Palestinian Popular Resistance: Building (BDS)/ Student Movement

January 12, 2016
George Ignatieff Theatre – 15 Devonshire Place*
7 – 9pm
Admission is Free.
*This is an accessible venue.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499911840311028/  

A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries. Palestinians continue to struggle for their fundamental rights of freedom, self-determination, equality, and a right to return. As the resistance on the ground intensifies, university campuses remain central to building on the Palestinian solidarity movement. The call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) has recently made tremendous gains, in particular on university campuses and academic institutions. Both the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) recently passed BDS resolutions, with an overwhelming majority.

On the evening of January 12th at 7pm, join the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union BDS Ad Hoc Committee, SAIA UofT, along with Noura Erakat and Nada Elia for a panel discussion on what is currently taking place on the ground in Palestine, and what we can do on campuses to support the resistance, and build on the Palestinian resistance movement.

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City-wide rally: Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance – Boycott Israel now!

Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 6 pm
Location: Across from the Israeli consulate,180 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/427332634128806/

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Another round of escalating Israeli attacks throughout historic Palestine is being met with intensified Palestinian popular resistance. World governments, especially in the west, are calling this a “cycle of violence” where both sides are to blame, ignoring the root cause of the colonial conflict and their own complicity in enabling Israel to violate international law with impunity. But, as long as occupation and apartheid are allowed to continue, we will see neither justice nor peace in Palestine.

We need to hold Israel to account. We need to expose and challenge corporate and governmental complicity, particularly those that enable and profit from occupation and apartheid. Israel’s military machine, including its research arm, must face a comprehensive international military embargo, and all Israeli leaders, officers and soldiers who are involved in the commission of the current and past crimes must be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court as well as national courts that respect international jurisdiction.

Join Palestine House, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and other social justice organizations and people of conscience across Toronto in the streets this Friday, and add your voice to the worldwide condemnation of Israel’s crimes. Join us as we build the global movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions!

Free Palestine! Boycott Israel now!

Challenge Harper, Mulcair & Trudeau! #RefugeesWelcome

Monday, September 28th, 5:30PM
Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1FoF79n

On September 28th, Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau will be participating in a televised pre-election Federal Leaders debate, sharing their visions of Canada’s Foreign Policy at Roy Thomson Hall in downtown Toronto. Canada’s foreign policy has destroyed people’s homes and communities abroad and particularly displaced Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people across the Global South. Join us as hundreds of others in a rally as we insist upon a new vision, one that is about flourishing communities, not displacement and profit.
#RefugeesWelcome means:
  • we are in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples who continue to fight ongoing colonialism, displacement and defend the land across Turtle Island and the Global South.
  • we oppose the narrative of “worthy” migrants that is rooted in disablelism, patriarchy, capitalism, and the anti-Black racism that values certain bodies on the move over others.
  • we believe in the freedom to move, return, stay for all peoples.
  • we celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people breaking borders in Europe and elsewhere in their search for freedom.

Canadian ‘foreign’ policy is increasingly built on exploitative trade deals, environmentally devastating resource extraction, the war on terror, militarism and displacement. On September 28th, let’s put forward our own vision of a more accountable and just world and a more collective humanity.

Our vision: #StoptheWar #EndMiningInjustice #BoycottApartheid
#ClimateJusticeNow #NoFreeTrade and racial, gender, economic justice for all.
*We humbly acknowledge that this action is taking place on traditional territories defended by Missisaugas of the New Credit, Haudenausaunee People and the Wendat Nation*

This rally is organized by No One is Illegal – Toronto and endorsed by a number of progressive social justice organizations, including the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid.

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Refugees Welcome Rally & Teach-In

September 19, 2015 at 3pm
Bloor & Avenue – Meet outside of Royal Ontario Museum
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067992483235452/ 
More information:
www.refugeeswelcome.ca

#RefugeesWelcome
#StopTheWar
#EndDisplacement

Toddler Alan Kurdi’s tragic death by drowning on September 2nd is a call for urgent action on the global refugee crisis — the largest since World War II. This crisis isn’t inevitable. It is time for Canadian immigration and refugee policies to change. It is time for us to call for an end to the wars and environmental and economic collapse that forces people to become refugees and migrants.
As part of the month of #RefugeesWelcome actions called by 30+ cities across Canada, Toronto will be hosting a rally and teach-in with members from different refugee and migrant communities. Let’s share, learn, resist, and build. #RefugeesWelcome is a call to end all forces of displacement, all fortressed borders, and all migrant deaths – it is a call for the freedom to stay, move, and return.

GAZA: New Dynamics, Future Prospects with Dr. Sara Roy

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:30pm
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor Street West (by Spadina station)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/713275518805855/
More Information: www.necefsabeel.ca

NECEF Sabeel Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. Sara Roy of Harvard University will be speaking in Toronto on her extensive experience in Gaza for the 2015 James Graff Memorial Lecture.Gaza event with Sara Roy

This lecture will examine the unprecedented dynamics that have emerged in Gaza in the aftermath of last summer’s devastating war and its future implications. Dr. Roy will also explore how we can move beyond fear and militarism to envision something different: a world where dissent is mandatory and our capacity to witness is restored.

Sara Roy (Ed.D. Harvard University) is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies specializing in the Palestinian economy, Palestinian Islamism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is the daughter of two holocaust survivors.
Tickets:
Online: $10 regular / $5 student or unwaged
At the Door: $15 regular / $10 student or unwaged
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