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April 2016
$25

2016 Liberation Seder in Toronto

Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

As Jews committed to current liberation struggles, we enact this ritual to honour our history of resilience and participation in diverse movements for human emancipation across time. The ritual of the Seder gives us an opportunity to contend not only with legacies of oppression but also with current suffering that we survive, that we perpetrate and in which we are complicit. Our Seder is dedicated to a free Palestine and the liberation of all peoples.

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Syrian White Helmets & Molham: Civilian Rescue, Defence and Solidarity

Monday, April 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The evening will feature two short films about the White Helmets, Goal to Syria and Behind the White Color. Following screening a discussions with: Khaled Abd Al Wahed - a member of Molham Volunteering Team who has recently arrived to Canada, Donya Ziaee, a member of the Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective and Jens Hanssen, Associate Professor, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, UofT.

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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XXXIX

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 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: TBA. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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Chernobyl: Conversations and Children – 30 Years Later

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

30 years after Chernobyl. 30 years ago (April 26, 1986), the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus have been burdened with the continuing and substantial decontamination and health care costs. To honour the victims we are screening the 2014 Japanese documentary Children of Chernobyl 28 Years Later: A report on low-level, long-term radiation exposure. Invited speakers and Q&A to follow.

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Ken O’Keefe: Unscripted and Uncensored

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

One of just two events in Toronto - the last stop of Ken O’Keefe’s 16-city tour. O’Keefe is unusually true to his values and vision. An ex-U.S. Marine, he renounced his U.S. citizenship out of disgust at the American empire’s carnage. He was a founding member of the Human Shield Action to Iraq (2003). He served as captain on the first Free Gaza Mission (2008) and survived the Israeli attack on the ship Mavi Marmara (2010). His over-arching goal is to promote realistic World Citizenship.

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Terror & the Art of Resistance

Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

“We won't allow Canada to become a place of refuge for terrorists, thugs, snakeheads.” When Alykhan Velshi, aide to then Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, said these words in 2010, who was he talking about? Join a discussion about art, resistance, and national security. From Bill C-51 to police carding, from the Ocean Lady to indefinite detention, we’ll be talking with community advocates and lawyers about what it feels like to be the subject of state terror. This won’t be your typical talk. Stay tuned for details on speakers, multimedia, and interactive activities!

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May 2016
Free

Photography Exhibition: In/visible Scars – Torture Survivors in Canada

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - Sunday, May 22, 2016

CONTACT Photography Festival 2016. Amnesty International Group 18 and photographer Eugen-Florin Zamfirescu. Opening reception: Friday, May 6, 6 to 9pm.

The exhibition tells the story of eight people who now call Canada home. They hail from around the world, have all experienced the horror and devastation that torture wreaks on individuals and families, and have undergone the transformation from victim to survivor to activist. It highlights the role Canada should be playing to prevent more people from enduring unspeakable torture, and cause Canadians to join torture survivors and take action in support of Canada joining the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.

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$5

Critical Perspectives on Bill C-51: The Racial Politics of National Security

Thursday, May 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Last year, the Canadian government passed new and aggressive anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, which the current government has promised to revise. Changes introduced by Bill C-51 include: strengthened CSIS powers to "reduce" security threats; criminalization of speech; expanded police powers of preventive detention; and increased information-sharing between government agencies. The panel explores the impact of national security law and policy from the perspectives of those racialized as "security threats," especially Indigenous, Muslim, and Black communities - speakers from each community represented.

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$10

PERFORMANCE: Dance is a Weapon

Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Choreographer Pam Johnson, with dancer and co-creator Corrie Sakaluk, present a unique dance show called Dance Is A Weapon. It begins with a 'revolutionary TedTalk' delivered by Pam on the intertwined history of radical social and political movements of the 1930s and the development of contemporary dance. The second part is a dance solo, The Interview, based on Corrie's true experience of being "randomly selected" for a “voluntary” interview by the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS). Part of the 31st annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts.

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The North American Nakba Tour 2016 – The Exiled Palestinians

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Stateless Palestinians from Refugee Camps in Lebanon tell their story of The Nakba. On May 14, 1948, Zionist troops drove out the inhabitants of the ancient Palestinian town of al-Zeeb. 18-year-old Mariam Fathalla was one of them. She and her husband fled to Lebanon. By year’s end the 4,000-year-old community had been leveled. More than half of all Palestinians were killed or expelled and more than half the cities, towns and villages disappeared, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe).
Now 86 years old, Mariam has raised three generations in crowded, makeshift refugee camps in Lebanon. She tells her story to a Canadian audience.

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$20

Bringing Tibetan Music to the West

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tibet has become a country whose main currency is its culture. When the Dalai Lama arrived in Dharamsala, India, after fleeing from the Chinese invasion, one of his first official acts was to set up the Tibetan Institute for the Performing Arts (TIPA). He knew that culture is essential to nationhood. Dorjee Tsering attended TIPA and he and his band invite you to an evening of Tibetan folk music, some purely Tibetan – played by the master multi-instrumentalists and musicians.

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Free

TPFF Nakba Commemoration: Encounter with a Lost Land

Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Toronto Palestine Film Festival in commemorating the 68th year of al Nakba. A special free screening of Encounter with a Lost Land. Director Maryse Gargour will join us for a question and answer period via Skype. Preceded by the short film, Sons of Eilaboun by Hisham Zreiq. Co-presented by Student Justice for Palestine - Ryerson.

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$5

Project Hope: Giving more than hope to Palestinian Youth

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

In 2003, in the midst of the Second Intifada, Nablus was a city under siege. Tanks patrolled the streets, checkpoints divided the city and families were trapped in their homes. Two Palestinians and a Canadian founded Project Hope to provide classes to children unable to go to school. Thirteen years later, Project Hope has become the largest international volunteer organisation in the West Bank. Every month, it provides classes ranging from English to Yoga to more than a thousand students in Nablus and its surrounding villages.

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$5

Film: Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Amnesty International Toronto's Group 18, Iran Action Circle and Film Team invite you to the screening of Rosewater, the feature-film writing and directing debut of former "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart. Based on the thrilling true-life story of Maziar Bahari, Rosewater follows the Tehran-born, Canadian-based Bahari as the journalist returns to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the country's contentious 2009 presidential election. As Mousavi's supporters were protesting Ahmadinejad's victory declaration even before the polls closed, Bahari was arrested by police led by a man known only as "Rosewater."

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$5

Undermining the Democratic Process: Canadian Government Suppression of Palestinian Development Aid

Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

One of the most contentious topics in contemporary Canada is Israel and its occupation of the Palestinians. This talk explores original research looking at a Canadian government crackdown against individuals and organizations who ran development aid projects in the occupied Palestinian territories in the 2000s, because they were deemed sympathetic to Palestinian rights, and raises questions about what that means for Canadian civil society and democracy. Presented by Jeremy Wildeman, PhD and Canadian co-founder of Project Hope working for youth education in Nablus, Palestine.

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