Olivia Chow
03/21/2017 at 20:58. Facebook
Thinking about my friend Zanana Akande today on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. And remembering her story at CanRoots, about her parents warning her brother about racial profiling and carding by the police, and feeling her anger as she hears her grandson recieve the same warnings today.
On #InternationalWomensDay, it is important to work to end the gender wage gap. Last weekend, the Institute for Change Leaders and I trained 30+ child care workers. Because of their low wages, many of these workers can't afford to be a mom, and 25% of child care workers earn less than $15 an hour. To continue the fight for child care on #IWD, follow the Association of Early Childhood...
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For 20 years, my mother worked at a downtown Toronto hotel. She won battles against discrimination because she was represented by a union, UNITE HERE. United we have the power to make change. One Movement. One Fight.
Looking for ways to challenge Trump's message of hate and support Muslim communities? Join me at the CanRoots conference this Friday and Saturday at the Toronto Reference Library! Register at
Confronting anti-black racism is challenging, and has inspired some of the most profound organizing Toronto has seen in recent years.

That's why CanRoots Day 2 Keynote will feature Sandy Hudson, Desmond Cole, Zanana Akande, Anna Willats, and Howard Morton as they discuss the work that has been done around police accountability, and the work we have left to do. Because Black Lives Matter....
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To all those who participated or witnessed the solidarity march,

We are in transition and are pushing hard for a new progressive order waiting to be born. Watch this video to witness the power of Ganz "Public Narrative" to deliver a message of hope.

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Today will be challenging for many people. So tag an organizer you love and tell them how much they matter to you.
Space is running out for the Ryerson course I am teaching this semester! You will learn practical skills to transform your passion about your community into meaningful change. And you do not have to be a current Ryerson student to enroll. Learn more at ww.changeleaders.ca/register
Quick, how did Donald Trump get to be the president when another party received more votes? Here is the perfect quiz to do over the holiday season with your family and friends.

What if the Liberal government's electoral reform quiz was biased towards reality?

What do grandmothers from coast to coast to coast have in common with those from Uganda and Zimbabwe? Check out these flash mobs!


This weekend I trained 200 community members on how to recruit their friends and lobby their MPPs for the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)'s #MakeItFair campaign! You can help win decent work for all by visiting

Additional thanks are due to the Fight for $15 & Fairness and Brampton Action Committee for making this training such a huge success.
Standing Rock is winning. Indigenous Water Protectors show the power of non-violent grassroots organizing and spiritual resistance. Blessings to all those involved.

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To feel the front line drama that gave birth to and built the Canadian LGBTQ movement, you need to read Tim McCaskell's insightful book, "Queer Progress from Homophobia to homonationalism."
I am teaching a four month course where you can learn practical skills to effectively organize your community for social change. You will not just earn a credit, but get one on one time learning with experienced organizers. Enroll in my course at Ryerson
Tonight at 6:30 pm, start building a love army by taking action to save lives. I will be the Master of Ceremony for the 10th annual Cities Against the Death Penalty, hosted by Amnesty International. Please join me at the St. James Cathedral.

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Speakers: Marina Nema, + Hamid Ghassemi-Shall (former death row prisoners)
Do you want to make social change and live in Ottawa?

I'm doing a special community organizing training in Ottawa on November 26-27!

Building Skills for Change (Ottawa, Nov. 26-27th)

"This loss hurts. But please, please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it." - Hillary Clinton.

We need effective and well trained organizers now more than ever - join us at my Institute for Change Leaders