Upcoming Hangouts

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Trans Persons in Sports (Sunday, June 20 at 8:00 pm EST)

Before going through the material, check out this document made by Genevieve on Pride terminology and concepts: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m5ZGDqvuzDWmLMiSXh1tI6-l12IMLpvelU7aQs0cNv4/edit?usp=sharing

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. Why are sports important in our society? How can sports be a vehicle for positive change, and how can they be discriminatory?

  2. Should trans women be allowed to compete in women’s sports? If so, how would preventing them from doing so be harmful? If not, how should we define the boundaries of sports competitions?

Required Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlCbA6GMtiA-- A CBC report that gives a broad overview of the issue (10 min watch).

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/22423132/anti-transgender-bills-women-sports-fairness-- An in-depth look at how this issue provides an opportunity for women’s sports to expand fairness, rather than limit it (15 min read).

Optional Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrgJQI3O_RQ--The Economist’s overview of the issue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHqiG_hrbsc--Two trans teenaged track stars speak out about the backlash against them.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/canada-non-binary-athletes-1.5585435-- An article that adds non-binary athletes into the equation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFFPcIcAUUs-- Exploring the case of the intersex athlete Caster Semenya.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trans-girls-belong-on-girls-sports-teams/-- How this conversation takes away from a more meaningful one about women’s sports.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/04/15/transgender-athletes-womens-sports-title-ix/-- An in-depth look at how feminism and transphobia intersect in regard to this issue.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/trans-women-targeted-sports-bans-advantage/story?id=76909090--A nuanced overview of the issue.

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/18/978716732/wave-of-new-bills-say-trans-athletes-have-an-unfair-edge-what-does-the-science-s-- A biologist argues that testosterone doesn’t in fact provide a competitive advantage.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-movement-to-exclude-trans-girls-from-sports-- A passionate defense of the rights of trans athletes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/sports/women-sports-equality.html-- A history of sexism in sports.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/trackandfield/track-and-field-panel-story-1.5615142-- Canadian athletes discuss racism in sports.

Ressources francophones

Nous sommes désolés pour le manque de vidéos, nous n'avons rien trouvé de qualité sur le sujet. Les ressources anglophones constituent un bien meilleur survol de l’enjeu.

https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/535365/l-acces-aux-sports-s-avere-complexe-pour-les-enfants-trans-ou-de-genre-neutre-- Un article sur les barrières auquelles les jeunes trans font face dans le sport scolaire.

http://www.lecollectif.ca/la-place-des-personnes-trans-dans-le-sport-de-haut-niveau/-- Un portrait nuancé sur la place des personnes trans dans le sport de compétition.

https://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/507d0696-be65-4617-9f63-526464ce4e47__7C___0.html?utm_content=ulink&utm_source=lpp&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=internal+share-- Un survol du débat aux États-Unis.

https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2018/10/23/linclusion-des-personnes-trans-dans-les-sports-- Un court texte d’opinion en faveur de l’inclusion des personnes trans dans le sport de compétition.

Drug Culture Hangout (Saturday, May 1st at 8:00 pm EST)

This was our 10th hangout! Special thanks to our regulars for your continued support!

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. How do ideas about drugs vary based on cultural norms and on the type of drug being discussed? What is the stigma associated with drug use and with addiction? How does racism often add on to this stigma?

  2. What is the best strategy for addressing drug use and addiction? What are the pros and cons of drug decriminalization and legalization?

Required Material

https://www.gq.com/story/imagining-a-world-where-all-drugs-are-legal-carl-hart -- A Columbia neuroscience professor argues for the legalization of all drugs (10 min read).

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/11/11/will-drug-legalization-leave-black-people-behind -- How racism and drug legalization intertwine (10 min read).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lba9nkK-DDY -- How Portugal decriminalized drugs, and reinvented addiction treatment (3 min watch).

Optional Material

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/14/drugs-policy-heroin-psychoactive-substances -- Defining “good” and “bad” drugs.

https://www.vox.com/2015/2/24/8094759/alcohol-marijuana -- Why claiming that alcohol is the worst drug might be misleading.

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/marijuana-addiction-rare-but-real-072014#The-cycle-of-addiction -- A deep dive into the mechanisms of addiction, with an emphasis on marijuana.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCf7jXHYSSI -- The stigma and language behind drug use. A *very* Bonsai video :))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQJ7n-JpcCk -- Comparing approaches to addiction treatment between Canada and Portugal.

https://www.drugpolicy.ca/our-work/issues/harm-reduction/ -- An introduction to "harm reduction" policies in Canada.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/buyers/socialhistory.html -- History and science of drugs in the US.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/drug-culture-around-the-world -- A tour of drug cultures around the world.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/the-high-lands-exploring-drug-tourism-across-southeast-asia/253705/-- Very interesting piece about "drug tourism".

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/28/world/americas/mexico-drugs-cartel-tiktok.html?searchResultPosition=6 -- The emergence of cartel culture” on TikTok.

https://www.addictioncenter.com/community/social-media-teen-drug-use/ -- The relationship between social media and teenage drug use.

