Doing Feminism in the Pandemic – Hoodstock: Mobilizing for Black Lives in Montreal
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.