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On the heels of Twitter's indulgence in the TERF campaign to silence trans people using the term, we get several well networked Philosophy gatekeepers calling for the retraction of a paper that describes the term's utility as propaganda.

Let me tell you about Brenda.
In the fallout of the protest against uniformed police participation in #YEGPride the Pride festival attempted to host a town hall on how to collect feedback through their community engagement committee on what to do next.
If you followed along the #YEGPride protest you might be confused, as the pride festival accepted the protest's demands. Well, the festival "taking feedback" now, make of that what you will. Anyway, so, the town hall.
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I think it's time to center the #civility debate on Canada.

Calls for 'civility' have always been used to limit racial justice for Black-Canadians.

This can best be illustrated by a local example - of how Black Mothers in Edmonton stood up against segregated pools in 1924. #yeg
Borden Park is an important community space on Edmonton's East-Side. It hosted our cities first Zoo, a roller coaster, and one of our cities first swimming pools.

In 1924, Mrs Paston went to the pool with her child. But, they were denied entry because they were Black
Determined, she organized other Black residents and formed a committee. They wrote the following letter and appealed to City Council.

They said the decision "smacks so true to the form of hateful Ku Kluxism that discounts worthy people simply because of race, creed and color."
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My latest for the @yegQuotient

"For some people the very concept of turning scrutiny to our authorities is so alien I might as well be asking them to grow a second head. Yet it was this scrutiny that laid the foundation of Edmonton’s Pride Festival."…

"the protesters this year channelled the original spirit of Pride exactly as it was conceived in 1981. It was a rally for liberation, not tolerance; its northern star was equality, not some tepid request for inclusion"…
"After taking population into account, Canada still experiences half as many police perpetrated homicides, even if they aren’t as widely publicized or recognized. It’s a fact — among many others — I have seldom seen mentioned in the debates"…
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In order to understand the #yegpride protest you need to understand that our policy makers have done nothing to help people of colour in the LGBTQ community.

Every promised anti-racism program/strategy/review has been delayed or cancelled. Let's go over some of them.
Let's start with the province. Last year, @RachelNotley tasked Minister @davideggenAB with touring the province to do consultations on racism in Alberta

The report was due last fall but nothing has come of it. We now assume that it will never happen.…
Last year Black Lives Matter released stats showing that Black and Indigenous people are disproportionately carded by EPS. This also has a disproportionate impact on people of colour from the LGBTQ community

In response, @YEG_Commission promised a review…
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