Panel discussion: Islamophobia and the presumption of innocence

Oct 21, 2010
JK Wyllie Board Room, PSAC building
23 Gilmour (at Metcalfe)
Ottawa , ON
45° 24' 56.5308" N, 75° 41' 28.5216" W
Ontario CA
Check out this panel discussion featuring human rights campaigners Matthew Behrens, Monia Mazigh, Rania Tfaily and Yahya Abdul Rahman.

The Philippine Women Centre of Ontario 10th year anniversary: Maleta Art Exhibit

Oct 10, 2010 to Oct 31, 2010
The Beit Zatoun House
612 Markham Street one block west of Honest Ed's (Bathurst and Bloor)
M6G 2L8 Toronto , ON
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6868" W
Ontario CA
The Philippine Women Centre of Ontario invites everyone to celebrate a decade of Filipino Canadian women's struggle and resistance at the opening of the Maleta Art Exhibit on October 10.
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DisOrientation 2010 @ York University

Political and Social Justice - Radically Different, Politically Progressive

DisOrientation 2010 @ York University ::Taking Back OUR Campus!::

- Keele Campus: September 23 to October 1
- Workshops :: Actions :: Film Screenings :: FREE Concert
- ALL Welcome :: ALL Events are FREE & ACCESSIBLE :: Child Care Available

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What Would You Do?

I just saw this on my morning Facebook feed.

It's a clip from what looks like an intelligent tv show called "What Would You Do?"

It's about 6 minutes. Please watch before commenting.

YouTube clip here

The set-up is a public park on a bright sunny day. In full view, a young white man is trying to steal a bike, clearly does not have keys to the lock, and variously hammers, saws, uses bolt cutters and finally an electric saw to cut the chain. Over 100 people pass him, some look, but except for one couple they all do nothing, including not call the police.  

Some are interviewed after.

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Europe's Enduring Campaign Against the Roma People

Roma deportations by France a disgrace, says EU

The European Commission today threatened legal action over the French government's crackdown on its Roma population, branding Nicolas Sarkozy's policy disgraceful and comparing it to second world war era deportations.

In her first direct criticism of France after being widely reviled for prevaricating, Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, attacked the Sarkozy government over the mass expulsions of

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Your House is on Ground Zero (and quite without permission) by Tim Wise

What a perfect piece to post on this day.


In all the rancor over whether or not one group of Muslims should be allowed to build a cultural center and worship space near the site of the 9/11 attacks -- which were committed by a separate and totally unrelated group of Muslims --there is one thing above all else that no one appears anxious to point out: namely, that for any white Christian to say "Ground Zero" is off limits to anyone is possibly the most deliciously and yet grotesquely ironic thing ever suggested.

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Freedom Rider: Prison Rape, America’s Torture


Movies and jokes told by stand up comics elicit bizarre interest or laughs if the subject is rape behind bars. The horror of sexual assault is usually not considered amusing, unless it takes place in America’s prison industrial complex.

Talking about prison rape means acknowledging the full horror of this nation’s reliance on the prison system to keep some groups, black American’s in particular, in a place of ultimate control and subservience. The 2 million person prison population is fully one half black, a statistic which in and of itself ought to create outrage and protest.

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Project Samosa

This thread isn't really about the suspects arrested in Ottawa earlier this week on terrorism charges.  I'm starting this thread because I've been party to relatively little discussion about the actual name of this investigation that the RCMP has dubbed "Project Samosa."

When I was in high school (come to think of it, in the mid-90s, in suburban Ottawa, possibly with some of the same RCMP investigators who worked on this case) the word samosa was often used interchangeably with other derogatory slurs such as paki, towelhead, raghead, sand n*****, etc.  The nation/culture of origin itself of the targetted individual(s) wasn't important.  They were used as synonyms that both informed and reflected the ignorance of their user.

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Fourteen Examples of Racism in [the U.S.] Criminal Justice System


Fourteen Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System

By Bill Quigley

The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people.

Saying the US criminal system is racist may be politically controversial in some circles. But the facts are overwhelming. No real debate about that. Below I set out numerous examples of these facts.


The Art of Decolonization workshop series

Aug 3, 2010 to Aug 25, 2010
University of Toronto - OISE (Room 2198)
252 Bloor Street West
M5S 1V5 Toronto , ON
43° 40' 4.4004" N, 79° 23' 54.1392" W
Ontario CA
These workshops will explore how Indigenous peoples express the experience of colonization across artistic disciplines and how art contributes to the maintenance and recovery of culture.
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New Version: On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Ok all you babblers,

I have heard from many people who read the original version of this piece. In response to all your thoughts, I significantly reworked it to include new ideas that people shared with me and to clarify the most important ways we need to build solidarity right now.

Given the ongoing need for unity as we continue to work to get our friends out of jail, get all the charges dropped, and build the movement from within, seems like a good time to post this new and updated version.


Toronto and Vancouver: On legitimate and illegitimate protest



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