Performing Occupy Toronto, Written by Rosamund Small Directed by Llyandra Jones
On the one-year anniversary. Where it all began. Witness a historical and relevant theatrical experiment.
October 15th marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Toronto. In conjunction with this historic event, Docket Theatre presents Performing Occupy Toronto, a verbatim theatre piece based on the Occupy Toronto movement. Docket first premiered Rosamund Small’s original play at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse in June 2012, and is proud to remount this FREE site-specific production in the location where the occupation took place – St James Park.
An hour before the show, come experience Docket’s park-wide, multi-disciplinary carnival of expression! Over 30 young artists from different backgrounds (including spoken word, dance, music, visual art, busking, etc) will share pieces inspired by political and social issues in Toronto over the past year. Artists will explore how Occupy’s call to action has influenced Torontonians over the past year and what the future holds.
Performing Occupy Toronto is a script taken word-for- word from real life interviews at the Occupy Toronto Protest in 2011. It charts the beginning of the occupation at St. James Park, the conflict within the movement, and the eventual eviction. Small’s composition weaves together the events of the occupation with impartiality, respect and humanity, creating a story full of wit, emotional insight and political charge.
Through the evening events, artists will explore how Occupy’s call to action has evolved over the past year
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NWAC calls on Canadian media to cover Sisters In Spirit Vigils which take place on October 4th 2012
October 3, 2012 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is calling on local and national media to feature stories on the annual October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils, which are taking place in Canada and abroad. For the past seven (7) years, the NWAC has designated October 4th as a day to remember and honour the lives of the many missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls as well as to offer support to families who have been tragically touched by the loss of a loved one to violence.
NWAC recently announced that the SIS Vigil movement had surpassed more than 110 vigils to take place from coast-to-coast-to-coast for the 2012 October 4th vigil campaign. In a matter of a few short weeks, that number has grown to 163 SIS Vigils. This year, NWAC is pleased to announce that every province and territory is hosting SIS Vigils. Vigils are also being held outside of Canada on the Seneca Nation, New York, Los Angeles, California, Los Cruces, New Mexico and another in La Paz, Bolivia.
Vigils can take many forms: a rally, a candle-light memorial, a workshop, a moment of silence, a walk, or a gathering of people to share memories and a meal. President Michele Audette declared, “with 163, such a great number of registered Vigils taking place across Turtle Island this year, we hope that local and national media will realize that the SIS Vigils are a movement for social change and should be reported on as being major events by the media.” She further stated, “NWAC would not have reached this success without the effort, commitment and hard work of the families, our many supporters and the NWAC staff.”
A complete list of the 163 plus SIS Vigils can be found here at http://www.nwac.ca/programs/2012-vigil-locations. People can also log on to http://www.october4th.ca/ to show their support by lighting a candle on NWAC’s virtual candlelight vigil.
NWAC looks forward to the media’s involvement and participation in NWAC’s 7th Annual Sisters In Spirit Vigils.
– 30-For additional information please contact:Irene Goodwin, email@example.comDirector, Evidence to ActionNative Women’s Association of Canada1 Nicholas Street, 9th FloorOttawa, ON K1N 7B7Tel.: 613-722-3033 ext. 225Toll Free: 1-800-461-4043Fax.: 613-722-7687
An event that had massive popularity from B.C. to Toronto, She Speaks was an opportunity for anyone to come and hear 5 female perspectives on the oil sands, line 9, the banks’ lack of commitment to due diligence when it comes to their lending practices, and human rights abuses not so far from home in what’s known as “Chemical Valley”, in Sarnia.
The following are three clips from the two and a half hour presentation, featuring some of the speakers from the evening. We present them to you in hopes that they strike home, and elicit your further curiosity.
The full video will be posted as soon as it is processed.
Originally posting for the facebook event:
Indigenous communities are taking the lead to stop the largest industrial project on Earth and Northern Alberta is ground zero with over 20 corporations operating in the tar sands sacrifice zone, with expanded developments being planned. The cultural heritage, land, ecosystems and health of Indigenous communities including those in the Athabasca, Peace River and Cold Lake regions of Alberta are being sacrificed for oil money in what has been termed a “slow industrial genocide”. Infrastructure projects linked to the tar sands expansion such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, Kinder Morgan pipeline, Enbridge Line 9 reversal, and the Keystone XL pipeline threaten Indigenous communities across Turtle Island particularly Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the Haudenausaunee Confederacy here in Southern Ontario.
To build ties of solidarity and resistance, and to create a broad base on informed support, a speakers’ series is being organized in Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) and in Ontario.
**Wheelchair accessible, childcare & refreshments will be provided, free
CRYSTAL LAMEMAN is a Beaver Lake Cree First Nation activist and the Peace River tar sands campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network in Alberta. Crystal is committed to restoring Native treaty rights and stopping the exploitation of the tar sands.
MELISSA ELLIOTT is co-founder of Young Onkwehonwe United, and a youth activist from the Haudenosaunee Territory of Six Nations. Known to most as Missy, she has organized to defend Kanonhstaton (the former Douglas Creek Estates), and to stop development projects on Six Nations territory being pushed through without their consent such as the Line 9 reversal project.
