Back in 2019, during the federal election cycle, Manvi Bhalla was talking to friends at a wine and cheese night when the group collectively realized they didn’t have a clear understanding of each political party’s environmental platform — and didn’t know how to find a breakdown.
So they decided to make one themselves, put it on social media, and Shake Up The Establishment — what’s now a youth-led, grassroots organization that disperses information about “human and social justice issues that are exacerbated by the climate crisis” — was born.
But the organization’s principles weren’t always what Bhalla, who’s now the group’s president, would call intersectional, a term coined by scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe how different socioeconomic factors like race, class and gender affect a person’s experience of the world. Many of the gr
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