April 10, 2016
A head’s up that Stop Telling Women to Smile is holding an international wheat pasting night on April 15th. The night of activism is part of international anti-street harrassment week.
“There’s a saying about dating in Alaska: The odds are good, but the goods are odd. And I jumped into that oddball dating scene headfirst.” The Cut share a very charming piece about putting yourself out there in Anchorage, Alaska.
Indigenous rights advocate Melina Laboucan-Massimo shares the story of her sister Bella, who was found dead in 2013 after falling from a high-rise condo in Toronto, and encourages Canadians to “unpack the patriarchal, racist, and colonial mentalities” that foster, and ultimately sanction, violence against Indigenous women.
Desmond Cole responds to the criticism against Black Lives Matters organizer Yusra Khogali for a tweet in which she prayed for strength not to harm those who harm her. “The most common response to violence and injustice is anger, and black women who express that anger should be heard instead of being scrutinized as perpetrators themselves.”
Quebec has reportedly set up a hotline for First Nations women to report abuse from police officers. “According to the government, the phone line is the first step to restore community confidence in the province’s police force.” The article disappointingly does not provide a comment from members of the community.
“We Always Knew You Weren’t Plus-Size, Amy Schumer—But Did You?” The Establishment calls bullshit on Schumer’s “lovable yet lumpy” routine.
A really important look at the gendered and racial violence of Fort St. John, a resource-driven town in British Columbia. Featuring the voices of activists and survivors, the piece captures the struggle for justice among Indigenous communities, and the overwhelming loss of life that continues to plague the area. “Over and over again, that’s all we hear…Stories of families who were told they had to wait a certain amount of time, who were told, ‘She’ll be back. She took off. She was drinking. She was partying. You know how she is.’ The list is endless of excuses as to why they didn’t want to go and look for this person, right now.”