When: February 28, 2017 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Join Brock’s Centre for Labour Studies and SJRI for a Black History Month event…
I can’t WORK if I can’t BREATHE: A panel on Black Lives Matter and the Labour Movement
- Yusra Khogali (Black Lives Matter Toronto)
- Idil Abdillahi (Assistant Professor of Social Work, Ryerson University)
- Azuhura Msofe (Student activist, Brock Labour Studies)
- Mark Brown (Coalition of Black Trade Unionists & CUPW)
- Simon Black (Assistant Professor, Centre for Labour Studies)
CUPE Ontario Statement on Black History Month 2017:
“February is Black History Month. CUPE Ontario urges all its members to take this time to acknowledge and celebrate the many contributions people of African heritage have made to Canada and our union movement.
The history of Black Canadians can be traced back to the early 1600s. While some people of African descent were forced to come to Canada as slaves, others came voluntarily as explorers or to fight for the British. Once anti-slavery legislation was passed, thousands of Black people escaped slavery in the United States by travelling along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Many settled throughout southwestern Ontario, working in a variety of occupations from agriculture to medicine.
After racial restrictions on Canadian immigration were lifted in 1962, several hundred thousand Afro-Caribbean people migrated to Canada. Today, about 70% of Black people in Canada are of Caribbean heritage.”
Location of your event: Brock University, Thistle Room 240
Sponsor: Labour Studies and SJRI