Struggles for justice in 2018: The view from rabble columns

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It's the end of a year marked by extraordinary struggles for social justice. Across the country and around the world, everyday people -- citizens, neighbours, activists, community members -- have been working in solidarity to address inequality and push for social change. This year we saw action on a number of fronts. There was pushback against an emerging politics of hate in Canada, collective efforts to prevent climate breakdown, steps to address gendered online violence, human rights challenges, Indigenous resistance, uprisings, and more. In 2018, people continued to come together with hope in the face of powerful forces to fight for a better world.

rabble columnists were there to document the struggles for social justice, describing the issues and bringing us the stories of the people behind them. Read on for a look back at the year as seen by our columnists, who cast a spotlight on the top issues concerning progressives in 2018. To follow our columns in the year ahead, check out rabble's columns section

  • Why are people destitute in Canada? A social safety net to ensure that every individual has enough to live on should be standard in a liberal democracy. Canada had such a social safety net, Duncan Cameron points out, until it was abolished nearly 25 years ago.
  • The rise of a politics of hate in Canada. Hate crimes in Canada have increased by 47 per cent in 2017, reports Monia Mazigh, yet both Quebec Premier François Legault and Ontario Premier Doug Ford remain silent about the disturbing surge in numbers.
  • Nicaragua's agrarian reform and revolution 40 years on. To better understand present-day events in Nicaragua, we need to revisit the 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the agrarian reform which was to have lifted the poorest citizens out of poverty. Lois Ross takes us back to the revolution and talks about Canada's role in supporting it.
  • The cost of free expression online for women. With online platforms increasingly being a site of public discourse in democratic societies, gendered online violence is destructive, says OpenMedia's Marianela Ramos Capelo, because it silences and makes invisible a key sector of society in the public sphere.
  • Resisting the terror of cultural genocide at Muskrat Falls. Matthew Behrens details the actions taking place in solidarity with the Labrador Land Protectors, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who are trying to stop the massive Muskrat Falls megadam, which threatens residents with methylmercury poisoning as well as mass drowning from a potential catastrophic dam break in Labrador.

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