Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts: Recognition where it is overdue

December 10, 2012 Whose are the stories we rarely hear? Who do we owe but never praise? The marginalized and the oppressed. The Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts was built on the premise that workers and artists share a common struggle for social justice. Award recipients, (L to R: Min Sook Lee,… Read More Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts: Recognition where it is overdue

The Toronto Palestine Film Festival: A grassroots gem of the city’s cinema scene

September 27, 2012 The Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF), now in its fifth year, is at once a grassroots organization and a gem of the Toronto cinema scene. Six years ago, a group of activists had been screening films at the local and late Brunswick theatre, to much success. Once the Brunswick closed, the idea… Read More The Toronto Palestine Film Festival: A grassroots gem of the city’s cinema scene

#BONY2012: MOURNING THE LOSS OF SANITY IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

In this age of YouTube sensations and the surprisingly ubiquitous “I’ll meet you on Facebook,” it can’t come as much of a surprise when social media, our contemporary public forum, crosses paths with the original public form, politics. When it comes to advocacy and activism, we have laid down our picket signs in favour of… Read More #BONY2012: MOURNING THE LOSS OF SANITY IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Allowing Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers to RISE

The treatment of Australia’s ‘Boat people’ is currently a hot topic in the national media. Should Australia be taking refugees? Can we handle more refugees? Will we be overrun by an ‘Asian invasion’? What do we do with people who arrive without visas? The solution to this trumped-up paranoia is detention. About 50,000 people overstay… Read More Allowing Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers to RISE