May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia and Trans*phobia which is an international day of awareness, advocacy and celebration of sexual and gender diversity. The day was created to attract the attention of policy makers, opinion leaders, media and the general public to the daily violence faced by LGBTQQIA2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and two-spirited) people around the world. In just a decade, the day has ballooned to be a significant call to action by queer folks to mobilize around international injustices.
Evolution of the day
One year after the warehouse garment factory known as Rana Plaza in Savar, Bangladesh collapsed and families are still left without financial compensation from some of the world's biggest clothing brands. The Rana Plaza Arrangement was created to ensure that families and injured workers would receive just compensation. The fund only has $16 million from the companies - but they need at least $40 million to fairly compensate all families and workers affected.
On January 31, 2014, the Council of Canadians participated in an Inter-Continental Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Corporate Globalization. Actions and events took place in more than 50 cities across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia.
Dan Peruzzo of D See Video Productions captured the action in Comox, British Columbia and is inviting everyone to share and post the video to their websites, Facebook accounts and listserves. It's a good time to do so with TPP negotiations continuing behind closed doors in Singapore this week.
Free trade and globalization have long been touted by academics and politicians as the answer to the problems of the modern world. But activists have seen first-hand the devestation that corporate globalization can cause.
It’s important to recognize the devastating effects of corporate globalization on local workers and communities. When companies close down Canadian plants in favour of finding cheaper labour elsewhere, what happens to cities like Leamington and London, ON?