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Organized groups are the force behind activism. In the final installment of Harry Potter lessons in social justice organizing, Chris Crass explores what we can learn from Dumbledore’s army.
Dumbledore’s Army and the role of organization
As members of Dumbledore’s Army trained during one of their underground Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, Harry boldly declared, “Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more then what we are now: students. If they can do it, why not us?”
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The importance of Hermione Granger’s Feminist Leadership cannot be overestimated. Feminist icon and magical genius Hermione Granger plays an essential role in battling Voldemort’s forces of oppression. In part five of Harry Potter lessons in social justice organizing, Chris Crass talks about why feminist leadership is important for the success social justice organizing.
The Importance of Hermione Granger’s Feminist Leadership
Six key lessons about social justice organizing can be learned from Harry Potter — how we can work together, what truly elicits change and where we can find support.
Six key lessons in social justice organizing…
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Social movements are tough to build, but when they’re strong, they’re almost impossible to tear apart. In the fourth installment of Chris Crass’s ‘Harry Potter: lessons in social justice organizing,’ we’re taking a look at the way Harry and his compadres keep their movement strong in the face of opposition and oppression.
Hogwarts, the Order of the Phoenix and Building Movement for Justice
Maybe you thought we gave up and went away? Not a chance. The War Resisters Support Campaign is still working to make Canada a safe haven for people of peace and conscience.
Several US war resisters were forced out of Canada, court martialed, and given harsh prison sentences by the US military. Many more could no longer bear the uncertainty and surrendered themselves to the military. But some forty people who refused to participate in the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, along with their families, are still living in Canada. And we are still fighting for them.
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At rabble.ca we have a few fan fiction lovers. So when Chris Crass sent us his work on Harry Potter and activism you can imagine how excited we were. This is the third in a series of six articles. Yesterday we learned about love and freedom. Today, we’re going to hear about how to let our lights shine. Expecto Patronum!
Expecto Patronum – Letting Our Light Shine
Yesterday, in the first part of Chris Crass’s Harry Potter series, we learned how to get free of Voldemort’s systems of oppression. In this second article in Chris Crass is concentrating on the connection between love and freedom.
The Power of Love as the Practice of Freedom
After Dumbledore and Voldemort duel in the Ministry of Magic, Voldemort possesses Harry’s mind, and tells Dumbledore and Harry that their defeat is imminent. Voldemort declares that Harry’s efforts will fail and then fills his mind with images of the horrors that will engulf the world.
Have you daydreamed about being a member of an intergenerational social justice organization like the Order of Phoenix? Do you want Dumbledore to be your mentor?
Have Dementors ever burned you out to the point where you doubted your ability to take on the Voldemorts of our world? Do you find yourself analyzing Dumbledore’s Army for lessons on developing liberatory vision, culture, leadership and organization?
Me too. It’s time we created our own Orders of the Phoenix to fight the Voldemorts in our world. I’ll meet you in the Room of Requirement, and until then, here are my top lessons from Harry Potter for social justice organizing.
The Voldemort Principle of Systems of Oppression and Getting Free
Values, discrimination, the Swedish way: all these ideas are in the mix as stakeholders of IKEA’s treatment of workers express how they feel about IKEA’s plan to break its union in Richmond, BC.
We’ve been writing about this new front line in Canada’s war against workers for months now. But the members of Teamsters Local 213 have been living it.
This is the Christmas season. If you intend to buy anything IKEA-ish in Richmond, Coquitlam, elsewhere in Canada or around the world, spend some time finding another vendor then tweet or Facebook IKEA letting them know you’re part of the (Read more…)
Rising Tide Toronto activists successfully shut down Line 9 construction by locking up equipment. John Bonnar speaks to Amanda Lickers and Vanessa Gray.
Rising Tide Toronto shuts down construction on Enbridge Li…
Ex-Harper appointee Mark Jaccard trashed the Conservatives’ support of the tar sands industry during a key Keystone XL summit in Washington D.C. on Monday.
The post Ex-Harper adviser blasts Keystone XL, calls Canada a “rogue state” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
This is what ShitHarperDid activists had to say Wednesday during a peaceful protest against Harper’s $1.2B CSEC complex in Ottawa: “I SPY A WASTE OF MONEY”
The post Harper’s new $1.2B CSEC spy complex “a waste of money”: ShitHarperDid appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
ShitHarperDid to execute a “creative action” at the site of the $1.2 billion “spy castle” Harper is building for the secretive spy agency CSEC in Ottawa.
