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Mid-Week Round Up: May 13

May 13th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

Another massive earthquake has hit Nepal. In an area still struggling to recover from the devastating earthquake that hit the country in late April, Tuesday’s earthquake killed dozens more and caused much of what little infrastructure remains to collapse. More aftershocks are expected to impact the country in the months to come.

  • On May 14th there is a fundraiser being held at U of T, with all proceeds going to the Association of Youth Organizers Nepal (AYON).

  • You can donate to the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake fund here and read about the Red Cross’ international response here.

Bill C-51, the federal government’s sweeping and much fought anti-terrorism legislation, has passed in its third reading through the House of Commons.

  • Indigenous activists have long condemned the bill and its potential use to brand legitimate acts of protest as terrorism. Read the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake’s statement on the bill here.

  • For a discussion of what Bill C-51 means for activist organizations, read here and here.

In sad, unsurprising news, George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, was involved in another shooting this weekend. For the most recent shooting, this is allegedly the second road rage incident for Zimmerman and the other man involved and is the second time Zimmerman has threatened to kill the other man involved. Zimmerman has been involved in several violent incidents since his shooting of Trayvon Martin, including an arrest for domestic violence this past January.

Badass City TV reporter Shauna Hunt confronted two males outside of a TFC (Toronto Football Club) game who hurled obscenities at her while she was filming live television. Men sexually harassing reporters covering sports events became a phenomenon over the past year, and is something Hunt says she deals with daily. The video of her firing back has garnered international attention and support via news media and twitter at the hashtag #FHRITP; as a result, one of the individuals involved lost his job. For a discussion on the performance of masculinity and sports fans, check out this article from Briarpatch.

The Aamjiwnaang Water Project is 31% funded with 54 days left in the campaign. The project is seeking funds to test water samples in their community, which is surrounded by the notoriously toxic Chemical Valley. Donate what you can and check out the amazing work done by Aamjiwnaang youth, featured in our upcoming Environmental Justice issue!

Nominations are open for NOW magazine’s Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice. You can nominate groups or individuals in categories like Best Bike Shop, Best Burger, Best Design Firm, Best Activist Campaign, and Best Youth Organization. Think of all the rad, grassroots orgs in Toronto that you know and give them some recognition!

Episode six of “Dispatches from Burnside,” some of the best social justice writing on the East Coast, is out! The series features writing from inmates at Nova Scotia’s central correctional facility.

In Detroit some 25,000 households face water shut-offs as the city privatizes its water department. For info on how to help, check out the Detroit Water Brigade who are organizing emergency relief and advocating for an income-based Water Affordability Plan in the city.

In Google Doodle news, today is Inge Lehmann’s 127th Birthday. Lehmann was a Danish seismologist and geophysicist who, among many other things, discovered the Earth’s core.

Sook-Yin Lee has a new video out this week released with her new band JOOJ. The track is from their debut album out with Last Gang Records being released on May 26th.

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