A just transition must be internationalist

In fighting for liberation in the communities where we live, we are also deeply committed to maintaining a global orientation, also known as internationalism. Internationalism allows us to analyze how systems of oppression such as capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, and patriarchy are global in scope, even as their local manifestations may take on culturally or regionally-specific forms. For instance, the same system and logic of anti-Blackness (stemming from colonialism and slavery) that has led to Black people in Toronto being killed by police at a rate of 20 times that of white people is also what underpins African migrant refugees being turned away at the shores of European countries that once colonized and pillaged their lands for resources.

Internationalism also invites us to consider how oppressive actions at home are implicated in exploitation abroad. Fossil fuel extraction across Turtle Island is causing harm to Indigenous and racialized peoples at the source of extraction through pollution to the land and water, as well as globally through downstream emissions and the vast impacts of global climate change. In uplifting internationalism in our principles, we are committed to fostering linkages and solidarity across borders and oceans and supporting all those committed to dismantling the systems of violence and oppression we identify close to home, in all of their international contexts.