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Bring back Nigeria's 200 missing girls #BringBackOurGirls

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Mainstream Western media has taken far too long to cover the story of 200 schoolgirls abducted by extremists in Nigeria. It's time to take action and keep the issue in the news. Join the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. From the petition:

In Nigeria, over 200 girls were recently abducted from their boarding school and plans are reported of them being selling them as brides for $ 12 each. I am calling on the world to unite and save them.

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Introducing... UP! Canadian labour rising

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I sometimes feel as if "the Left," that massive catchall term for a group that's meant to encompass everyone who isn't a heartless, tax-hating, business-loving earth killer, is standing along the shore of the ocean. Together, we look outward trying to see the other side, but we are knocked down, again and again, by massive waves.

Whether we think we can withstand the waves or stop the waves simply by our presence doesn't matter. We keep getting knocked down, standing back up and getting knocked down again.

All the energy it takes to get up again and again makes it impossible for us to see the boat that's just to our left.

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May Day and remembering Dan Heap

Photo courtesy of Brent Patterson
On this May Day, Brent Patterson takes time to remember the late Dan Heap and his commitment to peace and justice, as well as the time the two were arrested on May Day 1996.

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Remembering Dan Heap on May Day

Photo: Brent Patterson

Dan Heap was a saint.

I suspect he would completely reject that designation, but I think he was.

I first met Dan (to be accurate I knew him as Don) at (where else?) a protest march in downtown Toronto one chilly afternoon in 1995. His wife Alice and a group of parishioners at the Church of the Holy Trinity had just hired me as their new Social Justice Worker. He was both surprised and delighted that I would be at this march and almost immediately -- and with the great urgency he was known for -- began to talk about the things we could do now that I had this job.

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NoBlogs

Noblogs.org is a bloggin platform that uses Wordpress for the backend, so it's very easy to use. However, unlike mainstream sites like Blogspot, you can use the platform completely anonymously. None of your data is logged and the site is run by an Italian collective rooted in radical organizing.

From their website: 

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Filing an access to information request to the Canadian Federal Government

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has put out this awesome guide on filing an access to information request to the Canadian Federal Government. Some federal government bodies that might have information about you are the RCMP, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Canada Border Services Agency, the Correctional Service of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and so other federal organizations.

Why file an access to information request?

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Former NDP MP and social justice activist Dan Heap, dead at 88

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Dan Heap died Friday. He was 88.

The longtime NDP MP for the Trinity-Spadina riding in Toronto served in Parliament from 1981-1993. He was a staunch advocate for the homeless, peace, the labour movement, and human rights.

Olivia Chow knew Dan Heap well. She wrote about his life and work in this article for the Toronto Star.

You can read more here.

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| April 25, 2014

Powermapping

A powermap is a tool that helps activists figure out who (person, institution) exactly holds power and what could motivate them to do what you want. Powermaps are most frequently used for strategic campaign planning to figure out targets but they have many uses. Powermapping can help you figure out how to get a politician to vote yes on your issue, coax an on the fence organization to take a public stand or help you persuade a funder to give your collective a grant.

To make a powermap:

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Steve D'Arcy on militant protest

Author and activist Steve D'Arcy explains how social movements can use militant protest to strengthen democracy.

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