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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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The Vegan Challenge (or vegan pledge) is a good way for "veg-curious" people to try a vegan diet for a short time in a fun environment under the guidance of a vegan who already knows the ropes. One of the barriers to exploring vegan food in our society is the myth that vegan food is weird. A Vegan Challenge is also a great opportunity to dispel that myth.

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