Friday, November 16, 2007

Sudbury: "The Future of Feminism in Canada"

As I've mentioned before on this site, I'm on the advisory board for Upping the Anti, a radical political journal produced in Canada. The latest issue is out and has lots of great stuff in it (though as in the last issue I have my reservations about the editorial). One of the strongest pieces is an interview with Sunera Thobani, former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and a prominent feminist thinker and activist in Canada. For a launch event here in Sudbury we decided to focus on the Thobani interview by gathering together a number of local feminists to offer their thoughts on what she has to say, which will hopefully lead to some interesting discussion about the future of feminism in Canada. Here are all the details:

Sudbury Upping the Anti Issue 5 Launch: "The Future of Feminism in Canada"

Come see "In the Shadow of 9-11," a short film of a recent talk by Sunera Thobani, former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) who is interviewed in Upping the Anti #5. Join a discussion with local feminist activists and thinkers sparked by Thobani's interview ("The Fight For Feminism") on feminism in Canada. With comments from:

Jen Johnson - Lecturer in Women's Studies at Thorneloe College, Laurentian Unviersity.

Waubauno Kwe - First Nations elder, aka Barb Riley.

Leyna Lowe - Women's Studies student and feminist blogger (

Meagan Mullally - student, editor of Muse, and activist with Common Cause.

Alexis Shotwell - Professor of Philosophy and English at Laurentian University.

* Thursday, Nov. 22, 7pm, Myths and Mirrors space, (in Victory Park. on the right side of Frood Road, three blocks north of Kathleen). The Myths and Mirrors space (it's covered in murals) is in Victory Park which is between Dupont st. and Schevchenko Ave., north of Kathleen. This is a wheel-chair accessible location. Here is a map.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided and copies of Upping the Anti #5 will be available for $5.

Sponsored by Upping the Anti and Common Cause (to contact Common Cause email revolution_reversal[at]

Upping the Anti is a radical journal of theory and action which provides a space to address and discuss unresolved questions and dynamics within the anti-capitalist, anti-oppression, and anti-imperialist politics of today’s radical left in Canada. For more information go to

And here are the contents of issue #5:


Sunera Thobani: The Fight for Feminism, Anti-Racism and the Women’s Movement

Gord Hill: Indigenous Anti-Colonialism

Michael Hardt: From the Perspective of Resistance


Macdonald Stainsby -- Empire, Resistance and the Tar Sands

Caelie Frampton -- Student movements and the CFS

M. Staudenmaier -- The Three-Way Fight
Rami Elamine -- Islam & the Left: a Reply to Staudenmaier

Bryan Doherty and Tom Keefer: Political Prisoner Roundtable with
Ashanti Alston, Seth Hayes, Susan Tipograph and Sara Falcolner.

Book Reviews

Chris Harris on Black Power from the Inside: Muhammad Ahmad. We Will Return in the Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations, 1960-1975

Anna Feigenbaum on Death of a Dichotomy: Ward Churchill. Pacifism as Pathology and Peter Gelderloos. How Nonviolence Protects the State

Matthew N. Lyons on Not Just a Smear Tactic: April Rosenblum. The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere: Making Resistance to Anti-Semitism Part of All of Our Movements

If you are in the area, come on out!

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