Reclamation: Feminism, Labour and The (Un)Learning Of (Radical) History

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519 Kaneff Tower

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Toronto, ON M3J 2S5

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Over the past decade, dynamic and visible social movements have brought many to the streets in protest: Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, #MeToo, the Women’s March, the Fight for $15 and Fairness. Yet while these movements have garnered national and international attention and action, deep, vital, transformational change remains elusive.

As income inequality and racial and xenophobic tensions rise, and sexual violence persists, modest reforms and symbolic gestures are cast as progress while an emboldened right-wing systematically chips away at gains of the past.

The narratives and core philosophies of Black and feminist struggles too often continue to be distorted, hollowed out, or co-opted.

Have we heeded the wisdom of the past and learned the lesson that to transform the world, we would have to start by transforming ourselves?

In this talk, Kiké Roach explores past and contemporary manifestations of feminist and anti-racist struggles for economic justice, human rights and an end to violence, and asks “What do we need to reclaim to make a better world?”


Kiké Roach is the Unifor National Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in Social Movements and Human Rights in the Politics department and at the School of Social Work. As a civil rights lawyer, she was an advocate for accountability and reform in policing and detention centres for many years representing organizations such as the Black Action Defense Committee. A former Executive Member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Kiké is co-author of the book Politically Speaking, on Feminism and Canadian politics.


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The John Eleen Annual Lecture in Global Labour is an innitiative of the Global Labour Research Centre and is co-sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Labour, UNIFOR, LIUNA Ontario Provincial District Council, Goldblatt Partners LLP, Cavaluzzo LLP.

For more information about the Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC), visit our website: www.yorku.ca/glrc

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