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I recently watched the documentary “Dolores“, about workers’ rights activist and feminist Dolores Huerta, and am in awe of her strength and spirit. She gives me hope in trying times.

Trans Indigenous artist Aiyyana Maracle passed away in 2016. Here, Morgan M Page writes about and for her. 

Indigenous women game developers are working on a video game in the style of “Indigenous cybernoir”, set in North America in the year 2262.

“I came from the type of fixed grief there was in being a welfare mother without a GED or a good job. Social workers were always on my back, and nobody really cared, except sometimes, when they cared enough to judge.” Terese Marie Mailhot on grief, autonomy and belonging as a First Nations woman in Canada.

“To believe that life is truly sacred means acknowledging that the bodies of Indigenous women are no one’s territory but our own.” Erica Violet Lee and Tasha Spillett on Indigenous women and reproductive rights.

How does Canada decolonize? Five filmmakers give their responses.

“All bodies should be included within a [body positivity] movement, but what happens when those who are centered are those whose bodies have been historically and contemporarily celebrated? Body positivity used to be a means of celebrating bodies that have been maligned, but now excludes the very people who built momentum for the movement.” Evette Dionne on what happened to radical body positivity.

Instead of waiting for us to reach out, please dare yourselves to reach in.” As temperatures drop, Maranda Elizabeth’s “How to Support Your Disabled Friends in Winter – And Beyond” is a crucial read.  

195 Lewis is a series about being Black, Queer, and poly. Definitely a must-watch.

Kimberly Rose Drew, activist, curator, and co-author of upcoming work “Black Futures”, talks about black art and the future of the art world.

“‘Many people are happy to declare ‘love is love,’ but don’t want to ever see two men kiss in public. More specifically, ‘love is love’ also erases the violence experienced by trans people. My safety is less tied to who I love and more about the ways my gender presentation makes people uncomfortable.'” Vivek Shraya, one half of pop duo Too Attached, on their single “Love is Not Love”.

Read this article on how the “University of Waterloo asked Fiqir Worku—who was trying to develop services for racialized minorities—to collect information on the school’s racial demographics by herself.”

I enjoyed this:

A conversation with Mariame Kaba, organizer, educator and curator, about mass incarceration and abolition.

“Rewinding” is a beautiful short story by jia qing wilson-yang.

Fariha Róisín writes on rethinking friendships, and how it’s okay – and sometimes necessary – to let friends go. We all deserve care, love, and supportive relationships.

Filmmaker Attiya Khan met with her abusive ex-boyfriend to make a documentary called “A Better Man”. Here is an article about the film.

Here is a  list of resources on rape and accountability.

“Domination does not work by appearing as domination. Domination works by presenting a dominant view as just another view (that someone has the right to express). This is why the socially and politically dominant present themselves as discursively marginal: as having to fight a consensus to articulate a viewpoint.” Sara Ahmed writes so articulately about complaints of abuse in oppressive systems.

“A  German newspaper has published the names of 33,293 refugees and migrants who died trying to reach Europe.”

Recent plans to kill net neutrality in the USA directly intersect with the inequalities faced by marginalized groups, particularly for those who use the internet for activism, fundraising, and making their voices heard.

This is a review on Mary Beard’s new book, “Women and Power: A Manifesto”, which charts misogyny from the ancient times to the present, “describing the poison of patriarchy as it drips into the body politic of what parades under the banner of civilisation”.

This week on GUTS’ blog: “My Gender is Saturn Return”, a comic by Cee Lavery and JB Brager.

I’m sure you have a few thoughts on the weather. Pitch them to us by Dec. 3! More details here.

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