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
Some Feminists in Your Neighborhood is a group of women joined together through the mutual experience of patriarchy in supposedly radical political collectives and contexts. Our contribution to FUSE documents phases of the political process as they have appeared to us.
To strive for abolition is to acknowledge that under the current regime, social justice can’t be accomplished by simply extending privileges, one niche market at a time, until we are all equally free to choose between one bleak life sentence or another. In this issue, the thematic of abolition is fleshed out through an eclectic collection of case studies and histories characterized by their insistence on addressing exploitation holistically.
Issue Contributors: Pamela Palmater; Liam Skinner; Randy Lee Cutler and Magnolia Paulker; Some Feminists in Your Neighborhood; Folie à Deux; Nasrin Himada; Counter Narrative Society/Mabel Negrete; Robyn Maynard; Kirsty Robertson; Jenna Danchuk; Nahed Mansour and Konstantin Kilibarda; Lauren Cullen; Brenda Goldstein
We are comrades with Hysteria. We believe in truth but not His truth. We present here our reflections on the dilemma of identity and liberation. We suggest that communization theory, a tendency within the tradition of left or anti-state communism, offers us some tools for thinking through the seeming conflict between autonomy and abolition as approaches to our own liberation. Yet we also point to the limits of this theory as it currently exists, and show how we might draw upon feminist, queer and anti-racist theoretical and political traditions to begin the project of developing a more rigorous and complex theoretical framework. —Folie à Deux
In this issue of FUSE we encourage oozing. Some may see us as victims of our own hedonistic wound-licking. In this issue, writers, performers, comic artists, and students indulge in confessional narratives, licking to their hearts’ content.
Six years ago I began a new job. As a transsexual man who only sometimes “passed” as male, the troubles I had in using the men’s washroom started shortly after I began.