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Toronto G20, 4 years later: 18 disturbing facts all Canadians should know ›

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The Toronto G20 Summit of June 26-27, 2010, hosted by Stephen Harper, was an incredibly expensive undertaking that resulted in massive human rights violations against members of the public at the hands of the police. Despite this, politicians refuse to call a full public inquiry and hold police—as…

They call us now.
Before they drop the bombs.
The phone rings
and someone who knows my first name
calls and says in perfect Arabic
“This is David.”
And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass shattering symphonies
still smashing around in my head
I think “Do I know any Davids in Gaza?”
They call us now to say
Run.
You have 58 seconds from the end of this message.
Your house is next.
They think of it as some kind of
war time courtesy.
It doesn’t matter that
there is nowhere to run to.
It means nothing that the borders are closed
and your papers are worthless
and mark you only for a life sentence
in this prison by the sea
and the alleyways are narrow
and there are more human lives
packed one against the other
more than any other place on earth
Just run.
We aren’t trying to kill you.
It doesn’t matter that
you can’t call us back to tell us
the people we claim to want aren’t in your house
that there’s no one here
except you and your children
who were cheering for Argentina
sharing the last loaf of bread for this week
counting candles left in case the power goes out.
It doesn’t matter that you have children.
You live in the wrong place
and now is your chance to run
to nowhere.
It doesn’t matter
that 58 seconds isn’t long enough
to find your wedding album
or your son’s favorite blanket
or your daughter’s almost completed college application
or your shoes
or to gather everyone in the house.
It doesn’t matter what you had planned.
It doesn’t matter who you are
Prove you’re human.
Prove you stand on two legs.
Run.

- Running Orders, by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Heat Crime: LGBTQ Politics for a Changing Climate ›

An important watch. When we function under colonially constructed words, such as “rights”, a words made up as a result of the injustices created by colonialism and imperialism, our fight and our struggles becomes cyclical. Moving towards “responsibility” implies collective actions towards solidarity that we all need to take with one another and with our ancestors in order to move towards sweet, sweet liberation.

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Opinions are like orgasms, most girls aren’t taught that it is okay to have their own and are only expected to further men’s.

I wanna see you dance again.

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LUMINAWA | Watch Documentaries Online | Promote Documentary Film ›

The movie LUMINAWA tells the story of a family and their commitment to the preservation of the cultural heritage of their tribe, the Kalinga. The Bawer family lives in Lubuagan, a village in the mountains of the Philippines. As a result of the missionaries and the influence of globalization, they, poor rice farmers in the Cordilleras, lost many of their identity-forming traditions. The former teacher Sapi Bawer cares, with the help of his family, to revive not only the Kalinga’s artistic traditions, like weaving, ancient chants and dances, but also their sense of community life. He sees the artistic traditions as an important identity-building power for his people and hopes thereby to stop the exodus of mountain farmers to the big city.

Why everyone should care about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program ›

With recent media scandals about the abuse of temporary foreign workers and the subsequent outrage about migrant workers stealing Canadians’ jobs, Minister Jason Kenney has announced a number of changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program on June 20, 2014.

But these reforms are band-aid measures that maintain the legal exploitation of migrant workers. Coupled with increased Canadian Border Services Agency funding, migrant workers can now be removed more quickly – within two years. Such reforms cater to reactionary sentiments to privilege Canadians and ‘get rid of migrant workers’ without addressing the structural abuse inherent to the program. The fanfare about stricter penalties for employers is a PR stunt since employer sanctions will be based on workers’ complaints to the government (totally unlikely!) Migrant workers will continue to be indentured to a single employer, won’t have guaranteed access to social services or labour protections, and will not be granted permanent residency upon arrival.

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you tried to change didn’t you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
prettier
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him traveling away from you in his dreams

you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave

you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful

something not everyone knows how to love.

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That time you confused a lesson for a soulmate.

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white guys with beards. what it would be like to be a white guy with a beard. 

blackorchidd:

dear-white-people:

Two years ago we made a fake trailer for a movie we WANTED to make. And TODAY thanks to you guys, the OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER for that movie is here! You did this. Your support and love brought the smart black movie genre back from the dead and into theaters this OCTOBER 17TH!!

WATCH, LIKE, SHARE, REPEAT!

I cannot fucking wait I’m so proud of this omg I remember when the fake trailer came out!! Yesss so excited who’s watching this with me????

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