Local activist organizations and social movements making a difference.
into the void on Twitter about what’s wrong in the world is easy. That’s why we all do it. But there are plenty of people in Halifax who are walking the walk—whether it be advocating for the environment, mobilizing for social change or working to provide services to marginalized groups. These groups are examples of those trying to make change for the better. Maybe you’ll join them?
An anti-capitalist group advocating for eco-justice, anti-racism and worker solidarity. Last year, members teamed up with Ujamaa and Kwacha House Cafe for the web-based project Working While Black, publishing anonymous stories of anti-Black racism in the workplace. They are pushing for an end to police street checks. solidarityhalifax.ca
BOOKS BEYOND BARS
This program has existed in Halifax since 2005. It makes books accessible to those living within the women’s section of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside, as well as providing writing and poetry workshops to women in the prison system. The Books Beyond Bars program accepts titles from the lists of requests, bookstore gift cards and non-spiral bound notebooks. booksbeyondbars.wordpress.com
The Hollaback! movement exists around the world, including countries such as Australia and Italy. It aims to end street harassment, empowering people by inviting them to anonymously share their stories online. The Halifax branch is headed by Rebecca Faria and is currently looking for volunteers.
THE RADICAL IMAGINATION PROJECT This Halifax-based research project holds workshops, public discussions and talks concerned with activism and social movements. One of its recent projects is
What Moves Us— a collection of essays and interviews featuring the work of Ardath Whynacht, Isaac Saney and El Jones.
NOVA SCOTIA RAINBOW ACTION PROJECT
The Rainbow Action Project is a non-profit advocating for the rights of LGBTQ+ folks in the province. The