Daughter of Che Guevara speaks in Vancouver

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Dr. Aleida Guevara was only seven years old when her father, famous Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was executed. She laments that she was unable to spend much time with him, and has few stories about her childhood with him. But she does recall that, even while he was away, she and her siblings would receive anecdotal stories and drawings about animals that would bite off his leg if, for example, her little brother, Camilo, continued to swear in school.

Like many of us, Aleida Guevara grew up knowing her father through his writings and teachings. At the age of 51, she travels the globe making speeches that talk about her father’s ideals and mentions that his writing is full of “political insights and emotional maturity”.

She is a pediatrician in her own right just like her father, writer and author of Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America, and when she’s not participating in conferences around the world she is helping run two homes for disabled children in Cuba. She, alongside other Cuban scholars will be participating in this year’s 5th Annual International Che Guevara Conference from November 2–5.

We asked her to give us some insights on Cuban multiculturalism, the importance of her father’s ideals in our modern world and some of the issues that the conference aims to address.

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Bank of Canada bans image of Asian-looking woman from new $100 banknotes

politelylewd:

“The fact that an Asian woman’s features were introduced to the bill … I think itself is a huge step forward in achieving true multiculturalism in Canada,” Huang, 24, said in an interview in Ottawa.

“But the fact that the proposal was rejected represents a huge step back.”

She said the “overly sensitive” decision to remove the Asian features suggests prejudice against visible minorities persists in Canada.

“If Canada is truly multicultural and thinks that all cultural groups are equal, then any visible minority should be good enough to represent a country, including (someone with) Asian features.”

Give me a fucking break, Canada. “Neutral ethnicity” does not equal “white”. White people are not the default. If we’re trying to present ourselves as a multicultural country, MAYBE we should consider things like allowing images of POC on our currency. 

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How I Lost My Fear of Universal Health Care

stfuhypocrisy:

When I moved to Canada in 2008, I was a die-hard conservative Republican. So when I found out that we were going to be covered by Canada’s Universal Health Care, I was somewhat disgusted. This meant we couldn’t choose our own health coverage, or even opt out if we wanted too. It also meant that abortion was covered by our taxes, something I had always believed was horrible. I believed based on my politics that government mandated health care was a violation of my freedom.

When I got pregnant shortly after moving, I was apprehensive. Would I even be able to have a home birth like I had experienced with my first 2 babies? Universal Health Care meant less choice right? So I would be forced to do whatever the medical system dictated regardless of my feelings, because of the government mandate. I even talked some of having my baby across the border in the US, where I could pay out of pocket for whatever birth I wanted. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that midwives were not only covered by the Universal health care, they were encouraged! Even for hospital births. In Canada, midwives and doctors were both respected, and often worked together. 

I went to my first midwife appointment and sat in the waiting room looking at the wall of informational pamphlets. I never went to the doctor growing up, we didn’t have health insurance, and my parents preferred a conservative naturopathic doctor anyways. And the doctor I had used for my first 2 births was also a conservative Christian. So I had never seen information on birth control and STDs. One of the pamphlets read “Pregnant Unexpectedly?” so I picked it up, wondering what it would say. The pamphlet talked about adoption, parenthood, or abortion. It went through the basics of what each option would entail and ended by saying that these choices were up to you. I was horrified that they included abortion on the list of options, and the fact that the pamphlet was so balanced instead of “pro-life.” 

During my appointment that day, the midwife asked her initial round of questions including whether or not I had desired to become pregnant in the first place. Looking back I am not surprised she asked that, I was depressed at the time, (even though I did not list that on my medical chart) and very vocal about my views on birth control (it wasn’t OK, ever.) No wonder she felt like she should ask if I was happy to be having this baby. But I was angry about the whole thing. In my mind, freedom was being violated, my rights were being decided for me by the evils of Universal Health Care.

Fast forward a little past the Canadian births of my third and fourth babies. I had better prenatal care than I had ever had in the States. I came in regularly for appointments to check on my health and my babies’ health throughout my pregnancy, and I never had to worry about how much a test cost or how much the blood draw fee was. With my pregnancies in the States, I had limited my checkups to only a handful to keep costs down. When I went in to get the shot I needed because of my negative blood type, it was covered. In fact I got the recommended 2 doses instead of the more risky 1 dose because I didn’t have to worry about the expense. I had a wide array of options and flexibility when it came to my birth, and care providers that were more concerned with my health and the health of my baby than how much money they might make based on my birth, or what might impact their reputation best. When health care is universal, Drs are free to recommend and provide the best care for every patient instead of basing their care on what each patient can afford.

