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Canadian Arab Federation’s Series of Fundraising Dinners for Canada’s Disowned Citizens: “DISOWNING CANADIANS ABROAD”
October 4, 2009, 12:04 pm
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Canadian Arab Federation’s Series of Fundraising Dinners for Canada’s Disowned Citizens:

“DISOWNING CANADIANS ABROAD”

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Join us for an amazing night of food, entertainment, and discussion as part of  The Canadian Arab Federation’s Series of Fundraising Dinners for Canada’s  disowned Citizens.

There will be Arab-themed music with traditional instruments as well as Speakers who will address our Theme of the evening – “Disowning Canadians abroad”

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Mr. HADAYT NAZAMI

Mr. Hadayt Nazami is an experienced immigration and refugee lawyer based in Toronto. He was called to the bar in July 2004 and practices in the area of immigration and refugee protection law as an associate at the law firm, Jackman & Associates. Mr. Nazami has represented clients in a number of high profile cases involving Canada’s anti-terrorism laws and immigration security certificates. He was one of the counselors who represented Ahmad Abou ElMaati prior to and during the Iacobucci Internal Inquiry and has also represented British MP George Galloway and the Canadian Arab Federation in their cases against Conservative Minister Jason Kenney.

Ms. SUAD HAGI MOHAMUD

Ms. Mohamud is a Somalian-born citizen of Canada who was detained and Stranded in Nairobi, Kenya for three months. Mohamud was detained and her passport was seized when she attempted to board a flight from Nairobi to Toronto May 21. She had been barred from leaving Kenya after authorities said her lips did not look the way they did in her four-year-old passport photo. She arrived back in Canada on August 15, 2009 after being trapped in Nairobi since May 21 2009. Canadian consular officials branded her an “impostor” and accused her of using a false passport. Suaad was subjected to DNA testing in Canada from her son and ex-husband to confirm her identity.

Mr. FARAZ SIDDIQUI

Mr. Siddiqui is a 24-year old Canadian citizen of Pakistani background who was arrested in Lebanon for overstaying his visa, despite visa exclusions covering Canadians visiting Lebanon. He was suspected of terrorist activities due to his frequent visits to Palestinian camps on United Nations missions, where he was an intern. Throughout the ordeal, the Canadian consulate remained on the sidelines, refusing to investigate the allegations. He spent nearly a week in maximum security prison before being released without any charges.

Mr. ABOUSFIAN ABDELRAZIK

Mr. Abousfian Abdelrazik is a Sudanese-born Canadian citizen wrongfully accused of having ties to al-Qaeda in 2003. He was cleared of all charges following multiple investigations by the Sudanese government, CSIS and the RCMP. However, he was banned from returning to Canada for a prolonged period of time since he remained on the United Nations terrorist no-fly list. Canada refused to grant him travel papers and otherwise blocked his return to his home in Montreal even after he managed to find an airline willing to transport him, and despite the fact that the UN blacklist explicitly allows for him to return to a country of citizenship.

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Oud Player KARIM SULTAN

Poet BOONAA MOHAMMED

and more!

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Blind Duck Restaurant, Student Centre, University of Toronto
Mississauga

Street: 3359 Mississauga Road North L5L 1C6

City/Town: Mississauga, ON
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For directions please visit: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/index.php?id=8709

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Student Rate: $20.00
General Rate: $50.00

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TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

1)      Call CAF at 416-493-8635

2)     Visit CAF’s office: 1057 McNicoll Ave. Scarborough ON

3)     Visit Palestine House: 3195 Erindale Station Rd. Mississauga ON

4)     Pay through Paypal
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This event has been sponsored and endorsed by the University of Toronto
Mississauga Students Union (U.T.M.S.U)
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CAF raises awareness of issues that affect the Canadian Arab community and achieves this objective through education, public awareness, media relations and non-partisan government relations

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LAUNCH OF “CODES OF MISCONDUCT” by ASHWINI TAMBE | 24 SEPTEMBER 2009 @ 7pm
September 23, 2009, 6:18 pm
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join us for the launch of .

CODES OF MISCONDUCT
by Ashwini Tambe

co-sponsored by University of Minnesota Press

THURS SEPT 24, 2009, 7:00pm
toronto women’s bookstore
73 Harbord Street (west of Spadina, south side)
free. all welcome. refreshments provided.
we regret that our washroom is not wheelchair accessible.

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Across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, legislators in Bombay passed a series of repetitive laws seeking to control prostitution. During the same time, Bombay’s sex industry grew vast in scale. Ashwini Tambe explores why these remarkably similar laws failed to achieve their goal and questions the actual purpose of such lawmaking.

