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March 2017
$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLIV

Tuesday, March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, M5T 2N8
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Special: Nowruz 2017 Celebration. Shab-e She'r promotes poetic dialogue by bringing together the most distinct and diverse voices in literary arts. Each month, Shab-e She'r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities and religions. Featured poets: Nasim Asgari & Luciano Iacobelli. Featured musician: Radwan Altaleb. Haft Seen: Alma Mostofian. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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Film: “Tell your tale, Little Bird”

Sunday, March 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Unitarian Congregation Mississauga, 84 South Service Rd
Mississauga, ON L5G 2R9
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The Arab Canadian Cultural Group presents “Tell your tale, Little Bird” is a documentary about Palestinian women fighters, filmed in 1993. It recounts the experiences of seven Palestinian women in the national liberation struggle, including the experience of arrest and imprisonment. These women took part in the military fight of the Palestinian people back in the sixties and seventies. Through their tales, we understand what made these women the symbols of their people’s fight. Followed by a discussion and Q&A with Arab Loutfi, the film maker and director.

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Exhibition: Towards The Unknown – Refugee Journeys Photography

Friday, March 31 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, April 2 @ 5:00 pm
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON Canada
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The Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring the work of photojournalist Tanya Bindra, the first recipient of the annual Ali Mustafa Memorial Award for People's Journalism. The award was established in 2014 to honour Ali Mustafa, a Toronto-based photojournalist who was killed by a Syrian regime barrel bomb in 2014. Since accepting the award in March 2016, Tanya has been documenting the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Germany, Italy and Greece.

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April 2017
Free

“Fifty Years ‘Beyond Vietnam’: Dr. King’s Revolutionary Dream

Saturday, April 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bloor United Church, 300 Bloor St W @ Huron
Toronto, ON Canada
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Presented by Robin D.G. Kelley, Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History, UCLA. Author of Hammer and Hoe; Race Rebels; Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America; Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination; Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original; Africa Speaks, America Answers!: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times. Opening with: Lee Maracle, author, instructor and traditional teacher and Faith Nolan, celebrated social justice activist and musician

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$25

2017 Liberation Seder, Toronto – Remember Deir Yassin

Thursday, April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street
Toronto, ON Canada
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Continuing with Liberation / Alternative Seder. This year' we remember Deir Yassin and will be lead by our special guest from Vancouver, Rabbi David Mivasair.
Centred around the reading of the Haggadah followed by a Middle Eastern dinner. A late lunch or pre-seder snack is suggested as the main course will not begin until about 8:30.

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Free

Criminalizing Resistance: A Panel Discussion

Saturday, April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
OISE Room 4-414, 252 Bloor Street West
Toronto,
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A panel discussion for organizations and activists to share their perspectives on this subject, to develop and deepen existing networks of solidarity and to work towards joint struggle. Although this event is being held in recognition of Palestinian Prisoners Day we are looking to honour and open a space to share and discuss the connected struggles of political prisoners in diverse contexts. You are invited to share your stories, knowledge, and to talk about how incarceration has been used against your community. We hope that this can build on the work that has been done in the past and to help strengthen ties and build across movements. A great lineup of speakers.

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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) L

Tuesday, April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, M5T 2N8
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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: Diana Manole & Anuj Rastogi. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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Free

Book Launch: Washington’s Long War on Syria

Thursday, April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St. (south of Bloor)
Toronto,
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In Washington's Long War on Syria Stephen Gowans examines the decades-long struggle for control of Syria. This struggle involved secular Arab nationalism, political Islam, and United States imperialism, the self-proclaimed Den of Arabism, and last secular pan-Arabist state in the region. Washington had waged long wars on the leaders of the Arab nationalist movement. These included Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser, Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, and Syria's Assads. To do so, the US often allied with particularly violent forms of political Islam to undermine its Arab nationalist foes. By 2011, only one pan-Arabist state remained in the region—Syria.

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May 2017

Double Exposure: Art and Activism

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst St. (south of Bloor)
Toronto,
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The co-editors of the recent groundbreaking anthology Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas, will talk about their journey putting together this volume of seven plays that tackle the Palestine-Israel conflict. Written by Jewish and Palestinian playwrights in diaspora it offers perspectives that turn the political into the personal. The evening will include readings from their plays Tales of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi and Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov followed by a conversation about the role and power of art in activism and then open to Q&A.

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$15

Play: Two Birds One Stone

Wednesday, May 3 - Saturday, May 13
BMO Incubator for Live Arts, 1115 Queen Street West
Toronto,
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Rimah Jabr and Natasha Greenblatt meet in Toronto. Rimah was born a Palestinian Muslim. Natasha was born a Jewish Canadian. This is probably just an ordinary meeting between two women. But have they seen each other before? And do they both have a connection to the same house in Israel? Two Birds One Stone is a Fictional Documentary that investigates two women’s histories and the forces that push them through time and across continents to find each other. What is the truth about the stories we tell, and what do we wish would become fiction?

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$5

Book Discussion: Returning to Haifa by Ghassan Kanafani

Friday, May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, M5T 2N8
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Presented by Librarians and Archivists for Palestine's (LAP) “One Book, Many Communities” campaign is designed to introduce readers to the richness of Palestinian literature, and create a broader awareness and understanding of Palestinian history and the struggle for self-determination. Returning to Haifa (1969), tells the story of Said and Safeyya, who fled their home in Haifa during the 1948 Nakba. Twenty years later when the Mandelbaum Gate is opened they return to Haifa, “to see” as they tell themselves. Read book in advance and come prepared to share.

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$35

Dance: Palestinian Portraits by Zaytouna Dabke

Sunday, May 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd
Mississauga,
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Creative and talented students showcase a number of Palestinian dabkas and folk stories that have lived on through the years. Complementing this great event, a guest appearances by talented professional groups: Al-Asala Dabke Group and A'idoon Dabkeh. Meadowvale Theatre: 6315 Montevideo Rd, Mississauga (Hwy 401 & Mississauga Rd exit)

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$25

Evening with Prof. Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine

Wednesday, May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Toronto Lawyers’ Association Lounge, 361 University Ave., (Armoury St. Entrance)
Toronto,
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In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Michael Lynk as the 7th "Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967." Professor Lynk will be discussing his recently released report that examines the role and challenges faced by human rights defenders in Palestine and Israel. Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught labour, human rights, constitutional and administrative law.

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$10

The Rise of Fascism: Israel in the Age of Trump

Thursday, May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UJPO/Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue
Toronto, M6A 2X9
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In 1995, renowned Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco published an historic article in the NY Review of Books. As a child growing up in fascist Italy, Eco outlined the fourteen features of what he called Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism. These are warning signs for any society slipping down the oft-invisible slope towards totalitarianism. Israeli journalist-filmmaker Lia Tarachansky uses Eco's framework to show how these alarming trends are pulling her society down the slippery slope of Ur-Fascism, while also highlighting those who continue to fight to democratize Israel/Palestine.

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TPFF Annual Nakba Commemoration 2017

Monday, May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place
Toronto,
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This free event will spotlight the life and works of renowned Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout (1930-2006) and Tamam El-Akhal, with a screening of the documentary The Exodus and Odyssey, accompanied by an art exhibition of Shammout's & El Akhal's famed murals. The Exodus and the Odyssey is a series of artwork created by the renowned artists Ismail Shammout and Tamam El-Akhal over a 4-year period. The collection of the 19 wall murals tells the story of the Nakba in 1948 to the second intifada.

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