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Apr 8, 2010

The niqab ban is a feminist issue

JYD
The province of Quebec in Canada, in all its infinite wisdom (insert witty sarcastic comment here) has decided to table legislation that would ban the niqab.
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'Canadian' Values vs. the Niqab

Dear Canadians,

I'm tired of having you decide what my values should be, and what that should look like, especially when those values embody protectionism, racism, and the devaluing of people of colour. 

What does that mean exactly, anyways? What is a Canadian value? Who decides what that looks like? I can tell you this much, I don't identify as a Canadian, and I am surely not proud to call myself one. Do you know why? Because we Canadians are hypocrites. 

Podcast
Mar 25, 2010
Redeye

Racism motion contentious at Vancouver City Council

Redeye
When city councillor Ellen Woodsworth brought a motion to council to join the Canada’s Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination, she thought it was a no-brainer.
Podcast
Mar 25, 2010

A tribute to Hari Sharma

Redeye
Hari Sharma died on March 16, 2010 after a long illness. He was an activist throughout his life, working to end racism and to support working people both in Canada, India and elsewhere.
Podcast
Mar 25, 2010
Redeye

Migrant workers demand unpaid wages

Redeye
Much of the construction that went on in Vancouver prior to the 2010 Olympics was done by foreign temporary workers. Some of the workers have now ended up being owed large sums of money.
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Immigration and Indigenous solidarity and how they intersect

Recently, I helped out at a No One Is Illegal event that was held last weekend in Toronto.  There was an amazing line-up of speakers, and one in particular really clarified some things for me around the issues of immigration and Indigenous rights.

I've occasionally wondered whether there is a disconnect between advocating open immigration, and also advocating Indigenous rights in Canada, in particular, land claims.  It seems to be contradictory: colonizers from outside Canada stole land from the First Peoples here, and are now treating them like unwanted guests on their own territories.  The first invaders could be considered "immigrants" - so how is it that immigration wasn't okay then, but it is okay now?

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Mar 18, 2010

Weekly Diaspora: No sleep 'till march on Washington

Erin Rosa
This Sunday, tens of thousands of people plan to march on the National Mall in Washington, DC in an effort to persuade Congress and the Obama administration to tackle immigration reform in 2010.

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