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/beauty-goes-cbd-drug-culture-marketing#Not-every-group-can-safely-participate-in-drug-culture -- An argument that beauty companies profiting of "hemp hype" have a responsibility to contribute to drug education.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szXXP9lni70 -- How drug use shaped music in the seventies.

https://www.history.com/topics/crime/the-war-on-drugs -- A timeline of the war on drugs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/03/16/nixon-war-on-drugs-public-safety/ -- How ending the war on drugs is above all a matter of public safety, especially for marginalized communities.

https://time.com/5572691/420-marijuana-mexican-immigration/ -- The complicated relationship between anti-immigration, anti-drug laws, and xenophobia.

Ressources francophones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yt4MOEZnUA -- Comment la décriminalisation des drogues au Canada pourrait avoir un impact sur la santé des consommateurs, surtout sur ceux venant de milieux défavorisés.

https://www.camh.ca/fr/info-sante/index-sur-la-sante-mentale-et-la-dependance/toxicomanie -- La toxicomanie, ses causes ainsi que ses symptômes, et comment elle est traitée.

https://www.cliniquenouveaudepart.com/blog/decriminalisation-des-drogues-le-succes-du-modele-portugais/ -- Un article sur le succès du Portugal dans sa décriminalisation des drogues et dans ses traitements contre la toxicomanie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM1SvhqF66g -- Court reportage sur le fentanyl et ses impacts négatifs au Canada.

https://www.lapresse.ca/international/etats-unis/2020-11-04/plusieurs-etats-assouplissent-un-peu-plus-leur-legislation-sur-les-drogues.php -- Certains États américains commencent à assouplir leurs législations autour de la possession de drogues.

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/fr/article/utilisation-non-medicale-des-drogues -- Article encyclopédique sur l’historique de la consommation de drogues à des fins récréatives au Canada.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckeyU3pQpgM -- Bulletin sur la légalisation du cannabis au Canada en octobre 2019.

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1118623/drogues-monde-consommation-onu-rapport-opioides-medicaments -- Quelques statistiques sur la consommation de drogues à travers le monde.

Gender Based Violence Hangout (Saturday, March 27 at 8:00 pm EST)

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. How does the objectification of women lead to violence? How can racism and transphobia add to this objectification? How can we address those sociocultural ideas in order to end gender-based violence?

  2. How is the experience of women in public spaces different from that of men? What can we do to increase women’s safety and what responsibilities do men have in doing so?

Required Material

https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/not-object-sexualization-and-exploitation-women-and-girls/30366-- A UNICEF report on how the objectification of women leads to violence (10 min read).

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/us/racism-sexism-atlanta-spa-shooting.html?searchResultPosition=14-- When racism and sexism collide in a tragic act of violence (15 min read).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7UuW7XaqwA-- How the murder of Sarah Everard sparked an international conversation about women's safety in public spaces (5 min watch).

Optional Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWhNv4cgCUc-- Some quick stats about gender based violence (GBV) around the world.

https://www.bustle.com/p/why-objectifying-women-makes-men-violent-32880-- The pervasive ways in which objectification leads men to conduct or to dismiss GBV.

https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/in-focus-gender-equality-in-covid-19-response/violence-against-women-during-covid-19-- An article from UN Women that focuses on the uptick in GBV during the pandemic.

https://www.adl.org/resources/reports/when-women-are-the-enemy-the-intersection-of-misogyny-and-white-supremacy-- A (lengthy!) report on the intersection between misogyny and white supremacy.

https://www.allure.com/story/objectification-asian-women-violence-- Opening up about personal experience with anti-Asian sexual harassment.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/02/us/mothers-daughters-letters.html?searchResultPosition=15-- Touching letters of Black mothers written to their daughters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imddHefzaHY-- Personal stories from Black trans women about their experiences of GBV (*some graphic content*).

https://www.pdxmonthly.com/news-and-city-life/2020/10/who-is-committing-violence-against-trans-women-- A look into implicit transphobia and how it manifests itself through intimate partner violence.

https://time.com/5601227/two-black-trans-women-murders-in-dallas-anti-trans-violence/-- The intersection between poverty, racism, and sexism for Black trans women. Features lots of stats!

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/world/europe/sarah-everard-women-protest.html?searchResultPosition=7-- A deeper look into the Sarah Everard case and how women are reclaiming public spaces.

https://cities-today.com/industry/womens-safety-audits-shed-light-on-changing-public-spaces/-- An Australian system of audits to ensure women’s safety in public spaces.

https://behavioralscientist.org/how-better-urban-planning-can-improve-gender-equality/-- How we can reimagine and redesign public spaces. Very interesting piece!

