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Mid-Week Round Up: August 14
Illustration: Erin McPhee
In the wake of the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, protests over the past few days in Ferguson have been met with increased police violence and militarization of the city. To date, over 43 people have been arrested for attending the protests. A campaign has been launched to collect bail money for those arrested, you can find out more information here. Many articles have been written providing the context to Brown’s shooting, linking his death to wider systemic discrimination and violence against African-Americans by police institutions:
- Understanding the Ferguson Uprising in the Context of Mass Incarceration
- In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream
- 10 Ways Racism Killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner
- America Is Not For Black People
- Things To Stop Being Distracted By When A Black Person Gets Murdered By Police
- Ferguson is what happens when white suburban cops get weapons of war
- Ferguson Disgrace: Police Fire on Unarmed Crowds, Attack News Trucks
- While published in May 2013, Adam Hudson’s article 1 Black Man Is Killed Every 28 Hours by Police or Vigilantes: America Is Perpetually at War with Its Own People is a must-read
In the wake of the war on Gaza, Verso Books has put its anthology The Case for Sanctions Against Israel up for free download as an eBook. Contributors of the anthology include Naomi Klein, Omar Barghouti, Slavoj Žižek to name a few. For a quick run-down of what the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign is, check out this video released by AJ+ labs a new digital project by Al Jazeera:
Some graphic content of war is in the video below
For six days protesters blockaded the construction site of Line 9 two hours southwest of Toronto and on August 11 there was a blockade in North York Toronto. The pipeline project would transport oil from Alberta’s tar sands through to the east of Canada, which Indigenous communities were not consulted on and there is great worry about oil leaks, spills, and environmental damage. For more information on the Line 9 project check out the Stop Line 9 campaign.
The Ogimaa Mikana project revealed a billboard in Barrie, Ontario in Anishinaabemowin. The signs reads: “Don’t be shy to speak Anishinaabemowin when it’s time.” Starting in downtown Toronto in 2013, the Ogimaa Mikana project has renamed several street signs and landmarks making visible the presence of Indigenous peoples.
As FIFA wrapped up in July, the first-ever Refugee World Cup took place in Brazil this past August. Two-hundred people participated in the alternative world cup representing sixteen countries. Check out the full story here, written by past Shameless contributor Jill Langlois.
This week Maryam Mirzakhani became the first-ever woman to win the most prestigious prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal. Click here to learn more about her life and work as a mathematician.
Next week is the start of the People’s Social Forum taking place in Ottawa, Ontario from August 21-24. The largest activist gathering in Canada, an estimated 10,000 people are expected to attend the forum. Registration is still open and if you can not attend there will be a daily one-hour radio broadcast streamed online throughout the weekend (check the Forum website for more information on when the stream goes live).