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wmtc: we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

What it takes to be an effective activist:1. Hopefulness2. Persistence, perseverance3. Reliability4. Enjoyment of teamwork5. Willingness to take direction from others6. Willingness to make space and time in your life for your cause7. Good listening ski… . . . → Read More: wmtc: we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Neil Irwin writes about the White House Council of Economic Advisers’ study of employment policy which found that superior protections for workers (rather than the undermining of employment standards in the name… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal Election

Brigette DePape was right when she vowed that “despite the Harper government making it harder for us to vote, young people are going to be the game-changers nobody saw coming” during the 2015 federal election. Elections Canada’s 2015 National Youth… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal Election

My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded

I am reminded of December 6, 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. I am reminded of February 5, 1981 – Toronto’s bath house raids, the catalyst for my coming out. I am reminded of stolen innocence as a child at the hands of a strang… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded

The Canadian Progressive: Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists

The late Muhammad Ali “was much bigger than boxing. He came, from the late 1960s onwards, to symbolise resistance to racism, militarism and inequality.” The post Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists appeared firs… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists

A Puff of Absurdity: Avoiding the Lesser of Two Evils

It’s not my country, but what happens in America affect the world. And we’re right next door. The Left Forum had a panel discussion a couple weeks ago with Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, and Jill Stein, chaired by Linda Thompson, that’s worth… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Avoiding the Lesser of Two Evils

The Canadian Progressive: What if activists could more accurately predict political events?

Brian Martin on how “activists could be more effective in targeting their campaigns” if major political events had been easy to predict. The post What if activists could more accurately predict political events? appeared first on The Canadian Progress… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: What if activists could more accurately predict political events?

The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize

Canadian social activist, journalist and award-winning author of numerous bestsellers, Naomi Klein, is the the winner of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize. The post Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize appeared first on The Canadian Progressive. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize

The Canadian Progressive: “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan”, Pipelines

A new report outlines the “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan” and the energy giant’s proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The post “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan”, Pipelines appeare… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan”, Pipelines

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- David Akin reports that MPs from multiple parties are rightly challenging offshore tax evasion – though it remains to be seen how many will actually demand a change to the practice. And Tanya Tagala notes that it… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: Spring: the Season of Sexism and Dress Codes

Over the years we have written about sexist school and sports dress codes. But since it’s spring, we should expect a great deal of attention in the non-progressive media to what is either inappropriately dressed teen girls, or the increasingly less subtle slutshaming and sexism that we heap on women. This year’s keynote is from … Continue reading Spring: the Season of Sexism and Dress Codes

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wmtc: 10 ways you can increase member engagement in your union

#7: Hold a logo contest!Trying to increase member engagement in your union? Here are some ideas that work.1. Always make time for your members’ concerns.This is number one through infinity. If you don’t make time for your members’ concerns – if your … . . . → Read More: wmtc: 10 ways you can increase member engagement in your union

wmtc: another big 4/15 in the #FightFor15

Today, April 15 – 4/15 in North America – the Fight for 15 and Fairness made another leap forward. All over the US and Canada, and in countries all over the world, workers marched, walked out, rallied, chanted, and demonstrated, for themselves, an… . . . → Read More: wmtc: another big 4/15 in the #FightFor15

The Canadian Progressive: Whistleblowers and leak activists face powerful elites in struggle to control information

The Panama Papers leak proves, once again, that whistleblowers and leak activists’ role of exposing hidden information is very much alive. The post Whistleblowers and leak activists face powerful elites in struggle to control information appeared first… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Whistleblowers and leak activists face powerful elites in struggle to control information

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Angella MacEwen discusses how most of what’s sold as “free trade” serves mostly to hand power to the corporate sector at the expense of the public. Ashley Csanady and Monika Warzecha point out that the same is true f… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

The Canadian Progressive: How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal

Around the world, movements led by women are challenging “growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, and climate change, women’s movements offer a paradigm shift,” writes San Francisco-based photojournalist and writer, Rucha Chitnis. Th… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal

The Canadian Progressive: Why Anonymous’ declaration of ‘total war’ on Donald Trump matters

The hacktivist collective Anonymous has declared “total war” against front-running U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Is it our war? The post Why Anonymous’ declaration of ‘total war’ on Donald Trump matters appeared first… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Why Anonymous’ declaration of ‘total war’ on Donald Trump matters

PostArctica: Social Housing on Gaetan-Laberge

Members of the comite d’action des citoyennes et citoyens de Verdun (CACV) met with the public on Saturday to raise awareness of the situation about development of the land along […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Social Housing on Gaetan-Laberge

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Tim Harford discusses John Maynard Keynes’ failed prediction that workers would continue to win increased leisure time over the past few decades:(I)t is worth teasing out the nature and extent of Keynes’s error… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- The Star-Phoenix calls for Saskatchewan’s election campaign to focus on the future rather than the past. And Paul Orlowski reminds us of the continued callous corporatism that’s in store if Brad Wall holds on… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

Despite being Metro News, Emily Jackson’s great piece yesterday [below] about how brutally cruel the Saskatchewan government is should make us mindful of a number of issues. Not the least of which is that the neoliberal Saskatchewan Party has been photocopying many of the worst of BC’s regressive and anti-social policies. That makes the BC … Continue reading No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

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Politics, Re-Spun: Seven Tips for Feminist Men

I know already. You’re a feminist. And a man. But I’m not going to pat you on the back for that because we need to do better. We may think we’ve already earned all the male-feminist scout badges. We may subscribe to the male-feminist version of the doctors’ maxim ‘first, do no harm.’ But that’s … Continue reading Seven Tips for Feminist Men

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PostArctica: Dirt – Overstating The Obvious

First image in a promised series. Would love to hear your feedback. . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Dirt – Overstating The Obvious

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy

A recent poll shows strong support for the Trudeau government in Canada, and I have to think, once again, that it is surprising to see that Canadians can be so uncritical and unquestioning of their government. Yes, Harper was defeated, and yes, that wa… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy

Writings of J. Todd Ring: US Intervention In Syria: The Next Iraq

Here is a very brief synopsis of the US role in Syria. We will, for the sake of brevity, leave aside for the moment the obvious and documented facts of the US arming and supporting of the very terrorist groups they claim to be fighting; as well as th… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: US Intervention In Syria: The Next Iraq