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/covid-intimate-partner-violence-1.5830614-- The role of the police in addressing GBV.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/can-domestic-abusers-keep-themselves-accountable-when-no-one-is-watching-- A thought-provoking feature about support groups for men who commit domestic violence.

https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2020/11/compilation-take-action-to-help-end-violence-against-women-- The UN’s list of 10 things we can all do in our everyday lives to prevent GBV.

https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/gender.pdf-- The WHO’s report on different spheres that can be targeted to end GBV.

Ressources francophones

https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/violence/fr/-- Vaste survol sur la violence envers les femmes par l’OMS.

https://www.un.org/africarenewal/fr/magazine/novembre-decembre-2020/violence-sexiste-aplatir-la-courbe-de-la-pand%C3%A9mie-fant%C3%B4me-- Article d’AfriqueRenouveau soulevant une augmentation de la violence basée sur le genre (VBG) en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2nqG_4rCJU-- «Comment réagir à la divulgation d’un incident de violence basée sur le genre»; une vidéo qui s’adresse principalement aux travailleurs sociaux, mais qui peut venir en aide à quelconque victime ou témoin de ce type d’acte violent.

https://www.ledevoir.com/monde/etats-unis/597269/les-tueries-d-atlanta-etaient-elles-racistes-ou-misogynes-ou-les-deux-- Article expliquant l’intersection entre la misogynie et le racisme dans le contexte des tueries d’Atlanta.

https://www.aa.com.tr/fr/afrique/burkina-faso-un-num%C3%A9ro-vert-pour-signaler-les-violences-bas%C3%A9es-sur-le-genre/2162510#:~:text=Les%20violences%20sexuelles%20commises%20sur,mutilations%20g%C3%A9nitales%2C%20selon%20les%20observateurs-- Instauration d’une ligne téléphonique gratuite afin de signaler des cas de VBG au Burkina Faso.

https://www.futura-sciences.com/sante/actualites/psychologie-harcelement-certains-voient-ils-femme-comme-objet-sexuel-79360/-- Court article sur l’objectivation sexuelle de la femme et sur la transformation de cette objectivation en violence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDo_wZHdE1A-- Reportage sur la tuerie de l’École Polytechnique à Montréal en 1989, le “premier féminicide contemporain de masse revendiqué”.

https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/le-reportage-de-la-redaction/etre-transgenre-un-combat-du-quotidien-pour-fuir-les-violences-transphobes-- Quelques chiffres sur les actes de violence transphobes et homophobes en France.

Black History Month Hangout (Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 pm EST)

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. How have events in Black history shaped our current world? How have those events and stories been misrepresented and neglected?

  2. Why does commemorating Black history matter today? What is missing from our knowledge and understanding of Black history? What would be a well-rounded, fruitful approach to celebrating Black History Month?

Required Material

*Terminology and language to consider when discussing this topic*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rorgjdvphek-- A video introducing the concept of intergenerational trauma, and how the past is so very much still present (5 min watch).

https://humanrights.ca/story/the-story-of-africville-- The little-known story of how the Canadian government sponsored the demolition of a thriving Black community (8 min read).

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/medical-racism-history-covid-19/-- A history of racial inequities within healthcare systems (8 min read).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDs50IVOmEI-- A look into why some Black public figures take issue with the notion of Black History Month (5 min watch).

Optional Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqrhn8khGLM-- How centuries of slavery, segregation and discrimination led to the creation of a racial wealth gap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu98KN4acis-- A quick overview of the lasting impacts of the infamous Tuskegee study.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/01/obituaries/lucy-diggs-slowe-overlooked.html?searchResultPosition=7-- An obituary for Lucy Diggs Slowe as part of the NYT Overlooked series, and a story in how racism and sexism intersect.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/28/opinion/sunday/ida-b-wells-lynching-black-women.html?searchResultPosition=4-- The inspiring story of Ida B. Wells, and how it’s misremembered.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/29/us/black-history-heroes.html?searchResultPosition=2--The conundrum of celebrating Black heroes without adulating them.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/us/a-coda-to-black-history-month.html?searchResultPosition=6-- A selection of the amazing Amanda Gorman's poetry centered around the Black experience in America.

https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/8/26/20829771/slavery-textbooks-history-- How American textbooks have failed to appropriately reckon with slavery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR3wEsrBEDus1sKV1c1cBWZ61hvjlGCPt6L6A-fP6Eg7nxrHsc-jSzae6zE&v=rMyxpdoN4zw&feature=youtu.be-- “Youth Translate Racism,” a collaborative video project by Brenda Shanahan’s, MP Chateauguay-Lacolle, youth council, featuring Gen!

https://www.equalityinstitute.org/blog/blacklivesmatter-being-actively-anti-racist-- The Equality Institute on BLM, Anti-racism and white supremacy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRci2V8PxW4-- Kimberlé Crenshaw's groundbreaking theory of intersectionaliy.

https://guidetoallyship.com/-- Amelie Lamont's "Guide to Allyship."

