Native Women Shut Down Pipeline “Consultation” in Montreal


Excellent! Word! Inspiring! I love these womyn! Thank you for this!

Originally posted on Warrior Publications:

by Submedia, Sept 24, 2015

Montreal — First Nations women and supporters sent a clear message to TransCanada this Wednesday evening that the Energy East pipeline is not welcome through First Nations lands.
“What we want TransCanada to understand is that no means no. This is Kanien’ke, this is Mohawk Land and we are tired of occupation, we are tired of environmental disaster.” said Lickers at Wednesday night’s hearing. “This is our land and we are going to protect it.”

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Comment in Times Colonialist: Stipends For Housing Workshop Were About Accessibility.

Just had to share this excellent article by Mark Wilson and Sarah Wilson .


SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 12:43 AM

People line up outside Crystal Garden, waiting for start of a meeting about homelessness. The City of Victoria paid homeless people to attend. Sept. 16, 2015   Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist

We applaud the City of Victoria’s commitment to accessibility at their sheltering-solutions workshop last week, which included providing $20 stipends to participants currently experiencing homelessness.

We are alerted to the need to explain why stipends are a best practice for including people who live in extreme poverty by a Times Colonist editorial (“Paying for input a disturbing trend,” Sept. 19).

The editorial misunderstands barriers to participation by arguing that interest in the issue should be sufficient to bring people living in extreme poverty to public meetings. Accessibility measures for persons with disabilities (such as wheelchair ramps) are now accepted as common sense, but it’s helpful to remember that these measures did not come easily or quickly.

Much like stipends now, basic things such as wheelchair-accessible buses and buildings slowly came to be accepted because of concerted public education and policy advocacy. We’re hoping our current conversation can be part of this important process of continuing to expand accessibility measures here in Victoria.

Much like the disability-rights movement, struggling during the 1970s and 1980s for wheelchair accessibility on transit and in public buildings, stipends address the issue that people do not all share the same capacities to use public services. In either case, taking accessibility seriously means recognizing that barriers are created by structural factors.

In cases of disability, exclusion is built into the architecture of buildings and vehicles; in cases of poverty, exclusion is built into the economic framework that shapes how much freedom people have in allocating time in their days.

There’s a powerful myth that people living in extreme poverty (without regular work or housing) spend all day sitting around and doing as they please. In our experience, we see that people experiencing poverty have a rigid daily schedule to provide basic subsistence for themselves.

This includes considerations such as being at services at the right times for food servings and to get nightly shelter. It also includes basic subsistence-oriented economic activities such as binning (collecting recyclable bottles).

Because income-generation such as binning are all-day activities with a very modest return, taking several hours off can mean a significant setback on an income that is already rarely enough to provide for a person’s most basic daily needs. These personal costs and risks associated with taking time to attend a meeting are increased by the fact that many individuals are on foot, and may also have various physical barriers, adding to the transportation costs (in time or in money) needed to attend a meeting that is not within their immediate vicinity.

For these reasons, stipends are a broadly accepted method for, at the very least, ensuring people experiencing extreme poverty do not have to put themselves at heightened risk of not meeting basic subsistence needs through the day in order to be socially and politically engaged (by attending public meetings, etc.).

The amount of a stipend will vary depending on available financial resources, but $10 per hour away from essential economic activities is standard practice in Victoria.

No doubt it’s possible to provide smaller stipends than this, but we believe a commitment to accessibility means more than simply providing people with the barest possible supports. The City of Victoria showed a great deal of respect for all residents of our city by being faithful to, and thoughtful about, this commitment.

It’s heartening to see the mayor and council continuing to move the city forward in terms of our respect for all residents, in the spirit of non-discrimination and inclusion that pushed the disability-rights movement forward so many years ago.

Mark Willson is health education co-ordinator for the Society of Living Illicit Drug Users. Sarah Wilson is a support and advocacy worker for the Victoria Persons With HIV/AIDS Society.