I found out that religious rights were still respected. The Catholic hospital in the area did not provide abortions, and they were not required too. I had an amazing medically safe birth, and excellent post-natal care with midwives who had to be trained, certified and approved by the medical system.

I started to feel differently about Universal government mandated and regulated Health care. I realized how many times my family had avoided hospital care because of our lack of coverage. When I mentioned to Canadians that I had been in a car accident as a teen and hadn’t gone into the hospital, they were shocked! Here, you always went to the hospital, just in case. And the back issue I had since the accident would have been helped by prescribed chiropractic care which would have been at no cost to me. When I asked for prayers for my little brother who had been burned in a camping accident, they were all puzzled why the story did not include immediately rushing him to the hospital. When they asked me to clarify and I explained that many people in the States are not insured and they try to put off medical care unless absolutely needed, they literally could not comprehend such a thing.

I started to wonder why I had been so opposed to government mandated Universal Health care. Here in Canada, everyone was covered. If they worked full-time, if they worked part-time, or if they were homeless and lived on the street, they were all entitled to the same level of care if they had a medical need. People actually went in for routine check-ups and caught many of their illnesses early, before they were too advanced to treat. People were free to quit a job they hated, or even start their own business without fear of losing their medical coverage. In fact, the only real complaint I heard about the universal health care from the Canadians themselves, was that sometimes there could be a wait time before a particular medical service could be provided. But even that didn’t seem to be that bad to me, in the States most people had to wait for medical care, or even be denied based on their coverage. The only people guaranteed immediate and full service in the USA, were those with the best (and most expensive) health coverage or wads of cash they could blow. In Canada, the wait times were usually short, and applied to everyone regardless of wealth. If you were discontent with the wait time (and had the money to cover it) you could always travel out of the country to someplace where you could demand a particular service for a price. Personally, I never experienced excessive wait times, I was accepted for maternity care within a few days or weeks, I was able to find a family care provider nearby easily and quickly, and when a child needed to be brought in for a health concern I was always able to get an appointment within that week.

The only concern I was left with was the fact that abortion was covered by the universal health care, and I still believed that was wrong. But as I lived there, I began to discover I had been misled in that understanding as well. Abortion wasn’t pushed as the only option by virtue of it being covered. It was just one of the options, same as it was in the USA. In fact, the percentage rates of abortion are far lower in Canada than they are in the USA, where abortion is not covered by insurance and is often much harder to get. In 2008 Canada had an abortion rate of 15.2 per 1000 women (In other countries with government health care that number is even lower), and the USA had an abortion rate of 20.8 abortions per 1000 women. And suddenly I could see why that was the case. With Universal coverage, a mother pregnant unexpectedly would still have health care for her pregnancy and birth even if she was unemployed, had to quit her job, or lost her job. 

If she was informed that she had a special needs baby on the way, she could rest assured knowing in Canada her child’s health care needs would be covered. Whether your child needs therapy, medicines, a caregiver, a wheelchair, or repeated surgeries, it would be covered by the health care system. Here, you never heard of parents joining the army just so their child’s “pre-existing” health care needs would be covered. In fact, when a special needs person becomes an adult in Canada, they are eligible for a personal care assistant covered by the government. We saw far more developmentally or physically disabled persons out and about in Canada, than I ever see here in the USA. They would be getting their groceries at the store, doing their business at the bank, and even working job, all with their personal care assistant alongside them, encouraging them and helping them when they needed it. When my sister came up to visit, she even commented on how visible special needs people were when the lady smiling and waving while clearing tables at the Taco Bell with her caregiver clearly had Downs Syndrome. 

I also discovered that the Canadian government looked out for it’s families in other ways. The country mandates one year of paid maternity leave, meaning a woman having a baby gets an entire year after the birth of her baby to recover and parent her new baby full-time, while still receiving 55% of her salary and their job back at the end of that year. Either parent can use the leave, so some split it, with one parent staying at home for 6 months and the other staying at home for 6 months. I could hardly believe my ears when I first heard it. In America, women routinely had to return to work after 6 weeks leave, many times unpaid. Many American women lost their jobs when becoming pregnant or having a baby. I knew people who had to go back to work 2 weeks after giving birth just to hang onto their job and continue making enough money to pay the bills. Also every child in Canada gets a monthly cash tax benefit. The wealthier families can put theirs into a savings account to pay for college someday (which also costs far less money in Canada by the way), the not so wealthy can use theirs to buy that car seat or even groceries. In the province we lived in, we also received a monthly day care supplement check for every child under school age. I made more money being a stay at home mom in Canada than I do in the States working a close to a minimum wage job. And none of the things I listed here are considered “welfare” they are available to every Canadian regardless of income. For those with lower incomes than we had there are other supports in place as well.

