The Peak is stoked to announce our Summer Issue, “Borders.” We’re excited to produce a magazine to examines borders and their implications for several reasons. Summer in Southern Ontario sees an influx of migrating workers to our agricultural regions and in the organizing of those that support them. The concepts of citizenship, status, and nation-states are central to Western capitalism’s exploitation of global populations and land bases. The existence of “Canada” on occupied territories makes exploitation and the threat of deportation daily realities for an entire class of undocumented people.
The Peak’s goal is produce a magazine that both documents the struggles of migrating populations and their allies and serves an informative tool for people involved in community-based work and anti-authoritarian resistance. We are soliciting articles about topics including but not limited to:
- First person accounts of working as a migrant worker in Ontario, or interviews
- What does migrant labour organizing look like in Southern Ontario?
- Analysis of Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ and the Temporary Forerign Workers Programs SAWP and TFWP and how our agricultural/food systems are dependent on the exploitation of migrant labour
- How western capitalism exploits and dominates the global south along race, class and gender lines and how this impacts migration
- The ”safe country” designation of countries like Mexico and the violence that drives people north
- How the changes made to immigration system under Harper government advances a capitalist agenda: refugee claims, immigration process, processes of holding and deporting people have all changed drastically in the last several years. What are these changes, why were they made, how are they enforced and what are their impacts?
- Toronto was made a “sanctuary city” in February. What does this look like in practice? What are the barriers for undocumented people accessing services in Southern Ontario? How do these impact women, queers, and families?
- Racism: what is white supremacy, what are its origins in Canada, and how is it functioning today?
- Indigenous peoples resisting the borders that divide their traditional territories
- Indigenous analysis of why “canada” is an illegal state
- History and analysis of the boundaries of “canada.” who historically has defined these, and in what interests? how do these boundaries interact with indigenous sovereignty?
- How capitalism and government propagandize against immigrants and refugees (like the CBSA-endorsed reality show “Borders”)
- Repression: how does the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) operate? what kinds of operations do they conduct, and who is impacted and how? how does Canada use military and police against migrant populations?
- The Security and Prosperity Plan (SPP) and how information shared between the US and Canada affected how borders are policed
NEWS FROM THE FRONT LINES
We want your current event stories, from coverage of current grassroots resistance movements to report backs from demos and other events. Short news briefs are welcome.
THEORY AND ANALYSIS
Theory is a broad category that encompasses discourse, philosophy and rants. From ramblings of french anarchist theory to critiques of community accountability processes, to opinion pieces and analysis of current and past struggles. Send us your thoughts, ideas or just stuff you’ve been mulling over.
Read a zine you absolutely hated or a book that blew your mind? Have a sex toy that you just cant put down? Write us a review! Reviews can be short and sweet or or in-depth. If you need ideas, we may be able to hook you up with free copies for reviews.
The deadline for submissions for the summer issue is May 27, 2013.
Submissions should be sent to email@example.com in .odt or .rtf formats, please.
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