More than anything else, women’s self-defense classes are about literally embodying resistance, rejecting a societal narrative that tacitly allows misogynistic violence and recentering women’s safety and power.
Mark Francis Johnson is the author of Can of Human Heat, Treatise on Luck,and After Such Knowledge, as well as numerous shorter works. He lives in Philadelphia, where he sells antiquarian books and rare records out of his small shop, Hiding Place.
“Quebec cinema is on the rise and is being recognized around the world. There’s a real signature in Quebec cinema that’s fun to integrate into Indigenous cinema as well. There’s a real lack of Indigenous Francophone films, so I’m hoping to fill that gap.”
The following dialogue between Mercedes Eng and Fred Moten is excerpted from the new edition of Eng’s Mercenary English, which documents – among many things – the resistance to the gentrification of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, historically a working-class neighbourhood that includes many of the city’s historic and living communities of colour.