Stop the Killing in Darfur
Winnipeg, July 14, 2012: The members of the Darfur Association of Manitoba are asking their fellow citizens to assist in bringing aid to the suffering people of Darfur. To contact the Darfur Association, telephone (204) 943-9335 or send an email to Yousif Abdelkarim at email@example.com.
Niki Ashton: Stop the Epidemic of Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women
Winnipeg, July 11, 2012: Churchill MP Niki Ashton addresses a rally in support of national and provincial inquiries into the murders and disappearances of over 600 Aboriginal women in Canada. Referring to federal inaction, Ashton said “Mr. Harper, if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem!” The rally was organized by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and the Southern Chiefs Organization.
Call to Action on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada
Winnipeg, July 11, 2012: The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and the Southern Chiefs Organization held a rally in Winnipeg on July 11, 2012, to call for public inquiries on missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. Featured in this video clip are Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, respected community elder Mae Louise Campbell and David Harper, Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.
Ross Eadie: “We are all Treaty People”
Winnipeg, July 11, 2012: Several hundred Winnipeggers marched from the Forks National Historic Site to the TD Centre near the corner of Portage and Main in support of a call by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for a national public inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada. Among the many speakers was Winnipeg City Councillor Ross Eadie who declared “We are all Treaty People” — a reference to the rights and responsibilities that flow from historic treaties signed between the government of Canada and First Nations across the country.
National Stop Harper Day in Winnipeg
In Winnipeg, citizens held a Funeral for Canada in the Osborne Village neighbourhood, a display of activist art at the St. Norbert Arts Centre and a Vigil for Canada on the outskirts of The Forks National Historic Site. This clip deals with the Funeral. Look below for the others.
Winnipeg Vigil for Canada
July 1, 2012: Canada Day 2012 was National Stop Harper Day. In Winnipeg, a group of citizens held a Vigil for Canada on the outskirts of The Forks National Historic Site, where the traditional fireworks show was just getting underway.
Canada Day: Occupy the Gallery
Mary McCandless is program director at the St. Norbert Arts Centre and chairs the Winnipeg Chapter of the Council of Canadians. She explains why SNAC chose to host an exhibition of activist art on Canada Day – July 1, 2012.
Stop Cuts to Refugee Health Care in Canada
Winnipeg, June 18, 2012: Opposition to the Harper government’s plan to cut health care for refugees was strong across Canada. Joining in a National Day of Action Against Refugee Health Cuts, about 500 Winnipeggers rallied at The Forks to hear from health care professionals and newcomers to Canada about the threats posed by Harper’s plans.
In this clip, Dr. Michael Dillon outlines the impressive line-up of opposition to these cuts, the outcomes of which, according to Canadian Doctors for Medicare, “could range from diabetics not getting their insulin, to children not receiving immunizations, to letting people succumb to heart attacks.”
Winnipeg Peace Festival 2012 Scrapbook
June 16, 2012: Vimy Ridge Memorial Park was the site of the 2nd annual Winnipeg Peace Festival and the starting point for the 31st annual Winnipeg Walk for Peace. Participating organizations in this year’s festival:
- Peace Alliance Winnipeg
- Project Peacemakers
- Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba
- Winnipeg Chapter for the National Committee for UN Women
- Winnipeg Chapter of the Council of Canadians
- Winnipeg Haiti Solidarity Group
- Canada-Palestine Support Network (Winnipeg)
- Artwell Network
- Kairos Region
- 911 Justice Canada
- Mud and Water: CKUW 95.9 FM
Joyce has a choice – let her hear your voice
Conservative MP Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre) had a choice: stand up for the democratic rights of her constituents – and all Canadians – or vote for Bill C-38 – a draconian bill that included a budget which cuts a wide range of necessary services with amendments to over 70 existing laws. By cramming all of these changes into an omnibus bill and rushing it through Parliament’s Finance Committee, Harper prevented MPs from examining and debating these measures in detail. Once again Harper did an end-run around Parliament and showing his contempt for democracy.
