The Canadian Progressive: Can peaceful grassroots activism stop the white supremacist movement’s embrace of violence?

The threat of white supremacist terrorism is a constant in U.S. history, writes Shane Burley, author of the forthcoming book, Fascism Today: What It Is and How We End It. The post Can peaceful grassroots activism stop the white supremacist movement’s embrace of violence? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy”

According to Robin DiAngelo, a former Associate Professor of Multicultural Education: “Naming white supremacy changes the conversation because it shifts the problem to white people, where it belongs.” The post No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Mental illness the go-to excuse for white men committing acts of terrorism against people of color

The label “mental illness”, when referred to white men who’ve committed acts of terrorism against people of color, downplays racism and elicits sympathy for the bigoted murderer, argues Zenobia Jeffries, YES! Magazine’s racial justice associate editor. The post Mental illness the go-to excuse for white men committing acts of terrorism against people of color appeared ...

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: Community First, Deportations Second?

Residents were upset that the president who promised to deport undocumented immigrants was rounding up undocumented immigrants in order to deport them. “I knew he was Mexican, but he’s been here so long, he’s just one of us,” Debra Johnson, … [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: 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: What are White Supremacists and Misogynists Afraid Of?

So, let’s dig into the fear that motivates white supremacists and misogynists. Are they in backlash/whitelash mode, afraid of losing centuries of entitlement? Because their hate doesn’t start AS hate, but as fear. And if we can understand what they’re … [Read more]

We Pivot: How Many Dead Kids in Care Is too Many?

How many thousands of dead, injured and abused kids in the care of the BC government are OK for BC Liberal Party voters? None? Try thousands over 16 years. And how many more thousands of dead, injured and abused kids … [Read more]

We Pivot: What White People Don’t Know

What we can’t know. Let’s get more in touch with our privilege.

We Pivot: The Value of the Budweiser Boycott

Budweiser has been so coy pretending their Super Bowl pro-immigration ad wasn’t political. Of course it was. Own it. But as people boycott something with the alternate spelling [Budwiser], we are able to more clearly see how people want to … [Read more]

We Pivot: Racism is a Mental Health Disorder?

Yes? No? What do you think? This may help, and this:

Susan on the Soapbox: Kellie Leitch: An Example of “New Racism”

On Sept 7, 2016 Kellie Leitch posted a tweet in which she shared an article that appeared in Macleans magazine.  The article set out her proposal to vet all newcomers to Canada for “anti-Canadian values”. On January 29, 2017 six Muslim men were murdered in a Quebec mosque by a white Canadian man who apparently ...

We Pivot: Ask Kellie Leitch What Problem She Thinks She’s Solving

Kellie Leitch and her dog whistle politics have no place in my Canada. As we pivot to a world of greater justice and dignity, we need to beware of politicians peddling solutions to vague or non-existent problems. For it is … [Read more]

We Pivot: What’s Wrong with White Feminism?

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, a number of writers have pointed to white feminism as an answer to the question of how Trump became president. White feminism, as an ideology and movement, has historically centered middle-class white women … [Read more]

We Pivot: Which Conservative Do You Trust on First Nations Land Claims?

Is it Chris Alexander, he of the Barbaric Cultural Practices Snitch Line? I know, right. But it turns out, that among the even-more-racist Kellie Leitch, and the co-T***p admirer Kevin O’Leary, 65% of Canadians like Alexander’s idea of resolving all … [Read more]

We Pivot: March on Washington, Live in Vancouver!

It’s an hour until Vancouver’s March on Washington begins. This is what solidarity and dignity look like! Watch for updates all morning at http://twitter.com/wepivot  

We Pivot: T***p, the Inauguration and Our Kids’ Mental Health

Now that T***p’s inauguration is 2 weeks away I’d revisited a great piece from 2 months ago that explored how to help our children deal with what America is becoming. Beyond all these great ideas to address kids’ anxiety and … [Read more]

We Pivot: Nazis Don’t Get Twitter Accounts. Sorry.

It’s a classic #SorryNotSorry. But sorry, Twitter, Nazis don’t get Twitter accounts. Especially since Twitter is so eager to promote the Rebel Alliance against the tyrannical Darth Vader. In real life, Nazis are bad. Right? The evil empire. If you … [Read more]

We Pivot: This Week in American Fascism

Whew, what a week! As we pivot to a new world dismantling entitlements and confronting much more overt fascism, let’s reflect on what we need to call out: Fascist, white supremacists love to ban books, including To Kill A Mockingbird, … [Read more]

We Pivot: THIS Man Is Ahead By A Century

How about you? Are you ahead by a century, like Gord Downie is? Do you walk among the stars? I can only aspire to. I want to pivot to a new world of connection and rich culture and community. I … [Read more]

We Pivot: White- and Male-Dominated History Perpetuates White, Male Supremacy

If, like me, you don’t recognize these women as household names, you are likely a victim of history education that focuses on males and white people. And while you are likely not a racist misogynist, we all have to do … [Read more]

We Pivot: Self-Care Tips As Trump’s Inauguration Approaches

It’s all about self care. Care for yourself with more sleep, more time walking in nature, less time in elevators and more time on stairs. Eat healthier, simpler foods. Spend more time with your people: less texting and more phone … [Read more]