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indigenousnationhoodmovement:

We are the ‘Uninvited’: Blue Dots and the First Nations Education Act (FNEA)

Today, Métis artist Christi Belcourt launched an amazing online action to reclaim our voices, following last week’s controversial announcement on the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (FNEA). Here is her statement on the project:

In Alberta, security for the Harper/Atleo FNEA “announcement” marked people with yellow dots (for invitees and elders and those on an ‘approved list’) and they made people who were not on an approved list wear blue dots. There were about 30 who were escorted out before the feast and offered no food. My question is why would community members, from that territory who are coming to hear an announcement on education be required to wear the blue dots? And I started thinking that the blue dots represent the people who the government would arrest first, or would harass first, or doesn’t care about, or throughout history has considered the “rebels” for protecting land speaking out. Or even further, the blue dots are our people, the masses of people who are not able to influence decisions, our opinions and are on the margins of society, or we have been ignored or despised because of the harms that come to our lands and bodies.

What Do the Blue Dots Mean?

The blue dot signifies all of us who care, and speak out and risk arrest. It signifies the “uninvited” among us who are treated as “less than” by child care systems, justice systems, or health care systems. It signifies all of us who don’t get a voice at the table with Atleo or the PM or anyone else who has the power to mark their “X” and sign away our rights. Those blue dots they made people wear were not necessary. They could have kept the yellow ones for “invited guests” and all others without, so why did they insist people wore blue dots? Why? Twila Singer was told to wear a blue dot, then she was kicked out for “tweeting” when she didn’t even have a phone with her. She had previously protested in INM. Therefore CSIS or the RCMP or whoever the security was that followed the “blue dot” people around already had face recognition and a plan to target so called “trouble makers.” I’m so upset that they can go onto First Nation’s land and mark out people who are from that community, and not let them in to hear an announcement that has to do with their own children and the future of our kids generally.

That is why I started this blue dot series.  For all of us who disagree, who want change, who stand up for change. I’m claiming the blue dot for us as a mark of pride.

With Christi’s permission, we invite you to create your own #bluedots images—add them to historical photos, to your social media avatars and profile pictures, or make and wear blue dot buttons and take photos.

Post them to Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook—tag them #bluedots—and mention @INMvmt and @christibelcourt and we’ll share them.

SEE THE FULL GALLERY OF #BLUEDOTS IMAGES: HERE

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princeandjacob:

#Kimye #StreetStyle

princeandjacob:

#Kimye #StreetStyle

blackspinelli:

angelwithwormstache:

portablemiah:

benskid:

portablemiah:

illegal immigrants? you mean white people

except that white people didn’t immigrate into the united states… they funded the united states. you can’t illegally immigrate into a society you created. 

did you actually just say white people created society in america

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Still funny

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mfaconcordia:

Last chance to meet the current MFA students tomorrow, 12-4pm!

