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Mobilizing for Black Lives in Montreal – Hoodstock

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July 23, 2020
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm


Cassandra Exumé, representing Hoodstock, will join DOFp for a conversation on community organizing and activism based in Montréal-Nord. Hoodstock takes neighborhood-based, political actions against police violence, racial injustice and discrimintation. It emerged from the grief and rage following the police killing of Fredy Villanueva in August 2008. Hoodstock is strongly grounded in youth empowerment, and holds a yearly social forum focused on popular education and artistic expression.

Cassandra will speak about organizing with Hoodstock in the context of the pandemic. Montréal-Nord is one of the poorest boroughs in the city, with many resident healthcare and frontline workers. It has been one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19. In response, Hoodstock organized a fundraiser to support popular-education and provide much needed supplies on the streets of Montréal-Nord. They have also been at the forefront of Black Lives Matter Organizing in Montreal at large.

Details before the workshop:  

Cassandra recommended a list of readings in preparation for the workshop, list included below 

The presentation will be primarily in French with English translation. Please be in touch with any accessibility needs regarding translation or any other elements of the presentation. 


Reading List:

  1. Montreal’s poorest and predominantly Black neighbourhoods hit hardest by COVID-19
  2. Despite promise, Quebec isn’t collecting COVID-19 data about race
  3. Video starring Quebec front-line workers compares COVID-19 to racism
  4. Poverty and COVID-19: More data would help explain the connection
  5. Montréal-Nord responds to call for help as COVID-19 cases climb in the borough
  6. Why are so many people getting sick and dying in Montreal from Covid-19? 




“Doing Feminism in the Pandemic” is conceived as a collective, process-based living archive. Based on the Slack platform, it invites in-process reflections, “hundreds”, keywords, conversations, prompts, and encounters amongst its participants. It is organized around four streams: “The Crisis was Already Here” (#thecrisiswasalreadyhere), “What does COVID-19 teach us?” (#emergentmodels), “What is the ‘Everyday’ of the Pandemic?” (#theeveryday), and “Reading Space” for sharing links, articles or other material (#whatimreading). Each stream includes some preliminary thoughts and questions to begin an open, process-based, collective conversation.

Alongside the living archive, the Feminist Media Studio is organizing a series of Zoom conversations, artistic prompts, and roundtable discussions with members of numerous communities (academic, artistic and activist) vital to doing intersectional, antiracist, queer, and decolonial feminisms, which participating FMS members can attend, and which will form a vital part of the living archive itself and its various collaborative contributions.