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Joe Fantauzzi: THE PROBLEMS OF CARDING: Excising the Discriminatory Police Street Check Process

Over at Academia.edu, I have posted an updated public policy analysis of the police practice of carding, also known as “street checks” that I did as part of my Master’s course load. The full paper can be found HERE. But here is the Executive Summary: This policy analysis paper examines three options to deal with . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: THE PROBLEMS OF CARDING: Excising the Discriminatory Police Street Check Process

Joe Fantauzzi: Columbus is no hero of mine

Italian-North Americans — especially those of us with roots in the Mezzogiorno (and I include the Ciociaria and Abbruzzo here) — don’t need a Genoese genocidal rapist as our hero. It’s time to eliminate Columbus Day. It’s time for #IndigenousPeoplesDay   Some good reading and watching: ‘All Indians Are Dead?’ At Least That’s What Most . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Columbus is no hero of mine

Joe Fantauzzi: Reflections on McChesney: Problematics of Media Self-Regulation

FULL DISCLOSURE: I worked as a mainstream news reporter between 2003 and 2012. News media goes where many cannot or will not. It infiltrates the halls of power, the courtrooms, protest sites, war zones and scenes of tragedy. It is, unquestionably, the source of much of the information used to inform and shape society. Its . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Reflections on McChesney: Problematics of Media Self-Regulation

Joe Fantauzzi: Reflections on McChesney: Problematics of Media Self-Regulation

FULL DISCLOSURE: I worked as a mainstream news reporter between 2003 and 2012. News media goes where many cannot or will not. It infiltrates the halls of power, the courtrooms, protest sites, war zones and scenes of tragedy. It is, unquestionably, the source of much of the information used to inform and shape society. Its . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Reflections on McChesney: Problematics of Media Self-Regulation

Joe Fantauzzi: The Militarization of Police: But Why?

Since the beginning of the year, several stories in high-profile mainstream media publications have examined what some find to be the increasing militarization of police forces in North America. In March, The Economist wrote a feature on the phenomenon noting that the use of tactical units, which are often armed with military-style weaponry such as . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: The Militarization of Police: But Why?

Joe Fantauzzi: Good Reading: Kwe Today On Sex Workers As Persons

In the context of ongoing debate over Bill C36, the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, @Kwetoday has crafted a powerful personal post urging an understanding that sex workers exist in many more dimensions than merely their occupation: they are family and friends ─ and that’s very important. Here is the link: We . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Good Reading: Kwe Today On Sex Workers As Persons

Joe Fantauzzi: Good Reading: Kwe Today On Sex Workers As Persons

In the context of ongoing debate over Bill C36, the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, @Kwetoday has crafted a powerful personal post urging an understanding that sex workers exist in many more dimensions than merely their occupation: they are family and friends ─ and that’s very important. Here is the link: We . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Good Reading: Kwe Today On Sex Workers As Persons

Joe Fantauzzi: IV. Zone of Indeterminacy: Interdiction concerning the enclosure of the Social Commons

Here, I have taken up the enclosure of the Social Commons. And here, I have attempted to locate those shunted aside by the austerity agenda. In this post, I attempt to describe the zone of indeterminacy into which those cast aside by austerity have been and are to be consigned. The point, I submit, is . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: IV. Zone of Indeterminacy: Interdiction concerning the enclosure of the Social Commons

Joe Fantauzzi: IV. Zone of Indeterminacy: Interdiction concerning the enclosure of the Social Commons

Here, I have taken up the enclosure of the Social Commons. And here, I have attempted to locate those shunted aside by the austerity agenda. In this post, I attempt to describe the zone of indeterminacy into which those cast aside by austerity have been and are to be consigned. The point, I submit, is . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: IV. Zone of Indeterminacy: Interdiction concerning the enclosure of the Social Commons

Joe Fantauzzi: Open Letter To Council Requesting Affirmation Of Toronto As A Sanctuary City

Dear Deputy Mayor, Councillors and city staff. My name is Joe Fantauzzi. I’m a resident of Toronto and first generation Canadian. My family immigrated to this country from Italy in 1957, fleeing a region of that nation torn by the Second World War. My family was lucky. Low-skilled urban labour was in demand at the . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Open Letter To Council Requesting Affirmation Of Toronto As A Sanctuary City

Joe Fantauzzi: Open Letter To Council Requesting Affirmation Of Toronto As A Sanctuary City

