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- VOW 2021 Mother’s Day Peace Awards
May 4, 2021: Mother’s Day is a very special day but it was not always about lavish dinners and flowers; it was a call to action by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 to “Disarm! Disarm!” calling for a Mother’s Peace Day to eradicate war. It was later taken up by Anna Jarvis to have it recognized in the United States nationally in 1914. We at VOW wish to revitalize the idea of a Mother’s Peace Day and are awarding outstanding women in the areas of peace special recognition for their hard work.
- If Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Case Is a ‘Non-Issue,’ Why Have Media Gone to Such Lengths to Silence Him?
May 1, 2021: if Mumia Abu Jamal’s case is a non-issue that only celebrities care about, why the active silencing?
- It’s Aggression When “They” Do It, but Defense When “We” Do Worse
April 30, 2021: Aggression, in international politics, is commonly defined as the use of armed force against another sovereign state, not justified by self-defense or international authority. Any state being described as aggressive in foreign or international reporting, therefore, is almost by definition in the wrong. It’s a word that seems easy to apply to the United States, which launched 81 foreign interventions between 1946 and 2000 alone.
- Independent Jewish Voices Commends Pivotal Human Right Watch Report on Israeli Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution
April 27, 2021: Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) commends a pivotal report published today by Human Rights Watch (HRW) entitled “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution”. The 213-page report reveals detailed findings that Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution, and offers a powerful list of recommendations to the international community to stop such crimes.
- Human Rights Watch: Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution
April 27, 2021: Crimes Against Humanity Should Trigger Action to End Repression of Palestinians.
- Independent Jewish Voices Applauds NDP Convention Delegates for Passing the Palestine Resolution
April 10, 2021: Independent Jewish Voices Canada applauds members of the New Democratic Party (NDP) who voted by an overwhelming majority at the party’s convention to support a resolution calling for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
- IJV Denounces Smears Against NDP MP Niki Ashton and Former UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn
March 4, 2021: Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) denounces the brazen attempt by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) to smear NDP MP Niki Ashton in relation to an upcoming online event with former UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn. As an organization representing Canadian progressive Jews from coast to coast, we feel that it is important for Canadians to be able to hear directly from Corbyn and Ashton, who will be speaking on a range of important social justice issues that are close to the hearts of many in this country.
- Statement of Solidarity with Farmers of India
February 27, 2021: Statement from a large number of organizations supporting Indian farmers’ demands, including their call for repeal of pro-corporate farm laws.
- India: Jammu & Kashmir journalists face criminal charges for reporting
February 25, 2021: Jammu & Kashmir police opened criminal investigations against two journalists on January 30, while the Jammu & Kashmir administration filed another case against a third journalist on February 12. The International Federation of Journalists condemns the misuse of power and law against journalists in the region.
- Unions unite in condemning Facebook bullying and call for bolder steps to tackle news deserts
February 24, 2021: Journalists and media unions in Australia, the US, Canada and the UK have issued a joint call for governments to take “bolder steps” to protect jobs and save journalism.
- Connexions Other Voices: Beyond the Walls
The February 14, 2021 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter, looks to a world beyond lockdowns and beyond walls.
- Internet Users Deserve More Choice Through Interoperability and Better Privacy. They Can Have Both, Electronic Frontier Foundation Says
Februarty 12, 2021: Interoperability Is Not a Threat to User Privacy, Despite Big Tech Claims.
- In Memory of Ernie Tate (1934-2021)
February 12, 2021: The socialist movement lost an outstanding educator and organizer with the passing of Ernest (Ernie) Tate.
- Activists block trucks at company transporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, demand Canada stop fuelling war in Yemen
Members and allies of anti-war organizations World BEYOND War and Labour Against the Arms Trade are blocking trucks at Paddock Transport International, a Hamilton-area transportation company involved in shipping Canadian-made, light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.
- Women Leaving Islam and From Hijab To Freedom on World Hijab Day
Women Leaving Islam, a new CEMB film, will premiere on 1 February, 2021 at 6pm UK time as a challenge to #WorldHijabDay and religious modesty rules.
- Call for the Virtual World Assembly of Inhabitants
International Alliance of Inhabitants virtual assembly January 30, 2021.
- Jesse Vorst
January 28, 2021: Remembering Jesse Vorst 1940 - 2020
- US Media Require No Evidence for Claims of Electoral Fraud – in Venezuela
January 27, 2021: Corporate outlets have summarily denounced Trump’s bogus claims of vote fraud, though for years they have faithfully echoed similarly spurious accusations made about elections held by official enemies. But media make no effort to account for years of hypocrisy and double standards.