Errol Black Receives the Joe Zuken Award
For several decades, Errol has contributed greatly to the struggle for social justice in Canada. For many years, Errol taught Labour Studies at Brandon University. Among his accomplishments:
- He was an outspoken member of Brandon City Council for 12 years
- For years he was a contributing editor to Canadian Dimension magazine
- Errol helped establish the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Winnipeg
- He has written voluminously on labour issues
Freedom Waves to Gaza
On November 4, 2011, the Canadian boat, The Tahrir, en route to Gaza bearing medical supplies and solidarity, was boarded on the high seas by the Israeli Navy, as was the Irish vessel, the MV Saoirse. The crews were taken to Ashdod, held in prison for six days, and deported.
David Heap was among those captured, and on May 22, 2012, he was in Winnipeg to recount this gripping story and build support for a new solidarity project, Gaza’s Ark.
One of the youngest passengers on the Yinka Dene Alliance Freedom Train is Ta’Kaiya Blaney, 11, of Sliammon First Nation in British Columbia. Confident, articulate and outspoken, she performed two of her songs while in Winnipeg:
You can find the lyrics for her songs on her web site.
Yinka Dene Alliance News Conference in Winnipeg
The Yinka Dene Alliance is on a cross country mission to tell Canadians why they have decided to refuse the construction of the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline across their land. On May 4, 2012, they held a news conference at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House in Winnipeg. If, like most of the Winnipeg media, you don’t have 52 minutes, here’s an interview I recorded May 3rd at Winnipeg’s Union Station with Hereditary Chief Na’Moks.
Winnipeg May Day Scrapbook 2012
Each year, the Winnipeg Labour Council observes May 1st, International Workers Day with a parade through downtown Winnipeg. Here are a few of the sights and sounds of International Workers Day 2012 in Winnipeg.
Dave Sauer is the current WLC president. Michael Champagne is a Steelworker and a community activist in Winnipeg’s North End. Tracy Thor is a regional representative with the Prairie Region of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
The Flaming Trolley Marching Band was formed in 2007 to honk life into Winnipeg’s May Day Parade and they’ve been making life interesting around town ever since. In this video, the always eclectic Trolleys deliver great renditions of Viva la Quince Brigada, War Pigs and It Ain’t Necessarily So.
Customarily, we end the annual May Day Parade in Winnipeg with a rendition of The Internationale, written by Eugène Pottier in 1871. The song may be old, but the conditions that gave rise to these lyrics remain contemporary.
Colonialism & Indigenous Rights in Canada & Palestine
As a part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 in Winnipeg, Paul Burrows and Cheryl-Anne Carr discussed the impact of colonialism on the indigenous peoples of Canada and Palestine. The similarities are disturbing and striking. The forum, held March 8, 2012, was sponsored by:
- Students Against Israeli Apartheid
- Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
- CanPalNet (Winnipeg)
- Independent Jewish Voices (Winnipeg)
The Welfarization of Disability Programs
On Mar. 22, 2012, John Stapleton spoke at a workshop entitled “People with disabilities living in poverty: why are the numbers going up?” In his address, “The Welfarization of Poverty,” John examines the often confusing patchwork of programs that make up the social safety net in Canada for people with disabilities. The workshop was sponsored by:
- The Allan Simpson Memorial Fund
- The Manitoba League of Persons with a Disability
- The Council of Canadians with Disabilities
- The Disabilities Issues office, Government of Manitoba
- The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
Winnipeg’s Bus(ted) Rapid Transit
Yves Engler: Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping
Lester B. Pearson has been dead for 40 years, but his imaginary legacy, that of international peacekeeper, remains one of the defining myths of the Canadian identity. Yves Engler’s sixth book, “Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt”, was written to put an end to this nonsense. Canadian foreign policy continues to serve the interests of Canada’s corporate elite, and Pearson’s major contribution to this end was to shift Canadian allegiance from the declining British Empire to the emerging American one. With his peacekeeping fig leaf firmly in place, he backed some of the most murderous thugs of the 20th Century. More.
Get the Fraud out of Parliament!
March 11, 2012: Winnipeggers joined Canadians in dozens of cities in demanding that Stephen Harper’s Conservative government allow a full inquiry into the “robo-call” scandal that has led more than 30,000 Canadians to file complaints with Elections Canada about misleading election related telephone calls. More.
Tar Sands, Tories & Ethical Oil
St. Boniface MP Shelley Glover recently lectured Winnipeg broadcaster Michael Welch of CKUW-FM 95.9 on the virtues of “ethical oil” and the “balanced” approach of the Conservative government to energy development that has obtained the “support” of aboriginal people for tar sands development and the Enbridge Pipeline Proposal. Michael checked her assertions with Gerald Amos, former elected Chief Councillor for the Haisla First Nation for 12 years. More.
