Letter from the publisher: Social movements in the era of social distancing

Let’s talk about anger. It’s a good thing.

Hundreds of millions have taken it to the streets in recent years.

#FridaysForFuture. Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Protests. Women’s March. Occupy. #MeToo. Black Lives Matter. The list goes on. 

I spend most of my time in Ottawa (well, right now, all of it). Typically, not a month goes by where I don’t witness people taking it to the streets, to Embassies, and to Parliament Hill. They take their voice, their anger, perspective, personal experiences, stories, and emotion. All through modern history, social movements and street expressions have taken a number of forms — from individual fasts to mass demonstrations. Social movements have been the catalytic fuel that has advanced women’s rights, civil rights and gay rights, exposed systemic injustices toward Indigenous peoples, and changed how we take care of the planet.

Anger has played an instrumental role

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