There’s a big d…

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Because MRAs and “meninsim” and “BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MENZ???” has infiltrated feminism…

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There’s a big difference, however, between hating a dominant group in an oppressive system like patriarchy and hating the individuals who belong to it. Angela Davis once said that as an African American she often feels hatred for white people, but her feelings for particular white people depend on the individual. She hates white people’s collective position of dominance in a racially oppressive society, she hates the privilege they enjoy at her expense, and she hates the racist culture that whites take for granted as unremarkable while she must struggle with the oppression it creates in everyday life. But Davis also knows that while individual whites can never be free of racism, they can participate in racist systems in many different ways, which include joining people of color in the fight for racial justice. The same can be said of men and women.

The distinction between groups and individuals, however…

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A Metis Winnipegger’s Thoughts on the Maclean’s Article…

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It’s amazing how long I accepted this as reality everywhere for us. It wasn’t until I moved to Toronto and came back for visits that I realized just how violent the attitudes are towards my community – in Winnipeg. It took me another year after I moved back to get use to the feeling of ‘walking on eggshells’ every time I entered a white-dominated space. Unless you’re a VISIBLY Indigenous person living in Winnipeg, you have no idea what our experiences are like.

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I didn’t want to read the Maclean’s article on Winnipeg being the most racist city in Canada. I saw the headline and my initial reaction was to avoid it. And I wasn’t sure why…  But now I know.

And this is how I feel:

My great great great grandfathers fought beside Louis Riel, lived and died here on the land that Winnipeg is built on. Shed blood, tears, raised families. I can feel that personal history in the land here, I felt it when I moved to another province– I had to come back. I needed the feeling that the land gave me. That sense of comfort and belonging that I’m not sure non-Aboriginal people can feel in a “land”.

But what if on that land, is built a place where the people have come to HATE you.

…Where only 13% of people look upon Aboriginal People/ME favorably, the…

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A Tribe Called Red 2014

IMG_1271Similar to the last show they put on at Union Sound Hall in February, the place was a packed, sweaty, sauna dance party. Which is why despite my lens continuing to fog up throughout the night, I’m happy that I managed to get a few shots in between dance sessions!

IMG_1277 IMG_1336 IMG_1337 IMG_1353 IMG_1357 IMG_1364 IMG_1371 IMG_1383 IMG_1389 IMG_1415Miigwetch to ATCR and (Sarah lol) for a much needed night of fun and great music!

The Ferguson Masterpost: How To Argue Eloquently & Back Yourself Up With Facts

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THIS IS A MUST READ!

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Introduction From The Curator

The only kind of bombs I support are truth-bombs, and that’s why I’ve come together with a group of POC and White allies to write this post. We feel it’s critical to have conversations about social justice loudly, noticeably, personally as well as systemically, and eloquently—in this case, specifically around Ferguson, #stoptheparade, #BlackLivesMatter, #IndictAmerica, and all the myriad things happening right now around police brutality and the devaluing of Black lives. We need to connect our struggles and see where they intersect, while not pretending that we all face the same issues (today I’m lookin’ at you, non-Black POC). To do this, we need tools, scripts, data—means of having and supporting these conversations, as well as our communities.

That’s why we’re here.

We want to give you tools to support that work and that dialogue. If you’re facing tough questions from friends, family, colleagues…

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