Grassroots political activist speaks to migrant justice rights

Harsha Walia is cofounder of the migrant justice group No One Is Illegal, and Radical Desis.

Political activist and author Harsha Walia will speak at UBC Okanagan on immigrant rights and racial justice issues Oct. 6, 12:30 p.m., at the University Centre ballroom.

Harsha Walia

Walia will discuss migrant justice movements that situate immigrant rights within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labor exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire

“Harsha Walia is one of the most inspirational grassroots social movement organizers and thinkers in Canada,”said associate professor David Jefferess, coordinator of the Cultural Studies Program in the UBCO Department of Critical Studies.

“Her activism is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression and it is framed in positive and constructive terms, cultivating communities and relationships that show how liberation is not an ideal but a process.”

Based in Vancouver, Walia is cofounder of the migrant justice group No One Is Illegal, and the progressive South Asian network Radical Desis.

She works at Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

Walia has been named one of the most influential South Asians in B.C. by the Vancouver Sun and one of the 10 most popular left-wing journalists by the Vancouver publication Georgia Straight.


Kelowna Capital News