Black Canadian History

Part I: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/canada-s-slavery-secret-the-whitewashing-of-200-years-of-enslavement-1.4726313 and part II: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/slavery-s-long-shadow-the-impact-of-200-years-enslavement-in-canada-1.4733595-- A two-part podcast on Canada's hidden relationship to slavery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GmX5stT9rUn-- What systemic racism in Canada looks like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=ORW_e8P8RcY-- A 20 minute watch on "Being Black in Canada".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=WjmDwWUhEpg&list=PLeyJPHbRnGaZmzkCwy3-8ykUZm_8B9kKM-- A documentary exposing racism and racial profiling in different areas of Canadian life.

https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/black-history-month/-- Interactive stories of outstanding Black Canadians through history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU9Rzdix0XI-- An approach to teaching Black Canadian history in the classroom.

Black History Month

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnSHm3Y9qYc-- A short video about the history of Black History Month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3--UzzvPqhs-- A few "normal" people reflecting on Black History Month and its particular relevance this year.

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/black-history-is-canadian-history-why-activists-say-canadian-black-history-should-be-taught-365-days-a-year-1.5295874-- Why some Canadian activists take issue with Black History Month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeixtYS-P3s-- Famous clip of a Morgan Freeman interview that sparked much debate on the validity of a Black History Month.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/black-history-monthretire-or-reboot/470124/-- How the original intentions behind Black History Month haven't translated to the classroom.

Ressources francophones

https://www.moishistoiredesnoirs.com/fr/a-propos/origine-du-mhn-- Brève introduction au Mois de l’histoire des Noirs et de sa célébration au Québec.

https://www.lapresse.ca/affaires/2020-06-03/des-inegalites-croissantes-pour-les-noirs-au-canada-selon-une-etude-- Article présentant plusieurs statistiques sur les conditions socioéconomiques des Noirs au Canada; un portrait plutôt négatif.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAWF8H4nROc-- Entrevue avec la rappeuse québécoise Saramhée, porte-parole du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs au Canada en 2020.

https://www.lapresse.ca/debats/opinions/2021-02-05/mois-de-l-histoire-des-noirs/soigner-les-iniquites-pour-un-avenir-vert-et-solidaire.php#-- Article soulignant les iniquités vécues par les communautés Noires du Québec et du Canada au plan environnemental et sanitaire.

https://www.ledroit.com/opinions/votre-opinion/le-mois-de-lhistoire-des-noirs-lesquels--f6cdc130d6556b7256143fa9098f20f8-- Éditorial critiquant la célébration du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs à travers le monde.

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/fr/chronologie/black-history-- Chronologie exhaustive de l’histoire des Noirs au Canada.

https://abenafrica.com/10-inventeurs-noirs-qui-ont-chang-le-monde/-- Courte liste d’inventeurs et savants Noirs peu souvent mentionnés, selon un livre de Yves Antoine.

Homelessness and Gentrification (Saturday, January 23 at 8:00 pm EST)

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. Why do we struggle to “see” homeless people, and how can we better empathize with this population? What are some solutions to the homelessness crisis?

  2. How is gentrification harmful? How can it be positive? How can we ensure that a fair balance is attained?

Required Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-s1p5z_W5E -- A CBC report that follows the lives of a few homeless men in Toronto (8 min watch).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0zAvlmzDFc -- An overview of the history and effects of gentrification (7 min watch).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/04/08/yes-you-can-gentrify-neighborhood-without-pushing-out-poor-people/ -- An article about how gentrification doesn’t have to equate to displacement (10-15 min read).

Optional Material


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bPvIz0I38w -- A video about the tragic reality of Indigenous homelessness in Canada.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/nyregion/homeless-lucerne-hotel-relocation.html?searchResultPosition=14 -- The story of the very tense relocation of homeless men into a high-end NYC hotel during the pandemic.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/12/07/using-the-homeless-to-guard-empty-houses -- A touching piece that explores the intersection between the pandemic and homelessness.

https://www.homelesshub.ca/solutions/housing-accommodation-and-supports/housing-first -- An intro to the revolutionary idea of “Housing First.”

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/housing-first-solution-to-homelessness-utah/ -- A brilliant piece about how the Housing First model is applied to the real world.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/dec/10/homelessness-is-not-inevitable-and-can-be-solved-these-cities-show-us-how -- An outline of many different international approaches to ending homelessness.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/amazon-pledges-2b-for-affordable-housing-in-3-us-cities/2021/01/06/90730d76-504a-11eb-a1f5-fdaf28cfca90_story.html -- Big corporations pledge money for affordable housing.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/california-chronicles/can-micro-real-estate-developers-help-solve-the-homelessness-crisis -- Innovative idea: repurposing garages as homes!


https://www.wsj.com/articles/will-coronavirus-be-the-death-of-cities-not-so-fast-11607612400?page=1 -- How the pandemic offers an opportunity to reimagine urban living.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/05/upshot/how-to-predict-gentrification-look-for-falling-crime.html?searchResultPosition=24 -- The relationship between gentrification and urban crime rates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb4xATPMlLc -- The health and wellness consequences of displacement.

http://www.bcnuej.org/2020/03/24/how-one-of-montreals-poorest-neighborhoods-became-ripe-for-green-gentrification/ -- A case study of Montreal borough St-Henri and how “green” projects intersect with gentrification.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlIiwrzY1P0 -- What modern day rent control looks like.

