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kemba king is an artist. healer. storyteller.

she has been writing and sharing her art for over 10 years. in 2009 and 2010 she was a part of the anitafrika dub theatre playwrights-in-residence program where she wrote and co-produced the biomyth monodrama ‘where the stories are told’. during the same year, she participated and culminated from the sacred leaders mentorship program from sacred women centres international. she hosted and co-produced a radio show entitled ‘womyn’s word’ for over 10 years. she also co-directed and co-facilitated the medina collective – an organisation committed to informing and engaging young women of colour in media literacy primarily via hip hop. kemba is an emerging blogger kemba uses her experience in community organising and community counseling to support emerging leaders in toronto.

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May Lui, Feminism in Our Times (by Perlas308)

Talking about feminism, how to incorporate feminism in our lives and how to take advantage of it, we women need to take action in power and share our power with our generations


There are more dislikes than likes on this video, which is a shame. I’ll bet they’re most likely from privilege-deniers. 

May Lui is a writer, blogger, feminist and anti-oppression educator and trainer. She is a light-skinned mixed-race Asian ciswoman with a deep commitment and interest in promoting individual, social and global change through radical anti-racist anti-oppression adult education.

She has over 15 years of experience theorizing and applying issues of feminism, anti-racism and anti-oppression to practical ways to affect change at both individual and organizational levels. She enjoys talking about power and privilege, allies and community alliances, anti-colonial theory and practice and reads anti-racist theory in her spare time.

May has her own consulting company, ML Consulting, and she has been doing anti-racism education through her company since 2008. May is active in the anti-violence against women movement, the Chinese-Canadian community and is a member of the board of directors of the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts. May is an ally to the Occupy and Decolonize movements as well as anti-poverty struggles and queer rights issues. She also supports resistance to police brutality.

You can read some of her writing at She blogs passionately, angrily and sometime profanely about racism, oppression, Canadian politics and other topics at

  • Day 65 of Racism Free Ontario’s100 People of Colour Spotlight.
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    Roxana Ng is an educator and scholar who has been involved in anti-racist feminism since the mid-1970s, shortly after she immigrated to Canada. She established “immigrant women” as a field of study in the 1970s, when they were an invisible group in Canadian society. She was one of the organizers of the immigrant women’s movement in Canada. She was amongst the first Canadian feminists to theorize race, gender, and class as interlocking relations.

    Roxana Ng joined the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in 1988 as the first woman of colour faculty. She founded the Anti-racism Network at OISE, which evolved into the Centre of Integrative Anti-racism Studies, when more faculty of colour joined OISE. The challenges she experienced as the lone feminist faculty of colour at OISE led her to develop “integrative anti-racist feminist pedagogy” as a field of research and praxis. She argues that to truly transform social relations, we must not only deconstruct western white patriarchal hegemonic knowledge. We must integrate emotion, body and spirit into our praxis; this, she asserts, is a form of decolonizing education. Roxana Ng is a Professor in the Adult Education and Community Development Program and the Head of the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at OISE/University of Toronto.

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    Lee Maracle is a celebrated author, poet, educator, storyteller and performing artist. She’s a member of the Stó:lo Nation of British Columbia, and is a descendant of Mary Agnes Joe Capilano, known as the Princess of Peace of Capilano Reserve. Maracle is also the granddaughter of the renowned Chief Dan George, and two of her four children are performers, Sid Bobb and daughter Columpa, a multi-disciplinary artist, who is also a playwright, songwriter and Artisitc Director of the largest Aboriginal Theatre school in Canada.

    Lee is one of the country’s most prolific First Nations’ writers, and was first published in the early 1970s. She is a member of the Red Power Movement and Liberation Support Movement. Maracle has been the Traditional Cultural Director of The Centre for Indigenous Theatre and has worked as an instructor of dramatic composition and theatrical representation. Maracle’s works reflect her antipathy toward racism, sexism, and white cultural domination.Among her novels are Ravensong, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel and Daughters Are Forever.