The post ShitHarperDid to execute “creative action” against Harper’s $1.2B CSEC spy castle appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
It wasn’t until photographer Surendra Lawoti moved to Canada from the U.S. that he realized he was a transnational — someone whose sense of identity is tied to more than one country.
“I love Canada, but Nepal is also a strong part of who I am,” asserts Lawoti.
Born in Nepal, Lawoti has spent almost half his life in North America, arriving in the U.S. in 1994 at age 21 to pursue a degree in photography at Columbia College in Chicago and then an MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. The artist moved to Canada in 2008 and is now a permanent resident.
“In the U.S. I wasn’t allowed to fly back and forth to Nepal because of visa restrictions,” explains the Toronto-based artist. “When I moved here, I had the freedom to come and go.”
rabble.ca is proud to be launching the first episode in our new monthly podcast series Rad Voices. Rad Voices is a long-format interview style show where radicals can tell their stories in their own words. It engages activists’ multiple realitie…
Rad Voices is a monthly series on Constructing Change: The Podcast of the Lynn Williams Activist Toolkit funded by a CKLN-FM legacy grant. It’s a space where radicals can talk about their own experiences with activism, organizing and challenges in thei…
With hundreds of others, I participated on November 16 in an unprecedented mobilization in Kanehsatà:ke (Oka), Mohawk Territory. Twenty-three years after the terrible Oka crisis, Mohawks this time invited non-indigenous people to join the fight against the expansion of tar sands pipelines.
More research shows once again that compassion, empathy and mutual aid, and an instinct toward cooperation, are innate in human beings, confirming what the great Russian biologist and anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin had already amply demonstrated over a hundred years ago, in his monumental work, Mutual Aid. My but our cherished ideological self-deceptions die slowly. […]
Thank you so much to everybody who helped make yesterday’s Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities National Day of Action a huge success!
Every time you organize a protest or petition you always hold out a faint hope for some kind of big change that happens right away. Yet change doesn’t seem to usually happen that way. With the exception of the few moments when the whole world seems to be transformed in a day, change is usually slow and incremental.
Many of the people who organized the action shared one goal going in — to connect people who are concerned by the threats of pipelines and dirty energy projects all across the country.
Today I went to a “Defend Our Climate” rally. There are reports of protests in 130 communities across Canada today, but I take slight hope. With the Harper government praising Australia for removing their carbon tax, what hope do we have that the government will take action now? How do we defend our climate in the face of such obstinacy?
I have to take inspiration from the little things people are doing. Sudbury has a solar energy cooperative. The local food movement continues to grow and there are people locally working to prevent the splitting of local farmland into residential (Read more…)
There is no question: this generation will be held responsible for our actions, and even more, for our inaction. Apathy, complacency and denial are morally unacceptable. In fact, at this time in human history, they are nothing less than complicity in the worst of collective atrocities. We must act now. There are no more excuses. […]
Here’s a statement by WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum in Russia, granted in August.
The post STATEMENT: WikiLeaks’ Sarah Harrison on Edward Snowden Asylum appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those […]
There are various articles I’ve been wishing to write commentary about, but never had time to. One of these is an article at Salon.com about a study on people’s attitudes towards feminists and environmentalists. The article is titled: Everyone hates environmentalists and feminists and it claims people’s opinions of the stereotypical feminist and environmentalists makes them less interested in adopting the behaviors promoted by those groups. According to the article:
“Unfortunately,” [the researchers] write, “the very nature of activism leads to negative stereotyping. By aggressively promoting change and advocating unconventional practices, activists become associated with hostile militancy and unconventionality (Read more…)
“Fellow feminists,” was how Niki Ashton greeted the crowd at Women’s Forum 2013, held earlier last week in Ottawa. It was a fitting address; the women who joined her on stage throughout the day were passionate, they were fiesty and they didn’t shy away from using the f-word.
Well over 100 people attended the forum, now in its second year. Ashton, the forum organizer, made headlines in 2008 when she became the second youngest woman ever elected to the House of Commons.
An article in The Atlantic speaks to the growing death-fetish that is gripping more and more youth. It is a bad omen for the state of modern industrial civilization as a whole, I would contend, and it indicates a broader trend toward anxiety, hopeless and despair, which must be confronted and overcome – if, that […]
A group of lawyers has asked Canada to arrest former US Vice President Dick Cheney for torture and war crimes when he visits Toronto later this week. The post Canada must arrest Dick Cheney for torture, war crimes: Lawyers appeared first on The Canadia…
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Marc Lee writes that British Columbia has learned nothing about the dangers of staple economics. But Christy Clark has certainly learned something from her predecessor’s playbook: one term after Gordon Campbell’s promise not to impose an HST fell by the wayside immediately after he’d secured another four years in office, Clark is abandoning her supposed concern for the environment in order to facilitate wholesale shipment of oil products by pipeline, rail and tanker.