Tar Sands, Pipelines & Tankers
February 16, 2012: A public forum on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline was held at the University of Winnipeg, Richardson College for the Environment & Science Complex in Winnipeg. This public forum focused on the project’s risks to the environment, the economy and to local communities.
Individual clips of the panelists are available, while the overall video includes other speakers and the discussion.
Dr. Wade Davis, Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow of the Masters in Development Practice (MDP) Indigenous Development program, University of Winnipeg and author of The Sacred Headwaters: the fight to save the Stikine, Skeena and Nass.
Gerald Amos, former elected Chief Councillor for the Haisla First Nation for 12 years. He has been a leading voice for conservation in Canada for thirty years. He is the author of an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver “No apology forthcoming.”
Lynne Fernandez, Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives. Lynne has an MA in economics from the University of Manitoba. As a research associate at the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Lynne has studied municipal and provincial social and economic policy. She is also interested in labour and environmental issues.
Anne Lindsey, former executive director, Manitoba Eco-Network. Anne has worked and volunteered on Manitoba and national issues such as nuclear waste, forestry, food and pesticides, since 1984, including numerous experiences with environmental reviews.
Peace Alliance Winnipeg – Year in Review
You can read the text of his remarks at here.
Men March for Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women
Winnipeg, February 14, 2012: A group of aboriginal men held a march to show solidarity with the families of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. While some estimates put the number of missing and murdered women at 600, no one really knows. What is clear is that not nearly enough is being done to locate these women and to stop the carnage.
Peace Alliance Winnipeg House Concert
Derrick McCandless performed before a small but enthusiastic audience at the most recent Peace Alliance Winnipeg House Concert, January 28, 2012. McCandless is an engaging performer with a wide repertoire of folk ballads, instrumentals and pop standards. His rendition of Luka Bloom’s “I Am Not at War with Anyone” was inspirational.
Moon Voices Speak: Indigenous Women’s Perspectives on Education
Seven Canadian aboriginal women discuss their experiences with the post-secondary educational system at a public forum organized by the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg and Ka Ni Kanichihk, an agency that provides a variety of social services to the aboriginal community of Winnipeg.
Kim Ives: Haiti After the Quake
Kim Ives is one of the founders of the weekly newspaper Haiti Liberté, where he is a writer and editor. Ives also co-hosts the weekly radio program Haiti: The Struggle Continues, which airs on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, and a weekly Haitian TV show, produced by Haiti Liberté, entitled Kafou Verite. He has contributed to several books on Haiti including Dangerous Crossroads published by NACLA (1994); The Haiti Files, edited by James Ridgeway (1993); Haiti: A Slave Revolution, published by the International Action Center (2004); and Tectonic Shifts (January 2012). Kim Ives spoke at the University of Manitoba Jan. 26, 2012. His appearance was sponsored by the University of Manitoba Students Union and the Winnipeg Haiti Solidarity Group.
Winnipeg North End Forum
On January 15, 2012, the United People’s Jewish Order and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians — organizations with deep, historic roots in the North End, held a public Forum entitled “The North End – the Good and the Bad.” Their intent was to engage North Enders in a discussion of challenges they face and to highlight some of the forces for progress in the neighbourhood.
Gerry Caplan: Solidarity, Not Charity
Gerry Caplan is a former CUSO field officer, author of The Betrayal of Africa, a weekly online columnist for the Globe and Mail and a featured television political commentator. Mr. Caplan was the keynote speaker at a dinner held in Winnipeg December 10, 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of CUSO and the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations Dec. 10, 1948.
Violence is not Child’s Play
For the past 10 years, Winnipeg’s Project Peacemakers has conducted an annual inspection of Winnipeg toy stores. The objective is to raise awareness about the levels of violence in children’s toys and games, and to call on retailers, government, and the wider community to take steps to limit this violence.
See also: Video: Violence is not child’s play
2011 All Candidates Meeting – Winnipeg School Division
The six candidates for this position participated in an All Candidates Meeting at Churchill High School on Nov. 21.
Speakers, in order of appearance:
- Colleen McFadden
- Mark Wasyliw
- Brenda Poersch
- Ben Shedden
- Randall Znamirowski
- Gerrit Theule
Mark Wasyliw was elected.