OPEN DOORS / PORTES OUVERTES  03/02/14-08/02/14
The OPEN DOORS week offers visitors a chance to meet current Studio Arts MFA students in their studios and engage with their work through performances, film and video screenings and on-campus exhibitions. Over 70 MFA candidates will be presenting their work and research in one of the following program areas: Fibres & Material Practices, Film Production, Open Media, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Print Media and Sculpture.
All events are free of charge and everyone is welcome!
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The OPEN DOORS EXHIBITION runs from February 3-8 in several spaces in the VA Building: the MFA Gallery (VA 102), the MFA Sub-Gallery (VA 03) and the Project Room (VA 407) as well as additional installation rooms. Please join us for the opening.
Vernissage: Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 5-7pm     MFA Gallery, VA 102, 1395 René Lévesque Blvd W.
+The MFA OPEN STUDIOS offer a chance to meet with MFA students in their own studios to see works in progress and discuss their current practice. The OPEN STUDIOS sessions are scheduled on two separate dates:
Wednesday, February 51-3pm     Open Studios in EV Building, 1515 St. Catherine St. W.3-6pm     Open Studios in VA Building, 1395 René Lévesque Blvd W.Saturday, February 812-4pm    Open Studios in EV Building, 1515 St. Catherine St. W. and at the VA Building, 1395 René Lévesque Blvd W.
For a list of all current MFA students and their studio numbers, please visit our STUDENTS page.+
A PERFORMANCE evening featuring “interviews on art” hosted by Matthew Palmer and Tim Messeiller, better known as Palmer & Messeiller, will take place on Wednesday, February 5. Drinks and snacks will be available.
+
FILM & VIDEO SCREENINGS are scheduled for Thursday, February 6 from 6pm-9pm in VA-114.  
(image courtesy of Elise Victoria Louise Windsor)
+ + + + + 
La semaine PORTES OUVERTES offre aux visiteurs une chance de rencontrer les étudiants étant présentement dans le Programme de maitrîse en arts plastiques en ouvrant les portes de leurs ateliers. Les visiteurs pourront entrer en contact avec les différentes pratiques artistiques de nos artistes par le biais de performances, de projections de films et de vidéos, ainsi que par plusieurs expositions regroupées sur le site du campus universitaire. Plus de 70 candidats à la maîtrise présenteront leur travail artistique et leurs recherches dans l’une des 7 différentes concentrations disciplinaires du programme (Fibres & Material Practices, Film Production, Open Media, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Print Media et Sculpture).
Tous les évènements sont gratuits et tout le monde est bienvenu!
+L’EXPOSITION PORTES OUVERTES aura lieu du 3 au 8 février dans plusieurs espaces du bâtiment VA : la Galerie MFA (VA 102), la MFA Sub-Gallery (VA 03), l’Espace projet (VA 407) ainsi que d’autres espaces d’installation supplémentaires.
Vernissage: Mardi 4 février 2014 de 17h00 à 19h00, Galerie MFA, VA-102, 1395 boul. René-Lévesque O. +
PORTES OUVERTES est une opportunité de rencontrer les étudiants du programme de maîtrise en arts plastiques dans leurs ateliers afin de voir leurs travaux en cours ainsi que de discuter avec eux de leurs pratiques artistiques. Cet évènement aura lieu le:
Mercredi 5 févrierDe 13h00 à 15h00 dans le bâtiment EV au 1515 rue Sainte-Catherine O.De 15h00 à 18h00 dans le bâtiment VA au 1395 boul. René-Lévesque O.
Samedi 8 février12h00 à 16h00 dans les bâtiments EV au 1515 rue Sainte-Catherine O. et VA au 1395 boul. René-Lévesque O.
Pour la liste exhaustive des étudiants de la maîtrise, ainsi que le numéro de leurs ateliers, veuillez consulter notre page STUDENTS.
+Une soirée de PERFORMANCES mettant en vedette « les entrevues sur l’art » produit par Matthew Palmer et Tim Messeiller, mieux connus sous le nom de Palmer & Messeiller, aura lieu le mercredi 5 février. Rafraîchissements et bouchées seront disponibles.
Mercredi 5 février19h00 à la Galerie MFA VA-102 au 1395 boul. René-Lévesque O.
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Une PROJECTION de FILMS et VIDÉOS aura lieu le jeudi 6 février de 18h00 à 21h00 au VA-114. (image courtesy of Elise Victoria Louise Windsor)

mfaconcordia:

Last chance to meet the current MFA students tomorrow, 12-4pm!

OPEN DOORS / PORTES OUVERTES  03/02/14-08/02/14

The OPEN DOORS week offers visitors a chance to meet current Studio Arts MFA students in their studios and engage with their work through performances, film and video screenings and on-campus exhibitions. Over 70 MFA candidates will be presenting their work and research in one of the following program areas: Fibres & Material Practices, Film Production, Open Media, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Print Media and Sculpture.

All events are free of charge and everyone is welcome!

+

The OPEN DOORS EXHIBITION runs from February 3-8 in several spaces in the VA Building: the MFA Gallery (VA 102), the MFA Sub-Gallery (VA 03) and the Project Room (VA 407) as well as additional installation rooms. Please join us for the opening.

Vernissage:
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 5-7pm     
MFA Gallery, VA 102, 1395 René Lévesque Blvd W.

+

The MFA OPEN STUDIOS offer a chance to meet with MFA students in their own studios to see works in progress and discuss their current practice. The OPEN STUDIOS sessions are scheduled on two separate dates:

Wednesday, February 5
1-3pm     Open Studios in EV Building, 1515 St. Catherine St. W.
3-6pm     Open Studios in VA Building, 1395 René Lévesque Blvd W.

Saturday, February 8
12-4pm    Open Studios in EV Building, 1515 St. Catherine St. W. and at the VA Building, 1395 René Lévesque Blvd W.

For a list of all current MFA students and their studio numbers, please visit our STUDENTS page.

+

A PERFORMANCE evening featuring “interviews on art” hosted by Matthew Palmer and Tim Messeiller, better known as Palmer & Messeiller, will take place on Wednesday, February 5. Drinks and snacks will be available.

+

FILM & VIDEO SCREENINGS are scheduled for Thursday, February 6 from 6pm-9pm in VA-114. 

(image courtesy of Elise Victoria Louise Windsor)

+ + + + + 

La semaine PORTES OUVERTES offre aux visiteurs une chance de rencontrer les étudiants étant présentement dans le Programme de maitrîse en arts plastiques en ouvrant les portes de leurs ateliers. Les visiteurs pourront entrer en contact avec les différentes pratiques artistiques de nos artistes par le biais de performances, de projections de films et de vidéos, ainsi que par plusieurs expositions regroupées sur le site du campus universitaire. Plus de 70 candidats à la maîtrise présenteront leur travail artistique et leurs recherches dans l’une des 7 différentes concentrations disciplinaires du programme (Fibres & Material Practices, Film Production, Open Media, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Print Media et Sculpture).

