Teenage ecofeminist dreams!!

Teenage ecofeminist dreams!!

When I was about 16 years old, I bought a copy of the book Healing the Wounds: the promise of Ecofeminism, edited by Judith Plant at the now closed Macondo Bookstore in Guelph, Ontario. It blew my mind and set the foundations for my future activism and intellectual explorations. Although I become a Marxist a [...]

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

  2017 was a difficult time for many people as well as for the Earth and her non-human inhabitants. We witnessed the intensification of climate chaos through hurricanes, wildfires, floods, droughts, and other extreme weather with little to no real action on the part of governments or intergovernmental organizations.  Throughout 2017 the world has teetered [...]

Why vegans should support backyard hens

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 [...]

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

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 [...]

Engaging Diverse Communities Through Community Gardening

Engaging Diverse Communities Through   Community Gardening

You can read the entire paper I wrote for the Bring Food Home conference here. It will be the basis of a participatory workshop this weekend and may form the basis of further research. The image for this post is from the Milky Way Garden in Parkdale, Toronto.

Community gardens and human diversity

Community gardens and human diversity

Some important strategies for making community gardens accessible, welcoming, and empowering for everybody. My paper on this topic will be part of a workshop this weekend at Bring Food Home.

Globalize struggle, globalize hope!

Globalize struggle, globalize hope!

This is an incredibly important document just released by the international peasants' rights organization La Via Campesina in which they put forward a program for an international, agrocecological movement firmly rooted in social justice and popular feminism. Worth not only a read but deep engagement. I will be exploring the themes raised in the document [...]

The Black Panthers and Food Security

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. [...]

Why I support rapid transit

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 [...]

Women’s Strike 2017

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 [...]

Permaculture and activism, part 1

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 [...]

The Cheerios #bringbackthebees campaign is a greenwash

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 [...]

The militant roots of IWD

The militant roots of IWD

Today is International Women's Day - a day that is often promoted as a celebration of women, sometimes promoted as a day of protest a, rarely in the past few decades, promoted as a day of militancy. This year, after the astonishing success of the Women's March - in which millions of women worldwide took [...]

The power of seeds

The power of seeds

Buying a packet of seeds and planting them in the ground may seem like a fairly mundane act. But corporate control of seeds is one of the most important political, social, and environmental issues facing humanity. In many ways,  the attempts of corporations to copyright, patent and otherwise own seeds is a new forms of the enclosure [...]

On activist fatigue

On activist fatigue

So much has happened since the Inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20. As Trump signs multiple heinous "executive orders", millions of people have taken to the streets in the United States - and around the world - in protest, solidarity, and resistance.  There is so much to say right now about these amazing social [...]