Bill C-10: Time Does Not Stop Crime
Nov. 8, 2011: 300 Winnipeggers demonstrated at the Manitoba Legislature and the Winnipeg Remand Centre to urge the Manitoba Government to join Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador in opposing the Harper government’s omnibus crime bill, misleadingly titled the Safe Streets and Communities Act (aka Bill C-10).
Winnipeg Save the Canadian Wheat Board Rally
- Andy Baker, farmer, Beausejour, Manitoba
- Allen Oberg, Chair, CWB Board of Directors
- Maude Barlow, Chair, Council of Canadians
- Drew Baker, farmer, Beausejour
- Fred Tait, Manitoba Director, National Farmers Union
- Bill Gehl, Director, Canadian Wheat Board Alliance
- Stan Struthers, Minister, Manitoba Agriculture, Forrd and Rural Initiatives
- Jon Gerrard, Leader, Liberal Party of Manitoba
- Pat Martin, MP (Winnipeg Centre), NDP Agriculture Critic
- Niki Ashton, MP (Churchill)
- Kevin Lamoureux, MP, (Winnipeg North)
- Wayne Easter, MP (Malpeque), former president of the National Farmers Union
- Dean Harder, Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board
- Barb Toews, farmer, Kane, Manitoba
- Friends of the CWB
- Canadian Wheat Board Alliance
- National Farmers’ Union
- Canadian Wheat Board
- Council of Canadians
- 7 reasons city slickers should support the Canadian Wheat Board
- Coalition to Harper: Let farmers decide fate of Canadian Wheat Board
Four Directions Walk to End Poverty
Despite its well established habit of electing social democratic governments, Winnipeg has claimed some dubious honors — “Murder Capital of Canada” and “Child Poverty Capital of Canada” to name two of the most disturbing. Even though we have had 11 years of NDP government to undo the damage of Gary Filmon’s Conservatives, both poverty and crime are well entrenched in Manitoba, especially in Winnipeg.
Occupy Winnipeg Scrapbook – Day One
Oct. 15, 2011: Scenes from Occupy Winnipeg – and a reminder that what is now called Canada was occupied long before by the aboriginal peoples of this part of the world. It is time the descendants of the Europeans who took the land from the people who were here first do a much better job of sharing it with today’s First Nations.
Amira Hass: Israel – Palestine – Fear of the Future
“Inhuman, immoral and unsustainable” are the words used by Amira Hass to describe what she terms “the State of Israel and the privileges it endows to Jews only, at the expense of Palestinians.” Hass was at the University of Winnipeg Sept. 30, to provide a unique perspective on the Palestinian struggle, that of an Israeli Jew, a woman and a journalist for Haaretz, who has lived and worked in either Gaza or the West Bank for the past 17 years.
Haiti and the Politics of Recovery
In June, 2011, the Canada Haiti Action Network dispatched a small team to Haiti to gather information, gauge progress and learn how Canadians might express their solidarity. Roger Annis, and fellow delegation member Sandra Gessler, of the Winnipeg Haiti Solidarity Group, reported on their trip on September 26, 2011, in Winnipeg. See, also, The Curious Case of Canada’s Missing Cholera Treatment Camp.
David McNally on the Global Crisis and Global Resistance
David McNally teaches political science at York University in Toronto and is active in many social justice movements in that city. On Sept. 24, 2011, McNally spoke at the Mondragon Bookstore and Coffee Shop as a featured presenter at Winnipeg Radical Bookfair and DYI Fest. His topic: Global Crisis – Global Resistance.
2011 Manitoba Election Environment Forum
Manitoba citizens re-elected the NDP in the Oct. 4, 2011 provincial election. Environmental issues had a high profile. Where should Manitoba Hydro construct its planned Bipole 3 transmission line – or should it be built at all? How should we save Lake Winnipeg from choking to death on toxic algae? How best can Manitobans respond to rising energy costs and climate change? These are only some of the issues that representatives of four political parties debated in this two-and-a-half hour public forum held Sept. 14., 2011 in Winnipeg.
