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Citizen’s arrest and mass disruption of former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert in San Francisco

ei: Twenty-two activists were arrested at Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s speech to the World Affairs Council on 22 October between 6:30 and 7:30pm at the Westin St. Francis Hotel at Union Square in San Francisco. Inside the auditorium, activists began disrupting the event by placing Olmert under citizens arrest. Every couple of minutes, more activists disrupted his speech, barely allowing him to speak, by reading the names of the children killed in Gaza last winter, reading from the recently published Goldstone report and displaying banners that read “Lift the Siege on Gaza” and “War Crimes are Not Free Expression!” Activists were removed from the auditorium chanting “war criminal!” and taken to the Tenderloin Police Station where they are being held for citation. Ten additional persons participated in the action but were not arrested.

Thurs, Nov 12 in Fredericton: Poet Andrea Gibson to perform for Afghan Women’s Rights Group

Poet Andrea Gibson to perform for Afghan Women’s Rights Group

Andrea Gibson, one of America’s most admired slam poets, will be making her first Atlantic Canadian performance on Thursday, November 12 in Fredericton at the Student Union Building Ballroom at the University of New Brunswick. The show starts at 8:00pm with opening acts by local artist Kaylee Hopkins and the NB RebELLEs Gumbooting Troupe. Doors open at 7:30pm. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Afghan women’s rights group – RAWA - the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Tickets, $10 each ($7 for students), can be bought now at the Westminster Bookstore on King Street or the Alden Nowlan Grad House on Windsor Street. The event is hosted by the Fredericton Peace Coalition, the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, NB RebELLEs, the University Women’s Centre, the UNB Sexuality Centre, the NB Public Interest Research Group and Broken Jaw Press. Sound provided by CHSR 97.9 FM. To register for childcare, email: fredericton.childcare.collective [at] gmail.com Check out Andrea’s poetry at www.andreagibson.org For more information, contact: info [at] frederictonpeace.org


For Immediate Release

Award winning slam poet Andrea Gibson to perform in Fredericton

November 5, 2009

Fredericton – Andrea Gibson, one of America’s most admired slam poets, will be making her first Atlantic Canadian performance on November 12, 2009 in Fredericton at the Student Union Building Ballroom at the University of New Brunswick. Ticket sales from Gibson’s performance in Fredericton will go entirely to the Afghan women’s rights group, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). The show starts at 8:00 p.m. with opening acts by local artists Kaylee Hopkins and the NB RebELLEs Gumbooting Troupe. Tickets, $10 each ($7 for students), can be bought now at the Westminster Bookstore on King Street, the Alden Nolan Grad House on Windsor Street or by contacting info@frederictonpeace.org

“We invited Andrea Gibson to perform here in a benefit show for RAWA because her poetry deconstructs the foundations of our destructive capitalist culture. Her poetry moves us to contemplate and act against war, gender norms, homophobia and patriarchy,” stated Tracy Glynn, an organizer with the Fredericton Peace Coalition. “The evening with Andrea Gibson in Fredericton promises to be a powerful one with images of the women of Afghanistan and the words of a poet, both focused on generating genuine change.”

“We are delighted to be hosting a performance by Andrea Gibson in our city,” stated Jenn Gorham, coordinator of the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. “We share her gut-punching poetry on sexual assault with our volunteers every year.”

“The RebELLEs recognize that our identities are eroded as we are taught, from the time we are children, and through television and magazines, that how we should look, dress, and act is determined by our sex. Violence is normalized, sexual abuse eroticized. Our sexual health education is inadequate and our reproductive rights are disrespected,” stated Keri Ryan, an organizer with NBRebELLEs. “Andrea Gibson’s poetic prose delivers this message like no one else can.”

Gibson, with 180 tour dates a year, won the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2008. Gibson won the DIY Poetry Book of the Year and was nominated for the Pushcard Prize for her first book, “Pole Dancing Gospel Hymns.” Gibson has been showcased on several stations nationwide. Her new album, “Yellowbird”, receiving rave reviews throughout the U.S. and Canada, brings her love of music and lyrical talent together in political harmony.

