Fair Taxation For All

Monday, 29 April 2013, 7:00pm: Fair Taxation For All with Dennis Howlett, executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness.
First United Church Waterloo (King and William St) (map).

Dennis Howlett is touring to launch CTF’s new book The Great Revenue Robbery.  The book will be available for sale at the event.

Very timely in light of new revelations that $32 trillion worldwide is deposited in tax havens, with billions in lost revenue to governments that are struggling with deficits and austerity.

Event sponsored by KAIROS Grand River as part of series Restoring A Good Life for All.  Co-sponsored by Waterloo Region Labour Council.

http://www.taxfairness.ca/news/book-launch-events-planned-great-revenue-robbery-april

Rally for Gaza CANCELLED – but let’s keep in touch

Friends,

I just heard that the Palestinian students have cancelled the rally against
the war in Gaza
, scheduled for Sunday.

But as we all know, the war on Gaza is not over. With the ongoing blockade they can’t even get what they need to start rebuilding – again.

In brainstorming with a friend tonight, I wondered if those of us who are interested could start some ongoing action in KW, to raise awareness of the daily violence that Palestinians face.

Did you all see the 2 excellent letters in Friday’s Record, confronting the unjust way the Palestinians are portrayed by gov’t and media? One was by Rev Desmond Jagger-Parsons of Trinity United Church – who is one of the people on this list. Desmond you were really on a tear! Good for you.

What are some things we might do? Share articles among ourselves? Start a moderated discussion list? Start a blog? Hold a regular public vigil – for Palestinians killed, or imprisoned, or land lost, or homes demolished and trees uprooted …. it’s endless.

Please let’s keep talking and sharing ideas. We’ve abandoned the field to the pro-Israel spin doctors for too long!

Shalom,

Eleanor Grant

Rally For Gaza, Sunday 25 November

Please forward to your friends and networks:

Message from Students for Palestinian Rights:

Please join our peaceful demonstration condemning the attacks by the Israeli Military Forces on:

When: Sunday November 25, 2012

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Kitchener City Hall

Bring any flags, signs, and kuffiyahs or anything else you may have.

The CBC We Want

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting hosts a community conversation:

When: 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 31st
Where: The Hall, Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street, Waterloo (map)

Followed by Dalton Camp Awards at the Clay and Glass Gallery

(across the street from the church).

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is convening this national conversation.

Please bring your ideas about the kind of CBC you want – or simply attend to consider what promises to be a provocative, thoughtful and constructive discussion.

When: 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 31st
Where: The Hall, Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street, Waterloo (map)

Veronic TennantVeronica Tennant, producer, director and prima ballerina, will moderate the opening session of this Canada-wide conversation which will be webcast live from this launch event.

The consultation will feature contributions from some of Canada’s most creative thinkers and artists including Howard Dyck, Eric Friesen, Leah Pinsent and many more with music by The Waterboys and the New Vibes Jazz Quartet.

RSVP:
For more information and to RSVP visit www.friends.ca/TheCBCWeWant
You can also RSVP by calling 1-866-585-0553

If you know that you will not be able to attend in person, please consider leaving a comment on the CBC you want at www.friends.ca/TheCBCWeWant

Immediately following The CBC We Want event, FRIENDS will be hosting a reception to present the 2012 Dalton Camp Award to the winner of an essay competition on the topic of links between the media and democracy.

 

We are all treaty people: An Indigenous Solidarity Town Hall Meeting for KW

Monday May 28

6-8pm

WLU Faculty of Social Work, Auditorium

120 Duke St. West, Kitchener, ON

(across from the back of City Hall)

 

Read details below, about why we need this conversation.


Indigenous Solidarity Town Hall

Did you know that Canada exists on traditional Indigenous territory?

