This week the Activist Toolkit is full of resources focusing on workers’ rights and the challenges of workers in different industries or areas. Hopefully these tools will give you some ideas on how to focus your efforts towards standing with wor…
Do you look up to the 1%? How could you?
Come, children, let’s take a look!
The world’s 85 richest people hold the same amount of wealth as its 3.5 billion poorest.
“It’s fantastic, and this is a great thing because it inspires everybody, gets them motivation to look up to the one per cent and say, ‘I want to become one of those people, I’m going to fight hard to get up to the top.
via Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary says 3.5 billion people in comparative poverty is ‘fantastic news’ – Americas – World – (Read more…)
“When I observe the ruts in a road, I inclined to think, how much deeper the ruts in the mind.” – Henry David Thoreau “If necessary, let us forgo one bridge over the river, go round a little there, and throw at least one span over the greater gulf of ignorance which surrounds us.” – […]
Jessica Bell explores the critical question of how can we help folks in social movements do what they say they are going to do.
The tyranny of activist flakiness
Women-as-sex-meat, 2014 edition begins now. The #FacePalm is appropriate.
It’s nothing new, but when can media just stop. Maybe when it’s no longer profitable? We need a revolution in media by boycotting all venues that perpetuate the women-as-sex-meat theme. Here’s what’s new, this time with Eugenie Bouchard and Cate Blanchett.
“You’re getting a lot of fans here,” noted Smith, a former British tennis champ. “A lot of them are male, and they want to know: If you could date anyone in the world of sport, of movies – I’m sorry, they asked me to say this – who would you (Read more…)
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by: Obert Madondo “When you are controlling, discriminating, confiscating, occupying lands from one side and putting them in the corner without any basic rights, you are by this way ruling and committing apartheid in the occupied Palestinian Territories.” The words of Arab-Israeli legislator Ahmad Tibi as he explained to the CBC why he stormed out during… Read More
The post Why Arab-Israeli politician protested Harper’s speech to the Knesset appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
TORONTO — One-third how-to guide for grieving widows, one-third love story and one-third coming-of-age tale of a young immigrant girl’s ascent to Parliament despite an adolescence fraught with abuse — that’s how Olivia Chow describes her new book. While a […]
Neil Young doesn’t have to do what he is doing, there are many, many reasons why he shouldn’t, but he is, and he is showing us courage that most of us can only dream of, can barely imagine. He is taking on the whole corporate structure that is oppressing and beating down people everywhere on the planet. He has taken a stand. And he is making things happen. We, as a nation, as a species, need to stand up too and begin to acknowledge the injustice that surrounds us if we believe at all that we are better than what (Read more…)
Well, I miss Mandela. The post-Mandela world is sadly less colourful. While all sorts of people, including reprobate politicians in Canada laud him for this and that, it’s important to remember that he never seemed to angle for being a darling of right wing, neoliberal libertarian freedom fighters.
Here are some items we should all remember. If any of this is new to you, click the link at the bottom to flesh out the details. You won’t regret it.
1. Mandela blasted the Iraq War and American imperialism.
2. Mandela called freedom from poverty a “fundamental human right.”
3. (Read more…)
Today we go old school. Take out a pen, or turn on your printer, and send some paper mail to Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander. Tell him to stop deporting US war resisters in Canada, and to enact a provision to let them stay. Tell him why.
Find an envelope, and send your letter to:The Honourable Chris AlexanderHouse of CommonsJustice Building – 306284 Wellington StreetOttawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
If you live in Canada, you don’t even need a stamp.
His name was Richard Kenyon.
He died last month near the corner of Church and Carlton on the sidewalk outside a Loblaws store in downtown Toronto.
Just 51 years old, he was homeless but lived in the Seaton House shelter in the Downtown Eastside….
Yesterday, we learned that Wind Mobile pulled outof a crucial auction for wireless assets — assets that are crucial to the future of our cell phone market — only a day before it was set to begin.
Today is a very important day in Let Them Stay Week 2014. Today we flood some inboxes!
If you support US war resisters in Canada, please take a moment to call or email the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander. Ask him to ensure that no more US war resisters are forced out of Canada for their opposition to an illegal and immoral war, and to enact a provision to let them stay in Canada.
You can send an email from this Take Action page, or write your own message and email it to: Minister@cic.gc.ca and (Read more…)
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The military-dominated regime that seized power in July 2013 has escalated attack on freedom and democracy, including banning the …
Canadian rock legend Neil Young has blasted the Harper government for “trading integrity” in its single-minded appetite for Alberta tar sands dollars.
The post Canadian Rocker Neil Young Blasts Stephen Harper, Alberta Tar Sands appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Whenever I read stories about corporations wanting to do the right thing, I never hold my breath. Clothing corporations, the sector where “sweatshops” originates, want us to believe they care. They don’t.
Read what nonsense they are trying to peddle to get us off their back for exploiting people so we can have cheap t-shirts. Then, hold your breath for this, scroll all the way to the bottom to see how it comes all the way back to keeping Stephen Harper in power.
Shortly before Black Friday, H&M announced that it also plans to start paying 850,000 workers (Read more…)
Well, here’s something you don’t see [ever] in corporate media: a review of tax measures in the USA since the crash in 2008 that have succeeded in increasing taxes on the rich. And it turns out, tax increases that are regressive [sales taxes, etc.] or include the non-rich, seemed to fail quite a bit.
How did these taxes on the 1% succeed?
