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
United Church of Canada Members Launch Campaign to Boycott Israeli Settlement Products
For Immediate Release December 2, 2013, Toronto, Ontario
On December 3rd, the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI), a network of United Church of Canada members and supporters, is launching a campaign in cities across Canada to boycott products made in illegal Israeli settlements.
The December 3rd initiative of UNJPPI will involve news conferences and acts of public witness at retail stores such as Canadian Tire, Walmart, Home Depot and the Bay that sell settlement products. Christmas shoppers will be made aware of Israeli settlement products and encouraged to refrain from buying these items.
Events in Toronto are as follows:
News Conference at 11:30 am Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, Toronto (2 blocks east of Yonge St.) followed by
Public witness from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Canadian Tire the south-east corner of Dundas and Bay Streets Continue reading
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.
Photo credit: David Parsons
RESIST settler colonialism from Turtle Island to Palestine. RESIST environmental racism from the Tar Sands in Alberta to the uprooting of trees all over Palestine, to the theft of water and extraction of resources all over the world. RESIST militarization. PROTEST racism, apartheid, poverty, police violence, deportations and the detention of immigrants and migrant workers, the criminalization of people with AIDS, the over 600 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, violent round ups and false imprisonment of Indigenous peoples and People of Colour, sexism and violence against women, homo- and transphobia, targeting for bullying, and the abuse and neglect of all marginalized peoples including children.
SUPPORT Indigenous peoples, Bedouin and Palestinian peoples, the homeless and the stateless, refugees, immigrants, and migrant workers everywhere.
STOP HARPER! STOP THE JNF!
Bed Bath and Beyond stores in Canada stock SodaStream products which are used to make carbonated drinks at home. We are asking Bed Bath and Beyond to stop selling SodaStream products because they have their main production facility on an illegal Israeli settlement, Ma’ale Adumim, in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Israeli settlements are located on appropriated Palestinian land, and are recognized throughout the world as being in violation of international law and human rights norms and are seen as a major barrier to justice and peace in the region.
Please sign our petition