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Colombian Union Activist Visits Fredericton

In Colombia, some of the most powerless people-indigenous people with no resources, no electricity, no water-and some of the most vulnerable- unions in a country with the highest rates of assassination and repression against union activists in the world-are taking on some of the most powerful multinationals.

Jesus Brochero, a top leader of Sintracarbon, the National Union of Coal Industry Workers which represents coal miners at the Cerrejon Mine in Colombia, and Garry Leech, a long time Colombian solidarity activist, Cape Breton University professor and author of many books on Colombia, will be speaking in Fredericton on Monday, December 1st at 7:00 PM at Conserver House, 180 St. John St.

About 50% of the coal burned in New Brunswick comes from multinational mines in Colombia. Colombian coal is burned in Belledune, New Brunswick.

In March 2008, Adolfo Gonzales Montes was assassinated at his home for what many believe was his union activity with Sintracarbon. NB Power buys coal from the Cerrejon mine and that coal is used to provide electricity to New Brunswickers. Jesus Brochero will speak about coal mining in Colombia as a case study of the intersection of human rights abuses and corporate profits.

On Monday afternoon, Brochero and Leech and members of the Fredericton Peace Coalition and Development and Peace will meet with NB Power executive.


To arrange a media interview on Monday or for more info, call Tracy at 458-8747 or email
Before Monday, call: 1-902-657-2231.
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Heads They Win, Tails You Lose

Canadian companies will do anything for the big nickel in Guatemala

OCAP Builds Cement Wall Against Real Estate Developer In Solidarity With Palestinian People

Today, as part of the International Week Against Israel’s Apartheid Wall, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) has erected a reinforced cement wall in front of the Toronto building ’50 On the Park’ at 50 Portland St. (Bathurst and King) owned by wealthy real estate developer Leviev-Boymelgreen. Leviev-Boymelgreen is a developer in Toronto and Brooklyn and also builds illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine.

Racism blamed in cold cases

UN calls on Ottawa to probe deaths, disappearances of aboriginal women

Police arrest five Algonquins defending land, including chief

SQ officers and a Riot Squad arrested five Barriere Lake Algonquins, including a targeted arrest of Acting Chief Benjamin Nottaway, after forcing community members off highway 117, during their fourth in a series of blockades over a period of seven hours.


From November 21-23, the annual November vigil to close the SOA/WHINSEC at the gates of Fort Benning will follow the election of President Barack Obama by two weeks. It will be an opportunity for the progressive movement to set an agenda for a new direction in U.S.-Latin America foreign policy.


FRI, NOV 21:. 7:00 pm, Friday, Nov 21
Conserver House, 180 St. John St.

El Contrato follows Teodoro Bello Martinez, a poverty-stricken father of four living in Central Mexico, and several of his countrymen as they make an annual migration to southern Ontario. For eight months of the year the town’s population absorbs 4000 migrant labourers who pick tomatoes for conditions and wages no local will accept.

Film screening followed by discussion with members of Fredericton Palestine Solidarity. Free film and popcorn courtesy of True Food Organics. Donations welcome. For more info, contact or visit:

Chronic malnutrition in Gaza blamed on Israel

The Israeli blockade of Gaza has led to a steady rise in chronic malnutrition among the 1.5 million people living in the strip, according to a leaked report from the Red Cross. It chronicles the “devastating” effect of the siege that Israel imposed after Hamas seized control in June 2007 and notes that the dramatic fall in living standards has triggered a shift in diet that will damage the long-term health of those living in Gaza and has led to alarming deficiencies in iron, vitamin A and vitamin D.

Algonquin blockade: Urgent call for support for Barriere Lake, and arrested community spokesperson Marylynn Poucachiche

This morning at 7:30am, 70 members of the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake and 30 non-native supporters peacefully blockaded highway 117 in Northern Quebec, while a Christian Peacemaker Team observed the action. The Government-backed minority faction currently in power had fed information about the blockade plans to the Quebec police, who established a significant presence before the blockade was set up. They issued threats of mass arrest, dismantled the blockades, and followed protesters down the highway in a high-speed chase until the access road to the Barriere Lake reserve, where Algonquins and their supporters are maintaining a presence. Community spokesperson Marylynn Poucachiche has been arrested for obstruction and mischief and is currently detained.

Native Awareness Days: Combating Convenient Untruths

“Native Awareness Days: Combating Convenient Untruths” will be taking place from November 18-21, 2008. The purpose of this event is to broaden the scope of understanding of issues that pertain to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.

THURS, NOV 20: ROLAND CHRISJOHN. Dr. Roland Chrisjohn, Half Truths and Whole Lies: The Role of Rhetoric in Truth and Reconciliation: Thursday, November 20, 7 pm – Brian Mulroney Hall (Room 202). Director and Professor of Native Studies at St. Thomas University and author of The Circle Game: Shadows and Substance in the Residential School Experience in Canada, among many other works can be found at

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