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Mid-Week Round Up: October 1

October 1st, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards appeared at a House committee hearing on Tuesday. The House is debating a bill to revoke Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. Republicans criticized the CEO’s salary and grilled her about recent videos that purport to show illegal activity. Richards called the videos “sensationalistic” and argued that they “mislead rather than inform public debate.” President Obama has promised to veto the bill if it reaches the Senate.

(Content warning: rape) When a woman was raped by her sister’s fiancé, how could both she and her sister get arrested while the rapist goes free? Buzzfeed reports on a shocking mishandling of justice that led to not only the re-traumatizing of a rape victim but also the death of a child.

In September 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, went missing. Although local gang members confessed to murdering the students, their confession is suspect and the fate of the students is unknown. Slate has a heartbreaking reflection on the art projects that have arisen to honour the missing students, as well as the longstanding Mexican tradition of blending protest with art.

Officials in a mostly Aboriginal community downplayed the seriousness of a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak for months, CBC has found. In the largely Inuit community of Nain in northern Labrador, at least 14 people were infected with TB, and one person died. Public health officials did not release information about the outbreak until weeks after it began.

As the federal election approaches on October 19, the Liberals, NDP and Green parties have all vowed to repeal Bill C-36. The Conservative law makes it a crime to secure the services of a sex worker and has been criticized for endangering sex workers by driving them underground.

Meanwhile, Canadian rock band Blue Rodeo has released a seething protest song against Stephen Harper called “Stealin’ All My Dreams.” The song slams the prime minister’s environmental record and attacks on democracy. You can download it free here.

Hans Rollman writes about the growing field of trans literature, asking leading scholars how they see what seems to be a new era of trans representation in writing. As one scholar puts it:

“I think about it as literature which engages the idea of trans people as a reading public. Literature is often thought of as a way of expressing the values or history of a community and in order to do that in a way that is not reductive, one needs to be writing towards other trans people.”

Have you bought your tickets to the Shamie Awards yet? We’re just two weeks away!

In other exciting Shameless news, Planed Parenthood Toronto named Shameless as one of their 2015 Choice award winners and we received a magazine project grant from the Ontario Arts Council!

Tags: activist report, lgbtq+, media savvy, politics, rape culture, recommended reading

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