David Korten to speak in Ottawa

Oct 29, 2010 to Oct 31, 2010
Bronson Centre
211 Bronson Ave
Ottawa , ON
45° 24' 48.2076" N, 75° 42' 23.8644" W
Ontario CA
David Korten, internationally-renowned economist and author of "When Corporations Rule the World", will be speaking in Ottawa on the evening of October 29th at 7 PM at the Bronson Centre.

'Alternatives to Growth' book launch and Work Less Party

Oct 15, 2010 to Oct 16, 2010
Kule Theatre (MacEwan University) & First Free Store
~ Details Below ~
Edmonton , AB
53° 32' 36.8304" N, 113° 29' 25.6272" W
Alberta CA
Edmonton Small Press Association, Music is a Weapon, the MacEwan Student's Association & the First Free Store are excited to present acclaimed arts-activist, author and rabble-rouser Conrad Schmidt.
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U.S. poverty level record shows record number enter status of financially poor

A greater number of Americans have fallen below the United States of America poverty threshold since the government started counting. A Census Bureau record released Sept. 16 revealed that 43 million in the United States might be officially determined as living in poverty. The number represents 14.3 percent of the U.S. population. The year prior, 13.2 % fell below the poverty line. As the GOP eyes a takeover of government after the fall elections, the poverty report gives them another round of ammunition within the political battle. But a broader look over time indicates that conditions arose when Republicans were in power that contributed to today's poverty rate. Advocates for the poor say the poverty rate is not an accurate metric for understanding the true nature of the problem.

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Vanilla Master Card

Vanilla Master Card - legalized rip off.  I hope you don't give or receive the gift that can never be used.  What a useless card and customer service group.

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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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The domestic politics of international trade

I am taking a class on International Trade at UVic Law. The text that we use for the class is International Trade Law by Guzman and Pauwelyn. One question that the text asks in one of its discussion sections is:

In today's political context, does it still make sense to pursue "closed" or "export" politics in Geneva [at the WTO headquarters] so as to overcome "import" politics or protectionism at home? If trade liberalization is, indeed, in the overall interest of a country, can one not expect that modern parliaments will realize this? Should, as a result, parliaments and domestic politics be involved more (not less) to make the WTO effective and legitimate? 


Public meeting - economic crisis? Who pays?

Aug 24, 2010 to Aug 25, 2010
Ryerson Student Centre - Oakham Lounge (2nd floor)
55 Gould St.
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 28.6092" N, 79° 22' 44.148" W
Ontario CA
A public forum on the government's proposed public sector wage freeze.
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What Is Day trying to Say

Day, the Federal Minister says the billions in the budget for prisons is necessary despite the stats noting a decrease in crime.  Day says it is because people aren't reporting crimes happening to them and the stats are not a true reflection of the crime rate.  Interestingly enough this is supposed to explain the 9.5 billion in the budget for locking Canadians up. 

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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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water rights & other activism: Canadians have to reach out to teach US citizens

There is a huge push to force Canada to sell water as a commodity... its probably best for Canadian activists to be doing some gentle education for US activists if we want to educate the US about water issues & the impacts to regional ecology,

before the US media & divisive politicians begin to accuse *Canadians* of hoarding (aka, 'how dare you reserve the right to not trade or commodify!') a human right... which should be an essential commodity of trade for 'American Interests'... obviously, the US has corporate interests best suited to managing the resources for those backward, dumb & selfish Canadians... 

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Read, Share, and Endorse the Vancouver G8/G20 Solidarity Statement!

See the full statement, updates on arrests and charges, additional comments, and how you can help at:  

We, a broad-based network of Vancouver and BC civil society organizations and individuals, call for the immediate release of all those currently being held as part of the G8/G20 Summit police operations, and for all charges against community organizers to be dropped.

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On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass, 1857


This page grows out of dialogue with many community members between the Vancouver Olympics in February and the Toronto G8/G20 in June. It needs saying.



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