VANESSA GRAY is a youth organizer from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, a community that has been named the most polluted place in North America by the National Geographic Society. She founded Green Teens, a environmental justice organization of Native youth to resist the impact of the 63 petrochemical refineries in her hometown and is an active campaigner for the rights of Indigenous people across these lands.
SUZANNE DHALIWAL is the co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands.
Moderated by Heather Milton-Lightning from the Pasqua First Nation, Ruckus Society and the Indigenous Environmental Network.
This event is organized by the Indigenous Environmental Network. IEN is an alliance of grassroots Indigenous Peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining, and respecting traditional teachings and natural laws.
It is supported by No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, OPIRG York, Aboriginal Students at York and others.
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Here are a few links to get you started, if you want to know more:
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This might be challenging to some to receive, to hear, to accept. It is given with love though. And intended to advance freedom for all – in all of its meanings.
People are attracted to peace. When a movement advocates “peace,” imperatives arise. Especially when some movements offer a vision that transcends the current reality.
Change is scary. But change with open hearts and minds, a warm embrace, authentic dialogue, invitational versus prescriptive, empathic listening versus clever debate, conversations for possibility versus conversations to make wrong…these are capacities which draw people in. That is – in part – walking the talk. Embodying the world you wish to manifest.
As tempting as it might be, as wronged as you have been, as violated as you feel, exclamations peppered with “fucking pigs,” “fucking mainstream media,” “fucking CEOs (or capitalists)” “fucking Harper (or politicians),” repel, scare, violate and threaten others whom we want to include in our vision manifesting. And just as you do not want to be painted with a broad brush (entitled youth, entitled boomers ring a bell?) that brush is unfair to many.
That angry, or vindictive “energy” belies an addiction. An attachment. Freeing ourselves of that energy (or being with it differently) is one of the imperatives of each participant. (Truth is all these groups want something other than what we’ve co-created – deep down – but are unconscious, scared, trapped by a misperceived reality).
By all means express that anger; but let’s lighten our own and their load, illuminate the blindness and extraordinary future so they see again and embrace a new possibility that’s far more enlivening than the one they – and we – are in.
Let’s learn to develop a pre-existing capacity to express ourselves in ways that advances a new relationship among business, government and civil society for the fulfillment of all – including the planet.
Be the change.
Original Article Post on OccupyWallStreet.net
An open letter to our comrades, from 3 anonymous OWS occupiers in Chicago.
On the eve of the feast of the cabal of hypocrites, otherwise referred to as the 2012 NATO Summit, the people of Chicago have suffered a grave injustice in the streets of their city at the hands of the violent police state. The Chicago Police’s actions today, May 19th, were a brutally violent on our bodies and on our rights. An absurdly large police force was deployed in order to intimidate and provoke a peaceable assembly, and resulted in unbridled, militaristic attacks on activists demonstrating against NATO, inflicting several serious injuries – including broken noses, bloodied eyes, and a particularly sickening incident in which a dedicated comrade was belligerently run down by a police van.
We vociferously condemn these unacceptable and cowardly attacks, and know that the people are beginning to awaken from the falsified dream of liberty in a nation thats find itself in a authoritarian police state which crushes any dissent and defends the war machines of internatonal violence and global capitalism, instead of the human beings it feigns to represent. Yet we will not be so easily fooled by these tactics. We know that these actions by the Chicago Police Department were carried out tonight with the calculated intent of provoking and generating fear within our collective in order to drive it into a reactionary state. This is a police tactic designed to distract our focus and to spiral us downward into desperation and negativity. We must resist these feelings, for we forfeit our autonomy by reacting to the script they have written for us and losing steadfast discipline in the face of the arm of state repression. We have to remain serious and disciplined in order to not fall into this trap. It is EXACTLY what they want from us. We know that this is a panicked attempt to postemptively justify to the people the astronomical amount of our public resources that have been wasted on the exorbitant number of police on the streets, the unlawful and intrusive surveillance, the unjustifiable home raids, and the Orwellian fear being propagated by the puppet corporate media. Our organization will not be manipulated into a state of disorganized rage, for we are well aware that is exactly as they wish to instigate us. It is no better – nay, it is worse, to fall into their paltry and predictable trap than it is to subserviently subjugate ourselves to obeying the orders of authority.
This national convergence against NATO represents an incredible and unique opportunity to bring together a diverse spectrum of activists in a unified front of resistance unlike any other seen in over a decade. Tomorrow, we step onto the stage with a righteous fire in our hearts at the injustice done to us and our comrades on these streets just a day before. Yet we will not be overriden with heightened emotions that cloud our judgement. We recognize this attempt at coercion as yet another manifestation of systemic oppression, and remain autonomous individuals who will not be ordered around – explictly or implicitly. Instead, we channel our be anger, our pain, our compassion, and our or despair,and our passion for a better world without this oppression into our messaging and our actions.
Comrades. Let us take a deep, deep breath together. Let’s heal together, and then work together to make tactical decisions that we arrive at out of truly free and autonomous choice, and not dictated by the authority’s whims. Be safe, though our safety depends on each other, not the armed security in the streets. look out for one another – organize in small, accountable groups of affinity and trust, Stay calm, and to remember why we traveled to Chicago – to stand in the face of a war machine that acts recklessly beyond transparency and accountability to the people it affects and claims to represent – and to say we want a world free of war and oppression.