These terrible moments of anti-Asian racism are not only problems of bad individuals – they are a direct expression of the anxieties of Anglo-American empire in response to China's economic rise.
Red Braid opposes the Western imperialist bloc that is reassembling against China, and especially, Canada’s central role in it. We believe the working class in the West must stand with the working class in China, not with Western imperial power. That means opposing war on China without compromise, and fighting sinophobia and the Canadian state head on.
Red Braid member Teresa Dettling responds to criticisms that deny and erase women’s leadership in Red Braid. She says, "I refuse to stand by while my sisters are being slandered, and their work erased and ignored. To the people who want to label us a 'cult,' we are not going to be quiet and we are not going to stop fighting with our sisters, supporting our sisters, and organizing with our Indigenous and working class sisters."
Red Braid member Ma Maa Tea (Nuu Chah Nulth and Irish) responds to critiques of Red Braid’s Indigenous leadership. She argues, "Saying low-income Indigenous people have no voice not only erases low-income Indigenous leaders but says that low-income Indigenous people cannot be protagonists in urban centers for themselves and when standing with land defenders."
In response to the Stewart Squat, Red Braid received questions and critiques from Indigenous youth and others who support the struggles of low-income Indigenous and working-class people against the forces of colonialism and capitalism. We’ve been going through posts and comments, grouping them under some themes, and have responded here.
We fight for Wet’suwet’en sovereignty, the extinction of fossil fuel capitalism, and the defeat of Canada
Alliance Against Displacement is on the side of the Wet’suwet’en nation, and of all Indigenous peoples and nations against Canada’s imperialist rule of law.