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“Canada is not so much a country as a holding tank filled with the disgruntled progeny of defeated peoples. French-Canadians consumed by self-pity; the descendants of Scots who fled the Duke of Cumberland; Irish, the famine; and Jews, the Black Hundreds. Then there are the peasants from Ukraine, Poland, Italy and Greece, convenient to grow wheat and dig out the ore and swing the hammers and run the restaurants, but otherwise to be kept in their place. Most of us are huddled tight to the border, looking into the candy store window, scared of the Americans on one side and of the bush on the other.”

Oh, Mordecai. (via michelledean)

At least no Asians or Indigenous people live in your version of Canada! Oddly not the Canada I experienced.

(via nezua)

Indeed.  Of course, he was a guy from the old Jewish “ghetto” (I use the term advisedly but that is what people call it) of St. Urbain Street.  And this was probably said some time ago.  I wouldn’t, of course, defend the quote as ethnography, and saying anything about national character is subject to revision.  But the reason I posted it and kind of still like it is that it does capture something about the ambivalence regarding the “nation” that does seem to thread its way through awfully big parts of the culture. 

(via michelledean)

Gotcha. But I’m sure Asians and Indigenous have been in Canada quite a long time, ahem. :) 

My comment wasn’t a statement on you or why you posted it, just so that’s clear. :)

I just think there is a typical blindness to seeing certain kinds of people that is far too prevalent. And sometimes I like to do my part to underline their/our existence. 

Peace.

(via nezua)

Reblogging for commentary.

Although “blindness”… that’s, well, ableist.

(via nezua)

{ LINK: even more awesome commentary on that "Canada is not so much a country as a holding tank" quote }

nezua:

“Canada is not so much a country as a holding tank filled with the disgruntled progeny of defeated peoples. French-Canadians consumed by self-pity; the descendants of Scots who fled the Duke of Cumberland; Irish, the famine; and Jews, the Black Hundreds. Then there are the peasants from Ukraine, Poland, Italy and Greece, convenient to grow wheat and dig out the ore and swing the hammers and run the restaurants, but otherwise to be kept in their place. Most of us are huddled tight to the border, looking into the candy store window, scared of the Americans on one side and of the bush on the other.”

Oh, Mordecai. (via michelledean)

At least no Asians or Indigenous people live in your version of Canada! Oddly not the Canada I experienced.

(via nezua)

This quote is not so much a prose passage as a holding tank filled with the disgruntled progeny of rough-hewn stereotypes, racist and colonialist erasure, and a projection of self-effacing yet unctuous malaise onto a many-faceted national story. As a Chinese person who grew up in a Jewish neighborhood of Montreal during the René Lévesque era, I’m familiar with these shapes of thought (yeah I read Richler, in fact one of my elementary school classmates played Jacob Two-Two in the film adaptation). This is what white Canadians call “multiculturalism”.

(via zuky)

{ LINK: http://openmedia.ca/meter }

tranzient:

thejuthikakid:

sukoon:

For my Canadian followers: SIGN THIS PETITION! Shaw has been pushing this for a while now, and it’s getting really close to being passed.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are about to impose usage-based billing on YOU.

This means we’re looking at a future where ISPs will charge per byte, the way they do with smart phones. If we allow this to happen Canadians will have no choice but to pay MUCH more for less Internet. Big Telecom companies are obviously trying to gouge consumers, control the Internet market, and ensure that consumers continue to subscribe to their television services.

ASSHOLES. REBLOG THIS.

for my canada-land franz.

(via tranzient-deactivated20110219-d)

yourhue:

 
Ebony Roots, Northern Soil is a powerful and timely collection of critical essays exploring the experiences, histories and cultural engagements of black Canadians. Drawing from postcolonial, critical race and black feminist theory, this innovative anthology brings together an extraordinary set of well-recognized and new scholars engaging in the critical debates about the cultural politics of identity and issues of cultural access, representation, production and reception. 

yourhue:

Ebony Roots, Northern Soil is a powerful and timely collection of critical essays exploring the experiences, histories and cultural engagements of black Canadians. Drawing from postcolonial, critical race and black feminist theory, this innovative anthology brings together an extraordinary set of well-recognized and new scholars engaging in the critical debates about the cultural politics of identity and issues of cultural access, representation, production and reception. 

(via abagond)

{ To tell people to go back home is a very odd statement. }

stfuislamophobes:

This is a statement I hear so, so much, and I know my family has as well. Being a visible minority, it’s easy to pinpoint the color of our skin and think of us as immigrants or terrorists that are hurting the country.

There is no white Canada, nor is there a white America. Both of them should embrace diversity and multiculturalism but people group all immigrants as people that are hurting the economy. This is outright racism and anti-Muslim sentiment, plain and simple. To have such an outrageous accusation that all Muslims are bad is grouping many innocent people that have done no wrong except try to find a better living for themselves and their family.

