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Filipino public education defender in Fredericton

Francisca Castro, a defender of public education in the Philippines, is in Fredericton this week participating in the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Convention. She will be giving a free public talk at the Wilmot United Church, 473 King St. on Friday, April 13th at 7:00pm. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.

Castro, a teacher and union activist from the Philippines, will share her work against the privatization of public services like education in the Philippines. She is the Secretary-General of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines (ACT). ACT is the largest non-traditional teachers’ organization in the country working for the economic and political well-being of teachers and education workers, and for genuine social transformation. Many of its national and local leaders have been assassinated. Castro and ACT also actively support political prisoners.

Castro’s public event is co-hosted by the CUPE Global Justice Fund, the Fredericton Peace Coalition, the Wilmot Church World Outreach Committee and the Fredericton District Labour Council.

Fredericton man starts hunger strike

A Fredericton man has started a hunger strike in the hopes of raising awareness about human rights issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

David Heap on his capture at sea on the Canadian Boat to Gaza – Feb. 16th in Fredericton

Join us to hear David Heap give his firsthand account of the Freedom Waves to Gaza which took place in November, when Irish and Canadian boats tried to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

A linguistics professor at the University of Western Ontario and long time Palestine solidarity activist, Heap was on board the Canadian boat, the Tahrir, when it was seized by the Israeli navy in international waters. Freedom Waves is part of an ongoing global solidarity movement challenging the blockade of Gaza and working for the freedom for Palestine.

When: Thursday, Feb 16th, 7:30pm
Where: Carleton Hall, Room 139, UNB Fredericton

Free admission.

Organized by the Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Jews for a Just Peace Fredericton, UNB Dept. of Political Science, Fredericton District Labour Council, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Fredericton/Oromocto Local and the Fredericton Peace Coalition.

National tour sponsors: Council of Canadians, Canadian Peace Alliance, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Independent Jewish Voices Canada and Canadian Arab Federation.

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Research links rise in Falluja birth defects and cancers to US assault

A study examining the causes of a dramatic spike in birth defects in the Iraqi city of Falluja has for the first time concluded that genetic damage could have been caused by weaponry used in US assaults that took place six years ago.

Palestinian demonstrator killed by IDF in West Bank protest

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, died of his wounds after being hit by a teargas canister fired by Israeli security forces in the village of Nabi Saleh.

Revolution in Egypt Teach-In in Fredericton on Dec. 1st

Thursday, Dec. 1st, Dineen Auditorium, Head Hall, UNB

UNB student Youssef Bassem will share his first hand experiences in Egypt during the 18 days of revolution.

His talk will feature:
- A brief History of the past 50 years in Egypt
- Torture, corruption and unemployment
- Sectarian Strife; The Muslim Vs. Christians question
- Short term instigators
- The 18 days of revolution
- Momentous breakthrough’s after the fall of Mubarak
- Egypt today

Organized by Bread & Roses.

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Canadian and Irish ships set to challenge Israel’s illegal blockade with Freedom Waves to Gaza

The Canadian ship Tahrir and the Irish ship Saoirse have successfully reached international waters, marking the start of the Freedom Waves to Gaza campaign. The boats are currently in the Mediterranean Sea, preparing to sail for Gaza within a matter of hours.

“Flowing out of the Freedom Flotillas, the Freedom Waves to Gaza are now underway,” says Canadian Boat to Gaza organizer Ehab Lotayef from on board the Tahrir. Also on board in this citizen-to-citizen initiative are delegates from Australia, the US, and Palestine. “We are now in international waters and hope to reach the shores of Gaza in a matter of days. Among the significant obstacles in our way are Israel’s military and the complicity of the Harper government, but we have the wind of public opinion at our back and in our sails, which strengthens our resolve and determination to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants.”
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Fredericton Peace Coalition supports Abousfian Abdelrazik

Dear Abousfian and supporters,

We are writing this letter to denounce in the strongest of terms the leak of false secret information about Abousfian Abdelrasik, which led to two La Presse articles being published that link Abdelrazik to unsubstantiated claims.

The timing of this smear campaign coincides with Abdelrazik’s application to get off the UN blacklist. Abdelrazik submitted an application for delisting to the UN committee that oversees the blacklist in January 2011. At the time of the publication of the two articles, Abdelrazik’s application was in the last stages of the review process and moving into the final, decision-making phase, in which Security Council members examine a report written by the 1267 regime’s Ombudsperson and decide whether or not to remove his name from the list. A decision could be made in days, weeks or months.
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Fredericton Peace Coalition supports Adil Charkaoui

We are writing this letter to denounce in the strongest of terms the leak of false secret information about Adil Charkaoui which led to the La Presse article of 4 August 2011 entitled “Une conversation compromettante entre Charkaoui et Abdelrazik” by Pierre-André Normandin. We also denounce Jason Kenney’s assertion that people are misguided if they support people whom the Canadian government has designated as “harmful” to Canada. This claim attacks those who stand up for the persons who experience discrimination and marginalization and has a tone of a dangerous state authoritarianism.

Many of us know Mr.Charkaoui on a professional basis due to his visit to Fredericton in June of 2009. He traveled to the Maritimes to share details about his treatment and to promote justice, equality and peace through the end of Islamophobia and the retraction of security certificates. He gave a public talk on June 2 which was attended by approximately 50 people, a considerable turn out in a small community. He also gave talks at St. Thomas University. Based on the reports that followed, we are aware that he impressed and inspired those who attended.
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RAWA activist speaks on 10th Anniversary of Afghanistan War

Reena, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the women of Afghanistan (RAWA), will address American audiences via live video stream on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at 10pm EST/11 pm AST.