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Portugal has granted citizenship rights to all migrants, refugee-claimants and refugees during the pandemic to encourage testing and access to healthcare without fear of deportation. What if this move is permanent? 
In Newsweek:
Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, the associate director of the Migration Policy Institute's International Program said she believed both countries' immigration responses to the pandemic are reflective of "goals and values" before the pandemic.
"I think all countries are facing some practical questions and some value-related questions in terms of how they approach immigration right now," Banulescu-Bogdan said.
Clich here to read the article.
In Canada, refugee claimants, migrant workers and other workers with precarious immigration status, including non-status workers, have sustained our economy and continue keeping us safe and fed during those uncertain times. They deserve to be part of our communities, if they wish to. 
Why can’t migrants with precarious status be granted a permanent residency?  
Click here to see a Facebook video on Solidarity Across the Border.



June 25, 2020

What is the purpose of our prison system? Retribution? Or rehabilitation? 
Norway’s system focuses on rehabilitation and has one of the lowest recidivism (re-offence) rates in the world. What can we learn from them? 
Click here to read about how Norway turns criminals into good neighbours. 


June 22

What would you do if you had a 30 hour, four-day work week?
From The Conversation: "A shorter work week could allow parents to cobble together child care, allow workplaces to stagger attendance and, theoretically, allow the available work to be divided among more people who need employment."
Click here to read the article.


June 18, 2020

What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?
What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?
A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw that it finally forces us to grow.
A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.
A year we finally accept the need for change.
Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.
A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.
2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather
The most important year of them all.
By Leslie Dwight. Click here to visit her Instagram.


June 15, 2020

Let’s rethink public safety and invest in alternatives to policing. 
Click here for an article in Bloomberg on how the city of Camden reformed its police force.


June 11, 2020

COVID-19 puts women and children at increased risk of gender-based violence. 
Measures to address gender-based violence should be integrated into post-pandemic preparations and long-term strategies for future outbreaks. 
Services responding to gender-based violence such as shelters and sexual assault centres must be included at all levels of pandemic preparedness projects. 
Please click here for the full version of the information poster from the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children.


June 8, 2020

The Hawaii Department of Human Services’ State Commission on the Status of Women has called this a “moment to build a system that is capable of delivering gender equality.” 
It’s recommending an intersectional feminist recovery plan that includes free, publicly provided childcare for essential workers, the creation of public emergency funds for high-risk groups such as undocumented women, an investment in midwifery services to provide maternal health care as hospitals are strained with the pandemic response, and more! 
Click here to read about it.


June 4, 2020

COVID-19 has exacerbated the institutional and systemic racism that exists in Canada. Asian, Black, Indigenous, and other communities of colour are being disproportionately affected by this disease.

Click here for five ways white people can push for an anti-racist future.



June 1, 2020

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ just turned five!

This important encyclical emphasizes the interconnectivity of all Creation and the need for us to rethink our future. It can provide us a blueprint for our post COVID recovery plan. Please click here to read it.



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