Our Sunday Links

 

Desmond Cole interrupted a Toronto police board meeting to insist the force destroy all data on citizens gathered by police. Although recent provincial restrictions now limit carding and random stops, police can still access information collected through this practice. As Cole pointed out to the Toronto police on Thursday, “It was never your information to take in the first place.”

Dear—,
What if all my desires are illegal.
Oki Sogumi on resentment, desire, white feminism, poetry, politics, and writing “for an audience that doesn’t quite exist yet, or is no longer present.”

“I want a space in Indigenous art for all my bull dykes, bratty baby girls, gender weirdos and dirt fags” Lindsay Nixon on the possibilities for Indigenous feminist art. 

“One of the things about visioning for transformative justice is that, after enough practice, you begin to learn that the most important thing is not to come up with a crystal clear vision with all the answers, but rather to embrace that as we envision new worlds, that envisioning will inevitably change us, which will change our work and so on.” A roundtable with the authors of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements

“What should the City’s funding cost the queer community?” Why Pride Toronto should stop taking money from the City. 

Canadian Cinema Made Me Gay 

Our pals at cléo journal launched their new SOFT issue this week, featuring reviews of Moonlight, 9-to-5The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, and more!

This week, Algonquin Anishinaabe woman Lynn Gehl won a 32-year fight for Indian Status, setting an important precedent that can help insure Indigenous mothers and children are not denied registration because of unknown parental status.

In the midst of conducting an Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, Simon Fraser has decided to cut its only Indigenous-centred program. Read more about the university’s history of mismanaging money meant for Indigenous students.

Tracy Bear and Chris Andersen on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Promises and the importance of Indigenous-centred education.

New York’s Girl Scout troop for homeless girls

 

“The Black condition is
being caught up, in being.
Conditioning yourself for capture”

No one said the revolution was going to be easy: “A truly work-free world is one that would entail a revolution from our present social organizations. We could no longer conceive of welfare as a last resort—as the ‘safety net’ metaphor implies—but would be forced to treat it as an unremarkable and universal fact of life. This alone would require us to support a massive redistribution of wealth, and to reclaim our political institutions from the big-money interests that are allergic to such changes. Tall orders indeed.”  Miya Tokumitsu on how bosses become more powerful than government. 

Life is hard:  loving this new song + vid from NYSSA

Fuck yeah, Teen Vogue,  giving us hope (yet again!) for the next gen of feminists: Your Political Fave Justin Trudeau has Problematic Positions, Too. 

Cherokee Nation is suing pharmacies for failing to properly monitor prescriptions and orders of opioids.

Ijeoma Oluo interviews Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who identifies as Black and the centre of an ultimate “‘you can be anything’ success story of white America.”

“Femme is about seeing the parts of ourselves that have been maligned or erased or ignored, and once in a while, fucking decorating them.” In case you missed it, in the latest instalment “In the Cards,” the feelings-witch Carly Boyce  offers advice on what to do when you don’t feel like you’re enough.

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