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A JUST FUTURE FOR ALL: Resisting a democracy recession
Join us on Tuesday, November 24 at 2:00 pm (ET), as Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ talks about the alarming transformation of democracy in the world with the election of authoritarian regimes into office. His presentation will focus on India, the world’s largest democracy, with parallels drawn with changes taking place in Latin America, Asia, Africa and North America. Fr Xavier will also speak of how justice, equality, human rights, and “development for all” are being redefined by authoritarian governments all over the world.

We are in a critical time today, not simply because of COVID-19, but because of the state of many democracies around the world. According to renowned scholar, Larry Diamond, “we have been going through a democracy recession” and the pandemic is “deepening and accelerating the recession.”

While this trend is alarming, we also find hope in the voices heard through public protest demanding alternative models of society. The courage of people, particularly young people, who oppose the democratically elected ‘dictators,’ demanding a JUST FUTURE FOR ALL, can lead to transformative changes for a future built on love, equality and justice.

This webinar is co-sponsored by:
- Campion College at the University of Regina
- Regis College, The Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto
- St Mark's College at the University of British Colombia
- St Paul's College at the University of Manitoba
- Université de Sudbury/University of Sudbury
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Speakers

Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ
@Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES)
Xavier Jeyaraj SJ is responsible for the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Society of Jesus in Rome. He has a PhD in Social Sciences, his research focusing on extractivism and mining and its impact on Indigenous people and the environment. He has 30 years of experience as a social worker, human rights lawyer and social activist. He worked among the most marginalized santal tribals and Dalits in the slums and villages around Kolkata, empowering them through conscientization and mobilization. He also coordinated a networking forum called “South Asian Peoples’ Initiatives” (SAPI) which is now called “Lok Manch”, a network of around 100 NGOs and CBOs in India supported by Canadian Jesuits International.