University of Toronto Students' Union hosts Angela Davis and Ward Churchill for eXpression Against Oppression Week

TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - On Wednesday February 2, University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU) is kicking off "eXpression Against Oppression (XAO) Week" with a keynote lecture from Professor Angela Davis and writer and activist, Ward Churchill. Davis is a former Black Panther, prison abolitionist, and gender and race activist. Churchill is an American Indian scholar and social justice activist. This year's theme will centre on "Academic Freedom, Student Agency, and Organizing against Oppression in the Academy".

"We are pleased to open eXpression Against Oppression with powerful and inspiring speakers, said UTSU Vice President Equity, Danielle Sandhu, "Students at the University of Toronto face significant challenges and barriers every day related to racism, sexism, and ableism." 

Over the past year, students have raised concerns of racism - reinforced by the recent "Too Asian?" Macleans article, academic freedom violations during the G20 campus closure and through space booking restrictions, and program cuts and fee hikes - particularly in Arts & Science. The campus community has also come together to raise concern over undemocratic university governance and increasing corporate control, such as the mining industry, over academic programs.

"In the face of austerity measures and campus unrest globally, we anticipate lively discussions throughout the week to end systemic oppression that compromise the values of equity, justice, and human rights enshrined in our University's mandate", said Sandhu, "We are ready to mobilize for a better world - on and off campus. Join us!"

The evening features a presentation from both speakers and a panel discussion. Tickets are available at the UTSU office at 12 Hart House Circle or Contact for details about group rates and accessibility requests.

SOURCE University of Toronto Students' Union

For further information:

Danielle Sandhu, Vice President Equity, 647.986.2586

Angela Regnier, Executive Director, 647.989.4780

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