- Success! We're happy to report the House of Commons passed M-103, a non-binding motion condemning Islamophobia and religious discrimination. Liberal MP Iqra Khalid had presented the motion in response to the mosque shooting in Quebec City late January and escalating levels of Islamophobia in Canada. Despite semantic arguments in response to the motion, it passed 201-91, calling on the government to condemn Islamophobia, racism and religious discrimination and begin a committee study into "reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia." (CBC)
Zehra Doğan, a Turkish and Kurdish painter and journalist, was sentenced to two years and nearly 10 months in prison for painting a scene of destroyed buildings with Turkish flags. She was arrested by authorities that claimed "her artworks proved that she was connected to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish government." In her own statement, Dogan says she has been punished, "not the one who destroyed the town, […] not the one who shot the photo, but the one who painted the photo. They made this painting, not me." (ArtNet News)
- Taking inspiration from a similar movement behind promoting black-owned businesses, 26-year-old Brittany Chávez launched Shop Latinx, an online directory of Latinx-owned businesses recently profiled on Remezcla. Now, she works with a team of seven others to curate the Instagram feed and create editorial content on the dot com with the goal of creating a network of Latinx owned businesses and inspiring the community to rally behind them. (Remezcla)
This week a group of Texas women walked into the state Senate dressed like characters of Canadian author Margaret Atwood's dystopian novell The Handmaid's Tale. Many are distressingly turning to the book in response to the current American regime. The women were protesting several anti-abortion bills, like Senate Bill 415, which essentially bans a safe method for second trimester abortions. Unfortunately SB 415 passed and will be presented in the House. At least these women expressed their opposition loud and clear. (Huffington Post)
- On March 24, Catherine Benton became the first Mi’kmaq and First Nations woman appointed to the the bench in Nova Scotia. Judge Benton said the following about her own appointment, which follows 22 years spent working as a lawyer: "I believe it's vital that the Mi'kmaq community and non-First Nation communities alike see Mi'kmaq people as competent, of value and respected for our contributions and perspectives." (CTV)
On Monday the committee on the status of women released a report calling for all judges and RCMP officers to "go through mandatory training on gender-based violence and sexual assault." Committee chair Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu said, "Addressing the issue of harassment in public places and the victim blaming-and-shaming that occurs throughout the reporting and judicial system will be key to prevent violence and to ensure that survivors do not suffer further at the hands of the police, the RCMP and the judiciary." (CBC)
- Artist Jamie Black has unveiled the largest installation to date of her project REDress, over 100 floating red dresses hanging at the University of Toronto's Philosopher's Walk. Launched in Winnipeg in 2010, Black created the project to call attention to the 12,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women across Turtle Island. (University of Toronto)
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