We Pivot: Inevitable Race Conversation Mistakes, Oluo Day 4/18

I love chapter 3 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race. It reminds us that our human/race arrogance is a deep impediment to making a difference in the world. Francesca Ramsey, whose voice is spreading more widely … [Read more]

We Pivot: The Racism-Power Intersection, Day 3/18

Let’s get into chapter 2 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race! It’s been hard in recent year to talk about reverse racism, which I don’t believe exists. Racism is prejudice based on race, but there’s always … [Read more]

We Pivot: Oluo, Race, Class and Priorities: Day 2/18

Chapter 1 of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race is called “Is It Really About Race?” In the debrief of the 2016 election, many folks have concluded that if we paid more attention to poor white people … [Read more]

We Pivot: Horgan Insults Delgamuukw with the Site C Debacle

20 years ago yesterday came the Supreme Court’s Delgamuukw ruling, ensuring that this “Canada” recognizes pre-existing aboriginal sovereignty, especially in BC where virtually none of the land was ever ceded to the British Crown. This is a pathetic day for … [Read more]

We Pivot: Louis C.K.’s “Victims” Didn’t Put Vancouver Animators Out of Work

We need more from the CBC. And the Canadian Press. “Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Louis C.K. put Vancouver Animators Out of Work” was the initial headline of a Canadian Press wire piece that the CBC ran, which has since been … [Read more]

Dead Wild Roses: Autonomous Vehicles

      The dour feminist in me would like to point out that women are still struggling toward full autonomy in society after some 2000 years of ‘civilization’ ( :/ ), but the hot topic of self driving vehicles has crossed my desk and merits a comment or two with regards to society. A healthy ...

We Pivot: Vancouver Will Now Segregate the Children of the Rich from the Poor

Vancouver is increasingly moving towards a financial caste system. It’s not like it hasn’t been going on for generations, but now it’s becoming entrenched in civic development policy. Instead of an intentional, well-led civic discussion about housing, justice, poverty, inclusion … [Read more]

We Pivot: Trudeau’s Empty “Yes We Can” Moment

Obama’s “Yes We Can” mantra made many question, yes we can do what exactly? That was its brilliance. He became whatever to whoever. Trudeau’s commitment to a national inquiry on murdered and missing indigenous women has become the same emptiness, … [Read more]

Dead Wild Roses: Is Corporate Meritocracy Fair?

The fascinating bit here is how easy it is for us to fool ourselves into thinking we’re doing “x”, when in reality we are doing “y”. In this study, all that was required to mirror the bias in our society against women was for a company to have a policy of meritocracy in place. Under ...

We Pivot: Modern Labour Activism?

Modern Labour Activism Modern Labour Activism is a collection of 35 labour renewal essays I wrote for Our Times magazine from March 2010 to June 2017. Is Canada’s labour movement in an existential crisis? Is it properly adapting to the … [Read more]

Dead Wild Roses: Folks, it F*cking Sucked – Sexism in Society

A nice example of the different way society treats women and men. And yes dudes, of course you don’t see it. http://vuvaliniterf.tumblr.com/post/163882741302/aki-anyway-when-someone-says-these-days-sexism Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Norms, Sexism, Society

Dead Wild Roses: Want to Change Society – Learn About the Default Effect – Musa Al-Gharbi

  Another hurdle for those who wish to change society. “Social scientists spend a lot of time and effort criticizing, deconstructing and otherwise problematizing various systems, institutions, ideologies and policies. However, it is much less common for researchers to develop alternative social arrangements that could be plausibly implemented in the “real world.” And it is ...

Dead Wild Roses: The REAL Victims of Inequality

The sports term for idiocy like this is ‘own goal’. Well done dudes. Filed under: Culture Tagged: Feminism, Society, Whiny Dudes

We Pivot: 2 Signs of a New Era!

Yesterday I noticed two things:   The BC NDP and BC Greens are willing to create a new paradigm of politics in BC. Hopefully this can mean a legislature where people don’t behave like 6-year-olds with the rude and sexist … [Read more]

Dead Wild Roses: Dudes – Just Stop Dud’in

A few poignant thoughts to keep in mind. We can also file this under “how women and men experience society differently”.     Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Cat Calling, Dudes be dude’in., Society

Dead Wild Roses: The Measure of a Woman.

It would be nice to believe that we are past the era of patriarchal stereotypes.  Unfortunately, this is not that case.  PSA’s like these three pictures exist because even in the most advanced Western societies many people believe that the length of skirt a woman happens to be wearing determines her sexual availability and moral ...

We Pivot: Feminism and Intersectionality, LIVE!

Feminism, intersectionality, activism in a world spinning out of rationality? Need to some grounding, inspiration and joy? Want to see the woman who invented the word “intersectionality”? Here’s what should be on your plate tomorrow night at 730pm PST! Tony … [Read more]

We Pivot: IWD + 7 Days: Saudi Arabia Edition

Maybe this is a first step at dismantling one of the harshest patriarchies on the planet? Or maybe that as we pivot to a society of gender equality, we can suggest to Saudi Arabia that if they oppose genders mixing, … [Read more]

We Pivot: The Day After IWD, Maybe?

My fourth grade teacher friend found this under one of her students' desks. <3 <3 <3 pic.twitter.com/7NSxIa6ujn — Elly (@SMLXist) March 6, 2017   On International Women’s Day, the prime minister’s wife decided to honour the men who are feminists … [Read more]

We Pivot: T$$$p and His Cabinet Are TRYING to Trigger Us All

Like a 3-year-old trying to bug siblings and parents to receive ANY kind of attention, T$$$p and his cabinet are on a distraction campaign to trigger people to flip out so that we’re distracted from their agenda of deconstructing America … [Read more]

We Pivot: Let’s Change BC’s Racist Street Names

The World Economic Forum is not the most progressive organization in world history. They’ve been part of pushing a neoliberal privatization agenda on many poor countries for decades. But they’re going through what appears to be at least a salon … [Read more]

We Pivot: Mobilize Now Against Local and Global Fascism

Don’t be stunned or rest in a superficial analysis of our new world with this president, Trump. There’s a chance you’ve just been missing out on how Canadian and American societies have been changing. Perhaps you’ve been living in an … [Read more]

We Pivot: Listen to Refugees; Don’t Ban Them

Canadians are awesome, tolerant, opening and welcoming. Sure. To a degree, but even to the point of self delusion. We often feel morally superior to the Americans, particularly now as they slide from proto-fascism to soft fascism to jackboot fascism. … [Read more]

We Pivot: My Speech to the HUMA Commons Committee on Poverty Reduction

I was honoured to receive an invitation to speak to HUMA later this morning, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. They are studying poverty reduction strategies, … [Read more]

We Pivot: Psst, Wanna Stop Protecting the Environment?

On December 31, 2018, the US government will stop protecting the environment. If the Kill-the-EPA bill passes, the US government will certainly slow down protecting it until they blow out the EPA candle in 22.5 months. How is Congress doing … [Read more]