EDMONTON July 27, 2013: About 100 protesters walked from the Alberta Legislature, throughout the streets of Edmonton, ending at Churchill Square with "Consent Before Sex" being this year's "Slutwalk" theme. The SlutWalk protest marches began on April 3, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with subsequent rallies occurring globally. Participants protest against explaining or excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman's appearance, and call for an end to rape culture.The rallies began when Constable Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto Police officer, suggested that to remain safe, "women should avoid dressing like sluts.
EDMONTON January 7, 2012: Omar Khadr supporters braved a bitter cold Saturday afternoon on the steps of the Alberta Legislature to remind the Government of Canada, Omar Khadr must be repatriated back to Canada from his Guantanamo Bay prison cell.Special thanks to the Sheriffs at the Alberta Legislature for keeping the peace!
This Rally "Free Omar Khadr" Participating Action Groups
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Edmonton: May 31 during the noon hour, over a thousand protesters from around the province gathered on the front steps of the Alberta Legislature to rally. A young Karen with a disability got up to the podium and said of the Redford Government "They don't know what love is!" One week later on the same steps Canadian singer songwriter Maria Dunn sang a song inspired by the words of the young Karen.
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EDMONTON Oct. 6, 2013 : Calgary's Alex Neve who is a Canadian human rights activist and the Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada said in Edmonton today that the human rights issues with aboriginal women and girls are so serious and wretched that Prime Minister Harper cannot be the only one to say no to a national inquiry and no to a comprehensive national action plan, things are not fine!
Last Year Edmonton Oct. 2012 - Chief Shawn Atleo - National Sisters in Spirit Rally & Stolen Sisters Awareness Walk 2012 Edmonton - http://youtu.be/CdEV5GAX69Q
Edmonton July 8, 2013 : Omar Khadr supporters gathered inside the University of Alberta to share thoughts and ideas as to how we can help make the transition easy for fellow Canadian Omar Khadr's return back into society as an Edmontonian. The next day July 9th in Churchill Square during the Street Performer's Festival folks also talked about their newest citizen to Edmonton Omar Khadr. Today's "Edmonton Speakers Corner" asks "What can Omar Khadr and the citizens of Edmonton do to assure a safe, smooth integration back into society for Omar as a citizen?"
EDMONTON July 25, 2013: At noon on Thursday, July 25 at venues across the country, Canadians, newcomers, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from all walks of life and religious denominations will reflect upon the impacts of Canada’s residential schools in a national moment of silence. In response to University of Guelph historian Ian Mosby published research that First Nations communities – and specifically thousands of children in residential schools – were unknowing subjects in biomedical experiments in malnourishment and hunger by federal government officials between 1942-52, these Canadians will pray for and commemorate those who were experimented on. They will also call on the federal government to honour its 2008 apology to the survivors of Residential Schools by immediately releasing all relevant documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
EDMONTON Sept. 8, 2013: On September 8th, Canadians in recovery from addiction will join with friends and family to combat negative perceptions towards individuals in recovery. Our mission is to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving life for individuals, families, and communities. We believe that recovery saves lives. We envision a world in which recovery from addiction is a common, celebrated reality - a world where individuals will not experience shame when seeking help. We are passionate about sharing the faces, voices and stories of recovery in hopes of inspiring and inviting others to join us on the rewarding, yet diverse, path to wholeness. Together, we will demonstrate the power and proof of recovery from addiction.
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Stand up for Science "Truth Versus Truthiness" Shannon Stunden Bower
EDMONTON Sept. 14, 2013 Part 1 of 2 : Shannon Stunden Bower was first guest speaker at today's "Stand up for Science 'It's your future, make it your science' event that was held beside the City Hall bell tower. Organizers say science matters to all Canadians. Good science, when coupled with good decision-making, keeps our water and air clean, keeps us healthy, keeps our food safe and prepares Canada for the future. Science in the public interest is crucial for our well-being and long-term prosperity. To make the public aware of this, and to call on the Federal government to make a strong commitment to science in the public interest. ‘Stand Up for Science’ rallies will take place across the country on September 16th 2013.
