These webinars bring together thinkers and activists to analyse critical global issues and put forward transformative alternatives and solutions. Our focus is transnational, highlighting the global context and dimensions of different crises, as well as profiling the social movements, especially those in the Global South, that are leading struggles for justice.
How to move towards an anti-racist horizon
2020 will be remembered not just for the pandemic, but also as a year of radical anti-racist uprisings, under the banner of Black Lives Matter (BLM), in the US and beyond. A unique panel of leading anti-racist scholars and activists from Brazil, the US, the UK and Morocco share from their own experiences of struggle and discuss how we can build long-lasting transformative racial justice movements.
- Ilyas Nagdee, activist, writer with a focus on policing, security and antiracism, former Black Students Officer for the National Union of Students, UK
- Juliana Borges, Author of "Encarceramento em massa” (Mass Incarceration) and “Prisões: espelhos de nós" (Prisons: Mirrors of us) and columnist of Claudia Magazine, Brazil.
- Miriyam Aouragh, Anthropologist, internet researcher, anti-racist campaigner, Morocco/Netherlands
- Khury Petersen-Smith, activist and researcher at Institute for Policy Studies who focuses on Black liberation, Palestine solidarity, and ending US empire.
Power, empire and US elections: internationalist perspectives
A week after the US elections, TNI and the Institute for Policy Studies hosted a conversation with US and global scholars and activists to analyse the election outcome and look at the global consequences of these unprecedented elections.
- Phyllis Bennis, New Internationalism Project at Institute for Policy Studies, author of Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power
- Walden Bello, TNI associate & author of Paper Dragons: China and the Next Crash (2019) and Capitalism’s Last Stand?: Deglobalization in the Age of Austerity (2013)
- Cathy Feingold, Director of the AFL-CIO’s International Department, Deputy President of the International Trade Union Confederation
- Bill Fletcher, Jr., executive editor of globalafricanworker.com, a past president of TransAfrica Forum, and a long-time writer and trade unionist.
Moderator: Laura Flanders, journalist and host of the Laura Flanders Show
Financing the future we want
In the first episode Financing the future we want – from a green recovery to a just transition we explored the options and mechanisms we have in the current circumstances to avoid austerity and invest in a just transition. How can we ensure that the Global South benefits? How can we change the narrative to stop an unfolding crisis become a deepening emergency?
- Professor Jayati Ghosh, award-winning economist Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Author of India and the International Economy (2015) and co-editor of Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, 2018.
- Ann Pettifor, political economist, director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics and author of The Production of Money (2017)
- Oscar Reyes, Associate Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies and author of Change Finance, not the Climate (2020)
- Alvin Mosioma is the founding Executive Director of Tax Justice Network Africa, a Pan-African Advocacy and Research Network of 31 members in 16 African countries working on Tax Justice and curbing of IFFs from Africa
Recordings of past webinars
Since 1 April, TNI with allies has brought together experts and activists weekly to discuss how this pandemic health crisis exposes the injustices of the global economic order and how it must be a turning point towards creating the systems, structures and policies that can always protect those who are marginalised and allow everyone to live with dignity.
Missed our recent webinars? Don't worry, we recorded them so you can catch up. Watch below.
12. People Power and the Pandemic
- 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)
11. Walls Must Fall - Ending the deadly politics of border militarisation
- Harsha Walia , author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013)
- Jille Belisario , Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe (TMP-E)
- Todd Miller , author of Empire of Borders (2020), Storming the Wall (2019) and TNI's report More than A Wall (2019)
- Kavita Krishnan , All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA).
10. Taking on the Tech Titans: Reclaiming our data commons
- Anita Gurumurthy , Founding member and director of IT for Change, India, where she leads research collaborations and projects with a focus on governance, democracy and gender justice
- Nanjira Sambuli , Researcher, writer, policy analyst, advocacy strategist on tech and governance, Kenya
- Ben Tarnoff , Tech worker, writer and founding editor of technology magazine Logic and author of the forthcoming Voices from the Valley: Tech Workers Talk About What They Do—And How They Do It (Sept 2020), US
- Caroline Nevejan , Chief Science Officer, City of Amsterdam & Chair of Designing Urban Experience at the University of Amsterdam
- Vahini Naidu , Trade negotiator, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, South Africa
Moderated by Ben Hayes , TNI Associate, Founding director of AWO, a new data rights agency. Researcher and consultant on security policies, counter-terrorism, border control and data protection.
