Lunch & Learn Take 2: Movement for Justice in El Barrio

Where: SSMU Building (3480 McTavish): Room 108
When: Friday, Nov 25, 12:00 to 1:30pm

A presentation on the struggle for housing justice led by low-income immigrants of East Harlem, screenings of 2 short films, led by a discussion with members of the Movement about the fight against displacement.

Films to be screened: 

“El Barrio Women Fighting for Freedom and Against Displacement” (10 min)

The sole film by an organization chosen among entries from five continents to be screened at the 2015 groundbreaking worldwide all-digital Women’s Freedom Conference which amplified the unique voices and experiences of “women of color whose identities are intersectional and whose womanhood is shaped and defined along those intersections.” The film highlights three of the many women who lead Movement, as they take on landlords and multinational corporations and as they build a new world in which many worlds fit. Conference organizer Feminista Jones: “The work that Movement for Justice in El Barrio is doing is important, empowering, and inspirational, and the Women’s Freedom Conference was honored to showcase their commitment to social justice on such a global stage.”

“Consultas del Barrio and Encuentros” (10 min.)

Movement for Justice in El Barrio has taken lessons learned from the global struggle against displacement and put them in practice in the heart of El Barrio, New York City.

Participatory democracy comes to life as members of Movement for Justice in El Barrio go out in the streets, listen to community members and consult on the most important issues facing residents of El Barrio through the “Consulta del Barrio”.

Since 2007 Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a majority-women, immigrant-led, grassroots organization that fights against neoliberal displacement in East Harlem and beyond, has organized Zapatista-inspired “Encuentros”, as an alternative form of politics and movement-building tool. Numerous individuals and organizers representing hundreds of community-based organizations from the U.S., Mexico, South Africa, and elsewhere, have participated in these Encuentros to share their struggles against neoliberal globalization. Communities directly impacted by gentrification, displacement, and their accompanying forms of injustice are featured.

Please bring your own tupperware and utensils for lunch!