I should go back home? I’d have to go back to Japan, where I left when I was 5. Canada is my home. Canada has a special place in my heart because I’ve lived here for so long, and many people that have lived in America and Canada will agree with me. Where will they go back home if their home is already here? Why are people so adamant in taking people of color out of the country and putting them in places that are potentially detrimental to their way of life?

This is racism. Racism is ruining our country, not Sharia Law, not burqas, not Islam. Racism is. Racism is dividing America and Canada into two different regions of visible minorities vs. non-visible minorities. People may think they are destroying an evil by being bigoted, but they are creating one instead.

(Source: stfuislamobigotry)

{ LINK: Vote for Trans Rights }

aleafails:

cassket:

Bill C-389 … Was a bill about basic human rights for Trans people. It would have helped provide equal access to health, education, shelter and justice…It did NOT pass.

143 MP’s voted Yes … And we must honor their support in the coming election.

HOWEVER 135 MP’s voted No… and we must NOT let this rest!

To be clear, this group of 135 members of parliament stood up to be counted. They voted specifically and knowingly AGAINST basic trans rights. 

They were fully informed that we are among those most oppressed citizens of Canada. Subject to institutionalized violence and abuse… Living in abject poverty… Denied basic human rights that other Canadians have fought and died for. 

And yet, these 135 denied us equality. Denied us compassion.

We know who these 135 MP’s are. Their views are on record. We have their names. And we want you to know who they are… http://www.facebook.com/no
tes.php?id=187892311254532

If you are an ally of the trans community… Please, please, please… Do NOT vote for them. And please, please tell your friends to do the same.

For further information go to http://www.transpride.ca/

I’m so proud of my MP for voting “Yes” and was excited to see that this was introduced by my neighbouring riding.  However, it seems ridiculous to me that this didn’t pass.

I read the bill and all they were proposing was to acknowledge that people are discriminated against for their gender identity and gender expression and to protect those people accordingly.  Basically, our government decided that we were okay to discriminate against!

Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of Conservatives voted “No”.  Meanwhile, the majority of every other party voted “Yes”.

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and the votes list on the Trans Pride website is here if you’re not cool with facebook if you can’t and/or don’t want to go to facebook (EDIT: shit i was thinking of the cissexism/binarism and privacy issues but i totally forgot about facebook’s accessibility issues).

(via abatado)

[image: photo of Shana Carter, a young woman with brown eyes, brown skin, and straight shoulder-length dark brown hair, wearing a pink t-shirt.  she is standing outside in the sun, in what looks like a park.]
kittenliberation:

riotwife:

MISSING WOMAN - PLEASE PASS ALONG!
Shana Carter was last seen leaving her boyfriend’s house on Arrowhead Lane in Grimsby, Ontario on December 4 around 10:30pm. Her friends and family miss her dearly, including her three-year-old son. She also has family in Halifax, Nova Scotia and might be anywhere between Ontario and the Maritime provinces.
Details: 25 years old, 5’7”, brown hair & eyes, tattoo on her wrist that says “Leroy”
If you have any information on Shana’s whereabouts, please don’t hesitate to contact the Niagara Regional Police #8 District at 1-905-688-4111, ext. 5400 or 5421.
Her family has also created a page on Facebook in hopes it’ll help them find her.


Personally, I hate the way the local media is treating her disappearance. It was a brief notice buried on the 6th page in between huge advertisements and the photo published was tiny, grainy and unclear. I have no doubt that she isn’t receiving greater coverage because she’s a woman of colour. Also, every article I’ve found online makes unnecessary mention of her “troubled youth” and “transient lifestyle” (meaning she worked in a strip club over three years ago). I hate that whenever a woman disappears who was even remotely connected with strip clubs or sex work, the media always makes a note of it. Why?

 Please reblog this, peeps, even if you don’t live in Canada. You probably have followers who do.

[above images: 2 more photos of Shana Carter.  in the first, she’s on a beach in a black shirt, and her hair is up in a ponytail.  she’s smiling and holding a young child in a red t-shirt with light brown skin and lightish-brown short curly hair.  the second is a myspace-style self-shot (taken in a mirror she’s standing in front of) — her hair’s down and she’s smiling, posed with one hand on her hip, and wearing a long purple shirt with a wide black belt and a long black sweater.]
i know this is old but AFAIK she is still missing.  still.  please pass this around if you can.

[image: photo of Shana Carter, a young woman with brown eyes, brown skin, and straight shoulder-length dark brown hair, wearing a pink t-shirt.  she is standing outside in the sun, in what looks like a park.]

kittenliberation:

riotwife:

MISSING WOMAN - PLEASE PASS ALONG!

