We recognize the precarious labour status of many of our colleagues in academia, and we invite university workers to participate in this labour action as much as you are able to engage. Some will not be able to participate fully, but there are many ways to engage with this protest:
- Strike means strike. You can walk away from Teaching/ Administrative duties for one or both days in solidarity with those suffering from unjust policing and racism in Canada, America and beyond.
- Amplify the message on social media using the #scholarstrike #scholarstrikeCanada by writing posts/threads on issues surrounding race and racial justice. You can use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or TikTok
- Use the digital public teach-ins during class time
- You can step away from your normal teaching/ administrative activities to teach your students and others on your campus about racialized violence in Canada, America and beyond.
- For some of you, this will mean actions on your campuses that speak to specific issues in your area. For instance, at University of Toronto, there is a campaign to get rid of campus cops. You can set up activities with regards to issues on your campuses like these, or in support of anti-racism efforts on your campus and in your immediate communities. Consider us a conduit for amplification of your efforts, not oversight.
- Use this template on your email away message to let people know you are participating in this action:
“I will not be answering emails or teaching my regularly scheduled class today because I am joining thousands of academics in higher education in a labour action known as Scholar Strike to protest anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and racist police brutality in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere. Scholar Strike Canada will take place on Sept 9th & 10th, 2020. For these two days, we will pause our teaching and all administrative duties. We will use this time to organize public digital teach-ins on police brutality and violence in our communities from both historical and contemporary perspectives.”
If you are planning a teach-in on your campus and would like to share with us so we can add to the program schedule or if you are willing to help in any way, please email us at scholarstrikeCanada@gmail.com.
Link to our Facebook event here.
To add your name to our joint statement, please fill out this form with your name, email, position and educational institution.