GETTING ORGANIZED:

TOOLS FOR RESISTING RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY

JANUARY 25-27, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

About:

This conference has two major goals:

  1. Encourage students and community members to become anti-racist organizers by increasing their confidence, knowledge and skills and by connecting them with existing organizers and organizations.

  2. Sharpen the practice and analysis of existing organizers and organizations committed to challenging white supremacy by creating an opportunity to think about movement work together.  

 

Why this conference now?

From Idle No More and the broader indigenous people’s struggle for decolonization, to Black Lives Matter and resistance to police brutality and institutionalized racism, to the migrant justice movement’s resistance to the use of borders to control, divide and exploit global labour, social struggles have been in a period of increased resistance to white supremacy in Canada. The backlash, in the form of newly active organized racist groups, the campus and online based alt-right, and a greater opening for opportunistic politicians to pander to racist and other reactionary views in search of electoral bases, has been quick to manifest, if predictable. In turn, anti-racist organizers have re-invigorated strategies such community self-defence. In this context, we see a need to provide a space where local organizers can connect and share knowledge with those wanting to get active for the first time, as well as a space where organizers can step back from the everyday work of the movement to think about their work together and sharpen their analysis and practice.

 

Conference Session Submissions:

Interested in presenting a talk or workshop? We have some speakers already lined up (we’ll announce them soon) but we are still accepting submissions on these topics and more:

  • Challenging white supremacy in the classroom and on campus
  • Challenging white supremacy online and in media or “winning the battle of ideas”.
  • Challenging white supremacy in the workplace or neighbourhood.
  • Understanding the historic roots, ideology and current rhetoric of Canadian white supremacy and its variants (anti-indigenous racism, anti-black racism, xenophobia, anti-Muslim bigotry etc.)
  • “Race traitor” theory and strategies and tactics for turning non-racialised people against white supremacy
  • Community self-defense
  • The relationship between white supremacy, capitalism, colonialism and the settler state.
  • Local struggles and organizing efforts (K-W, GTA, Southern Ontario)
  • Organizing around police and the prison-industrial complex
  • Doing intersectional anti-racist work inside our organizations
  • Collective liberation, anti-capitalism and the potential links between indigenous and non-indigenous struggles 

Submit a 150 word workshop summary and your contact info to Alex at alex@wpirg.org. Deadline to submit is November 30, 2017.  


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