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Art by Iranian artist Seema Sardarzehi.

From Pakistan to Turtle Island: #YesAllWomen

From Pakistan to Turtle Island: #YesAllWomen

Op-Ed by Muriam Salman There has been widespread condemnation of the attack on a 25-year old pregnant woman as she stood in front of Lahore Courthouse, Pakistan on May 27. Farzana Parveen died after being hit with bricks and sticks by her father, brother, and former fiancé. The stoning coincided with news of Elliot Rogers


The emergence of the neoliberal containment state in Canada

by Aiyanas Ormond Reproduced with permission from author and The Mainlander: Vancouver’s Place for Progressive Politics AUTHOR’S NOTE | This article emerges from 5 years of working as a community organizer for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). Thank you to the VANDU Board for allowing me to lean on their community organizing work and

Monday, June 16th, residents and community organizations held a press conference to demand an end to police sweeps in the Downtown East.  Photo from OCAP.

Impending Police Sweep of Downtown East an Attack on a Poor Community

Between June 16 and September 8, 2014 the area between Wellesley to Shuter, and Church to Parliament in the east end of downtown will be the focus of an ongoing police sweep, led by 51 Division and involving dozens of officers and organized under the auspices of the Toronto Anti Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS). They are

Sureté du Québec Lt. Guy Lapointe shows tobacco seized by the Quebec police force at a news conference, April 30, 2014 in Montreal. Photo credit: Ryan Remiorz , THE CANADIAN PRESS.

The “Contraband” Raids are about PR: Interview with John Kane from “Let’s Talk Native”

by M. Cooke “You don’t have to go to Kahnawake to combat crime. The government is trying to make us [indigenous people] look worse in the eyes of their public,” says John Kane, host of radio program “Let’s Talk Native” on WWKB 1520 out of New York. The Mohawk radio personality believes that the police

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Building people power in Toronto: Next Steps

A discussion document on strategy for advancing the organization of people’s struggles in Toronto By BASICS Community News Service We in BASICS Community News Service advance this discussion document in this same spirit of unity and struggle that has built a movement to reclaim May Day since 2009 with our allies both within the May


“Say NO to Bill C-10″ – Founding statement of the Coalition Against Bill C-10

This statement was signed by the Anti-Colonial Committee of the Law Union of Ontario, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, the BASICS Community News Service, the Two Row Society, and the First Nations Solidarity Working Group of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903.  Organizations in agreement with this statement and interested in joining