Letters to the Editors

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    AIDS Activism

    Dear UTA, As part of the team working on ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) Philadelphia’s oral history project, we deeply appreciated Gary Kinsman’s interview with Deborah Gould, “AIDS Activism and the Politics of Emotion” (UTA 8). Gould’s insights have enriched our work and ana…

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    A Reply to Kinsman

    We thank Gary Kinsman for helping to open up a broader discussion about some of the issues that we discussed in our last editorial. We look forward to seeing this discussion taken up by others in future issues of the journal, but here would like to clarify some key points in our initial argument whi…

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    Within, Against, and Beyond Myth and Hegemony

    Dear UTA, There are a number of important contributions in the editorial “The Content and the Phrase: Myth and Hegemony Today” (UTA 8). For me these include how the current capitalist crisis makes it clear that the future is unwritten, thereby highlighting the potential for anti-capitalist strug…

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    Reply to Thorndycraft

    I’m glad Brook Thorndycraft raised important questions about how non-native activists should engage in solidarity work with indigenous people. This conversation is an urgent one, since there is every indication that indigenous struggles will remain at the forefront of Canadian politics for the for…

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    Decolonizing Methodologies

    Dear UTA, I had some comments about and concerns with the article “Six Nations and the Politics of Solidarity” by Tom Keefer in UTA 4. Since I’ve only been briefly and superficially involved in solidarity work with Six Nations, my comments are not so much about the specific content of the arti…

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    White Anti-Racism

    Dear UT A, In UT A 4, Robin Isaacs made some great points about how it is racist and authoritarian for white anarchists to act as teachers and liberators of non-anarchist people of colour who are assumed to be politically ignorant and oppressed by that ignorance. However, his advice on how to concre…

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    "Activism” and the WSF

    Dear UTA, In the previous issue of Upping the Anti, both Carmelle Wolfson and Lesley Wood raise important questions about the 2007 World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi, Kenya. Both writers take issue with the Western “activist,” who Wolfson and Wood identify as often being white, middle class, an…

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    Responsibility and Direction

    Dear UT A, Thanks for having sufficient interest in my book Taking Responsibility Taking Direction: White Anti-Racism in Canadato review it. My whole point in writing the book was to contribute to the process of moving our thinking and work on the topic forward; any thoughtful critique to that end i…

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    The Organization Question

    The Organization Question Dear UTA, The editorial in the last issue of Upping the Anti (“Becoming the Enemy They Deserve,” May 2007) posed the paradox that was also at the heart of Rebuilding the Left in the fall of 2000: serious cracks have developed in the legitimacy of capitalism, yet the de…

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    How Radicals can Relate to the CFS

    Dear UTA, I was happy to read Caelie Frampton’s “Strength in Numbers?: Why Radical Students Need a New Organizing Model” (UTA 5). Having worked as an organizer in various capacities with the York Federation of Students (Local 68 of the Canadian Federation of Students) between 2003 and 2007, I…