- 6:17 pm - Tue, Jun 12, 2012
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[Image description: a photo of a shelf with cans of 7-Up and Sprite on it. The shelf has the price marked as 5.25. End description]
So you’ve heard about Northern Canada and now you want to help.
Cool. Let’s get started.
First, it’s important to understand why this has happened. Food and other products, including female hygiene products, contraceptives, clothing, books, etc, have always been higher in Northern communities, at least since around the 1950s when an interest in northern oil blossomed, companies started diving into the high quality (and quantity) of fish and wildlife products that they’d overfished and hunted in the rest of the country and when integrating Canada’s north into the rest of the country was important for political reasons as it was the height of the Cold War and any Russian nuke would come through the North. Before this, Northern communities had been cut off from the rest of what was happening in Canada. Native communities could still rely on the principles of nomadicity, hunting and gathering and new generations could be taught how to do these things. After Canada “discovered” the North (read: discovered how they could exploit all the land they’d so far been ignoring), there were fewer and fewer resources to be hunted and gathered, and Native communities began to rely more and more on goods arriving from the South, as their traditional hunting and gathering culture was no longer sustainable.
Eventually, the shipping of goods to these communities was subsidized. For a while, people even had semi-adequate housing. Food and product prices were still high, but they were almost affordable.
This year, Prime Minister Harper waged a silent budget war on Canada’s Natives. Here’s what Harper’s said in the past about Canada, and I think it accurately reflects his approach to Canada’s Natives:
We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them.
Here’s some information about some of the cuts he’s made. There’s a lot out there. I’m not going to tell you how to use Google.
Some of the biggest cuts he’s made have been to infrastructure. The communities facing sky-high food and product prices are communities with few roads and absolutely no commercial competition (which, by the way, is how Capitalism works. The free market, where competition keeps prices low). NorthMart is almost always the only store in these communities, so they’re able to set their prices as high as they want and they know people can’t just go to Wal-Mart and get it cheaper. People either have to pay the prices NorthMart sets, or they starve. Not so cool. But at least there were subsidies. The government paid a lot of money (NOTHING in comparison to all the jets Harper just bought) to make the cost of transporting goods to these communities cheaper so that the price tags would be affordable. That wasn’t a Harper thing, that was just a Canada thing for a long time. Not anymore.
So now you want to sign a petition.
I’m not going to stop you, but it’s not going to work. We’re talking about a guy who’s been found in Contempt of Parliament (and there are allegations he’s in contempt again). He’s also cutting funds to Elections Canada after they announced they were going to investigate what might be the biggest case of election fraud in Canadian history. Believe me, there were a LOT of petitions. This is a guy who just doesn’t care for rules and regulations (when it suits him not to). He does not care about petitions because he doesn’t care about people. Not to mention, 60% of Canada voted against him when he was re-elected.
So what can you do?
If you’re a Canadian, write to your MP and let them know you want the high cost of living in Canada’s north to change so that families can access the food and products they need to survive and live healthy lives. Ask your MP to invite the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, back to Canada to investigate food security - this time focusing on the North, which he completely skipped the last time he came. Call them over and over and over again. Make them want you to go away. Don’t go away. Then, write to Olivier de Schutter and invite him back.
If you’re NOT Canadian - continue to spread the word. Tell your friends IRL. You, too, can contact Olivier de Schutter and ask him to investigate Canada’s North. But you should also learn about your local Native communities. How is their access to food and healthcare? How can you help? Are there Native communities in your country that can’t access the things they need to live healthy lives?
normally, i dodge politics on my tumblr as much as i can. no matter how terrible the sob story or how bolded the allcaps in which you command me to stop scrolling, i roll past without reading, and if you post too many of them i unfollow you, because i am autistic and the anger of strangers causes me to bluescreen. the more sincerely you rage, the less i can handle it.
this post? this kind of thing, we need more of. sure it’s kind of angry, but mostly it’s realistic and proactive. it contains actual suggestions of things you can really do in real life that may genuinely have some kind of effect.
please, tumblr, take note. your activism-fu is weak, but this method will make you strong.
This is one of the first of these posts I’m passing along because the information is relevant and the info is HELPFUL for how to do something, especially while Harper is in power. Ugh Canadian politics makes me sick.
(Source: spunkmate, via vastderp)
- 11:41 am - Fri, Apr 6, 2012
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“How Defective Circle Lenses Damaged My Eyes”
Really scary article about Mint’s issues with circle lens stores and the damage defective lenses had on her eyes! I think everybody who wears lenses should give this a read! :(
If possible, reblog to spread the word!
- 10:03 pm - Fri, Feb 17, 2012
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More ear cuffs have been listed in my shop! These three are Chain Reaction (the one with the long chains), Fiery Days (the red and gold one), and Summer Afternoons (the green and gold one).
