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Activism & Community Work

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I am a radical, post-human, post-growth economy feminist. believe we have to heal, liberate and dump the baggage before we can move on, but we also have to stop investing time and money into hospicing the old and shift into funding and focusing on building the new-an inclusive yet pluraverse world in which all beings can thrive authentically.  Reforming old systems is like spending time and money re-designing the buggy whip. It's not what we need for the world to come--or the world we want.   These are the organizations I am involved with and/or support with time and/or money (resources permitting). 

Healing  Organizations  

We are a Black created, led, focused and serving not-for-profit, multi-service agency located in Tkaronto/Toronto, Ontario. We provide services in harm reduction, substance use challenged supports, assistance for sexually abused/physically abused, immigration/settlement services, employment assistance, community outreach services and arts supports.  Our work with an emphasis on access to services to reduce the systemic harms primarily to Black identifying LGBTTIQQSA, sex worker, drug user, substance challenged, intermittently housed/homeless/unsheltered folks.. among others in Tkaronto/Toronto. Disclosure: pk mutch is a board director. 

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Rise is a national organization dedicated to empowering people with mental health and addiction challenges to achieve greater social and economic inclusion through entrepreneurship.

Why? Because mental health significantly impacts Canadians’ financial and social well-being. In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health or addiction challenge. Amongst the population of people with disabilities, those with a mental illness face the highest degree of stigmatization in the workplace and the greatest barriers to employment (CAMH).

In a world with barriers to employment, entrepreneurship can change lives.

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Pow Wow Pitch is a grassroots community of Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island, purpose-built to provide a safe, collaborative, supportive and empowering platform for inspiration, education, mentorship, celebration, and reconciliation through entrepreneurship. I met Sunshine Tenasco in 2014 (founder) and helped get the first and second PWP off the ground. Served a donor, mentor and judge. 

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The Don’t You Want Me project examines the lives of queer people and their rescue dogs, and creates a visual global platform for them to tell their stories. Finding strength and purpose in the unconditional love, compassion and non-judgemental nature that is embodied in dogs, we watch the participants heal and transform. This reciprocal bond - and the stories and personal growth that spring from it - forms the backbone of Don’t You Want Me. DYWM also offers support and services to those participants who may be in need. We're putting our arms around the world.  

Go here if you'd like to participate and tell YOUR story. Visit here to support the Project.

Disclosure: pk mutch is a board director.  

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We aim to showcase like-minded, multi-disciplinary art while creating a space that is celebratory, positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to our spaces being trans-inclusive, anti-racist and intersectional.

Furthermore, by providing an opportunity for feminist artists to meet and share their work, we can provide opportunities for networking and future artistic collaboration to inspire social change and empowerment. We have the vision that the ripple effect of this type of artistic sharing and learning can provoke positive transformations in both our communities and our minds.

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We advocate for alternatives to the criminal justice system and raise awareness about systemic oppressions that put women in conflict with the law

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Revolutionary Organizations
(Organizations fighting to create  the next system--versus heal the existing one)

The DSC is a new, mass working-class organization focused dedicated to empowering workers to democratic transition from capitalism to socialism.  This group is loosely related to the Democratic Socialists of America. Many people are anti-socialism without even knowing much about it, or how this movement has evolved since the late 1800s/early 19th century experiments. At this point in our history, we need all ideas at the table. 

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DiEM25 is a pan-European, progressive movement that aims to democratise the EU before it disintegrates. Our bid to effect change is enshrined in our Green New Deal for Europe. It was founded by Yanis Varoufakis who was the finance minister for Greece during the financial crisis. Canada is not an island. The conversation happening here is also happening around the world. I like to keep on top of that. 

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Leadnow organizes campaigns that build and defend a just, sustainable, and equitable Canada.

Leadnow’s power comes from our community. We use digital tools and proven organizing techniques to help hundreds of thousands of people take action at the times and in the places that matter most. We take direction from our community and look for moments to match their values with an opportunity to make a difference. We’re always striving to find new ways to have an impact.

We are independent from party politics. We know that smart ideas are necessary, and we need organized people-power to win lasting change. That’s why we strive to reach new people and create deep campaign journeys to unite a broad community around a shared vision.

Leadnow is driven by the belief that democracy is both an ends and a means. We want a more open, accountable, and representative democracy because decisions should be driven by the people whose lives they affect. We also believe that an engaged public can overcome the influence of corporate power and partisan self-interest, enabling us to thrive in a more just, sustainable, and equitable society.

I participate a member. 

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The Canadian Freelance Union is a Community Chapter branch of Unifor, and is a different type of Union.

Membership is open to everyone who identifies as a freelance worker in the media, communications or information sector who have a connection to Canada and/or the Indigenous Peoples within the boundaries of Canada. We represent some of the best freelance communicators in the country as well as those just getting started in their careers.

As a community chapter of Unifor, we benefit from the experience, skills, and power of Unifor (Canada’s largest private-sector union with 310,000 members). We also have the independence and flexibility to be highly responsive to issues as they arise and to use fresh approaches to connect and engage members across the country. Help us take action.

In addition to their paid work, many of our members participate in union activities to improve the conditions of—as well as raise awareness and respect for—the work that freelancers do. Get involved.

I am a member.  19% of our current labour force are self-employed (freelancers, micro business owners). If the current rate of growth continues, 30% of us will be "freelancers" without benefits or rights similar to those working for others.  Check it out. 

 

 

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ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) Canada is a multi-issue, membership-based community union of low- and moderate-income people. We believe that social and economic justice can best be achieved by building community power for change. Each member has a vote, and only members speak for the organization and have the authority to set the policy and determine the tactics of each group.

Our local and national boards are elected directly from our membership. 

We have a long and deep history of organizing in low- and moderate-income neighbourhoods, fighting and winning change through a variety of means – including doorknocking; petitioning; local, regional, and national meetings (both internal and public forums); and last but not least, peaceful direct actions – all building power in the process.  

In 2021, We (4 apartments) was renovicted. With Acorn's help, we were able to get the landlord to pay for everyone's moving expenses plus 3 months in rent a compensation for an illegitimate (tried to circumvent the legislation) forced move. 

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The DISE Collective focuses excluded groups in the Global North and Global South who seek refuge in the solidarity and social economy ecosystem because of systemic racism, casteism and business exclusion. This collective is deeply inspired by the members of the Combahee River Collective who created a Black Feminist Statement back in the 1970s to ensure that Black women had a collective voice concerned about their social, political and economic issues. This was a brave and bold cooperative effort to bring attention to issues that are maligned by the mainstream.

I met Caroline through the Post Growth Institute.  We are working on collaborating. 

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List of  activist organizations compiled by others

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