Alliance Against Displacement’s
Conditions of Struggle discussion series IV Spring 2017

Sex/Gender Problems and Powers in Anti-Displacement Struggle

Every two Thursdays, April 13 to June 22, 7pm

In the 1970s and 80s, a turn began in North American feminism when Black women unsettled the racist tendencies of mainstream white feminists and highlighted an “intersectional” approach to struggles for women’s gender liberation that explicitly articulated the interconnections between systems of oppression (e.g., racism, colonialism, imperialism, sexism, heterosexism, trans-antagonism, ableism, classism, ageism, antisemitism, etc.). This turn opened feminism to more critiques and challenges – queer theory, trans politics, and Indigenous feminisms, among others. Indigenous feminisms in particular have shaken the “three waves” history of feminist struggle by grounding North American feminism in Indigenous women’s anti-colonial resistance. This rich legacy of struggle for gender liberation challenges us to centre a gender lens of analysis in all of our social justice fights, including AAD’s campaigns against displacement and dispossession.

This Spring, Alliance Against Displacement is holding our fourth Conditions of Struggle class series on Sex/Gender Problems and Powers in Anti-Displacement Struggle. You can see the reading packages from past class series on our website, including readings about anti-Black racism in Vancouver, austerity and neoliberalism, and connections between displacement and dispossession. In this current series, we will work on understanding the different critiques and contributions of the recent “turns” in feminist and gender liberation thinking, and apply this thinking in the communities where we are organizing.

The classes are taking place in two locations every second Thursday evening starting April 13th. There will be light snacks, coffee, and tea for participants at each class. Each location is wheelchair accessible. If you require childcare, please let us know.

Class 1: Considering decolonial genders and sex
Thursday April 13, 7pm
Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce St, 2 blocks south of Joyce Skytrain)

  • Ann McClintock, 1995. “The Lay of the Land: Genealogies of Imperialism”
  • Chris Finley, 2011. “Decolonizing the queer native body (and recovering the Native bull-dyke)”
  • Sarah Hunt, 2015. “Embodying Self-Determination: resisting violence beyond the gender binary” (Video)
Download the reading package for Class 1 here.

Class 2: Intersectionality and the rupture in “feminism”
Thursday April 27, 7pm
Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce St, 2 blocks south of Joyce Skytrain)

Readings :
  • The Combahee River Collective Statement
  • Suzan Cooke, “‘We Referred To It As Coming Out’: Recollections on Trans Identity, State Violence, and 1960s Radicalism”
  • Audre Lorde, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” 
Class 3: Material and symbolic foundations of gender
Thursday May 11, 7pm
MLA Raj Chouhan’s constituency office (5234 Rumble St, Burnaby. 5 blocks south of the Royal Oak Skytrain station)


Download the combined reading package for class 3 and 4 here.

Class 4: Gender violence and men’s grasp to power
Thursday May 25, 7pm
Metrotown “Bob Prittie” Library, 6100 Willingdon, north-west of Metrotown Skytrain

  • LaKeyma King, “Inversion and invisibility: Black women, Black men, and anti-Blackness”
  • L. Cornum, “First Women, Then the Nation: Confronting Colonial Gender Violence in Canada and the US”
  • Film: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, 2013. Red Girl’s Reasoning.

Download the combined reading package for class 3 and 4 here.

Class 5: What’s wrong with rights?
Thursday June 8, 7pm
Waves Coffee Room beside the Columbia Skytrain Station in New Westminster

  • Dean Spade, Normal Life: Administrative violence and Critical Trans Politics, the Limits of the Law (This is a full book. Read as many or few of the chapters as you like)

Download the reading here.

Class 6: How to fight together: Coalition, federation, separatism
Thursday June 22, 7pm
Metrotown “Bob Prittie” Library, 6100 Willingdon, north-west of Metrotown Skytrain


These discussions are open to the public, but we prioritize participation for those involved in community struggles in AAD campaigns. We hope that participants will take part in a number of classes so that discussions build upon each other. At the end of each class, we will draft a list of the main questions from our discussion and two participants will volunteer to work on reflections. These reflections will open the next class so that we always start with a summary of the previous class’s discussions.

You are not required or expected to read all of the readings for each class. Do the readings you are comfortable with, and the ones you want to read. Every class will begin with summaries of the readings, and in about half the cases, a short film. You will be able to contribute more to discussion if you do more of the readings, but you will be able to participate no matter how much you are able to finish.


We will be printing the reading packages and will make them available at the classes. To get a package in advance of the first class contact us. We are asking for a $10 donation for each of the 3 packages from those who can afford it. Your $10 donation will cover the cost of printing for another participant who can’t afford to pay. We will be releasing pdfs of all the reading packages later this week.


Registration is not required, but it is recommended. RSVP to so we can estimate numbers for the size of the meeting rooms.