If you’re looking for some inspiration, information, encouragement, or a unique perspective on life matters, this is essential reading. With over 150 contributors, the book travels widely across subjects ranging from family and immigration to indigenous struggle and mental health.
Check out my two (brief) pieces:
“How to Heal a Broken Heart in 10 Steps” (Relationships chapter)
“What Does An Activist Look Like? Or, The Revolution Within: A Story” (Getting Older chapter)
If you think that deciding whether to breastfeed your baby is an individual choice or personal preference, you might be surprised to learn that rates of breastfeeding have always been intertwined with social and cultural movements.
This is one of the themes Aleck Ostry and I discuss in our book chapter in Health and Sustainability in the Canadian Food System: Advocacy and Opportunity for Civil Society published by UBC Press (2012).
How does real change come about? Aleck Ostry and I are part of a group of contributors trying to answer this questions in a soon-to-be released book called Health and Sustainability in the Canadian Food System: Advocacy and Opportunity for Civil Society (UBC Press, June 2012).
The book is an exploration of the successes and limitations of food advocacy work in Canada. Our chapter is called “For All the Wrong Reasons: Ninety Years of Breastfeeding Promotion in Canada” and looks at the influences of government, various social movements, and civil society organizations on trends in breastfeeding and strategies for supporting (or not supporting) women.
Edited by Rod MacRae and Elisabeth Abergel, the book covers topics ranging from sustainable pest management and obesity in schools to agricultural land protection and green politics. The book is scheduled to be released in June; in the meantime, you can take a look at the Table of Contents in the UBC Press Environmental Studies catalogue.
This issue of RAIN (Radical Art in Nature), the ever fabulous all ages ‘zine, has a focus on decolonization, unschooling, and creating counterinstitutions. And it features cover art by the amazing Julie Flett!
I have a short piece in this issue called “The Past is Still With Us” which is, in part, a tribute to Frantz Fanon. (2011 marked the 50th anniversary of his world famous book, The Wretched of the Earth). Fanon did a great job at describing how colonization gets under our skin and how oppression really isn’t so healthy for either the oppressor or oppressed (go figure…).
But this issue isn’t all seriousness! It also includes a music CD, a recipe, a knitting pattern (via the lovely Sylvia Bo Bilvia), and an anacrostic. Something for everyone, really.
Click here to see where you can buy RAIN and stay tuned for more info about a launch party.
I’m thrilled to be a (tiny) part of this upcoming book, edited by Matt Hern and a collective of wonderful people from the Purple Thistle, and soon to be published by AK Press.
The book is a big scrapbook-style collection of short essays, stories, ideas, explanations, descriptions and comics to support teens who have radical impulses and are looking for support in building a good, alternative, lasting life for themselves.