Sandy Hudson

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Sandra Hudson

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater
  • University of Toronto
  • University of California
  • Los Angeles
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Black Legal Action Centre
Known for
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Sandy
  • Nora Talk Politics

Sandy Hudson is a Jamaican Canadians political activist, and writer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is the founder of the Black Lives Matter movement presence in Canada[1]. She also co-hosts the Sandy and Nora Talk Politics podcast with author and writer Nora Loreto.[2]

Early life and education

Sandy Hudson grew up in North York and attended high school in Brampton[3]. She attended the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in political science and sociology[4][3]. She also holds an Master of Arts in Social Justice Education from the University of Toronto[5][6]. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is attending UCLA School of Law[7].


Sandy started the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter after being encouraged by her brother to do something following the police killings of Shooting of Michael Brown and List of killings by law enforcement officers in Canada[8]. Thousands attended a solidarity rally that she organized with Janaya Khan. After the rally, they contacted Patrisse Cullors to establish the group as the first official chapter of Black Lives Matter outside of the United States[3]. The group has challenged different forms of anti-Black racism in Canada, and has made issues like Carding (police policy)and defunding the police national conversations[9][10][11][12].

In 2017, she started the Black Legal Action Centre with Zanana Akande and Rinaldo Walcott[13][14]. The centre is a legal clinic that provides legal aid services to Black Ontarians and engages in Test case (law) litigation[15].



Sandy is a freelance writer and author. She has published academic writings in Race and Racialization: Essential Readings, Second Edition and New Framings on Anti-Racism and Resistance, Volume 2: Resistance and the New Futurity[16][17]. She has written for Now (newspaper), The Washington Post, HuffPost Post, Flare (magazine) and Maclean's Magazine[18][19][7][20][21]. Her first book, Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada[22], was released in 2020.


Sandy is a speaker with the National Speakers Bureau of Canada[5]. She has spoken at universities, labour unions, and institutions across Canada, including the University of Toronto, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice[23][5][24].


In 2017, she started the Sandy and Nora Talk Politics podcast with her friend and co-host Nora Loreto[25]. The podcast analyzes Canadian news and encourages listeners to become activists in their communities[26].

Awards and recognition

In 2016, Sandy was named one of Toronto Life's most influential Torontonians, and in 2017 was named one of Toronto's most inspiring women by Post City Magazine[27][28]. She was awarded the Lincoln Alexander Award by Osgoode Hall Law School in 2018 and the Emerging Leader award by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2019[6][8]. She regularly provides comment in Canadian mainstream media on issues of race. She was featured in Charles Officer's CBC Television documentary The Skin We're In, and in the 2016 and 2020 CBC News' features Being Black in Canada[29]. Her activism has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and Complex Networks[30][31][32].


  1. Bridges, Alicia (June 16, 2020). "Q&A: Founder of Black Lives Matter in Canada explains the call to defund police". CBC News. Retrieved July 30, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "A political podcast. Just Listen". Sandy & Nora Talk Politics. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "How Black Lives Matter turned street protests into political influence". 2016-04-24. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  4. February 27, Justin Aranha |; 2017 (2017-02-27). "Black Lives Matter is shining a harsh light on racism in Toronto—and pissing off some powerful people". Toronto Life. Retrieved 2020-07-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Sandy Hudson | Grassroots Organizer & Founder, Black Lives Matter Toronto". National Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Panel: Defunding the Police". Progress Toronto. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Sandy Hudson". HuffPost Canada. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Keynote Speaker: Sandy Hudson". West Coast LEAF. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  9. February 27, Justin Aranha |; 2017 (2017-02-27). "Black Lives Matter is shining a harsh light on racism in Toronto—and pissing off some powerful people". Toronto Life. Retrieved 2020-07-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. "Defunding The Police Will Save Black And Indigenous Lives In Canada". HuffPost Canada. 2020-06-02. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  11. Newman-Bremang, Kathleen. "Why Defunding The Police Is The Best Way To Protect Black Lives". Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  12. "Defund the police? Canadians split along generational lines, Ipsos poll suggests". Global News. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  13. "New clinic serving Black Ontarians gets backing of Legal Aid". 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  14. "A new legal aid clinic for Black Ontarians". Legal Aid Ontario. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  15. "About BLAC". Black Legal Action Centre. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  16. Race and racialization : essential readings. Das Gupta, Tania, 1957- (Second edition ed.). Toronto. ISBN 978-1-77338-015-5. OCLC 1029230388. {{cite book}}: |edition= has extra text (help)CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. New framings on anti-racism and resistance. Volume 2, Resistance and the new futurity. Newton, Joanna,, Soltani, Arezou,. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN 978-94-6351-131-5. OCLC 1004225452.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  18. "Sandy Hudson Archives". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  19. Sandy Hudson. "Opinion | The nefarious political agenda behind Ontario's war on university fees". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  20. "MRA at Universities: Women of Colour Have Been Warning Us For Years". Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  21. "We must defund the police. It is the only option. -". Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  22. Until we are free : reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada. Diverlus, Rodney, 1990-, Hudson, Sandy, 1985-, Ware, Syrus Marcus,. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. ISBN 978-0-88977-698-2. OCLC 1127291968.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  23. "'A sense of belonging': Third annual Black Graduation event to be held at U of T Mississauga". University of Toronto News. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  24. "WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017 - The Intersection of Policing, The Criminal Justice System and Cultural Diversity: Racial Profiling (1:34:42)". Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  25. "‎Sandy and Nora talk politics on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  26. "Show Hosts". Sandy & Nora Talk Politics. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  27. "Toronto's 50 Most Influential: #31, Sandy Hudson and Janaya Khan". Toronto Life. 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  28. Cole, Desmond; journalist; TRNTO, activist for (2017-12-05). "T.O.'s most inspiring women of 2017: Sandy Hudson". Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  29. "Documentaries". Sandy Hudson. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  30. Levin, Dan (2016-06-15). "Not Just a U.S. Problem: Black Lives Matter Here, Too, Canadians Say". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  31. Da Silva, Chantal (June 26, 2020). "BLM Global Leaders: 'It Feels Like There Is Actually Change Happening Now'". Newsweek. Retrieved July 30, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  32. "Black Lives Matter Toronto's Sandy Hudson on Canada's Very Real Systemic Racism". Complex. Retrieved 2020-07-30.

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