#BlackLivesMatter

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The McMaster Social Sciences Society stands in solidarity with all members of the Black community, many of whom are fellow students, faculty members, peers and community members. We wanted to take the time to listen, learn and critically reflect; we cannot stay silent and we must recognize that these acts are part of a larger systemic issue that we witness not only on social media and the news but in our own communities. We condemn these and all acts of racism and stand in solidarity with the Black community as well as the Black Lives Matter Movement at McMaster and beyond. As the Social Sciences community, we support the calls for systemic changes both in Canada and the USA.

We must learn, unlearn, as well as listen and amplify the voices of those who have continually demanded change and be active in the fight in whatever way we can. What is being brought to light now is not an isolated incident but is one of many examples of ongoing systemic oppression, anti-Black racism and violence. We have provided resources on this post as well as a google document linked below of who to contact, how to support and where to take further action to assist in this fight. We encourage any who can to donate, sign petitions, advocate, and speak up against these actions. These links also provide information and resources both in the McMaster Community and beyond for those who are looking for individual support and ideas on how to support the community during these times. As students, we commit to continuous learning and listening. Please email 
president@themsss.com with suggestions and ways we can better support and advocate for our Black community members in Social Sciences and beyond.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all resources or services available. We will work to continually update the resources shown in the link in our bio, if you have any resources you would like to see added to this list please dm our account or email 
vpexternal@themsss.com

#BlackLivesMatters Resources (this is not an exhaustive list of resources and will be continuously updated): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mh9AggpGLndYBxvXQp9ee-0fX91IInF3pdyPCjZkQ2I/edit?usp=sharing

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HAPPY PRIDE

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The MSSS wants to extend our support to LGBTQ2S+ individuals and say Happy Pride!!🌈 You are all valid every day of the year.
Below we have provided some resources both at McMaster, online, and in the Hamilton community; if there are any you would like to be added to this list, please comment/dm us or email vpexternal@themsss.com
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

McMaster Resources:

- Pride Community Centre (MUSC 221), 905-525-9140 ext. 27397 , msumcmaster.ca/pcc : contact point for McMaster students that may identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies. Identity-based peer support, safe(r) space lounge, educational programs, resource library, social events
- Women and Gender Equity NetworK (MUSC 204), 905-525-9140 ext. 20265 , msumcmaster.ca/wgen : safe(r) space for transfolk and people who identify outside the gender binary

Phone Lines:

- LGBTQ+ Youthline: 1-800-268-9688 (www.youthline.ca), Ontario Peer-support phone line for LGBTQ+ youth. Also provides peer support through online forum and email response. Confidential, free, non-judgmental.
- Trans Lifelife: 1-877-330-6366 (www.translifeline.org), a hotline staffed by transgender identifying people to help support community members experiencing a crisis. Free toll call

Self-Help and Background Information Resources:

- Rainbow Health Ontario: www.rainbowhealthontario.ca, resource, directory and information of LGBTQ+ health
- Sexuality and U: www.sexualityandu.ca, information on Sexual Orientation and Coming Out and Sexual Diversity

Hamilton Resources:

- Spectrum Hamilton: www.spectrumhamilton.ca, “Hamilton’s LGBTQ+ handbook resources for the Community, Family, and Friends”


Fight Anti-Semitism

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As the MSSS, we believe that in order to be actively antiracist we must also fight antisemitism. The MSSS stands in solidarity with the Jewish community, many of whom are students, faculty members, peers, and community members. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and finding ways to show our support to all McMaster students. These issues are larger than what is shown in media outlets and they are human rights issues. You cannot pick and choose which areas of racism you condemn and this includes antisemitism.
We are dedicated to this continuous fight and amplifying voices that need to be heard. As the MSSS, we want to be present for all of our students; this will be through continually educating ourselves to better our various programming, the providing of resources, or showing our support through other forms of activism.
If you have any resources for any topic you would like for us to share on our platforms, please email vpexternal@themsss.com
Below we have listed some resources for both the Jewish community and non-Jewish individuals who wish to further educate themselves. If you have any resources you would like to be added to this list, please dm us or email vpexternal@themsss.com
Resources:
- McMaster Hillel (instagram: @mcmasterhillel)
- Jewish Community Centre (1605 Main Street W, Hamilton ON)
- Chabad Lunavitch of Hamilton (Sterling Street, Hamilton ON)
- Religious Studies 2J03: Introduction to Judaism
- Religious Studies 3ZZ3: Judaism in the Modern World


Relay For Life

The MSSS is committed to participating in McMaster’s Annual Relay for Life event💛💙🎗Join the MSSS in fighting back against cancer at McMaster’s Relay For Life!!!!

Relay for Life is a community fundraiser and 12-hour event in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, where we raise money all year up the event day. Together, we will join at DBAC to celebrate survivors, those still fighting and to remember any of those we have lost.

Please stay tuned to receive more details about Relay for Life 2021!!

If you have any questions, email vpexternal@themsss.com


Trick-or-Eat

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The McMaster Social Sciences Society is committed to participating in the annual Trick-or-Eat campaign to support Food Banks Canada, that raises non-perishable food donations by going door-to-door for Halloween.

Thank you to all those who donated and came out this year!!

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Shinerama

Every year The MSSS and our Blu Cru team take part in Shinerama.

WHAT IS SHINERAMA?

Shinerama is Canada’s largest post-secondary school fundraiser, involving more than 50,000 students from over 70 university and college campuses. Shinerama raises money and generates awareness for Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a disease affecting the lungs and the digestive system. It is the most common, fatal, genetic disease that affects young Canadians with 1 in every 3,600 babies born with it every year.

Blu Cru won the Shinerama cup again this year for three consecutive years in a row!!!