Kitchener-Waterloo articles

International Day of Action Called For Justice For the Craigavon Two

By Julian Ichim   On August 8th, 2015 people across the world will be joining in actions demanding the release of the Craigavon Two, Irish Republican prisoners unjustly imprisoned for the murder of a RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary in Northern Ireland) police officer. In Kitchener and Toronto local organizers are planning demonstrations and a public event around

Kitchener's 'Tent City' anti-gentrification protest.

Tent city erected in Kitchener’s Victoria Park against gentrification

by BASICS Kitchener-Waterloo On June 16, 2014, community members in Kitchener protested the gentrification of the downtown core by marching down King Street and constructing a “tent city” in Victoria Park. Victoria Park’s tent city — a temporary housing facility made using tents or other structures — was set up as a fully functioning community. Food

Serving the people... pizza. Downtown Kitchener, June 29, 2014.

Developers in Kitchener push services out of community, community pushes back

by BASICS Kitchener-Waterloo After the recent closure of “The Hot Dog House” — a community outreach initiative that handed out hot dogs and coffee to downtown Kitchener’s poor community — the community came together to rectify the situation. On the afternoon of June 29, 2014, citizens of downtown Kitchener’s poor community handed out pizza in front

An image of Kyle McKee, co-founder of the Aryan Guard, leader of the Calgary branch of Blood & Honour, which this author claims was chased out of Kitchener by anti-fascist organizers.

Kitchener is plagued with fascism

And resistance has always been the cure by Julian Ichim A first person account on the history of fascism and anti-fascist resistance in Kitchener in the last two decades.  This piece is an edited version of a commentary made by the author on his blog. “Congratulations, Kitchener-Waterloo, you are the hate crime capital of Canada! Despite

Serving free food and coffee downtown. Photo: DIANNE HARTMAN

KW Spot Collective Relaunches its Peoples Programs

by BASICS Team Kitchener-Waterloo  On Jan 3, 2014, the Kitchener-Waterloo Spot Collective announced the relaunching and professionalising of their people’s programs. The people’s programs, which include the serving of free food, programs for those dealing with addiction, and literacy programs, have come out of the need to deal with the problems the community faces by


Tour highlights building of people’s power in Venezuela

By the Hugo Chavez People’s Defense Front As Venezuela faces yet another attempt by the Right-wing opposition to create political, economic and social turmoil in the wake of the upcoming municipal electoral process, the Hugo Chávez People’s Defense Front of Canada, organized a 5 City speaking tour with Katrina Kozarek from the Comuna Socialista Ataroa in


Ichim successfully challenges G20 publication ban charges

by Denise Cordova and Nicole Oliver The dedicated community organizer, Julian Ichim from Kitchener-Waterloo, appeared in court on September 30 facing charges held against him for blogging about his personal experiences with an undercover police officer in the year that lead up to the Toronto G20 protests. Arguments were put forward that the charges should