Video by Jase Tanner. "We're going to keep protesting until we get a government that respects international law, takes a stand against torture," says StopWar.ca organizer Derrick O'Keefe, September 26, 2011, at a rally to protest Dick Cheney's book tour stop in Vancouver. Individuals paid $500 a ticket to hear Cheney speak at the event organized by Le Bon Mot, and sponsored by the Globe and Mail and others. As a confessed war criminal and supporter of torture, Human Rights Watch and others have called for his arrest under international law.
Toronto Pig Save along with other animal rights groups decided to take back the neighbourhood and show what is possible in a residential area overshadowed by the QMP pig slaughterhouse.
In place of a pig slaughterhouse, TPS is advocating for a just transition for workers on Labour Day -- safe, fulfilling, and meaningful jobs needed to support a food economy that is local, organic, and whole grain- and plant-based.
Article 12 presents a sharp look at the current state of privacy and debates around the rights and desires of individuals, governments, terrorism and the increasing accessibility and use of surveillance.
The film is a thought-provoking exposé of our current obsession with voyeurism, surveillance technologies, power and control. Starting from our own private spying habits, Article 12 examines how vulnerable and exposed we have become in our relationship to each other and as a society and talks about those who are gaining from this condition.
One of Australia's leading social scientists, Raewyn Connell is dedicated to making social science relevant to social justice. Best known globally as one of the founders of the research field on the social construction of masculinity, her book Masculinities is the most-cited in the field. A transsexual woman, Connell teaches at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
Greg Macdougall spoke to Connell at the global feminist conference, Women's Worlds 2011, in Ottawa. Read a related article here.
rabble.ca teamed up with the Wilderness Committee to bring you the live audio feed from the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the decline of salmon in the Fraser River. Tune in daily for the duration of the Commission for the live audio feed from the Commission. The livestream player below will only host the audio stream for the live broadcast. Visit Wilderness Committee Campaigner, Tria Donaldson's blog for further updates and analysis
On April 18, Nahla Abdo's new book, Women in Israel, was launched in Toronto, with a discussion by b.h. yael, Himani Bannerji, Lilian Abou-Tabickh and Amir Hassanpour. Women in Israel provides a fresh, gendered analysis of citizenship in Israel. Working from a framework of Israel as a settler-colonial regime, this important, insightful book presents historical and contemporary comparative approaches to the lives and experiences of Ashkenazi, Mizrahi and Palestinian Arab women citizens. Nahla Abdo shows that no solution to the problems of the region can be found without changing existing racial and gender boundaries to citizenship.
On July 4, 2011, as part of a North America book tour, Omar Barghouti spoke in Toronto about his newly released BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions... The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, published by Haymarket Books.
The forum was organized by the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA); OPIRG (U of T); Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) (Toronto); Faculty4Palestine; Palestine House Educational and Cultural Centre; and the Canadian Arab Federation. The event was moderated by Kat Lapointe. Video production by Anita Krajnc.
Freshly back from Greece, Senator Alima Boumediene-Thiery spoke to a rally in support of the French Boat to Gaza -- currently at sea en route to Gaza -- at a rally in Paris. Referencing the unprecedented international solidarity and international media attention, the senator said that the flotilla is already a success.
After performing at the opening ceremonies of Women's Worlds 2011, Tanya Tagaq was invited to participate in the first plenary, entitled 'Breaking Cycles.' Her inspiring and heartfelt words touched on the topics of how traditional Inuit ways of keeping healthy communities were repressed under colonialism, about strong role models, residential schools, imposed community relocations, healing and breaking the cycles of sexual abuse, and even publicly announcing her new pregnancy -- plus she brought the plenary to a close with some beautiful singing.