About Us

Bread and Roses is a hub for democratically minded, political activists who get together to
exchange information and resources in a strong feminist atmosphere. Leftists and progressives discuss issues and news in its lively forums, including the Front Page, a feminist blog aggregator Rose’s Place, a leftist blog aggregator Blogging Change , a reproductive rights blog Birth Pangs and a movie review site Hollywood and Beyond.

The hub atmosphere keeps Bread and Roses members updated and ‘in the loop’ on important issues. Politics n Poetry on nuclear issues, Alison@Creekside on SPP and GDKitty and skdadl
liveblogging on hearings ie. Mulroney-Schreiber, or the AECL scam.

{A rather unsual sidebar that has resulted from this is a fascination with unlikely figures such as
Patrick Fitzgerald and James Comey. And oddly their ties.}

Unlike many other online political forums, Bread and Roses is not so much a place for debate as a
nexus for thought, laughter, and common action. Many members are bloggers, and BnR members recognize the value of blogging as an important independent news and activist source.
Its feminist and social justice roots are strengthened by the agreement that all registrants show
respect by avoiding the use of sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, classism and other denials of human dignity and equality in their posts.

Examples of Bread and Roses’ strong commitment to feminist and human rights principles include blog bursts around such issues as abortion one body.one person. one count., the destruction of SWC by the Harper government and letter writing and blog campaigns around such issues as the holding of 9 year old Kevin in an American prison. Of course BnR activism isn’t only in the virtual world. Members have also attended rallies against such issues as, taser use and war and in support of Kyoto, Fair Wages, and Workers Rights.

Bread and Roses members strongly supported the Grrrrlcott! And Boyzwholikegrrrlscott! and the resulting F-word Awards

Founding members started Bread and Roses in 2006. A great number had ended their connection to babble [rabble.ca] in support of a moderator unfairly dealt with in a labour dispute. Subsequently many left the resulting board EnMasse [enmasse.ca] after a great number of discussions were derailed when basic feminist principles were disregarded by some participants.

The satirical blog ‘Birth Pangs’ is an excellent example of the collective spirit of Bread and Roses. Created out of he discussion forums just over a year ago, it has three to five regular posters, as well as several other BnR members who post and comment there. Bread and Roses also developed a special project entitled NetRoots, an aggregator for politicians and candidates who are bloggers and a space for voters to interact with those politicians. The politically savvy and the undecided voter spends time on the internet gathering information on who to vote for. NetRoots provides a way for politicians and political hopefuls to bring their message straight to the public.

To call BnR members ‘diverse’ would be something of an understatement. We’re mostly Canadians, true, but from all parts of this grand country, with some outliers sprinkled around the world. We represent all ages, ethnicities, genders, and sexes — including a bunch of those menz-types peoples oddly able to withstand our concerted efforts to emasculate them. We’re students and retirees, scientists and scribblers, lawyers and layabouts. We’re mothers, fathers, grandmothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and friends. We have enthusiasms: food, critters, and justice. We have the best smilies on the toobz, including our oft-mocked dancing bunnies. We have forums on sports, gardening, and feminist history, to name just a few.

Alas, we have our faults. We are very drifty. Despite the best efforts of the :drift_police: we can’t seem to stay on topic. Now, that is to be expected in our catch-all threads like ‘What are you doing?’, ‘What are you wearing?’ and ‘What are you eating?’, but driftiness breaks out all over the place. Viz, this perfect storm of driftiness — a drift to baseball in the football thread then to cats then to food. Here’s another early example of BnR driftiness: it starts life as a poll on the acceptability of the words ‘slut’, ‘bitch’, and ‘cunt’, then weaves through Driftwood, fake Native ancestry, Doris Day, and drunk knitting.

And we have a rep. We’ve been called a gang, a mob, and ‘the women’s board’.
Our answer is in the final verse from the song Bread and Roses;

As we go marching, marching, we bring the greater days,
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler, ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses, bread and roses.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; bread and roses, bread and roses.

Member Blogs

• A Creative Revolution • Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome • Antigone Magazine • April Reign • bastard.logic • Blind Man with a Pistol • Broadsides • Canuck Attitude

• Challenging the Commonplace • Choice Joyce • Creekside • Dichotomously • Hope & Onions • In The House and Senate • Lilith Attack

• Marginal Notes • Miss Vicky’s • My Blahg • One Woman. One Blog. • POGGE • Politblogo • Politics ‘N’ Poetry • redjenny • Resettle THIS!

• suburban safari • Stupendous Girl • The Black Ewe • The Coast of Bohemia • The Cylinder • The Galloping Beaver • the regina mom

• The Wingnuterer • Underwater Moonlight • Unrepentant Old Hippie • Verbena-19