Here is the translation of the song description, Mel. xxx G. "This song is a song of faith, hope, reason and love. We are musicians and pursue our dreams, but also pursue the happiness of a country that needs to be handled with love. For a better Mexico, a Mexico that is worth it, for a Mexico that can shine so bright like the sun. We have the power to create those changes that will make us breathe better air and fill us with relief, light and love. We all are the movement."
Thanks Gab! Reading this reminds me that we’re all a part of something great right now xo
White people who are confronted with their white privilege and the white supremacist acts they perpetuate have been known to cry, “You’re being a reverse-racist!” That is completely true: people of color have the power and control to create, perpetuate,…
[Note: article also includes information on pay gap affecting cos gay people as well]
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the pay disparity between cis men and women (and the even larger gap for PoC), however this discussion usually excludes how the pay gap affects trans* individuals.
The numbers are actually pretty shocking:
Transgender individuals also face significant wage disparities on the job. This is especially true for transgender women. One study found that the earnings of female transgender workers fell by nearly one-third [33%] following their gender transitions. Interestingly, that same study found that the earnings of male transgender workers slightly increased following their transition. As such, transgender men may actually experience a wage advantage rather than a wage penalty. This research strongly indicates that in addition to facing significant workplace discrimination in hiring and firing based on their gender identity, transgender women experience significant gaps in pay largely attributable to their gender.
This is actually comparable to cis men and women as well, as cis women make nearly 25% less than their cis male counterparts. However, trans women earn even less, and trans men do not make as much as their cis brethren. It also probably goes without saying (as the study ignored race data), that trans PoC most likely make even less than white trans people.
(what i wish i had said to the man i met while climbing at Malibu Creek)
i once thought
that speaking flawless English
would protect me
that if i could
read aloud quickly and smoothly,
i’d be able to escape
walking through this nation
i quickly realized
that my face precedes
my speech and no matter
what falls from my lips
i will always carry
the look of an Other,
and the impulse to
call out “Chink!” and
“ching chong” does not
wait for me to speak,
does not care whether
i have an accent
how dare you, middle-class, middle-aged, white man,
rant to me about Asian self-ghettoization;
what do you know of what it’s like
to find yourself feeling powerless and strange,
to be caught between wanting to belong
and constantly being pushed away,
to be pulled toward drowning
by the slant of your eyes
and the tint of your skin?
is it so hard to grasp
that humans gravitate toward those
who acknowledge that they are human?
i once thought that
speaking perfect English
would protect me
i never thought people like you
might take it as license
to rail against
people like me
Perfect English, Narinda Heng
Narinda Heng lives and writes in Los Angeles, where she has been working with various arts/community organizations since 2007. She keeps an online notebook called Long Cool Hallway, is co-founder and co-producer of a web series calledThat’s What She Said, and blogs at Transitional Zone.
Where: YWCA, 733 Beatty street, right next to Stadium Skytrain Station. (Note: there are several Y’s, please make note of the address). When: 6.30PM, Wed, June 27
Fathima Cader: Fathima is a law graduate active in community-based feminist and anti-racist organising. She is a member of No One is Illegal and is interning for the summer at Pivot Legal Society. She will discuss the anti-refugee trends in public policy that have paved the way for the IFH cuts, with specific attention to recent changes in immigration and criminal law.
Byron Cruz: Byron is with the Latin American Coalition for the Rights of Migrants and is health care worker with the Provincial Health Authority’s street nurse program. He has been the President of the BC Multicultural Health Society, member of a task group to support undocumented pregnant women, and involved in planning the mobile clinic for migrant workers.
Agnes K: Agnes and her family are being impacted by the Interim Federal Health cuts to refugee health care. She will be speaking about her personal experience and the impact of the upcoming cuts on her family.
Martha Roberts: Martha is a registered midwife who has recently launched the Strathcona Midwifery Collective. At an international level, she was a rural midwife with Community Health Workers in the Philippines. Her current community work includes popular education workshops for low-income communities through the Alliance for People’s Health.
As of June 30, 2012, refugees in Canada who are in need of medical assistance, including children, the elderly, and pregnant women, will no longer be able to access critical health care services. Among the services to be cut for some or all refugees are: prenatal care for pregnant women; access to mental health care; coverage for necessary medications, including insulin. Unless their condition are are deemed a “threat to public health or safety,” some refugee claimants will also be denied access to physicians — even if they are suffering from illnesses like cancer or cardiovascular diseases, even if they are having heart attacks.
