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Canadian Dimension: Why BDS?

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Winnipeg, October 18, 2016: The decision taken by Green Party of Canada convention delegates to approve a resolution supporting the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel in August 2016 was controversial, so much so that the leadership decided to convene a special general meeting . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Why BDS?

Canadian Dimension: Vimy Ridge Readings – An Anti-War Celebration

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April 9, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. From April 3-9, the Canadian government, with other organizations, will attempt to stir our souls with a sanitized version of the battle of Vimy Ridge. Using the occasion to further militarize our society and promote a system that profits from continuous war, they will regale us with tales of past glories and the birth of a nation.

In reality, Vimy Ridge is a dark story of military slaughter that saw over 10,500 Canadian soldiers wounded, 3,600 dead and thousands more missing in action. If truth be told, the battle of Vimy Ridge was just one of the contemptible and insane acts of violence committed against humanity during WW1.

It’s time to tell the real story of lives lost and the resistance of soldiers on the front lines. While soldiers broke ranks, resistance at home was led by the left and the women’s movement igniting a fight against conscription, particularly in Quebec.

On April 9, we invite you to join us in a very important commemoration to both lives lost at Vimy Ridge and resistance to war. With your participation, we hope to build a cross-Canada chorus of anti-war readings of Motherhouse and Bolsheviki by David Fennario, two plays that deliver blistering condemnations of war while celebrating resistance from the bottom up.

Motherhouse is a one-woman drama that gives voice to disillusioned working-class women employed at the British Munitions Factory in Verdun, Quebec, during WWI, as told by factory worker, Josephine Lillabit Bradley, based on eye witness accounts. Their discontent leads to a strike.

Bolsheviki is a one-man story about rebellion in the trenches of WWI that also results in resistance, as told by Harry “Rosie” Rollins, based on eye witness accounts.

David Fennario is a Montreal playwright and winner of two Chalmers’ awards and the Pauline Julien award.

Help build a massive, noisy protest to challenge the spectacle of war we are sure to be subjected to on the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. By becoming part of this anti-war event, you will be inspiring community action and communication. It’s a great way to be part of the larger anti-war movement.

To remember is to end all war.

Montreal Contact: Jane Gilchrist, pjglarocan@videotron.ca – 514-842-3208

Website: http://vimyridging.weebly.com/

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Canadian Dimension: Thousands to Meet in Montreal for World Social Forum

Photo by Guillaume Paumier Thousands of people from over 95 countries are expected to gather in Montreal on August 9-14 for a social movement summit called the World Social Forum (WSF). Participants will spend a… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Thousands to Meet in Montreal for World Social Forum

Canadian Dimension: The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven

Photo by Johnny Silvercloud Dr. Cornel West has said, “The future of the United States depends in part on how it responds to the legacy of Frances Fox Piven.” Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of … . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven

Canadian Dimension: World Social Forum comes to Montreal

We invite social movements from around the world to make the next World Social Forum (WSF) a meeting essential for sharing our mobilizations and our resistance and for strengthening our struggles. We want the WS… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: World Social Forum comes to Montreal

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

Canadian Dimension: Manitoba women were first to win right to vote 100 years ago

Photo by Bain News Service A hundred years ago this week, the first group of women in Canada won the right to vote after a decades-long battle. It happened in Manitoba on January 28th, 1916; other provinces even… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Manitoba women were first to win right to vote 100 years ago

Canadian Dimension: The case for revolution

Photo by Jonny White Chris Hedges is one of America’s – and American capitalism’s – most articulate and virulent critics. A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist during almost 20 years as a foreign correspon… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The case for revolution

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Climate and the state, refugees in Europe

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Two interviews this week on two human-made crises: first, my conversation author and academic Christian Parenti on the climate crisis and the role of the state followed by journalist Jesse Rosenfeld with an update on the refugee crisis in Europe.

Christian Parenti is author of numerous books, most recently Tropic of Chaos: . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Climate and the state, refugees in Europe

Michal Rozworski: Creative resistance: Interview with Andreas Karitzis

After Syriza accepted a third austerity memorandum for Greece and called early elections, much of its leadership left the party. Some formed Popular Unity, while others are still searching for a new home to continue the fight against austerity.

Andreas Karitzis is among the latter. Until this summer, he was a member of Syriza’s central . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Creative resistance: Interview with Andreas Karitzis

The Canadian Progressive: These 1 percenters are sharing their wealth with the 99 percent

These 1 percenters are doing what the global Occupy movement demanded back in 2011. They’re sharing their wealth with the 99 percent.

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Michal Rozworski: Podcast: What’s next for anti-austerity in Portugal and Greece?