Moderator:Terry MacLeod, CBC Information Radio
- James Beddome, Green Party of Manitoba
- Paul Hesse: Liberal Party of Manitoba
- Jennifer Howard: New Democratic Party of Manitoba
- Heather Stephanson: Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba
Winnipeg Lanterns for Peace 2011
Every August 6, Winnipeggers commemorate the August 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a Lanterns for Peace Ceremony. People come together to make and float their lanterns in a pond in the middle of the city to express their desire for a peaceful world and to show solidarity with countless others around the world who are doing something similar on that day.
A Vigil for Harvey Sanderson
What made this crime especially shocking was that Harvey had brittle bone disease, a condition that confined him to a wheelchair.
Friends, neighbours and people who had never met him were saddened and horrified by Harvey’s murder. And so, on August 12, they joined together with the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities to express their grief and their solidarity at a vigil for Harvey and all other persons with disabilities who are victims of violence.
STOP SIGNS: Cars and capitalism . . .
By every conceivable measure, private automobile ownership is an irrational choice that drains our health, destroys our environment and locks us in a downward spiral of indebtedness. In a discussion hosted by the Manitoba Eco-Network on July 7, 2011 in Winnipeg, Yves Engler explains why.
Project Peacemakers Israel Palestine Forum
On June 8, 2011, Project Peacemakers Forum panelists Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd and Howard Davidson discussed “Israel and Palestine: What is going on and what can we do?”
Support the Canadian Boat to Gaza
Winnipeg activists responded to the actions of the Greek government to block the Tahrir and other vessels that make up Freedom Flotilla II from sailing for Gaza with an information picket in the city’s Osborne Village neighbourhood.
CUPE President Paul Moist warns against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
This treaty will take power from local governments in Canada and give it to large transnational corporations headquartered in Europe. These huge companies could take over the delivery of vital public services – such as water, transit, energy and health care – whether local communities like it or not. It’s NAFTA on steroids.
The time to stop CETA is now. Paul Moist, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, speaking in Winnipeg on June 27th, explains.
Brigette DePape is Nellie’s Girl
On June 3, 2011, when Brigette DePape, a 21-year old parliamentary page from Manitoba, pulled out a “Stop Harper” sign during the opening session of Canada’s 41st Parliament, she was escorted out of the room and quickly fired from her position.
Her solitary act of civil disobedience in resistance to the policies of the Harper government not only inspired an outpouring of support, but also called to mind another Manitoba woman, Nellie McClung. In 1912, McClung helped organize the Political Equality League and throughout the 1920s championed female suffrage and a host of measures to combat the social injustices of her time.
On June 18, 2011, a few of us took a trip over to the Manitoba Legislature to express our solidarity with Brigette DePape by bringing her message to the Nellie McClung Memorial located on the grounds of the same Legislature where Nellie won, for Canadian women, the right to vote.
Winnipeg Solidarity with the Postal Workers
On June 16, 2011, about 1,000 members of several Winnipeg unions rallied at the main post office in Winnipeg in solidarity with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. The rally, one of many to be held across the country, was in response to federal government plans to legislate CUPW members back to work.
Living and Dying in Manitoba: Who decides?
In 2008, the Manitoba College of Physicians and Surgeons gave its members the power to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatments from patients, even if this is contrary to the wishes of patients or their families. The process to be followed in arriving at the decision to allow a patient to die is outlined in the College’s Statement No. 1602: Withholding and Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment.
Short of going to court, there is no appeal. The Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities has been critical of this policy since its inception. On May 31, 2011, it, along with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, outlined their perspectives at a public forum in Winnipeg.
Canadian Labour in Crisis
On May 5, 2011, David Camfield launched his new book, Canadian Labour in Crisis – Reinventing the Workers`Movement, at the Mondragon Bookstore and Coffee House in Winnipeg, Canada. David Camfield is an associate professor in labour studies at the University of Manitoba.
Maude Barlow on Reclaiming the Commons and the Rights of Nature
On International Mother Earth Day, April 22, 2011, Barlow spoke to a packed hall in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the international campaign for the Rights of Nature and the need to retake the Commons from corporate predators. Her appearance was sponsored by the Council of Canadians (Winnipeg Chapter) and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Manitoba Office). This is an excerpt from her speech that I recorded at the Fort Garry Hotel.
Federal election forum on the Environment
The forum was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church and moderated by CJOB Radio’s morning talk show host Richard Cloutier.
The candidates were:
- Jacqueline Romanow (Green Party, Winnipeg Centre)
- Ilona Niemczyk (Liberal Party, Elmwood-Transcona)
- Dennis Lewycky (New Democratic Party, Winnipeg South Centre).