Like the rest of this country, Kitchener-Waterloo residents have settled on land that was stewarded long before by the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America). Later granted by law of the British government to the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, an ongoing colonial legacy of Canadian law and policy has resulted in their wrongful displacement from this land, and the construction of cities like our own – without any acknowledgement of that history. In this context, Grand River Indigenous Solidarity invites you to participate in a community discussion, from a settler perspective, about what it means for us to live and work in this region. Come out and learn from local organizers about current Indigenous sovereignty struggles and solidarity work, as well as how you can get involved!

Topics of our conversation will include:

-A brief history of whose land we live on, and how this came to be

-Report-back and updates from the April 28th Walk for Peace, Respect, & Friendship in Caledonia

-Allied resistance against tar sands development and environmental impacts across Ontario, report-back about the issues surrounding the Line 9 pipeline that crosses the Halidmand Tract in Ontario & the London hearings

-The Oshkimaadziig encampment and cultural education project in Awenda Provincial Park

-Resistance to the construction of a new waste processing plant in Dundalk, with two key representatives of the struggle speaking

-Grassy Narrows and River Run 2012 in Toronto from June 5-8!

Generously supported by WPIRG

Spark in the Park

Tres exciting musical event with an inspiring network of local organizations attending too! More details available at http://sparkmusicfestival.org.

When: Saturday, May 26, 3:30-10pm
Where: Waterloo Park
Cost: $15 in advance / $20 at the gate
How to Attend: Find out how to buy tickets by going to http://sparkmusicfestival.org/tickets/ .

TAPPED – Another GREEN Movie Night

by CREW (Community Renewable Energy of Waterloo).

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s 2009 award winning and broadly recognized documentary is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

When: Thursday, May 24, 7pm with displays & info starting at 6:30 pm
Where: Original Princess Cinema, Princess St., Waterloo

Mohammad Mahjoub Speaking Tour

Wednesday, May 23rd, 7-9pm, University of Waterloo- EIT building, room 1015

(EIT is the building beside Davis Centre in the direction of the Arts Quadrangle. It’s the one with the dinosaurs!)

Mohammad Mahjoub is one of the “Secret Trial Five” – refugees from Arab countries who were arrested on “security certificates”, with all the “evidence” against them kept secret by CSIS. Two of the Five have now been freed and are suing the Canadian government (Adil Charkaoui and Hassan Almrei).

Read more about Mr. Mahjoub’s story below.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 7-9pm, University of Waterloo- EIT building, room 1015

(EIT is the building beside Davis Centre in the direction of the Arts Quadrangle.  It’s the one with the dinosaurs!)

Mohammad Mahjoub is one of the “Secret Trial Five” – refugees from Arab countries who were arrested on “security certificates”, with all the “evidence” against them kept secret by CSIS.  Two of the Five have now been freed and are suing the Canadian government (Adil Charkaoui and Hassan Almrei).

Read more about Mr. Mahjoub’s story below.


For almost twelve long years, Mohammad Mahjoub, a torture survivor, has been detained without charge in Canada. He was held for lengthy periods in solitary confinement and later under house arrest. All on the basis of secret information which the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has admitted was likely obtained under torture. Now, for the first time in twelve years, Mr. Mahjoub is permitted to travel outside Toronto.

Mr. Mahjoub is one of five Muslim men who have been struggling for justice in Canada against so-called security certificates. Security certificates allow the government to indefinitely detain or deport people on the basis of their profile. He will tell his story in a seven-city speaking tour, as the Justice for Mahjoub Network gears up for a day of protest to mark the 12th anniversary of his arrest on June 26th.

Join us to hear Mohammad’s story and learn what we can do about it!

For background information visit: www.supportmahjoub.org.

For up-to-date event information check out our facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/289162931167112/?ref=ts 

or visit the wpirg website: www.wpirg.org/events-2/.

Local event brought to you by WPIRG and the KW Anti-Torture Coalition.

Mahjoub tells his story in Prism magazine (published by Maher Arar):

http://prism-magazine.com/2012/05/this-is-what-they-did-to-me/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Prism-magazine+%28Prism+Magazine%29