Confronting Memories of Nazi-Occupied France
Early last year, France opened its WWII police archives for the first time. More than 200,000 documents, formerly available only to select scholars and officials, became open to the public after 76 years of secrecy.
Indigenous women brave the storm to begin talks at UN CSW
Published March 16, 2017 on openDemocracy | By Clare Church This week, the frigid temperatures and blustery winds of winter storm Stella shut down New York City. On Tuesday, the second day for the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations Headquarters closed its complex, while most of the planned events were postponed. But one Mission…
Native American Women: “Original Resisters and Ultimate Survivors”
Published February 26, 2017 on Civic Ideas | By Clare Church NEW YORK – In the sea of pink pussy hats, waves of cornflower blue folded through the Women’s March on Washington, the day after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president. Although not included in the first phase of organizing the protest, Native…
View from Canada: Your elections are too damn long!
Published November 6, 2016 on Salon.com | By Clare Church Sometimes I think I’ve adapted successfully to the American way of life. I can tell the temperature in Fahrenheit and without complaint. I have eliminated “shreddies,” “smarties” and “ketchup chips” from my diet. I don’t even visibly cringe anymore when a complete stranger stops me mid-sentence…
A Leaderless Movement: Gordon Brown on Globalization
Published October 12, 2016 on the Journal of Political Inquiry | By Clare Church The room was filled with an impatient buzz. Students and faculty looked around, both admiring their surroundings and hoping to get a glimpse of the world leader who would speak in only a few short minutes. Five journalists in the third…
Who will speak for indigenous peoples at the UN General Assembly?
Published September 16, 2016 on openDemocracy and reprinted by TruthOut | By Clare Church Poverty, displacement, malnutrition. Over the next two weeks, these three concerns will be discussed as agenda items at the United Nations’ annual gathering. And yet, indigenous peoples, who suffer at disproportionately high rates from these issue, will not be invited to…
Closer to home than you think
Published July 8, 2016 on the London Free Press | By Clare Church NEW YORK – Living in the land of Donald Trump, I’ve almost become numb to the unrelenting onslaught of Islamophobia. It’s in politics, it’s in the news, and it’s on the streets. But I never thought it would be in my Canadian hometown. After growing…
Most Rapes of Native American Women Go Unpunished; Communities and Police Debate Solutions
Published June 20, 2016 on Civic Ideas | By Clare Church NEW YORK – When a Native American woman is raped, her case can easily disappear into a jurisdictional black hole. “Over and over again, we see that nothing happens,” said Kristen Ruppel, associate professor of Native American Studies at Montana State University. “Some women…
One in Three Native American Women Report Rape – Rarely See Justice
Published June 20, 2016 on the Journal of Political Inquiry | By Clare Church In April, Joseph Dean Lee was sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for sexually assaulting a Native American woman on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. Although Lee will serve time in prison, often those who rape Native American women…
So you want to move to Canada, eh?
Published March 7, 2016 on the Journal of Political Inquiry | By Clare Church Well, well, well. How the tables have turned. It was only last month that I was still getting a constant barrage of “You’re Canadian?! That’s so cute!” or “You say ‘about’ funny!” or even better, “Is Canada even a real country?”…
Barbie’s New Campaign May Be Missing the Point
Published December 15, 2015 on Women Across Frontiers | By Clare Church NEW YORK — Imagine a Barbie who sports red sneakers instead of stilettos, wears a utility belt instead of a purse and vows to save the world instead of being a damsel in distress. On October 8, DC Comics and Mattel, multinational toy company…
Canadians Living in New York Face Voting Restrictions
Published October 17, 2015 on Pavement Pieces | By Clare Church Toria Gibbs, a Canadian citizen living in New York, received a letter from her government in August revoking her right to vote in the upcoming Canadian federal election. Gibbs is among 1.4 million Canadians who will be barred from voting on Monday because they…
What the sponsors of the Global Citizen Conference forgot to mention
Published October 5, 2016 on the Journal of Political Inquiry | By Clare Church 60,000 fans waved their smartphones in the air as Beyoncé joined Eddie Vedder to close the Global Citizen Conference last weekend in New York with Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” What the socially-conscious fans probably didn’t know is that to supply the minerals…