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Being On Fire And Ass Burning.

It’s great to feel like ONE IS ON FIRE, moving ahead thru pain, learning new things even when you are wanting for JUSTICE JUSTICE JUSTICE: Acutely Aware of global and local inequity and fighting for EQUITY EQUITY EQUITY, sharing thru oppression , gleaning from each other (networking), feeling like NOTHING CAN STOP COMMUNITY FROM EQUITY AND HEALTH, that we can all move ahead and unify for the sake of a future on this earth…

…But for all the unlearning of oppression we need, this is the great task, that we all grow.
We need help though. I beg for more folks with Anti Oppression education to step UP and get to front line anti poverty meetings and HELP US OUT cause we need it.

It’ s all great to “be on fire” for justice, just got to watch out cause there is a good chance you’ll get your ass burned.

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Livable Income For All.

Please go to:

To learn more.  Thanks to Cindy and Scott for all their hard work, and all the others who, like myself, want some real change!

“The solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Chaos or Community – 1967

Introduction to Guaranteed Livable Income — First the Facts

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No one is independent, we all start life dependent and must be given what we need to stay alive. Throughout all our lives we are dependent on other people, other forms of life, matter and energy. Sharing is the basis of all humanity. If mothers didn’t share there would be no humanity at all.

What we all have in common

Everyone needs to eat, everyone needs shelter, everyone needs clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Before we can engage in anything: politics, art, philosophy, spirituality, leisure, etc, we must have all the things our bodies need to stay alive. Our bodies are little dictators, they must have good food, clean water, clean air, shelter sleep… or they will die. The body will not tolerate a diversity of opinion on meeting these demands. These demands are non-negotiable and it is what we all have in common.
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Today people use money to meet the non-negotiable
needs of their body.


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People used to live without money, so why do we need money? After all you can’t eat money. Most people today use money to meet their needs because they can’t get what they need directly from nature. Direct access to natural resources are blocked. Private property protected by trespassing law is the foundation of the free market. More about money here

“[Private property] means that some have the right
to prevent others from living.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

Theft of the Commons

In England in the late 1700’s, seven million acres of common lands were seized, fenced off and given to private interests. By 1876, 1% of the population owned 98.5% of the agricultural land. Silent Theft by David Bollier, 2002

Starting in the 1500’s entire continents of rich natural resources were stolen from the world’s indigenous people all over the world. In North America, an estimated 100 million to one billion bison provided food, shelter, clothing, tools and fuel to millions of indigenous people. Military policy demanded extermination because “every buffalo dead is an Indian gone” (General Philip Sheridan, 1873, US.) Access to nature used to be a guaranteed income for all.

Some people are growing more of their own food and doing subsistence work. However to get rid of the money system without a transition like a Guaranteed Livable Income, would mean there would be a struggle between those with access to land and those without, between those with health and ability and those without. The elderly, the very young, the ill, and the less mobile would have to hope that someone would guarantee them a share of things they need to stay alive. There is no evidence that this would happen.

War on the Poor

When people try to meet their needs directly, they are stopped. In many cities there are laws against sleeping in parks, in your car, in doorways, against sitting on the sidewalk… there are laws against begging, selling crafts, squeegeeing car windows for money… garbage dumpsters are locked up, empty buildings are guarded. Most poor people don’t have any bit of ground they can call their own.

Photo: Sign on Dallas road near the Breakwater in Victoria BC.

Why we need a Guaranteed Livable Income

Today people use money to meet their needs. Right now people who have money have power over those who do not. People who can live with less money — the young, the healthy, the childless– have power over those who cannot. Not having money is poverty and poverty kills without bombs or bullets. The only way to neutralize the exploitive power of money is to give everyone money though a guaranteed livable income.

person with big sandwichHowever, money only has value because you can trade it for something that comes from nature. Even people who provide a service, like teachers, high tech workers and those in “information” industries for example, need to eat real food, need real shelter made out of and heated with real natural resources.

