Got Consent?: Reflections on re-appropriation, sexism, and patriarchy

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 By: Nicole Rallis (This is Hamilton) Sunday, July 8, 2012, was the second annual Hamilton SlutWalk. Over a hundred local residents and activists gathered in solidarity at City Hall to address issues of victim blaming and (social) structures of patriarchy that stratify Hamilton and greater society based on gender, sexual orientation, racial, and economic lines.  Formally … Continue reading

Gentrification and the City: The Struggle for Re-Claiming Public Spaces in Hamilton

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By: Nicole Rallis (This is Hamilton) As McMaster graduate students, Layla and I came to Hamilton with very little prior knowledge about the cultural and political life of the city. More specifically as globalization students, we did not foresee ourselves to be engaged with the vast amounts of social justice activism happening on the ground … Continue reading

Local 1005 Steelworkers Union Meeting

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The Hamilton Steelworkers union, Local 1005, holds weekly meetings open to the public, so we decided to drop in on May 17 to find out more about the issues concerning steelworkers in Hamilton. By: Layla Mashkoor (This is Hamilton) With roughly 40, all male, union members in attendance, the meeting began with a report by … Continue reading