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The Canadian Progressive: Climate Action Now!: #ForwardOnClimate Rally in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17th

via Sierra Club: Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home — and the American people get it. What: The largest climate rally in U.S. history. When: February 17, 2013, Noon – 4:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.) Where: The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Gather at the northeast corner of the Washington Monument (Closest Metro subway READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Gyasi Ross: The Future of ‘Idle No More’ (VIDEO)

Indian Country Today and Huffington Post contributor Gyasi Ross discusses the future and impact of the Idle No More movement, and the lived experiences of First Nations in Canada and the United States: Video available on YouTube The Canadian Progressive recommends: Stephen Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan In Canada, Indigenous youth fight for rights READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: “Common Causes” launches with actions in 25 Canadian cities, support for Idle No More

New social movement assembly launches to take on the Harper agenda by Council of Canadians | Jan. 28, 2013: OTTAWA – Community actions are being held in 25 cities across Canada today to step up the opposition to Stephen Harper’s agenda. Community members will gather as part of the launch of Common Causes, a new collaboration of Canadians to defend READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: This Global Violence Against Women Will No Longer Be Tolerated

by Eve Ensler |The Guardian/UK, January 13, 2013 The Delhi Rape, Savile, Ohio – Extreme acts of sexual violence seem to be everywhere. In response, a worldwide day of action has been called There seems to be two types of risings on the planet right now. One is a sexual violence typhoon that is impacting most countries in READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: FBI “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”?

The FBI hatched a “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”? It’d seem so, according to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and civil liberties activists. Information obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund via a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the FBI: a) “collaborated with other federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland READ MORE

Canadian Progressive: The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities

By South End Press Publisher: South End Press Pages: 368 ISBN: 978-0-89608-794-1 Format: Paperback original Release Date: 2011-05-01 Synopsis: The extent of the violence affecting our communities is staggering. Nearly one in three women in the United States will experience intimate violence in her lifetime. And while intimate violence affects relationships across the sexuality and gender spectrums, the likelihood [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Why the U.S. Won’t Allow Dying Iranian Sociologist to Join His Family

by Cora Currier | ProPublica Dr. Rahmatollah Sedigh Sarvestani is dying. The Iranian sociologist, recently retired from a long teaching career at the University of Tehran, suffers from prostate cancer and a pelvic tumor. With his kidneys failin… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Why the U.S. Won’t Allow Dying Iranian Sociologist to Join His Family

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Anonymous: The Betrayal Of Wikileaks

Last week, the hacktivist collective Anonymous dumped WikiLeaks. Anonymous accuses WikiLeaks’ beleagured founder Julian Assange of turning the whistle-blowing website into a one man “Julian Assange show”. Below is the full text of Anonymous’ statement explaining the divorce: Greetings World – In December of 2010 Anonymous came to the defense of and began supporting the organization WikiLeaks and it’s [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Native Women’s Association of Canada announces 7th Annual Ottawa SIS Vigil

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Ottawa Sisters In Spirit Vigil on October 4th 2012. October 4th is a day when we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and support families who have been tragically touched by the loss of a loved one to [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Major Canadian Unions Endorse Mass Sit-in Against Tar Sands Pipelines and Tankers

Today (September 26), the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP), the Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW), the BC Teachers’ Federation, the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union-CAW, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees BC (CUPE BC) have all added their names to the growing list endorsing the October 22 Defend Our Coast mass sit-in against [...]

Canadian Progressive: Occupy Wall Street 1 Year Later: A Roundtable Discussion

Democracy Now host Amy Goodman hosts a roundtable discussion of Occupy Wall Street movement on its 1 year anniversary with the following experts: Frances Fox Piven, an author and professor at City University of New York who has studied social movements for decades; Nathan Schneider, editor of the blog Waging Nonviolence, which has extensively covered the Occupy movement; and Suzanne Collado, an organizer with Occupy Wall Street since its inception and member of the group “Strike Debt,” an effort to organize a mass upsurge of debt resistance. Video available on YouTube RELATED: NYPD brutalized Occupy Wall Street protesters and violated

Canadian Progressive: Massive Peaceful Tar Sands Protest Before B.C. Provincial Legislature Planned For October 22

Over 80 influential leaders from the business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities across Canada today announced an upcoming mass sit-in in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia on October 22. The sit-in will oppose tar sands pipelines and tankers and the threats they would pose to the west coast. “There are moments in history when it’s clear that our elected leaders are failing us and it is necessary to take a stand,” said prominent author and environmentalist Tzeporah Berman. “Today we are stating our intention to defend our coast and calling on others

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Canadian Progressive: Harper Government Pressured Mexico To Nuke Peaceful Excellon Protests

Evidence suggests that the Harper Government pressured Mexico to nuke peaceful protests at Canadian company Excellon Resources Inc’s La Platosa Mine.

