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Seven severe flops served up by the Sochi Olympics

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The 2014 Winter Olympics contained many warm fuzzy moments for Canadians: the Dufour-Lapointe sisters topping the women's moguls' podium, speedskater Gilmore Junio giving his spot to a teammate who went on to win silver, repeat gold medals for men's and women's hockey teams. But these glittering moments are powerful distractions, clouding issues from the Games. Before Sochi's Olympics fade into a shiny memory, let's round up some of the darker issues:

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The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary political group that formed in the United States in the late 1960s. The Black Panther Party advocated armed resistance and radical organizing to end black slavery and oppression across the country.

The group was formed in California in 1966 by Huey P. Newton, along with several of his close friends, Bobby Seale and David Hilliard. The organizing was a response to the assassination of Malcolm X, uprisings in California, and other tense, racially-charged incidents at the height of the civil rights movement.

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Cal Best

One of the problematic aspects of Black History Month is that the teachings are often focused on very typical black activists and historical figures. This is not to say these incredible individuals don’t deserve the attention, just that it’s also important to
highlight lesser known people and groups.

One such person is Cal Best. He was born in Nova Scotia – as James Calbert Best to be exact - in 1926. Best grew up in an activist household. His mother, Carrie Best, founded and ran a community newspaper focusing on Black issues. Best
would go on to be a lifelong activist.

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Stop Harper's First Nation Termination Plan!

Stop Harper's First Nation termination plan by educating yourself and spreading the word.

This handy two page graphic created by Mohawk Policy Analyst Russell Diabo shows exactly how the Harper Government intends to take away the sovereignty of First Nations through imposed legislation.

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United Steelworker action connects cruise ships and canning

Photo: flickr/JUAN RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA

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Carnival cruise passengers on a trip to the Bahamas got a surprise earlier this year when they were joined on their trip by three activists, all bearing t-shirts with the picture of Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Arnold Donald and the words,  "ask me about Arnold Donald."

It was part of a multi-pronged campaign against food and beverage container manufacturer Crown Holdings. Workers at a plant in Toronto headed to the picket lines in the fall of 2013, and their union, United Steelworkers (USW), knew it would take more than a strike to bring management back to the bargaining table.

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Austerity protestors barricade Cabinet Ministers' office with canned food

Photo: Vanessa Lorraine Phillips

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| February 11, 2014
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Militant protest good for democracy

February 7, 2014
| Martin Luther King said rioting was the language of the unheard. In his new book, Languages of the Unheard, Stephen D'Arcy argues that militant protest is essential for a healthy democracy.
Length: 17:28 minutes (16 MB)
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