2011 has been a real year of uprisings for social change -- from the Arab Spring to the recent Occupy Wall Street movement and the mass civil disobedience against the tar sands Keystone XL pipeline. Here in Canada, we are facing a majority Conservative government. How can we make change and build powerful movements for social justice?
One thing's for sure, young people will need to help lead the way. And that's exactly what happened back in June when a 21-year-old Senate page disrupted Harper's swearing in with a creative act of civil disobedience.
Ehab Lotayef and David Heap report from aboard the Tahrir, shortly after they entered into international waters on November 2, 2011. In his video message, Lotayef explains: "The goal is to say that the blockade is inhumane and must end. We are not going to challenge Israel physically. We are a peaceful mission, committed to the safety of the Tahrir and the Irish boat as well." Filmed by fellow passenger, Michael Coleman.
The boat continued into international waters today, moving closer to Gaza. See a report back from PressTV here.
rabble.ca live-streamed the "Indignez-Vous! Hope in Resistance" conference October 21 and 22.
rabble.ca is live-streaming the "Indignez-Vous! Hope in Resistance" conference this Friday and Saturday. Indignez-Vous! is organized by the Council of Canadians, Alternatives, Eau Secours!, AQLPA, and MQRP. At Friday evening's opening plenary, thekeynote speakers were Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians; Louis Roy, President of the Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux; Ellen Gabriel, Mohawk from Kanehsatake, activist for Indigenous Rights; Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, L'Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante. The forum also included a short film featuring Stephane Hessel, activist and author of Indignez-Vous! The evening began with a welcoming ceremony from a Mohawk Elder.
rabble.ca will live-stream the "Indignez-Vous! Hope in Resistance" conference this Friday and Saturday. Indignez-Vous! is being organized by the Council of Canadians/ le Conseil des Canadiens, Alternatives, Eau Secours!, Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), and Médecins Quebecois pour la regime publique (MQRP).
Avi Lewis on why you don't want to miss Stephen Lewis and Michelle Landsberg -- in conversation in Toronto
Avi Lewis gives a plug in the spirit of "unapologetic, progressive nepotism" for this year's David Lewis Lecture. Join Stephen Lewis and Michelle Landsberg on Nov. 3 in Toronto for a conversation that will address the #Occupy movement, corporate welfare bums... and more! Details: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/david-lewis-lecture
Activist and filmmaker Velcrow Ripper with his thoughts on the growing Occupy movement -- as someone who had been with Occupy Wall Street from the very first day. He took part in Occupy Saskatoon on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011... the day the movement spread to Canada and beyond.
For interested Yellowknife Voters, students and all Canadians who want to learn more about the politics of the Northwest Territories, Status of Women Council of the NWTs held an All Yellowknife Candidates Forum on September 26, 7 p.m., at Northern United Place. http://www.statusofwomen.nt.ca/