Archive 2020 - 2021
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- Light and Darkness
October 13, 2021: Connexions Other Voices newsletter raises questions and tries to answer some of them, but always, it notes, there are more questions than answers.
- 50th Anniversary of Canada’s Multiculturalism Policy
October 8, 2021: Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Canada’s Multiculturalism Policy. On October 8, 1971, in a statement to the House of Commons, Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, accepting the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, announced Multiculturalism as an official government policy.
- World Day for Decent Work: Firing journalists kills the story
October 7, 2021: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will mark World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) on 7 October by calling on governments and media to retain jobs and protect the right to quality information under the slogan "Firing journalists kills the story".
- World’s press, book publishers and journalists condemn Pakistan plan for strict control over media
October 6, 2021: The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the International Publishers Association (IPA), and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) call on Pakistani authorities to retract plans to establish the “Pakistan Media Development Authority” (PMDA) that risks placing strict state control over all media.
- US lawyer who sued Chevron sentenced to 6 months in contempt case
October 1, 2021: Disbarred American lawyer Steven Donziger, who spent more than two decades battling Chevron Corp over pollution in the Ecuadorian rainforest, has been sentenced to six months in prison on contempt charges.
- Brussels Declaration: Public media and international organisations to call for journalist safety and media freedom
October 1, 2021: Public service media companies and international organisations have signed the Brussels Declaration on September 30, 2021, a statement for journalist safety drafted on the initiative of CBC/Radio Canada, VRT and RTBF.
- Gail Omvedt: US sociologist who ‘lived by her principles’ among India’s poor
September 29, 2021: The respected academic, who has died aged 80, was a leading anti-caste campaigner and fought tirelessly for women’s rights.
- Remembering Murray Dobbin: activist, intellectual, mentor, friend
September 27, 2021: Neoliberal myth-buster. Far right exposer. Movement philosopher. Activist mentor. Murray Dobbin was all of these.
- Through Pluripolarity to Socialism: A Manifesto
September, 2021: Our Manifesto appears in this moment of danger from deep and wide discussions
among activists of all continents representing many socialist traditions. Its historical
and theoretical assessment of the present conjuncture seeks to advance class and
national struggles for socialism.
- ACLU Advocate Reining in Government Use of Face Surveillance, Champion of Privacy Rights Research, and Data Security Trainer Protecting Black Communities Named Recipients of EFF’s Pioneer Award
August 23, 2021: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is honored to announce that Kade Crockford, Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, Pam Dixon, executive director and founder of World Privacy Forum, and Matt Mitchell, founder of CryptoHarlem, are recipients of the 2021 Pioneer Award for their work uncovering and challenging government and corporate surveillance on communities.
- Shekon Neechie statement on "Open letter to the Council of the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Public"
August 13, 2021: The undersigned applaud the CHA for their “Canada Day Statement” and refute the arguments used by the signatories of the “Open Letter” in the 9 August 2021 issue of The Dorchester Review to denounce it.
- Open Letter to the Council of the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian public
August 12, 2021: Historians express grave disappointment with the Canadian Historical Association’s “Canada Day Statement”.
- Robert Moses: An Equal Rights Militant in a Land of Unfulfilled Promises
August 4, 2021: Robert Parris Moses died last week. He was a champion of civil rights through voter registration in the American South in the 1960s and later through his Algebra Project.
- Remembering Otelo Carvalho: from colonial war to revolution
July 26, 2021: Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, a key figure in the “Carnation Revolution” which transformed Portugal in the 1970s, died on Sunday.
- IJV and Jewish Academics Denounce Gatekeeping at Federal Antisemitism Summit
July 21, 2021: Independent Jewish Voices Canada along with a group of Jewish scholars from Canadian universities are expressing outrage at the exclusion of critical voices from the National Summit on Antisemitism being held by the federal Ministry of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth.
- Auschwitz survivor and fighter against fascism Esther Bejarano has died
July 13, 2021: Esther Bejarano tirelessly warned against radical right-wing forces gaining influence again. In recent years, she spoke out with a strong voice against the growing shift to the right and the development of war.
- ‘The Products of Our Women’ Expo Launched in Gaza
June 30, 2021: Under the banner “The Products of Our Women”, the Women Affairs Center launched its annual expo in Gaza City on Tuesday, with the aim of supporting women-led businesses throughout the Gaza Strip. The expo consisted of 65 different sections, each presenting a unique product created by Palestinian women.
- Celebrating Canadian Multiculturalism Day
June 27, 2021: Multiculturalism is a cornerstone of our values and a very fundamental part of our Canadian identity. Let us together celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day and be proud of our rich diversity and at the same time embrace our identity and heritage.