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Two updates from Southern Europe this week: Catarina Principe brings us up-to-date on the situation in Portugal and Andreas Karitzis recounts the search for a new politics in Greece after (and under the rule of) Syriza.

My first guest, Catarina Principe, is an prominent activist in Portugal’s Bloco, or Left Bloc, the . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: What’s next for anti-austerity in Portugal and Greece?

Canadian Dimension: In conversation with Chris Hedges

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We are living in revolutionary times that are ripe for rebellion. So says Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Chris Hedges in his newest book “Wages of Rebellion” in which he explains that a major uprising will soon inevitably erupt in the United States. With increasing environmental destruction, wealth polarization and . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: In conversation with Chris Hedges

Canadian Dimension: The Great Unraveling with Chris Hedges

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges joins us for an evening in Toronto to speak about “The Great Unraveling.”

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Great Unraveling with Chris Hedges

Canadian Dimension: In Ecuador, Fight for Mankind; In Greece, Fight for Greece!

Presidents Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Evo Morales of Bolívia, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brasil, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, in Fórum Social Mundial for Latin America • Photo by Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom

Greece is white, it is European, and therefore eyes of entire Western “progressive” world are . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: In Ecuador, Fight for Mankind; In Greece, Fight for Greece!

Canadian Dimension: Beyond teamsters and turtles: Jobs, justice, climate

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Jobs, Justice, Climate is the slogan of what we hope will be a massive march in Toronto on July 5 and Vancouver on July 4. To my knowledge it’s the first action in Canada that has linked jobs with the battle for climate change in a context of social . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Beyond teamsters and turtles: Jobs, justice, climate

Canadian Dimension: Why Students Are Joining the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

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Canada’s ready for a new kind of climate movement. On July 5th, we’re marching for climate and economic justice in Toronto, Canada. RSVP for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate at http://jobsjusticeclimate.ca.

If it’s wrong to wreck the planet, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage. The divestment . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Why Students Are Joining the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

Canadian Dimension: Dissenting Big Time: E.P. Thompson, C. Wright Mills and Making the First New Left All That’s L

E.P Thompson and the Making of the New Left: Essays & Polemics. Edited by Ca Winslow. Monthly Review Press, 2014

E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left: Essays & Polemics

Edited by Cal Winslow

Monthly Review Press, 2014

Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Dissenting Big Time: E.P. Thompson, C. Wright Mills and Making the First New Left All That’s L

Canadian Dimension: Make the Rich Panic

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It does not matter to the corporate rich who wins the presidential election. It does not matter who is elected to Congress. The rich have the power. They throw money at their favorites the way a gambler puts cash on his favorite horse. Money has replaced the vote. The wealthy . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Make the Rich Panic

Canadian Dimension: Fighting austerity in Québec is tied to Canada and colonialism

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Cracks in the fatality of austerity are quickly spreading outward on the streets in Montréal. Thousands and thousands are actively joining a growing grassroots protest movement that is bold, broad and powerful.

Today’s massive demonstration is a public illustration of a grassroots movement in motion, one that is not . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Fighting austerity in Québec is tied to Canada and colonialism

Canadian Dimension: Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

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PRINCETON, N.J.—Tariq Ali is part of the royalty of the left. His more than 20 books on politics and history, his seven novels, his screenplays and plays and his journalism in the Black Dwarf newspaper, the New Left Review and other publications have made him one of the most . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

Dead Wild Roses: Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything – Interview on CBC’s The National

I think I need to get this book.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Climate Change, Naomi Klein, Social Movements, This Changes Everything

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Canadian Dimension: Why We Need Professional Revolutionists

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No revolt can succeed without professional revolutionists. These revolutionists live outside the formal structures of society. They are financially insecure—Vladimir Lenin spent considerable time in exile appealing for money from disenchanted aristocrats he would later dispossess. They dedicate their lives to fomenting radical change. They do not invest energy . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Why We Need Professional Revolutionists

Canadian Dimension: Campaign against Alberta tar sands given massive boost by Quebec public

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Quebec’s movement against climate disaster has been given a major boost by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the former student leader who just received the Governor General’s Literary Award for his book on the 2012 student strike.

Nadeau-Dubois announced Sunday night, during his appearance on the popular television program Tout le monde en . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Campaign against Alberta tar sands given massive boost by Quebec public

Canadian Dimension: Opening Up to Media Democracy

In January 2008, Canadian Dimension published a theme issue on Big Media highlighting the need for progressives to organize a movement to “break the monopolies” and democratize communication policy. Articles addressed why media reform should be a democratic priority in light of struggles over fair and affordable access to the internet, domination of . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Opening Up to Media Democracy