Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Rise against Patriarchy! RebELLEs against Capitalism and Colonialism

Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Rise against Patriarchy! RebELLEs against Capitalism and Colonialism

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IN 2010, MANY PEOPLE ask the question: "Feminism? Isn't that dead? We don't need feminism anymore." To that, RebELLEs responds, "heck yes we do! Wake up and dream, dream big sistahs!"

Today in Canada, where womyn's rights are under attack, where funding to feminist and womyn's organizations has been cut, where indigenous peopLe are still not respected, immigrant and refugee womyn are not valued, where womyn still do not have full control over our bodies or reproduction, where womyn and girls are hypersexualized and face obscene amounts of violence, where the environment is threatened to the point where humanity itself is in peril, where the only national feminist umbrella group, the National Action Committee (NAC), has dissolved, and when womyn are still being oppressed and exploited because we are womyn, yes, we certainly do need feminism. The RebELLEs movemerit is a very diverse and feisty new pan Canadian feminist network and young womyn are the next generation of feminists who are going to fight--with love and with rage. As young womyn we need to learn from and work with our elders while also forming our own feminist analysis and priorities for action.

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The second RebELlEs gathering, to be held in Winnipeg on May 20-23, 2011, is the ideal time to converge and infuse our society with a new wave of feminist thought and action. It is a time to strengthen our movement by creating demands for change--changes we want to see in our relationships, communities, government and society. …

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