Against the backdrop of the industrial growth of Bombay, Codes of Misconduct examines the relationship between lawmaking, law enforcement, and sexual commerce. Ashwini Tambe challenges linear readings of how laws create effects and demonstrates that the regulation and criminalization of prostitution were not contrasting approaches to prostitution but different modes of state coercion. By analyzing legal prohibitions as productive forces, she also probes the pornographic imagination of the colonial state, showing how regulations made sexual commerce more visible but rendered the prostitute silent.

Codes of Misconduct engages with debates on state control of sex work and traces how a colonial legacy influences contemporary efforts to contain the spread of HIV and decriminalize sex workers in India today. In doing so, Tambe’s work not only adds to our understanding of empire, sexuality, and the law, it also sheds new light on the long history of Bombay’s transnational links and the social worlds of its underclasses.

Ashwini Tambe is assistant professor of women’s studies and history at the University of Toronto.

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The Second Annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival | September 26 – October 2, 2009
September 18, 2009, 11:05 am
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York University Black Students’ Alliance Presents… BLACK TO YORK: Rally and Festival | 28 September 2009 @ 3pm
September 16, 2009, 6:40 am
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York University Black Students’ Alliance Presents…

BLACK TO YORK:

Rally and Festival

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What:  Awareness Rally

Where:  York University, Student Centre

When:  Monday, September 28, 2009, 3 PM

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On September 28, 2009, we welcome back all Black students and our allies to York University with a rally and cultural celebration. The purpose of this awareness rally is to raise consciousness on the adverse impact of rising tuition on Black students; to politicize and inspire Black students on this campus to engage in social justice activism; and to build for the November 5 day of action for a Poverty-free Ontario. We will culminate our peaceful assembly with a march to our annual Blackfest celebration. Blackfest is an opportunity for all Black students on campus to congregate in peace and unity and to celebrate the multiplicity of cultures which makeup our communities.

Given the 40% high school drop out rate among this city’s Black students and given that the median economic income for Black families in the G.T.A. hovers at the poverty line, we are particularly concerned by the implications of unaffordable fees and by our under-representation in all levels of the university. Blackfest provides a platform for us to congregate amidst unfavourable social conditions and to celebrate despite enduring systemic barriers which prohibit our full participation in higher education.

We also wish to use this congregation as an opportunity to express our solidarity with the people of Gaza. Israeli Defense Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. We hosted Cynthia McKinney (2008 U.S. Presidential candidate) at this year’s Black Voices Conference and were alarmed by this turn of events. We call for the release of all political prisoners and refugees in Israeli detention centres and an end to the siege on Gaza.

Join us September 28 to kick-off the year with consciousness, culture and action.

With special performances, lively speakers and drumming

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disOrientation 2009 – Shoot Me! I’m Political | 14-18 September
September 14, 2009, 6:37 pm
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disOrientation 2009 – Shoot Me! I’m Political
September 14th – 18th
University of Toronto – St. George Campus
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disOrientation is a week of events being organized by the University of Toronto Students’ Union (U.T.S.U) and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Toronto. This week will focus on engaging the student body in political activism through an introduction to anti-oppression and social justice work being done on and off campus.

All events are free and open to both students and community members. All locations are wheelchair accessible.

Workshops we will be hosting during the week:
*Anti-War and Tamil Solidarity
*Palestine Solidarity
*World Poverty
*Local Poverty
*Justice for Migrants
*Queer Radicalism
*Colonialism 101
*Justice for Indigenous Communities

Events we will be hosting during the week:
*Radical Campus Tour
*Free Commuter Meal
*Film Screening of “Walk-out”
*The really, really, Free Market: Block party!
*Free Iftar meal at sundown for those observing Ramadan
*Words of Resistance – Performance Night
*Keynote address with Robert Lovelace
*Film Screening of “Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance” at
Philosopher’s Walk
*Community BBQ

Please see the attached schedule for the exact times and locations of
the workshops and events.

Join DisO on facebook :
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=123742574146

disOrientation 2009:
Brought to you by your Students’ Union(U.T.S.U) and OPIRG – Toronto
Visit: http://www.opirguoft.org / http://www.utsu.ca

Contact for more information: opirg.toronto@gmail.com/ vpexternal@utsu.ca
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Schedule of Workshops and Events

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Monday, September 14th: EDUCATION

Radical Campus Tour
12 Noon – 4pm
Location: Meeting @ the OPIRG Toronto Office (563 Spadina Ave – North
Borden Building, on the east side of Spadina Circle)

Get to know your campus from a whole new light: radical history, important services and organizations to visit, buildings you will want to protest – its all here in a guided tour!

