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Voices of dissent: International Festival of Poetry of Resistance

Arnold Itwaru, one of the poets performing at International Festival of Poetry of Resistance in Toronto. Photo: Chisato Fukuyama

From Aime Cesaire and Pablo Neruda to Mahmoud Darwish and Wislawa Szymborska, poets throughout the world have raised their voices in protest against injustice in all its forms.

And poets, artists, musicians and social activists will gather in various Toronto venues later this month to celebrate the boundless capacity of verse to resist oppression and create links among diverse communities. The International Festival of Poetry of Resistance (From September 16 to 20) will feature readings, roundtable discussions, musical performances and a special "festivalito" for children.

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Commemorating one year since #MigrantStrike

September 17, 2014
| An interview with Tings from the End Immigration Detention Network to mark one year since the migrant strike actions by detained immigrants in Ontario and Quebec.
Length: 20:06 minutes (27.62 MB)
August 6, 2014 |
Palestine resistance and solidarity are challenging imperialism.
Image: wikimedia commons
| July 28, 2014
Photo: flickr/Maggie's Camera
| February 14, 2014

'Languages of the Unheard' asks if militant action is important to democracy

Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy

by Stephen D'Arcy
(Between the Lines,
2013;
$24.95)

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In this time of political action and global protest, what are the politics and ethics of militant resistance?

In Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for DemocracyStephen D'Arcy uses the vivid examples of the Quebec Student Strike to the Mohawk land defence at Kanesatake to the Black Blocs at summit protests and attempts to build off the words of Dr. Martin Luther King that "riot is the language of the unheard."

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Image: Aaron Paquette
| November 19, 2013

Direct action on Line 9: Moving beyond Keystone and Northern Gateway

On the morning of June 20, 2013, a group of people walked onto the Canadian energy corporation Enbridge's North Westover pumping station and occupied the facility. They called this blockade "Swamp Line 9". The facility is part of what is called Line 9, a pipeline that moves oil west towards Sarnia and the refining facilities there. However, the industry has been engaged in an effort to slowly gain regulatory approval to reverse the pipeline, allowing it to carry tar sands oil east for refining or to the Atlantic coast for export.

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