If a woman gets pregnant unexpectedly in America, she has to worry about how she will get her own prenatal care, medical care for her child, whether or not she will be able to keep her job and how she will pay for daycare for her child so she can continue to support her family. In Canada those problems are eliminated or at least reduced. Where do you think a woman is more likely to feel supported in her decision to keep her baby, and therefore reduce abortions? 

Since all of these benefits are available to everyone, I never heard Canadians talking about capping their incomes to remain lower income and not lose their government provided health coverage. Older people in Canada don’t have to clean out their assets to qualify for some Medicare or Social Security programs, I heard of inheritances being left even amongst the middle classes. Something I had only heard about in wealthy families in the USA.

And lest you think that the Canada system is draining the government resources, their budget is  very close to balanced every year. They’ve had these programs for decades. Last year Canada’s national debt was 586 billion dollars, the USA has 15.5 trillion dollars in national debt. Canada has about one 10th the population of the US, so even accounting for size, the USA is almost 3 times more indebted. And lest you think that taxes are astronomical, our median income taxes each year were only slightly higher than they had been in the States, and we still got a large chunk of it back each year at tax time.

In the end, I don’t see Universal health care as an evil thing anymore. Comparing the two systems, which one better values the life of each person? Which system is truly more family friendly?

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"Brampton Sikh elementary school vandalized by racist graffiti"

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

Ripsodhak Grewal doesn’t know why teenage vandals would scrawl swastikas and the letters “KKK” onto the walls of a Sikh elementary school.

He does know something must change in Brampton, which has seen two high-profile racist incidents in recent months.

“It’s hard to imagine this happening in the 21st century,” he said. “I’m beginning to wonder what we are missing when we are educating these young children.”

Brampton is home to the largest concentration of South Asians in Canada, at 31.7 per cent of the population. The graffiti incident comes just months after a racist YouTube video in which a 16-year-old Brampton girl equated “turbans” with “terrorists” and complained her entire school was “brown.”

apihtawikosisan:

absenceversusair:

apihtawikosisan:

maybeedmonton:

Racism, addictions linked: study

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I do firmly believe that in Canada, aboriginal peoples are on the whole discriminated against more than any other group, but I also believe this has regional variations that are important, and that blacks in Montreal (as an example) probably face more consistent discrimination than native do, because of the sheer difference in numbers, etc.

In Thunder Bay, the eastern edge of Western Canada, racism against natives is extremely visible. Not just prevalent, but open. The phrase “kill indians” was painted on a sign at our city’s busiest intersection in 2010. This was around the same time that on several occasions, native women walking on the sidewalk had bags of ice hurled at them from moving vehicles. A study by the United Way looking at our city’s Quality of Life found that aboriginals with nearly identical resumes to non-aboriginals spent twice as long searching for work before finding it.

The racism aboriginal people in Canada experience is definitely worse than what blacks and hispanics face in America today. It is quite possibly equal to what black Americans faced in the 1970s. The period when civil rights were won, but not yet widely recognized in practice.

I personally believe that because this kind of racism isn’t as visible in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, it is largely ignored by the government and Canadian society as a whole. For the majority of Canadians and for the people in the ridings that determine which party forms government, racism against aboriginal people is nowhere near top of mind. Just because racism against native Canadians isn’t too bad in Montreal, doesn’t mean it is an issue that can be pushed aside. It is extremely relevant in the region between Thunder Bay and Prince Rupert. There simply isn’t enough influence from our part of the country to affect the change needed to improve things.

But make no mistake about it: It is really bad here. For those of us living in parts of the country where aboriginals make up 10% or more of the population, the stereotype of Canada being a tolerant and peaceful country is a delusion.

It’s absolutely night and day, depending on where you live.  I’m from Alberta, where there is STILL segregation in the bars out in the country.  Like, you DO NOT pass the invisible line or shit gets started.  Being native is not cool, or hip.  The racism is outright and it is extreme.  I grew up fighting.  All the time.  From grade 2 on, school was about not getting your ass beat too badly.

Coming to Montreal, I have been so weirded out by the way people here flip it into ‘noble savage’ mode and gush about how great natives are.  Unless they are too visible…like everyone loves to trash the Mohawk and I’ve seen crazy racist shit said about the Inuit, but the racism here is of the stupid ‘natives are so spiritual’ kind.

I agree that because we are so invisible in these places, that racism against natives isn’t a political concern.

