#ScholarStrikeCanada – Academic Strike Against Racism

Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th (8am–9pm)

On September 9th and 10th across the U.S.A. and Canada, universities are organizing digital teach-ins for anti-racism, and for anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in particular. In Toronto, faculty are planning a strike at four universities on those days.

CUPE 3903 stands in solidarity with this action and encourages all members to talk specifically about the pervasiveness of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, and the racism that all people of colour face in academia at York University. From the discriminatory practices in academic hiring, to the exclusionary designing of curricula across departments and faculties, to the tokenistic approach in course content, course directors and teaching assistants are urged to examine how systemic racism pervades academia and the courses they teach. Members can share information and resources with their students and invite discussion in the classroom. In particular, we would like to encourage those who are teaching on September 9th and 10th to address systemic racism in post-secondary education at York University.

Through September 9–10, 2020, ScholarStrikeCanada is hosting public digital teach-ins.
The full schedule of digital teach-ins can be found here


Live-streaming of the teach-ins on YouTube Channel
Scholar Strike Canada will also live-stream the teach-ins on their YouTube Channel. These teach-ins will be recorded and housed on their website and on the YouTube Channel for students and educators to use.
Link for YouTube Channel

Statement by YUFA, and by the Joint Toronto Universities’ Faculty Associations

Statement by ScholarStrikeCanada
Scholars across Canadian universities are outraged at the relentless anti-Black police killings of Black people in the U.S. and in Canada. As athletes have done, so, too, must academics.   We will be joining thousands of academics in higher education in a labour action known as Scholar Strike to protest anti-Black, racist and colonial police brutality in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere. Scholar Strike for Black Lives in Canada will take place on Sept 9th & 10th, 2020.  For these two days, we will pause our teaching and all administrative duties.  We will use this time to organize public digital teach-ins on police brutality and violence in our communities from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
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