If only Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist could be required reading. Everyone who has ever scoffed cynically at protesters. Everyone who has ever seen a mainstream news report showing a burning car, over and over and over, but not showing … . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: your heart is a muscle the size of a fist, by sunil yapa
Another awesome athlete protest that I have no time to write about. I can only thank Colin Kaepernick for his courage.Joy of Sox speaks for me: To Mookie Betts (And Others): The Right To Protest Has Nothing To Do With The Military. . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, colin kaepernick!
I’ve just finished two truly excellent works of nonfiction: Wild and Zeitoun. Both books read like fiction, with clean, clear writing and page-turning suspense. Both document almost unbelievable, out-sized events, in one case likely unique, in the other – horribly – anything but. I highly recommend both books.
I didn’t expect to like Wild. Something about . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: wild by cheryl strayed, zeitoun by dave eggers
Poor neglected wmtc. In addition to having absolutely zero time and mental space to write, I have some kind of head-cold-thing. So instead of trying to string words together in an order that conveys meaning, I will use this blog as a Tumblr, something formerly known as a photo blog.
I’ve been seeing such beautiful, . . . → Read More: wmtc: solidarity forever
I knew working full-time would mean cutting back on activism. What time I can squeeze out, I’m investing in my own union, where I have much to contribute and feel I can really make a difference. I still belong to the War Resisters Support Campaign, of course, but it’s been a long time since I’ve . . . → Read More: wmtc: amnesty international urgent action network, writing for rights all year round
One month ago, something happened that should trouble us gravely.
Something happened that people who believe in democracy and free speech and an independent media and civil liberties and human rights should find appalling and unacceptable.
It’s old news by now; anything that occurs one month ago is ancient history. I wasn’t able to blog . . . → Read More: wmtc: snowden, greenwald, miranda, and the creeping police state: one month later, we should still be disturbed
I’ve been hoping to write about this for months, but the right post and adequate time never seem to arrive at the same time. Rather than put it off any longer, I’ll pretend this is Tumblr or Pinterest or somesuch, and post it here without additional commentary.
* * * * *From Save Jeju Now: . . . → Read More: wmtc: jeju island and the constitution-free u.s.-canada border: empire and resistance, at home and abroad
Via Common Dreams: Pakistan’s anti-drone politician and former cricket-star, Imran Khan, was taken off an international flight from Toronto to New York for questioning over his political views, and his critical stance on US foreign policy, immigration officials have confirmed.
“I was taken off from plane and interrogated by US Immigration in Canada on my . . . → Read More: wmtc: land of the free: anti-drone activist removed from flight and detained
Remember when Barack Obama was elected, how international media declared that racism in the US had been vanquished? How academics and pundits started using the term “post-racial” to describe US culture?
Was that before or after the tea-partiers paraded around with pictures of monkeys and openly called for assassination?
Before or after US . . . → Read More: wmtc: dispatches from post-racial america: stop-and-frisk on a national level
I seldom play the scary “US is taking over Canada” card, but if the Harper government was any deeper into Washington, you’d need a colonoscopy to find them. I blogged about this here, and I’m glad to see the CBC recognize the issue. This is scary, dangerous, and truly disgusting. When the Conservative government passed its . . . → Read More: wmtc: coming soon to a canadian town near you: the fbi
The CBSA harassing political journalists trying to enter Canada: bad.
The FBI free to operate within Canadian borders: worse.
Years ago when people stoked fears of co-called “deep integration” between Canada and the United States, conversations tended to focus on tangible signs like a North American currency. I admit I wasn’t concerned. Now, trends . . . → Read More: wmtc: fbi to operate within canada, cbsa using us-style tactics: the deep integration we should fear and protest
On the 100th day of student protests, 250,000 people take to the streets! Supporters bang on pots and pans from their windows! Solidarity rallies in New York and Paris!
Montreal, we are with you!
. . . → Read More: wmtc: montreal, nous t’aimons! show us how it’s done!
From Coop média de Montréal: 1. The issue is debt, not tuition.
2. Striking students in Quebec are setting an example for youth across the continent.
3. The student strike was organized through democratic means and with democratic aim.
4. This is not an exclusively Quebecois phenomenon.
5. Government officials and the media have been . . . → Read More: wmtc: ten things everyone should know about the quebec student movement
The 2011 federal election results for Etobicoke Centre have been thrown out. Yes! We’re still waiting to hear the details.
Unions and students are standing united against Charest’s attempts to punish them and shut them down. Quebec students are fighting for all of us. If only the students of Ontario learn from them . . . → Read More: wmtc: good news all around: etobicoke centre results thrown out, montreal students and unions stand united
Andrew Mitrovica, author of Covert Entry: Spies, Lies and Crimes Inside Canada’s Secret Service: Late last week, in its familiar stealth-like fashion, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government shuttered the office of the Inspector General (IG) over Canada’s spy service, CSIS.
The IG acted as the public safety minister’s eyes and ears, monitoring whether or not our . . . → Read More: wmtc: last shred of oversight removed from csis
Last summer I worked as a research assistant on a project about video surveillance in stores, malls and public spaces.* That project was headed by Andrew Clement, an expert in the field of identity, privacy, and surveillance. Andrew co-created this mini-documentary with Kate Milberry, about the so-called “lawful access” legislation being rushed into law by . . . → Read More: wmtc: (un)lawful access: watch, share, remix, and take action
This is happening in my hometown. The cops chased us into City Hall Park. They followed us on their motorcycles as we ran into City Hall Park. Please keep in mind, we are a group of twenty people that were walking up the street. The only thing that separates us from anyone else is that . . . → Read More: wmtc: "are there terrorists? i just see kids!": police vs ows continues
Message from Occupy Toronto:
OCCUPY TORONTO IS BEING EVICTED. Mayor Rob Ford has angrily taken to television, even gritting his teeth, to say he wants protesters “gone NOW”. City Manager says by midnight force will be used, but mayor is pressing for even faster.
Ford and the judge point to upset neighbors as the ultimate . . . → Read More: wmtc: emergency rally to defend occupy toronto: 5:00 today
This and many others courtesy of BoingBoing, via the OWS Library blog.
Further to an older post “the definition of a police state depends on where you live – what country, and what postal code “, I present these without comment, because what is there to say?
Police drag OWS protester by her hair
Police officer calmly and methodically uses chemical agent on nonviolent protesters
Video . . . → Read More: wmtc: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, as long as you don’t mind being beaten and abused
Please enjoy these library-related thoughts and links.
I love these Little Free Libraries, which I discovered thanks to M@. These birdhouse-like structures sheltering books are like the domesticated version of Book Crossing, which wants books released “into the wild”. Here are some libraries changing lives on a scale Andrew Carnegie never dreamed of. Nicholas Kristof: . . . → Read More: wmtc: libraries abound
This is a message from Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour.Dear Sisters and Brothers,We have just learned that the Toronto Police have served eviction notices to Occupy Toronto protesters at St. James Park (Jarvis St. and King St.),… . . . → Read More: wmtc: message from ofl president sid ryan: occupy toronto tonight!