Marie-Jolie Rwigema, Ph.D, MSW, is currently a post-doctoral researcher. She has taught social work at York University and the University of Toronto. She has twenty years of community/social work practice experience that includes mental health counselling/therapy, arts-based education, community-based research, group facilitation and documentary filmmaking working primarily with Black, racialized, immigrant and LGBTQ communities.
Her research interests include: 1. Anti-Black racism, colonialism and mental health for Black communities; 2. Black LGBTQ communities; 3. Histories of anti-racist activism in Canada.
- What was the impact of the three-day strike?
- John Tory’s stance and words, and why they can be harmful.
- Defining systemic racism and looking at its roots.
- Parallels to NFL and college sports.
- Personal histories of players and why they need to be heard.
- What are the keys to maintaining momentum, both for players and the general public?
- Response to the argument, “This is not a race issue, this is a class issue?”
- Are NBA players and their labour being exploited ?
- The economics of an industry driving social justice decisions.
- Is capitalism at odds with social justice?
- The American Dream was a lie.
- The denial of history being a fundamental issue with progress being made.
- The tendency to contain and control these uprisings rather than face them head-on.
- Subjugating a people and then portraying them as a as threat.
- How would you advise Adam Silver?
- Long-form discussion on the race topic by NBA players
- Players being able to speak without penalty
- Reading recommendations