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Scholar Strike - September 9 and 10, 2020

Scholar Strike - September 9 and 10, 2020

The Scholar Strike is a collective action by academics in Canada and the United States in support of anti-racism movements and against police violence directed at Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities.

For two days on 9–10 September 2020, scholars are being invited to pause all teaching and administrative duties and to participate in the labour action in whatever ways they are able.

Some of the ways our department’s faculty and instructors might choose to engage with the protest are to:

  1. Engage in a strike. You can walk away from Teaching/Administrative duties (for one or both days) in solidarity with those suffering from unjust policing and racism in Canada, America, and beyond.
  2. Amplify the message on social media by writing posts/threads on issues surrounding race and racial justice, and using the #ScholarStrike #ScholarStrikeCanada hashtags.
  3. Use the digital public teach-ins during class time. A series of public digital teach-ins have been organized and, an overview of the programme can be found at
  4. Step away from normal Teaching/Administrative activities to teach students and others about racialized violence in Canada, America, and beyond.
  5. Raise specific issues or activities that pertain to York University or other communities.

For more information, go to

Also, see the statements from York University Faculty Association (YUFA) and CUPE 3903.