RCMP spied on Rita MacNeil

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Ghislaine
RCMP spied on Rita MacNeil

 

Ghislaine

I am not allowed in the feminism forum, so I thought I would post this here.

I thought [url=http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/472240]this story[/url] was funny in a scary kind of way and is a good indication that there are undoubtedtly many affronts to our liberties occuring that we have no idea about at the moment:

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RCMP spies infiltrated the women's movement in the early 1970s, monitoring marches and rallies to keep an eye on feminists including Rita MacNeil, who would become a much-admired Maritime songstress.

An undercover source reporting on a March 1972 gathering of women's liberation groups in Winnipeg compiled biographical sketches of several delegates, noting MacNeil was in attendance from the Toronto Women's Caucus.

"She's the one who composes and sings women's lib songs," says the RCMP memo, portions of which remain secret.

MacNeil, who lent her musical talents to the feminist cause before turning to music full-time, was among dozens of women from across the country who came under Mountie scrutiny, new research reveals.


This was before Rita MacNeil guest-starred in my favourite Trailer Park Boys episode as an assistant pot harvester - the drug squad is probably watching her now, lol.

I wish it were unbelievable that less than 40 years ago women were considered some sort of national security threat for agitating for equal pay and rights! This part made me laugh:

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The memo on the Winnipeg conference describes one session as "consisting of about one hundred sweating uncombed women standing around in the middle of the floor with their arms around each other crying sisterhood and dancing."

Stargazer

That's rich! Imagine if it was a men's group. This might be the RCMP take on things, instead of this:

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The memo on the Winnipeg conference describes one session as "consisting of about one hundred sweating uncombed women standing around in the middle of the floor with their arms around each other crying sisterhood and dancing."

We'd get this:

The memo on the Winnipeg Wrestling Conference describes one session as consisting of hundreds of sweaty men in headbands eating Beef Jerky and wrestling around in the middle of the floor in tight Speedos, all the while yelling and throwing things at a television set. When asked to comment, the men had nothing to say except "huh? what's wrong with wrestling? Pass me a beer asshat."

Ghislaine

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Originally posted by Stargazer:
[b]That's rich! Imagine if it was a men's group. This might be the RCMP take on things, instead of this:

We'd get this:

The memo on the Winnipeg Wrestling Conference describes one session as consisting of hundreds of sweaty men in headbands eating Beef Jerky and wrestling around in the middle of the floor in tight Speedos, all the while yelling and throwing things at a television set. When asked to comment, the men had nothing to say except "huh? what's wrong with wrestling? Pass me a beer asshat."[/b]


ha! I laughed out loud at the beef jerkey reference - I really don't know any women who have ever enjoyed or sought out beef jerky.

remind remind's picture

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Originally posted by Ghislaine:
[b]I am not allowed in the feminism forum, so I thought I would post this here. [/b]

Way to; conflate, exaggerate, and be completely off base, plus throw in a bit of passive aggression for good measure. [img]rolleyes.gif" border="0[/img]

Oh, and show a lack of reading comprehension.
Michelle's actual comment to you was:

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Ghislaine, you are to stay out of any [b]thread [/b] concerning abortion, for good. If you post in any further [b]threads[/b] on abortion, you will be removed from the board as a whole.

**Bolding for emphasis mine.

Now, back yo your post regarding Rita McNeil being watched. Wow, it is interesting to see how threatened men were, by women taking up their equality rights, way back when. If Harper would've been in power then we woulda all be classified as "terrorists".

remind remind's picture

I am requesting that this thread be moved to the feminist forum, where madmax had corrctly put his thread, as we discussed long ago now, feminst issues get put in the feminist forum for discussion.

Ghislaine had no reason, other than apparent passive aggressive snarkiness, to put it in the national news. She knows she is not banned from the feminist forum, just from abortion threads.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

The RCMP were no fools: they knew there was a potential in the feminist movement to turn society upside-down.

Rita MacNeil was indeed a danger to patriarchy, with her ability to inspire and motivate women through her feminist songs, long before she became famous.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

This is news?? The RCMP has always spied on progressive groups. And if any of you think this is a historical thread you are extremely naive. A good rule of thumb for any progressive person involved in the politics of change is to always presume that you are being watched and if you are effective then you will be infiltrated by agent provocateurs.

It is true the spooks are everywhere although they seem to have abandoned barn burnings as a pastime.

Ghislaine

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Originally posted by remind:
[b]I am requesting that this thread be moved to the feminist forum, where madmax had corrctly put his thread, as we discussed long ago now, feminst issues get put in the feminist forum for discussion.

Ghislaine had no reason, other than apparent passive aggressive snarkiness, to put it in the national news. She knows she is not banned from the feminist forum, just from abortion threads.[/b]


I am just re-reading what Michelle wrote and remind is indeed correct. I had misinterpreted her as meaning the feminism forum. I tried to move this thread, but I have no idea how. Does anyone know how to move it?

jrose

You're right, remind. I don't know how I missed this. Moving it on over to the feminism forum.

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