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Imagining the Resistance

Toronto / March 2019

"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own”

and

“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”

- Audre Lorde

Two quotes from the late prolific writer, lesbian-feminist, social justice warrior, Librarian Audre Lorde. Apt quotes I would say for the political moment in which we find ourselves especially this month as we mark International Women’s Day, a nod to working women although that herstory is often overlooked.

OCASI 2019 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

OCASI made the following submission to Ontario Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli for the 2019 Ontario Pre-Budget Consulations.

OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants submission to Minister of Finance – Ontario 2019 Pre-Budget Consultations

International talent attraction and integration through immigration is among Ontario’s top advantages. Immigrants and refugees make significant economic, social and cultural contributions, and help to sustain stable communities.

This Month called Us

Toronto / February 2019

"They Tried to Bury Us/They didn’t know we were seeds."
- Mexican saying
"What did you not do to bury me/But you forgot that I was a seed?"
- Greek poet, Dinos Christianopoulous

Albert Jackson had a new stamp made in his image and released in time for African/Black History month, 2019. Toronto’s, and Canada’s, first Black mail carrier, this recognition of the contributions of Black folks to early Toronto, Ontario and Canada’s history is long overdue.

In the Field Newsletter Volume 78

In preparing to write my first blog of the year, the word ‘Hope’ came to me with a feeling of urgency. That this is the message that needs to go out into the sector as we head into 2019 and what could be a most contentious year of political posturing on all sides of the political spectrum; as we as a province and country face the potential loss of ground on progressive policies that we’ve fought for, disappointment in the promises not fulfilled by our elected officials, and a growing feeling of being unsettled within civil society especially in our for public benefit organizations as we are challenged to walk our talk in a time of political uncertainty.

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