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The Activist Toolkit Blog is the place to catch up on what's new with the Toolkit. With weekly roundups of newly added tools, highlights of featured tools and extra multimedia content, you'll get up to date info on grassroots organizing. Check out the full activist toolkit at rabble.ca/toolkit.

Activist Toolkit weekly roundup: Starting a co-op, SmartMemes, decolonizing workshop, going viral

| February 16, 2012

On Valentine's Day, hundreds of children protested on Parliament Hill for equal rights for First Nations children waiting for real schools. They sang, read letters they wrote begging Harper to "have a heart" and waved their homemade signs. Youth activists are some of the most technologically savvy and dedicated campaigners. They still need an activist education and guidance, but there's a lot to be said about their passion and belief in change. This week's tools will help you mobilize and educate youth activists.

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

Shannen's dream for a "safe and comfy" school in Attawapiskat was never realized. Read about her story here.

Explaining the effects of colonialism can be difficult. This activity-based workshop takes participants through what it was like to have communities destroyed.

Aboriginal trans and two-spirited folks have very different experiences while facing common trans issues. This guide to wise practices gives insight into how indigenous culture impacts the way trans issues are understood.

Internet culture is driven by popular memes. SmartMeme is a collective trying to use the power of memes and storytelling for social justice causes. Check out their rabblepedia entry here.

A good meme might even become an online sensation. This guide outlines how activists can make their content go viral.

Activists are constantly finding new ways to communicate more effectively during demonstrations. Check out how Occupy Wall Street put this free app to use.

Valentine's Day may be over but sex positivity is always in style. This workshop guide to eroticizing safer sex is queer-friendly and educational.

Sharing knowledge and history in activist communities is so important. This extensive workshop guide will help activists get a better understanding of the trauma that can accompany homelessness.

Chloe Cooley was a black woman enslaved in Upper Canada. Learn how her resistance sparked the first anti-slavery legislation in the country.

Starting a co-op is a great way to organize. This guide covers how to get a variety of different co-ops up and running.

Events

Ottawa

Project Reclamation Presents: Light

"Pipe Dreams": the Keystone XL pipeline (TONIGHT)

Toronto

Public forum on Haiti solidarity and social justice

Economic inequality: what do we do?

Crisis in the Congo: uncovering the truth

Vancouver

On walls borders and occupations: securitized regimes, anatomies of violence and feminist critique

Add more events and tools in the comments!

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