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Monday, November 11, 2013

5 reasons to scrap the so-called terrorist list...

Join the discussion on criminalizing peoples' liberation struggles and why we need to scrap the terrorist list on Thursday,November 14 (in Surrey) or Friday, November 15 (in Vancouver) with RED SPARKS UNION (full announcement and face book link below).

FIVE reasons to scrap the so-called terrorist list!

ONE  It isolates revolutionary minded people in Canada from precisely the movements we should be taking leadership and inspiration from – workers, peasants and Indigenous communities who are developing  a revolutionary and transformative practice in their resistance to imperialism, capitalism and colonialism.

TWO The list criminalizes, marginalizes and stigmatizes communities and individuals who identify with revolutionary and resistance movements that are included on the list.  It is used to justify surveillance, harassment, and deportation.  

THREE   It is being and will continue to be used against Indigenous people in Canada defending their land and people from development aggression and Canadian colonial oppression.

FOUR The Canadian government has no moral authority to create such a list; in addition to its own colonial and imperialist practices, the Canadian government supports Israel, the Government of Sri Lanka, Canadian mining companies in Latin America and the Philippines, and others guilty of gross human rights violations and use of violence against non-combatants.

FIVE  The list is used to isolate, and to justify violent repression of people who have taken the courageous step of rebelling against some of the worst examples of colonization, occupation, plunder and exploitation. 

Why are you calling for scrapping the terrorist list rather than ‘de-listing’ of some groups, aren’t there real terrorists on the list?

There are some groups on the list that are truly reprehensible.  Part of the strategy of the Canadian State is to link revolutionary and resistance organizations with groups that are reactionary, chauvinistic and oppressive in order to confuse and disorient people.  But while it might list a right wing, or Zionist or Islamist paramilitary it continues to support and sign agreements with the violently oppressive governments that back and protect these groups.  It is the revolutionary, resistance and liberation movements that pose a profound challenge to imperialism and the interests of Canadian corporations that are really the target of this legislation.  Therefore rather than engaging in a false argument about which organizations are and are not terrorist, our call is for the terrorist list to be scrapped!

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From Ts'Peten to Tamil Eelam: Liberation Struggles are not Terrorism!

RED SPARKS UNION presents...

Criminalizing Peoples' Liberation Movements:
Scrap the so-called terrorist list

Public Forum and Discussion

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 12666 72nd Ave, Surrey, BC

Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
SFU Harbour Centre, 555 W. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
  • How is anti-terror legislation being used to criminalize peoples' liberation movements from Palestine to South Asia to Indigenous people in BC?
  • How are immigrant and refugee communities and Indigenous peoples affected by these policies?
  • Why is the Canadian state so determined to label people's liberation struggles as terrorism?
  • What can we do to break through the chill and support peoples' genuine struggles for liberation and social & economic justice? 
Speakers

Khaled Barakat: The impact of 'terror' designations and lists on Arab people's struggles and Arab communities in Canada.
Kerry Coast: Terrorist labeling of Indigenous peoples' struggles: Ts'Peten (Gustafsen Lake) to today
Charlotte Kates: Terrorist designations and lists in historical context.
Pragash Pio: The 'war on terror', repression of the Tamil national liberation struggle & criminalization of the Tamil community in Canada.
Jeff Shantz: Canadian 'anti-terror' legislation: targeting people's liberation struggles.


Speaker Bios

Khaled Barakat is a Palestinian activist, journalist and writer based in Vancouver.  His writing on current events and Palestinian issues are widely published in Arabic media. 

Kerry Coast is a journalist, dramatist and activist from unceded indigenous territories on the North West Pacific Coast, now called British Columbia, Canada. Coast is just returning from New York where she served for the third time as representative for International Human Rights Association of American Minorities at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and from Geneva at the Human Rights Council's 6th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Her recently published book, The Colonial Present: The rule of ignorance and the role of law in British Columbia, is about the ongoing process of colonization, criminalization and forced assimilation of Indigenous peoples in BC. 

Charlotte Kates is an organizer with the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (BIAC) and SAMIDOUN Political Prisoners Network. She has practiced as a lawyer in the United States and is a member of the National Lawyers Guild International Committee. 

Pragash Pio is on the executive committee of BASICS Community News Service and a community organizers with Radio BASICS, the May 1st Movement (M1M) and the International League of Peoples Struggles in Toronto.

Jeff Shantz is a Professor in the criminology department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a member of the Critical Criminology Working Group and editor of the journal, Radical Criminology.
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