What’s Current: Hundreds arrested in DC after women-led immigration protest

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news round up.

  • Hundreds of people — mostly women — demonstrated inside a Senate office building in opposition to the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant families. Nearly 600 people have now been arrested.
  • RCMP confirm that the remains of Gloria Gladue, who was last seen in Alberta in 2015, have been found in Manitoba. Grant Arthur Sneesby, a 68-year-old man has been arrested and charged with her murder.
  • A Georgia jury has awarded Hope Cheston, who was raped by a security guard at an apartment complex when she was 14-years-old, $1 billion in damages. A judge had already ruled that the company that employed Brandon Lamar Zachary was liable for his actions, the jury was brought in to decide the amount of the settlement.
  • RateMyProfessors.com will no longer allow students to rate professors according to “hotness” after professors point out that it’s “blatantly sexist.”
  • Scottish MP Danielle Rowley announces she on her period, tells parliament how much it’s cost her this month during a debate on period poverty in the UK.
Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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  • Candice Smith

    Sorry to be so negative, but Women’s March in the United States turned off a lot of people due to Ferrakhan supporters. Both Bernie Sanders and Gloria Steinem downgraded their involvement and support. I just hope this protest doesn’t have Ferrakhan connections….Personally, I think the Left has to be willing to criticize religious extremism, including but not just Islamic extremism. The reason that I mention the Women’s March is because this Refugee Protest includes many of the same key people and organizations. It’s worth noting that Senator Bernie Sanders was and is tough on mass (legal) immigration, human trafficking (including prostitution), terrorism (tougher than Obama) and religious extremism (tougher than Obama) plus he’s very Secular. But Sanders is from an older generation. Unfortunately, many younger Leftists are unwilling to take on religious extremism and terrorism; often shocked when I suggest surveillance on refugees. Also, I find that it’s the white Leftists in particular who won’t condemn religious extremism, terrorism and prostitution, but maybe that’s a coincidence. (I am also white.)

    • Meghan Murphy

      I mean, do you also support surveillance on white men? Refugees are not any more dangerous than white men… Clearly.

  • Meghan Murphy

    You remember every year, Marv! Thanks for all your support over the years <3

  • Meghan Murphy

    I don’t argue that women’s oppression is a choice, ever. This is not about my being ‘politically correct’. But when we *know* that white men are responsible for mass shootings and other forms of violence, it makes no sense to me to target refugees specifically or act as though they are somehow more dangerous than men who are American citizens.

    • Candice Smith

      you might be thinking of violent crime in terms of terrorism or mass murders—yes, white men do tend to be the culprits of these crimes. But Canada has experienced a sharp increase in refugees from the Middle East and Muslim countries. There has been a sharp increase in domestic violence; sexual harassment AND sexual assault in schools (including female teachers as victims); and general appeasement of “cultural rights before women’s rights.” Remember that I believe the claims of women and girls who have suffered due to mass immigration. Look at the Trudeau Government almost removing FGM from Canadian Citizenship Guide. I belong to NDP and am shocked at how most members canvass in gender-segregated mosques where the women are secluded upstairs — and must cover-up not to offend men and boys. Can you imagine the NDP canvassing at gender-segregated churches? (Remember that no one took issue when Mulcair spoke out about oppression of women due to Roman Catholic Church.) Even in terms of mass murder and terrorism, refugees from Muslim countries are the MAIN culprits when you consider that the refugee population is quite small. There’s actually two different issues: (1) supporting surveillance on refugees to control violent crime and terrorism; (2) welcoming refugees and those seeking asylum but still maintaining “women’s rights before cultural or religious rights.” In terms of over-appeasement of cultural and religious rights, the main victims are Muslim women, and women from Southeast Asia. It’s actually racist NOT to be concerned about creeping Sharia. Other countries have surveillance on religious groups. For example, Israel monitors ultra-ultra Orthodox Jews from Arab countries who are known to attack Palestinians; beat up women and girls; etcetera.

      • Meghan Murphy

        What you originally said was that you supported ‘surveillance on refugees,’ not surveillance on men, so that’s the comment I was responding to. I’d be interested to see the stats you reference re: ‘a sharp increase in domestic violence’. I also genuinely don’t know what you mean when you say, ‘Remember that I believe the claims of women and girls who have suffered due to mass immigration.’ I’ve not heard such claims, which is not to say they don’t exist, but just to say it sounds as though you are implying there are feminists out there who are simply ‘not believing’ women who’ve spoken out about… I’m not sure what exactly… Sexual violence, sexual harassment, abuse…?

  • Meghan Murphy

    “There’s been lots of other commentators on Feminist Current discussing the sharp rise in domestic violence in Canada–very, very specifically in the refugee communities.”

    I guess I missed that somehow? I’m not trying to be antagonistic, for the record, I’m genuinely curious.