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Across North America, Occupy celebrates its first birthday

Photo: Occupy Vancouver
Occupy Wall Street marked its first anniversary in New York, and other actions took place around North America.

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Occupy Wall Street marks its first anniversary

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In Canada, on this Monday's first anniversary of Occupy, members from Occupations around southern Ontario are converging on Ottawa as Parliament resumes.

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Organizing for a North American Spring

In search of the North American Spring: Activists are debating how best to reach out and build their movements.

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Occupy, the New Politics Initiative and reclaiming the commons

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."

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Not Rex: Occupy general strike!

Occupy Toronto, day 28. Photo: John Bonnar
When they come to shut down Occupy in your town, Occupy yourself at work...

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The Turkish Summer: Insights and Lessons from the Gezi Park Resistance

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 7:00pm

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Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway)
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W

The protests in Turkey from May 2013 began in opposition to development plans for Istanbul's Taksim Square-Gezi Park . Massive sit-ins, protests, strikes developed and spread across Turkey soon encompassed questions of freedom of speech, social inequalities, women's rights, issues of secularism, and others. Gezi Park became another moment of the "movements of the squares" that have formed around Europe and the Mediterranean in political opposition to neoliberalism and authoritarian governments. Again, innovative political tactics of camps, street humour, graffiti and many others symbolized the new protests. So, too, did the political repression and police violence which followed.

Land Rights, from Turtle Island to Palestine

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location

Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway)
Toronto, ON
Canada

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.

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