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Meghan Murphy

No, I will not stop having 'feelings' about women’s lives and human rights

| March 31, 2014

Singing truth to power: Pete Seeger's legacy of social justice

Photo: Josef Schwarz/Wikimedia Commons

Pete Seeger's life, like the arc of the moral universe famously invoked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bent toward justice. He died this week at 94. Pete sang truth to power through the epic struggles of most of the last century, for social justice, for civil rights, for workers, for the environment and for peace. His songs, his wise words, his legacy will resonate for generations.

Activists helping activists commit to social movements

Photo: flickr/TTC Press Images
Jessica Bell explores the critical question of how can we help folks in social movements do what they say they are going to do.

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Stephen Kimber

Nelson Mandela, Rocky Jones and the revision of heroes

| December 17, 2013

Nelson Mandela and the power of movements to make change

Photo: Andrea Cavallini/flickr

Nelson Mandela's passing last week at the age of 95 has been met with a global outpouring of remembrance and reflection. A giant of modern human history has died. Mandela is rightly remembered for his remarkable ability to reconcile with his oppressors, and the political prescription his forgiveness entailed for the new South Africa. "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another," Mandela said in his inaugural speech in Pretoria, on May 10, 1994.

December 6, 2013 |
For many trade unionists in Canada, including PSAC members, his life as a revolutionary, political prisoner and elected leader was an inspiration in our own struggles.

Acts of gaiety, acts of assimilation

Source: University of Michigan Press

Sexual liberation was a core principle of the social movements of the 1960s. The desire to emancipate desire was central to the belief that a new society and a new experience could be created. The United States' LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans/queer) movements are often described as having begun with the Stonewall Revolt in Greenwich Village in New York City. The rebellion consisted of hundreds of gays resisting a police raid over the course of three days. In The Power of Identity, the sociologist Manuel Castells notes that there were 50 organizations for sexual minorities throughout the U.S.

Making Waves! What civil society must do to build power for social and system change in Canada

Last fall some seventy activists, progressive writers and political analysts gathered at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin Ontario.

The gathering, sponsored and financed by the CAW, was intended to address a question that has faced the left for many years but has clearly now become urgent: What are we doing wrong?

Deep values studies in Canada reveal with absolute consistency over a period of forty years that two thirds of Canadians support strong government, robust social programs, human rights and economic equality. So why is it that for almost 25 years we have had governments at the federal and provincial level that have deliberately set out to dismantle those things?



Slavoj Žižek on global protest

Slavoj Žižek. Photo: Simon Plestenjak/flickr

How do we explain the wave of rebellion occurring around the world since the financial crisis of 2008? In his typically brilliant recent article "Trouble in Paradise" (London Review of Books, July 18, 2013), the social theorist Slavoj Žižek notes that analysis of the demonstrations occurring around the globe face both an epistemological and an ontological dilemma. First, it is not obvious how to interpret the mobilizations. Second, and the second leads to the first, the marchers themselves are not entirely clear on what unifies them.

From the ballot box to the street: Exploring the tensions between electoral politics and social movements

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Halifax North Memorial Public Library
2285 Gottingen St.
Halifax, NS
44° 39' 14.2524" N, 63° 35' 10.2948" W

In the lead up to the upcoming provincial election, Solidarity
Halifax invites you to a panel discussion exploring how the left, and in
particular the anti-capitalist left, should orient itself towards electoral
politics in these times of crisis.

Roger Rashi, Québec solidaire
Jackie Barkley, Solidarity Halifax

Roger Rashi is a founding member of the political party Québec solidaire and
sits on the steering committee of the riding of Mercier which first elected
Amir Khadir to the Quebec National Assembly in December 2008 and reelected
him with a bigger majority in 2012. The party, which was formed in 2006,
currently holds two seats in the Quebec legislature. 

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