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Intersectional solidarities and coalition building

When: Friday, November 6, 2020, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Online, joining instructions will be sent to registered participants.

Part of the Sanctuary: What next? International Seminar Series with and for undocumented residents in cities series.

Please note: start time and end time stated is in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

About the event

Drawing together the expertise of organisers and activists from USA, Canada and UK this event will address how we can build progressive politics across groups and individuals who identify in very different ways but suffer harms and state violence through harsh migration policies. In particular the event will reflect on building coalitions in contexts of resource scarcity and increasing societal divisions. Speakers will reflect on how to centre those who are most marginalised in our campaigns and how to build political consensus at local, municipal, state/provincial and national/federal levels.


Chair: Vince Wong, University of Toronto, Canada


Zrinka Bralo, Migrants Organise, UK

Rita Chadha, Localising Equality, UK

Syed Hussan, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Canada

Deborah Lee, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, USA

Annette Wong, Chinese Affirmative Action, USA

Part of the Sanctuary: What next? International Seminar Series with and for undocumented residents in cities series

Sanctuary: What next? will take stock and reinvigorate urban strategies of resistance to anti-migrant policies. Speakers include leading activists, advocates, NGOs, frontline workers and municipal officials across pioneering sanctuary cities in the USA, Canada, and UK.

The seminars will ask: what strategies of resistance and solidarities have developed in cities? How can we build stronger coalitions within and between cities? How are new forms of governance posing new challenges to non-citizens and solidarity with them – from the criminalization to the enclosure of public space and widespread surveillance? And what does – or could – the future look like for cities in this rapidly shifting moment?


Organising committee

Tihe series is convened by Dr Rachel Humphris (Queen Mary University of London), Graham Hudson (Ryerson University) and Kathy Coll (University of San Francisco). It is part of the project 'Welcoming Cities? Understanding Sanctuary in Securitized States' funded by The Leverhulme Trust, UK.

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