Canadian Progressive: Pussy Riot solidarity protest: Topless Kiev activist cuts down massive crucifix

A Kiev protester joined the global Pussy Riot protest in a unique way. She went topless, grabbed a chainsaw and felled a mammoth crucifix with Jesus on it. The woman joined thousands around the world who protested the 2-year prison sentence the three members of feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, received for singing a protest song against Vladimir Putin. The sledgehammer-sentence is emblematic of Russia’s intolerance of dissent, human rights and basic freedoms. But what has Jesus got to do with it all? Your call. Photo credits: FEMEN (More photos)

Canadian Progressive World: The day Canada’s white supremacists saluted Stephen Harper

So far, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ideology-inspired of project of social and political engineering expresses itself most eloquently as the Conservatives’ egregious assault on civil liberties, the metamorphosis of Canada into a petro-state, and militarization of both Canadian society and foreign policy. We’re yet to acknowledge how this project oppresses the “other” while empowering utopian idealists who believe that the eradication of minorities will cleanse their world of some perceived contamination.

In early June, Canada’s white supremacists saluted Harper.

The Conservative majority in the House of Commons had just passed Bill C-304 by 153 votes to 136. As usual, the

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: A CLASSE act for Quebec’s next provincial election

Should an election be called, the more militant group of the Quebec student protest movement will mobilze students against ideology and neo-liberal politics. That’s according to CLASSE’s new manifesto, recently launched by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (pictured), the organization’s spokesman. The manifesto focuses on four core themes: democracy, feminism, social justice and ecology.

RELATED: Quebec Student Protest Movement Begins Tour Of Ontario Universities

And now, via StopTheHike.ca, the manifesto:

For months now, all over Quebec, the streets have vibrated to the rhythm of hundreds of thousands of marching feet. What started out as a movement underground, still stiff with the

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Quebec Student Protest Movement Begins Tour Of Ontario Universities

While the pots and pans are on a summer hiatus, the ground-breaking Quebec student protest movement is visiting an Ontario university near you. Representatives of CLASSE, Quebec’s largest student federation, and other activists have embarked on a tour of ten Ontario universities.

The nine-day Quebec-Ontario Student Solidarity Tour, funded by the Canadian Federation of Students, kicked off at the University of Ottawa on Thursday.

Click here for tour events and times.

Expect to meet some of the familiar faces of the movement, including: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for CLASSE, Marianne Breton Fontaine, a grassroots student activist and independent journalist

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Dogwood Initiative: Political Hardball Against Harper, Enbridge

We’re sending this e-mail because we want to make one thing crystal clear.

Despite the best efforts of Canada’s federal government to fast track oil tanker and pipeline projects, we’re closer to stopping them than we’ve ever been. We’ve got a plan to play political hardball that can finish the job, and you are a key player.

To recap, in the last six months Prime Minister Stephen Harper has labelled opponents of Enbridge’s oil tanker project “radicals,” gutted protection for fish, limited participation in future public hearings and given government the power to overrule a review panel’s recommendation.

What

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper’s Canada “Making Up Terror Identities”

In Stephen Harper’s Canada, we’re all potential terror threats. Until proven otherwise. So suggests a recent study by Queens University’s Jeffrey Monaghan and Kevin Walby, published in the journal Policing and Society. Welcome to Multi Issue Extremism (MIE), Canada’s new classification of so-called domestic terror threats.

We saw it coming.

In a January letter, Joe Oliver, the Minister of Natural Resources, labeled environmental movements “radical groups” funded by “foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest.” Oliver believes these groups are also pursuing “their radical ideological agenda”. And their goal is “to stop any major

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: We Are All Québécois: Solidarity From Chilean Students And Academics

Below is a statement of solidarity with the ongoing Quebec student protests from Chilean academics and student leaders. (English translation via Translating The Revolution.) We Are All Québécois! We the undersigned, Chilean academics and student leaders, denounce to national and … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: On Wednesday in Ottawa, Occupy This!

I just received an invite from an activist friend to attend the Ottawa launch of Judy Rebick new book on the Occupy movement and solidarity-building, Occupy This! The book excites the activist in me already, even before I’ve read it. … Continue reading →