O Canada In Birthday Poetry

O Canada!

A bright red

cardinal sings

Happy Birthday

In morning mist.

 

Our home and native land

A multicultural mosaic.

Offers refuge.

Kindles hope.

Within and without.

 

True patriot love in all thy sons

(and daughters)

Command

We do love you

O Canada.

 

With glowing hearts

We reach out.

Beyond borders.

North, south, east, west,

In worldwide community.

 

We see thee rise

And sometimes fall,

A country challenged.

Nations disparate

In changing seasons.

 

The true north

Cold as ice

And twice as nice,

in summer than

in winter.

 

Strong and free

As we wish.

To be

together

in prosperity.

 

From far and wide

We are unbound

by shining seas

or 50 states

in a melting pot.

 

O Canada

A bright red

maple leaf waves

Happy Birthday

in blue skies.

 

We stand on guard

and lower it sometimes,

lest fear occupy

Too great a space

In our time.

 

For thee

For peace.

For this earth.

For humanity.

In solidarity.

 

god keep our land

Those within it.

And without it.

Safe, not sorry,

in security.

 

Glorious and free

From racism

sexism, consumerism,

and other isms that might

in prison us.

 

O Canada!

Be all we can be.

Now.

Today, and

in perpetuity.

We're proudly celebrating Canada's 141st birth...

10 Things I Loved About @TEDGlobal Day 1 via TED Live

Manal al-Sharif 2I love TED. I have since I watched my first TED talk about eight years ago.

And I’ve watched many, many, many others since.

I’ve even spoken myself, at TEDxAjman, on the subject of gender parity on world stages. Continue reading

29 Amazing Women @TEDGlobal 2013 Stage

Shereen El Feki 1Amazing and brilliant women are everywhere, including on TED and TEDx stages worldwide. There just aren’t enough of them on those stages.

At TEDGlobal 2013, in Edinburgh, 29 of the 85 speakers (about 36%) are women (see alphabetical by first name bios and links below).

Photo credit of Sonai Shah: Johnny Martyr

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www.JohnnyMartyr.com

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More Truth. Less Tits & Ass Please.

Cup-Size Choir“Ridiculous hey?”

Saskatchewan University students quip about two-thirds of the way through their going-viral video on sexist advertising (see below).

Well, yes. The fact that women continue to be objectified, sexualized (often violently), and unclothed (often appearing essentially naked) in mainstream advertising to sell everything from cars to cod IS ridiculous. Continue reading

Remembering Tank Man

tank manTwenty-four years ago today, journalists and other observers watched from hotel balconies and the streets below as one unknown man stood, defiant, in front of a column of tanks as they left Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

The tanks, and the soldiers within them, had helped crush a weeks-long protest, which reached a revolutionary crescendo in the square on June 2nd and 3rd 1989. Continue reading

Yes, @Facebook, it IS graphic violence (Trigger warning)

Domestic abuseOne of the issues central to the campaign to have violently misogynist and completely inappropriate content removed from Facebook is the question of what constitutes:

  • hate speech or symbol
  • graphic violence
  • nudity or pornography

Four paragraphs below this one is a screenshot. At the top of the  screenshot is a “poster” of a woman who appears to have been shot in the head and is either bleeding to death or has already bled to death. The caption says: “I like her for her brains.”

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Some down. A long way to go. (Trigger warning)

Report_ I like her brainsOn May 25, shortly after I posted “I’m confused Facebook….”, Facebook took down the “tape her at rape her” image for which I was temporarily blocked after I posted it with a link to the open letter (demanding “swift, comprehensive and effective action addressing the representation of rape and domestic violence on Facebook),”  on my AmazingWomenRock Facebook page.

In fact, Facebook went one step further and took down the entire Offensive Humor at its Best page, on which the original image (as well as the one at right) had appeared since February.

Facebook has also removed many of the images depicting, inciting, and legitmizing violence against women that were originally identified in the open letter created by  Women, Action, & Media (WAM), The Everyday Sexism Project and writer/activist Soraya Chemaly. 

Thank you Facebook, for removing those images. Continue reading