Carys Afoko/ Dawn Foster/ Sridhar Venkatapuram

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Many people see themselves as allies, not themselves marginalized but nonetheless standing alongside members of marginalized groups in their struggle for social justice. The role of more powerful groups can be important, but some attempts at solidarity can also badly fail the very people they intend to help. We reflect on the significant questions and challenges involved in being an ally amidst the changing social justice movements of the twenty-first century. What does being an ally mean? When and why are allies important? And why do some attempts end in failure?

Carys Afoko, Activist and Co-Founder, Level Up
Dawn Foster
, Journalist, The Guardian
Sridhar Venkatapuram, Senior Lecturer of Global Health and Philosophy, KCL

Sarah Fine, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, KCL

Recorded on the 13 February 2019 at the LSE


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