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From Palestine to Turtle Island | 22 Sept 2009

From Palestine to Turtle Island – A Night on Water Justice

Film and discussion

Tues. Sept. 22
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Koffler Auditorium, Rm. 108
569 Spadina Ave., just north of College

First Nations peoples in Canada and Palestinians are facing similar challenges and systematic discrimination in obtaining their basic water needs. Join us for an evening of film screening and discussion on the challenges to obtain equity and justice in access to water, on how different communities are mobilising to obtain this basic right, and on how we can develop effective solidarity for these causes.

Susan Koppelman is an active member of LifeSource, a Palestinian-led collective organizing to build a popular movement for Palestinian water justice.        She is based in Ramallah. She will be showing Gaza is floating, a short film about how the Israeli siege is leading to a sanitation disaster in Gaza, causing environmental catastrophe and human tragedy.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Shawn Brant has been repeatedly imprisoned for his stand against colonial policies and unjust treatment of First Nations peoples in Canada. He is currently involved in a long-standing battle to bring clean water to his community, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, which is one of the 85 First Nations communities that do not have access to this basic right. Shawn lives on the Territory with his family.

This event is part of Environment Week (www.earthcycle.ca) at the University of Toronto, organized by Bike Chain, GSU Social Justice Committee, Greenpeace, Science for Peace, the Really Free Market, Trinity College, Streets are for People, UTERN, OCAA, UTSU

Endorsed by: OPIRG Toronto (www.opirguoft.org) and SAIA (saia@riseup.net) – an action group of OPIRG TORONTO

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