Why vegans should support backyard hens

First: a disclaimer: I would love to have hens in my backyard (currently prohibited in my city) but if I had hens, I would not eat their eggs. Not because they will become "baby chicks" - they won't be fertilized without a rooster so there would be no likelihood of that - but because I … Continue reading Why vegans should support backyard hens

Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/beyond/despite-capitalist movement

Permaculture is a philosophy and set of practices aimed at creating regenerative human spaces that mimic natural eco-systems. The concept was developed by two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, in the 1970s based on their observations of the ecological systems created by Indigenous and “traditional” communities around the world. The philosophy of permaculture offers … Continue reading Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/beyond/despite-capitalist movement

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible As I explored in an earlier blog post, the lawn remains a powerful symbol of class domination, racism, and colonialism. Understanding the socioeconomic role of the lawn means that solutions to the problems it causes cannot be found in private backyards. As a classed and moralized … Continue reading Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

The Black Panthers and Food Security

Fifty-one years ago today, the Black Panther Party was created in Oakland, California. A revolutionary black nationalist party, the Black Panthers made crucial connections between white supremacy and capitalism in the United States. They are largely known for their struggles over the rights of black people to carry guns in California state without police repression. … Continue reading The Black Panthers and Food Security

Why I support rapid transit

The debate over the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has been raging in London, Ontario for weeks, recently including a highly contentious public meeting as well as instances of online name-calling and attacks. For non-Londoners, it is important to note that a better plan for light rail was already rejected. Although it is easy to … Continue reading Why I support rapid transit

Women’s Strike 2017

I made a video about why I participated in the women's strike on March 8, focusing especially on the struggles of working women. It didn't get shared for the media outlet I made it for so I am sharing it here instead. It took me at least two hours to figure out how to make … Continue reading Women’s Strike 2017

Permaculture and activism, part 1

I am working on a presentation about permaculture as a social and environmental justice movement for this amazing conference Organizing Equality. For this presentation I have been doing some research about permaculture and activism and have come across some fantastic resources. First, check out this video of a Decolonizing Permaculture session at the Building Resilient … Continue reading Permaculture and activism, part 1

The Cheerios #bringbackthebees campaign is a greenwash

It seems that everyone on Facebook is sharing the news that Cheerios is giving away wildflower seeds as part of their campaign to "bring back the bees". While planting pollinator-loving plants is important for both honey bees and wild bees this campaign by a Cheerios is a greenwash and by sharing it, you are helping them … Continue reading The Cheerios #bringbackthebees campaign is a greenwash