“Fire is raging across Turtle Island. Fire over Ferguson. Fire in the streets. Fires of protection in defense of Indigenous territories. Burning police cars: a hallmark of indignation, sedition or infiltration, provocateur-led sabotage.” This timely reading of Red Skin White Masks reflects on Indigenous resistance against respectability politics.
The Village Voice reports on the women, trans folk, and legal activists who are fighting back against the NYPD’s anti-loitering policing, which from 2012 through 2015 has resulted in nearly 1,300 arrests.
Dorothy Michelin, a 96 year-old-woman from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, has been served an injunction by the Supreme Court for her association with protests at Muskrat Falls. You can follow developments of the protests against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project at Warrior Publications.
Maclean’s profiles a new interdisciplinary minor at Dalhousie University: Black and African diaspora studies will offer a “contemporary and historic view of black history in Canada.”
“The last doctor who provided abortions in Rapid City retired in 1986.” An important read on the challenges of seeking a legal abortion in South Dakota.
There have been number of thoughtful responses to the now infamous letter supporting Stephen Galloway, including Kathryn Borel’s “Writers, Do Better,” Lawrence Hill’s op-ed piece, and Zoe Todd’s piece in Rabble, among others. Share anything we might have missed in the comments below!
For anyone who has ever worked in customer service or retail, this letter from a “retail survivor” will feel all too real. It might be wise to pass this post on to friends and family so they can learn the rules before beginning holiday shopping.
Some important reads on the ongoing violence against activists at the Standing Rock encampments: Camp of the Sacred Stones reports on the water cannons fired against protectors last Sunday; NPR shares photos from the protest site on Thanksgiving; Vox reflects on what a Trump presidency could mean for Standing Rock Sioux.
That’s the double bind of white ethnic suffering: Whether the people triumph or fail, they can always make the case that they are the chosen ones. Trump has made space for it; he has no theology himself… The first demonstrably agnostic, possibly atheist president-elect expresses excitement in reforming the country in his own image, and his followers feel that an adaptation of Christianity is exalted.
The National Observer does great reporting on energy and climate policy in Canada. This week they published two critical op-ed pieces: “Trudeau’s carbon tsunami by the numbers,” which scores the Liberals current climate policies against the Paris Accord targets, and “Energy project threatens food security in Canada’s North,” which frames the food crisis in the North within the context of energy and extraction and environmental exploitation.
There’s a whole lot you could say about the Gilmore Girls revival (like the background racism and homophobia), but for now let’s just appreciate that Michel finally got the love story he deserves.
Lastly, if you haven’t already read the most recent from our Love Issue, we suggest you check out “Gay Best Friends” by Charlotte Bondy, “When Love Goes Undercover” by Hana Shafi, and “Coda on the Couple Form” by Clémence x. Clémentine.