Category Archives: Activism

Gupta and the state of transparency and democracy at UBC

Filed under Activism, Campus, Decolonization   ·   October 12th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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If you’re anything like me, you spent August closely watching the unfolding drama at the highest echelons of UBC’s administration: a President who left unexpectedly and without explanation, the Board of Governors Chair cracking down on a professor, the AMS’s response, and now a call for transparency in the new Presidential Search process. As the […]

“Critical Muslim Voices and The Elections”: A Conversation with Hasan Alam

Filed under Activism, Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics, Race and Racism, Vancouver Politics   ·   October 9th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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Hasan Alam is a lawyer, activist and a founding member of Critical Muslim Voices. A few weeks ago I got the chance to sit down with him and talk about Critical Muslim Voices, what the upcoming federal election means for Muslims, the Islamophobic rhetoric surrounding the elections, and the presence of CSIS (the Canadian Security […]

white feminist 404

Filed under Activism, Culture, Feminism, Queer Issues, Race and Racism   ·   October 1st, 2015   ·   1 comment
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can trauma be owned can it be speculated on / paid for in plastic rainbows & rubber kisses? you, white feminist, are a bracelet locking me within these washed, haunted halls (so clean): the clock, this wristband, these lunch trays – they tell me to give one story here the exact four lines you’ve been […]

Meat is Murder

Filed under Activism, Animal Rights, Decolonization, Environmentalism, Feminism   ·   September 29th, 2015   ·   1 comment
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There is no existence more complicated, convoluted and rewarding than being a human being. We live within our own inventions: insulated homes, organized municipal communities, restaurants, the internet, language – so who would want to be anything else? Now, across cultures relationships with land and animals vary, and since I cannot personally speak on the […]

Top 16 Talon-Approved Initiatives on Campus

Filed under Activism, Campus   ·   September 7th, 2015   ·   2 comments
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By Anne Kessler, updated from “The Top 10 Talon-Approved Initiatives on Campus” by Urooba Jamal Do you find yourself rapidly muttering expletives under your breath every time you engage in any type of mainstream media? Have the phrases “in solidarity with,” “hegemonic,” and “social construct” come to replace filler words like “um” and “like” in […]

Frontlines Beat Pipelines 2: Supporting The Unist’ot’en Through Creative Resistance

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class, Decolonization, Events, Race and Racism   ·   September 6th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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The first week of school brings more than just the familiar and notorious whirlwind of welcome back events, parties, and Imagine Day-related hysteria. It also conjures up the long legacy of on-campus colonial violence and misogyny that sometimes rears its head in traditions like Frosh. The Sauder School’s “Pocahontas chants” of 2013 readily come to […]

Beginning to Win: Amsterdam, Red Squares and the Student Struggle

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class, Global Politics   ·   May 4th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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“Yeah, fuck the neoliberal narrative!” These are the words that introduced us to Dutch student activist Judith Baten, one of the main organizers of the student movement, the Nieuwe Universiteit, at the University of Amsterdam. Regardless of the fact that she had been averaging 2 hours of sleep for the last week, Baten was full […]

Remembering the Purple Thistle

Filed under Activism, Capitalism & Class, Vancouver Politics   ·   April 11th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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I’m chatting with Aliza Bosa in the Purple Thistle Centre. The 2,500-square foot arts and activism space in East Vancouver feels remarkably spacious with only the two of us here, but signs of the centre’s visitors and their creative endeavors linger all around us—things like screen printing tools, paints, books, computers, a bike-repair station, and […]

Social Justice Synonyms #21: “Prostitute”

Filed under Activism, Decolonization, Feminism, Social Justice Synonyms, Vancouver Politics   ·   April 4th, 2015   ·   3 comments
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On Sunday March 29th #facesofprostitution went viral. The hashtag was a response from queer Australian sex worker Tilly Lawless to an article posted on the website Exodus Cry entitled “The Reality of Pretty Woman.” The article argued that Pretty Woman, the 1990 movie in which Julia Roberts plays a sex worker, romanticizes the realities of […]

Homelessness is Not a Choice

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class, Decolonization, Feminism, Race and Racism   ·   March 30th, 2015   ·   5 comments
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I am deeply indebted to the Coast Salish people, the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam nations on whose unceded lands I think, teach, learn, and write. With my heartfelt gratitude. It is springtime again and the Five Days for the Homeless Campaign has recently concluded at UBC. The campaign’s website states that student participants had to […]