9. COVID-19 and the global fight against mass incarceration
- Olivia Rope , Director of Policy and International Advocacy, Penal Reform International
- Isabel Pereira , Principal investigator at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice & Society (Dejusticia), Colombia
- Sabrina Mahtani, Advocaid Sierra Leone
- Maidina Rahmawati , Institute of Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR), Indonesia
- Andrea James , Founder and Exec Director, and Justine Moore , Director of Training, National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, USA
8. Feminist Realities – Transforming democracy in times of crisis
- Tithi Bhattacharya , Associate Professor of History and the Director of Global Studies at Purdue University and co-author of the manifesto Feminism for the 99%.
- Laura Roth , Lecturer of legal and political philosophy at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, member of Minim Municipalist Observatory and co-author of the practice-oriented report Feminise Politics Now!
- Awino Okech , Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London who brings over twelve years of social justice transformation work in Eastern Africa, the Great Lakes region, and South Africa to her teaching, research and movement support work.
- Khara Jabola-Carolus , Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, co-founder of AF3IRM Hawaii (the Association of Feminists Fighting Fascism, Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization) and author of Hawaii's Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for COVID-19.
- Felogene Anumo , Building Feminist Economies, AWID presenting the #feministbailout campaign
7. May 20: Public is Back - Proposals for a democratic just economy
- Philip Alston , outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
- Rosa Pavanelli , General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International (PSI)
- Aderonke Ige , Our Water, Our Rights Campaign in Lagos / Environmental Rights Action /Friends of The Earth Nigeria
- Sulakshana Nandi , Co-chair, People's Health Movement Global (PHM Global)
6. May 13: A Global Green New Deal
- Richard Kozul-Wright , Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, author of Transforming Economies: Making Industrial Policy Work for Growth, Jobs and Development
- Karin Nansen , chair of Friends of the Earth International, founding member of REDES – Friends of the Earth Uruguay
- Sandra van Niekerk, Researcher for the One Million Climate Jobs campaign, South Africa
David Adler briefly joined the discussion to introduce Progressive International, replacing Asad Rehman of War on Want - a coorganiser of the Global Green New Deal campaign.
5. April 29: States of Control – the dark side of pandemic politics
- Fionnuala Ni Aolain , UN Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism, University of Minnesota
- Arun Kundnani , New York University, author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic War on Terror and The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain
- Anuradha Chenoy , School of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University (retired), and author of Militarisation and Women in South Asia
- María Paz Canales , Derechos Digitales (Digital Rights campaign), Chile
4. April 22: Taking Health back from Corporations: pandemics, big pharma and privatized health
- Susan George , Author and President of the Transnational Institute
- Baba Aye , Health Officer, Public Services International
- Mark Heywood , Treatment Action Campaign, Section27 and editor at the Daily Maverick
- Kajal Bhardwaj , Independent lawyer and expert on health, trade and human rights
- David Legge , Peoples Health Movement Moderator: Monica Vargas, Corporate Power Project, Transnational Institute
3. April 15: A Recipe for Disaster: Globalised food systems, structural inequality and COVID-19
- Rob Wallace author of Big Farms Make Big Flu and co-author of Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm.
- Moayyad Bsharat of Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), member organization of La Via Campesina in Palestine.
- Arie Kurniawaty of Indonesian feminist organization Solidaritas Perempuan (SP) which works with women in grassroots communities across the urban-rural spectrum.
- Sai Sam Kham of Metta Foundation in Myanmar.
- Paula Gioia , peasant farmer in Germany and member of the Coordination Committee of the European Coordination Via Campesina.
2. April 8: The coming global recession: building an internationalist response
- Professor Jayati Ghosh , award-winning economist Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Author of India and the International Economy ( 2015) and co-editor of Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development , 2018.
- Quinn Slobodian , associate professor of history, Wellesley College. Author of Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (2018)
- Walden Bello , author of Paper Dragons: China and the Next Crash (2019) and Capitalism’s Last Stand?: Deglobalization in the Age of Austerity (2013)
- Lebohang Liepollo Pheko , Senior Research Fellow of Trade Collective, a thinktank in South Africa that works on international trade, globalisation, regional integration and feminist economics
1. April 1: Building an internationalist response to Coronavirus
- Sonia Shah , award-winning investigative science journalist and author of Pandemic: Tracking contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (2017).
- Luis Ortiz Hernandez , public health professor in UAM-Xochimilco, Mexico. Expert on social and economic health inequities.
- Benny Kuruvilla , Head of India Office, Focus on the Global South, working closely with Forum For Trade Justice.
- Mazibuko Jara , Deputy Director, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, helping to coordinate a national platform of civic organisations in South Africa to confront COVID-19.
- Umyra Ahmad , Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Associate, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Malaysia