize different educational and direct action initiatives and are part of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. We believe that Israel should recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully comply with the precepts of international law. saia.carleton@gmail.com carleton.saia.ca

Students Against Israeli Apartheid Carleton is a group dedicated to human rights and justice for all in the area of historic Palestine. We organize different educational and direct action initiatives and are part of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. We believe that Israel should recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully comply with the precepts of international law. saia.carleton@gmail.com

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OPIRG-Carleton (the Ontario Public Interest Research Group) is a campus-based not-for-profit organization that works to create and sustain student and community-based engagement through research, education, and action on social justice and environmental issues. OPIRG-Carleton uses an anti-oppression framework, consensus-based decision making processes, operates in a non-hierarchical setting, and supports multiple working groups struggling for social change.

Some OPIRG-Carleton History: Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) were initiated by American consumer activist Ralph Nader during the early seventies, as he encouraged students on university campuses in the United States and Canada to create campus-based organizations that could facilitate the teaching and use of activist skills by students. Currently, there are PIRGs at university campuses in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia. The PIRG in Carleton was formally created by students in 1980 through a campus-wide referendum. OPIRG-Carleton is an autonomous member of Ontario PIRG, a provincial network of 11 PIRGs.

Over the years, OPIRG-Carleton has grown into an established organization that provides students with a dynamic place to apply their knowledge, passions and energy to address issues of public concern, while benefiting from training, support, and real opportunities that build leadership skills and empower students to become active community members.

OPIRG-Carleton Membership: OPIRG-Carleton is a campus and community-oriented incorporated non-profit organization that receives its core funding from a refundable levy that is paid by all undergraduate and graduate students at Carleton University. OPIRG-Carleton is autonomous from Carleton University, the Carleton University Students’ Association, the Graduate Students’ Association, as well as the PIRG network.

After paying their student levy fees, all students are members of OPIRG-Carleton. We realize that not everyone believes in the values of OPIRG-Carleton. Therefore, we allow students the ability to request a levy refund, despite a 2004 referendum vote making all student fees non-refundable.

OPIRG Projects: OPIRG-Carleton has a number of ongoing campus and community-oriented resources and services (Radical Frosh, Free Store, Equipment loans, bursaries, organizing and meeting space, supplies, and support to network and organize), student-led initiatives (eg. Working Groups, radio show; historically:  naturalization project, recycling, Garden Spot, anti-racism, etc.), educational initiatives (Colloquium Speaker Series, Tools for Change Workshop Series, Training, Resource Centre) and organizes and supports events on campus and in the community.

Volunteers: Volunteers are involved at all levels of OPIRG-Carleton, from Board Members, Working Group members, practicum/intern/co-op students, researchers, general volunteers and supporters, and more!

Consensus Decision-Making: OPIRG-Carleton aims to be a non-hierarchical, inclusive and democratic organization. As part of this goal, OPIRG uses consensus-based decision making which allows for the full and active participation of all group members. Instead of working by majority rule, consensus is a philosophy that works to include everyone's input into decision making processes and encourages all participants to speak up, as well as take part in active listening.

OPIRG-Carleton is governed democratically by a student-led Board of Directors, elected each year at the Annual General Meeting.

Current Board of Directors :  Celeste Alcena, Afnan Khan, Nazneen Khan, Renata Marshall, Hamida Mohaoud, Rana Nazzal, Fa'Ttima Omran

Current Staff Members: Samiha Rayeda, Andrew Crosby  & Angela Mooney (on leave)

Everyone is welcome to visit our office and use our resource library! Volunteers are always needed and welcome.