- The Pendulum of Internet Censorship Swings Leftward Again
January 25, 2021: There has been a purge of left-wing accounts from social media, with socialist organizations being targeted on Facebook and multiple Antifa-associated accounts suspended from Twitter.
- Rights groups react to Assange verdict
January 12, 2021: Human rights and press freedom groups respond to British court ruling on Julian Assange
- The remarkable life and progressive legacy of Ed Finn
January 8, 2021: Ed Finn was a historian, an activist, an adviser, a colleague, a shop steward, a mentor, a pun-master, and a surrogate great-uncle to the children of his co-workers.
- Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Calls on the Government of Ontario to Defer Award to Mike Harris
January 5, 2021: Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Calls on the Government of Ontario to Defer Award to Mike Harris, Ontario’s Former Premier and Complete the Work Under the Ipperwash Inquiry.
- Leo Panitch and the Socialist Project
December 26, 2020: The death of Leo Panitch has made the world a darker place. His writings have carried us through some of the most difficult periods in the history of the socialist left, as wave after wave of the neoliberal onslaught broke workers’ organizations, serving up one defeat after the next. Leo’s work sustained so many of us during these years, pushing us on and pointing the way through the storm.
- Radical Digressions: The people who are preparing for war, and the lies they tell
December 22, 2020: The double standards, hypocrisy, and dishonesty of the media are absolutely breathtaking.
- Leo Panitch (1945-2020) - “An irreparable loss”
December 22, 2020: The global left has suffered an irreparable loss with the passing of Leo Panitch this weekend. He was incredibly warm, inviting, and generous to others. And he remained committed to the end to the cause of socialism and human emancipation.
- Radical Digressions: Adding Up to Zero
December 6, 2020: Canada’s biggest meat company is now proclaiming itself both “carbon neutral” and “carbon zero.”
- Robert Fisk had True Independence of Mind, Which is Why He Angered Governments and Parts of the Media
Robert Fisk, who died on 30 October, 2020, spent almost half a century reporting war and civil wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. He understood that people who are trying to kill each other will not hesitate to lie about each other, and about anybody, notably about journalists, whose information – particularly if it is true – they deem not to be in their interests.
- Palestinians and Israelis call for a single democratic state
November 15, 2020: The Palestinian-led One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC), comprised of Palestinians from every major community (’48, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the refugee camps and the Diaspora/Exile), together with their critical Israeli Jewish partners, has issued a call for the establishment of a single democratic state including everyone living between the River and the Sea, including Palestinian refugees who choose to return to their homeland.
- Radical Digressions: Remembrance Day: November 11
Official remembrances are often about forgetting as much as they are about remembering, and this is no exception.
- Robert Fisk – Death Of A “Controversial” Journalist
Robert Fisk, the Independent’s Middle East correspondent, died on 30 October aged 74.
- RIP Betty Dodson, Sex Revolutionary
The great sex revolutionary and Godmother of Masturbation, Dr. Betty Dodson (1929-2020), one of my most beloved mentors, died on the Blue Moon of Halloween night.
- Radical Digressions: Heat Wave
July 9, 2020: Heat waves are a story of the present, and increasingly the future, as our planet heats up. Like COVID-19 and much else, extreme heat disproportionately affects the poor and the elderly. They are the ones who often don’t have air conditioning, and often they live alone with no support networks.
- Celebrating Canadian Multiculturalism Day
On this Canadian Multiculturalism Day, we recognize and acknowledge Canada’s rich diversity and the significant contributions that ethnocultural communities have made and continue to make in shaping and enriching our great country, Canada.
- EFF and Durie Tangri Join Forces to Defend Internet Archive’s Digital Library
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is joining forces with the law firm of Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit that threatens their Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) program, which helps people all over the world check out digital copies of books owned by the Archive and its partner libraries.
- French High Court Rules That Most of Hate Speech Bill Would Undermine Free Expression
In a victory for the free speech rights of French citizens, France’ highest court today struck down core provisions of a bill meant to curb hate speech, holding they would unconstitutionally sweep up legal speech.
- India: Journalist killed after exposing controversial sand-mining deals
Reporter Shubham Mani Tripathi was fatally shot in the Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district on June 19 in a suspected retaliatory attack for his journalism.
