Category Archives: Decolonization

No, UBC, I won’t be white for you

Filed under Activism, Campus, Culture, Decolonization, Race and Racism   ·   November 6th, 2015   ·   18 comments
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Last week I was perusing the shops in our beautiful new $107 million, horizon-obliterating, architectural giant, also know as the AMS Student Nest. In one cute, somewhat bizarrely placed boutique, I discovered something very shocking: Cake Soap. Cake Soap is what I – with a penchant for Vybz Kartel and some Jamaican ancestry – would […]

Not In Our Name: UBC’s new Progressive Jewish Alliance

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   October 29th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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The Silencing of Jewish Progressive Voices In recent years there has been an explosion of Jewish groups breaking away from the mainstream Jewish community’s discourse on Israel/Palestine, seeking to reclaim the history of radical Jewish politics. As young Jews we have witnessed a silencing of perspectives that critique Israel and its actions. Slogans such as: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Angélica Choc at UBC: “We come carrying more than 500 years of resistance”

Filed under Capitalism & Class, Decolonization, Environmentalism, Feminism, Global Politics   ·   September 23rd, 2015   ·   0 comments
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Angélica Choc is a Mayan Q’eqchi’ woman from the community of La Union, in the Guatemalan municipality of El Estor. Adolfo Ich Chamán, her husband and an outspoken critic of the Canadian-owned nickel mine operating in the area, was brutally murdered on the 27th of September, 2009. The security manager of the mine was arrested […]

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 […]

Introducing the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2015

Filed under Culture, Decolonization, Environmentalism, Global Politics   ·   September 2nd, 2015   ·   0 comments
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The Talon – UBC’s alternative student press – is back from our summer hiatus!  This year brings in a fresh start, with new ideas, exciting content, and a set of amazing incoming editors! We will be publishing again in a couple of days. We’re proud to kick the year off by announcing our media partnership […]

Hagwilget Peak, Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en territory
The Problem with Social Work

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Disability Justice & Mental Health   ·   April 5th, 2015   ·   2 comments
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My name is Morgan Yee, a name that is representative of both my Chinese and Caucasian ancestry. I am in my last term of my Bachelors of Social Work at UBC, and am specializing in child welfare. I grew up in the small, primarily First Nations community of Hazelton, British Columbia, on the traditional lands […]

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 […]