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Your House is on Ground Zero (and quite without permission) by Tim Wise

What a perfect piece to post on this day.

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In all the rancor over whether or not one group of Muslims should be allowed to build a cultural center and worship space near the site of the 9/11 attacks -- which were committed by a separate and totally unrelated group of Muslims --there is one thing above all else that no one appears anxious to point out: namely, that for any white Christian to say "Ground Zero" is off limits to anyone is possibly the most deliciously and yet grotesquely ironic thing ever suggested.

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Freedom Rider: Prison Rape, America’s Torture

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Movies and jokes told by stand up comics elicit bizarre interest or laughs if the subject is rape behind bars. The horror of sexual assault is usually not considered amusing, unless it takes place in America’s prison industrial complex.

Talking about prison rape means acknowledging the full horror of this nation’s reliance on the prison system to keep some groups, black American’s in particular, in a place of ultimate control and subservience. The 2 million person prison population is fully one half black, a statistic which in and of itself ought to create outrage and protest.

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Project Samosa

This thread isn't really about the suspects arrested in Ottawa earlier this week on terrorism charges.  I'm starting this thread because I've been party to relatively little discussion about the actual name of this investigation that the RCMP has dubbed "Project Samosa."

When I was in high school (come to think of it, in the mid-90s, in suburban Ottawa, possibly with some of the same RCMP investigators who worked on this case) the word samosa was often used interchangeably with other derogatory slurs such as paki, towelhead, raghead, sand n*****, etc.  The nation/culture of origin itself of the targetted individual(s) wasn't important.  They were used as synonyms that both informed and reflected the ignorance of their user.

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Fourteen Examples of Racism in [the U.S.] Criminal Justice System

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Fourteen Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System

By Bill Quigley

The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people.

Saying the US criminal system is racist may be politically controversial in some circles. But the facts are overwhelming. No real debate about that. Below I set out numerous examples of these facts.

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The Art of Decolonization workshop series

Aug 3, 2010 to Aug 25, 2010
University of Toronto - OISE (Room 2198)
252 Bloor Street West
M5S 1V5 Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 40' 4.4004" N, 79° 23' 54.1392" W
Ontario CA
These workshops will explore how Indigenous peoples express the experience of colonization across artistic disciplines and how art contributes to the maintenance and recovery of culture.
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New Version: On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Ok all you babblers,

I have heard from many people who read the original version of this piece. In response to all your thoughts, I significantly reworked it to include new ideas that people shared with me and to clarify the most important ways we need to build solidarity right now.

Given the ongoing need for unity as we continue to work to get our friends out of jail, get all the charges dropped, and build the movement from within, seems like a good time to post this new and updated version.

 

Toronto and Vancouver: On legitimate and illegitimate protest

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Geert Wilders expands anti-Muslim organization internationally

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Read, Share, and Endorse the Vancouver G8/G20 Solidarity Statement!

See the full statement, updates on arrests and charges, additional comments, and how you can help at:

http://vancouversolidarity.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/vancouversolidarity/  
and http://vancouversolidarity.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/endorsements-cont/

We, a broad-based network of Vancouver and BC civil society organizations and individuals, call for the immediate release of all those currently being held as part of the G8/G20 Summit police operations, and for all charges against community organizers to be dropped.

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Roots, Rhymes and Resistance

Jul 16, 2010 to Jul 17, 2010
Arbor Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle U of T
Toronto
Canada
43° 39' 49.2084" N, 79° 23' 40.8876" W
CA
Filipino Canadian youth host an annual fundraising concert. Featuring emerging young artists in the community, RRR will showcase the cultural component of UKPC's years of organizing work in Toronto.
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16th Annual Anti-Racist Action Network Conference: July 22nd-25th 2010 Portland, Oregon

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Announcing the 16th Annual Anti-Racist Action Network Conference:

July 22nd-25th 2010 Portland, Oregon

Rose City Antifa is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 16th annual Anti-Racist Action (ARA) Network Conference in Portland, Oregon from July 22 to the 25, 2010. The conference will include ARA's annual plenary, caucuses, and discussion on current issues facing antifascists. We are also organizing several workshops and social events that will be open to non-members. We hope all ARA members as well as anti-fascists who agree with our four Points of Unity will join us in July!

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Canada-Israel Committee counters criticism of Israel with homophobic tweet

They removed it after they got complaints, but luckily, someone was on their toes and got a screen capture of a homophobic remark the Canada-Israel Committee posted about Libby Davies on Twitter.

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Davies' goofy views must be denounced - Province ed reminds Libby mouthy lesbians aren't wanted in #Gaza

What morons.  And who does the Canada-Israel claim to represent on Twitter?

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The CIC is the official rep of the organized Jewish community on matters re Canada-Israel relations.

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Book Launch: Race & Well-Being: The Lives, Hopes and Activism of African Canadians: Toronto: Mon June 14, 2010

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Fernwood Publishing and A Different Booklist present...

Monday June 14th - 7:00pm

Race & Well-Being: The Lives, Hopes and Activism of African Canadians
Carl James, Wanda Thomas Bernard, David Este, Akua Benjamin, Bethan Lloyd & Tana Turner

Join A Different Booklist, Fernwood Publishing, Carl James, Wanda Thomas Bernard and Akua Benjamin for the launch of Race & Well-Being

This book explores how experiences of racism, combined with other social and economic factors, affect the health and well-being of African Canadians.

Date: Monday June 14th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: 746 Bathurst St @ Bloor

New Edition: Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Culture by Dr Carl James

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