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Community BBQ
5pm
Location: on the lawn of U.T.S.U (Hart House Circle)

At the end of the Campus Tour, join us for a free BBQ and discussion.
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Outdoor Film Screening: ‘Walk Out”!
8pm
Location: on the lawn of U.T.S.U ( 12 Hart House Circle), or rain location TBD

A film about Student activists tired of being treated unequally, decide to take action and stage a walkout at five East Los Angeles high schools in 1968 to protest educational conditions anti-Mexican educational bias along with some 10,000 students.

An inspirational film, not to be missed!

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Tuesday, September 15th: INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

Commuter Brunch with Hot YAM
11am
Location: U.T.S.U Lawn @ 12 Hart House Circle

For those who have to travel to get to campus, and for those who are not inspired by campus food and can’t afford anymore crappy  starbucks…Commuter Brunch with the Hot Yam! The Hot Yam! is the University of Toronto’s all-volunteer lunch party – once a week they cook up a delicious, mostly local, mostly organic and entirely vegan lunch all for affordable prices.
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Workshop: Anti-War from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka
3pm
Location: BA 1210 Bahen Centre (19 Russell St)

An introductory workshop to understanding Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka’s war against the Tamil people. Saying NO to racism and war!

Featuring:
*James Clarke: Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
*Tamil Students in solidarity
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Workshop: Apartheid 101 and Palestine Solidarity

Tuesday, September 15th – 6 p.m.
Bahen Centre (19 Russel Street) – BA2175

An Introductory workshop on the issues of Israel-Palestine, and on the situation facing Palestinian students under occupation and apartheid.  Join us as we talk about ways of how we can stand in solidarity with Palestinian students.

Featuring:

*Alan Sears: professor at Ryerson University. He is a member of Faculty for Palestine, a coalition of university professors raising awareness about Israeli Apartheid and Palestinian human rights.  He will be talking about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

*Ilaria Giglioli: graduate student at the University of Toronto.  She is a member of Students Against Israeli Apartheid, has recently returned from a month-long trip to Palestine, and will be talking about the Right to Education Campaign.
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Wednesday, September 16th: POVERTY and THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

Workshop: Global Poverty and the Crisis
12 Noon
Location: University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) @ 15 King’s College
Circle (University College)

Understanding global economic structures like the WTO, G8, and Free Trade. Looking at the current economic crisis and the affects of poverty on the Global south.

Featuring:
*David McNally: Professor of Political Science at York University, social justice activist,  and Author of ‘Another World is Possible’.

*S.K Hussan: organizer with No One is Illegal and part of the ad-hoc G8 organizing committee.
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Workshop: Local Poverty and the Crisis
3pm
Location: University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) @ 15 King’s College
Circle (University College)

From local struggles for income security, access to education, and housing, this workshop will look at issues facing poor communities in Ontario.

Featuring:

*Gaetan Heroux: Streethealth and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)

*AJ Whithers: OCAP and Disability Action Movement Now (DAMN 2025)

*Campaign for a Poverty Free Ontario – Canadian Federation of Students

*Kelly O’Sullivan – CUPE 4308 and community activist

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EVENT: The Really, Really, Free Market: BLOCK PARTY!
6pm
Location: U.T.S.U Lawn (12Hart House Circle)

MUSIC, ART, PERFORMANCES, COMMUNITY GROUPS and MORE!
An Outdoor party in the heart of Campus – and its really really FREE!
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Thursday, September 17th: RESISTANCE to OPPRESSION
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Workshop: Justice for Migrant Communities
12 Noon
Location: ES B149 Earth Sciences Building (5 Bancroft Ave)

An introductory workshop on the issues facing migrant and non-status communities; from immigration raids to racist immigration policy more broadly. Come hear about how local organizations are fighting back!

Featuring:

*Chris Ramsaroop from Justicia for Migrant Workers: a volunteer run political non-profit collective comprised of activists from diverse walks of life. Justicia strives to promote the rights of migrant farmworkers (participating in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and the Low Skilled Workers Program) and farmworkers without status.

* Joy Sioson from Philippine Women Centre of Ontario: a non-profit community based organization that advances the rights and welfare of Filipino women. Joy will talk about the plight of Filipino women and migrant workers and the community’s struggle for genuine settlement and integration.

* Yogi Acharya from No One is Illegal Toronto: a group of immigrants, refugees and allies who fight for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect.
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Workshop: Building On A Radical Queer Politic
Thursday, September 17th – 2 p.m.
University of Toronto Arts Centre (UTAC): 15 King’s College Cirlce

This facilitated discussion will examine the struggles that have shaped queer radicalism. We will explore the histories of queer movements, strategies queer communities have employed in the past, and new directions that queer radicalisms are taking today.

