How do we lead with love?
A CKX Questions Dialogue with Alexa Conradi
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
12:30 to 2 pm EDT
Impact Hub Ottawa + Online
How can we take part in public debates without wearing ourselves out? What does it mean to lead with love? How might we shift the paradigm and bring love (back) to the centre of social change?
These are just some of the questions that activist, author and shift disturber Alexa Conradi explores in her book, Fear, Love and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec - A Feminist Reflection. Recently released in translation from the original French (Les angles morts: Perspectives sur le Québec actuel) the book is a timely reflection on the sore spots facing Quebec and Canadian society — regarding feminism, relations with Indigenous peoples, systemic racism, violence against women and rising inequalities.
Activist work takes place under difficult conditions. How can we take part in public debates without wearing ourselves out? That is the question that worries me. To answer it, I turn to exchanges I have had with Black and Indigenous women on what they do to keep going despite a very long history of exploitation.
All of them have a spiritual practice. Their life includes recognition of the struggles and sacrifices of their ancestors: mothers, aunts, grandmothers. They keep these women alive to draw inspiration from them. They honour them. They refer to them. They name them in their prayers. They reassert these women’s love for those who belong to them. They speak of their courage, intelligence, and beauty. These are ways of counteracting the internalization of hatred.
Their activism is filled with love. They do not lose sight of the importance of each life and each relation—that is, every relation with every living being.
CKX Questions will be hosting an interactive live conversation with Alexa on Tuesday, April 23 from 12:30 to 2 pm EDT to explore these questions and more.
You can join us in person at Impact Hub Ottawa (bring your lunch!), or online.
Bring you thoughts, ideas and questions. We look forward to the conversation.
Note: Impact Hub Ottawa is wheelchair accessible and has all-gender washrooms available. They also have free wifi. If you require any additional accommodation for your participation, please get in touch. The audio from this event will be recorded for a future episode of CKX Questions: The Podcast.
Alexa Conradi is an award-winning author, speaker, trainer and feminist activist. She is the author of Fear, Love and Liberation in Contemporary Québec: A Feminist Reflexion, published in 2019 by Between the Lines. From 2009-2015, she was president of Canada’s largest feminist organization, the Fédération des femmes du Québec. From 2006-2009, she served as the first elected president of the political party Québec solidaire.