- Meanwhile, Dallas MacQuarrie discusses the heavy-handed RCMP response to peaceful protestors challenging fracking on First Nations land in Rexton, New Brunswick.
-Bea Vongdouangchanh reports on the Cons’ continued delays in presenting election legislation. But while Craig Scott is concerned about the possibility the Cons won’t present anything that can be implemented in time for 2015, I’d be even more worried about the risk they’ll offer up yet another agenda of three parts voter suppression and one part Senate posturing (with precisely zero extra authority or resources for Elections Canada) – then ram it through without debate or amendments by claiming it’s too late for thoughtful discussion.
- Scott Sinclair asks and answers ten key questions about the CETA.
- Finally, Marina Adshade observes that a lack of child care combined with a need for two breadwinners per family results in limited choice for actual and potential parents – and that in the absence of that choice, more and more middle-class women are rationally deciding to have fewer and fewer children:
The relationship between family size and the cost of child care is now starting to show up in the data in another, surprising way.
In recent history, family size was negatively correlated with income. The lowest-earning households had the most children and the highest-earning household had the fewest.
But today, specifically among women in the cohort now in their early 40s, those living in households with income above $150,000 had an average of 2.1 children. That’s more children than women in any other income group, and significantly more than women in middle-income households, who raised an average of 1.8 children.
To me, this is the long-run implication of not having access to affordable daycare. In this economic environment, having large families is a luxury to be afforded only by high-income households, which either can afford childcare or don’t require two parents in the workforce, and low-income households, which are more likely to include family members who aren’t working.
pablo lopez luz photographs the concrete waves (or carpet, as he puts it) of Mexico City The unbelievably sprawling concrete carpet of Mexico City seen in these photos make me think… Gorgeous country, beautiful culture and people, horrible government, amazing capital city – but utterly unsustainable, as most cities are. Watch for the ruins […]
Friday, October 18, 2013
The powerful image of a women with an eagle feather sitting in front of a line of armed RCMP officers encapsulates the Indigenous u…
It is so easy to get bogged down by all the problems indigenous peoples face. Poverty, suicide, addiction, disease, incarceration, homelessness, violence — where does one even begin to address these things?
We can cast our nets widely, and see …
Friday, October 11, 2013
Tania Ehret checks back in on the issue of activist burnout and more specifically positive tools the activist community can use to …
by: Idle No More | Press Release
Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill. Dec 21, 2012. (Photo: Obert Madondo)
October 7, 2013-Ottawa, Canada: Today marks the global day of action of Idle No More, the Indigenous Peoples social movement. On October 7, 1763, King George III of England signed the British Royal Proclamation, an historic document that legally mandated Canada to recognize Indigenous land rights.
Today, two hundred and fifty years later, at over 55 actions and events taking place across Canada, the United States, and in countries across the planet, thousands of Indigenous Peoples and our supporters (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More Global Day of Action October 7 2013
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Thomas Walkom sees Stephen Harper’s approval of dove hunting as an ideal metaphor for the gratuitous violence of his government: The wildlife service also estimates that new hunting rules will result in about 18,000 Ontario doves being shot each year. But, say hunt aficionadas, so what? There are plenty more.
As the Conservatives would tell you: This is our world. Other species are born into it at their own risk.
To Canada’s governing party, killing doves is a metaphor for sound thinking, fiscal sobriety and doughnut-shop values. It is where the Harperites want (Read more…)
Caity Goerke interviews Emilia Nielsen about her research regarding breast cancer narratives in relation to mainstream breast cancer culture. In particular, they discuss the pressures on women to perform breast cancer in a way that emphasizes optimism …
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky […]
Today, September 28, women all over the world are taking action to demand the right to accessible, safe, and legal abortion.
Women and our allies in more than 50 countries have formed a global mobilization that seeks to decriminalize abortion, provide access to safe and affordable abortion services, and end the stigma and discrimination against women who choose to have an abortion.
This campaign, which started more than 20 years ago in Latin America and the Caribbean, has become a global day of action, as we recognize that women are the world continue to be denied access to safe and (Read more…)