'What is to Be Done?' - Brent Patterson talks talks to activists about navigating the current political moment

rabble’s own Brent Patterson has been on a speaking tour in southwestern Ontario and we’re proud to produce one of his talks. His presentation, What Is To Be Done, is an inspiring talk look about topics such as climate breakdown, Indigenous rights, right wing populism and the Extinction Rebellion movement.  Brent reminds us that the next federal election is less than a year away. He emphasizes that our involvement is critical, and has a number of suggestions for us —  read as much as possible, be audacious, think beyond protest marches, and above all, be hopeful.

Brent Patterson is a Canadian political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, and advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons. He’s 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. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin nation.

He spoke at the London Public Library on November 21 2018 Meg Borthwick, our babble moderator, brought her recorder and captured the speech on tape.  (Edited for length).  Thanks, Meg, for doing the recording.

Image: Brent Patterson

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