    She is one of the founders of the En’owkin International School of Writing in Penticton, BC, and Cultural Director of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto. She mentors young people on personal and cultural healing and reclamation. Her own difficult youth left indelible marks, she says. “I got beat up at school everyday because they didn’t want Indians.”

    In Maracle’s world view, intimate and integral connections bind women and the environment.  “Feminism begins with considering the earth our Mother.  All violence against earth is violence to us.”  The passing on of “women’s knowledge” is essential to the healing of people and the environment, she believes.

    Maracle sees “reclaiming ourselves” as the central project for Aboriginal peoples in the twenty-first century.  “I think we have to find a way to live as Aboriginal people and as Canadians, which means dealing with patriarchy and misogyny at the personal level.”  In this process of cultural reclamation, addressing such issues as violence against women and children and the rape of the environment are essential.  Maracle describes the understanding of the interdependence of gender, environment and race as “the gift of Aboriginal people in this time.”

    In 2001, Maracle was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of Canadian Culture at Western Washington University to engage in activities focused on promoting Canadian culture and awareness.

    She is currently the Aboriginal Writer-in-Residence for First Nations House, and an Instructor in the Aboriginal Studies Dept. at University of Toronto.

    Watch 8th Fire8TH Fire draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settler community to come together and build the ’8TH Fire’ of justice and harmony.

    (Videos and quotes @ Lee Maracle)

    Embodied in my truth is the brilliance of hundreds of Native women who faced the worst that CanAmerica had to offer and dealt with it. Embodied in my brilliance is the great sea of knowledge that it took to overcome the paralysis of the colonized mind. I did not come to this clearing alone. Hundreds walked alongside me – Black, Asian and Native women whose tide of knowledge was bestowed upon me are the key to every CanAmerican’s emancipation.”
    “Sojourner Truth told you already, ‘Ain’t I a woman?’ She asked the white feminist movement on our behalf, a hundred years ago, and the white women of North America have yet to face the answer. She served up the question; we need do no more.

    Sunera Thobani is Associate Professor at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia.  Since her appointment at UBC, Dr. Thobani has been committed to using an interdisciplinary approach in her teaching and research, and to maintaining her involvement in community and social justice activities.  Dr. Thobani’s academic publications include articles in journals such as Canadian Woman Studies, Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, Journal of Canadian Women and the Law, Refuge, Feminist Theory and Race & Class. Her research focuses on globalization, citizenship, migration and race and gender relations. Her book, Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada, was by the University of Toronto Press (2007), and her current research projects focus on Gender, Race, Globalization and Media Representations of the War on Terror. 

    Dr. Thobani is also past president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC), Canada’s then largest feminist organization (1993-1996). The first woman of colour to serve in this position, Ms. Thobani’s tenure was committed to making the politics of anti-racism central to the women’s movement. In her community work she has written and spoken on many issues, including the impact of globalization on women’s citizenship; Canadian immigration and social policy; new reproductive technologies; violence against women; and women and APEC. She has been invited to help organize and give addresses at numerous international conferences, including the NGO Forum at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China (1996), the First International Women’s Conference on APEC in Manila, Philippines (1996), and the National Association of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Councillors in Manchester, Britain(1998). She is also a founding member of the cross-Canada Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity (RACE) network (2000).

    One of my major goals is to reach young women and to teach them about women’s activism, historically,” says Dr Thobani. For her, women’s empowerment is about “creating real material options for women to end poverty and violence in their lives.” As a Muslim woman and scholar, Dr. Thobani is at the forefront of educating people about Islam and its values. She challenges women to achieve more and sets the record straight on the stereotypes surrounding Muslim women.

    It is very important for young women to think critically, to feel the power that women have and to join forces with those who want a world based on justice.” 

    Day 12 of Racism Free Ontario’s 100 People of Colour Spotlight.

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