12.06.89

by matttbastard

Today isn’t about pro or anti coalition rallies, the respective leadership abilities of Stephane Dion vs. Stephen Harper, partisanship, or unelected heads of state. Nor is it about Western alienation, Quebec separatism, parliamentary democracy, or regional polarization. Today isn’t even about the stumbling global economy (although God knows the latest job numbers are hard to put out of mind for long).

Today is about them:

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(Click image for more on the Montreal Massacre)

Lest we forget.

Update: More posts commemorating the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:

– skdadl @ POGGE

– mirabile dictu

the regina mom

Shameless

Womanist Musings

A Secret Chord

Tattered Sleeve

The Stormy Days of March

Hullabaloos

One Woman, One Blog (and here)

– La Revue Gauche

Update 2 12.07: More:

unrepentant old hippie

Politics ‘n’ Poetry

Update 3: And more:

Lilith Attack

Whileaway North

Cara @ The Curvature (x-posted @ Feministe)

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In Memoriam

by matttbastard

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“Women are still being killed simply for being women, for asserting their rights, or simply for being there.”

On December 6th, 1921, Canada elected its first female Member of Parliament, Agnes Macphail. 68 years later, in an act of gender-based terrorism, Marc Lepine brutally murdered 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They were killed because they were women.

For asserting their rights; simply for being there.

Light a candle and remember: this isn’t mere history. This is real life, 24/7/365. Every day is December 6th; every day, women are still being killed for being women.

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Update: Other December 6th posts from Scott Tribe, Leftdog, The Wheatsheaf, Larry Hubich, F-email Fightback, and Vanessa @ Feministing.

Update 2: More from skdadl @ pogge, Miss Vicky (h/t [and hugs for] skdadl), Politics’n’Poetry, Kenn Chaplin @ My journey with AIDS and Justice is a Woman with a Sword.

Update 3: I’m glad you remembered your camera this year, Kitteh.

Update 4: Even more from JJ and pale @ ACR.

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