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Ukraine, NATO and Canadian complicity: in conversation with Roger Annis

Longtime trade union activist, former aerospace worker and writer Roger Annis spoke with Canadian Dimension editorial assistant Harrison Samphir about the war in Ukraine, threats to European stability, and the complicity of the Canadian media and federal government in aggressive military policies. His website, “aims to provide accurate factual information about the Ukraine conflict and its rapidly-widening consequences.” Read more.

Let Gaza Live: Fredericton Stands with Gaza

When: Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm
Where: Fredericton City Hall, corner of Queen and York

Fredericton Palestine Solidarity & Jews for a Just Peace Fredericton invite all to rally in solidarity with Gaza on Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm at Fredericton City Hall to condemn Israel’s most recent assault on Gaza that has killed over 1,085 Palestinians since July 8. Among those killed, at least 210 were aged 18 or younger.

Over a million people have taken to the streets in solidarity with the people of Gaza and to demand an end to the siege on Gaza.

Stephen Harper and the Canadian government have given full support to Israel’s most recent attacks, just as they did for the last war on Gaza and Israel’s war on Lebanon. Canada has also fully supported Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza, which has restricted food, medicine, and other necessities of life from entering Gaza since 2007. The renewed attacks are making an already dire situation worse.

Canada’s position is a violation of international law and numerous United Nations conventions.

With none of the main political parties clearly denouncing Israel’s aggression, there is even more urgency for the social movements to stand in solidarity with Gaza.

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Fredericton Stands with Gaza / Info Picket

Gather for an info picket and show of solidarity with Gaza.

Monday, July 28, 5:00pm
Fredericton City Hall, corner of Queen and York.

Update, July 26: Israel has killed 869 Palestinians in Gaza since July 8. Among those killed, 208 were under the age of 18. Gazans are being killed in their homes, on beaches, in cafes, hospitals, orphanages and the UN school. Read more here.

Organized by Fredericton Palestine Solidarity / Jews for Just Peace Fredericton

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July 16, 2014: Condemn Canada’s support for the war on Gaza at Fredericton MP Keith Ashfield’s office

Fredericton Palestine Solidarity and the Fredericton Chapter of Jews for a Just Peace invite all to attend a gathering at Fredericton MP Keith Ashfield’s office (23 Alison Blvd.) on Wednesday, July 16 at 12 noon to condemn the Canadian government’s uncritical support for Israel and Israel’s most recent assault on Gaza that has killed over 176 people as of last Tuesday, July 8.

Actions in solidarity with Gaza have been happening across Canada.

NB activists issue urgent appeal to free Tarek Loubani and John Greyson

Update: Dr. Tarek Loubani and John Greyson were freed and returned home on Oct. 10, 2013.

Read this urgent appeal from the Fredericton Peace Coalition for all New Brunswickers — organizations and individuals — to sign a letter for the immediate release of Dr. Tarek Loubani and John Greyson.

Eva Bartlett: A Canadian in Gaza on Solidarity with Gaza

When: Tuesday, Sept. 10th at 7:00pm
Where: Conserver House, 180 Saint John St., Fredericton

Called Canada’s Rachel Corrie, Eva Bartlett is an activist and journalist living in Gaza since 2008. Her eyewitness accounts from Occupied Palestine have been published in The Electronic Intifada, Inter Press Service, Countercurrents and her own blog, In Gaza. As a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement, Eva accompanies Gazan farmers and fishers under threat of harassment and sniper fire from Israeli forces. Eva rode with medics in their ambulances during Cast Lead, Israel’s devastating assault on Gaza in 2008-2009, which killed 1,500 Palestinians, and documented the 2012 attacks from a central Gaza Strip hospital.

Hosts: Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Fredericton Peace Coalition, Fredericton & District Labour Council & UNB Political Science Department.

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Authority and Expectations: a doc about Iraq war vet Wray Harris

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Film by Ken Lori

Cinema Politica Fredericton presents Budrus on Thurs, May 2nd

The 2010 documentary film, Budrus, will screen Thursday, May 2nd, at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre’s Multi-Purpose Room (732 Charlotte St) in Fredericton.

Budrus is an inspirational story of one Palestinian community which finds unlikely allies in their peaceful resistance against the destructive force of the occupation. The documentary follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray. Hosted by: Cinema Politica Fredericton, Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Jews for a Just Peace Fredericton and CUPW Fredericton/Oromocto.


This film is shown in conjunction with the expo A Child’s View from Gaza (ACVG) at the Charlotte Street Art Centre’s Penny Gallery from April 26-May 26, 2013.This expo is a set of 26 works of children’s art from Gaza. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) added another 10 related photographs from a separate exhibition to complement and contextualize the children’s art. Free to the public! For more information:

Join Cinema Politica Fredericton for its regular screenings in the fall. Films are shown with support from UNB’s Dept. of Culture & Language Studies and the Conservation Council of NB. Like us on Facebook: Cinema Politica Fredericton.

Launch of A Child’s View from Gaza in Fredericton – Friday, April 26

Fanshawe_2_smThe Fredericton launch of the exhibition, A Child’s View from Gaza, will occur on Friday, April 26th at 5:00-6:30pm at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre’s Penny Gallery. The exhibit will be on display for a month, until May 26th.

A Child’s View from Gaza is a collection of 75 paintings created in 2009 by the children of Gaza who witnessed the destruction of Operation Cast Lead and who participated in after-school children’s therapy programs. “Cast Lead,” Israel’s December 2008/January 2009 attack on a virtually unarmed Gaza, killed 1400 Palestinians, including 320 children.

Susan Johnson, the exhibit coordinator, who worked with the children in an art therapy program, says that “Children are unusually honest. They depict what happened during Operation Cast Lead – the horrors of it. The children’s feelings [and]emotions jump off the page”.

A Child’s View from Gaza has been shown all over North America, with venues in art galleries, museums and libraries, including most recently at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton and the United Church in Riverview. The Fredericton exhibit is being organized by Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Jews for a Just Peace Fredericton, Fredericton Peace Coalition and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. The national tour is being organized by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East.

Cinema Politica Fredericton will screen Budrus at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre’s Multi-Purpose Room on May 2nd at 7:00pm. The short films, Samouni Street and Gaza Did You Know, will be screened before the feature film. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.

Check out the coverage in the student newspaper,The Aquinian.

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Israeli Apartheid Week in Fredericton – March 11-15, 2013

Learn about the illegal occupation of Palestine, how Israel is an Apartheid state and how to get involved in Palestine solidarity work.

Lessons from Palestine: Right to education, academic freedom & the BDS movement on campus
Dr. Samia al-Botmeh, director of Birzeit University’s Center for Development Studies in Ramallah will deliver a public lecture, Mon, Mar. 11, 7pm at McCain Hall, Kinsella Auditorium, STU.

Resisting Occupation, Constructing Peace
Ruth Breen, postal worker/activist, on her trip to the West Bank with Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Wed., Mar. 13, 1:30pm, Carleton 106, UNB.

5 Broken Cameras
The Oscar-nominated film is home movie, resistance journal, memorial of non-violent resistance in Bil’in. Fri., Mar. 15, 7 pm, Conserver House, 180 St. John St.

Organizers: Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Jews for a Just Peace Fredericton, Fredericton Peace Coalition, Canadian Union of Postal Workers Fredericton & Cinema Politica Fredericton.