My personal favourite is "failure to disperse" because you collapsed to the ground after they mace you in the face
also "resisting arrest" because you flinched after they tackle you

like acab is pretty well established among ardent activists but we need to talk about prosecutors and their willingness to corroborate police abuse of power
I haven't been able to track frequency of when charges are dropped by the prosecution or when they're taken to trial (maybe I should start) but we literally had "being arrested is resisting arrest" argued during the #J20Trials

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Oct 3, 2018
Reminder that Canada's publicly funded religious schools earn us a black eye from the United Nations every time they do a human rights review.
That is also connected to the residential schools, a euphemism that perhaps fails to properly capture the incomprehensible cruelty behind these genocidal programs.…
But yes, an allegedly developed democracy has an entire class of schools who can just throw up their hands and go "nah" every time the public tries to protect human rights in their systems.
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I'm extremely cynical about what's really being said in these cheesy "should trans people have rights" polls, and I'll walk you through a local example as to why.
Back before it was devoured by The Star, a local paper called Metro News conducted a poll they claim was about Bill C-16, a law that amended federal Canadian rights to include gender identity. I say "they claim" because they failed to interpret a very important gap in their data.
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I felt tempted to try a good faith attempt to engage with this honestly but all that came out was "fuck off, tosser"
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Me: *takes a second look at this take*

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Now that I think about it, no right-winger has actually justified to me *why* their policies should be imposed against popular will, other than "we won."
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Everybody is socialized into all euro-colonial gender roles.
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Part of this process is teaching you how and when to apply this pressure to others.

Mothers can and sometimes do teach their sons toxic masculinity.
Girl peers can and sometimes do berate boys for not adhering to said toxic masculinity.

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