• A group of Asian community members wearing masks and holding up signs in multiple languages with anti-trafficking messages written on them.
    Magazine

    Anatomy of an anti-trafficking policy campaign

    Asian massage workers have been engaged in a battle with the town council intent on shutting down their businesses.

  • Magazine

    “Safe supply is the future”

    From drug users in Vancouver to opium poppy growers in Mexico, activists across borders say safe and legal drugs will save lives.

  • Magazine

    The right to return to work

    At the beginning of the pandemic, the Pacific Gateway and Hilton Metrotown hotels laid off their workers – then refused to hire them back. Hotel workers are fighting for their jobs, and for the future of the hotel industry after the pandemic.

  • Magazine

    The myth of police as “embattled heroes”

    The Winnipeg police union says officers are constantly under attack by everything from “gang members” to video games to bedbugs. It’s a strategy to persuade the public that the only solution is more police and more money.

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  • Magazine

    Divestment and beyond

    Lessons for the climate justice movement from the University of Toronto fossil fuel divestment campaign.

  • Online-only

    Where there’s smoke, there’s no fire

    New Freedom of Information documents show the City of Toronto’s efforts to control the media narrative around encampment evictions last summer – inflating the number of fires in encampments and using media exclusion zones.

  • Announcement

    Announcing Briarpatch’s Disability Justice Issue

    In our September/October 2022 issue, Briarpatch is partnering with the Disability Justice Network of Ontario to publish a special issue about disability justice.

  • Online-only

    No more pandemic platitudes

    In her new COVID How-Not-To manual, Nora Loreto takes a month-by-month look at the first year of the pandemic – and the pro-business politicians and docile press that led to its mismanagement.

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May/June 2022

From drug users in Vancouver to opium poppy growers in Mexico, activists say safe and legal drugs will save lives. Plus: lessons for the climate justice movement from the University of Toronto fossil fuel divestment campaign. How police unions win more money and weapons by presenting officers as "embattled heroes." Strategies for building feminist, anti-racist unions. A reading list on Indigenous persistance, and more.

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