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Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons, taken part in civil disobedience actions in Toronto's financial district and at the Ontario Legislature, and participated in street protests at the Battle of Seattle and at UN climate summits. He supported cross-country activism at The Council of Canadians for almost 20 years. Brent has a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in International Relations from York University. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin nation.

Blog - Brent Patterson October 22
The interim House of Commons on January 16, 2019. Image: Leafsfan67/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What are some observations we can make about the results of this federal election and how could that help shape continued grassroots mobilizations?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
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Brent Patterson | Indigenous communities in Colombia want to protect the Amazon rainforest from fracking.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 10
Image: Talia Woodin/Extinction Rebellion
Brent Patterson | Extinction Rebellion makes an important link with the deadly struggle for climate justice in the Global South.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 8
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Twenty-seven years after her death, Kelly's vision holds lessons for the Extinction Rebellion movement.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 23
Global climate Strike in London in March 2019. Image: Garry Knight/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Environment minister's pat on the head means the climate strike must continue to escalate its tactics to disrupt business as usual.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 9
Sri Lankan Parliament. Image: Nigel Swales/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The well-known Quaker peace activist has an extraordinary story to tell about protecting human rights lawyers from state repression.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 3
Public entrance of the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau. Image: Wladyslaw/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The leaders' debate on October 7 and 10 provides an opportunity for the climate justice movement to shake things up this election.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 21
Rita Wong. Image: PBI-Canada/Facebook
Brent Patterson | Before she was arrested, Rita Wong encouraged "more people to make the connections between violence against the land and violence against missing and murdered Indigenous women."
Blog - Brent Patterson August 18
Image: Peace Brigades International
Brent Patterson | The human right to a healthy environment means better protection of environmental human rights defenders and their families.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 12
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Brent Patterson | Peace Brigades International visited The Pines in 1991 and takes note of the escalating tensions over land ownership in 2019.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 10
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Travelling by train wouldn't make Trudeau or Scheer climate leaders, but jetting across the country for 36 days is deeply problematic.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 1
CF-18 flyover in Toronto. Photo: synestheticstrings/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | A rebellion against our extinction and the winning of a Green New Deal means challenging the spectacle of burning jet fuel for entertainment.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 28
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Brent Patterson | On July 26, thousands took part in a "march for life and the defence of social leaders" global day of action.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 23
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Brent Patterson | Big environmental groups and grassroots organizations like Extinction Rebellion can't avoid an explicit class analysis if we want to be able to get to the truth about climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 23
Image: Saltillo Migrant Shelter
Brent Patterson | Canada's border policies are interconnected with the migrant rights crisis on the United States-Mexico border.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 4
Twitter photo by Honduras Solidarity.
Brent Patterson | Social media draws attention to Honduran soldiers using Canadian truck, but Canadian mainstream media ignores the story.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 12
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with former British prime minister David Cameron, November 25, 2015. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government is set to announce its "Social Finance Fund" today. Former prime ministers David Cameron and Stephen Harper should be pleased.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 9
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Brent Patterson | At the age of 90, Hans Sinn, a founder of Peace Brigades International, is focused on the global reality of child soldiers and a vision of an international child-care initiative.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 4
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | The Luis Carlos Perez Lawyers' Collective and the Comité Santurbán are leading voices in the campaign to defend the drinking water of 2 million people from a proposed mine.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 2
Photo: Pedlann/Wikimedia
Brent Patterson | The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be released on June 3. How will the government respond to its claim of a "Canadian genocide?"
Blog - Brent Patterson May 30
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Brent Patterson | On May 29, nearly 100 activists blocked the two entrances to the largest arms fair in Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 27
Photo: Peace Brigades International
Brent Patterson | The LGTB Rainbow Association of Honduras is accompanied by Peace Brigades International because of the high level of danger it faces for its advocacy work.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 21
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Quakers have played a key role in the formation and work of the global human rights group Peace Brigades International.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 20
Justin Trudeau and Mike Pence. Photo: Prime Minister of Canada website.
Brent Patterson | It's time for a rebellion against the new NAFTA that puts the pedal to the metal on climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 12
Image: Comité Santurbán/Twitter
Brent Patterson | A massive march recently took place in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Given that all of the media coverage is in Spanish, what was the protest about?
Blog - Brent Patterson May 10
Mining in Kailo. Photo: Julien Harneis/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Given that coal drove the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, we need to guard against the abuses that could come with the mining of rare earth minerals for the green industrial revolution.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 8
Jerry Dias and Mohamad Alsadi of Unifor visit with Peace Brigades International in Bogota, Colombia in December 2018. Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Peace Brigades International, which sees labour rights as indivisible from human rights, works in countries where union activists face repression and even death.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 7
Age Is More: Image: Still from Murray Thomson/YouTube
Brent Patterson | Murray Thomson, who passed away on May 2, co-founded a human rights group that has observed violations of Indigenous rights in Canada and protects human rights defenders around the world.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 3
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | In 2018, 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents. Let us remember their sacrifice and the risks many take to bring us the news.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 29
Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Ottawa City Council declaring a climate emergency was a first step, but it needs to pursue a much more ambitious agenda in keeping with the urgency of climate breakdown.

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