CATEGORIES

PLATFORMS FOR PEOPLE, NOT PROFIT

Digital platforms boast that they’ve “democratized” cultural production. But what would truly democratic platforms look like in Canada?

10 mins read
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January/February 2020

ORGANIZING THROUGH LOSS IN THE HEART OF OIL COUNTRY

The story of climate justice organizing in Alberta, at the heart of the tarsands, is the story of a group of young activists learning what it means to lose, and keep on fighting

10+ mins read
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January/February 2020

GROWING THE LABOUR MOVEMENT

How unions are using community gardens to engage members, nourish communities, and help strikers weather the picket line

10+ mins read
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January/February 2020

A NEW ERA FOR OLD CROW

In the Yukon’s northernmost community, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is reckoning with how to preserve their land and culture, amid a warming climate and an influx of tourists

10+ mins read
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January/February 2020

“At Least Hookers Get Wages”

The risky business of sex work in the gig economy

10+ mins read
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November/December 2019

The Literal – And Literary – Futures We Build

Briarpatch editor Saima Desai talks to two judges of our Writing in the Margins contest about Idle No More and MMIWG, ethical kinship, writing queer sex, and their forthcoming work.

9 mins read
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November/December 2019

The Cost Of A T-Shirt

In Honduras, women maquila workers are fighting back against the multinational garment companies that they say are endangering their health and safety.

10+ mins read
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November/December 2019

Milking Prison Labour

Canada’s prison farms are being reopened. But when prisoners will be paid pennies a day, and the fruits of their labour will likely be exported for profit, there’s little to celebrate.

10+ mins read
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November/December 2019

Bringing Back The Beat

In mainstream media, labour journalism has been replaced by financial reporting and business sections. But journalism students are raising the labour beat from the grave.

10 mins read
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November/December 2019

There's No Journalism On A Dead Planet

Corporate media owners are killing local newspapers – which is making it impossible for everyday people to understand the on-the-ground impacts of the climate crisis

10+ mins read
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September/October 2019

The Loud Silence Of Queer Poverty

The loud silence of queer poverty In every sense that matters, poverty is an LGBTQ2S issue. So why aren’t mainstream Canadian LGBTQ2S organizations treating it as such? And who’s picking up their slack?

10+ mins read
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September/October 2019

Reading Truth To Power

The struggle over whom Winnipeg’s downtown library belongs to serves as an unexpectedly sophisticated example of what’s possible when leftists organize outside of the electoral sphere and commit to winning a single protracted struggle.

10 mins read
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September/October 2019

Not Just A Pretty Instagram Profile

Lessons from high-school organizers fighting Ford’s education cuts

10+ mins read
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September/October 2019

Mutual AID For The End Of The World

Conversations with disabled, trans, and racialized survivalists who are changing what it means to be a disaster prepper

10 mins read
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September/October 2019

A Dignified Death

Winner of the 2019 Andrea Walker Memorial Prize for writing on women’s and non-binary people’s health

10+ mins read
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September/October 2019

Capital City: Gentrification And The Real Estate State

Several years ago, my roommate and I were evicted from our small, ground-floor apartment in the west end of downtown Toronto.

4 mins read
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July/August 2019

This Is A Prison, No Matter What You Call It

Activists are determined to halt the construction of a new migrant detention centre in Laval

10+ mins read
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July/August 2019

The City Vs. Big Tech

Activists kicked Amazon’s HQ2 out of New York City. They ran Google’s new campus out of Berlin. Now, in Toronto, #BlockSidewalk wants to send Google – and their new “smart city” packing. As the techlash is slowly becoming organized, the battle against Big Tech has emerged as the new front in the fight for the right to the city.

10+ mins read
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July/August 2019

Revolutionary Dreamwork

“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”

8 mins read
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July/August 2019

Hate, By Any Other Name

Why would an anti-hate group condemn a Muslim organization for a third-hand connection to hate, while remaining silent about unabashed Islamophobia in a nonMuslim one?

7 mins read
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July/August 2019

Amlo's Contradiction

Mexico’s new president promised “the end of neoliberalism.” But as he forces through megaprojects and steamrolls over Indigenous dissent, activists are beginning to understand that anti-neoliberal doesn’t always mean anti-capitalist.

10+ mins read
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July/August 2019

'Fuck It, I'll Do It'

As we stare down a climate crisis and a hard-right political wave, women activists are setting out to transform electoral politics in Canada. But are the parties ready for them?

10+ mins read
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July/August 2019

“Azaadi”

Inside Indian-occupied Kashmir’s deadliest year in a decade

10+ mins read
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March/April 2019

The Resurgence Of The Jewish Left In Canada

While antisemitic hate crimes increase in North America, there’s been a resurgence of the Jewish left – led by young people, rooted in solidarity with other marginalized communities, focused on ending the Israeli occupation, and held together by new articulations of Jewish community and ritual.

10+ mins read
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March/April 2019

Saving Akikodjiwan

Developers are building condos on top of sacred Algonquin Anishinabeg islands. Why are Indigenous sacred sites not given the same legal protections as settler ones?

10+ mins read
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March/April 2019

On This Patch Of Grass: City Parks On Occupied Land

In June 2018, six people at the Justice For Our Stolen Children Camp were arrested by Regina police.

4 mins read
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March/April 2019

If Only They Knew What We Know Now

Excerpts From The Suitcase Project

1 min read
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March/April 2019

How Can Farmers Fight Back Against The New NAFTA?

NAFTA 2.0 is chipping away at policies that guard Canadian farmers from price volatility and ensure high labour and environmental standards. The National Farmers Union says the fight has to combine grassroots and policy advocacy.

10 mins read
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March/April 2019

For The Dreamers

In the palm of my hand, I delicately finger a pair of unfamiliar ID cards printed on worn pieces of coloured paper, yellow and salmon pink. The faded type reveals they were issued in the spring of 1941 with approval from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

8 mins read
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March/April 2019

Bodies On The Line

Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement slices through the southern half of Saskatchewan, but there’s little Indigenous opposition in the province. To mount our own fight, we’ll have to learn from other Indigenous resistance efforts along the pipeline’s route.

10+ mins read
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March/April 2019

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