My comment on the article isn’t meant to minimise the extreme level of racism found in the Prairies…if you live there, you know it, and if you don’t, no amount of explanation is going to get you  to believe it’s that bad.  And it is. 

(Source: edmontonjournal.com)

mohandasgandhi:

undoneattheseams:

Is anyone gonna tell these people that Canada uses provincial government healthcare systems and public health insurance or is everyone just going to sit back and watch these people make asses of themselves?
Wait, don’t answer that.

#White whine

mohandasgandhi:

undoneattheseams:

Is anyone gonna tell these people that Canada uses provincial government healthcare systems and public health insurance or is everyone just going to sit back and watch these people make asses of themselves?

Wait, don’t answer that.

#White whine

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dreams-from-my-father:

zuky:

fairyhell:

lovewashername:

zuky:

Police believe that Lin Jun, a 33-year-old engineering student from China living in Montreal, was brutally murdered by fugitive Luka Rocco Magnotta in a twisted case that has been in the headlines in Canada all week. Lin’s body was dismembered and severed limbs were mailed to the government in Ottawa. A manhunt for Magnotta is underway.

Yeah I heard this on the news but I didn’t know the name of the victim. It’s fucking scary.

/x/ has been posting stuff all about the killer guy. he’s done a lot of other shit too, apparently. 
the things you learn when you’re looking for livestreams of horror video games…………….. >_<

Yeah, the killer is definitely receiving a lot of attention, while the victim has received relatively little.
I think a lot of people are more interested in lurid, grisly details than in grasping that a Chinese man was murdered by an avowed white supremacist who was hailed on Stormfront.org for his “free speech” in defiance of “the fascism of multiculturalism”. According to the National Post, he apparently advocated a total freeze on immigration to Canada and the US and wrote that “blacks get their own countries, Chinese get their own countries … however if white people want their own countries then we are denied that right”.
Meanwhile Chinese students in Montreal have been shaken by the incident and their families are suddenly worried.

^^^^^^^^^^^^
I was finding extremely weird that absolutely NOTHING was said about the victim! I mean, they are even talking about this in France and in the UK, yet this is the very first time I hear about the victim!!
Just goes to show the worth of a non-white life in the western world.

dreams-from-my-father:

zuky:

fairyhell:

lovewashername:

zuky:

Police believe that Lin Jun, a 33-year-old engineering student from China living in Montreal, was brutally murdered by fugitive Luka Rocco Magnotta in a twisted case that has been in the headlines in Canada all week. Lin’s body was dismembered and severed limbs were mailed to the government in Ottawa. A manhunt for Magnotta is underway.

Yeah I heard this on the news but I didn’t know the name of the victim. It’s fucking scary.

/x/ has been posting stuff all about the killer guy. he’s done a lot of other shit too, apparently. 

the things you learn when you’re looking for livestreams of horror video games…………….. >_<

Yeah, the killer is definitely receiving a lot of attention, while the victim has received relatively little.

I think a lot of people are more interested in lurid, grisly details than in grasping that a Chinese man was murdered by an avowed white supremacist who was hailed on Stormfront.org for his “free speech” in defiance of “the fascism of multiculturalism”. According to the National Post, he apparently advocated a total freeze on immigration to Canada and the US and wrote that “blacks get their own countries, Chinese get their own countries … however if white people want their own countries then we are denied that right”.

Meanwhile Chinese students in Montreal have been shaken by the incident and their families are suddenly worried.

^^^^^^^^^^^^

I was finding extremely weird that absolutely NOTHING was said about the victim! I mean, they are even talking about this in France and in the UK, yet this is the very first time I hear about the victim!!

Just goes to show the worth of a non-white life in the western world.

adhikusuma:

- TO Post Apocalyptic -
Model&#160;: Rudolf Gjos
© 2012 Adhi Kusumawardana

adhikusuma:

- TO Post Apocalyptic -

Model : Rudolf Gjos

© 2012 Adhi Kusumawardana

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I don’t recall much discussion about the first wave of South Asian migrants who came on the Komagata Maru in 1914, almost all British citizens who were forced to leave because of Canada’s Exclusion Laws. Nor about the history of the Chinese or Japanese migrants (save for the Second World War internment) and their everyday contribution to building the Canadian West.

There was more on black history, but in my days it largely centred on the underground railway that helped bring former slaves to Canada. It was as if their journeys and struggles ended once they came here, which most of us now know wasn’t the case.

And what is the worst part of our limited education about Canada’s aboriginal communities is that we came to see them largely as victims. Nothing more.

