My nearly 30 years of experience as a social activist in Saskatchewan immediately attracted me to the NPI 10 years ago: I had despaired for years over the deep and irrational divide between NDP party politics and the active social movements which characterized Saskatchewan political culture. The two should have been working together -- at least informally -- yet they existed as two solitudes. The NDP establishment detested social movements (and distrusted the labour movement) as naive and uncontrollable troublemakers because when the NDP was in power they persisted in criticizing the NDP government and making things uncomfortable for the ministers. Roy Romanow once told me he thought social movements were "totally useless."
Land Rights, from Turtle Island to Palestine
Lee Maracle and Nadia Ben Youssef
Moderator Zainab Amadahy
Idle No More has re-centred the issue of Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada. It is the latest chapter in a long struggle by Indigenous peoples to have control over their land and resources. From Grassy Narrows to Ipperwash to Oka to the struggles of the Elsipogtog First Nation in Rexton, New Brunswick, to the deplorable Tar Sands in Alberta. It is a struggle for the dignity of the peoples of the land and for the land itself.
By the time Hurricane Sandy crashed up on the shores of New York City in October 2012, pundits had long-declared Occupy Wall Street 'dead.' But with its eviction from Zuccotti Park, the global movement had in fact begun to grow roots that would support the city's hardest hit communities through the difficult days and months that followed the worst storm the city had ever seen.
Starting with the 2008 financial meltdown, then bank bailouts, government deficits, out-sourcing, factory shutdowns, high unemployment, record high household and student debt, then the Euro-debt crisis, and now government austerity programs with cutbacks in Federal and Provincial budgets to public services and social programs including pensions, drug benefits and Medicare - - - - it’s still the “Great Recession” and …
The Trouble With Billionaires – Democracy, Government and the 1%