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| July 3, 2014

What happened to the Arab Spring?

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I never liked the term "Arab Spring"; it has a connotation of over-optimism that can't be rationally understood in a region that painfully emerged out of French and British colonialism to quickly fall into a new era of cultural and economic colonialism where foreign soldiers were replaced by TV satellite dishes, Coca-Cola and Star Academy-like shows.

Join Olivia Chow, Judy Rebick and Shirley Douglas at the Tommy Douglas Institute conference

The Tommy Douglas Institute's May 22 conference will ask: What is the role of post-secondary education in promoting democracy and citizenship in our era?

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On May 22: Judy Rebick, Shirley Douglas, Olivia Chow

On May 22, three great Canadian progressives, co-founder Judy Rebick, the actress and activist Shirley Douglas, and mayoral candidate Olivia Chow will be speaking at the Tommy Douglas Institute's conference "Critical Pedagogy and the Citizen-Student" at George Brown College in downtown Toronto.

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| May 2, 2014

Steve D'Arcy on militant protest

Author and activist Steve D'Arcy explains how social movements can use militant protest to strengthen democracy.

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| April 21, 2014
| 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

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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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