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Activist Toolkit weekly roundup: Prison Industrial Complex, gender 101, direct actions

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While the budget was released, activists were already speaking out. It was clear before the budget hit Parliament that it was not going to be written with poor folks, seniors and other minorities in mind, that it would be full of cuts to social services, communities and jobs -- in other words, it's #notourbudget. With economic uncertainty looming, there's no better time to organize against Harper's mega-prisons and take direct action.

Like what you see? Want to add a tool? The Activist Toolkit is an interactive wiki! Find out how to add tools and edit.

Canada is quickly catching up to the United States when it comes to prison injustice. Learn more about the prison industrial complex with this workshop.

Oppression is intersectional and connected: see how gender affects experiences in prison with this workshop.

Gender can be a contentious term in activist spaces -- what it means can vary depending on a person's experiences. Check out The Gender Book, a primer created to fill this gap in communities and be an accessible overview of radical gender theory.

The Missing project aims to make the oppression of prisoners visible. Their toolkit is full of ideas about how to take action.

Direct actions are the most effective methods that activists can use. Figure out how to plan them effectively with this guide.

Use your creativity when thinking up direct actions. This guide about using theatre as a form of protest and this overview of ironic pro-choice actions are great places to start.

Have you swapped your seeds yet? It's not too late in the season to organize a seed exchange! This how to guide has everything you need to get going

There's also still time to occupy. Not sure how? Never fear, Openuniversities.com has compiled this roundup of 20 compelling open lectures on Occupy. In case you're missing some distinctly female input on Occupy (only two individual women are listed) check out these lectures on OWS from Judith Butler, Angela Davis and Naomi Klein.


Generation NGO: book celebration

Monthly women's entrepreneurs group

Cultures of resistance


Ask me about my day: talk to sex workers

African awakening: discussing emerging revolutions

Film screening: Life for Gold


Screening: From the Back of the Room

Diversity, media and representation conference


Community supper: strengthening anti-racist movements

Day of action against Bills C-11 and C-30

Million hoodie march for Trayvon Martin

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