Social justice and equality
Social Justice

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #22222Revolution: Protesting en masse against the military coup in Myanmar—now that's bravery. The military opening fire on protesters with live ammunition—now that's cowardice. This is the same military that's been leading the charge on the Rohingya genocide. This is a powerful message, especially to anyone who take the right to vote in democratic elections… Continue reading #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

Martin Luther King: "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people."
Social Justice

Words of Wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr., this “Blue Monday”

Image by Emiliano Gaudiello from Pixabay  Today is Blue Monday, supposedly the saddest day of the year. This idea originated as a PR stunt by Sky Travel in the UK back in 2005, but it's picked up steam since then, probably because it seems reasonable on the face of it. After all, it's not a pretty time of… Continue reading Words of Wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr., this “Blue Monday”

"The opposite of poverty isn't wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice" – Bryan Stevenson
Social Justice

Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

A recent post by Shira of ShiraDest about debt forgiveness got me thinking about some of the barriers that people living in poverty face when it comes to managing their finances. So, let's consider what it might look like to be living in poverty here in British Columbia, Canada, where I live. Provincial income assistance… Continue reading Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

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Social Justice

Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

Ceponatia of Dogmatic Panic wrote a while back about social media claims that a film was whitewashing. It reminded me of a conversation about on-screen representation of marginalized groups that I'd had with someone not long before that. The beginnings of this post languished in my drafts folder for quite a while, until I saw… Continue reading Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

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Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays, Social Justice

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

I learned this morning from Marie of MAG's Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the "shadow pandemic". Gender-based violence can take multiple forms,… Continue reading International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

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Mental Health, Social Justice

The Benefits of Universal Basic Income for People with Mental Illness

I don't have the economics background to speak to the feasibility of universal basic income, so I won't try; however, after a conversation on the topic with Shira of ShiraDest, I wanted to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various implementations have been proposed, at its… Continue reading The Benefits of Universal Basic Income for People with Mental Illness

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Social Justice

Gender Identity and Parental Obstruction

Recently, I read a story in the local news that made me angry (not that that's unusual lately). A mother had gone to court to try to block her 17-year-old from getting a gender-affirming double mastectomy. A BC Supreme Court judge issued an injunction to stop the surgery that was scheduled to happen the next… Continue reading Gender Identity and Parental Obstruction

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Social Justice

What Influences Your Worldview?

We all have a mix of many different factors that shape our worldview. I thought I'd tell you some of mine and hopefully you'll tell me some of yours. Growing up Education was highly valued in my family. My parents also believed in being very careful with money and not spending money you didn't have… Continue reading What Influences Your Worldview?

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Social Justice

The Holocaust and the Failure of the US Education System

The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem – David Shankbone / CC BY-SA from Wikimedia Commons Yesterday, I saw that the Holocaust was trending on Twitter. It turns out that it was because of new survey results. Claims Conference released the results of its U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey, which surveyed 18 to… Continue reading The Holocaust and the Failure of the US Education System