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Palestinian Political Prisoners Day: Upcoming Events

political prisonersJoin us from April 17 – 20, 2014 for a series of events for Palestinian Political Prisoners Day.

Thursday, April 17th | 5 pm – 6 pm
Demonstration in front of Israeli Consulate
(180 Bloor Street West, Toronto)

Friday, April 18th | 5 pm – 6 pm
Vigil dedicated to Palestinian Political Prisoners in front of the Israeli Consulate
(180 Bloor Street West, Toronto)

Saturday, April 19th | 11 am – 2 pm
Panel discussion & film screening
United Steelworkers Hall
(25 Cecil Street, Toronto) Continue reading

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Ryerson Students’ Union joins the global BDS movement

Last week, the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), representing over 28,000 students, voted to endorse the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. In voting to join the BDS movement, Ryerson students have now joined growing global movement in solidarity with Palestinians against Israeli Apartheid. Specifically, the vote gives the student union the mandate to discontinue its ties to any products or companies that support Israel’s systemic discrimination and/or colonization, engage its membership in further Palestine solidarity work, and encourage the Ryerson University administration to divest from companies and institutions that are complicit in Israeli Apartheid.

In voting to endorse the BDS campaign, the RSU now joins a host of other student unions in Canada and around the world. Students unions in Canada that have passed a BDS resolution include:
* University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Students Union (April 2013)
* York University Federation of Students (March 2013)
* Trent University Central Students Association (February 2013)
* University of Toronto Mississauga Students Union (February 2013)
* Concordia Graduate Students Association (January 2013)
* University of Toronto Graduate Students Association (December 2012)
* York University Graduate Students Association (November 2012)
* Graduate Students Association at Carleton University (March 2012)
* University of Regina Students Union (February 2012)
* Solidarite Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) (October 2007)

This recent BDS victory at Ryerson comes after a long and sustained educational campaign on Palestine solidarity and Israeli Apartheid, by the Students for Justice in Palestine and other solidarity activists on campus. CAIA honours the years of struggle that these, and previous, students have been engaged in. We encourage everyone to send messages of support to SJP-Ryerson and RSU in getting the BDS motion passed. For more information on contacting these two organizations, please see websites below:

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Ali Mustafa – killed in Syria 9 March, 2014

Our friend and comrade, photojournalist Ali Mustafa was killed while working in Aleppo, Syria today alongside seven others. They were killed by a bomb dropped from a Syrian government aircraft.

Ali was active in CAIA for several years. Those who knew Ali will remember him for his courage, commitment, generosity, and sweetness. Our thoughts are with Ali’s friends and family.

See some of Ali’s recent photographs from Syria here. A website dedicated to preserving and celebrating the legacy of Ali Mustafa may be found here.

Photo by Peter Hapak for TIME

Photo by Peter Hapak for TIME

 

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CAIA Joins International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with ‘Boycott SodaStream’ Information Picket

CAIA Joins International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with ‘Boycott SodaStream’ Information Picket 
Friday, November 29, 2013 marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People as well as Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Palestine solidarity organizations around the world marked this day by holding ‘Boycott SodaStream’ rallies in various cities. In Toronto, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) organized an information picket to join the global day of action to boycott SodaStream products and to keep them off of holiday shopping lists. The picket was held at the Bed Bath and Beyond store (corporate focus of the CAIA SodaStream campaign). It featured carols with a boycott SodaStream theme and CAIA members distributed printed materials about the campaign.You can be part of the boycott SodaStream campaign by signing the online petition asking Bed, Bath and Beyond Canada to respect principles of ethics and social justice, by removing SodaStream products from their shelves. By signing this petition you will be adding your voice to the call to stop ‘business as usual’ with companies that are complicit in the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land. Please sign this petition and share it widely with your friends and family.

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International HR DAY 2013

The Struggle for Human Rights:
Campaigns, Movements and Cultural Resistance
An afternoon of education, resistance and celebration

Sunday, December 15, 2013 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street
(One block south of College and one block east of Spadina – free parking available at the back of the hall)

A gathering to reflect on current campaigns, solidarity movements and cultural interventions in resisting colonization, racism, genocide, apartheid and exploitation. This panel discussion and cultural performance is being organized in commemoration of the annual International Human Rights Day (December 10). Join us to learn about upcoming events at information tables, gather materials, meet and speak with community organizers and activists, attend the speakers’ panel and discussion, cultural performance, food and refreshments. All welcome! Continue reading

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CAIA Launches “Boycott SodaStream” Campaign

CAIA Launches “Boycott SodaStream” Campaign | Take Action Today!

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) launched a campaign to get SodaStream out of Bed Bath and Beyond stores in Canada. The launch of the campaign was marked with a very successful rally at the Bed Bath Beyond store in downtown Toronto.

This CAIA campaign is part of an international campaign to Boycott SodaStream. We have started an online petition, asking Bed Bath and Beyond Canada to respect principles of ethics and social justice by removing SodaStream products from their shelves. By signing this petition you will be adding your voice to the call to stop “business as usual” with companies that are complicit in the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land. Please sign this petition and share it widely with your friends and family.

SodaStream rally, Nov. 16, 2013
Photo credit: David Parsons