Articles Social Movements

  • Note to Justin Trudeau: Climate leaders don’t build pipelines

    Canadian Politics

    Social change does not come from asking a politician a hard question, from a single moment of glory. Social change comes from sustained resistance by huge numbers of people over extended periods of time. Don’t let the powers-that-be-damned make you think you can only engage in democracy once every four years.

  • A Critical Week for the World Social Forum

    Social Movements

    In 2002, a seismic shift occurred with the election of a working-class president from northeast Brazil, the poorest part of the country. At the same time, a strong wave of mobilization was sweeping Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, as well as Bolivia, where an unprecedented indigenous movement had taken centre stage.

  • The Power of Deep Organizing

    Social Movements

    Raising Expectations was full of struggles that McAlevey was directly involved in – struggles that showed what could be done despite the overwhelming power of capital. It had a personal, chatty feel to it and had an instant and powerful impact on rank-and-file workers and labour activists, quickly and deservedly making McAlevey a hit on the labour circuit as a speaker, trainer, and strategist.

  • Palestine and the Dakota Access Pipeline: Time to globalize BDS

    Indigenous Politics

    As Canadian Dimension readers know, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is a Palestinian movement of resistance to Israeli settler-colonialist expansion and corporate complicity with it — a successful strategy learned from the struggle against the South African Apartheid regime whose aims it echoes.

  • Why BDS?

    Social Movements

    The decision taken by Green Party of Canada convention delegates to approve a resolution supporting the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel in August 2016 was controversial, so much so that the leadership decided to convene a special general meeting in Calgary, Dec. 3 & 4, 2016 to reconsider the resolution.

  • Vimy Ridge Readings - An Anti-War Celebration

    Social Movements

    Help build a massive, noisy protest to challenge the spectacle of war we are sure to be subjected to on the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. By becoming part of this anti-war event, you will be inspiring community action and communication. It’s a great way to be part of the larger anti-war movement.

  • Rather than fearing the Leap Manifesto, let’s bring on the debate

    Environment

    The transition off carbon could be less painful, since, with proper investment, a green technology future promises to be, in the words of NDP elder statesman Stephen Lewis, “the greatest job creation program on earth.” It’s time we considered the possibility that saving the planet is as important as placating a bunch of New York bondholders.

  • Thousands to Meet in Montreal for World Social Forum

    Social Movements

    In recent years, the WSF has been buoyed by the popular demands for social justice and democracy in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and even the United States (Occupy Wall Street). There is a growing awareness of the need to consider alternatives to policies that primarily benefit elites, as was evident in the U.S. with the Bernie Sanders campaign.

  • The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven

    Social Movements

    Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and past president of the American Sociological Association. She has co-authored, with her late husband Richard Cloward, classic studies of American politics, social welfare, and social movements, including Regulating the Poor (1971).

  • Polarization and the Powder Keg

    Social Movements

    A ‘charismatic leader’ could emerge and bridge the different constituencies – downwardly mobile workers, militant blacks and politically disenfranchised activists may merge at some point around such a leader. But unless ‘the leader’ is harnessed to a powerful organized movement and directed by activist communities the threat of betrayal remains a real possibility.

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