Dear Deputy Mayor, Councillors and city staff. My name is Joe Fantauzzi. I’m a resident of Toronto and first generation Canadian. My family immigrated to this country from Italy in 1957, fleeing a region of that nation torn by the Second World War. My family was lucky. Low-skilled urban labour was in demand at the . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Open Letter To Council Requesting Affirmation Of Toronto As A Sanctuary City

Joe Fantauzzi: Ontario’s neoliberalism: Coercive, Intense

Do you ever wonder why policing budgets rise in Ontario when the crime rate falls? At Illuminated By Street Lamps, I argue Ontario has been, and remains, among the jurisdictions at the forefront of a business-friendly neoliberal agenda in Canada, despite rising structural unemployment, major challenges in the core manufacturing sector and a drop to . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Ontario’s neoliberalism: Coercive, Intense

Joe Fantauzzi: Ontario’s neoliberalism: Coercive, Intense

Do you ever wonder why policing budgets rise in Ontario when the crime rate falls? At Illuminated By Street Lamps, I argue Ontario has been, and remains, among the jurisdictions at the forefront of a business-friendly neoliberal agenda in Canada, despite rising structural unemployment, major challenges in the core manufacturing sector and a drop to . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Ontario’s neoliberalism: Coercive, Intense

Joe Fantauzzi: Toronto’s G20 Summit As A State of Exception

At Illuminated By Streets Lamps, I have posted a paper I have written on the security apparatus put in place for the 2010 Toronto G20 Summit. I argue that the Province of Ontario employed a coercive, secretive state of exception in order to facilitate the flow of international capital during the Toronto G20 Summit. Find . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Toronto’s G20 Summit As A State of Exception

Joe Fantauzzi: Toronto’s G20 Summit As A State of Exception

At Illuminated By Streets Lamps, I have posted a paper I have written on the security apparatus put in place for the 2010 Toronto G20 Summit. I argue that the Province of Ontario employed a coercive, secretive state of exception in order to facilitate the flow of international capital during the Toronto G20 Summit. Find . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Toronto’s G20 Summit As A State of Exception

Joe Fantauzzi: A Response To The Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson

A “dream palace,” The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson calls it. Inside that dream palace, the First Nations allegedly live in a fairytale land of sovereignty, respect and healthy relations with the Canadian state. Well, in fairness, Simpson describes the perks of living inside his so-called dream palace a touch more condescendingly. He sets the . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: A Response To The Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson

Joe Fantauzzi: A Response To The Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson

A “dream palace,” The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson calls it. Inside that dream palace, the First Nations allegedly live in a fairytale land of sovereignty, respect and healthy relations with the Canadian state. Well, in fairness, Simpson describes the perks of living inside his so-called dream palace a touch more condescendingly. He sets the . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: A Response To The Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Emerging Police State

For the last several years, I have been increasingly concerned that our governments at both the Federal and Provincial levels have been enabling an environment that is fundamentally hostile to civil society and individual freedoms. In the wake of 9/11, we found the Canadian Federal Government using an obscure, and previously little used “Security Certificate” . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Emerging Police State

Parchment in the Fire: Republicanism and wage-labour

In a previous post, I presented a criticism of republicanism’s inability to adequately address the problems of power exerted in the modern capitalist economy. This should come as no surprise really, given that the republican notion of liberty as ‘non-domination’ was articulated within the context of pre-capitalist economies characterized by the employment of dependent forms . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Republicanism and wage-labour

The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian: Three Male Anti-Women’s Rights Harper Conservative MPs

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 1, 2013: WHO? My picks for The Ugly Canadian(s) today are these three male, middle-aged, white, anti-women’s rights Harper Conservative MPs: Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskwein); Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East-Cooksville); and Leon Benoit (Vegreville-Wainwright). WHY? Earlier this week, it was revealed that the three had initiated another effort to . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian: Three Male Anti-Women’s Rights Harper Conservative MPs

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Julian Assange Rejects Police Order To Surrender (VIDEO)

On Friday, the London Metropolitan Police Service served the WikiLeaks founder with an order to leave the Ecuadorean embassy and surrender to a central London police station. In the video below, a supporter of Assange reads his defiant statement. Assange “is wanted for questioning by the Swedish authorities, but fears he would be extradited from . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Julian Assange Rejects Police Order To Surrender (VIDEO)