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June 2016


Sunday, June 26, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented by No One Is Illegal - Toronto. An afternoon of spoken word poetry and speakers to commemorate the deaths and sufferings at border crossings and in detention camps; and to organize for justice. Performances focus around themes of displacement and migration, and also celebrations of our collective migrant stories and what brought us to Turtle Island. Ontario detainees have been invited to call in to speak to us about the present realities of detention.

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Reel Activism: Lost cities of Palestine

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Extraordinary view of city life in Palestine before 1948 presented by Reel Activism. Palestinian history is closely intertwined with the fate of its cities. Haifa, Akko and Jaffa once served as the cultural centres of Palestinian life. During the 1948 ethnic cleansing known as ‘Al Nakba’, Israel drove most Palestinians out of these cities dealing devastating blow to Palestinian culture. Rarely seen archival footage accompanies memories and accounts of forgotten Palestinian cities and the catastrophic effect of the creation of Israel in 1948. Followed by conversation.

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Book Launch: Flesh, Tongue by Yaya Yao

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In this brilliant and provocative first collection, Yaya Yao confronts her inherited fragmented self and her hunger for a home, using scraps of personal and communal memory to bridge languages, worldviews, and physical distance from her ancestral homeland. Bits of Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, and Shanghainese are translated and altered to explore the dynamics between language and identity.

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Digital Stories Screening: Voices For Change

Thursday, June 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Voices for Change: Developing Leadership in Inclusive Education is a Casa-Pueblito program working to increase Latin American student success and retention rates by providing a space for secondary students to champion diversity and inclusivity in schools and communities through the Youth Change-Maker program. This year, Youth Change-Makers created digital stories to bring awareness to issues contributing to the shocking 40% dropout rate among Toronto-area Latin American students. We hope you'll join a special screening!

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July 2016

Closed for July 1 weekend – Reopen Thursday, July 7

Friday, July 1, 2016 - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Beit Zatoun will close for Canada Day weekend. First day open Thursday, July 7.

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Every Wednesday: Middle Eastern Drum Sessions

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

Middle Eastern Drum Sessions - every Wednesday in July & August

Learn to play the Middle Eastern drum (doumbek / derbekeh / tabla) or simply to play with other drummers.

Join drumming circle every Wednesday night in July & August at Beit Zatoun for drum lessons and/or open sessions:
6 pm - Beginner Drum Lesson
7 pm - Open Drumming (all levels & all drums welcome)

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Defiant Syria: Personal Dispatches

Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Report from the Second International Tour of Peace to Syria. The Toronto launch of the report by Ken Stone recording his participation in an international solidarity mission to Syria in April 2016. The tour met with the people and members of the government of Syria who together they are resisting a western-inspired foreign aggression that has devastated their country. The talk and Q&A to be followed by sale of the pamphlet "Defiant Syria" ($5) and signing. Ken Stone is an executive member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, the Canadian Peace Alliance, Coalition To Stop The War, and longtime anti-war activist.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLII

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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: Kay Kassirer & John-Peter Portelli. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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Beit Zatoun is taking a break in August

Saturday, July 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @ 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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August 2016

Exposing Israeli Democracy and challenging the Gaza blockade

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A talk by Basel Ghattas, Palestinian member of Israeli Knesset. A fundraiser for the Women's Boat to Gaza, with the Canadian Boat to Gaza and friends.

The Canadian Boat to Gaza is proud to present a talk at Beit Zatoun by Palestinian parliamentarian Dr. Basel Ghattas, who is attending the World Social Forum in Montréal and will continue with a series of fundraising events to support the current Woman's Boat to Gaza campaign. Dr. Ghattas is a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset (MK), one of 13 MKs elected from the Joint Arab List

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Oh Jerusalem – Being Palestinian in Occupied Jerusalem

Monday, August 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Palestinians Face an Uncertain Future in Occupied Jerusalem. As with so much about Palestine, the future is ever uncertain - tomorrow worse than yesterday. Palestinians living in Occupied East Jerusalem have special "Jerusalem ID" granted by their occupier and yet live precariously as ever. Their land and homes disappearing almost daily and their legal rights eroding almost as quickly.

Jerusalem holds special status in the "peace process" and stands on its own as a make or break issue. Yet the steady erosion of its Palestinian nature by Israel and policies of Judaization condemn the future of its Palestinian residents and of the possible peace itself. A talk by Jerusalem activist Zakaria Odeh.

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September 2016

Theatre to Reflect and Empower Social Justice

Monday, September 5, 2016 @ 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

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 @ 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

Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 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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9/11: What’s new 15 years later?

Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

New short films followed by a discussion with Barry Zwicker, media & 911 expert. In January 2002 Barrie Zwicker was the first journalist in the world to appear on national television (Vision TV) with a seven-part series that seriously question the 9/11 official story. His 2006 book Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9/11 earned Gold in the Current Affairs category of the Independent Publishers Awards.

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