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After Charlottesville, Who Are Our Friends and Enemies?

After Charlottesville, Who Are Our Friends and Enemies?

by Kabir Joshi-Vijayan On August 12th, White nationalists from across the United States gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a Confederate General’s statue. They were met by hundreds of anti-racist counter-protesters, and police stood by as the two groups clashed in the street. Dozens were injured in the mayhem, and Heather Heyer, a

By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X and the Struggle Today

By Noaman G. Ali Fifty-two years ago today, Malcolm X was gunned down in Harlem. He was killed most likely by agents of the US government, but also, the fact is, the Nation of Islam wanted him dead, too. It may be worth thinking about Malcolm X and his relevance to the way we engage

Vas Bien, Fidel

By Noaman G. Ali When I went to Cuba quite briefly last year, I don’t know what I was expecting. I wasn’t exactly a tourist of the resort variety, because I was there for an academic conference and I wasn’t particularly interested in sitting on a beach and drinking. Nor was I there on a

A Look Back at Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Plan

  By Saeed Mohamed On November 3rd, 2015 the City of Toronto published TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Plan, a 48-page interim policy report receiving unanimous City Council approval. For the first time, poverty reduction strategies have been formally introduced into the 2016 City Budget, also marking the first time all levels of government have

VANDU fights criminalizing Street Vending Bylaw

Provincial Judge upholds constitutionality of bylaw that criminalizes the poor. By: Aiyanas Ormond  “Don’t kick us when we’re down,” said Susan Aleck, standing in front of the provincial courthouse in Vancouver. “Let us get up and make ourselves better. Give us some space.” Aleck is one of four members of the Vancouver Area Network of

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

Drone victim abducted and tortured

by Zainab Syed and Arsalan Samdani “They tortured me. They punched me on the head, they slap[ped] my arms and they beat me with a stick,” said Kareem Khan to journalists after his release from detention on February 13th. Khan, a vocal anti-drone activist from FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), was kidnapped (allegedly by Pakistan’s

We Have an Anti-imperialist Obligation to the People of Haiti

by Ajamu Nangwaya, Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity & Toronto Haiti Action Network As we approach the 10 year anniversary of Canada’s invasion of Haiti, Ajamu Nangwaya of the Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity & Toronto Haiti Action Network explores humanity’s debt to, and imperialism’s crimes against, the Haitian people. by Ajamu Nangwaya February 28th/March 1st will

Not Happy Talking to the Police? Try Collective Struggle

by Christopher Williams of the Network for the Elimination of Police Violence Poor Frederick Douglass apparently had it all wrong when he famously stated, “power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” According to a recent National Post opinion piece on contentious police practices in Toronto, sitting down and chatting

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