If we destroy the world’s natural resources money will mean nothing. And the fastest way to destroy the earth is to demand that everyone must “get a job!” or live and die in poverty.

Next: The Jobs Paradox: How jobs impoverish people and the planet

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Kudo’s Micro Housing Steering Committee!

Thank you to all who work so hard re: Micro Housing Steering Committee, it was good to be back and present at tonight’s meeting. Also, great to see a woman I knew from 1998, how wonderful that she is involved!
I am refreshed as to the passions many express regarding homelessness(and we had a few homeless present tonight) and this crisis we are in regarding homelessness and poverty and the like, it shows we are alive and care.
It was great to meet some new folks on committee tonight, welcome and thank you for your input. I am forever grateful to those who bring Anti Oppression 101 ways to meetings, it’s critical in this work and helps a lot.

A good example for us all currently is Lisa Helps and how she runs her meetings ( as someone brought up). She practices, in my experience, anti oppression 101 skills in chairing her meetings. I appreciate that. She is non judgemental and is open, that helps a lot. As many of you know from experience, Anti Poverty Work is NOT for the weak of heart.
Years ago I had a comrade share a conversation they and another comrade out of Vancouver had regarding working with me. The one comrade shared and they both laughed, (paraphrased): “the thing with kym hothead is, she can trigger you, and, is often right on the ball, which can trigger folks more for sure and, anti poverty work is not for the weak of heart.” paraphrased and one of the best compliments I ever got, not to brag. Its why anti oppression 101 regularly helps ME A LOT! I have a bad memory so, I can use all the help I can get.

I am totally sad that I cannot attend the meeting Lisa Helps has organised with those who have had direct experience in past with being homeless, as I have. And, for those who are now living it, I am especially grateful for her honorarium going to those folks who are homeless right now.
I wish you all the best at that meeting as well as the timely meeting at City Hall I sadly will also miss.
I am honored to be going to Toronto, well here it is from them:
“On behalf of Raising the Roof, we are thrilled that you will be attending our Summit to discuss Child & Family Homelessness. Child & Family Homelessness Initiative
Through a variety of workshops and discussions, we will be looking at Child & Family homelessness, specifically prevention, early intervention, and systems response. Invitees include a variety of leaders within the sector, government, and academia. We will also have individuals with lived experience in attendance, who will help inform the discussion. The Summit will help contribute to our national Child & Family Homelessness Initiative, and will provide attendees with an informative and enriching experience in learning more about what’s happening across the country in these subject areas.
I am set to speak at the main event on prevention, again, I am honored and look forward to sharing my story and what I think would have helped my mom and our family.
I will share all when I get back. Thanks BIG TIME to the CTEHV for helping me financially so that I might have a bit more cash which allows me to meet with many others while there and NETWORK!  WOOP WOOP!  I could not have done this without you Committee To End Homelessness Victoria!

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All Our Homeless Voice’s Count.

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I was pleased to see Mayor Lisa Helps has organized a meet up with our homeless family!   Just as pleased as I was when she fully supported our ask for help regarding bringing Mark Lakeman and Andrew Heben to Victoria and hear about Micro Housing Villages. I know for a fact she is open to this idea of mini tent cities supported by and held accountable by community in a consensus, anti oppression Harm Reduction model.

Invite reads:


What are the best ways for providing temporary shelter for people in need?

If you’ve got direct experience of homelessness, the city needs to hear from your perspective.

People experiencing homelessness will get a 20.00 stipend for attending. That is the standard in the field and I appreciate you doing this for our homeless family members whoa re out there now living it rough.

This great hirstoric meet up will be held:

Wednesday September 16th 6:30pm – 8:30 pm @ Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas

(Across from Bus Station)

I know the event will be well attended as we have those homeless who follow the Dandelion Society due to Rev. Allen Tysick and his supporters, we have Harm Reduction Community, we have Salvation Army and RockBay Landing communities, we have Our Place communities, we have GVCTEH communities, we have many other groups who support homeless many of us have never met but, maybe we will at this meeting.