It was sponsored by:
- Green Action Centre
- Manitoba Eco-Network
- Unitarian Church Green Action Committee
- Manitoba Provincial Council of Women
Huwaida Arraf on the Free Gaza Movement and the Freedom Flotilla
March 16, 2011: Huwaida Arraf spoke at a forum in Winnipeg, Canada entitled “From Direct Action to the Freedom Flotilla: the International Solidarity Movement and the Palestinian Freedom Struggle. Arraf is co-founder of the ISM and chairs the Free Gaza Movement. She was with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010, when Israeli forces raided the vessels on the high seas, killed nine peace activists, wounded 50 and interned the crews along with 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid. She tells how she became involved in the Palestinian freedom struggle and talks about plans for the next Freedom Flotilla.
Israeli Apartheid 101
This clip features a presentation by Howard S. Davidson, Associate Professor of Extended Education at the University of Manitoba and member of Independent Jewish Voices (Canada). He spoke at a workshop entitled “Israeli Apartheid 101″ at the University of Winnipeg on March 14, 2011.
Professor Davidson demolishes the arguments of pro-Israel apologists who equate support for Palestinian rights with anti-Semitism. Further, he demonstrates that the term “Israeli apartheid” is a legitimate part of the political discourse in Israel, even while those who use it in Canada and the United States are vilified by Israel’s North American supporters.
How Canada lost its bid for a UN Security Council seat
Speaking at a forum, Jan. 23, 2011, sponsored by Peace Alliance Winnipeg and Project Peacemakers, author/activist Yves Engler explores Stephen Harper’s foreign policy and how it cost Canada its bid, in 2010, for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
American War Resisters: Let Them Stay
Joshua Key is an American Iraq War veteran who sought refuge in Canada because of his war experiences. Author of “The Deserter’s Tale,” Joshua told the story of his recruitment into the U.S. Army, the war crimes he witnessed in Iraq and his subsequent flight to Canada to an audience at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg on Jan. 17, 2011.
The Manitoba NDP, the Left and Canadian Support for Israel
Why is the New Democratic Party of Canada such a disappointment to supporters of Palestinian liberation? How is it that the Manitoba NDP is an epicenter, not only for supporting the Zionist project, but attacking those who champion Palestinian rights? What is Canada’s second largest military deployment overseas and how is being used to divide the Palestinian resistance? These questions and many more were answered at a Jan. 22, 2011 event entitled “The Manitoba NDP, the Left and Canadian Support for Israel” featuring Winnipeg activist Brian Latour and Montreal based writer/journalist/and-all-around-trouble-maker, Yves Engler.
The F-35: A Bad Deal for Canada
Feb. 20, 2011: Speaking at the annual meeting of Peace Alliance Winnipeg, Michael Bueckert of Project Peacemakers makes the case for ending Canada’s participation in the development of the F-35 stealth fighter.
Free Egypt Now!
Feb. 6, 2011: About 300 Winnipeggers rallied at the Manitoba Legislature on Saturday in support of the Egyptian struggle for democracy. Joining millions around the world, they chanted “Free Egypt Now!” and “Step down Mubarak!”
Keep War Resisters in Canada
Jan. 20, 2011: It’s Let Them Stay Week in Canada — a week of activities dedicated to keeping American war resisters in Canada. So I did what any red-blooded Canadian peacenik does at this time of the year – I stood around outside an MP’s office in -25C temperatures with a similarly minded posse of peacenikles. This time it was the Steinbach, Manitoba office of Vic Toews – our Minister of Public Safety – a man who long ago abandoned the pacifist principles of his Mennonite faith while still managing to be twice re-elected in this mega-Mennonite town.
George Galloway in Winnipeg
On Nov. 26, 2010, more than 400 people filled Winnipeg’s Broadway Disciples United Church to hear Galloway’s passionate plea on behalf of Free Speech, Free Afghanistan and Free Palestine. The evening was sponsored by Peace Alliance Winnipeg, and was part of an 11-city cross Canada tour that stretched from Halifax to Yellowknife.
Divided into 7 parts, the video has a total running time of just under 1 hour 4 minutes. The YouTube playlist is here.
No war with Iran!
