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    To avoid climate disaster, we need local media

    The climate crisis is the biggest story of our time, but it’s a story that’s extremely difficult to tell. And as corporate owners shutter local newspapers, we’re losing our best tool in understanding what climate change looks like on the ground, and our best method to empower people to fight back.

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    There’s no journalism on a dead planet

    Corporate media owners are killing local newspapers – which is making it difficult for everyday people to understand the on-the-ground impacts of the climate crisis.

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    Mutual aid for the end of the world

    Conversations with disabled, trans, and racialized survivalists who are changing what it means to be a disaster prepper

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    A dignified death

    End-of-life doulas are gaining popularity, as people begin to resist highly-medicalized palliative care and seek a gentler, more personalized death. But will they ever be integrated into Canada’s public health system?

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    The loud silence of queer poverty

    In every sense that matters, poverty is a 2S-LGBTQ issue. So why aren’t mainstream Canadian 2S-LGBTQ organizations treating it as such? And who’s picking up their slack?

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    The Canadian state and Black disregard

    If “the 1990s were Black,” why is anti-Blackness still cemented into Canadian society today? Phillip Dwight Morgan reviews Rinaldo Walcott and Idil Abdillahi’s BlackLife: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom.

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    Student climate strikes are structure tests

    In the preparation for a global general climate strike on September 20 – that’s centred around a tactic that came directly out of the labour movement – where are the unions?

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    Reading truth to power

    The struggle over whom Winnipeg’s downtown library belongs to serves as an unexpectedly sophisticated example of what’s possible when leftists organize outside of the electoral sphere and commit to winning a single protracted struggle.

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    Not just a pretty Instagram profile

    In April, nearly 200,000 high-school and middle-school students across Ontario participated in the largest student walkout in Canadian history in protest of Doug Ford’s cuts to education. Reporters and older activists alike are asking: how did high schoolers pull it off?

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    Politics for the present and for the future

    In a recent article, Vijay Prashad argues that the challenge of the left is to be both present- and future-oriented at once. As the federal election looms, that’s what I’ve tried to do in this issue of Briarpatch.

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    Fund the media you want to see in the world

    The right, in general, understands the effectiveness of media manipulation. But does the left understand the importance of funding media? And do we put money into the media we want to see exist?

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    Revolutionary dreamwork

    Today’s left wins when we challenge the right’s cruel and exclusionary imagination with more just, more beautiful world-making projects of our own.

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    From community organizing to electoral politics

    As we stare down a climate crisis and a hard-right political wave, women activists are setting out to transform electoral politics in Canada. But are the parties ready for them?

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    The city vs. Big Tech

    Activists kicked Amazon’s HQ2 out of New York City. They ran Google’s new campus out of Berlin. Now, in Toronto, #BlockSidewalk wants to send Google – and their new “smart city” – packing. The battle against Big Tech is emerging as the new front in the fight for the right to the city.

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    AMLO’s contradiction

    Mexico’s new president promised “the end of neoliberalism.” But as he forces through megaprojects and steamrolls over Indigenous dissent, activists are beginning to understand that anti-neoliberal doesn’t always mean anti-capitalist.

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    Hate, by any other name

    It is easy for us to castigate those who bring assault rifles to mosques. But if we want to eradicate Islamophobia in Canada, we also need to pay attention to its workings in state violence, mainstream media, and anti-racist groups.

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    The rise of the real estate state

    Whose interests guide the state apparatus that sets the parameters of city development? Yutaka Dirks reviews Samuel Stein’s Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State.

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    Is voting really “harm reduction”?

    People who say “voting is harm reduction” wrongly assume that in the lead-up to elections, all we can do is vote for the least-bad candidate or party.

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    This is a prison, no matter what you call it

    Activists are determined to halt the construction of a new migrant detention centre in Laval.

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    Just transition: a vision and a plan

    Around us, we see fear and uncertainty about the world that is coming into being. This issue of Briarpatch came from a desire to articulate a hopeful vision of the future, and a plan for how to get there by addressing interwoven social and environmental crises.