Politics and its Discontents: Some Days, There Does Seem To Be A Small Sliver Of Hope

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The Canadian Progressive: 7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People

When White parents talk to their children about police killings of Black people, they create future White co-conspirators/allies for primary forces working against racism, the prison industrial complex and other injustices, such as Black Lives Matter. The post 7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People appeared first on ...

The Canadian Progressive: Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children

Internal Facebook documents reviewed by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom, reveal that the social media behemoth’s censors often condone hate speech by white men but punish racialized minorities and activist groups for legitimate political expression. The post Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children appeared first on ...

The Canadian Progressive: Intolerance-inspired effort to defund Pride Toronto thwarted

The City of Toronto just thwarted an attempt by some right-wing councillors to force the city to pull its $260,000 grant to Pride Toronto, the non-profit organizer of the annual Toronto Pride festivals. The post Intolerance-inspired effort to defund Pride Toronto thwarted appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence

The recent passage of historic reparations legislation in Chicago means black people who have experienced racial violence at the hands of the police can be granted reparations. The post How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Another Perspective: A Guest Post By Pamela MacNeil

I received two very thoughtful reactions to my post the other day on the decision of the Gay Pride organizers to accede to the demand by Black Lives Matter to exclude the Toronto Police from future participation in the festivities. It is not a decision I agree with, as I outlined in the post. Both ...

Politics and its Discontents: Black Lives Matter, But Bullying Is Still Bullying

Just back last evening from our Cuban sojourn, it will take a little while to get my blogging and political legs back up to speed, given that I was peacefully unconnected for a week. However, an item in today’s paper caught my attention that I feel moved to comment on. Anyone who reads my blog ...

Michal Rozworski: Don’t mourn, organize! Sarah Jaffe on organizing before and after Trump

You could almost hear the whole world hold its breath as the night of November 8th dragged on and Donald Trump’s march towards the presidency became clearer. While it may be trite, Joe Hill’s famous dictum “Don’t mourn; organize!” rings true today. My guest, journalist and author Sarah Jaffe, is very well placed to help ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: This Morning In Police Shootings…

Killed for a misread tweet. Inquiry into #DonDunphy announced https://t.co/aoJ2QgHQkR #cdnpoli #nlpoli — Derrick O'Keefe (@derrickokeefe) September 23, 2016 Woman experiencing mental distress calls 911. Police arrive and shoot her three times. SIU lays no charges. https://t.co/H5eDyXum2u — Desmond Cole (@DesmondCole) September 23, 2016 A man is experiencing mental distress. Toronto police arrive at his ...

The Canadian Progressive: How storytelling can help address police violence

Storytelling can help address police violence by enabling victims to articulate their personal experiences and reveal unjust policing practices. As well, articulated personal experiences of police brutality can help policing agencies to develop better systems of accountability. The post How storytelling can help address police violence appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Shadow of a Race War

According to some stunning new polls, Donald Trump's chance of winning the support of most African-Americans is practically zero.Because Hillary Clinton just about owns the black vote. So with all the violent racial turmoil in the U.S., I've been watching that dangerous demagogue closely to see how he might react.And sure enough he's already moving to ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gun Violence – Who You Shoot Matters

  Some peoples lives are worth more than others. In the context of American society one of the deciding factors of how much your life is worth is determined by the colour of your skin.  Here in Canada a similar skin tone gradient applies as being First Nations in Canada gets you the special police ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Attempted Hijacking of the Gay Pride Parade

Well I got there late, as usual. So I had to settle for a place in row 18. And I had to leave early because my stitched up knee started to swell up.But after my best Canada Day ever, it was my best Gay Pride parade ever.It was an amazing sight. I've never seen so many people in ...

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Canada’s spring of occupations

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Podcast160605-BLM-and-INAC.mp3   Welcome back to the first podcast episode after a two-month hiatus! This week, three guests talk about two significant occupations of public space that have happened in Canada in the interim: the Black Lives Matter occupation of police headquarters plaza in Toronto and the occupations of Indigenous and Northern Affairs offices across the country. In ...

The Canadian Progressive: Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The U.S. has a history of racial violence against blacks and indigenous peoples. Now is the time to follow the example shown by Canada and South Africa, and begin a national process of truth and reconciliation. The post Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission appeared first ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Powerful Statement

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Politics and its Discontents: The Police – Reluctant Learners In Our Midst

In many ways it is regrettable that the police apparently are not Spiderman fans. If they were, perhaps they would understand an early and painful lesson learned by Peter Parker, his alter ego: With great power comes great responsibility. Unfortunately, some police seem to love the power, but want nothing to do with its responsible ...