On Aug. 28, 2010, a small group of Winnipeg citizens declared themselves “Crazy for Peace” and marched through downtown Winnipeg to urge their neighbours to speak out against war with Iran. Contact Crazy for Peace 2010 on Facebook or send them an email.
Crazy for Peace 2010: Say “No” to war with Iran
On August 28, 2010, Crazy for Peace 2010 held a rally at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Canada to speak out against the looming war with Iran, one that could become a global, nuclear catastrophe. Crazy for Peace 2010 spokesperson Christina Petriuk explains.
Iran: A Sense of Déjà Vu
Aug. 28, 2010: Glenn Michalchuk, chair person of Peace Alliance Winnipeg, speaks about the growing danger that the United States will attack Iran. The event was a rally organized by Crazy for Peace 2010 at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Canada.
Bill Siksay on the Canadian Department of Peace
Aug. 6, 2010: Member of Parliament Bill Siksay was the keynote speaker at Winnipeg’s annual Lantern Ceremony, held to commemorate the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. His topic: a private member’s bill before the House of Commons calling for the creation of a federal Department of Peace.
Winnipeg Walk for Peace 2010
On June 19, 2010, Peace Alliance Winnipeg held the 29th annual Winnipeg Walk for Peace.
One of the highlights was the Flaming Trolleys marching band.
The Occupation Has To Go
On June 4, 2010, 150 Winnipeggers protested the May 31 Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla that had been bringing desperately needed humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Gaza. The protest was organized by Peace Alliance Winnipeg, CanPalNet-Winnipeg and Independent Jewish Voices.
Winnipeg Lanterns for Peace 2009
Every August 6, citizens in thousands of communities around the world commemorate the nuclear attack on Hiroshima and rededicate themselves to the cause of peace and disarmament. In Winnipeg, a Lanterns for Peace Ceremony is conducted by Peace Alliance Winnipeg, Project Peacemakers and the Manitoba Japanese Canadians Association.
Fund Education, Not War!
Alanna Makinson is VP External, University of Manitoba Students Union. Following the June 13, 2009 Winnipeg Walk for Peace, she spoke on the negative impact of the war in Afghanistan and increased military spending on post-secondary education in Canada.
Yves Engler on Reforming Canadian Foreign Policy
Yves Engler is the author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy. He spoke in Winnipeg, June 13, 2009, at the conclusion of the 28th annual Walk for Peace, on the need to reorient Canadian foreign policy so that it better reflected the ideals and needs of the majority of Canadians.
2009 Winnipeg Walk for Peace
Winnipeg’s 28th consecutive annual Walk for Peace took place under a warm sun and clear blue skies on Saturday, June 13, 2009. While the turn-out of 100 people was small, it was broadly representative of Winnipeg’s diverse communities, with participants of all ages.
Following the Walk, participants listened to speeches by Yves Engler, author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, Alanna Makinson, VP External, University of Manitoba Students Union and Sri Ranjan of the Canadian Tamil Congress. Entertainment was provided by Süss and refreshments by the Sikh Society of Manitoba.
Tamil Solidarity in Winnipeg
May 17, 2009: In response to the reported slaughter of 25,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009, members of Winnipeg’s Tamil community held a candle light vigil at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg. At the vigil, they prayed for peace and called upon the Canadian government to do more to prevent further bloodshed in Sri Lanka.
Sandy Tolan’s Lemon Tree
The Lemon Tree is a moving account of the relationship that developed between two families, one Palestinian and one Israeli, and the house that both lived in before and after the 1948 expulsion of the Palestinians and founding of the state of Israel.
In November 2009, Sandy Tolan travelled to Winnipeg, Canada to participate in Restorative Justice Week and to tell the story of The Lemon Tree in the context of restorative justice.
Divided into 7 parts, the video has a total running time of 1 hour 8 minutes. The YouTube playlist is here.
Malalai Joya’s Message to Canadian Military Families
November 17, 2009: Afghan MP Malalai Joya is in Winnipeg as a part of her Canadian tour to convince Canadians they must withdraw their troops from Afghanistan. Afghans, says Joya, must decide what happens in Afghanistan. Foreign intervention must end. She has a message for the families of Canadian soldiers. She understands their suffering and extends her condolences. Like them, she knows what it is like to lose loved ones in war. But condolences are not enough. She calls upon Canadians to force the Canadian government to end it’s military intervention.
