Roundtables

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    From Idle No More to Indigenous Nationhood

    The Canadian state, founded on colonization and genocide, has always faced diverse forms of resistance from Indigenous peoples. The Idle No More movement, which ignited in November 2012, was a convergence point for mobilization against ongoing colonial assaults by the Canadian state and corporations…

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    Coming Out ?Against Apartheid

    A Roundtable about Queer Solidarity with Palestine

    Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) is a Toronto-based group working in solidarity with Palestinians. The group formed in 2008 in response to Brand Israel, a public relations campaign that (among other things) paints Israel as a safe haven for queers in the Middle East. In 2010, QuAIA had to co…

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    “Worst of the Worst”?

    Queer Investments in Challenging Sex Offender Registries

    Over the past 30 years, Canada and the United States have afforded select gays and lesbians more rights, both symbolic and substantial. Simultaneously, most mainstream gay and lesbian organizations have disengaged from the issues of prisons and policing. Resisting police brutality, pushing back agai…

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    Building Sanctuary City: NOII-Toronto on Non-Status Migrant Justice Organizing

    In 2006, Solidarity Across Borders, No One is Illegal, and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty organized a march from Montréal to Ottawa calling for the end of all deportations, detentions of immigrants and refugees, and security certificates, as well as the full and accessible regularizati…

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    Twenty Years of Struggle: A Retrospective on the “Oka Crisis”

    Twenty years ago, the people of Kanehsatake and Kahna-wake rose up in defense of their ancestral lands, facing off against government officials, the police, and the Canadian Army. Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) communities have been on the forefront of resistance to colonialism in Canada, and the events at K…

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    Occupy Everything: A Roundtable on US Student Occupations

    A wave of occupations has swept the coasts of the United States. In December 2008, students at the New School for Social Research in New York City occupied their main building for three days while hundreds of supporters cheered outside. After winning some demands, they left and vowed to be back. On…

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    No Justice, No Peace!: A Roundtable with Ex-Cops on Resisting Police Repression

    When Montreal police officer Jean-Loup Lapointe shot Fredy Villanueva to death on August 9, 2008, riots erupted, making headlines throughout the world. Montreal activists have organized against police violence and impunity for years, but the campaign stemming from Fredy’s killing caught mainstream…

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    Beyond the Margins: A Roundtable on Radical Publishing

    This roundtable assembles members of left publications based in Canada and the United States to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing radical media in the current political, economic, and cultural climate. Although Canadian Dimension, Media Co-op, Briarpatch, Left Turn, and Z Magazine have…

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    Going for Gold on Stolen Land

    A Roundtable on Anti-Olympic Organizing

    The winter Olympic games will be held on unceded Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia) in February 2010. “No Olympics on Stolen Native Land” has been a rallying cry for those opposing the 2010 winter games, on the basis of this sporting event’s connection to capital…

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    Out of the Shadows

    Ten Year Reflections on Seattle

    Between November 30 and December 3, 1999, a mass mobilization of demonstrators shut down the negotiations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, Washington. The planning, execution, and fallout of the “Battle of Seattle” shifted the political landscape and transformed social movements…