Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Proud Boys, Omar Khadr and more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List July 2 - 9

This week's list of articles, news items and opinion pieces that I see as must reads if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.

This list covers the week of July 2 - July 9. It is generally in order of the date of the article's release.

1) Fear of losing custody stops pregnant women from disclosing homelessness, Toronto numbers show

Ainslie Cruickshank, Toronto Star

Samantha was 18 and living in a shelter when she gave birth to her eldest daughter — just one of an estimated 300 babies born each year to homeless or underhoused women in Toronto.

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2) It’s time to shed the last vestiges of colonialism

Mandy Pipher, Toronto Star

Our economic, political, and cultural connections to Great Britain are so tenuous as to have little meaning. And its concern for us is non-existent.

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3) Small ads sex trafficking: the battle against Backpage

Annie Kelly, The Guardian

Backpage started out with small ads for household goods. So how did it grow into a major online market for child sex trafficking? Annie Kelly meets some of the survivors – and reveals how their fight for justice became a battleground for free speech on the internet.

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4) How Paul Robeson found his political voice in the Welsh valleys

Jeff Sparrow, The Guardian

African American star Robeson built his singing career in the teeth of racism in the early 1900s. But his radicalism was spurred on in Britain – by a chance meeting with a group of Welsh miners.

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5) Military "Proud Boys" Disrupt Mi'kmaw Memorial in Halifax

Anti-Racist Canada

On Canada day, while members of the Mi'kmaw Nation held a memorial remembering MMIWG in Halifax, a local contingent of "Proud Boys" arrived to disrupt the event, because the "Proud Boys" are classy that way.

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6) There’s Nothing ‘Feminist’ About Defending Pornography

Caitlin Roper, The Huffington Post

As sex trade survivor and activist Rachel Moran said, “There is not now, nor has there ever been, a feminist case for the commodification of females.”

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7) Indigenous woman hit by trailer hitch in Thunder Bay dies

Tanya Talaga, Toronto Star

Barbara Kentner was struck in the stomach by a metal trailer hitch thrown from a passing car last January.

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8) Minimum wage hike won’t bring ‘doom and gloom,’ economists say

Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Toronto Star

“Doom-and-gloom predictions” about the impact of minimum wage increases on job losses and inflation are not supported by evidence, according to a group of Canadian economists.

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9) Omar Khadr, Canada and the fragile rule of law

Globe and Mail Editorial Board

Reasonable people can debate many things about the apology and $10.5-million settlement that the government of Canada is giving Omar Khadr.

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10) Khadr apology, payout is an insult to all the Canadian vets who fought for our right to torture imprisoned children

The Beaverton

Today, I was outraged to hear that the Trudeau government has agreed to pay $10.5 million and issue an apology to admitted terrorist Omar Khadr. This decision is a slap in the face to all of our men and women in uniform who defend our proud Canadian values of depriving any human rights to a fifteen-year-old child soldier.

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11) AGO exhibition reframes the idea of Canada

I. Rattan, Now Magazine

Five artists reflect on how their Art Gallery of Ontario exhibits reclaim a piece of Canada’s history for Indigenous, ­immigrant and racialized voices.

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12) El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth

Nina Lakhani, The Guardian

A teenage rape victim in El Salvador has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder after having a stillbirth, the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women in the Central American country.

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13) What would it take for Thunder Bay to admit it’s in crisis?

Jon Thompson, TVO

In a tale of two hashtags, a city determined to portray itself in a positive light is at odds with Indigenous residents’ concerns about systemic racism.

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14) Canadian journalists slam CBC's 'shameful' coverage of violent 'alt-right fight club'

Press Progress

CBC News admits they "made mistakes" after the controversial leader of a group, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an "alt-right fight club" linked to riots and violent rallies, was given a platform on the public broadcaster to defend historical violence against Indigenous people and promote a website aimed at recruiting new members to his group.

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15) CBC Interview With 'Proud Boys' Founder Gavin McInnes Goes Off The Rails

Emma Paling, The Huffington Post

A CBC interview ended awkwardly on Wednesday after a controversial guest defended an 18th-century decree offering money for the dead bodies of Indigenous people.

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16) Five false things right-wing provocateur Gavin McInnes said in a CBC interview

Ashley Csanady, The National Post

The founder of an organization whose members interrupted an Indigenous ceremony used a CBC interview to spread misinformation about the history of the Mi'kmaq people.

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17) The alt-right’s jocular façade is an attempt to deny responsibility

Tabatha Southey, The Globe and Mail

On Canada Day, in downtown Halifax, a small ceremony attended by perhaps 50 people was interrupted by five men wearing matching black polo-style shirts with yellow trim who identified themselves as members the "Proud Boys, Maritime Chapter."

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18) People of Colour Know Police Won’t Protect Us from Racist Hate

Abdullah Shihipar, Vice

Last month, a woman named Nikki Samuels walked into a clinic in Mississauga, Ontario with her child and demanded to see a white doctor. She became belligerent and began shouting that she wanted to see someone who "speaks English" and "doesn't have brown teeth." As she continued to harass the staff in the waiting room, others began to confront the woman about her racist and erratic behaviour and of course, someone began to film the incident. The video went viral and was serious enough to garner reaction from the province's premier.

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19) Thomas Jefferson was a horrible man who owned 600 human beings, raped them, and literally worked them to death 

Shaun King, New York Daily News

Earlier this week, a room connected to the Monticello home of Thomas Jefferson was discovered to have been the living quarters for Sally Hemings. As the news broke of the discovery, many headlines referred to Hemings as Jefferson's mistress. But she was not a mistress.
Mistress implies consent. Thomas Jefferson owned Sally Hemings. She was his legal property. Thomas and Martha Jefferson owned Sally from the time she was an infant. She could not leave. She was not free. Both Martha and Thomas Jefferson refused to free Sally Hemings their entire lives. Hemings remained enslaved at Monticello into her 50s.

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See also: Canada 150, Basic Income, the Western Wall & more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List June 25 - July 2

See also: Grenfell, the LCBO, Québec Solidaire and more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List June 18 - 25

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