Earlier today poet and activist El Jones told the Halifax Board of Commissioners that it must deal with racism and police brutality of step aside. She made some excellent points.
“Things move slowly, but change comes, and it comes from us,” somebody said at yesterday’s rally against the warmongering Halifax International Security Festival. Here are some photos, and a poem by El Jones.
The Canadian Peace Congress and Halifax Peace Council are pleased to welcome Ajamu Baraka to K’jipuktuk (Halifax)! He will be speaking on the topic of “Defeating the US / EU / NATO Axis of Domination: A Global De-Colonial Imperative” at the Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen St, between 1-5 PM.
New contributor Yazan Khader attended Monday’s Burnside Jail info meeting. Here’s his report. “Despite being pregnant she lost weight in the first few months at Burnside,” a formerly incarcerated mother reported. “She blamed this on the food offered at Burnside, which “wasn’t nutritious” and “not fully cooked. She was often given old leftover food to accommodate her dietary needs, she said.
EL Jones interviewed by Talking Radical’s Scott Neigh, on prisons, the Black Power Hour, how to organize, and the responsibilities that brings. “You cant’ back off when it’s hard and and say this is too hard, I am really tired now. You have to be in it for the long haul. You have to commit. You can always walk away and they can’t. You have to be there. They’re in such a vulnerable situation, and you have this power when you’re on the outside. You really have to make these strong commitments and follow through on them.”
Nova Scotians Rise! is a topical poem by El Jones , written on the occasion of today’s Nova Scotians Rise Up! rally. Read El’s take on doctors’ shortages, nurses’ walkouts, the Glaze report, Abdoul Abdi, Alton Gas, poverty, union busting, and much more.
Thursday is Shades of Green day, but Shades of Green has a case of laryngitis and needs to rest her voice this week. There will be no new podcast episode until next week. Fortunately, CBC’s The Current has just released a special edition from a town hall exploring anti-black racism in Nova Scotia, including environmental racism, gentrification, and violence against women.
Check out the excellent first episode of the Shades of Green podcast, featuring Barabara Low, El Jones, Ingrid Waldron, Carolyn Phinney, Catherine Martin, and many more. What is environmentalism? What do we mean when we talk about “the environment” here on unceded Mi’kmaq territory? Who defines what’s included in that meaning, and what’s left out? At Shades of Green, these juicy questions have led to… well, more questions.
As a bit of a follow-up on last winter’s very successful Women’s March on Washington here in Halifax about three hundred women and allies gathered at Province House today at noon to remind the world they’re still here. We hope to do a bit more on today’s rally, but for now, here are a couple of photos, and El Jones’ contribution, on Nova Scotia’s women who live in poverty, published with her kind permission.
On Frank Magazine’s phony apology, and a handy link to the petition.