Category Archives: Campus

The Post-Truth Politics of Jordan Peterson’s Gender Nonbinary Pronoun Debate

Filed under Activism, Campus, Culture, Events, Queer Issues, Trans Issues   ·   November 14th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Is there some legitimacy in what he brings up about free speech and a culture of polarization that we too are concerned about? Absolutely. But what Peterson is using his “free speech” towards is the suppression of minority rights that he takes ideological issue with. We don’t support such “intellectual” thinking, or argument.

Interview with Yves Engler – A Propaganda System: How Canada’s government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation

Filed under Campus, Capitalism & Class, Global Politics   ·   November 10th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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This interview was recorded on October 9, 2016 at the University of British Columbia on the occupied, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people. It is important to recognize that institutions across these lands continue to perpetuate acts of colonial violence and dispossession towards the region’s First People and that questioning and dismantling these oppressive […]

Corrupt prosecutors behind Brazil’s 2016 right-wing coup selected as finalists for UBC’s $100,000 Allard Prize

Filed under Campus, Global Politics   ·   September 26th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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“…By contrast, much of Brazilian civil society and grassroots political movements view the Car Wash Task Force as a tool of an oligarchic elite, represented by the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMBD), that sought power by “judicial” means after having lost the 2014 election to Rousseff’s Worker’s Party (PT).8 Protests opposing the Task force number in the hundreds of thousands9, while an attempted rally in its defense only attracted a little more than half a dozen people.10 Brazilians reject the hypocrisy of the Task Force’s ‘crusade against corruption’, which played a key role in undemocratically installing the notoriously corrupt Michel Temer as President.”

Trump-style politics at UBC: Why you should proobbbbabbly vote in the upcoming AMS By-election this week

Filed under Campus   ·   September 18th, 2017   ·   1 comment
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Aah free speech. Two deliciously click-baity words that roll in and out of your mouth like Warheads candy the morning after Halloween. If only “free speech” as is commonly used nowadays by libertarians, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the “alt-right” actually refers to the legal definition of freedom of expression. Otherwise members of these groups would […]

BDS court case verdict and the surrounding campus politics

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics   ·   April 5th, 2017   ·   1 comment
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Tetrault reacted positively to the court verdict and stated that “the courts basically rejected the attempt by the pro-Israeli forces on the UBC campus to shut down [the] debate… [The verdict] was a very good decision for free speech, student union independence and I think it will discourage people from going to court to decide political issues.”

A Palestinian’s response to Koby Michaels’ Op-ed

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   April 3rd, 2017   ·   1 comment
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Dear Koby Michaels, I’m writing this open letter to inform you and those who have read your article that your intentions behind writing it was not that of genuine fear, but of an ideological impetus to preserve your privilege. You benefit as a colonizer of unceded Coast Salish territory, and also Palestinian land if you […]

Standing up for Human Decency

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics   ·   March 31st, 2017   ·   0 comments
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In June 1967, during the Six-Day War, Israel began its occupation of the West Bank. Less than six months later, the U.N. Security Council adopted Resolution 242. Resolution 242 invoked the foundational legal principle of the “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war” and called for “withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in […]

Inside the BDS court case against the AMS

Filed under Campus, Global Politics   ·   March 25th, 2017   ·   1 comment
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On Monday March 6, 2017, Toronto-based lawyer Alexi Wood appeared in the BC Supreme Court to defend the Alma Mater Society (AMS) against a lawsuit brought forth by a UBC Commerce student, Logan Presch. The litigation involved the proposed Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) referendum question that was put to the AMS by the student […]

All-Gender Washrooms: A Trans* Issue and Beyond

Filed under Campus, Trans Issues   ·   March 24th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Content warning: Transphobia None of the authors of this post are transgender or gender-variant. For that reason, we are cognizant of the privilege we have to advocate for transgender rights as allies who do not face the repercussions that transgender, or gender-variant people continue to face today. Many transgender and gender-variant people have advocated for […]

Indigenous and settler students hold UBC president accountable for reinstatement of Furlong

Filed under Campus, Decolonization   ·   February 15th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Dear Dr. Santa Ono, We are writing this letter to demonstrate our opposition to the reinstatement of John Furlong as the keynote speaker at the University of British Columbia’s upcoming 18th Annual ZLC Millennium Scholarship Breakfast on February 28, 2017. As both Indigenous and settler students studying at UBC on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional […]