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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: AUGUST 6
Illustrator: Erin McPhee
This week the Canadian government launched an official inquiry into the national crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The RCMP estimates that 1,200 Indigenous women went missing or were murdered between 1980 and 2012.
This week was the start of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. The games are going ahead amid much controversy surrounding the country. Among other things, activists have condemned Brazil’s increased security and subsequent violence against civilians in the context of the 2016 games with organizations like Amnesty demanding security policies respect human rights.
This week, Black Lives Matter activists took over London, UK, shutting down a road to Heathrow Airport in order to “mourn those who have died in custody and to protest the ongoing racist violence of the police, border enforcement, structural inequalities and the everyday indignity of street racism.”
To honour World Breastfeeding Week the Association of Ontario Midwives are boycottingNestle following the company’s repeated violation of the International Marketing Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes.
Trigger Warning: Violence
Since last Friday, we have heard the stories of three Black women killed by state-sanctioned violence and intimate partner violence. The #SayHerName movement is working to create a public dialogue around violence against Black women.
Google has been widely criticized for removing the name of Palestine from its maps, replacing it with Israel.