Featuring:
*Mujeres al Frente is a Support Group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Intersex, Queer Women and Trans People of Latin-America.

*Tim McCaskell is a co-founder of AIDS Action Now and former member of the Body Politic Collective, the ground-breaking Toronto radical queer newspaper.

*Natalie Kouri-Towe is a former organizer with the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) and is currently organizing with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.
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EVENT: Free Iftar meal for those observing Ramadan sponsored by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU)

Sundown
Location: U.T.S.U Lawn (12 Hart House Circle)
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EVENT: Words of Resistance
Spoken Word against Oppression

6pm
Location: Arbor Room @ Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)

Had lips tied? Rights denied?
Seen silence amplified?
They may draw boundaries on my home, my neighborhood, my people and me
But they will never, ever stop me from speaking out.
They will never take away my
WORDS OF RESISTANCE

Come to listen, to speak and to share. Open mike, short plays, spoken word and performances.

Featured Artists include:

Nomanzland
Unknown Mizery
Anu Radha Verma
Gitanjali Lena
Kenji
Amai Kuda
Jorge Vallejos
Jean-Marc Daga

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Friday, September 18th: INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY

Workshop: Colonialism 101 and Solidarity
12 Noon
Location: University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) @ 15 King’s College
Circle (University College)

An introductory workshop to the history of colonialism within North America and the movements for solidarity with First Nations communities demanding justice.

Featuring: Tyendinaga Support Committee and Barriere Lake Solidarity Committee

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Event: Justice for Indigenous Communities
Featuring:  Robert Lovelace
2pm
Location: International Students Centre – Cumberland Room (33 St. George St.)

Robert Lovelace is a retired Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University and a professor in Ecosystems Management at Sir Sandford Fleming College. He has written about community development and social reform as a de-colonizing strategy. On February 15, 2008, Robert Lovelace was sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court. His crime was taking a leadership role in securing Algonquin land and refusing to permit exploration for uranium near Ardoch,
Ontario. Lovelace will be speaking on Colonialism vs. The Future – adapting to the finite world means the end of colonialism.  He will speak to the need for education to take on a very strong anti-colonial character in preparing the next generation for the environmental and economic changes and challenges ahead.
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Outdoor Film Screening: ‘Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance’
8pm
Location: Philosophers Walk @ 80 Queens Park
Rain Location: Arbor Room at Hart House

Alanis Obomsawin, 1993, 119 min 15 s
On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades.
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GET INVOLVED!

University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) is YOUR students’ union. Representing over 41,000, we are governed by a Board of Directors elected from every college, campus, professional faculty and second-entry program. Our aim is to provide money-saving services and events to educate and enhance your university experience. www.utsu.ca

Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is a volunteer campus-based group with a mandate for Action, Education, and Research on issues of social and environmental justice. We have over 25 years of commitment to social justice and organizing at the University of Toronto.

www.opirgufot.org

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Apartheid 101 and Palestine Solidarity | 15 September 2009
September 14, 2009, 5:58 pm
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Apartheid 101 and Palestine Solidarity
A workshop hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid – U of T. Part of dis/Orientation 2009 – a week of radical, anti-oppression and social justice initiatives.

Tuesday, September 15th – 6 p.m.
Bahen Centre (19 Russel Street) – BA2175
(map: http://tiny.cc/ZuRhR)

Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) at the University of Toronto is a network of students connected to the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.  We work towards raising awareness about Palestine and Israeli Apartheid as well as the need to sever economic ties between our campus and Israel until it complies by international law.

1 – An end to the occupation of all Arab land and the dismantling of the Apartheid Wall.
2 – The right of return for all Palestinian refugees, as stipulated under UN Resolution 194.

3 – Recognition for the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.

These are the three demands presented by Palestinian civil society in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions international call of 2005.

Join us this Tuesday, September 15th at 6 p.m., as we explore these three demands, how they relate to the context of our campus community, and the ways in which we can stand in solidarity with Palestine.

This event will be facilitated by Alan Sears and Ilaria Giglioli.

Alan Sears is a professor at Ryerson University. He is a member of Faculty for Palestine, a coalition of university professors raising awareness about Israeli Apartheid and Palestinian human rights.  He will be talking about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Ilaria Giglioli is a graduate student at the University of Toronto. She is a member of Students Against Israeli Apartheid, has recently returned from a month-long trip to Palestine, and will be talking about the Right to Education Campaign.

*Admission is free.  Everyone is welcome.  This venue is wheelchair accessible.*

For more information, please contact saia@riseup.net

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SAIA is an action group of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group.

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From Palestine to Turtle Island | 22 Sept 2009
September 12, 2009, 7:29 am
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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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