FRANK HOPPER The city of Tacoma, Washington, now sits on what was once Puyallup tribal land. Many little villages of wooden longhouses once sat by streams and rivers. Food and shelter for the Puyallup came from the land, as did their identity and sense of being. They were bound to their environment through song, story, art, and ritual. The Puyallup knew nothing of homelessness. Strong … Continue reading Smoked Salmon for Amelia: A Native Perspective on Homelessness
BY LEILA HAWKINS Selma James, author of “Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet”PHOTO COURTESY OF CROSSROADS AV COLLECTIVE When I arrive at Crossroads Women’s Centre in North London to interview Selma James, she is in a meeting for Support Not Separation, a campaign to end the unfair separation of children from their birth mothers by British courts. It is one … Continue reading 60 Years of Intersectional Feminism: An Interview with Selma James
BY PETER COLE f Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still lived, he’d probably tell people to join unions. King understood that racial equality was inextricably linked to economics. He asked, “What good does it do to be able to eat at a lunch counter if you can’t buy a hamburger?” Those disadvantages have persisted. Today, for instance, the wealth of the average White family is more … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr., Labor Activist
Anne E. Kleffner, University of Calgary and Mary Kelly, Wilfrid Laurier University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/insurance-isn-t-enough–governments-need-to-do-better-on-natural-disaster-resilience The massive floods in British Columbia in November 2021 demonstrated the devastation that natural disasters can cause in Canada. Prior to 2010, it was rare for annual insured losses from natural disasters in Canada to exceed $1 billion, but now insured losses of $3 billion are not uncommon. Canada is expected to … Continue reading Insurance isn’t enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience
Kyle Willmott, Simon Fraser University The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) describes itself as “a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization committed to lower taxes, less waste and more government accountability.” But it takes advantage of the positive associations people often have with the word “taxpayer” and attempts to fill it with neoliberal and anti-Indigenous political ideas. Throughout my research, I have tracked the CTF. The organization has … Continue reading The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s politics are anti-Indigenous — so why do media outlets still quote them?