Social Justice Movements in the Changed Reality of the Pandemic and Beyond

February 11, 2021 – March 17, 2021 all-day

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We dedicate this webinar series to the memory of Professor Leo Panitch, whose passing in December 2020 is a loss that “will be felt deeply across York University and around the world”. Leo initiated the Packer Visitor in Social Justice in York’s Department of Politics, and was among a small group of people who supported the creation of the Global Labour Research Centre.

Join us for a series of five panel discussions organized by Packer Visitor in Social Justice John Clarke, co-hosted by the Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) and the Department of Politics at York University.

The presenters, from both a Canadian and an international perspective, will provide an analysis of the crisis the pandemic has unleashed. They will also discuss how movements for social justice must respond in the face of huge challenges and a greatly changed reality.


Responding to the Crisis Unleashed by the Pandemic
Thursday, February 11, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Struggles for Racial Justice
Monday, February 22, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Facing the Threat of Mass Evictions
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Workers’ Struggles
Thursday, March 11, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Basic Income: Does it Take Us Closer to a Just Society?
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET



John Clarke spent 28 years working as an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and was involved in an ongoing effort to challenge austerity, poverty and homelessness. He is presently the Packer Visitor in Social Justice at York University.