Judy Rebick is the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University in Toronto. Judy was the founding publisher of rabble.ca, Canada’s most popular progressive online publication. She is the author of several books, the most recent of which is Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political. You can visit her website to read her blog and learn more about the book. Judy also wrote Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution during her time at Ryerson. Judy also co-hosts Reel Women, a movie review podcast on the rabble podcast network.
For most the 1990s, Judy was the host of a national TV show on CBC Newsworld. Previously, she was president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group.
Since she started in August 2002, Judy has initiated and participated in many projects, including:
- Gathering of Mother Earth Protectors, a three-day sleepover at Queen's Park in June, 2008, organized with the communities of K.I. First Nation, Ardoch First Nation, Grassy Narrows First Nation, as well as a broad cross-section of local, national, and international social justice and environmental groups. This event raised awareness among Ontario politicians, media, and public about the rights of First Nations communities to protect their land from corporations who wish to extract their natural resources, and to protest the jailing of members of these communities who blocked these corporations from their lands.
- The Anti-Racism Taskforce at Ryerson University
- The Toronto Social Forum, which started with a large social forum event in 2003, and continued to bring together the broader social justice community across Toronto afterwards through a large e-mail list for activist event announcements across Toronto, and by holding various report-back events with Torontonians who have visited international social forums over the years. In January of 2008, the Gindin Chair brought together many activist groups across the city for a "decentralized" World Social Forum event in Toronto here at Ryerson called "Another World is Possible: Cultures of Resistance".
- An international conference, "Building Power: Social and Political Transformations in Latin America" at Ryerson in April of 2007, with activists from all over Latin America sharing their experience at building new paths to equality and social justice with Canadian activists in a North-South dialogue.
- A lecture series in October 2002 with a talk by well-known British author, political commentator and editor of Red Pepper, Hilary Wainwright on Participatory Democracy.
- The Gindin Debates with a debate on copywright and the Internet in October, 2002. The debate was webcast on rabble.ca. These were debates among progressives designed to explore an issue, defining differences, but also seeking common ground.