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May 2014: Tom King says that “the truth about stories, is thats all we are.”

Live from Grassy Narrows, Asubpeeschoseewagong Anishinabek Territory.

See below for older descriptions of this blog.

June, 2013: I am a settler living on Mississauga Anishnabek territory in the city of toronto, in colonial canada.

for the last couple of years i’ve been enmeshed in post g20 legal and community fallout, having recently been released from the Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene, Ontario, a colonial prison also built on Anishnabek Indigenous territory. over the last year, all of the writing on this blog has been regarding my time in the state’s pison-justice system. now that i am out, while i will still write about prisons and the legal system’s role in enforcing patriarchal white-supremacist capitalist settler-colonialism, i will hopefully also try to return to this blog’s original goal of “assert(ing) challenging discourse into the narratives that compose our worlds and our lives,” which needs to entail a lot more than just writing about prison.

below is the only previous update of this blog’s “about” section, written sometime close to when i entered prison, including the original description for this blog written sometime in late 2009. thanks to everyone for reading and for all the support while i was caged. see you in the streets.

below is what i believe is the original description for this blog when i first created it in late 2009.  however, i have not really followed through on those good intentions, and instead this blog has been mostly a collection of some of my writings on the no2010 anti-olympics campaign and post-g20 fallout.

right now, my life is largely subsumed by the g20 charges that could send me to jail for, in theory, more than a decade (though that is indeed an improbable worst case scenario). it seems likely that this blog will continue to document the legal battle and its political ramifications, and that this will be the primary function of this blog over the coming months. eventually, i will return to the much more radical and personally sustaining task of asserting narrative resistance as part of a broader anti-colonial struggle.

here is the original description:

This is alex’s blog. I organize with AW@L*, a direct action group based out of the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Centre for Social Justice which we operate collectively. I am also the cohost of AW@L Radio a weekly program on CKMS Waterloo with a weekly podcast for Rabble.ca.

The purpose of Narrative Resistance is to assert challenging discourse into the narratives that compose our worlds and our lives.

Tom King says that “the truth about stories, is thats all we are.”

This blog will tell stories that are meant to deconstruct assumptions about the dominant discourses that determine how we see and understand our world. Here will be told stories that are meant to disrupt authoritative conceptions of what communities and individuals are supposed to be and how they are supposed to interact. This blog will tell stories that are meant to make space for new perspectives and ideas; for new solutions.

*neither AW@L nor the KWCCSJ are currently active organizations.

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