Listen to an interview with poet George Elliott Clarke on overcoming a Conservative government in Canada. In this interview the celebrated poet contrasts progressive aspects of Canadian history to the current libertarian inspired Conservative government, speaking on the importance also of linking contemporary policies to the trajectory of the Republican party in the US.
Specifically this interview addresses the importance of artists within past social movements in Canada and in the process of shaping progressive notions around collectivity in Canada. Extending from that the interview addresses the moves under the Conservatives to cut and limit public funding to the arts as symbolically important but also as having a potentially devastating social impact.
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No Selves To Defend Anthology: A Legacy of Criminalizing Women of Color for Self Defense
"I was motivated to create the ‘No Selves to Defend Anthology‘ as a fundraising tool and also as an educational and consciousness-raising one. The anthology locates Marissa’s [Alexander] case within a historical context that criminalizes and punishes women (particularly of color) for self-defense.” - Mariame Kaba
No Selves To Defend also features Yvonne Wanrow (Colville) with the contribution by Andrea Smith.
The publication is available today for $50 from the Free Marissa Alexander online store: http://www.zibbet.com/FreeMarissaAlexander/artwork?artworkId=2318730
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