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- 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.