- Radical Digressions: Longing for freedom, and grieving loss: Reflections on watching swifts on a summer evening
June 25, 2020: Swifts are mysterious birds, enigmatic and paradoxical. In a sense, they are supremely urban birds, yet unlike other urban birds, swifts have nothing to do with us.
- Miriam Garfinkle Social Justice Fund announces first round of grants
June 20, 2020: The Miriam Garfinkle Social Justice Fund is pleased to announce its first three grants. The recipients are: Labour4Palestine,
Growing Palestine, Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship.
- India: Law enforcement targets journalists during the pandemic
Since the Indian government imposed Covid-19 restrictions on March 25, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has recorded 17 legal cases brought against journalists in India.
- Connexions Other Voices: Thinking Clearly in a Time of Crisis
The May 14, 2020 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter, challenges us to think clearly and ask critical questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and what it is teaching us.
- As Laval Detention Centre Empties, CBSA Pushes Tracking Bracelets on Migrants
After two months of resistance by detainees and their supporters, the Laval Immigration Holding Centre now stands almost empty. Only 2 men and 1 woman remain inside, watched over by dozens of guards. While the struggle continues to empty this prison entirely, and to ensure it never reopens, we now confront other ways the state controls migrants and is even pushing forward new forms of surveillance under cover of the pandemic.
- New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program not a solution, gives control to bad employers, excludes most workers
Migrant food and farm worker groups from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec are jointly raising the alarm about the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program to be launched by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- M is for Miriam
Alphabet Publishing announces the publication of children’s alphabet book about Canadian physician and activist Miriam Garfinkle.
- A project to preserve and share the histories of Toronto grassroots community groups
The Connexions Archive is pleased to announce the completion of a year-long project to digitize and share the documentary history of Toronto grassroots community groups. The project was funded by Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit Must Support Migrant & Informal Workers
Migrant and worker rights organizations call on the Cabinet to ensure that comprehensive income supports are immediately accessible to everyone regardless of immigration or previous work status.
- Migrants on Hunger Strike at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre: Act Now in Solidarity
Migrants detained at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre have launched an indefinite hunger strike to demand their release in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- To the cliff’s edge and back
Fair Vote Canada is greatly relieved that the government appears to be backing down on its unseemly power grab in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
- News conference: Impacts of COVID-19
OCAP and SHJN are calling a news conference on measures necessary to mitigate deadly impacts of COVID-19 on homeless people, those on social assistance, and on those whose lives are being saved by the overdose prevention sites.
- Connexions Other Voices: Morality in an Amoral World
The March 19, 2020 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter, looks at morality in the context of the coronavirus crisis.
- Toronto laneway to be called Miriam Garfinkle Lane
The City of Toronto has approved the name “Miriam Garfinkle Lane” to identify a public lane south of Barton Avenue. The name recognizes Dr. Miriam Garfinkle (1954-2018), a physician and community activist.
- Thursday, April 25th is World Malaria Day (April 24, 2019)
Thursday, April 25th is World Malaria Day, a day established by WHO member states to draw attention to the continuing need for investment in, and commitment to, the fight against malaria one of the worlds oldest and deadliest diseases.
- Turkey: IFJ joins international call to end judicial harassment of journalists (April 14, 2019)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined today several human rights and freedom of speech organisations to condemn the judicial harassment against Turkish Journalists.
- No One Is Illegal Condemns Trudeaus attempt to let CBSA -- Canadas ICE -- stop asylum seekers from applying for refugee status at the border (April 14, 2019)
Bill-C97 is an attack on asylum seekers, a criminalization of migration, and the right to work, and a coordinated attempt to make the poor and racialized endlessly insecure. Individuals do not seek asylum lightly.
- OCAP to lead rally and delegation to Shelter & Housing Administration at Metro Hall (April 14, 2019)
OCAP will lead a delegation of homeless people, advocates and allies to Metro Hall to challenge the City and its administrators on their plans to evict over 400 homeless people to the streets through service cutbacks as the weather warms.
- Pakistan: Fatwa puts journalists in serious danger (April 14, 2019)
This fatwa is an outrageous attack on the safety of Pakistans media and those working in the increasingly volatile area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. IFJ figures shows that Pakistans media remains under threat with journalists killed, abducted, attack
- Malawians Cry Out for Help in Devastating Disaster (March 22, 2019)
Emmanuel International Canada is asking Canadians for support to help provide urgent relieve supplies.
