By Peggy Lam

One of my favourite moments at PowerShift 2012 was attending the panel which spoke of “Building a Multi-Issue Movement for Climate Justice.” Among the list of insightful and experienced panelists (such as Clayton-Thomas Muller, Sarah-Jayne King, and Dave Bleakney) was Harsha Walia, a deeply respected local organizer based in Vancouver, who blew my mind away.

Harsha’s words echoed in my head throughout the entire conference, and will continue to stay there at the back of my mind, as I’m continuing to organize for the many years to come.

She spoke of our need to work within an anti-oppression analysis, to decolonize, and to challenge the frameworks of capitalism. And most of all, I think she brilliantly addressed the gaps that exists within the environmental justice movement: the fact that white privilege, racism, and colonialism are still being played out within the very same movements that we are…

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