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The Activist Toolkit: Africville, unionizing non-profit workers, mad survivors guide, radical research, access to information

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    As the validity of same-sex marriage for non-residents is thrown into question and striking workers outside the Ottawa Booth street Salvation Army fall out of the mainstream media, you begin to wonder: how do you get reliable, alternative information about these and other important issues? This week at the toolkit we're holding politicians accountable, for their policies, for inaction on our history and for systemic oppressions.

    Like what you see? Want to add something to a tool? The activist toolkit is a wiki! Find out how to add and edit it here.

    Weekly roundup

    The best way to figure out what information you can trust is by getting it yourself, through radical research. This guide is chock full of resources to get you started.

    Politicians don't like to talk about the ineffectiveness of the Canadian mental health complex, but the effects are all too real for survivors. This guide for mad survivors has resources to help you organize and get through the system.

    Now that you've got the facts, it's time to force officials to take a position on the issue. This guide to bird-dogging politicians will help you do that.

    Facilitation is an important part of organizing against political systems. This workshop on advanced facilitation techniques will have you prepared to work with larger groups.

    Though an important part of Canadian history, many people haven't heard of the racial injustices that took place in Africville. This primer will fill you in on what you might have missed.

    Workers in all industries have a right to unionize. Find out why there's no shame in non-profit workers demanding their rights.

    Officials and employers like to think that service industry workers will just "accept their lot" rather than rise up and unionize. This workshop on economic justice in the service industry will show workers that they don't have to take it.

    This On This Day entry about same-sex marriage is a good backgrounder on its history.

    Prisoner rights are human rights, though you'd never know it with Harper's crackdown on incarcerated Canadians. With longer sentences and shorter trials, prisoners need to have the information they need to fight for justice. This guide on access to information requests for prisoners is also a great guide for those not in prisons looking to make requests.

    Prisoners' fight for justice sometimes last longer than their lives. Protesters are still demanding fairness for Troy Davis. You can read about his tragic story of systemic racism and injustice here.

    Events

    Toronto:

    Annual Holiday Appeal for Class Prisoners on Jan. 20

    Indigenous perspectives on the Occupy Movement Jan. 23

    Montreal:

    Potluck: Montreal Raw Vegan Monthly Meet-up
    Saturday, January 21, 6:15 p.m.
    Crudessence Loft - 5333 ave Casgrain #801
    Bring a tasty raw food dish large enough to share with the group. Amazing healthy delights await! Price: 5.00 per person

    Vancouver:

    Screening of Lost Years: A People's Struggle for Justice Jan. 24

    Ottawa:

    Rally for Hassan Diab Jan. 20

    Protest outside Egyptian Embassy Jan. 25

    Add any other events or suggestions for tools in the comments!  

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