Gibson’s performance in Fredericton is hosted by the Fredericton Peace Coalition, the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, NB RebELLEs, the University Women’s Centre, the UNB Sexuality Centre, the NB Public Interest Research Group and Broken Jaw Press. Sound provided by CHSR 97.9 FM.

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For more information on Andrea Gibson: www.andreagibson.org

Contact:

Tracy Glynn, Fredericton Peace Coalition, 458-8747, info@frederictonpeace.org
Jenn Gorham, Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, 454-0460

George Galloway speaks in Malaysia on Gaza

A video link to the speech by George Galloway MP at the War Crimes Conference & Exhibition that took place at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on October 28, 2009. Follow the youtube link to get part 2.

Video – Honduras – 100 Days of Resistance

Community leader murdered by private security guards in Guatemala

A long-standing land dispute between the Guatemalan Nickel Company (Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel, CGN) and communities settled on land also claimed by the company recently erupted into violence. A break-down in negotiations and a number of attempts to illegally evict one community most recently resulted in an attack against community members carried out by armed groups, including private security guards contracted by the company. The attack, in the north-eastern municipality of El Estor, department of Izabal, resulted in the death of community leader Adolfo Ich Xaman and a number of gun-related injuries suffered by other community members.

Honduras and Guatemala: Democracy Under Attack

Last June, Honduran soldiers removed their President from power.

Farmers and teachers resisting Canadian-owned gold mines are being killed in Guatemala.

How is Canada responding? How is Canada responsible?

A public talk and discussion with Francois Guindon

7:00pm, Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Renaissance College, 811 Charlotte St.

Francois Guindon is a Canadian solidarity activist based in San Marcos, Guatemala – the region where Canadian-owned Goldcorp is operating. He was in Honduras during the coup and its aftermath. He reported on the coup for Rights Action.

Co-hosted by: Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, the Woolastook Presbytery Outreach Committee, Fredericton Peace Coalition and the NB Public Interest Research Group.

For more info: info [at] frederictonpeace.org

US diplomat quits over Afghan war

US Diplomat Quits in Protest of war on Afghanistan saying, “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.”

Visiting Burundian Peaceworker to speak about healing and rebuilding community after genocide

Florence Ntakarutimana, a peace worker from Burundi, will speak about “Healing and Rebuilding Our Community” on Sunday, November 1st at Renaissance College, 811 Charlotte St (corner of Church & Charlotte), Fredericton, 7:30 pm. She will repeat this presentation on the campus of Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB on November 4th, time and place to be announced. Refreshments will follow both talks. On Friday, October 30th, Ms. Ntakarutimana will be involved in two events taking place on the St. Thomas University Campus: “Ripples Moving Outward: the legacy of love in action” will be a gathering of interested members of the UNB/STU community and the public held at 4:30 in room 202 of Brian Mulroney Hall to mark progress in the social action projects that John McKendy supported in his life. The second October 30th event is the screening of a new feature documentary describing the work of Ms. Ntakarutimana and her colleagues by Kenyan-American filmmaker Patrick Mureithi titled “Icyizere: hope” at at 1:30 PM at Ted Daigle Auditorium at St. Thomas University, in Fredericton. Admission is free.

Florence is the Programs Manager of Healing and Rebuilding Our Community (HROC) in Burundi, a country healing after twelve years of civil war, which killed 3% of the population. She will speak about grassroots efforts in her community to move towards a peaceful future in which desires for revenge are turned into reconciliation. How can another greater round of violence be avoided, and how can reconciliation be applied locally to personal and neighbourhood relationships in New Brunswick? Ms. Ntakarutimana was an associate of the late Dr. John McKendy, formerly of St. Thomas University, during his sojourns in Africa in 2007 and 2008. Read more »

Venezuela Returns Land to Indigenous Communities On Indigenous Resistance Day

Celebrating 517 years of indigenous resistance to invasion and colonisation Venezuela marked Indigenous Resistance Day on Monday with a street march through the capital, Caracas, the granting of title deeds to indigenous communities, and a special session of the National Assembly.

Iraq War Resister supporters confront Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Toronto

Iraq War Resister supporters confront Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Toronto — October 16, 2009