Clayton Ruby was a shining example of ‘how much one person can do’
For over half-a-century Clay answered the call. From victims of injustice and of human rights abuses, to animal rights activists and environmentalists, those who knew that if they had Clay Ruby on their side, they had the best. Brilliant, compassionate, progressive—Clay represented advocacy at its finest. He was in a league of his own, a giant in the legal profession and in the progressive movement.
Pro-golfers dirty themselves by taking blood money from Saudi Arabia
In the polite world of golf, there’s a rule of etiquette to cover every contingency. Until now. This spring, a small group of professional golfers—led by former Big Name superstars Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson—decided to turn the game that has made them fabulously rich into an unsporting game of SleazeBall.
‘Apartheid’ is not sufficient: an interview with UN Human Rights Commissioner Miloon Kothari
According to the Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, Israel is effectively a single state from the river to the sea–an apartheid state where settler-colonialism is a more foundational problem. Indian human rights scholar, activist and housing rights advocate Miloon Kothari co-chairs the committee. Here, he is interviewed by David Kattenburg.
Documents reveal RCMP targeted health care activists in 1960s Saskatchewan
In early July, former MP Dennis Gruending acquired a series of documents pertaining to the campaign for universal health care in 1960s Saskatchewan. The documents reveal that the RCMP considered supporters of the Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Act to be communist subversives and kept files on leading advocates of the bill, including former Premier Tommy Douglas.
Roger Waters lends star power to the fight against Palestinian dispossession
Now more than ever, it’s critical to pushback against attempts to squash Palestine solidarity campaigns. In the recent academic year students at five Canadian universities passed resolutions supporting elements of the boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, joining some two dozen student associations that had already endorsed the Palestinian civil society’s call.
Feds must act to end the forced sterilization of Indigenous people
Between 2015 and 2019, over 100 Indigenous women from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, and Québec publicly asserted that they were survivors of forced or coerced sterilization procedures. The actual number is undoubtedly much higher, and more and more Indigenous women come forward every year to share their traumatic experiences.
UN urges Canada to end criminalization of land defenders
On April 29, 2022, the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) released a letter—their third in total—urging the Canadian government to respect the rights of the Indigenous Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en communities resisting the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia.
Trudeau silent on police crackdown in Ecuador
While Ecuadorians rise up in protest of a mercilessly cruel economic system, the Trudeau government has stayed silent while the Canadian embassy degrades them as violent rioters. It should come as no surprise that the leader of a global mining superpower should react this way toward a protest movement demanding social and economic change within Latin America.
Transit is the new frontline of the war on the unhoused
Transit infrastructure has become the site of visibly manifesting contradictions at the heart of the vicious capitalist and colonial project because it’s one of the few public spaces left for people to safely gather. However, this reality is under escalating threats and it’s imperative that these efforts be coherently resisted with a program of radical alternatives.
Body cameras do not fix the problem of police legitimacy
As of April 2021, approximately 900 Kansas City officers have worn body cameras at a cost of around $4 million a year. The expectation that outfitting police officers with body cameras was to somehow improve or restore police legitimacy is misguided at best, especially in the context of the long and storied history of outright police lies and dishonesty.
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