Addressing and sorting through the Freedom Convoy's wreckage is a job that belongs to all white people in Canada.
One hundred and ﬁfteen years ago this September, downtown Vancouver was beset by thousands of protesters rallying against Asian immigration to Canada. Examining this event offers important lessons for understanding the modern-day Freedom Convoy.
Wellness influencers like Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows threw their support behind the trucker convoy—and considering the white supremacist origins of wellness, that’s no surprise.
What happened in Ottawa offers a window into the antagonism fed by two years of living in self-affirming bubbles, writes Erin Gee
Resentment over growing wealth and inequality in Canada helped to generate sympathy toward the Convoy insurrection
Shane Burley (he/him) is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It (AK Press). His work has appeared in places such as Jacobin, AlterNet, In These Times, Political Research Associates, Waging Nonviolence, Labor Notes, ThinkProgress, ROAR Magazine and Upping the Anti.
Stephanie Fung (she/her) is a member of Asian Canadian Labour Alliance BC. She is a communications organizer with UNITE HERE Local 40, B.C.'s hospitality workers' union.
吴珏颖 karine ng (佢/she) is an uninvited settler unlearning and relearning on the unsurrendered and occupied lands and waters of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She is a core member of ACLA BC, a K-12 public school teacher, and an executive member of the Anti-Oppression Educators Collective and the Vancouver Union of Elementary School Teachers and Adult Educators.
Anna Liu (she/her) is an executive board member of Asian Canadian Labour Alliance Ontario. She is a union organizer and holds a MA in labour studies.
Chris Ramsaroop (he/him) is a member of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, and is an organizer with Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW). Currently he teaches as a course instructor at both the University of Toronto and University of Windsor. He loves roti and peanut butter.
Zexi Li (she/her) is the lead plaintiff in the Class Action Lawsuit against the so-called Freedom Convoy. She is a public servant expressing her views and experience as a private citizen living in Ottawa.
Doan Truong (she/her) is a Vietnamese illustrator and printmaker based in what is now known as Vancouver, Canada. She works experimentally by transforming digital illustrations into traditional printed art forms using different printmaking techniques and her works depict her point of view on social, political, and cultural issues. Find her work at doan-truong.com.
Stacy Lee Kong (she/her) is a writer, editor and the founder of Friday Things, a pop culture newsletter. Her bylines have appeared in publications including Maclean’s, the Globe & Mail, Reader's Digest and enRoute and she has worked at some of the largest magazine brands in Canada, including Flare, Canadian Living, House & Home and Chatelaine. Find her on Twitter at @stacyleekong.
Photo credit: Roberto Caruso
Bruce Campbell (he/him) is a former executive director of the CCPA. He is adjunct professor, York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies; and Senior Fellow, Ryerson University, Centre for Free Expression. He is the author-editor of Corporate Rules: The real world of business regulation in Canada: How government regulators are failing the public interest, James Lorimer & Co. publisher, forthcoming in April 2022.
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