Am I next?
That’s the question aboriginal women are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a new online campaign to renew pressure on his government to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.
Coming on the heels of Harper’s "sociological phenomenon" blunder, the campaign is the brainchild of Holly Jarrett. She’s the cousin of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuit student at Saint Mary’s University who was murdered earlier this year. At the time of her death, Saunders was working on her thesis on murdered and missing aboriginal women.
"She had come through a lot of the same kind of struggles that a lot women affected by colonialism and residential school stuff," Jarrett told PressProgress Friday, a day after launching the Am I Next campaign.
"We wanted to move it forward for her. She was really passionate about telling her story, to stand up and tell the brutal truth," said Jarrett, an Inuit from the Labrador coast who’s now based in Hamilton, Ont.
After organizing one of the largest petitions at change.org calling on the government to launch a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Jarrett decided to launch the Am I Next campaign.
It’s inspired by the Inuktitut word ain, a term of endearment for someone you love in her native language.
Here are some of the faces of the viral campaign:
This is what comes to mind when people try to tell me there is no (or less) racism in Canada. Hundreds of aboriginal and First Nations women are missing, abused, and murdered, and our country and GOVERNMENT doesn’t care. It doesn’t. Indigenous women don’t matter to our government and it’s horrifying. Please click some of the above mentioned links and learn about these women and this campaign.
This sells for $325US, it looks like. This reminds me of the upcoming Monster High Monster Maker toy that draws custom faces on blank dolls. It’s priced at $129US. I wonder if some enterprising hacker can repurpose it…
By paying for faux-viral sponsored tweets saying “Hey kids, ignore it and it’ll all go away!”
I remember being repeatedly told “Ignore it and it’ll all go away” when I was bullied as a kid. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now. It puts all the responsibility solely on the victim. It’s not going to do jack for threats, bigotry, or smear campaigns. Those don’t magically become “nothing” when you block, or filter, or walk away from your screen.
The term “cyberbullying” even makes it sound like a children’s problem that people grow out of. If only! If only. But the Conservatives are obviously appealing to the Scared Parents demographic this next election cycle, so I can expect to hear more trite answers to complex social problems, via paid ads from the government…
“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”
powerful Black Science Man
“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.
I’m more struck by the second anecdote, in which he was evidently disqualified from jury duty for displaying the ability to do math.
Or understand metric.
This disturbing ad is all over HGTV in Canada right now. Disturbing because:
- "Use a REALTOR™ or get SWATted. Love, your REALTOR™"
- "Oh sorry, nevermind, I can tell you’re not in the cartel because you’re white and upper middle class. Drop your weapons, everyone!"
- "Sorry, we’re just regular incompetent cops, going off without doing our homework as usual. You know who’s more competent? Your REALTOR™!"
This slightly more disturbing cut features them getting menaced with laser sights after the stand down order.
Bounce for Men: Because everyone has to do laundry, including young men insecure about their masculinity who feel anxious about smelling even faintly floral.
It’s telling that they’re advertising this during Back to School season, when a fresh batch of college freshmen are going to be doing their own laundry for the first time in their lives.
On the upside, this is proof that guys are increasingly doing their own laundry now. I would expect to start seeing more manly-scented household cleaning products in the next few years.
“Restaurants already use a number of hacks to make you think the food you’re ordering is cheaper than it already is.”
The points are valid, but unfortunately, the example menu looks like it was explicitly made to make designers scream in distress.