Ressources francophones

https://www.quebec.ca/famille-et-soutien-aux-personnes/aide-et-soutien/itinerance/ -- Brève description de l’itinérance au Québec et des facteurs qui y contribuent.

https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/montreal/565581/politique-sur-le-logement-de-montreal -- Hausse générale des prix des logements abordables à Montréal.

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1739466/sans-abri-refuges-toronto-covid19-pandemie -- Vidéo sur les difficultés rencontrées par Toronto dans la gestion de ses refuges pour sans-abri en temps de pandémie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvj9hjsvKTg -- Court reportage sur les efforts d’organismes montréalais pour adresser la crise d’itinérance en hiver et améliorer l'accès aux refuges pour les communautés LGBTQ+.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQxmoAzkCyM -- Introduction aux logements sociaux, une solution viable à l’itinérance.

https://rqoh.com/mot-cle/lutte-a-litinerance/ -- Banque d’articles présentant des solutions à la crise d’itinérance entreprises par différents organismes canadiens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRISdhPQnTQ -- Vidéo qui explore les effets positifs et négatifs de l’embourgeoisement.

https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/grand-montreal/2019-06-30/embourgeoisement-parc-extension-sous-tension -- La construction d’un nouveau campus de l’Université de Montréal contribue à l’embourgeoisement du quartier Parc-Extension, historiquement l'un des endroits les plus abordables de Montréal.

https://nouvelles.ulaval.ca/societe/quand-lembourgeoisement-frappe-le-centre-ville-5606eb7278b5737b0d6c7d002608ef46 -- Gentrification dans la région de la ville de Québec.

Bonsai Holiday Party: 2020 Recap Edition (Sunday, December 27 at 8:00 pm EST)

A fun and laidback way to close out an unusual year!

The Evening's Layout

  • Two short breakout rooms to discuss what the year's greatest events have brought us:

What was the most important event that happened this year?

What do you believe the main stories of 2021 will be?

  • A 2020 trivia competition... cool prizes for the winner. :)

  • Looking back on 2020: best music, worst quarantine trends, funniest Tik Toks...

  • A fun party game (TBD)!

  • Looking back on Bonsai in 2020.

  • Some more personal questions to get us reflecting on our 2020 selves.

Optional Material

None of it is required, but we all know Meygan couldn't pass up the opportunity to post at least some material. Check it out if you need a reminder of what happened this year -- it was a busy one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rokGy0huYEA-- Google's top-searched questions of the year. Always a tearjerker.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/07/us/top-quotes-yale-trnd/index.html-- Some of this year's top quotes.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55016543-- The Oxford English Dictionary's Word(s) of the Year.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/year-in-pictures.html?searchResultPosition=45-- The NYT's Year in Pictures. Very worth it!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/arts/artists-who-died-2020.html?searchResultPosition=23-- Remembering the lives of some of the great people we lost this year.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/18/style/words-of-the-year-2020.html?searchResultPosition=33-- The 20 phrases that defined life in 2020.

U.S. Presidential Election (Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 pm EST)

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. What does it mean to be part of a political or social tribe? Why is the US so polarized today? What problems should Joe Biden and his administration address first, and how?

  2. What distinguishes the Democrats from the Republicans, and how has Trump changed the American political sphere? Is a two-party system even valid?

Required Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmLwgdtF930-- The statistics and psychology behind America’s great political divide (4 min watch).

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/a-new-report-offers-insights-into-tribalism-in-the-age-of-trump-- An article about tribalism in the age of Trump, and how the lines between Democrats and Republicans aren't as clear as we might think (15-20 min read).

*Don't let that one paragraph with very specific political references (you'll see what I mean...) get you down -- it's overall a really clear read :)*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPGtX2x9txg-- A historic and present day analysis of the two-party system (4 min watch).

Optional Material

This is a long list -- feel free to pick and choose what to look at, or skip it all!

The Mechanisms of the Elections and of the Government

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9H3gvnN468-- What the frick is the Electoral College??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuFR5XBYLfU-- The separation of power in the US government.

https://www.supremecourt.gov/about/about.aspx-- Basic info about the Supreme Court.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/pandemic-campaign-trump-biden/-- A timeline of how the Covid-19 pandemic changed the election.

America's Polarization

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/11/13/america-is-exceptional-in-the-nature-of-its-political-divide/-- Some more disheartening stats on the great divide in America!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-u-s-became-a-nation-divided-11576630802?st=os2drul6m4ear0l-- How the 2008 financial crisis and deep seated culture fissures led us to this kind of polarization.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl-27JjJk-I-- A quick overview of what “identity politics” are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MqFy-1y5JM-- A Yale law professor breaks down American tribalism.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/08/who-does-trumps-white-identity-politics-reach/595189/-- How Trump fostered the creation of a “white identity”.

https://abcn.ws/3mVRkJQ-- Why Trump continues to appeal to his base.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trumpism-insight/trumpism-will-outlast-trump-who-defied-the-odds-grew-the-base-idUSKBN27N0R2-- How Trump stirred up an enthusiasm that might outlast him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkbqxvzoHgo-- Why moderate or independent voters stay out of the political arena.

