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Relationships Across Cornfields And Olive Groves

In this interconnected world, struggling against settler colonialism anywhere is struggling against it everywhere. Any settler living on Turtle Island owes their ability to do so to ongoing genocide and colonialism here. — Zainab Amadahy

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

The BDS campaign calls upon global civil society to boycott Israeli and international products and companies profiting from the violation of Palestinian rights, including Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions; divest from corporations complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights and ensure that university investment portfolios and pension funds are not used to finance these companies; and impose sanctions to demonstrate disapproval and educate society about violations of international law and to end the complicity of other nations in these violations. — Rwayda (Rod) Al-Kamisi

In the Street for Social Strike

I offer here an account of how a group of Montreal residents, the Mile-End popular assembly, prepared “Dans la rue pour la grève sociale/In the street for social strike” on 10 August 2012. We often forget to document the histories of how we remake the world, even in little ways, and I want to linger a bit on the minutiae of preparation in order to illustrate that fine, magical line between what seems given or natural — that parking spots are for cars, for instance, or that streets are merely conduits
for getting from one place to another — and what is possible. —Cindy Milstein

It’s Only Going to Get Worse

Living in London is difficult to describe. Londoners are full of contradictions. So many of us are keen to leave but are compelled to stay. The cost of living is high and getting higher. Rent is increasingly taking up far too much of our incomes; for me, it wavers between fifty and eighty per cent of my wages. I work part-time as a waitress, with unreliable bits of income from art projects or childcare, and my situation is echoed throughout the cultural sector. Work for most people is increasingly precarious — too much, not enough, unpaid, not contracted, unprotected &c. —Grace Kyne-Lilley

Translating the Printemps Érable

French-language interview with Patricia Boushel and Anna Sheftel of Translating the printemps érable, a volunteer collective whose chief activity is translating working documents and current events coverage relating to social movements in an attempt to bridge the language divide between French and English-speaking Canada. The collective was founded in the spring of 2012 in order to serve the Quebec student movement and has since broadened its mandate to include other current social movements.

#riotact

In many ways the criminal justice system maintains the illusion of effectiveness because it absolves us of our responsibilities to our communities. The trial of Pussy Riot highlights some of these dynamics, but at the same time, public support for these three individuals highlights another power dynamic centred around fame and popularity. -Jessica MacCormack and Sarah Mangle

Some Notes for Reading Chto Delat and Reartikulacija

Chto Delat (What is to be Done?) is a collaborative art project founded in 2003 that produces a semi-regular newspaper publication. Reartikulacija is a journal and online platform founded in 2007 and based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Both Chto Delat and Reartikulacija represent knowledge production as a strategy for resistance against neoliberal capitalism and necropolitics. -Alison Cooley

Forcing Our Hearts

The Indian Act defined Indigenous peoples as “Indians” with criteria that specifically excluded Indigenous women and their children, as well as the female children of Indian men… While the Indian Act is the worst example of federally imposed colonial legislation that will lead to the legislative extinction of Indigenous peoples, it is also the federally controlled access point for the necessities of life for many Indigenous peoples. —Pamela Palmater