- Activists cover Israeli consulate steps with river of “blood”
May 21, 2021: Today members of the Jewish community and allies delivered a clear message at the Israeli consulate in Toronto about bloodshed from Israel’s violence in Gaza and across historic Palestine.
- IJV-Toronto Open Letter on False Antisemitism Allegations at Palestine Solidarity Rally
May 19, 2021: While a video was used to claim that pro-Palestine protesters instigated violence against Jews, evidence has since emerged which demonstrates that the attack was initiated by the Jewish Defence League (JDL), a far-right pro-Israel group whose violence is well-documented and which is listed as a terrorist organization in the USA and outlawed in Israel.
- The Canadian Jewish community does NOT support Israeli aggression
May 18, 2021: Canada’s three political Jewish establishment groups would have us believe that Canadian Jews stand behind the recent Israeli aggression in Gaza and the West Bank. But the truth is quite different.
- Israeli Jews Call: “Stop Israel’s Apartheid!”
May 18, 2021: An Open Letter to the International Community – #IsraelisAgainstApartheid. We, Jewish Israelis, oppose the actions of the Israeli government and hereby declare our commitment to act against them. We refuse to accept the Jewish-supremacist regime and call upon the international community to immediately intervene in defense of the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Galilee, the Negev, al-Lydd, Yafa, Ramleh, Haifa and throughout historic Palestine.
- Actions in support of the Palestinian people
May 14, 2021: There will be actions in support of the Palestinian people this weekend in cities across Canada this weekend.
- Actions in support of the Palestinian people
May 14, 2021: There will be actions in support of the Palestinian people this weekend in cities across Canada this weekend.
- 125 Years of Displacement: An ICAHD - IAI Statement on the Israeli Assault of Occupied Palestine
May 11, 2021: ICAHD and IAI calls for the immediate end to all house demolitions, evictions and discriminatroy planning.
- IJV Calls on Trudeau Government to Forcefully Condemn Anti-Palestinian Violence as Israel Marks “Jerusalem Day”
May 10, 2021: Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is calling on the Trudeau government to forcefully denounce brutal Israeli violence against Palestinian protestors and Muslim worshippers as hundreds have been wounded today so far in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. The Al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest site in Islam – was again a site of attack today, both inside and outside the mosque, as Palestinians mark the final week of Ramadan.
- VOW 2021 Mother’s Day Peace Awards
May 4, 2021: Mother’s Day is a very special day but it was not always about lavish dinners and flowers; it was a call to action by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 to “Disarm! Disarm!” calling for a Mother’s Peace Day to eradicate war. It was later taken up by Anna Jarvis to have it recognized in the United States nationally in 1914. We at VOW wish to revitalize the idea of a Mother’s Peace Day and are awarding outstanding women in the areas of peace special recognition for their hard work.
- If Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Case Is a ‘Non-Issue,’ Why Have Media Gone to Such Lengths to Silence Him?
May 1, 2021: if Mumia Abu Jamal’s case is a non-issue that only celebrities care about, why the active silencing?
- It’s Aggression When “They” Do It, but Defense When “We” Do Worse
April 30, 2021: Aggression, in international politics, is commonly defined as the use of armed force against another sovereign state, not justified by self-defense or international authority. Any state being described as aggressive in foreign or international reporting, therefore, is almost by definition in the wrong. It’s a word that seems easy to apply to the United States, which launched 81 foreign interventions between 1946 and 2000 alone.
- Independent Jewish Voices Commends Pivotal Human Right Watch Report on Israeli Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution
April 27, 2021: Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) commends a pivotal report published today by Human Rights Watch (HRW) entitled “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution”. The 213-page report reveals detailed findings that Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution, and offers a powerful list of recommendations to the international community to stop such crimes.
- Human Rights Watch: Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution
April 27, 2021: Crimes Against Humanity Should Trigger Action to End Repression of Palestinians.
- Independent Jewish Voices Applauds NDP Convention Delegates for Passing the Palestine Resolution
April 10, 2021: Independent Jewish Voices Canada applauds members of the New Democratic Party (NDP) who voted by an overwhelming majority at the party’s convention to support a resolution calling for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
- IJV Denounces Smears Against NDP MP Niki Ashton and Former UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn
March 4, 2021: Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) denounces the brazen attempt by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) to smear NDP MP Niki Ashton in relation to an upcoming online event with former UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn. As an organization representing Canadian progressive Jews from coast to coast, we feel that it is important for Canadians to be able to hear directly from Corbyn and Ashton, who will be speaking on a range of important social justice issues that are close to the hearts of many in this country.
- Statement of Solidarity with Farmers of India
February 27, 2021: Statement from a large number of organizations supporting Indian farmers’ demands, including their call for repeal of pro-corporate farm laws.
