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Direct Action in Ottawa

by FFFC - Ottawa

On May 18th, the Royal Bank of Canada in Ottawa was firebombed. RBC was a major sponsor of the recently concluded 2010 Olympics on stolen indigenous land. This land was never legally ceded to colonial British Columbia. This hasn’t stopped the government from assuming full ownership of the land and its resources for the benefit of its corporate masters and to the detriment of aboriginal peoples, workers and the poor of the province. The 2010 Winter Olympics increased the homelessness crisis in Vancouver, especially the Downtown Eastside, Kanada’s poorest urban area. Since the Olympics bid, homelessness in Vancouver has nearly tripled while condominium development in the Downtown Eastside is outpacing social housing by a rate of 3:1. The further criminalization and displacement of those living in extreme poverty continues apace.

Toronto Community Mobilization Network Organizes G8/G20 Protests in June

(Adapted from Press Release from Toronto Community Mobilization Network.)
The Toronto Community Mobilization Network is a group of community-based organizers and allies, facilitating teach-ins, creative actions, rallies and demonstrations leading up to and during the G8/G20 Summits in Toronto, June 21-27, 2010.

Protest Paramilitary Repression in Mexico/Stand in Solidarity with the People of Oaxaca

***Sign-making & Action planning Sunday, May 2 @7:30pm at the A-space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.***

Monday, May 3

3-5:30pm

The Mexican Consulate
21 S. 5th St, between
Market & Chestnut
Philadelphia

WHY TAKE ACTION NOW?

On April 27, 2010, a Solidarity caravan representing members of Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) was brutally attacked by paramilitary forces.  Two people were killed, one injured and many more have disappeared.  See below for more information in English & Spanish.

From the River to the Wall: Union Organizing in the West Bank

With a population just shy of 2.4 million and a labor force of 640,000, the West Bank exists in perpetual economic depression. This reality, according to a 2009 United Nations report on trade and development, is “rooted in the relentless Israeli internal and external closure policy, the attrition of the Palestinian productive base and the loss of Palestinian land and natural resources” that has occurred since 1967 under the Israeli occupation. In reality, these policies result in crippling unemployment and generations of unrealized economic potential.

State of Austerity Haiti’s Classquake

From counterpunch.org

Just five days prior to the 7.0 earthquake that shattered Port-au-Prince on January 12th, the Haitian government’s Council of Modernisation of Public Enterprises (CMEP) announced the planned 70% privatization of Teleco, Haiti’s public telephone company.

Mapuche Demands in Chile: A Matter of History

A brief synthesis of the ‘Mapuche Question’

The issue of native peoples in Chile is still sprinkled with blood. Today historic grievances demand recognition, such as the creation of a multinational state where all Chilean can live together in harmony.

Arauco1 has a sorrow that can’t be silence
Centuries of injustice applied to everyone
That haven’t been remedied.
Rise up, Huenchullán
Blood flows, the native is lost
They take the land he must defend
The native falls, the stranger stands

Myth and Implications of the Kwangju People's Uprising

Archimedes once declared, “Give me a fixed point and I can move the earth.” Historically speaking, the Kwangju people';s uprising of 1980 is such a fixed point. It was the pivot around which dictatorship was transformed into democracy in South Korea. Twenty years afterwards, its energy resonates strongly across the world. Among other things, its history provides both a glimpse of the free society of the future and a sober and realistic assessment of the role of the U.S. government and its allies in Asia.

Aristide and The Endless Revolution

Aristide and the Endless Revolution

Powerful documentary on the events leading up to the overthrow of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. The film explores the legacy of colonialism in Haiti today. We see the continuation of this colonial history with the intervention of thousands of US troops following the tragic earthquake there.

Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia

By Hans Bennett

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