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Tuesday, October 13 • 14:35 - 15:25
Panel: The Revolution Will Be Livestreamed

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The ongoing struggle for social and racial justice in the public square has unfolded alongside a takeover of the virtual one. Amid cell-phone footage of protests and toppling statues, the internet has been further inundated with what we might call online social activism.

The digital space has given voice to the outrage, grief, trauma, anger, and resiliency within the black and brown community of Aotearoa New Zealand. It has unified a diverse group of people, activated our common allies, and demanded action, but not without a price. And while there is no question that social media is a powerful activism tool, we must recognise its difficult complexities in order to make positive progress.

We speak with young leaders behind the historic 14 June Black Lives Matter Wellington rally, attended by 20,000 people, to learn more about their experiences with online social activism.
  • Has the internet become better at mediating change?
  • What is the toll on young people and how can we better support them?
Join our online panel in a candid conversation about the double-edged sword of online activism, and the internet stories we aren’t hearing.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inskeep

Nicole Inskeep

Nicole Inskeep is a New Zealand based African American racial justice advocate.  Before moving to New Zealand, Nicole volunteered as a youth mentor for several years within South Australian Indigenous Aboriginal communities. During her teenage years in the US, Nicole was involved... Read More →
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Yanah Partsch

Union Educator, E tū
Yanah Partsch From Porirua, WellingtonMy Father is a Pākeha brought up in Tawa Wellington. My Mother is Samoan from Nono’a, SaleimoaI work as a Central Region Educator for E tū union educating union delegates and members on their rights in the workplace and how to build workers... Read More →
avatar for Vera Seyra

Vera Seyra

Activist
Vera Seyra was part of the young organisers behind the Black Lives Matter March in early 2020. She is a currently finishing her Bachelor in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology at the Victoria University of Wellington. Her goal is to continue her academic career into research, analysing... Read More →
avatar for Beth Teklezgi

Beth Teklezgi

Beth Teklezgi is one of the organizers of the BLM march. She is a student at the Victoria University of Wellington, studying Bachelor of Health. She is also the co-founder of a Voice of Aroha, which is a radio show that aims to represent diverse voices and issues surrounding minorities... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Guled Mire

Guled Mire

Third Culture Minds
Guled Mire is a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. He is also a writer, speaker and community advocate. Guled was a finalist for the 2019 Wellingtonian of the Year Award and is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most prominent young voices... Read More →


Tuesday October 13, 2020 14:35 - 15:25 NZDT
Plenary Livestream