Category Archives: Race and Racism

Public Statement on Campus (Un)safety

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class, Decolonization, Feminism, Race and Racism   ·   December 11th, 2015   ·   2 comments
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University of British Columbia xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam Territory socialjustgradstatements@gmail.com / socialjustgradstatements.wordpress.com Note: The views in this statement are solely of the authors. They do not reflect the views of all faculty, staff, and students at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Research. Recently gaining public attention, student activism at UBC has illuminated the […]

seasons of gender: reflections on trans day of remembrance

Filed under Decolonization, Feminism, Global Politics, Queer Issues, Race and Racism, Trans Issues   ·   November 20th, 2015   ·   1 comment
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gender can be a daunting topic – daunting for trans and cis people alike. for the latter, discussing gender can seem difficult. anxiety-provoking. tentative to engage, cis people often avoid asking about pronouns, avoid trying with pronouns, avoid learning about gender altogether. all this employed in the spirit of fragility: as if it is better […]

We are Here, We are Needed: UBC Students of Colour Ready to Speak Out against Racist Violence Worldwide

Filed under Activism, Campus, Capitalism & Class, Events, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   November 19th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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Next Friday, November 27th, an event at UBC is taking place where students of colour and allies will gather to show solidarity for the racist violence occurring throughout university campuses worldwide. Please join us at 2PM in the Performance Theatre of the AMS Nest, to show your support for #Mizzou, #Yale, #UWC, #FeesMustFall, #StudentBlackOut, #BlackLivesMatter […]

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 […]

Unapologetic

Filed under Feminism, Multimedia, Queer Issues, Race and Racism   ·   November 5th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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Pictured is Maneo Mohale wearing her identity to the March Against Racism in March 2015.
Maneo has written about this t-shirt in an article published in HOLAAfrica.

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: […]

“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 […]

Institutional Burden Politics: A look at UBC’s disability structures

Filed under Campus, Capitalism & Class, Disability Justice & Mental Health, Race and Racism   ·   September 19th, 2015   ·   1 comment
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How do UBC’s bureaucratic and institutional structures perpetuate ableist assumptions such as burden discourse? Burden discourse is when disabled bodies don’t feel entitled to ask for support. This can be due to language use, interpersonal interactions, and/or structures in the institution, which is what this article will focus on. It is critical to look closely […]

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 […]