Political Parties

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6R0NvVr164 --The evolution of the Democratic Party's views.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8VOM8ET1WU-- The evolution of the Republican Party's views.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/11/02/the-republican-identity-crisis-after-trump-- An ~extremely~ interesting article on the future of Trumpism and the potential for a "Democrat Trump". It's a longer read but I'd really, really recommend it!

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/16/806417273/is-americas-two-party-system-fracturing-- How populism is breaking up the traditional American political lineup.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/04/why-the-populist-wave-is-setting-the-tone-for-democratic-candidates-- How economic populism blurs the lines between Democrat and Republican.

Ressources francophones

https://youtu.be/tQUjMQtywfw-- Brève explication de l’écart grandissant entre les républicains et démocrates.

https://youtu.be/RAEIYk6qFkI-- Didier Combeau démontre comment les mesures de consensus deviennent de plus en plus rares au Congrès.

https://lvsl.fr/le-populisme-sauvera-t-il-les-etats-unis/-- Histoire des mouvements populistes et anti-populistes dans la politique américaine.

https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2020/11/12/contre-la-censure-l-extreme-droite-americaine-appelle-a-rejoindre-des-reseaux-sociaux-alternatifs_6059494_4408996.html-- Opinions divergentes par rapport à la censure de Trump sur les réseaux sociaux.

https://perspective.usherbrooke.ca/bilan/servlet/BMAnalyse?codeAnalyse=2647-- Survol de l’extrême- gauche aux États-Unis.

https://www.rtl.fr/actu/international/presidentielle-americaine-donald-trump-et-l-ombre-de-l-extreme-droite-7800916942-- Survol de certains groupes d’extrême-droite américains actuels.

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1748260/biden-trump-periode-transition-presidentielle-- Déroulement de la période de transition présidentielle en situation corsée.

Toxic Masculinity (Saturday, October 17 at 8:00 pm EST)

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. What is “toxic masculinity”? How have you seen it play out in your own experiences? How does “toxic masculinity” intersect with sexism, homophobia and racism?

  2. Is the term “toxic masculinity” appropriate? What are the positive elements of traditional masculinity? How should we engage conversation and what kind of change should we be working toward?

Required Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbX76n6A160-- An NBC think piece from a developmental psychologist about the growth of young men through their friendships (6 min watch).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucvmcVNpANM-- A PBS Newshour segment that gives an overview of toxic masculinity and explores how some men connect to each other (9 min watch).

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/02/toxic-masculinity-history/583411/-- An article about how the term “toxic masculinity” suggests there is but one universal way to be a man (15 min read).

Optional Resources

This is a long list -- feel free to pick and choose what to look at, or skip it all!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koPmuEyP3a0-- Gillette’s controversial ad that sparked a global debate about toxic masculinity.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/science/apa-traditional-masculinity-harmful.html#commentsContainer-- An article about how adhering to traditional norms can be harmful to men’s own health.

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/barbican-masculinity-exhibition-gender/index.html-- A photo exhibition that explores what it means to be a man.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/zmk3ej/all-masculinity-is-toxic-- An interview with a sociologist who thinks we should completely do away with the idea of masculinity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNlQVMCG-eo-- A glimpse of the “other side”; Jordan Peterson’s views on masculine responsibility.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kAqAFOHIxw-- A video about workshops that foster connection and open conversation between young boys.

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a27259689/toxic-masculinity-male-friendships-emotional-labor-men-rely-on-women/-- An article about how toxic masculinity takes an emotional toll on women.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/can-masculinity-be-redeemed-- An interview with an author about a book that delves into masculinity, sex, and consent.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/02/06/black-masculinity-canada_a_23661332/-- A Huffington Post series exploring what it means to be a Black man.

https://medium.com/@ryanfan/thinking-about-homophobia-and-redefining-what-it-means-to-be-a-man-d51ea1fccfe5-- An oped about how homophobia and toxic masculinity intersect.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/us/boy-scouts-reversing-century-old-stance-will-allow-transgender-boys.html-- The Boy Scouts, long seen as a bastion of masculinity, now accept transgenders and gays within their ranks.

Ressources francophones

https://aqoci.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/pdf_fiche_cdp_la_masculinite_vf.pdf-- Un (long!) fichier sur la définition même de la masculinité.

https://www.actualites.uqam.ca/2018/la-masculinite-en-crise-un-mythe-recurrent-- Un sociologue replace la “crise de masculinité” dans un contexte historique.

