Shantha:
During a panel for International Women's Day, you spoke a lot about community work. What does that look like for you?

Violet:

These days my artistic practice has taken off in ways that it’s become my main activist work, changing the shape of the literary and artistic canon here in this place, but grassroots organizing can look a lot of different ways. It can be a bunch of queers coming together making a zine, or it can be doing drag. It can be cooking food for community supper and feeding people. It can be creating a bake sale at MUN and donating all the proceeds to Quadrangle. It can be having a gender friendly and gender inclusive clothing swap. It can be almost anything as long as it has a direct material benefit to your local community.

I truly believe the most impactful activism people can participate in is community-based organizing, because it actually affects your neighbors. I've been queer and trans in this city for a decade, and I've been both the recipient and the participant of these actions. Never, ever forget your crowd/our crowd—that's a very Newfie way of saying it—you can't give up that ghost because it influences and colours your reality in ways that people often don't realize.


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