Marcus Aurelius was a philosopher, a stoic who believed in translating thought into practical action. When he became Emperor of Rome in the second century A.D. he wanted all of Rome to embrace philosophical ethics. Instead, Rome came under attack from many sides, and Emperor Aurelius was forced to give his full attention to making war on his enemies.
If you’re a college, university or community professional working on integrating diversity, equity, social justice and global citizenship into curriculum, you will want to attend Centennial College’s first Global Citizenship & Equity Education Professional Network (GCEEPN) Forum on Thursday, Nov. 13 in Toronto.
The GCEEPN is being created to mobilize learning communities who engage in global citizenship and equity education to build inclusive learning environments and affect positive social change. The goal of the GCEEPN is to increase the value of social innovation in education and further develop leadership, entrepreneurship and intraprenuership skills for students.
Once considered a trusted partner in peace-building and regional cooperation, Canada's reputation has soured as it has increasingly and openly put the interests of its corporations at the forefront of foreign policy decision making. Interference in Haitian politics, support for the 2009 military coup in Honduras, and revelations of the Canadian government's complicity in acts of industrial espionage against the Brazilian state are but some of the most outstanding examples of Canada’s changing presence in the Americas.
The rebellion in Ferguson, Missouri, against the killing of unarmed Afrikan American teenager Michael Brown has inspired me to reflect on the question of the organizing model versus mobilizing or mobilization model in the struggle for Afrikan liberation in North America as well as the broader humanistic fight for liberation from various forms of oppression. Organizing the oppressed for emancipation is the preferred approach to engaging them in the fight for their liberation as opposed to merely mobilizing them.
On August 21-24, 2014, dozens of social movement sectors from across the country will converge on Ottawa to attend the Peoples' Social Forum. At this critical moment in our history, social justice, labour, environmental and Indigenous social movements must answer the question: "Are we ready to do what it takes to stop the Harper government's aggressive neoliberal agenda?"
In recent years, two social movements have shown what we are capable of when we really organize.