Grassroots campaigns have proven instrumental in bringing about political, social or environmental change; you've got to start somewhere-might as well start here.
The Benefits of Socialism
The idea of socialism has been around for a long time. In the transformative years of the 19th Century, socialism started to make a gradual appearance in the areas of social benefits, worker's unions, shifts with hourly restrictions and social security. It was a revolution for the common human being. But since during the soviet union, the rise of communism and its downfall from international stardom in the early 1990s, many people have linked socialism to evil and destruction. To clear this up, I would like to discuss the benefits of socialism and how it has helped hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Authoritarian Racial Injustice - has it dissipated or just discretely multiplied?
There is injustice in almost every authoritarian institution among us, the police currently being the most active in reinforcing racial and class differences in the way they treat the public distinctively based on whether or not they fit the standards of their ideal person. As a society, we tend to believe we've moved past the corrupt, discriminatory and insensitive actions of those in power, however this is far from the truth. The blatant racism from the 17th century hasn't disappeared –it's just now been transferred in micro-aggressions the police enforce and the public ignore.
Why do we forget so quickly? We witnessed these acts of violence, blatant racism, and disregard for human decency, and yet we get distracted by another similar act, or settle for a police officer being fired or resigning. And while the victim endures pain for the violence to which they were subjected, the culprit gets to go about his or her business without a care in the world. Is this really justice, is this fair? And -let’s not rely on the cliché life is not fair, to excuse this type of transgressions-.
I am writing this as a half-white woman who knows I have privilege. As a Mexican, I see my brown people facing similar issues. As a white woman, I am sorry. I am so so sorry for the society that we live in. To Black and Brown people, I am sorry that you have been tossed aside and been treated as "other" for your entire life. You important, valuable, and worthy of love. I am sorry. Derek Chauvin may look like justice or accountability, but it is only because the world was watching. A majority of police are not held accountable for the people they have killed.
A Seventh Man: The Art of Activism
‘Why does the Western world look to migrant laborers to perform the most menial tasks? What compels people to leave their homes and accept this humiliating situation? In A Seventh Man, John Berger and Jean Mohr come to grips with what it is to be a migrant worker – the material circumstances and the inner experience – and, in doing so, reveal how the migrant is not so much on the margins of modern life, but absolutely central to it. First published in 1975, this finely wrought exploration remains as urgent as ever, presenting a mode of living that pervades the countries of the West and yet is excluded from much of its culture.’ (Berger and Mohr, Verso: 2010)
The 4 Prominent Layers of Racism
Most people understand racism by looking at it from just one angle and through a narrow lens. Racism is often understood as being an expression of a system of oppression which has its roots in a history of power and the subordination of ”non-white” groups.
The Real Truth Behind Trophy Hunting
Trophy hunting is the practice where hunters go into the bush to kill wild animals for fun and to keep part of their bodies as trophies that glorify the hunt.
The Civil Rights Movement:
The Civil Rights Movement: A Dark Reminder of a flawed society
Reform of British democracy
Reforming British Democracy Reform to bring true democracy and may be, save center left politics. Definition-- institution-- an organisation or establishment founded for a specific purpose.
I: Identity: Unknown June 12, 2020 – The Okinawa Association of America posted a statement in response to the then-going George Floyd protests, declaring solidarity with marginalized communities. In order to make good on their word, the group began organizing yuntaku (talk-story) Zoom events called the "Afro-Okinawan Dialogues." I huffed at “solidarity” but loved the vision: Okinawans of Black or African descent coming together at an intersection of art, music, language, culture, and racial identity to amplify Afro-Okinawan presence in the world.
Waiting for baby boomers to die is not effective housing policy
A few years ago, my neighbour died. for many of the preceding decade, we’d done the standard Toronto thing: acknowledged one another politely, usually through an exchange of nods, and courteously asked for or provided help when needed. His death wasn’t unexpected — he was elderly, and his health had obviously been failing for a few time — but it had been sad. Sadder still was the very fact that, while his friends and family had obviously tried to worry for him, he had never removed of the house that shares a wall with ours. I try to not assume an excessive amount of about other people’s stories, but what I did know suggested that his last years would are easier if he’d been living during a home better suited to his needs.
The Tree Graveyard
Recently, my wife and I drove from Vancouver up into the Kootney area of British Columbia, Canada to visit our daughter. She lives in a small town in the Columbia Valley which is itself in the Kootenays, in the foothills of the incredible Rocky Mountains. The weather the previous few months had been wet and mild and as a result, the countryside was lush and green, the meadows carpeted with beautiful displays of wildflowers of every color and shade.