- India: Jammu & Kashmir journalists face criminal charges for reporting
February 25, 2021: Jammu & Kashmir police opened criminal investigations against two journalists on January 30, while the Jammu & Kashmir administration filed another case against a third journalist on February 12. The International Federation of Journalists condemns the misuse of power and law against journalists in the region.
- Unions unite in condemning Facebook bullying and call for bolder steps to tackle news deserts
February 24, 2021: Journalists and media unions in Australia, the US, Canada and the UK have issued a joint call for governments to take “bolder steps” to protect jobs and save journalism.
- Connexions Other Voices: Beyond the Walls
The February 14, 2021 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter, looks to a world beyond lockdowns and beyond walls.
- Internet Users Deserve More Choice Through Interoperability and Better Privacy. They Can Have Both, Electronic Frontier Foundation Says
Februarty 12, 2021: Interoperability Is Not a Threat to User Privacy, Despite Big Tech Claims.
- In Memory of Ernie Tate (1934-2021)
February 12, 2021: The socialist movement lost an outstanding educator and organizer with the passing of Ernest (Ernie) Tate.
- Activists block trucks at company transporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, demand Canada stop fuelling war in Yemen
Members and allies of anti-war organizations World BEYOND War and Labour Against the Arms Trade are blocking trucks at Paddock Transport International, a Hamilton-area transportation company involved in shipping Canadian-made, light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.
- Women Leaving Islam and From Hijab To Freedom on World Hijab Day
Women Leaving Islam, a new CEMB film, will premiere on 1 February, 2021 at 6pm UK time as a challenge to #WorldHijabDay and religious modesty rules.
- Call for the Virtual World Assembly of Inhabitants
International Alliance of Inhabitants virtual assembly January 30, 2021.
- Jesse Vorst
January 28, 2021: Remembering Jesse Vorst 1940 - 2020
- US Media Require No Evidence for Claims of Electoral Fraud – in Venezuela
January 27, 2021: Corporate outlets have summarily denounced Trump’s bogus claims of vote fraud, though for years they have faithfully echoed similarly spurious accusations made about elections held by official enemies. But media make no effort to account for years of hypocrisy and double standards.
- The Pendulum of Internet Censorship Swings Leftward Again
January 25, 2021: There has been a purge of left-wing accounts from social media, with socialist organizations being targeted on Facebook and multiple Antifa-associated accounts suspended from Twitter.
- Rights groups react to Assange verdict
January 12, 2021: Human rights and press freedom groups respond to British court ruling on Julian Assange
- The remarkable life and progressive legacy of Ed Finn
January 8, 2021: Ed Finn was a historian, an activist, an adviser, a colleague, a shop steward, a mentor, a pun-master, and a surrogate great-uncle to the children of his co-workers.
- Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Calls on the Government of Ontario to Defer Award to Mike Harris
January 5, 2021: Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Calls on the Government of Ontario to Defer Award to Mike Harris, Ontario’s Former Premier and Complete the Work Under the Ipperwash Inquiry.
- Leo Panitch and the Socialist Project
December 26, 2020: The death of Leo Panitch has made the world a darker place. His writings have carried us through some of the most difficult periods in the history of the socialist left, as wave after wave of the neoliberal onslaught broke workers’ organizations, serving up one defeat after the next. Leo’s work sustained so many of us during these years, pushing us on and pointing the way through the storm.
- Radical Digressions: The people who are preparing for war, and the lies they tell
December 22, 2020: The double standards, hypocrisy, and dishonesty of the media are absolutely breathtaking.
- Leo Panitch (1945-2020) - “An irreparable loss”
December 22, 2020: The global left has suffered an irreparable loss with the passing of Leo Panitch this weekend. He was incredibly warm, inviting, and generous to others. And he remained committed to the end to the cause of socialism and human emancipation.
- Radical Digressions: Adding Up to Zero
December 6, 2020: Canada’s biggest meat company is now proclaiming itself both “carbon neutral” and “carbon zero.”
- Robert Fisk had True Independence of Mind, Which is Why He Angered Governments and Parts of the Media
Robert Fisk, who died on 30 October, 2020, spent almost half a century reporting war and civil wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. He understood that people who are trying to kill each other will not hesitate to lie about each other, and about anybody, notably about journalists, whose information – particularly if it is true – they deem not to be in their interests.
- Palestinians and Israelis call for a single democratic state
November 15, 2020: The Palestinian-led One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC), comprised of Palestinians from every major community (’48, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the refugee camps and the Diaspora/Exile), together with their critical Israeli Jewish partners, has issued a call for the establishment of a single democratic state including everyone living between the River and the Sea, including Palestinian refugees who choose to return to their homeland.
