my name is matt cicero. i am a writer, journalist and artist, as well as an activist. i have had articles published in briarpatch, rabble, the media co-op and the leveller.
i have been an activist for 13 years. i focus on indigenous solidarity, prison abolition, political prisoners and ritual abuse, and i frequently write about these issues, but i also write about other issues from a grassroots perspective. i am an anarchist: i want a better world for everyone, a world where everyone not only has food, clothes and shelter, but the chance to live good, meaningful lives. in brief, my politics are anti-capitalist, anti-colonial and anti-oppressive.
i was born and raised in ottawa, and i currently live here. i am white, and my heritage is primarily english, and then irish, scottish, and german. as far as i know, my ancestors have been on turtle island for roughly 150 years. i acknowledge that ottawa, and the entire ottawa river watershed, is occupied algonquin land.
i am poor, white, heterosexual, and cisgendered male. i am mildly physically “disabled” (mostly chronic pain) and experience severe mental health problems due to the extreme abuse i experienced. obviously this is not an exhaustive list of all the ways that i am systemically privileged and oppressed.