Tagged activism

Calgary activists come together to fight hate

By Sean Willett, July 1 2017 — What happens when an indigenous activist, a Muslim activist and an anti-fascist walk into a Tim Hortons? For three Calgary community leaders, the result was a united front against hate groups in the city. Michelle Rae Robinson, Saima Jamal and Jason Devine are familiar names for those involved…

Should we debate hateful perspectives?

By Melanie Woods, November 1 2016 — A few weeks ago, the Christian Truth Activists (CTA) — a homophobic, transphobic and graphic anti-abortion group- — caused a stir at the University of Calgary when they booked a table in front of the Students’ Union Q Centre. A few weeks before that, over 40 graphic anti-Muslim posters…

ACAD students host rally to protest administration, government

By Scott Strasser, July 4 2016 — Students brought up registration and timetabling conflicts, campus accessibility, administrative understaffing and a lack of provincial funding. “Many people have been very frustrated with systemic issues that have been facing the students for years,” ACAD student and rally organizer Jonah Derkson said. “We have a lot of diverse…

Student petition calls for consent education in public schools

By Chris Adams, April 9 2015 — Fourth-year University of Calgary student and Consent Awareness and Sexual Education (CASE) club volunteer Sarah Hogendorp hopes to change the way Alberta educates young students about sex by introducing consent education to the curriculum. Hogendorp started volunteering with CASE earlier this year before suggesting they start a petition…

Amnesty International hosts human rights conference at the U of C

By Chase Little, March 5 2015 — The University of Calgary chapter of Amnesty International (AI) will host a human rights conference in the Students’ Legislative Council’s chambers in MacHall from March 6–7. AI U of C president Andrea Oakunsheyld said she’s excited to expose students to a world of activism happening outside Calgary. “The human rights…

Five Days for the Homeless is back on campus

By Diltaj Atwal, March 5 2015 — From  March 8–13, five University of Calgary students will live, eat and sleep outside for the Five Days for the Homeless campaign to raise money and awareness for youth homelessness. Five Days for the Homeless co-chair Rachel Petit said this is the third year the campaign has been active…

There is no such thing as objective journalism

By Kate Jacobson, January 22 2015 — Journalism can’t be objective, as newspaper articles are written by people influenced by their own experiences. But we’re hampered by the idea that news stories consist of either hard facts or personal opinions, with no overlap between the two. When we stop trying to force our work to…

Protests create conversations

By Babur Ilchi, December 4 2014 — Solidarity movements are important, but they’re often critiqued as a way for people to feel good about problems they can’t solve. Calgarians can’t change international politics by standing in front of city hall. But solidarity movements, like this summer’s protests against Israel’s invasion of Gaza or last week’s…

Student unions host market modifier protests in capital

By Chris Adams, November 13 2014 — The University of Alberta Students’ Union (UASU) will protest student fee increases at Alberta’s legislature on Monday, Nov. 17. The rally is on the same day as the speech from the throne and the start of the provincial government’s fall session. Students will meet in the quad at…

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