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Mid-Week Round Up: June 4
Illustration: Erin McPhee
Check out what’s been making our headlines this week:
Civil Rights activist Yuri Kochiyama has passed away at the age of 93 years. As writer Jamilah King notes, “Kochiyama’s journey began with her family’s internment during World War II and wound its way through the Black Power and Black Arts Movements of the 1970s. She was instrumental in helping Japanese-Americans win reparations for their internment, and spent the last years of her life inspiring countless young activists.” To learn more about Kochiyama’s life and activism, you can watch an interview she did with Democracy Now in 2008 and watch the documentary Mountains that Take Wings.
Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox was featured as Time magazine’s latest cover. While the article, titled “The Transgender Tipping Point” is only available to subscribers, Time has posted an interview with Cox along with a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot.
Filmmaker, playwright, stage artist and novelist Sabina England has released a short film titled Deaf Brown Gurl (La Morena Sorda). As England writes, “My film shows the diversity of Indian society (in Patna) and I wanted to show a variety of Indian groups (Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists), including Deaf Indians (and myself as a Deaf Indian).”
Resisting shale gas developments in New Brunswick, a group of protesters are marching from Elsipogtog First Nation to Moncton, N.B. to deliver letters to SWN Resources Canada, a natural gas extraction/production company. The process of creating natural gas involves hydro-fracking in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the earth to create cracks in shale rock which releases natural gas. To learn more about hydro-fracking and the dangers of this process, check out this interactive website Dangers of Fracking.
Kinnie Starr’s latest track titled “Save Our Waters” featuring Jason Aslop will drop on June 17, the deadline date for federal cabinet to make a decision on the proposed Northern Gateway. The song’s theme and release date is to draw attention to the abuse of freshwater by oil and gas industries. If you live in Toronto you can catch Kinnie Starr live on Jun 21 at the Toronto Indigenous Arts Festival.