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rabble.ca's new west coast office: Community media centre 'W2' launches

On Feb. 11, 2010, W2 -- a media arts community centre -- launched in Vancouver. The centre is home to numerous social and co-mmunity media projects. It is also rabble.ca's new west-coast home, adding to the Toronto CSI (Centre for Social Innovation) in Toronto.

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Why people are protesting the Olympics (in their own words)

Two hours before the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, protesters gathered in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery to let people know about the economic and social costs of the games.

rabbletv brings you some of the thoughts from these protesters.

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Vancouver citizens group launches 'Oppressometer'

COPE, Vancouver's "Coalition of Progressive Electors" civic political organization launched its "Oppressometer" today, an online tool for citizens to assess the level of threat to civil liberties during the 2010 Winter Olympics Games, and after.

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VANOC transportation plan revamped; pedestrians asked to levitate

The iocsong.com's reporter, Jimmy The Cockroach, files exclusive Vancouver Whistler Olympic reports from his hiding place deep within the bowels of VANOC. See more spoof videos poking fun at VANOC at the following address: http://www.iocsong.com

Text of this report:

"This is Jimmy the Cockroach, coming to you live from my hiding place deep within the bowels of VANOC.

I’ve just been told by an unnamed official that VANOC is about to release a totally revamped Transportation Plan that calls for Vancouver citizens to make a number of new sacrifices.

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Queer Ontario launch: 'Speaker's Corner'


Queer Ontario is a new queer political activist group. At its launch party at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto on January 30, 2010, people were asked, "What key issues should the newly-found queer activist group address in the near future?"

Queer Ontario's launch party was co-hosted by Kristyn Wong-Tam and Ryan G. Hinds and featured performances by LAL, Kim Crosby, Ryan G. Hinds and Troy Jackson. Speeches by activists CLGRO (Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario) founding member Tom Warner and Queer Ontario founder Nick Mulé.

Video production: Anita Krajnc

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Why did the Democrats lose in Massachusetts?

Brave New Films put this question to Celinda Lake, pollster for the Coakley campaign, and Stephanie Taylor from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Forget the conventional wisdom about moving to the center versus moving toward the base: both parties have been bought and paid for by corporate special interests, Lake argues, and consequently, the Tea Party Patriots have become a more popular political force than either the Democratic or the Republican Party.

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Watch and remember: A People's History of American Empire by Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

Howard Zinn died of a heart attack Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the age of 87.  An intellectual of extraordinary influence, we remember him at rabble.ca for the way he wrote history 'for the rest of us'.

In this clip:  'Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me about the American Empire' by Howard Zinn. Narrated by Viggo Mortensen. Art by Mike Konopacki. Video editing by Eric Wold.

 

 

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Big Cable RIP-OFF

Cable monopolies are taking nearly $120 Million dollars a year from a public trust.
*Tell the CRTC to put an end to this insanity: http://openmedia.ca/action

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Haiti and the 'Devil's Curse'

While everyone piles on Pat Robertson, the rest of the mainstream media is making the same error he did, attributing Haiti's misery to the supernatural. Avoiding any discussion of the true history of Haiti, and the role of foreign intervention in bringing about Haiti's poverty and political instability.

Danny Glover, Peter Hallward, and Anthony Fenton weigh-in on the roots of Haiti's misery. For more visit www.therealnews.com.

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Rebick: 'Never in my life seen a spontaneous protest that built like this'

On January 23rd, 2010, thousands gathered in downtown Toronto to protest Prime Minister Stephen Harper's prorogation of Parliament - an act widely believed to have been orchestrated to avoid scrutiny over scandals of torture in Afghanistan and poor handling of the economy.

In this clip, inveterate Canadian activist and feminist Judy Rebick makes a rousing speech, saying the no prorogue movement is like nothing she's ever seen in her 40 years of activism.

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