- Radical Digressions: Remembrance Day: November 11
Official remembrances are often about forgetting as much as they are about remembering, and this is no exception.
- Robert Fisk – Death Of A “Controversial” Journalist
Robert Fisk, the Independent’s Middle East correspondent, died on 30 October aged 74.
- RIP Betty Dodson, Sex Revolutionary
The great sex revolutionary and Godmother of Masturbation, Dr. Betty Dodson (1929-2020), one of my most beloved mentors, died on the Blue Moon of Halloween night.
- Radical Digressions: Heat Wave
July 9, 2020: Heat waves are a story of the present, and increasingly the future, as our planet heats up. Like COVID-19 and much else, extreme heat disproportionately affects the poor and the elderly. They are the ones who often don’t have air conditioning, and often they live alone with no support networks.
- Celebrating Canadian Multiculturalism Day
On this Canadian Multiculturalism Day, we recognize and acknowledge Canada’s rich diversity and the significant contributions that ethnocultural communities have made and continue to make in shaping and enriching our great country, Canada.
- EFF and Durie Tangri Join Forces to Defend Internet Archive’s Digital Library
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is joining forces with the law firm of Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit that threatens their Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) program, which helps people all over the world check out digital copies of books owned by the Archive and its partner libraries.
- French High Court Rules That Most of Hate Speech Bill Would Undermine Free Expression
In a victory for the free speech rights of French citizens, France’ highest court today struck down core provisions of a bill meant to curb hate speech, holding they would unconstitutionally sweep up legal speech.
- India: Journalist killed after exposing controversial sand-mining deals
Reporter Shubham Mani Tripathi was fatally shot in the Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district on June 19 in a suspected retaliatory attack for his journalism.
- Radical Digressions: Longing for freedom, and grieving loss: Reflections on watching swifts on a summer evening
June 25, 2020: Swifts are mysterious birds, enigmatic and paradoxical. In a sense, they are supremely urban birds, yet unlike other urban birds, swifts have nothing to do with us.
- Miriam Garfinkle Social Justice Fund announces first round of grants
June 20, 2020: The Miriam Garfinkle Social Justice Fund is pleased to announce its first three grants. The recipients are: Labour4Palestine,
Growing Palestine, Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship.
- India: Law enforcement targets journalists during the pandemic
Since the Indian government imposed Covid-19 restrictions on March 25, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has recorded 17 legal cases brought against journalists in India.
- Connexions Other Voices: Thinking Clearly in a Time of Crisis
The May 14, 2020 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter, challenges us to think clearly and ask critical questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and what it is teaching us.
- As Laval Detention Centre Empties, CBSA Pushes Tracking Bracelets on Migrants
After two months of resistance by detainees and their supporters, the Laval Immigration Holding Centre now stands almost empty. Only 2 men and 1 woman remain inside, watched over by dozens of guards. While the struggle continues to empty this prison entirely, and to ensure it never reopens, we now confront other ways the state controls migrants and is even pushing forward new forms of surveillance under cover of the pandemic.
- New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program not a solution, gives control to bad employers, excludes most workers
Migrant food and farm worker groups from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec are jointly raising the alarm about the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program to be launched by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- M is for Miriam
Alphabet Publishing announces the publication of children’s alphabet book about Canadian physician and activist Miriam Garfinkle.
- A project to preserve and share the histories of Toronto grassroots community groups
The Connexions Archive is pleased to announce the completion of a year-long project to digitize and share the documentary history of Toronto grassroots community groups. The project was funded by Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit Must Support Migrant & Informal Workers
Migrant and worker rights organizations call on the Cabinet to ensure that comprehensive income supports are immediately accessible to everyone regardless of immigration or previous work status.
- Migrants on Hunger Strike at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre: Act Now in Solidarity
Migrants detained at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre have launched an indefinite hunger strike to demand their release in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- To the cliff’s edge and back
Fair Vote Canada is greatly relieved that the government appears to be backing down on its unseemly power grab in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
- News conference: Impacts of COVID-19
OCAP and SHJN are calling a news conference on measures necessary to mitigate deadly impacts of COVID-19 on homeless people, those on social assistance, and on those whose lives are being saved by the overdose prevention sites.
- Connexions Other Voices: Morality in an Amoral World
The March 19, 2020 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter, looks at morality in the context of the coronavirus crisis.
- Toronto laneway to be called Miriam Garfinkle Lane
The City of Toronto has approved the name “Miriam Garfinkle Lane” to identify a public lane south of Barton Avenue. The name recognizes Dr. Miriam Garfinkle (1954-2018), a physician and community activist.