"When my children ask me about what I did when I saw people getting killed and oppressed, I do not want to tell them that I stood silently.". Iman al-Atar, Churchill Square Edmonton March 2011.
Edmonton, September 24, 2013. The courtroom 612 at the Edmonton courthouse was overflowing in full capacity with Omar Khadr supporters that another room had to be opened and a video feed setup to cover the court proceedings. This was the first time Omar has been seen in public since his capture by American soldiers in Afghanistan at age 15. Omar was quiet and reserved in the prisoner's box but his eyes and smiles could hardly contain himself from the overwhelmingly support he saw from the faces of his supporters in that courtroom. The judges verdict hangs in the balance on whether or not Omar can be transferred to a medium provincial prison. More Soon...
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Edmonton Sunday October 6, 2013 : Once again Edmonton protesters chants for Non Violent Actions echoed in Churchill's Square Sunday "FREEDOM, STOP THE KILLING and WE WANT DEMOCRACY" - Over the years citizen's of Edmonton have echoed the same chants for FREEDOM in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Egypt - Now it's the Sudan Government killing its own unarmed citizens in Sudan "Stop Killing Sudanese People, WE Want Democracy in Sudan " the Edmonton Sudanese community chanted in Churchill Square and around the world. President / Dictator Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's police and the Muslim Brotherhood are being blamed for the killing of Sudanese people - Violence that was sparked over the rich's of oil again - WARNING SOME IMAGES ARE GRAPHIC IN THIS YOUTUBE
October 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - More than 200 people were killed in the protests that erupted across Sudan last week, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Continued Sudan Tribune
EDMONTON October 7, 2013 Speech by Drummer & Singer
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EDMONTON October 7, 2013 Speech by Elder Taz Bouchier with opening and end Drum & Song by Damian Abrahams of Haida Gwaii and Hoop Dancer Dallas Arcand Jr.
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About 150 guests came to hear visiting U.S. Brigadier General (RET) in Edmonton Tuesday night at the University of Alberta. Dr. Stephen Xenakis is a psychiatrist who has spent hundreds of hours with Omar Khadr over the past 5 years in Guantanamo Bay Prison. Very few people know of Omar Khadr who is the Canadian who plea bargained last year in a U.S. Military Court by the advice of his lawyers so that he can finally leave the horrid confines of Guantanamo bay and return back to his home Canada.
Omar Khadr is presently serving time in an Edmonton Max. prison. Very few people know of this man Omar Khadr and his story like the way Dr. Stephen Xenakis knows. His Edmonton Lawyer Dennis Edney said last night that Omar is not a threat to Canadians but an asset for the good of Canada and for future Canadians who might find themselves in a similar political predicament as Omars.
ACTIVIST/POET YOUTUBE #1 2013 - In 2012 the number 1 Youtubes were all about "Idle No More" and they continued that momentum into 2013 - BUT is was Activist/Poet Ryjin Vander Hoek poetic response to Edmonton's MRAs and the 2013 Slut Walk march that took first place as most watched youtube on my news website Civil Information Activism (2700 Views). This video stirred controversy among men's rights groups across Canada. Founder and Publisher, A Voice for Men Paul Elam responded by saying "Man, it was painful to sit through that. More holes in your POV than a block of Swiss cheese. But I still wanted to offer a word of thanks. Every ill informed attack on the MHRM is a net gain. Those who check us out and are not trying to view the evidence from atop a white horse stick around and add to our momentum. We appreciate your assistance in that regard.
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Omar Khadr: The Man - The Law, Attorney Samuel Morison US Department of Defense
EDMONTON November 13, 2013
U.S. attorney Sam Morison was appointed by the U.S. defence department to run the appeal of Omar Khadr’s convictions of five war crimes by a U.S. military commission in 2010. Morison spoke in Edmonton Tuesday night at The King’s University College to a packed house inside the King's Atrium.
41:27 "The United States is Trying to Impose a Form of Martial Law on the Entire World..."
43:07 "It's Illegal to Fight The United States, It's The deer Hunter Theory of The Law Of War, Omar Khadr was Basically a Deer..."
