Toronto’s 50 Most Influential: #31, Sandy Hudson and Janaya Khan

Toronto’s 50 Most Influential: #31, Sandy Hudson and Janaya Khan

Sandra Hudson (left) & Janaya Khan Sandy Hudson (left) and Janaya Khan
 Photographs: Hudson by Getty Images; Khan by Nick Iwanyshyn

Sandy Hudson and Janaya Khan

Co-founders, Black Lives Matter

31Not everyone agrees with their methods, but there’s no denying that Black Lives Matter Toronto has gripped the public consciousness. The group enjoys getting in the way, like when they stopped traffic at Yonge-Dundas Square, blocked the Pride Parade until its director agreed to a list of demands, caused a ruckus at a police-board meeting, protested outside the Mississauga SIU, camped out front of police HQ and protested at Queen’s Park. They have plenty to celebrate, but most of their demands, from releasing carding data to overhauling the SIU, have yet to be met.

Side gig:

Hudson is completing graduate studies in social justice. Khan directs Gender Justice L.A. in California.

Toronto's Most Influential People of 2016