News Now – June 22, 2012

People’s History Spotlight – Mary Joseph Angélique, 1734

Marie-Joseph Angélique. Source: Canadianmysteries.ca

News Now Reporter, Shanice Grocia, recounts the history of black slave Marie-Joseph Angélique on the anniversary of her death-sentence for arson.

As with many of other black slaves, Marie-Joseph unsuccessfully attempted to escape slavery in 1743, using a fire to cover her tracks. Days later, when a second fire broke-out and devastated significant portions of Montreal, it was presumed that Marie-Joseph had started the fire in a second attempt to escape. Although Mary Joseph initially denied the allegations, after Quebec torturer and hangman, Mathieu Léveillé, shattered her knees and legs, Marie-Joseph confessed to the crime and was hung and burnt on the same land that was destroyed during the fire.

To this day, it remains unknown whether Marie-Joseph Angélique actually started the fire for which she killed.

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Feature Interview with Human Rights Lawyer Anita Szigeti

News Now Reporter, Amy Ness, speaks with Anita Szigeti, mental health lawyer, author and educator about the increased challenges experienced by individuals in the justice system with mental health issues, as well as broader systematic inadequacies in the mental health field. Anita discusses her efforts to protect the dwindling resources available for Legal Aid in Ontario so that lawyers and other individuals who defend marginalized people are able to earn a livable wage and continue their invaluable work.

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Independent Art Report Interview with Eliaichi Kimaro

“A Lot Like You” – A Film by Eliaichi Kimaro

From a mixed Tanzanian and South Korean background, Eliaichi Kimaro’s first film, “A Lot Like You”, is a journey to her father’s Tanzanian roots and Chagga culture. Winner of the Best Documentary at the 2012 San Francisco International Asian Film Festival, Tikkun Magazine comments, “One reason this film works is that Kimaro situates her own personal family history within a social, historical, and political context of African decolonization, transnational relations, race, class, and gender politics.”

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