Roundtables

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    #WeBelieveSurvivors of Barrick Gold

    Toronto-based mining company Barrick Gold, whose abysmal record of human rights abuses and environmental degradation are documented at ProtestBarrick.net, is the largest gold mining company in the world. In April 2017, two women affected by Barrick’s Porgera Valley mine in Papua New Guinea visited Toronto to attend the company’s annual general meeting (agm). They came to speak directly to shareholders about sexual violence and murder in their community, to implicate mine employees and security, and to demand compensation and justice.
    Everlyn Guape and Joycelyn Mandi of Porgera Women’s Rights Watch Association have been organizing around sexual violence perpetrated by Barrick as well as working in their communities to shift the legal and cultural barriers that prevent women from sharing their stories of sexual violence. Everlyn and Joycelyn were interviewed by Ellie Ade Kur (co-founder of Silence Is Violence, an organization that aims to radically alter the culture of institutional violence on university campuses across Canada), for the program #WeAreUofT on ciut 89.5fm in November of 2017.1 They invited Sakura Saunders of ProtestBarrick.net and Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and Catherine Coumans of MiningWatch Canada to join the conversation and help connect their experiences at home with the University of Toronto, Peter Munk, and Canadian politics.
    After the interview, Joycelyn and Everlyn attended Barrick Gold’s agm, but their applications to speak as proxies were denied. Instead, they had Catherine Coumans read their statements as they stood next to her. Security tried to push them to the back of the room, to prevent them from sitting near Catherine, but this strategy of silencing these survivors backfired as media covered the incident.2
     
    Today, we are talking about Toronto-based mining company Barrick Gold. It is the largest gold mining company in the world, founded by University of Toronto alumni Peter Munk, whose name appears on the university’s School of Global Affairs.
    We’ve got incredible women in studio from the company’s mines in Papua New Guinea here to discuss their organizing around sexual violence at the hands of Barrick employees and mine security, as well as their work in their communities, from gaslighting tactics to the legal and cultural barriers that prevent women from sharing their stories of sexual violence.
    Today, we’re looking at the forces that silence victims of abuse and the courageous women who have self-organized with other survivors to tell their stories and demand accountability.

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    Union Renewal From the Margins

    Perspectives on Organizing Precarious Workers

    Over the past few years, international migration has been a popular topic in the mainstream media in both Canada and the United States; however, this attention has often centred on asylum seekers, “queue-jumpers,” trafficking, racial profiling legislation and, less often, the tragic and preventa…

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    Pedagogy of Unrest

    Education Struggles and the Prospect of an Autonomous University

    Students and education workers have been at the forefront of the mass mobilizations that have swept across Europe over the past 18 months. As these movements have developed, their transnational character has become increasingly evident. Student movements have begun to draw connections between their…

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    Abolitionist Practices, Reformist Moments

    Despite campaign promises to restore “law and order,” the Trump administration might not be able to arrest the momentum of prison and policing reform movements, which intensified under the Obama administration with Black communities at the forefront of these struggles. However, across the US man…

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    Seed, Skill, and Soil

    Organizing for Food Justice, with Leticia Boahen, Rachelle Sauve, Vanessa Ling Yu, and Gabriel Allahdua

    According to the United Nations, food security is achieved “when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” While this framework allows us to identify cases of food insecurity, it d…

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    A Roundtable on Sex Work Politics and Prison Abolition

    with Elene Lam, Chanelle Gallant, Robyn Maynard and Monica Forrester

    The Bedford decision was announced on December 20, 2013 saw the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously strike down Canada’s three anti-sex work laws including laws prohibiting brothels, living on the avails of prostitution, and communicating in public with clients. Sex worker advocates argued that C…

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    From the Kitchen Table to the Barricade: Oral History & Social Change

    with Nassim Elbardouh, Sarah Loose, and Dan Kerr

    Oral history as both a methodology and as a practice seeks to document the stories, memories, and viewpoints of the people left out of archives and official records. As many marginalized groups and individuals can attest to, it is a rare experience to accurately represented official records are seen…

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    Incredible Breakthroughs & Major Challenges

    A Roundtable on Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS), with Lisa Taraki, Chandni Desai, Max Ajl, and Lisa Hajjar

    Inside the Canadian state and across much of the planet, the BDS movement is growing. Labour and student unions in Canada and the US have passed BDS resolutions in recent years.  At the same time, BDS activists living inside the Canadian state face strong opposition from a ruling class with strong…

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    Stay Relevant, Stay Real, Stay Radical

    A Roundtable on the Solidarity City Movement in Canada

    Four years ago, No One Is Illegal Toronto organizers reflected on Building a Sanctuary/Solidarity City in the pages of Upping the Anti issue 11. Since then, there have been victories and new efforts that bring momentum to the movement. On February 21, 2013, Toronto’s Solidarity City Network succes…

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    Health Care as Social Justice Practice

    As neoliberalism continues to erode access to a publicly-funded health care system in Canada, people’s health organizers are working to improve the health of working class and marginalized communities. This budding movement seeks to defend and expand upon existing health and medical services. At t…