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/corde-sensible/segments/chronique/82111/masculinite-toxique0nabi-alexandre-chartier-- Un segment audio de Radio Canada sur les nuances à apporter au mot “toxique” dans ce contexte.

https://www.ellequebec.com/societe/masculinite-toxique-la-grande-repression-- Un article sur la répartition du travail émotionnel dans les couples hétéros.

https://www.lemonde.fr/m-le-mag/article/2019/10/03/la-mode-bouscule-les-codes-de-la-masculinite_6014118_4500055.html-- Comment la masculinité est représentée dans l’industrie de la mode.

https://www.rts.ch/info/sciences-tech/10161613-lhomophobie-peut-servir-a-affirmer-sa-masculinite-selon-une-etude.html-- Une étude sur l’homophobie comme moyen de réaffirmer sa masculinité.

https://www.vice.com/fr/article/8xjv85/les-transgenres-acceptes-chez-les-boy-scouts-americains-- Les Boy Scouts, considérés un bastion de masculinité, acceptent maintenant les gais et les transgenres parmi eux.

Cancel Culture (Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 pm EST)

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. What are the different meanings assigned to “cancel culture”? Who participates in cancel culture? Is cancel culture a positive or a negative force?

  2. What is free speech and what do we consider to be acceptable speech? Does cancel culture truly limit free speech? How should we share and engage with ideas and opinions in public spaces?

Required Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mvcbOZ_7yc-- A video on cancel culture’s different meanings and actors, as well as an explanation of the controversial open letter published in Harper’s magazine (6 min watch).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsdvYbG3U_U-- Naom Chomsky, a prominent MIT linguist who signed the open letter, speaks out on free speech in public spaces (3 min watch).

https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/12/30/20879720/what-is-cancel-culture-explained-history-debate-- An article that frames cancel culture as an issue of power and civil discourse *We acknowledge that Vox tends to lean pretty left, but this is a very measured piece!* (10-15 min read).

Optional Material

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/opinion/cancel-culture-.html?searchResultPosition=2-- A list that untangles all the issues wrapped up in “cancel culture”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NmXgJwqGds-- A short animated video that introduces the political concept of free speech.

https://harpers.org/a-letter-on-justice-and-open-debate/-- The infamous letter “On Justice and Open Debate” itself! Signed by 150 writers, journalists, academics, activists…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-erKC_TT9dQ-- Steven Pinker, a Canadian academic, explains why he signed the letter and lays out his vision of free speech.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/free-speech-cancel-culture/2020/07/28/f53e9740-cd4e-11ea-91f1-28aca4d833a0_story.html-- One of many rebuttals to the letter; this one’s thesis is that cancel culture actually has nothing to do with free speech.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaHLd8de6nM-- President Obama calls out call-out culture.

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/06/callout-culture-black-lives-matter-adidas-bon-appetit-lea-michele/613054/-- An article about how call-outs activate the BLM movement.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/i-survived-cancellation-at-princeton-11595787211?mod=searchresults&page=3&pos=2-- A Princeton professor describes his “near-cancellation” and suggests a model for what civil discourse should look like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOwWsvUeDF0-- An intro to the concept of “restorative justice”, which is modeled as the very opposite of cancel culture.

Bonsai Party! (September 5 at 8:00 pm EST)

More info on our Instagram page (@bonsaihangouts).

Yemen Crisis (August 19 at 8:00 pm EST)

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. How can we view the conflict in Yemen through the lens of a proxy war*? Who are the local, regional and international actors?

  2. How can we view the conflict in Yemen through the lens of a humanitarian crisis? How should aid be delivered to Yemen and how can we assure Yemenis get proper healthcare, given that many healthcare facilities are destroyed or closed?

  3. How have different minority groups been targeted in Yemen and how can we assure their safety? How can we raise awareness to their cause?

*Proxy war: armed conflict between parties that act on behalf of other parties that aren't directly involved in the hostilities.

Required Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jCdym4SmMM -- A video that gives an overview of the Yemen conflict's causes and key players (4 min watch).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPePY0Sqh8c -- A video about how relations between Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US play out in Yemen (6 min watch).

https://disasterphilanthropy.org/disaster/yemen-humanitarian-crisis/ -- An article about the numerous aspects of Yemen's humanitarian crisis (15 min read).

https://www.refworld.org/docid/5796081337.html -- An article about minority groups under attack in Yemen (15 min read).

Optional Material

This is a long list -- feel free to pick and choose what to look at, or skip it all!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7cdBjYd2Bo -- A video about Sunni-Shiite proxy wars in the Middle East.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/16/us/arms-deals-yemen.html?searchResultPosition=12 -- An article about how the US government provides arms to Saudi Arabia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnmLQse4-PQ -- An older video that gives an inside look at the Houthi takeover.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/yemen-aid-gould-pandemic-covid-1.5595306 -- An article about Canada's commitment to foreign aid in Yemen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_6fDCo1REI -- A recent video about the famine and the impact of Covid-19 in Yemen. *Warning: shocking images*.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/04/06/q-conflict-yemen-and-international-law -- An article that shows how international law, war laws and humanitarian law apply to Yemen.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/saudi-arabia-and-yemens-rebels-were-making-rare-progress-in-peace-talks-then-new-violence-flared/2020/02/03/85f3bf64-4464-11ea-99c7-1dfd4241a2fe_story.html -- An article about the treacherous path to peace in the Yemen conflict.

https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/sc14162.doc.htm -- A UN Security Council recap that lays out possible solutions, both international and local, to the Yemen conflict.