Shana Carter was last seen leaving her boyfriend’s house on Arrowhead Lane in Grimsby, Ontario on December 4 around 10:30pm. Her friends and family miss her dearly, including her three-year-old son. She also has family in Halifax, Nova Scotia and might be anywhere between Ontario and the Maritime provinces.

Details: 25 years old, 5’7”, brown hair & eyes, tattoo on her wrist that says “Leroy”

If you have any information on Shana’s whereabouts, please don’t hesitate to contact the Niagara Regional Police #8 District at 1-905-688-4111, ext. 5400 or 5421.

Her family has also created a page on Facebook in hopes it’ll help them find her.

Personally, I hate the way the local media is treating her disappearance. It was a brief notice buried on the 6th page in between huge advertisements and the photo published was tiny, grainy and unclear. I have no doubt that she isn’t receiving greater coverage because she’s a woman of colour. Also, every article I’ve found online makes unnecessary mention of her “troubled youth” and “transient lifestyle” (meaning she worked in a strip club over three years ago). I hate that whenever a woman disappears who was even remotely connected with strip clubs or sex work, the media always makes a note of it. Why?

 Please reblog this, peeps, even if you don’t live in Canada. You probably have followers who do.

[above images: 2 more photos of Shana Carter.  in the first, she’s on a beach in a black shirt, and her hair is up in a ponytail.  she’s smiling and holding a young child in a red t-shirt with light brown skin and lightish-brown short curly hair.  the second is a myspace-style self-shot (taken in a mirror she’s standing in front of) — her hair’s down and she’s smiling, posed with one hand on her hip, and wearing a long purple shirt with a wide black belt and a long black sweater.]

i know this is old but AFAIK she is still missing.  still.  please pass this around if you can.

(via lannistersroar)

{ LINK: Callout for an Anti-authoritarian People of Colour and Indigenous Peoples Caucus }

sheresists:

(***please spread widely***)

We invite self-identified people of colour and indigenous people to join us at the Toronto Anarchist bookfair for a day of talks, workshops, and social events that will be presented by, facilitated by, and attended by self-identified Anti-Authoritarian People of Colour and Indigenous Peoples. The motivation behind providing an exclusively people of colour and indigenous space is to acknowledge the ways in which race and racism has both inflected our experience of oppression and struggle, as well as acknowledge the ways in which predominately white anarchist movements have either silenced or alienated us. In creating this space, we believe that the struggle for liberation should be waged by racialized peoples from an autonomous, parallel organizing space, rather than exist on the sidelines of a predominantly white movement. In doing so, we seek to create a space that specifically addresses our experiences, our struggles, our projects, and our goals as racialized people within a larger anti-authoritarian movement. Therefore, our goal is to facilitate discussion and enable racialized anti-authoritarian individuals to identify and work through the existing gaps within the Anti-Authoritarian People of Colour and Indigenous Peoples movement, to build stronger coalitions and networks amongst each other, and to establish links between our struggles in hopes of sharing both knowledge and resources. We welcome all who identify as Anti-Authoritarian People of Colour and Indigenous People to come, hang out for the entire day, stay for an event or two, or drop by and say, ‘Hi’.We also welcome people of colour and indigenous people who are curious about anarchism or anti-authoritarian politics to drop by and participate as well.

When: Saturday April 16

Location: Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street, Room 2145 (Toronto, Ontario)

Schedule:

I:00 (Lunch provided)
2:30-3:30 (Ashanti Alston : @narchist Panther Live Skype Talk)
3:30-5:30 (building an anti-authoritarian people of colour and
indigenous peoples movement in toronto facilitated discussion)
5:30-7:30 ( zine share, food)

In solidarity,

the Anti-Authoritarian People of Colour and Indigenous Peoples Toronto Anarchist Bookfair Collective

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(Source: mytongueisforked, via firesandwords)

{ LINK: shitty, creepy article from Vancouver Sun about missing kid Adam Benhamma [*WARNING* -- anti-autistic bigotry] }

i want Adam Benhamma to be ok, too, but a lot of the time, the way his disappearance is being presented is real fucked up and bigoted.  you know, “autistic kids are a burden on their parents and cannot think for themselves” kind of crap (EDIT: some commentary on these stereotypes here [*WARNING*]).

{ my film will debut its Canadian premiere in Toronto }

deafmuslimpunk:

my film Wedding Night, will mark its debut at Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival, which takes place at Innis Hall from May 12-15. The opening reception/red carpet event is on May 12, and the day of the screenings (which include my film) is on May 14 (Saturday) at Innis Hall.

Closed captioning and ASL interpretors will be provided.

Come and see my film, support me and other Deaf filmmakers!

(Source: badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista)