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July 2016

Beit Zatoun is taking a break in August

July 30 @ 12:00 pm - August 31 @ 12:00 pm

Closing: Saturday, July 30
Opening: Thursday, Sep 01
The months and now years fly by. So many events, so many issues, so many challenges. It is all sometimes overwhelming and we all need to recharge batteries for another year of resistance and occasional triumph.

Beit Zatoun thanks you and its community for amazing support and solidarity. Special thanks the incredible commitment and dedication of the volunteers who keep the doors open, the coffee flowing, and the welcome ever-present.

Thank you!

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September 2016

Theatre to Reflect and Empower Social Justice

September 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Presented by Storybox Playback Theatre Company, Truly Connecting Playback Theatre, and We Journey Playback Theatre. This unique theatre performance combines the improvisational form of Playback Theatre, validating the personal experiences of audience members, with Theatre of the Oppressed, an empowering form of participatory theater that fosters democratic and cooperative forms of interaction among participants. Special focus this Labour Day will be made to issues of labour laws and human rights.

Joining facilitate this performance will be Jiwon Chung, adjunct professor at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where he teaches Theater and Social Justice. He has worked intensively in the areas of conflict transformation, environmental justice, gang violence, police violence, racism, homelessness, war trauma, torture, genocide, global militarism, and other issues of systemic and structural injustice.

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Town Hall: Green Party votes to support BDS

September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

At its August biennial meeting, the Green Party of Canada became the only party with representation in Parliament to adopt a policy resolution expressing support for BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) as a legitimate, non-violent means to pressure Israel to fulfill its obligation under international law and human rights in Israel towards Palestinians. For this it has come under intense attack from many quarters. Members of the party who support the BDS resolution would like to educate and engage the public about BDS, its goals and rationale. Dimitri Lascaris is a board member and correspondent for the Real News Network and will be joined by other members and candidates of the Green Party.

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Extraction! Launch & Fundraiser for MISN Toronto

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Toronto launch: EXTRACTION! Comix Reportage.
In 2006, four journalists teamed up with four comic book illustrators to expose the criminal activities of Canadian mining companies. "EXTRACTION! Comix Reportage" is the result: a four-part anthology of comics journalism, looking at four key sectors of the Canadian extraction economy. On the eve of the project's 10th anniversary, "EXTRACTION: Comix Reportage" is back in print and helping a new generation of readers understand the human and environmental costs of these industries.

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Book Launch: Facing the Anthropocene

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Facing the Anthropocene, Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System with Author, Ian Angus. Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun—the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, this century will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened. Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings. Organized by CSJ.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLIII

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Open Stage of Poetry and Music. Doors open: 6:15 pm ; Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 pm; Start: 7 pm The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen – we actively invite it. Each month, Shab-e She’r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities, nationalities, religions. Featured poets: Liz Howard & Ali Ibrahimi. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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