On Saturday, December 5th, Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter hosted their annual Montreal Massacre Memorial event at the Vancouver Public Library. The event happens in congruence with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (December 6th), the anniversary of the murders of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989, also known as the Montréal Massacre.
I spoke on a panel, alongside Lierre Keith and Vancouver Rape Relief collective member, Hilla Kerner (whose speak is not included in this podcast), called: Creating Alternative Platforms for Feminist Analysis. We discussed not only the ways in which we’ve managed to continue to find and create platforms for feminist discourse and to speak out against male violence against women, but also the kind of no-platforming and silencing of feminists that has become common-practice in recent years. The panel is moderated by Samantha Grey, a collective member at Vancouver Rape Relief.
Lierre is a writer, small farmer, and radical feminist activist. She is the author of six books including, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, which has been called “the most important ecological book of this generation.” She is also coauthor, with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet. She’s been arrested six times for acts of political resistance.