Decolonizing "Social Justice" Work: Stories to Support Organizations, Facilitators and Youth Working Against Oppression
Webinar with: NATHALIE LOZANO NEIRA and WARIRI MIRENJA MUHUNGI, two authors of Decolonizing "Social Justice" Work: Stories to Support Organizations, Facilitators and Youth Working Against Oppression published by Girls Action Foundation.
When: Thursday, March 7 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EST) Language: English
About this webinar: Nathalie Lozano and Wariri Mirenja Muhungi, two contributors of the book Decolonizing "Social Justice" Work: Stories to Support Organizations, Facilitators and Youth Working Against Oppression will share their insights about social justice work, and invite you to join the conversation about the pitfalls and strategies of working for social change. Nathalie and Wariri are two participants of a collective process on social justice work that took place in October 2011 hosted by Girls Action Foundation. Each participant has a background in working for social justice through dialogue, participatory theatre, storytelling, popular education, and direct action, among other strategies.
``We found ourselves in a room, and what came out were these stories about the “justice” in social justice work: about moments where things go very wrong, and about the moments where we felt integrity and inspired in our efforts to sustain our own leadership and that of those with whom we worked. That encounter gave rise to this publication.``
─Excerpt from Decolonizing "Social Justice" Work: Stories to Support Organizations, Facilitators and Youth Working Against Oppression. Authored by Nisha Sajnani, Wariri Mirenja Muhungi, Jessica Yee, Keetha Mercer, Kat Butker, La-Toya Jones, Nathalie Lozano Neira, and Melanie Matining. Published by Girls Action Foundation.
About the presenters:
Wariri Mirenja Muhungi grew up in Africa and Europe and has been volunteering and working in areas of social justice with youth and women in various parts of the world including Kenya, Switzerland, Guatemala and now Canada. She has a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education) and believes that we all have a responsibility as people and guests on Mother Earth to better our personal and collective lives (with accountability) through Education, Spirituality, Community Organizing, the Arts, Music and other Social Justice tools. While having a specific interest in African/black feminist thought, anti-colonial teachings including indigenous knowledge, she recognizes the intersectionality of nature, people, systems and the cosmos. She is constantly seeking for ways to decolonize her mind with integrity and African Women's Spirituality is her entry point and grounding foundation in her holistic journey.
Nathalie Lozano Neira, originally from Colombia, arrived in Canada 12 years ago as a Government Assisted Refugee with her parents. Since 2002, Nathalie has been involved in numerous community initiatives that work with immigrant and refugee youth at the local and national level. She currently works at Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) in a program for newcomer youth Multicultural Youth Circle (MY Circle) Program. Currently she is an active member of the Youth Advisory Team at the Vancouver Foundation and the Action Team, in which she advocates for policy recommendations that affect newcomer youth and their families. Nathalie is also an M.A. candidate in the department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program. Using a feminist framework, Nathalie’s research will examine immigration policies as they affect refugee communities, with a strong focus on intersections of identities as well as linkages to Aboriginal communities.