May 3rd, 2015

  • After years of peaceful protest in response to decades of police brutality towards black and brown citizens in the United States, Baltimore got mainstream media attention, because the broken windows on cop cars seem to matter more than broken backs. There is so much to read and more to do about this ongoing fight for justice. Here are a few places to start:
  • In Toronto yesterday, many gathered to show solidarity with those in Baltimore and victims of racist police everywhere, for this is not just an American problem: Desmond Cole wrote beautifully and painfully last week about his lifetime of police detentions and interrogations in Toronto, based solely on race.
  • Here’s a public Google doc with an ongoing list of resources on #BlackSpring, #Ferguson, #BaltimoreUprising, #BlackLivesMatter, and more.
  • “It’s our dissent, it’s our rebellion, and May 1st is our day”! Friday was May Day, and in Montreal, citizens, workers and students who were marching to protest austerity were violently detained and arrested by police after a huge turnout and set of actions. The Canadian media has by and large simply ignored the ongoing organized resistance to austerity in Quebec happening this spring – if you haven’t been following, take the time to catch up and support!
  • Plus, a reminder: the MOMS survey is still open! We’re deleting the questions as we post the responses, so there’s still time to tell us about your mom, or about being a mom. Why not do it today?
  • Finally, our MOMS issue starts rolling out tomorrow! GUTS editors and contributors have been working hard on this issue, and we’re all so excited to share the results with you. Comics, interviews, essays, conversations, photojournalism and more will be rolling out throughout the month of May, and we’ve got an amazing first week ahead. Stay tuned!


Image: #tdottomore protest


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