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    From the Kitchen Table to the Barricade: Oral History & Social Change

    with Nassim Elbardouh, Sarah Loose, and Dan Kerr

    Oral history as both a methodology and as a practice seeks to document the stories, memories, and viewpoints of the people left out of archives and official records. As many marginalized groups and individuals can attest to, it is a rare experience to accurately represented official records are seen…

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    Incredible Breakthroughs & Major Challenges

    A Roundtable on Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS), with Lisa Taraki, Chandni Desai, Max Ajl, and Lisa Hajjar

    Inside the Canadian state and across much of the planet, the BDS movement is growing. Labour and student unions in Canada and the US have passed BDS resolutions in recent years.  At the same time, BDS activists living inside the Canadian state face strong opposition from a ruling class with strong…

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    Stay Relevant, Stay Real, Stay Radical

    A Roundtable on the Solidarity City Movement in Canada

    Four years ago, No One Is Illegal Toronto organizers reflected on Building a Sanctuary/Solidarity City in the pages of Upping the Anti issue 11. Since then, there have been victories and new efforts that bring momentum to the movement. On February 21, 2013, Toronto’s Solidarity City Network succes…

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    Health Care as Social Justice Practice

    As neoliberalism continues to erode access to a publicly-funded health care system in Canada, people’s health organizers are working to improve the health of working class and marginalized communities. This budding movement seeks to defend and expand upon existing health and medical services. At t…

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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…