People Power & the Pandemic
Join the final webinar in the COVID Capitalism series looking at how peoples’ movements can organise in the wake of COVID-19.
A minuscule particle changed the world in a matter of weeks – bringing economies to standstill, causing shockwaves in governments, upending the way we work and live. The pandemic has been a moment of possibility and peril. It led to a radical break with orthodox economics in unexpected ways and exposed the deep flaws in neoliberal approaches to health. In many cases, responses have been draconian and authoritarian. Lockdowns and quarantines have also consolidated the power of digital giants such as Amazon. For social movements, the sense of possible was also stymied by the loss of the collective space that movements have always used to bring about change – the streets.
Yet despite the immense obstacles, movements have perhaps never been so active – building collective analysis online, bringing together unique global conversations, advocating for this crisis to be a catalyst for transformational change. Even as the pandemic continues to rage, there has been a sudden unprecedented wave of uprisings against racism in the US and elsewhere, rooted in radical demands for abolition and emancipation.
This webinar will bring together a unique panel of activists, social movement leaders and thinkers to discuss how to make this pandemic a turning point towards system change. What can we learn from previous major global mobilisations? How can we build cross-sectoral and intersectional movements? What strategies and tactics do we need to confront entrenched corporate power and authoritarian governments? Where are the openings and obstacles to shifting the balance of power and putting people above profit?
4pm CEST, 1 July 2020
- Thenjiwe McHarris, Movement for Black Lives (USA)
- Hakima Abbas, Assocation for Women's Rights in Development (Senegal)
- Rafeef Ziadah, Palestinian performance poet/Professor at SOAS
- Josua Mata, Secretary General, SENTRO trade union, Philippines
- Vrinda Grover, Human rights lawyer, India
Moderator: Hilary Wainwright, author of A New Politics from the Left (2018)
This webinar is organised by Transnational Institute with Focus on the Global South and co-sponsored by Alternative Information Development Centre.