Defund the Police (August 5 at 8:00 pm EST)

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. What are the roles and purposes of the policing institution? How has this institution historically failed, and how does it continue to cause harm today?

  2. Should reimagining the police be about reform or abolition? What solutions are best?

  3. Is “defund the police” an appropriate slogan? How can we make the movement clearer and more politically viable?

Required Material

https://www.wsj.com/video/defund-the-police-what-it-means-and-how-it-could-work/64EC554B-D4E5-41E9-8B65-0B042BBBF587.html -- A video that lays out a panoramic view of what "defunding the police" means and entails (5 min watch).

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/06/12/abolish-defund-police-explainer-316185 -- An article about the historical injustices in policing and about the distinction between reform and abolition (15-20 min read).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/seven-ideas-for-reshaping-policing-in-america/2020/07/14/a5146482-c58f-11ea-a825-8722004e4150_story.html -- An article about 7 ways the police could be reformed (10-15 min read).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnQxKuvpbWw -- A video that exposes the split in Canadian public opinion about defunding the police (3 min watch).

Optional Material

This is a long list -- feel free to pick and choose what to look at, or skip it all! This is also a space to share resources; if you have any content about defunding the police you would like to share with Bonsai members, reach out to Meygan on Instagram @meyg.brody.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPu6-1yy8-o -- An NPR video about the racist history of policing in the US.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/why-are-indigenous-people-in-canada-so-much-more-likely-to-be-shot-and-killed-by-police-1.4989864 -- An article about discrimination against Indigenous people in Canadian policing.

https://online.wlu.ca/news/2019/10/09/what-are-similarities-between-canadian-and-us-police-forces and https://online.wlu.ca/news/2017/01/03/policing-canada-vs-policing-usa -- Two articles exposing the similarities and differences between Canadian and American policing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ebWFnGWOaA -- A video interview with Angela Davis that's a cool introduction to an iconic police abolition activist and civil rights leader.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/22/magazine/lori-lightfoot-chicago-police.html?searchResultPosition=30 -- A written interview with Lori Lighfoot, mayor of Chicago, that offers perspective on the bureaucratic hurdles to police reform.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1990820 -- A video about the steps Montreal is taking to defund its police department.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/12/nyregion/camden-police.html?searchResultPosition=16 -- An article about policing in Camden, New Jersey, which is often seen as a case study in dismantling and rebuilding police departments.

Indigenous Land Rights (July 22 at 8:00 pm EST)

Discussion Questions

Keep these questions in mind as you go through the material -- we'll be splitting up into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss them.

  1. Is there something inherently wrong with historical treaties? Should attempts at land reconciliation build on those treaties or focus on new solutions?

  2. How does the balance of power between federal government, provincial/state government, Indigenous leadership and private entities play out? How can we reform our political and legal systems to fairly reconcile these competing interests?

  3. How can we compare and contrast the Canadian and American governments' ways of navigating Indigenous land rights?

Required Material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bexvE4lZRGo -- A video about past and present treaties in the US (5 min watch).

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/treaties-from-1760-1923-two-sides-to-the-story-1.1081839 -- An article about historical injustices in Canadian land treaties (10-15 min read).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuQWSjo8uEs -- A video about tentative reconciliation between Wet'suwet'en chiefs and the Canadian federal government (4 min watch).

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/native-americans-property-rights/492941/ -- An older article (2016) about the state of Indigenous property rights in the US that's still very relevant (15-20 min read).

Optional Material

This is a long list -- feel free to pick and choose what to look at, or skip it all! This is also a space to share resources; if you have any content about Indigenous land rights you would like to share with Bonsai members, reach out to Meygan on Instagram @meyg.brody.

https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1370373165583/1581292088522 -- Some tough language, for anyone who prefers original sources and wants to read some Canadian treaty texts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tq7Mnlavqs -- A video on how international law also plays a role in Indigenous rights.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/us/supreme-court-oklahoma-mcgirt-creek-nation.html?searchResultPosition=7 -- Some good news! The US Supreme Court votes to uphold traditional Indigenous land rights.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/10/14/celebrating-indigenous-peoples-day-should-mean-honoring-migrants-rights/#comments-wrapper -- An interesting op-ed on how strict US borders expose the difference between Western and Indigenous perspectives on land rights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D_hK5n5SS8 -- A video about the most recent Sioux protests over Mt Rushmore land.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn1OCE6JP5Y -- A video about pipeline building from a more "conservative" Canadian historian.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada -- For those who have a lot of time on their hands! An online "Indigenous Canada" course offered by the University of Alberta.