social justice

Social Justice Matters: Prison Labour and You

3 September, 2010 // 0 Comments

Hard labour, the concept of a prison sentence involving brutal work for no compensation, is often treated as a thing of the past. A relic of Soviet gulags, perhaps, or Southern chain gangs. People are sometimes surprised to learn that today, most ...

Social Justice Matters: Prison Visitation

9 August, 2010 // 0 Comments

How many of us have seen a movie or a television show with a prison visit scene? It’s kind of a staple whenever a character goes to prison. At some point, we will see family members or friends visiting in prison. They are ushered through a ...

The Politics of Revulsion

31 July, 2010 // 0 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ¬†politics of revulsion, because I think that they lie at the root of a lot of problems we experience as a society, especially problems related to inclusion and acceptance. The very idea that inclusion ...

this ain’t livin’ Turns Five!

25 July, 2010 // 0 Comments

I know, I didn’t believe it either. What’s more, for the bulk of those five years, I have been writing something here every day. I know that anniversary posts are supposed to be lookback or lookforward posts, talking about the history of ...

But The Nice Officer Is Just Here To Help

22 July, 2010 // 0 Comments

Let me tell you about the time that I was presenting as male, was arrested, and was jailed with male prisoners. Actually, let me not. Let me talk, instead, about the widespread and rather touching belief that law enforcement officers are ‘here ...

Sundown Towns and Denial

14 July, 2010 // 0 Comments

Apropos of my discussion about historical contexts and the feminist movement, I’ve been thinking a lot more lately about history, particularly hidden and denied history. History shapes the way we think and act, even if we aren’t ...

Water, Water, Everywhere

10 July, 2010 // 0 Comments

Almost one billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water, and around 39% of the global population does not have access to ‘improved sanitation.’ By ‘safe drinking water,’ I mean ‘water which, under ...
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