Tous les évènements sont gratuits et tout le monde est bienvenu!

+

L’EXPOSITION PORTES OUVERTES
aura lieu du 3 au 8 février dans plusieurs espaces du bâtiment VA : la Galerie MFA (VA 102), la MFA Sub-Gallery (VA 03), l’Espace projet (VA 407) ainsi que d’autres espaces d’installation supplémentaires.

Vernissage:
Mardi 4 février 2014 de 17h00 à 19h00, 
Galerie MFA, VA-102, 1395 boul. René-Lévesque O.
+

PORTES OUVERTES est une opportunité de rencontrer les étudiants du programme de maîtrise en arts plastiques dans leurs ateliers afin de voir leurs travaux en cours ainsi que de discuter avec eux de leurs pratiques artistiques. Cet évènement aura lieu le:

Mercredi 5 février
De 13h00 à 15h00 dans le bâtiment EV au 1515 rue Sainte-Catherine O.
De 15h00 à 18h00 dans le bâtiment VA au 1395 boul. René-Lévesque O.

Samedi 8 février
12h00 à 16h00 dans les bâtiments EV au 1515 rue Sainte-Catherine O. et VA au 1395 boul. René-Lévesque O.

Pour la liste exhaustive des étudiants de la maîtrise, ainsi que le numéro de leurs ateliers, veuillez consulter notre page STUDENTS.

+

Une soirée de PERFORMANCES mettant en vedette « les entrevues sur l’art » produit par Matthew Palmer et Tim Messeiller, mieux connus sous le nom de Palmer & Messeiller, aura lieu le mercredi 5 février.
Rafraîchissements et bouchées seront disponibles.

Mercredi 5 février
19h00 à la Galerie MFA
VA-102 au 1395 boul. René-Lévesque O.

+

Une PROJECTION de FILMS et VIDÉOS aura lieu le jeudi 6 février de 18h00 à 21h00 au VA-114. 

(image courtesy of Elise Victoria Louise Windsor)

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gradientlair:

The hashtag #WhiteFeministRants was started by @RaniaKhalek in response to The Nation piece on “toxic feminism”, a piece that purposely obscured structural power differences and racism within feminism as to why the responses (to various stunts by White feminists) from women of colour do not always have a “nice tone” and are thereby deemed “toxic.” I previously posted about that article and shared an important quote from another response piece to that article. The tweets I sent above were specific to Black women and experiences with mainstream feminism because that’s my experience as a Black woman, but of course Black women aren’t the only ones repeatedly marginalized in these daily hit pieces, within feminism and within society itself. But the role of anti-Blackness within such friction cannot be denied either. 

If we’re going to have an honest conversation about problems in feminism (which simply reflects White supremacist capitalist cisheteropatriarchy itself, “feminist” label or not) but cannot discuss why some womanists/Black feminists, women of colour who are feminists, trans women, sex workers, poor women, disabled women etc. respond to these hit pieces and structural exclusion and oppression because of White Feminism/mainstream feminism's proximity to the State and distance from the oppressed, then things like what I mentioned in the tweets above (which is not really hyperbole…at all) need to be included in claims of “toxicity.”

I do not randomly tweet White women. Other than a handful who are kind to me, I don’t talk to too many online about topics of any significance. I don’t have any White women friends offline because of the abuse I experienced at their hands in high school, college, grad school, a decade of corporate America and social groups/gatherings/in public. So I am not running around planning to be “toxic” to White women or White feminists specifically. I don’t troll them or anyone online. Sometimes I discuss their harmful work and I don’t always tweet them directly. I focus on my life and my work, but that work includes deconstructing racism and how this (among many other identity facets) differentiates how we experience gender. And racism amidst feminism does not get a pass nor am I doing so because I want some kinda “White approval” that they deny me. So this idea that I could ever talk about it “too much” or should ignore it and grin, smile and tap dance for White feminists is an idea that will not ever be valid to me.

Oh and by the way, when they’re saying things like what I mentioned in my tweets above—reinforcing White supremacist narratives and norms about Black women as feminists, mothers, writers etc.—that stuff hurts. I understand that Whites think that Black people—especially Black women—do not experience pain in the way Whites do or at all (as actual research has confirmed their thoughts), that is actually a White supremacist lie with centuries of history used to justify the dehumanization of Black people. These things hurt. And while their “feelings” get “hurt” by critiques that I make of their racist, White supremacist, anti-intersectional, purposely obscuring structural power type of pieces, planning and action, their lies about who I am as a Black woman threatens my life. There is no “both sides” that “goes both ways” when one “side” has White supremacy—which they do not use their feminism to deconstruct—supporting them. 

Related Essay List: 2013: A Year Of White Supremacy and Racism In Mainstream Feminism

lanactrlaltdelrey:

this girls beyonce impression is so fucking accurate omfg

FOR ELISE!!!

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