TEA & TWO SLICES | On Warning Sticker Fixes And Seeking Solidarity Beyond The Pussy Hat

January 25, 2017.

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by Sean Orr | In solidarity: Photos: Thousands of Vancouverites flock downtown in support of Women’s March on Washington. Amazing. Powerful. Exclusive?

Far be it from me, a white cis male, to criticize any form of resistance (always a good thing), but Saturday’s protest apparently left some Vancouverites feeling unwelcome. There were complaints that organisers disrespected Black Lives Matter, and the profusion of pussy hats upset some trans women, who felt excluded by the symbolism. Fair question: “Saturday’s protest was a massive success, but will white women continue showing up for marginalized communities after last weekend?”

More from Amil Niazi, a woman of colour:

What happened on Saturday was important and it was powerful. But it can’t happen in a bubble. What will be inconvenient for the majority of the marchers for the next four years, will be life-threatening for black, brown, and trans women. If our activism happens in an echo chamber, however large, if we erase the people we’re “fighting for” from the fight, then we risk repeating the mistakes of the people we’re marching against. We stood with you on Saturday, will you stand with us today?

Elsewhere: Nova Scotia village hosts one of the smallest women’s marches, but it’s still mighty. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.

Related: RIP The Foundation (because of the long-standing exterior mural that also quoted Margaret Mead).

Also RIP The Condom Lady, a tireless local advocate of harm reduction.

Meanwhile, Christy Clark’s biographer Judy Tyabji thinks critics of her stipend, which would be illegal anywhere else in the developed world, are sexist bullies and that women should march for Christy Clark (who was silent on the Women’s March) so she can continue to get bribed by donors.

Trudeau should ‘not be enormously worried’ about Trump’s plan to renegotiate NAFTA, senior adviser says. Welcome to liberalism in 2017 where “Don’t worry, we aren’t Mexico” is an actual policy.

More Peak Liberal: Health Minister Jane Philpott proposes warning stickers on opioid prescription painkillers. If only those 941 people who died of fentanyl overdoses had seen a warning sticker. Way to govern, Jane!

Too soon? Breaking: Trudeau loses only black friend.

Graffiti of the day:

Bonus: Vancouver band War Baby premiers its “Coma Kid” video. Take note: very NSFW.

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