- Connexions project awarded funding from Documentary Heritage Communities Program (April 11, 2019)
The Connexions Archive is pleased to announce that it will be receiving funding from Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program to carry out a project to digitize and share the documentary history of Toronto citizen groups.
- Leaving no one behind on World Water Day 2019 (March 21, 2019)
This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Clean water is vital for human survivalespecially in developing countries,
- Joint Media Advisory (March 18, 2019)
The Promoting Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts (PROMISE) project, now in its third year and the success of the work, provided through a unique Canadian consortium of charities, has saved the lives of many newborns
- Past Its Expiration Date: CDT Releases Brief on Balancing Data Retention and Deletion in Education (March 15, 2019)
Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is releasing an issue brief that offers recommendations and best practices for the education sector in retaining data that can serve students and deleting information that is no longer needed.
- Records Reveal ICE Using Mass Surveillance Database To Track People With Aid of Local Law Enforcement (March 15, 2019)
Over 80 local agencies are sharing residents' location information with ICE
- Students across the globe demand that adults address the climate crisis, as UN report warns Arctic melting might be inevitable (March 15, 2019)
Hundreds of thousands of young people are leaving their classrooms and filling the streets this March 15th to demand real climate action, only two days after the release of new research by UN Environment warning that devastating temperature rises
- GAO Report Concludes Climate Change Will Cost Taxpayers Even More if Government Fails to Act (March 6, 2019)
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released its 2019 "High Risk" report.
- New protection measures for Atlka7tsem/Howe Sounds unique glass sponge reefs support marine life recovery (March 6, 2019)
Todays announcement by the federal government of new fishing closures and other protection measures in Atlka7tsem/Howe Sound provides a significant contribution to the recovery and health of unique and fragile glass sponge reef ecosystems in th
- Human Rights Organizations: End Canadian Arms Ssales to Saudi Arabia (March 6, 2019)
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) joined eleven other human rights organizations to send a letter calling the Canadian government to immediately suspend arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- The best and worst cities in Canada to be a woman in 2019 (March 6, 2019)
Study results point to uneven progress, with many women still waiting for meaningful change
- The best and worst cities in Canada to be a woman in 2019 (March 6, 2019)
Study results point to uneven progress, with many women still waiting for meaningful change
- Hong Kong-based grassroots news website blocked in China (March 6, 2019)
The website of a Hong Kong grassroots news organisation, reporting labour issues around the globe, has been blocked in mainland. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) would call for the Chinese government to ensure freedom of expression.
- Migrant Caregivers win major victory but permanent resident status on arrival for migrant workers still needed (March 6, 2019)
Newly announced pilot Caregiver Program, and Interim Program important steps in the right direction, and a direct response to Caregiver organizing.
- International Womens Day (March 5, 2019)
On 8th March 2019 it is International Womens Day. A time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate.
- Jewish group welcomes revocation of Beth Oloths charitable status; calls on government to apply same standards to Jewish National Fund Canada (January 28, 2019)
Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) welcomes news that Beth Oloth Charitable Organization has had its tax-deductible status revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
- Framed by police: Two Reuters journalists jailed for 7 years (January 16, 2019)
Two Reuters journalists have each been sentenced to seven years in prison after they were found guilty of breaching the official secrets act in Myanmar.
- Press Conference to Demand Immediate Action on Deadly Housing Crisis (January 16, 2019)
Following yet another brutal death of a homeless woman on January 15, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) is calling a press conference this Thursday, January 17 at noon to demand action on Torontos deadly housing crisis
- Vigil for homeless woman who died earlier this week to be held today (Thursday, Jan 10) at 6pm (January 10, 2019)
Vigil for homeless woman who died earlier this week to be held today (Thursday, Jan 10) at 6pm. Vigil will be held at the site of her death at 730 Dovercourt Rd and demands made of the city for immediate action on this deadly housing crisis.
- Bangladesh: Internet throttled, journalists attacked during parliamentary elections (January 4, 2019)
All 3G and 4G internet services were shut down and journalists were attacked during parliamentary elections in Bangladesh on December 30. The International Federation of Journalists condemns the throttling of the internet services and the attacks.
- 2018 Reverses Downward Trend in Killings of Journalists and Media Staff with 94 Victims of Violence (January 4, 2019)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has published a list of 94 journalists and media staff killed in work-related incidents during 201
- CBC Features Complaint Filed Against Registered Charity for Supporting Israeli Army, Settlements (January 4, 2019)
A comprehensive complaint has been filed with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regarding the Jewish National Fund of Canada (JNF Canada)