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Thank you so much to everybody who helped make yesterday’s Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities National Day of Action a huge success!
Every time you organize a protest or petition you always hold out a faint hope for some kind of big change that happens right away. Yet change doesn’t seem to usually happen that way. With the exception of the few moments when the whole world seems to be transformed in a day, change is usually slow and incremental.
Many of the people who organized the action shared one goal going in -- to connect people who are concerned by the threats of pipelines and dirty energy projects all across the country.
There is a significant and to my mind problematic limitation that is increasingly being placed on Indigenous efforts to defend our rights and our lands. This constraint involves the type of tactics that are being represented as morally legitimate in our efforts to defend our land and rights as Indigenous peoples on the one hand, and those which are viewed at as morally illegitimate because of their disruptive and extra-legal character on the other.
There is the sound of champagne corks being popped and cheers in the streets. Everyone smiles at each other and winks, knowing that soon it will all be over. The hated burgermeister is falling and no one, except perhaps his family, will be sad to see him go. And he has been felled by none other than that champion of democracy, Toronto Police Chief William Blair.
"Fellow feminists," was how Niki Ashton greeted the crowd at Women's Forum 2013, held earlier last week in Ottawa. It was a fitting address; the women who joined her on stage throughout the day were passionate, they were fiesty and they didn't shy away from using the f-word.
Well over 100 people attended the forum, now in its second year. Ashton, the forum organizer, made headlines in 2008 when she became the second youngest woman ever elected to the House of Commons.