I’d much appreciate it if you’d take a look!
More of Nella’s wonderful cuffs! I am really digging the red one with the bells and the black and teal one muchly! Help me shamelessly promote her work by checking it out/reblogging around!
- 11:33 am - Wed, Feb 1, 2012
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#WishiLearnedinHS Campaign Launches In Solidarity With Ethnic Studies Educators And Students In Arizona
This hash-tag has been created in response to the Ethnic Studies ban in Arizona. It is designed to bring attention to the cultural gaps in our education; the gaps that widen as governments and school districts privilege some histories, while silencing other cultures and points of view. Over the next 5 days, beginning February 1, we ask that you Tweet, Facebook, or blog what you wished you learned in high school, in response to the below question:
What do you wish you learned in high school as it relates to various cultural identities, histories, and perspectives?
On Feb 1, 2012 the government of Arizona’s ban on the teaching of Ethnic Studies in Tuscon, Arizona takes effect backed by HB2281. Under this law, school districts that do not comply are at risk of losing millions of dollars in state funding.
This means no more Mexican American Studies. Teaching ethnic students about their culture, history, race or oppression is dangerous because it can cause resentment between ethnic groups and build anger toward the government, says Arizona’s superintendent. This law has also resulted in the banning of books from Shakespeare and Paolo Freire to bell hooks.
In effect, HB2281 as a whole is designed to hinder political education and critical thinking.
As Arizona’s government moves forward to boldly protect a euro-centric education, we Americans across the country reflect on our own education. We recognize that Arizona’s law is part of a broader tradition that overlooks the accomplishments, perspectives and history of people of color, women and other marginalized groups.
Many of us have received an education that privileges the stories, ideas, history and perspectives of wealthy, western, white men. It is this tradition that creates a need for courses like Ethnic Studies, Mexican American Studies, Asian American Studies, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, Queer Studies, and many “others.” While we hope that Arizona and other states push to make classrooms and curricula truly inclusive, there is still a need to teach ALL students Ethnic Studies coursesthat take a more in-depth look at marginalized histories, literature, and perspectives.
What happens when people know and understand their own and other’s history and oppression? The State of Arizona may be afraid of the answer to that question. But we must consider this as we reflect on the gaps in our education. The expression“I wish I learned that in high school” has political implications.
Here’s how to take action.
- 12:23 am - Mon, Nov 21, 2011
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Petition: An apology for and the deletion of the “No Light, No Light” video
As a fan of Florence + The Machine, I think this is really important. I only watched the video after seeing arguments about it here on tumblr and was honestly not prepared for the levels of racism I found in the video.
In the video, Florence is being chased by a white man in blackface, a symbol of darkness and evil. At several points, he is shown piercing a voodoo doll, in a flawed and corrupted vision of the voodoo religion. At the end of the video, Florence is saved when she tumbles off of a building and falls into a cathedral, at the feet of a group of young, white boys dressed as priests.
There really is no question that this is blackface. And even if it weren’t, it still plays into tropes casting black men as evil, and white, Christian men as the saviors of white, Christian women. The video is appalling and inexcusable, please sign the petition to let the band and producers know that we will not tolerate this.
This has been one of my favorite songs for weeks for the utterly gorgeous passion and beauty of it— and the music video made me sick. It’s not clever and it’s sure as hell not harmless, and any resonance the demonic blackface and the little doll manages to strike up from the audience arises explicitly from misuse of foul and ancient colonialist tropes. It’s not just racist, it’s lazy and racist, which makes it doubly inexcusable for a piece of art.
I’m not one of those people that think you get to opt out of being a decent human being because you’re An Artist. If anything, your ability to communicate in larger ways, to a larger audience, only increases your responsibility to being mindful of what comes out of your mouth, and your hands, and your heart. If balancing your drive to create with your obligation not to be a complete asshole is actually tough for you, then maybe you should do a little actual soul-searching, instead of singing about God and looking anguished on top of tall buildings while reinforcing, again, the hoary old bit of collective lunacy that black dudes are scary demons out to hurt normal white people.
This song is beautiful and I love it. This video is crap both ethically and aesthetically.
Sign the petition.
Signal fucking boost, because watching the video made me unbearably upset and disappointed.
- 11:51 pm - Fri, Nov 11, 2011
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- You are human. You are worthy of respect. You deserve to be treated with the same dignity as anyone else. There is nothing inherently wrong with your gender. You are not broken, you are not disgusting, you do not deserve to be hurt.
- You’ve been brought up and live in a world that’s designed to…
Signal boosting because there’s not only a lot of good points for people who are trans, but for people in general to remember.