Our Sunday Links

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on resisting the power structures that keep colonialism alive

A guide to showing up for the people in your life – I found this a super helpful resource for suggestions on how to actively care for those around you.

“What the city needs now is to understand that violence is a public health issue, social issue and economic issue. Our communities need mental health supports, social and economic programs that create healthy communities and ease economic hardship.” Members of Toronto’s Black community have shared an open letter to John Tory and Doug Ford on responses to gun violence

The dangerous illusion of the humane prison

Vallum Magazine are hosting a poetry contest, but it closes soon – check it out here.

Coming Home: An Interview with Joshua Whitehead

The kinds of monsters I used to date

Abdoul Abdi will not be deported, and this is in large part thanks to the activism of his family and many other organizers and supporters. However, as Melayna Williams writes, structural changes are crucial in order to upend anti-Black child welfare, immigration and criminal justice systems in Canada.

Canada is using ancestry DNA websites to help it deport people

In Ontario, midwives are helping with the resurgence of Indigenous pregnancy care

As Masuma Khan writes: Reintegration for Muslim children is just a nicer word for assimiliation

Being an artist and a mother

Black Canadians do not come from space

Amanda Parris writes about her experiences working on creative arts programming for Toronto youth, and shares how policy makers can learn from the past


Kate McInturff, the feminist activist, researcher, media spokesperson and advocate who worked with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, died this week. She wrote a beautiful piece on her decision to pursue data-driven work in the effort to create change – you can read it here. We at GUTS were grateful for her support and for her work on gender inequality in Canada, and are sending condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

Finally, would you be great at writing these links? If so, please check out our posting for a communications and engagement manager – we’re looking for an enthusiastic and skilled communicator to join our volunteer team! Applications are due by August 10th.

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A weekly roundup of links from GUTS

Editorial Note: Watch Yourself

GUTS editors reflect on writing about "watching ourselves" in a hyper-surveilled world

The Decentres

Marlowe is searching for her twin brother, Hugo. Ten years ago, they were kidnapped from their home planet, an all-black commune in space, and separated. Marlowe was left in an all-white suburb on Earth, but she's not alone. Together with...

A Part Yet Apart

Mirusha Yogarajah explores how gentrification in Austin and Vancouver uses surveillance methods to subjugate racialized groups.

Staying Soft Under the Gaze

eyos discusses how Indigenous lives are subject to hyper-surveillance, and the ways communities resist.

Ọrun is Heaven

“Ọrun is heaven, the water is sweet, the work is plenty, and they pay well. And nobody can vanish there.” The first instalment of Francesca Ekwuyasi’s two-part story chronicles the exploitation of a young migrant trapped in a dazzling but...

Watched and Not Seen: Tech, Power, and Dehumanization

The rise of corporate and state surveillance technology is terrifying, but we cannot talk about privacy without talking about power. Lorraine Chuen examines how technologies and data systems are being used to monitor communities at the margins.

Watcher Within, Watchers Without: My Black OCD Story

"my Blackness and my OCD are indivisible."