Interviews

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    Building Community, Building Resistance: Black Lives Matter-Toronto

    An interview with Sandy Hudson

    In the past year, Black Lives Matter-Toronto (BLM-TO) has emerged at the forefront of organizing against anti-Black racism in the Toronto Area, adding a new chapter to the history of Black resistance in this city. Started initially by organizing vigils for Black people killed by police in the US and…

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    Unpacking Inclusion and Building Queer(er) Alliances: An interview with OmiSoore H. Dryden & Suzanne Lenon

    Since its first articulation in 2007, Jasbir Puar’s concept of “homonationalism” has been widely used by queer theorists and activists to understand, resist, and build alternatives to the cooptation of queer existence by neoliberalism. Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and…

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    Grassroots Theory: 10 Years of Upping the Anti: An interview with Sharmeen Khan

    Issue One of Upping the Anti (UTA) came out in the spring of 2005. For more than 10 years, the journal has carried on through many shifts in the movement landscape as well as internal organizational changes. What can we learn from the first decade of UTA? To delve into this question, long-time advis…

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    Collective Action Behind Bars

    A history of jail solidarity and its importance for today's social change movements

    UTA NOTE: With the Republican and Democratic Conventions just weeks away, Upping the Anti is pleased to pre-release Kris Hermes article on jail solidarity. Feel free to download this article as a pamphlet to distribute here You can also download a screen-friendly version here. About the author: Kris…

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    Can’t Even Slow This Down - Ten Years of Feminist Print with Shameless Magazine

    Interviews with Nicole Cohen, Melinda Mattos, and Sheila Sampath

    Canada has a longstanding history of feminist print publications, many with longevity that rivals their mainstream/corporate counterparts. Toronto-based Broadside ran from 1979-1989, and the Vancouver Status of Women-funded Kinesis published 10 issues a year from 1974-2001. These magazines and sever…

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    Indigenous Sovereignty Fuels Pipeline Resistance

    An Interview with Freda Huson and Toghestiy of the Unist’ot’en Camp

    When Canada’s fossil fuel industry launched an aggressive plan to turn the country into a major energy exporter and triple tar sands production by 2030, few of its supporters could have foreseen the Indigenous-led resistance that has now delayed or blocked almost every proposed mega-pipeline. Gras…

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    Dispatches from the O-platz Eviction

    The following interviews were conducted on April 18 and 19, 2014, ten days after the eviction of the squatted refugee encampment at Oranienplatz (O-platz) in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. The camp was set up in 2012 by a group of asylum seekers, mostly travelling from Lampedusa, Italy. O-platz w…

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    The Charter of Quebec Values, Intersectionality & Being a Black Feminist in Montreal

    An Interview with Délice Igicari Mugabo

    Délice Igicari Mugabo (@UwokwaMugabo) is a Black feminist activist based in Montreal, Québec and member of C-Uni-T,1 which helped to organize “Create Dangerously,”the 2013 Congress of Black Writers and Artists at McGill University. Her research interests focus on Black girls’ identity format…

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    Anti-Pipeline Organizing Across Turtle Island

    Interviews with Sa?kihitowin Awa?sis, Brian Tokar & Kat Stevens

    To expand at the pace expected by its investors, the tar sands industry requires a set of pipelines that can transport raw bitumen (a form of asphalt that often is referred to as “tar sands”) to refining and upgrading facilities miles away from its origin in Alberta. This means constructing, exp…

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    Toward a Critical Trans Politics

    An Interview with Dean Spade

    Toward a Critical Trans Politics An interview with Dean Spade Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of colour who are trans,...