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

Filed under Campus, Decolonization   ·   February 15th, 2017   ·   0 comments

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 […]

UBC’s Second Chance to Stand for Justice: the 2017 BDS Referendum

Filed under Activism, Campus, Decolonization, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   February 13th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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Two years have passed. In the past two years the world has been marked by attacks, peace deals, attempted and successful coups, tragic diasporas, referendums and elections. Often times change has been for the worse, yet sometimes for the better. Those who have been following the Middle Eastern vicissitudes may agree with me that the […]

sticks and stones can break your bones but words words words…

Filed under Campus, Humour   ·   February 8th, 2017   ·   0 comments
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I’m kind of apprehensive about writing this, and posting it anywhere public, but here I go anyway: “Freedom of speech” is kind of overrated. I hope that declaration was both reductionist and sensationalist enough that at least three of you will stick around long enough to hate-read this and hear me out. The English philosopher […]

Sex Work in Canada

Filed under Feminism   ·   February 6th, 2017   ·   0 comments

In a 2014 report written by Canadian Conservative MP Joy Smith, the ardent anti-sex work activist suggests “…prostitution dehumanizes and degrades individuals and reduces them to a commodity to be bought and sold.” Smith’s misguided statement is reflective of a larger political discussion that has emerged in Canada over the past several years, revolving around […]

Silence, fear and cover-ups: The three pillars of UBC

Filed under Campus   ·   February 2nd, 2017   ·   0 comments

Something is rotten in the state of UBC. We’ve all read the stories about how the university has failed sexual assault survivors, problems with the Board of Governors, Steven Galloway’s firing, and Arvind Gupta’s premature departure. But the problems run much deeper making the institution toxic. This is something I found out all too well […]

Naked Power

Filed under Capitalism & Class, Global Politics, Race and Racism   ·   January 30th, 2017   ·   0 comments

Content warning: graphic descriptions of violence The presidency of the United States of America has more exclusive access to military force and more unilateral deployment power than ever before. The United States of America is often spoken of as the ‘richest and most powerful nation the world has ever seen.’ This power is generally attributed […]

Pandora

Filed under Feminism, Humour   ·   January 28th, 2017   ·   0 comments

Content warning: sexual violence, physical assault I have evil thighs that sweat and slide down bus seats, stair banisters, bar stools, park benches and coffeeshop sofas, sun soaked beach loungers, carnival booths, pub vinyl and airplane chintz My evil thighs twitch under cotton sundresses and cleave communist creases across khakis magnetize security guards, homeless men […]

homeland diaspora (Karaj & Yazd, Iran)

Filed under Uncategorized   ·   January 25th, 2017   ·   0 comments

Photographer: Her story of personal connection to Persian memories, food and lands are conveyed through photography as she wishes for her audience to experience her visit to the homeland through her heart and eyes. No names accompany photos, as the photographer prefers the expression of sole imagery due to being unable to fully express her […]

If There’s a Reason: A Letter from a Survivor of the Campus Sexual Misconduct Debacle

Filed under Activism, Campus, Feminism   ·   March 21st, 2016   ·   0 comments

Content note: this letter discusses sexual assault I had a hard time deciding who this letter should be addressed to. There’s a lot of people I want to address, you see. The first, of course, is the scumbag who sexually assaulted me. And I guess I could talk about that. But, as a professor once […]