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Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons, taken part in civil disobedience actions in Toronto's financial district and at the Ontario legislature, and participated in street protests at the Battle of Seattle and at UN climate summits. He supported cross-country activism at The Council of Canadians for almost 20 years. Brent has a BA in political science from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in international relations from York University. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin Nation.

Blog - Brent Patterson May 8
Jerry Dias and Mohamad Alsadi of Unifor visit with Peace Brigades International in Bogota, Colombia in December 2018. Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Peace Brigades International, which sees labour rights as indivisible from human rights, works in countries where union activists face repression and even death.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 7
Age Is More: Image: Still from Murray Thomson/YouTube
Brent Patterson | Murray Thomson, who passed away on May 2, co-founded a human rights group that has observed violations of Indigenous rights in Canada and protects human rights defenders around the world.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 3
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | In 2018, 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents. Let us remember their sacrifice and the risks many take to bring us the news.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 29
Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Ottawa City Council declaring a climate emergency was a first step, but it needs to pursue a much more ambitious agenda in keeping with the urgency of climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 28
Twitter photo by Yo soy Abelino.
Brent Patterson | Abelino Chub Caal was imprisoned for defending Indigenous rights and Maya Q'eqchi' land in Guatemala from the expansion of a palm oil farm.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 28
Twitter photo by Extinction Rebellion.
Brent Patterson | After two weeks of highly-visible occupations of landmarks in London, UK, what’s the theory of change behind Extinction Rebellion and can it be applied to calls for a Green New Deal?
Blog - Brent Patterson April 22
Facebook photo via the Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras (COPINH).
Brent Patterson | Honduran human rights defender Edwin Espinal has been held in a high-security prison without trial since January 2018 after protesting against an unfair election.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 20
Twitter photo via Juan Mayorga.
Brent Patterson | A boat named after the Indigenous land and water defender featured prominently in the occupation of Oxford Circus in London, England, more than 8,500 kilometres from her home territory in Honduras.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 19
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | For more than 40 days, Indigenous Maya Ch'orti' peoples have maintained a permanent encampment at a mine that is polluting their drinking water.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 14
George Monbiot
Brent Patterson | It was a remarkable moment when George Monbiot called for the overthrow of capitalism on a BBC talk show. What's next?
Blog - Brent Patterson April 11
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | There are many examples of the toxic impacts of Canadian companies operating in this country and abroad to share with the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic wastes when he visits Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 10
Photo: Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Guatemalans wanting to protect their drinking water from a mine linked to a Vancouver-based company have waged a peaceful struggle at the mine site, in courtrooms and now at the World Bank.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 8
Photo: Larry Wright/Twitter
Brent Patterson | From the Gatling gun to armoured vehicles and assault rifles, arms manufacturers have profited from the production of weapons used against Indigenous peoples.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 7
Brent Patterson | Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in Colombia face crushing poverty and logging, mining and agribusiness on their ancestral territories.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 4
Protesters at a town hall for Catherine McKenna. Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | The federal environment minister recently held a town hall meeting in Ottawa "to hear from Canadians about climate action," but failed to listen to what was being said.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 2
Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights or CREDHOS. Photo: Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | CREDHOS seeks to prevent the water depletion and violations to the right to water that would come with the fracking boom expected in the war-torn country.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 2
Claudia Julieta Duque. Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | A reporter with the Colombian human rights radio station Radio Nizkor who has received death threats and been kidnapped is now reporting on a dam partially financed by Export Development Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 26
Siete Lagunas, Municipality of Cachira. Wikimedia photo by Grupo Areas Protegidas CORPONOR, Ismael Contreras.
Brent Patterson | Eco Oro wanted to build a gold and silver mine in an area that provides 2 million people with their drinking water. When they didn't get their way, they sued.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 26
Twitter photo by CCALCP.
Brent Patterson | The Luis Carlos Perez Lawyers' Collective in Colombia is working with communities to stop fracking by corporations, including Calgary-based Canacol Energy Ltd.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 22
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Podemos MEP Tania González Peñas brought together three women activists who have fought for justice, fair wages and safer working conditions in coal mines.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 22
Twitter photo by La Minuta/ Educa Oaxaca
Brent Patterson | Tailings spills from Canadian mines in Zapotec territory in Mexico and Xat'sull territory in Canada show that laws are falling short of protecting Indigenous peoples and the environment.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 20
Photo by Department of National Defence.
Brent Patterson | Sixteen years ago, the U.S., the U.K. and other countries launched an illegal war on Iraq. The costs of this war continue to mount.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 20
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Isidro Baldenegro Lóperz, Juan Ontiveros Ramos, and Julián Carrillo Martínes died defending their ancestral territories from extractavist industries.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 19
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Mexican Ambassador Juan Jose Gomez Camacho promises reform in the mining sector, but significant changes are needed in both Canada and Mexico to respect Indigenous rights and protect the environment.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 10
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government is being called on to take action after a March 2017 fire swept through a locked classroom at the state-run group home on the outskirts of Guatemala City.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 7
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | A church group faces threats, surveillance and wiretapping for working with those impacted by war and displacement in Colombia.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 5
Twitter photo by Tim McSorley.
Brent Patterson | We need to move from war to renewables to avoid climate breakdown. The upcoming CANSEC arms trade show in Ottawa takes us in the wrong direction.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 5
Image: Educa Oaxaca
Brent Patterson | More than six years after a controversial dam was officially cancelled in Mexico, community activists who opposed the megaproject face continued criminalization.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 4
Facebook photo via the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Brent Patterson | Twelve activists who set up the "Camp in Defence of Water and Life" after a mine began to pollute the Guapinol River are now facing decades in prison in Honduras.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 25
Tar sands in Alberta. Image: Extinction Rebellion Canada/Facebook
Brent Patterson | The Extinction Rebellion movement was launched 18 weeks ago, and now counts over 200 outposts around the world. As chapters gear up for a global week of direct action, how is the movement faring?