Some of them have said they wanted to be that small percent of folk who get to live in a condo, its where they came from. Others want to be in an apartment at social housing cost’s, many do not want to be living under the rule of a power tripping landlord. Some want to set up and set down their tent daily, others want a mini tent city so they can be safe and hold each other accountable. Keyvan Sojanee’s idea of people getting a park pass to camp and get spots, I add those who want can stick together and help watch each others backs. If folks are irresponsible they need to be held accountable and, if they leave their site a mess, three strikes your out and you got ot move to a less desirable spot a bit further out and under more city outreach, some may need to be in a mini tent city which IS actually supported by harm reduction services and maybe AVI can lead in this endeavor even? They’d need outreach money for this.

I only ask that all of you reading this help invite that homeless family member you or l know or have met or have seen around for years. Invite them; their voice ought to be heard.

PS: go to:

This is what I am talking about! Take Back The Land.

In solidarity,

Kym hothead hines

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DangLNG Carrots, April 29th, 2014

On Youtube:

I accidentally came upon this press release for LNG at the Legislature April 29th. I am sure Albert Gerow was on thsoe stairs, maybe even Phil Fontaine?

Sell outs for Oil and Gas, sad shame since that industry is dead and dying and on its way out. Its a new day of alternative living and healthy life, these folks are the ones we are still educating and waking up!
I saw suits and loads of people on stairs including youth of colour, I know they hand picked this group, I felt for them all, so I went and turned on camera, here is what I saw and heard.

TradeRoute Mobile Training Unit! (Mobile LIARS courtesy LNG , government etc!)
This disgusted me, it was, to me, a big LNG Government “love in” full of lies! Folks do NOT look proud but rather embarrassed. That is a good sign friends.
They are reaching out to our youth telling them this is the future, Fracking and Oil pipelines, Mountaintop Removal Mining, Trade schools will get money for THAT? They are saying you have to sell out to your own people like Albert Gerow and Phil Fontaine did, oh no no no!
Thank goodness Atleo resigned, we need a NEW leadership based upon our older ways. Our youth and elders lead! We must support them to do so!

So, someone suggested “think of the Fight Club”, (minus the bombs for me) and think of Sandinista’s and how they were a defence of people and land and life.
Do not shit on relatives that are working in gas and oil, but be honest with them and hold accountable with unity in mind, so that when that day comes, and it will, they will be able to think about this. Think for future of seven generations. We have got to start somewhere.

Not that we go fist to cuffs but, get “Warrior” and find out about OUR warrior culture before colonialism came and kicked its ass, like Scottish Games, they were WAR TACTICS and tools of defence etc…turned to passive games and, well, you know right? We lose some of our culture thru direct attack by Colonialism, the roots before colonialism are important to re form anew. We are growing. We can adapt and we DON”T GIVE UP!
DO NOT BE SUCKED INTO TradeRoute Mobile LIARS courtesy LNG and Governmental Greed!
They are also dangling carrots to nurses, they say money is going to tech nursing, you just know its gonna be minimal; as compared to New Tech Skkkools for Fracking? Sadly true!
LNG BIG OIL AND GAS AND MINING BS will get most of this money in the end and you get promise of student loan relief.
Carrots dangling that rot on rope meant to hang us all.
DO NOT believe the lies, think, even if you are already there and working, I know folks, love them and I have shared the story of Fight Club (minus bombs and blood for me) and Sandinista, when the day comes you will know it cause the police will be dragging away your families, neighbours and warriors as they have done of late, honourable men, women and children attacked by thugs for LNG!
I yelled out at the top of my lungs “Our youth are suiciding and ll you offer is this? LNG DEATH? SHAME! DREAM DREAM DREAM!
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