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SSMU Equity presents: A Comedy Night with Hari Kondabolu

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Tired of ‘comedians’ relying on minority stereotypes? Done with ‘humour’ that willfully ignores the experiences of oppressed groups? We feel your pain. That’s why, for our third annual speaker series event, SSMU Equity is pleased to present Hari Kondabolu!

Brooklyn-based and Queens-raised, Hari is a comedian and former immigration rights organizer, called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by the NY Times. Hari has done standup on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, AND John Oliver’s New York Standup Show.

Join us for a night filled with humour, social justice, and beverages (of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties). The event will be held in the SSMU Ballroom MON MAR 20, 2017 – doors open at 6pm. Feel free to check out Hari’s work: Hari Kondabolu Website

This event is free and open to the community. The space is wheelchair accessible. Childcare and translation are available if requested 48 hours in advance. For any other accessibility needs or general questions, please contact equity@ssmu.mcgill.ca

Support Group for Racialized Students

Counselling and Mental Health Services and PGSS Equity Commission Angela Yu are pleased to announce the start of a new initiative aimed at providing support for racialized and ethnic minority students.

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“The Skin We’re In” – Desmond Cole on Anti-Blackness in Canada

“Colour-blindness is not really about being unable to see race, it’s a way of dealing with something you find deeply uncomfortable.” – activist and journalist Desmond Cole unpacks the history and the current reality of Anti-Blackness and racism in Canada in the CBC documentary The Skin We’re In.

Canadian exceptionalism narratives prevent us from confronting the systems of violence that continue to oppress those at the margins of society. We cannot start thinking about transformative social change without willingly interfacing with our complicity – our pathological silence on Anti-blackness and racism. We need to own up, learn, and do the hard work required for anti-racism.

Link to Full Story: Yes, Canada, anti-black racism lives here: journalist Desmond Cole

Celebration as Resistance

2560“This is a really beautiful way of celebrating each other, while the world is burning down outside: we’re here, we’re not going anywhere.” – Coco Layne, one of the attendees of New York’s Queer Lunar New Year dance party

Resistance can take shape in many ways. For some, it is through study. Others, through direct action, and community work. The Guardian article linked below tells the story of the Yellow Jackets Collective who organized a dance party that invoked their commitment to anti-oppression, intersectionality, and counter-hegemonic struggle.
In these difficult times, we have to allow ourselves to celebrate ourselves and honour those who have paved the way before us. Our rejoicing co-exists with our struggles. Those at the margins should not apologize for taking up space that the system tries to take away at every opportunity. In between the moments of mourning and sorrow, we can remind each other to feel and hold each others’ embodied joy.

Asian, queer and dancing defiance: ‘Everything we do now is resistance”

Don’t miss the 2017 McGill Sexual Health Fair

2017 Sexual Health Fair

2017 Sexual Health Fair

Check out McGill’s Sexual Health Fair being held this coming Thursday, February 16th, 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00 in the SSMU Building. Room 108. Sex, sexuality and sexual identity mean different things to different people. Join us at the McGill Sexual Health Fair to learn and discuss in a sex positive environment.

For more information, check out the Facebook event here.

Mental Health and Self-Care for the Queer Activist of Colour

It’s understandable that at times, one finds themselves emotionally, mentally, and even physically drained given the state of current affairs. A number of studies have shown the deleterious impact of systemic realities on marginalized peoples’ health. Activism is often a channel through which these individuals find opportunities to connect with community, self-empower, and undertake sense-making processes in the context of a society that disadvantages them.

The system is not here to make it easier on vulnerable persons to undertake counter-hegemonic struggle. Researchers from the University of Rhode Island, Drs. Annemarie Vaccaro and Jasmine Mena, published the article linked below in 2011 wherein they studied the experiences of university-based queer activists of colour. The study uncovered the internal and external pressures inherent in donning the role of “activist” as well as the heterogeneous ways that these individuals cope with the challenges.

It’s Not Burnout, It’s More: Queer College Activists of Color and Mental Health

Welcome to Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017

Welcome to Black History Month 2017 at McGill University. This marks the 10th anniversary of Black History Month being observed in the province of Québec and the 1st year that McGill will be recognizing it at an institutional level. The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, in collaboration with partners across the University and throughout the wider community, will be bringing you a host of informative and engaging activities throughout the month of February. We welcome you to join us in the celebration! Come out to meet some of the People of Colour in your community and find out more about Black histories and experiences at McGill, in Montreal, and across Canada and the world. A schedule of events can be found here. For any information or to get involved as a volunteer, please contact blackhistory.sede@mcgill.ca.

Resisting intolerance

In the wake of the Islamophobic attack on the mosque in Sainte-Foy, Québec this past Sunday, McGill’s own Sameer Zuberi, a long-time activist and human rights advocate, spoke on CBC’s The National to offer his perspective on the rise of intolerance and why we must resist.

Injustice anywhere…

Humanity is one brotherhood

Humanity is but a single brotherhood

On Sunday, January 29th, 2016, just before 8 p.m., a terrorist attack was carried out against a Sainte-Foy mosque where the faithful were gathered in prayer. When the guns fell silent, 6 people lay dead and several others were injured, some critically. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims.

The most disheartening aspect of this atrocity is that it isn’t entirely unexpected, nor is it new to this province or country. As we have watched messages of hate and intolerance proliferate around us, it is important to remember that violence knows no borders, and it was unlikely that we would remain untouched by it.

As Canadians, we tend to think of ourselves as impervious to such things. We are the “good people”. We aren’t like those “other” countries. And yet Canada has known ongoing colonization, over 200 years of slavery, the Head Tax of 1885residential schools, internment camps, the massacre at Polytechnique, …

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” If we don’t actively fight against the rising tide of populism, bigotry and hatred, we will find ourselves engulfed by it.

In solidarity, peace, and friendship.

Credit: D. Mathieu Cassendo

Credit: D. Mathieu Cassendo

Montreal vigil: January 30th, 2016 @ 18:00 – Parc metro station

Deadly Québec mosque shooting

Attaque terroriste à Québec

#SalamQc #PrayForQuebec

“Peut-on être raciste sans le savoir?” by Dr. Régine Debrosse

Article on Le Devoir by member-at-large, Dr. Regine Debrosse, McGill alumna from the Department of Psychology and postdoctoral research fellow at Northwestern University.

Peut-on être raciste sans le savoir?

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