43:35 "If This is an Unacceptable for a US Citizen,
Why Should it be Acceptable for a Canadian Citizen?"
Omar Khadr : The Man - The Law, U.S. Brigadier General (ret) Stephen Xenakis, MD.
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Dorothy and I just watched this and would like to say, Thank You for the time put into getting this together and the editing."
Regina of Edmonton
Thank you for uploading this video and the one of Dr. Stephen Xenakis' presentation. A lot of new details I wasn't aware of and explanations..
I think I already knew quite a bit more than the average person who relies only on the inadequate coverage provided by our mainstream media (which has been really poor) and still found both presentations/videos extremely informative. It's quite sad that the average person who relies only on the mainstream media really has no clue just how outrageous, criminal and morally disgusting the Canadian government, the American military and government's (2 administrations) treatment of Omar Khadr has been for more than a decade and the unbelievable injustice he's suffered. The fact that he has been so demonized and dehumanized and continues to be allows all the cowards responsible to avoid being held accountable.
I wish there was more average people of conscience like me could do that would actually make a difference for Omar. Hopefully he will be able to get his life and freedom back soon and is given a chance to heal from what must have been and continues to be such a nightmare. And I really do hope the day comes when he receives some kind of apology, recognition and compensation and that those responsible for abandonning him (Canadian government) and those responsible for inflicting all of these things on him. are held responsible publicly. The whole thing is just unbelievable and so horrifying. Omar Khadr is a strong man, I don't think there are too many 15 year olds who would have come out alive after all of this...after over a decade of such a nightmare.
I don't think I would have -M
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Human Rights 4 All: Voices for the Voiceless in the Middle East
EDMONTON Nov. 24, 2013 : Over 50 people rallied today on the steps of the Alberta Legislature, raising awareness of the human rights abuses committed in the Middle East. The focus of today,s rally was mainly on Ethiopians living and working inside Saudi Arabia and the human rights abuses they suffer at the hands of some Saudis involving murder, rape, worker abuses, and organ-trafficking.
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From left to right - Gagan Gill, Leah Dejenu, Sogand, and Belen Samuel.
Thank you D Brinkman.Your coverage help to keep us strong." meegwech . The Ojibear
Gives the viewer a sense of what this movement is Truly about Aiy Hiy! will share amongst the people!" Jamie John-kehewin
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I hope you get in on the press conferences too!! It's a struggle to stay informed since I'm Canadian and have to search the internet to know what's really going on in my own country. I appreciate you as a citizen-reporter more than you know, thank you".
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Treaty 6,7 & 8 & Idle No More : Peaceful Solidarity Rally with Indigenous People & Canadians
The First Nations of Treaty No. 6, Treaty No. 7, and Treaty No. 8 and its member organizations, and affiliates held a Peaceful Rally on November 28th, 2013 on the Alberta Legislative steps. The rally is in response to the lack of meaningful consultation on the legislations, policies, and regulatory changes put forth by the Government of Alberta. Idle No More LINK
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1993 "Two Aboriginal Girls on a Rock" By Douglas Brinkman
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Rally For Bargaining Rights II - SOLIDARITY, Unions, Opposition Parties Unite!
EDMONTON Dec. 2, 2013 By Douglas Brinkman: During a blistery snowstorm AUPE President Guy Smith started the rally off by saying the Redford Government would not allow for heaters to be set up in front of the Government house and said it's like the government is trying to leave Albertan workers out in the cold. Guy was referring to the Government's attempt to dismantle worker's freedoms and rights to collective bargaining through Bills 45 and 46. "Come 2016 we'll leave her Government out in the cold" Guy promised to a boisterous cheering crowd of several hundred supporters. Guy Smith welcomed union guest speakers to the podium and representatives from all opposition parties beginning with Liberal MLA David Swann, Wildrose MLA Rob Anderson and NDP Leader Brian Mason who was accompanied with his caucus Rachel Notley and David Eggen. The final parting words shared after today's rally was a quote by Thomas Jefferson “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” 1 minute YouTube PREVIEW also published.