Category: Campaigns

The ISARN Recordings

The ISARN Recordings

On the International Solidarity Action Research Network podcast, hosts Tony Alessandrini, Jessica Stites Mor, and Anna Bernard take you through a series of stories on the ins and outs of solidarity, from the frontlines, the sidelines, behind the scenes and in the quiet after the lights go down, to figure out better ways we can all stay grounded in solidarity. Click here to view all the episodes with program notes on our guests and more information about each episode:

In this episode (recorded 2022), Sophie Chamas and Ghiwa Sayegh reflect on the experience of listening back to our conversation about the Lebanese revolution of 2019-20 at a much less hopeful moment. They consider the importance of looking back, both historically and globally, and argue for the value of affect in revolutionary thought and practice. Title inspired by Mariame Kaba.
  1. Hope as a Discipline: Reflecting on the Lebanese Revolution
  2. Pictures of a Revolution: Lebanon 2019-2020
  3. Solidarity, Scholarship, and Struggle (Recorded March 2020)
  4. Black Activism and Internationalism in the United States (Recorded March 2020)
  5. The Tricontinental Movement and the Cultures of Solidarity (Recorded October 2019)

Solidarity, Scholarship, and Struggle 

This is our second installment with Robyn Spencer, author of The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland (2016) and Angela Davis: Radical Icon (2023). In this episode, Spencer considers the question of solidarity from several angles, discussing her collaborative scholarship and activism, the Black Panthers’ ways of working together and with other movements, and the scholar-activist Angela Davis.

Anti-Racist Thought and Activism in History

The Public Humanities Hub Okanagan (PHH-O) is pleased to host a virtual speaker series, Anti-Racist Thought and Activism in History. This speaker series addresses how past experiences and historical models of anti-racist activism can continue to give guidance to ongoing thought and anti-racist work. 

Supported by the UBC Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund, Office of the Provost; CUNY Grad Center; Kingsborough Community College; King’s College London; Princeton University Advanced Studies Institute; Public Humanities Hub, UBC Okanagan; Historicities Cluster, UBC; UBC Graduate program in Power, Conflict and Ideas; and the International Solidarity Action and Research Network.

Amira Rose Davis (Pennsylvania State University) – Website

Rinaldo Walcott (University of Toronto) – Previous talk

Devyn Spence Benson (University of Kentucky) – View the talk

Sita Balani and Gargi Bhattacharyya (King’s College London/University of East London) – View the talk

Priya Gopal (Cambridge University) – View the talk

Erika Lee (University of Minnesota) – View the talk

Adom Getachew (University of Chicago) – View the talk

Najat el Hachmi (author) – View the talk

Co-moderators for the series are UBCO professors Jessica Stites Mor (History), Francisco Peña (World literatures), Tony Alessandrini from Princeton/CUNY and Anna Bernard from King’s College London.

Mapping COVID-19 repsonses

It’s hard to grasp the scope of the coronavirus outbreak and our many responses to it, as the disease’s impact cuts across professional worlds, political projects and personal lives all at the same time.

Here are three mapping projects working to track different organizing efforts in response to COVID-19 in the U.S. context. We hope you can use these as a jumping-off point for projects to follow and support!

Continue reading “Mapping COVID-19 repsonses”

Support Striking Workers in California and the United Kingdom

On December 8th, graduate student workers at UC Santa Cruz launched a wildcat strike, aiming to win a Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) to their wages and protect themselves from the state’s housing crisis, which pushes many student workers to the brink of homelessness.

The UCSC struggle is ongoing, with strikers threatened with firings and solidarity strikes spreading to other University of California campuses. Faculty on other campuses can sign the support petition in this google doc.

Everyone can donate to the UCSC strike fund here:

Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians and other academic and support staff are striking across the country. The series of staggered strikes, planned into March, focus on issues of pay, pensions and working conditions.

You can support the UK strikers by donating to the University and College Union strike fund here:

Call to Boycott Turkish Government Sponsored Academic and Cultural Institutions

Activists and academics are signing on to a call to boycott academic and cultural institutions sponsored by the Turkish government in the wake if the latter’s Syrian incursion:

We call on academics, artists and intellectuals around the world to oppose the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria by boycotting Turkish government sponsored academic, artistic and musical events taking place inside and outside of Turkey.

Read more on the campaign website.

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