April 1: Scapegoating for Power and Profit: Racism and Austerity in Canada & Quebec

  • Tuesday, April 1at 7:00pm
  • Centre des travailleurs et travailleuses immigrant, 4755 Av Van Horne, Montréal

In Europe, the US and Canada, austerity and racism go hand in hand. When elites are imposing policies which create misery and hardship, it’s important that they are not the ones blamed for the effects of their policies. As cuts to employment and cuts to social services are rolled out, corporate media, politicians and pundits don’t wait long to stoke the fires of xenophobia and scapegoating as the effects of their policies are felt.

The lived experience of those directly impacted by both austerity and the racism it unleashes, however, is not well understood. Voices from the communities where people are disproportionately impacted by both the economic measures and the xenophobic distractions that make it possible are too often swept aside.

On April 1, two days before what promises to be the largest mobilization against austerity since the student strike, we’ll hear from people with direct experience of the effects of austerity-driven racism.

Speakers include:

Dolores Chew 

Dolores (founder-member South Asian Women’s Community Centre; member CERAS (forum on South Asia); founder-member 8th March Committee of Women of Diverse Origins; History and Humanities instructor, Marianopolis College; Research Associate, Simone de Beauvoir Institute).

Mostafa Henaway 

Mostafa is an organizer with the Immigrant Workers’ Centre, also involved in international solidarity work with Tadamon! and is active with Comité d’action solidaire contre l’austerité – CASA)

Baijayanta (Baj) Mukhopadhyay 

Baijayanta est médecin de famille qui travail au nord de l’Ontario et du Québec. Il est immigrant au Canada depuis 1996 et vit maintenant à Montréal. Il a fait ses études à l’Université McGill et il a fait sa résidence en médecine familiale à l’École de médecine du nord de l’Ontario. Il s’implique aussi au Mouvement populaire pour la santé qui réunit des militants pour la justice en santé à travers le monde. Il siège comme représentant de l’Amérique du nord au Conseil mondial de ce movement.

An immigrant who has made Montreal home since 1996, Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay is a rural family doctor who works in northern Ontario and northern Quebec. He is an organizer with the Canadian chapter of the People’s Health Movement and a co-representative for the North America region on its global steering council.

cover image by Eric Drooker