Rallies for Gaza took place this past weekend in cities and towns across Canada. Meg Borthwick reports on the gathering in London, Ontario. The Canadian Peace Alliance has called for a pan-Canadian weekend of action for Gaza Nov. 23-25.
You wouldn't think of London, Ontario as a hotbed of civil unrest. It is, after all, home to the Labatt brewery, the London Knights,and General Dynamics (part of Canada's modest military industrial complex). If you're thinking that London is a tidy, by-lawed-to-death city, you'd be wrong.
The CounterCulture Speaker Series, along with the SFU Institute for the Humanities and the Media Democracy Project, is pleased to present our second event, Occupying the Economy, on Friday, November 30th.
The event will feature renowned author, activist and media democracy advocate, David Barsamian. Barsamian is well known for his challenges to media representations on the middle east, has written books based on interviews with media scholars Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, and Arundhati Roy and published numerous articles about democratic movements. His most recent book 'Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism' takes a critical look at economic crisis in a changing world.
What do we do next? The question for revolutionaries in North America is to figure out how to activate the anaesthetized. But why are we anaesthetized?
There is a realization, at least to some extent, that we are the ones responsible for the global ills; the reification of individualism and the exporting of capitalism and 'democracy,' yet the vast majority of people are too 'comfortable' to do anything more than nod their head when presented with the evidence.
Why is this? In short, most people don’t feel enough pain on a personal level to motivate them to take risks. If this is so, do we need revolution? Yes, because we are living within a lie, and this cannot be healthy.