"

How not to teach Canadian history - Canada - CBC News (via racismfreeontario)

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Montreal riot police fire tear gas at student protest

coeus:

MONTREAL— Four people were injured during student protests as Quebec’s battle over university tuition-fee hikes took a nasty turn Wednesday.

Clouds of tear gas wafted over downtown Montreal as riot police used billy clubs to slam their way through protesters who were blocking a public building. Some responded by tossing snowballs at officers.

Though the injuries were all minor, two people — one policeman and one protester — had to be whisked away by ambulance to have their wounds treated in hospital.

The scene in Montreal’s streets illustrated the increasingly bitter battle over fees, pitting the Charest government against those who deem the province’s rock-bottom tuition rates an inviolable right.

It also served to highlight the student pushback that in the past has dissuaded Quebec governments from increasing rates, which have remained frozen in the province for 33 of the last 43 years while authorities either avoided or abandoned plans for hikes.

Students converged Wednesday on several provincial buildings, including the liquor commission and the education minister’s office, and they momentarily attempted to occupy the Loto-Quebec headquarters which is home to the organization representing university rectors.

Helmeted and shielded police charged a line of students near the Loto-Quebec headquarters after they pushed down a row of metal barriers. They also came in swinging on the front steps of the building, knocking away students who were blocking the entrance.

One student said police overreacted, claiming he was “brutalized” for a simple act of civil disobience. Frank Levesque-Nicole was hit by a baton in the base of his skull and was blinded with blasts of pepper spray by the group of officers who surrounded him.

“I was only standing there blocking the door, but obviously the cops didn’t see it that way,” Levesque-Nicole said. “They … hit us very hard.

To protect and serve. Protect. And serve. The words must have a different meaning than what I understand. 

PAS BEAUCOUP BONJOUR LA POLICE

PLUS DE BAISE LA POLICE!

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fuckyeahpoutine:

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fuckyeahpoutine:

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thelovebelow21:

Malcolm X on a Canadian tv show circa 1965Kleav would appreciate this 

thelovebelow21:

Malcolm X on a Canadian tv show circa 1965

Kleav would appreciate this 

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"The sad truth of the matter is that while White kids are being sheltered and taught to believe that they are special, kids of colour are actively being torn down and encouraged by the world to see themselves as “other”. White people may look at them as babies, and think that they are cute, but shortly after getting out of diapers, they begin to see Black boys as future rapists, thieves and gang bangers. They are systematically written off as a matter of course. The childhood that White children have, is denied to children of colour, in order to teach them their role in the pecking order. Discrimination does not wait until adulthood."

All Is White in So-Called Multicultural Canada (via satifice)

what do you meeeeaaan canucks arent all benevolent white saviors?!

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Oh god yes.

We’re taught so early on we need to do X and Y lest people see us in fucked up ways. Where was that quote from Ron Paul about not holding a child responsible for a major crime but “black boys raised in crime laden areas have maturity beyond that of normal kids and should be held liable” or some shit like that?

yeah

seriously

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THE CONTINUOUS PASSAGE ACT, 1908-1947

racismfreeontario:

…THEREFORE the Governor general in Council is pleased to Order and it is hereby Ordered that, … immigrants may be prohibited from landing or coming into Canada unless they come from the country of their birth, or citizenship, by a continuous journey and on through tickets purchased before leaving the country of their birth, or citizenship.


Wednesday, 8th Day of January, 1908

In 1908, the Government of Canada enacted the Continuous Passage Act which required all immigrants to arrive on uninterrupted journey on their passage ticket, a “continuous passage”, from their point of origin to Canada.

This created a significant barrier to immigration from Asia as trips from most Asian countries involved stops. For Indians, who were also British subjects, this Act made it impossible for them to enter Canada as immigrants.

This law was created in response to slowly increasing immigration from India which sparked fear in the public, recorded as “the Indian invasion” or “the Hindu invasion”. The first South Asians to immigrate to Canada were Sikhs from the Indian province of Punjab. Despite their small numbers (approximately 5000 in 1908), their presence drew racial hostility and resentment that were directed to other visible minority communities.

It is noteworthy that the first Canadian Gurdwara (Sikh temple) was built by the Khalsa Diwan Society in West Vancouver in 1908. This historical footnote is significant because it was the means by which many Indian men made their passage into Canada. As a continuous journey from India was not possible, passengers landed in the United States and then crossed the border illegally to take refuge in the Gurdwara. Legend has it that the temple (built on a hill) had a signal indicating whether or not it was safe to cross the border.

The Continuous Passage Act remained in effect until 1947

(via  The 100th Anniversary of the Continuous Passage ActThe Continuous Passage Act, 1908-1947 – Racism Free Ontario Initiative)

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