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Government and media smear tactics tar protesters

Given the abysmal state of things -- with no progress on climate change, financial markets still operating as unregulated casinos and oil continuing to surge freely into the gulf -- it's not surprising that many people feel the world is being poorly managed. Millions respond by drifting into apathy or hedonistic consumerism.

But there are others who are so passionate about the fate of the Earth that they feel compelled to do more than shop. They want to object, to let world leaders know they disapprove. These are the types of people who plan to protest at the G20 summit later this month in Toronto.

Columnists

The globalization of solidarity: A draft communiqué for the G8/G20

What kind of message do we want to see following the upcoming June meetings of the G8/G20 in Ontario? More of the same is dangerous for humanity. Activists are already readying themselves to raise consciousness about the issues at stake.

As usual the G8/G20 meetings will work out a communiqué in advance setting out points of agreement. Specialists reading between the lines will bring out the points of disagreement. There is another way of looking at the issues we all face together. Below is a draft communiqué offered in the spirit of bringing our a "frank exchange of views" prior to the Canadian G20 summit in Toronto and G8 in Muskoka.

The globalization of solidarity

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Europe looks ahead

British Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has come out in favour of a global financial transactions tax. Speaking Saturday in Edinburgh (his home base) to a G20 Finance Ministers meeting on the subject of bank bailouts Brown said "it cannot be acceptable that the benefits of success in this sector are reaped by the few but the costs of its failure are borne by all of us."

 

Dealing with Tear Gas

From Gaza to the protests in Ferguson demanding justice for Mike Brown, tear gas is often used by police to discourage peaceful protests and disperse crowds. This tactic disregards the rights of folks to gather for the purposes of peaceful assembly and voice dissent. Rather than running away, here are some resources on dealing with getting gassed.

This manual on tear gas from Freedom Fighter highlights the most important points: getting tear gassed is painful but not unmanageable, do not apply water to the eyes if you have been gassed and of course, come prepared.

This infographic from Occupy Wall Street also outlines the basics.

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Aw@l

G20 Four Years Later: Interview With Alex Hundert

June 30, 2014
| We speak with former AW@L Radio host and long time activist Alex Hundert about what he is doing 4 years after the Toronto G20. Hint: same thing as before, but more...
Length: 19:57 minutes (18.28 MB)
| June 30, 2014

Preempting Dissent: Screening and discussion with film maker

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Location

CSI Spadina
215 Spadina Ave
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 2.5452" N, 79° 23' 48.1956" W

What is the intersection of policing and protesting? How can activists not fall into the same traps set by policing agencies world wide? What are the roots of police brutality?

Join rabble.ca July 10th at the Centre for Social Innovation Spadina for an exclusive screening of the documentary Preempting Dissent. There will be light refreshments and a discussion after the screening with Ryerson Professor and film maker, Greg Elmer.

About Preempting Dissent

Toronto ABC Letter Writing Night - Local Prisoners

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location

Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6832" W

Join the Toronto Anarchist Black Cross for our monthly night of conversation and letter writing.

This month we'll be writing to local prisoners including wrongfully convicted anarchist prisoner Nyki Kish, and recently sentenced American G20 prisoners Richard Morano, Kevin Chianella, and Joel Bitar. We will also be writing to Rebecca Rubin - who was extradited from Canada and recently sentenced to 5 years for Earth Liberation Front-related charges.

Accessibility: This child-friendly event is FREE and a vegan meal will be provided. Beit Zatoun is two steps from street level and washrooms are located in the basement. A mobile ramp is available for the entrance stairs.

Next month, join us to write to Palestinian prisoners (date TBC).

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Play: 'You Should Have Stayed Home'

October 1, 2013
| Playwright Tommy Taylor was one of 900 people arrested and held in detention during the G20 summit in Toronto in July 2010. He’s turned the Facebook post he wrote about it into a play.
Length: 16:56 minutes (15.52 MB)
| September 12, 2013
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