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This week on rab­ble radio, rabble’s Jack Lay­ton Jour­nal­ism for Change fel­low sits down with Sarah Jama, Inde­pen­dent MPP for Hamil­ton Cen­tre. The two dis­cuss Jama’s removal from the NDP cau­cus due to her ear­ly” calls for a cease­fire in Gaza and how Jama’s activism influ­ences her politics. 

A bit about our guest 

Sarah Jama is an Inde­pen­dent Mem­ber of Provin­cial Par­lia­ment for Hamil­ton Cen­tre. Jama’s com­mu­ni­ty work spans over a decade in Ontario and beyond, and includes run­ning inter­sec­tion­al lead­er­ship, edu­ca­tion, and civic engage­ment pro­gram­ming for youth, start­ing grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions for dif­fer­ent social inequities, includ­ing food inse­cu­ri­ty pro­gram­ming, and cham­pi­oning anti-oppres­sion ini­tia­tives in her com­mu­ni­ties. Pri­or to being elect­ed, Jama was a ses­sion­al fac­ul­ty mem­ber at McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty, and the exec­u­tive direc­tor at the Dis­abil­i­ty Jus­tice Net­work of Ontario.

A well-known change­mak­er, Jama ampli­fies and cre­ates spaces for young peo­ple by pro­mot­ing skill build­ing, knowl­edge shar­ing, and intro­duc­tions to com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­ing. As a Mem­ber of Provin­cial Par­lia­ment, Sarah Jama brings her grass­roots orga­niz­ing expe­ri­ence and deeply root­ed con­nec­tions in the com­mu­ni­ty to Queen’s Park to pro­vide plat­forms for dis­en­fran­chised folks who are often dis­missed. She encour­ages them to share their expe­ri­ences, sug­ges­tions, and griev­ances on a provin­cial level.