One way is mixing “traditional lobbying with the direct action of the Occupy movement.”
And here’s some rationale for why the rich should pay more, with tax revenues going to restore and improve public services:
Sean Devlin, of ShitHarperDid.ca, had the temerity to interact with our employee, Mr. Stephen Harper.
Yesterday, we saw a new level of action against climate destruction policy. In the style of co-conspirator Brigette DePape, two protesters crashed Harper’s contemptuous public appearance. Harper holds the media and the general public of the nation of Canada in open contempt: he won’t talk with the press except under extraordinarily tightly controlled circumstances, and he actively avoids any opportunity to mingle with his 35 million employers. He must think we’re stupid or dirty.
Even at the event at Vancouver’s Board of Trade yesterday, (Read more…)
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Two climate justice activists peacefully disrupted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s question-and-answer session at the Vancouver Board of Trade on Monday.
The post In Vancouver, Climate Justice Activists Disrupt Stephen Harper’s Pro-Big Oil Party appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Sean Devlin of Shit Harper Did and Shireen Soofi of No One Is Illegal took the stage at the Vancouver Board of Trade event during a Q&A with Stephen Harper sporting signs to protest for climate justice in Canada.
The pair were quickly pushed off stage by security and taken backstage behind a curtain.
Harper joked “it wouldn’t be B.C. without it.”
I met Dr. David Leonard, Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, on Twitter shortly after my initial critique of Tim Wise. I was pleased to discover that there existed another white man who was not marketing himself as an anti-racist, but instead doing the work with people of colour, while learning from them and taking after their direction.
Audrey Huntley and Krysta Williams talk about a new community-based database project that is part of working against the violence experienced by indigenous women and towards decolonization.
In May of last year, with the help of thousands of individuals and organizations, we purchased a 25 meter long fishing boat in Gaza. In the last seven months we have employed tens of local workers who have skillfully worked to refurbish it in readiness to sail out of Gaza and challenge the blockade. You can see pictures and videos of Gaza’s Ark on our website.
Naomi Klein urges unions to join climate change fight
Many groups are calling for significant and sufficient action to address climate change, which is fantastic. But unions have not been loud enough. This is significant because they often have more money than many other progressive groups to fight for the social good, particularly when rapacious corporations and rampant consumerism are the core impediments to change.
This whole article is worth your time to read, but here are some key bits that should help you fix your focus for your union for 2014:
There is nothing more important than a healthy (Read more…)
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Oh, 2013, you were quite a year! We saw scandal after scandal for the Conservative government, Indigenous communities and supporters fight for justice, the sad passing of legendary activists, historic rulings and not to mention a few others things.
As we say goodbye to 2013, we’d like to look back on some of our great articles as well as some of the issues we think will rise to the forefront in 2014.
Corruption in Canadian politics
There isn’t much to say about this one — kidding! There’s a lot.
Watch Charlie Angus’ musical rundown of the state of politics in Ottawa. Reactionary Blues from the new Grievous Angels CD the Great Divide.
As you may have noticed, rabble is in the middle of our annual fundraising drive, aiming to raise $25,000 to help us change the conversation in Canada. Columnist Murray Dobbin thinks we need to change the conversation about consumerism to one …
This year has seen many movements break into mainstream consciousness, take on new digital forums and grow in an ever more volatile political landscape. Now more than ever, using media and social networks is vital to activist organizing. Grassro…
The emergency in Toronto is not about the speed at which hydro workers have accomplished their tasks (they are truly heroic), it is the unknown distress of hundreds of thousands of Torontonians whose homes could no longer provide warmth, whose elevators weren’t working, whose kitchens could no longer provide food, whose telephones could no longer connect them to the outside world and whose medical conditions could no longer be managed.
Anyone who reads rabble knows Krystalline Kraus. The intrepid reporter, has been with rabble longer than any of us. Recruited by our founding publisher, Judy Rebick, as rabble’s first intern, back in 2001, Krystalline has remained co…
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Diane Coyle offers a preview of Thomas Piketty’s upcoming book on inequality – featuring a prediction that absent some significant public policy intervention, we may see a return to 19th-century levels of concentration of wealth.
- Meanwhile, Murray Dobbin calls for 2014 to be the year of living consciously – including both a concerted effort to donate to fostering change, as well greater efforts to bring about change through our own lives.
- Veronica Bayetti Flores writes about the challenges in building movements which won’t leave people behind: I am so ready to (Read more…)
The union cards were signed and were ready to go to the Ontario Labour Relations board. After a quick organizing campaign, the residence fellows at Carleton University felt they were well on their way to becoming a full fledged bargaining unit under the wing of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 4600, when the plug was abruptly pulled on their campaign by the most unlikely people — CUPE’s National office.
Now, three of the organizers behind the campaign have been forced to resign from their jobs and CUPE denies having ever approved their organizing a unit under 4600’s banner, despite a paper trail that would suggest they were aware of the organizing drive at the highest levels of the union.
Here is my (Jessica Bell’s) take on the top 10 activist stories of 2013, in no particular order. Let these victories be an antidote to cynicism, hopelessness and apathy. Activism works. Activists win. Looking forward to seeing what’s in store fo…
Nelson Mandela’s militant past was barely mentioned in the accolades that followed his death. Activist Bill Fletcher says we will have to fight to ensure he is remembered as the true radical he was. Bill Fletcher Jr is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com. Bill Fletcher Jr speaks with Redeye host Mordecai Briemberg.