Malalai Joya in Winnipeg – 2009
WINNIPEG, Nov. 16, 2009: Malalai Joya visited Winnipeg as part of her 2009 cross-country tour to convince Canadians to press for the withdrawal of their troops from Afghanistan. She packed the house and spoke with passion about the oppression of her people under the combined weight of the Taliban, Hamid Karzai’s warlord drugocracy, and the NATO occupation. Her message was one not heard in this country (loosely paraphrased): Go home! You are making our lives harder! It is a lesson we must all take to heart.
The video, which contains her speech at Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg, is divided into 8 sections with a total running time of just under 1 hour 16 minutes. You can view the YouTube play list here.
A Deserter’s Tale
Sept. 18, 2009: Joshua Key is an American war resister who fought in Iraq and who sought refuge in Canada because of his war experiences. Author of “The Deserter’s Tale,” Joshua told the story of his recruitment into the U.S. Army, the carnage he witnessed in Iraq and his subsequent flight to Canada to an audience in Winnipeg, the first stop on a 13-city tour of western Canada. The full video, in 3 parts, is available here.
Defending human rights in a post 9/11 world
On March 7, 2009, Peace Alliance Winnipeg held a public forum to discuss how best to defend human rights in a post 9/11 world. The discussion was moderated by Peace Alliance of Winnipeg chair Glenn Michalchuk.
Lesley Hughes: Lesley is a well-known journalist and broadcaster with a long history of community activism in Winnipeg. A recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction award, Leslie is author of We Chose Canada, a columnist for Canadian Dimension magazine and host of Alert Radio.
Colleen Simard: Colleen is a filmmaker, a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and founder and publisher of Urban NDN – a newspaper she founded in 2008 that offers a fresh journalistic voice from, for and about Aboriginal people in Winnipeg.
Michael Welch: Michael is a peace activist who has shown leadership in organizing support in Winnipeg for American war resisters who are fighting deportation to the United States. He is active in Citizens Concerned About Deep Integration and Peace Alliance Winnipeg and is the local chapter contact for the Council of Canadians.
Shahina Siddiqui: Shahina is Executive Director of the Islamic Social Services Association – Canada, and a frequent commentator on Islamic and human rights issues in Canada and the United States. She sits on the Advisory Board of CAIR-CAN, the Canadian branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and principal author of Women Friendly Mosques and Community Centers: Working Together to Reclaim Our Heritage.
Anthony Hall: Anthony is founding co-ordinator and professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge and author of The American Empire and the Fourth World, which Naomi Klein has described as “an overflowing tool box, filled with little-known stories, legal arguments, and fresh ideas that, if used properly, could change the world.”
The 12-part video play list is available here.
Should Canada leave NATO
April 12, 2009: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization turned 60 on April 4, 2009. The official story is that NATO was formed in the aftermath of World War 2 to defend western Europe against the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. With the collapse of the USSR, NATO became an alliance in search of a new mission, one its supporters prefer to characterize as peace-making, if that is how one would describe NATO interventions in the former Yugoslavia and more recently, in Afghanistan.
So, is NATO a defensive organization that morphed into world cop? Or was it set up to contain post-war working class aspirations? Has it confirmed itself to be an important arm of American imperialism through offensive wars in the Balkans and Afghanistan? Should Canada remain in this alliance?
These were some of the questions that were discussed at a debate sponsored by Peace Alliance Winnipeg on April 4, 2009 at St. Matthews Anglican Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The event was moderated by Terry MacLeod, host of CBC Winnipegs Information Radio.
Dr. Henry Heller is a professor of history at the University of Manitoba. He is author of The Cold War and the New Imperialism: 1945-2005, published by Monthly Review Press in 2006.
Dr. James Fergusson is director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and professor of political studies at the University of Manitoba. He is an expert on Canadian defence policy and lectures regularly to schools of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The play list for the 12-part video is available here.
Freedom for Gaza Rally
Jan. 24, 2009: About 50 Winnipeggers braved -20 C temperatures and a biting wind to rally for Freedom for Gaza in front of the Canadian Grain Commission building on Main Street in Winnipeg. The rally, organized by Peace Alliance Winnipeg, Canadian Muslims for Palestine and the Canada Palestine Support Network, was one of several held in Winnipeg in January. The video features a speech by Jeff Halper, a founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.