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

TO THE QUEER WOMAN WHO ASKED IF I HAD A DICK

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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