Strengthening Our Resolve - The WLU Tapes - Harsha Walia (3 of 3)| January 8, 2011
This is part 3 of 3 from the recording of "Strengthening our resolve after the G20: Movement building and ongoing resistance to the G20 agenda", which was a panel discussion which took place at the WLU faculty of social work on September 17th 2010.
After a similar discussion on the 17th of September at Ryerson University, one of the panelists and AW@L Radio co-host, Alex Hundert, was arrested for allegedly violating his bail conditions (http://peaceculture.org/drupal/node/659). The police and the crown allege that speaking in a panel discussion constitutes a violation of his unjust "no protest" condition. Hundert was again released on bail under even more draconian bail conditions (including no expressing political opinion or talking to AW@L radio co-host @dankellar), only to be re-arrested after a petty crown attorney alleged Alex's gaze could turn people into stone (or something along those lines - http://peaceculture.org/drupal/node/694).
Alex remains in jail and will until after his next court appearance on January 31st 2011 http://peaceculture.org/drupal/node/715
This is a Pay What You Can event. All contributions go to the G20 Legal Defence Fund (http://g20.torontomobilize.org/support)
While 40,000 demonstrated and over 1000 were arrested in the streets of Toronto, so-called leaders met behind a security fence and 10,000 police to further their exploitation of people and the Earth. Hundreds face G20-related charges stemming from an unprecedented coordinated police operation, and political dissent remains criminalised as arrests of community organizers have occurred as recently as September.
Meanwhile, across the globe we see G20 austerity measures snatching away health, educational and social services, while the governments of G20 countries continue to bail out banks and corporations. Locally, we witness racist criminalization of migrants and refugees becoming more vicious, while colonization and destruction of Indigenous nations and their lands continues. Many of us daily experience the entrenchment of a racist, ableist, patriarchal, queer-phobic, profit-driven culture, while countless bodies bear the violence of an oppressive police state that enforces these norms.
Join us in this event with speakers and discussion about responses the G20 agenda, and making linkages across issues and ongoing struggles. With courage and with care, this event is about building solidarity and understanding, about creating real alternatives to this exploitative and destructive system, and to strengthen our resolve to continue resisting.
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Sponsored by: WPIRG, LSPIRG, KW Community Centre for Social Justice
- Harsha Walia is an organizer with No One Is Illegal-Vancouver. She is involved in migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, anti-imperialist, anti-poverty, feminist organizing. She has been active in the 2010 Olympics and G20 convergences.