Health workers have warned that people will die because of these cuts. On May 11, doctors staged a protest on Parliament Hill, while another group of 90 physicians occupied Minister Joe Oliver’s office in Toronto. On June 18, in a coordinated “National Day of Action,” health workers in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal and St. John’s will be staging events across the country. The cuts have also been condemned at the institutional level, with numerous national health organizations issuing statements: the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Association of Optometrists, Canadian Association of Social Workers, Canadian Dental Association, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Association of Community Health Centres, Canadian Association of Midwives, and Canadian Doctors for Medicare. For more information:http://www.doctorsforrefugeecare.ca/index.html
These cuts to health care for refugees come at the same time as the passing of Bill C-31, the draconian Refugee Exclusion Act that, in a supposed effort to crack down on human smuggling, mandates the immediate detention of certain refugee claimants, including minors.
Please join us on Wednesday, June 27 as health workers explain what health services are being cut, what community and health care resources exist for people who have limited access to health care, what resources need to be created, and how we can ensure adequate and accessible health for all.
Light refreshments will be provided. Child-friendly event with childcare on-site. This venue is wheelchair accessible including washrooms. This event is free of charge. Donations are welcome to assist with cost of room rental.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604 787 4109.
IN THE NEWS: June 11: Refugee bill passes final hurdle in House http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/06/11/pol-immigration-refugee-bill.html June 11: Denying health care to refugees: is that really the Canadian way? http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Denying+health+care+refugees+that+really+Canadian/6764981/story.html May 28: Doctors protest cuts to health care for refugees (podcast) http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/redeye/2012/05/doctors-protest-cuts-health-care-refugees May 23: Refugee health-care cuts threaten everyone’s access http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1183230—refugee-health-care-cuts-threaten-everyone-s-access May 23: Canadian doctors, nurses join protest against refugee health cuts http://metronews.ca/news/canada/235426/canadian-doctors-nurses-join-protest-against-refugee-health-cuts/ May 14: Canadian doctors continue to protest refugee health care reform http://www.globalnews.ca/pages/story.aspx?id=6442640891 May 12: 90 Canadian Physicians protest dangerous cuts to Refugee Health Care at MP Joe Oliver’s office http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiNDtUaNudk
Healthcare professionals and refugee advocates are continuing their protests against the Harper government’s cuts to the refugee health program.
According to CKNW radio in Vancouver, about two dozen protesters clashed with police Tuesday morning as immigration minister Jason Kenney prepared to address the Surrey Board of Trade.
"It got testy," reporter Marcella Bernardo said.
"For several minutes RCMP were pleading with them to move off the private property."
Tuesday’s action is just the latest in a series of actions against the government’s health care cuts which would leave some refugee claimants with only ‘urgent care’ while others would be denied all care unless they have a disease that would be a risk to the public, such as tuberculosis.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the plan is to ensure refugees don’t get better health care than ordinary Canadians. He said the move would save the government about $100 million over the next five years.
The reforms have sparked outrage among refugee advocates, experts in refugee health and other medical practitioners.
Meaning native words that are considered “Old or Deep Tagalog” that hasn’t been used in years because they were substituted for Spanish and Nahuatl (Aztec Mexican) loan words, in which is more than the Malay loan words found in Tagalog. All these original words that have been lost in modern day…
Butch has been a great term for me, when I encountered it, it seemed like I finally had a word for what it was that I experienced as embodiment, so I really clung to it. I’m somebody who has seen several waves of transgender activism since I came out, but I still hold onto it, I recognize that it may in fact be descriptive of people of my generation and be less descriptive of younger folks, and I don’t need to hang on to a word that doesn’t work for other people, but I do tend to use it about myself. I like the idea of being a transgender butch, which is that you are completely cross-gender identified, that masculinity is what defines you but you’re not trying to live in the world as a man. That’s the difference between me and a transgender man.
It’s not totally important to my understanding of self that other people read me as a man. It’s important that they read me as masculine, and it’s important that they read me in some way that I’m at odds with female embodiment. But it’s also important that they read me as someone who is not going to have that tension resolved by getting some surgeries. We’re living in a moment where people are pretty creative about their relationship to gender variance, and I think that the queer worlds we live in can tolerate a lot of different gender designations, so I don’t see why we can’t hold onto “butch” along with a whole set of other markers and identity, difference, embodiment, masculinity, variance and so on.
That awkward moment when you find out that even the word Tatay, for father, and Nanay, for mother, aren't native words, but loan words from the Nahuatl language (Aztec Mexican), which is Tatl and Nantl.
I stayed in the academy so that I could do my work outside of it. (I needed to pay my rent and later my mortgage.) During the 1980s my work in the academy was more of a “job.” Something I did so that, as I said, I could do my writing, my work with Conditions, travel, serve on boards that…