9 janvier : hommages et resistance !

Unité des opprimé.e.s!

Juives et Juifs révolutionnaires


Le 9 janvier 2015, 4 Juifs, Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham et François-Michel Saada, sont assassinés au cours de la prise d’otages de l’HyperCasher de la porte de Vincennes par Amedy Coulibaly, militant takfiri se réclamant de Daesh. 4 autres personnes seront blessées pendant cette prise d’otage.
Nous rendons hommage aux victimes de ce massacre antisémite et à leur famille.

Nous n’oublions pas, nous ne pardonnons pas !

Nous tenons aussi à saluer une fois encore l’héroïsme de Lassana Bathily, qui sauvait la vie à quatre personnes en risquant la sienne.

Ce massacre a succédé à celui de l’école Ozar Hatorah de Toulouse et à celui du musée juif de Bruxelles. Malheureusement, ni l’un ni l’autre ni le troisième n’ont suscité de grand mouvement populaire de protestation, contrairement aux attentats de Charlie Hebdo. Cette situation met en lumière la banalisation de la violence antisémite en France. Elle met aussi…

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An open letter to No One is Illegal (NOII) and their supporters


To NOII-Vancouver/NOII-Toronto and their supporters:

On November 30th, a letter was issued by members of the Rwandan genocide survivor community in Vancouver that asked No One Is Illegal-Vancouver to be accountable for inviting Jean Hakizamana to their « Refugees Welcome” event on October 11th, during which he physically assaulted a 75-year-old Rwandan woman and genocide survivor.

We are a group of Black women and allies who continue to be concerned because despite No One is Illegal-Vancouver’s public apology and admission of systemic anti-blackness, a new round of harassment and intimidation has been unleashed on Black women who have spoken out in support of the Nov 30th letter.

Indeed, individual Black women who have publicly supported the Rwandan survivor community in Vancouver and Toronto have been targeted for public harassment and intimidation by supporters of No One is Illegal- Toronto and Vancouver. Moreover, even though No One is Illegal-Vancouver admits to persistent anti-blackness…

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Funkin’ After Fifty; A Conversation With The Creator of Sofistafunk Skirt Co.


The Matriarch


It is appropriate that I write this in the crisp of the autumn breeze, surrounded by natures beauty. You see, dear reader, the person I am about to tell you about is as creative as the autumn colors, as easy breezy as the light wind across my face and as whimsical as the leaves dancing to the ground.

Arlinda is the mother of one of my husbands friends. The gentlemen, her son and my husband were meeting to discuss a project they were working on and I tagged along with my husband. « You’ll love my mother » this co-worker said. Great I thought. I’ll just hang out with your dear old mom and listen to her give me unsolicited marital advice. We’ll watch a game show until she falls asleep on the couch and that will be my hint to gather my husband and head home. That is NOT the dear…

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I lost my true self

Holt Adoption Product:

I’m Quebecoise. She’s Korean.
I’m a Scorpio. She’s an Aries.
I was conceived when she was made a paper orphan.
I was bought, she was sold.
I was being born while she was dying.
I grew stronger while she became weaker.
I began to talk when she began to lose her talk.
I was given a name, she lost her name.
I was born when she was buried.

I’m not me. I’m her.
I live in her body with her memories and her ghost.
I lost my true self when I lost her.

I’m Quebecoise.
You snatched away everything but my memories.
You penetrated me forcefully with your mother tongue, your thought and your culture
while emptying me of my mother tongue, my thought and my culture.
I speak like you.
I do things like you.
I think like you.
I have a French Canadian name.
But you reject me…

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Forged in Struggle: How Migration, Resistance and Decolonization Shape Black Identities and Liberation Movements in North America


by Benjamin Ndugga-Kabuye & Tia Oso (Black Alliance for Just Immigration)

There is a graveyard at the center of American democracy. At this late moment we are still coming to terms with how Black migration inspires anxiety for anyone concerned with the maintenance of empire, nationhood, and even the process of decolonization. “A really broad notion of who is Black America” opens a transnational dialogue that can excavate the global scale and varied manifestations of antiblackness. In the U.S. the displacement and surveilling of Black bodies has been and still is central to democracy, especially since Black-led movements in the U.S. have made progress and grown with independence movements on the African continent and throughout the African Diaspora. In examining the nature of migration throughout the colonies, we find exploitative economic forces combined with punitive racialized policies, alongside resistance struggles to gain concessions such as conditional citizenship, but have…

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Petite histoire des Noirs du Québec


Par Claude Marcil

C’est quand même fascinant: une minorité visible qui, pendant des siècles, reste invisible aux historiens, aux politiciens, aux penseurs et à la population. On vient à peine de découvrir, il y a quelques décennies, qu’ils sont là, qu’ils ont toujours été là, et que, à part la couleur de la peau, la communauté noire du Québec est plus hétérogène que n’importe quel groupe de Blancs.

En traversant l’Atlantique, Colomb avait brisé la barrière immunologique des Autochtones d’Amérique et avait ainsi permis aux maladies européennes de faucher, dans les plantations des Antilles, les Indiens vulnérables. Ceux-ci, isolés sur leur continent, n’avaient développé aucune défense immunitaire contre les microbes des Blancs. Ils tombaient comme des mouches.

Pour les remplacer, les Européens songent aux Noirs d’Afrique. Ainsi, à mesure que les Européens descendent le long de la côte africaine, ils créent des comptoirs et achètent des esclaves acheminés de…

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« She Would Never Commit Suicide »: Editor’s Note About the Ableist Discussions around Sandra Bland

This Bridge Called Our Health

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By Danielle Stevens, This Bridge Called Our Health Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief

I think some of the discourse emerging from these ‪#‎IfIDieInPoliceCustody‬ &‪#‎WhatHappenedToSandraBland‬ conversations are dangerously limited. Folks are saying « Sandra Bland was mentally sound » and « Black women like her would never commit suicide », etc. Not only are we upholding precarious and dehumanizing ‘strong black woman’ archetypes that neglect to hold Black women in the fullness and breadth that we embody, but our failure to operate within a mental health & disability justice framework by making the assertion that Sandra Bland was ‘mentallly sound’ in order to prove that she did not commit suicide is a dangerous narrative that both devalues black people who navigate mental health difficulties and trauma and also erases their/our narratives from the conversation.

To suggest that Sandra Bland was not the type of person to commit suicide results not only in the absolving…

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