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Hijab: Culture, Custom, and Chaos

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In my life, first as a young woman who had not yet chosen Islam, I have dressed with a dress so short, I had to keep standing if I wanted to keep my underwear covered. Then I chose to cover only in long dresses or slacks and to wear some kind of scarf or wrap over my hair. This was long before I first began reading about Islam and before I entered into a mosque. My ancestors, including my Muslim ancestors, came to America as slaves. The women were stripped at the auction block with no choice about how to cover themselves. I just decided that the right to exercise some control over who saw my legs was just as empowering as the other way around in some other context.

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Judge's Concerns OFF THE WALL

Aug 26, 2010
Hamilton Court House
Corner of Main Street and John Street
L8N 2B7 Hamilton , ON
Canada
43° 15' 17.0568" N, 79° 52' 1.3188" W
Ontario CA
Join us in demanding that the legal system stop blaming survivors and educate themselves about the realities of sexual assault.
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Rio prostitutes fret over facelift for World Cup and Olympics

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Outside, an autumn chill descended on Vila Mimosa's main street – Rua Sotero dos Reis – and rain hammered down onto a sign promising "streeptease". Inside, hundreds of drunken men packed this sprawling warren of brothels and bars for another evening of shouted conversations and fleeting encounters with the 3,500 or so local prostitutes.

But the rowdy 24-hour parties that have made this labyrinth of excess notorious across Brazil may soon fall silent, as Rio de Janeiro prepares for a multi-billion dollar facelift in the run up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

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Colombian Bride

Do all women from these Colombia, Peru, Argentina have good family values?

[link to latin bride website deleted because, duh]

 

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Montreal International Women's Conference: 13-16 August 2010

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13-16 August, Montreal
Montreal International Women's Conference
for a global militant women's movement in the 21st century

Women from five continents will gather in Montreal August 13-16, 2010 to discuss building a global militant women' s movement in the 21st century! The conference will culminate in the formation of an International Women's Alliance.

We have much to learn from each other, much to share: analyses, experiences of struggle and resistance, victories large and small. And we have 100 years of experience of the modern women's movement to draw from.

Topics that will be covered in presentation and workshops:

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New Version: On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Ok all you babblers,

I have heard from many people who read the original version of this piece. In response to all your thoughts, I significantly reworked it to include new ideas that people shared with me and to clarify the most important ways we need to build solidarity right now.

Given the ongoing need for unity as we continue to work to get our friends out of jail, get all the charges dropped, and build the movement from within, seems like a good time to post this new and updated version.

 

Toronto and Vancouver: On legitimate and illegitimate protest

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Read, Share, and Endorse the Vancouver G8/G20 Solidarity Statement!

See the full statement, updates on arrests and charges, additional comments, and how you can help at:

http://vancouversolidarity.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/vancouversolidarity/  
and http://vancouversolidarity.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/endorsements-cont/

We, a broad-based network of Vancouver and BC civil society organizations and individuals, call for the immediate release of all those currently being held as part of the G8/G20 Summit police operations, and for all charges against community organizers to be dropped.

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Montreal International Women's Conference

Aug 13, 2010 to Aug 16, 2010
Centre 7400
7400 Saint-Laurent
Montreal
Canada
45° 32' 8.0736" N, 73° 37' 13.4508" W
CA
Women from around the world will gather under the theme: For a Global Militant Women's Movement in the 21st Century!
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Don't Rape, Part 2 — Why women don't report sexual assault

The intent of this thread is that it be a discussion between feminist-identified women. Many thanks.

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Laura didn’t report her rape.

A few days later, when she couldn’t handle her feelings by herself anymore, she called her mom.

“I got sexually abused,” she said, sobbing, and told the whole story.

“Well you’re fucking stupid,” her mom said. “What do you expect, letting a boy into your house. What, do you think you’re a slut?”

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On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/node/3883

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass, 1857

 

This page grows out of dialogue with many community members between the Vancouver Olympics in February and the Toronto G8/G20 in June. It needs saying.

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Roots, Rhymes and Resistance

Jul 16, 2010 to Jul 17, 2010
Arbor Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle U of T
Toronto
Canada
43° 39' 49.2084" N, 79° 23' 40.8876" W
CA
Filipino Canadian youth host an annual fundraising concert. Featuring emerging young artists in the community, RRR will showcase the cultural component of UKPC's years of organizing work in Toronto.
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That's Women's Work- Women's Open Mic Night!

Jul 9, 2010 to Jul 10, 2010
Alternative Grounds Cafe
333 Roncesvalle Ave.
M6R2M8 Toronto
Canada
43° 38' 46.6044" N, 79° 26' 56.4864" W
CA
Womens open mic night- everyone welcome but the mic belongs to the ladies (self identifying as always!)
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Gender Apartheid in Saudi Arabia - and King Abdullah's Upcoming Visit to the United States

Tomorrow King Abdullah of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia visits US President Barak Obama. The number one issue that ought to be discussed? It's not oil - but human rights. While Canadian Nathalie Morin and her three children suffer at the abuse of her commonlaw husband, in the tiny town of Bisha, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper does nothing. While Sawsan Salim sits in a Saudi prison with her toddler son, awaiting 300 lashes for attending a government office without a male guardian, Human Rights Watch pleads for an appeal.

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Canada-Israel Committee counters criticism of Israel with homophobic tweet

They removed it after they got complaints, but luckily, someone was on their toes and got a screen capture of a homophobic remark the Canada-Israel Committee posted about Libby Davies on Twitter.

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Davies' goofy views must be denounced - Province ed reminds Libby mouthy lesbians aren't wanted in #Gaza

What morons.  And who does the Canada-Israel claim to represent on Twitter?

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The CIC is the official rep of the organized Jewish community on matters re Canada-Israel relations.

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Awakening the Virgin Archetype

Jun 26, 2010
Actsafe
280-1385 W. 8th Avenue
V6H 3W4 Vancouver
Canada
49° 15' 52.146" N, 123° 8' 9.3876" W
CA
A workshop exploring a new story structure of the Virgin archetype's path of self-fulfillment, based on Kim Hudson's new book, The Virgin's Promise.
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rabble.ca & This Magazine present Speak the F**k up!

Jun 16, 2010 to Jun 17, 2010
Clinton's Tavern
693 Bloor Street West
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 49.7088" N, 79° 25' 1.9992" W
Ontario CA
This Magazine & rabble.ca co-host a panel discussion on the G8/G20’s agenda on global maternal health
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Gen Y's biological clock talk taboo

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The luxury (and make no mistake, it is born of privilege) of a quarter-life crisis or simply a period in one's twenties where you're unsure of how you will earn a living for the next 30 or 40 years is not equally afforded to women of child-bearing years and child-bearing inclination. While advances in birth control have given us unprecedented control over our reproductive lives, we still haven't come to the point were we can outsmart mother nature on a mass scale. Women have only a finite period in which to get pregnant and give birth to children without (barring existing fertility issues) medical intervention and these years typically coincide with the time during which we're attempting to launch and establish our careers. This is reality, people.

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