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Mar 24, 2017 - Movie Night for Solidarity with Academics in Turkey

When: Friday, March 24th, 6pm
Where: Robert Gill Theater, 214 College Street

In January 2016, 2,218 scholars from Turkey signed a petition to draw the public's attention to the brutal acts of violence perpetrated by the state in the Kurdish regions of the country. The petition, entitled "We will not be a party to this crime," is also known as the Peace Petition. The signatories, acting in accord with their responsibility as public intellectuals, hoped to urge the government to end the massacres and acts of destruction that have affected the lives of millions of Kurdish children, women, and men.

However, immediately after the release of the Peace Petition, the signatories ("Academics for Peace") were subjected to harassment and persecution by the government. Hundreds of them have been subjected to criminal and disciplinary investigations, detention, imprisonment, and violent threats. Unfortunately, the situation has grown even more dire and unacceptable since the failed coup attempt, which took place in July 2016. Welcomed as a 'godsend' by the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the coup attempt has been used as a convenient excuse to establish a more authoritarian regime. A state of emergency was declared and has so far been renewed three times. Under the state of emergency, the president and the cabinet can bypass existing laws and international conventions in order to rule the country by arbitrary governmental decrees. These have been used to target opposition groups, chief among them pro-Kurdish parties, labour unions, civil society associations, media outlets, and leftist organizations.

On March 24, 2017; we -as a group of academics and activists from Turkey based in Toronto- will screen the movie Bûka Baranê, inform guests about the current situation in Turkey and discuss ways of showing solidarity. Please join us and feel free to invite anyone who might be interested.

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Mar 27, 2017 - Better Transit for Scarborough

When: Monday March 27th, 6:30pm
Where: Scarb Village Rec Centre, 3600 Kingston Road

Panel discussion and Q+A session featuring City Councillor Paul Ainslie.
Mar 27, 2017 - The Specificities of Indigenous Spaces at U of T

When: Monday, March 27th, 7pm
Where: University of Toronto - OISE, 252 Bloor Sreet West
This event is free, and the space is wheelchair accessible. Gender neutral washrooms on site.

This special event aims to explore Indigenous people's designs for campus space. The evening was organized with The List in the spirit of building coalition, and as a step towards the reparative work the TRC process demands of the University and its many communities. The event will involve Indigenous faculty, staff, fellows, and students - and others who might take up these roles if our institutions had already undertaken the work of decolonization. Indigenous knowledge keepers, artists and educators will come together to share ideas for what campus space could look like. The event will take the form of a 'fishbowl': invited participants will begin in the middle of the space with the audience around them listening. People from the audience will then be invited into the middle of the fishbowl to share back what they heard.

WITH: Eve Tuck, Susan Blight, Julie Blair, Michelle Murphy, Karyn Recollet, Jonathan Hamilton Diabo, Connor Pion, James Bird, Jarrett Martineau, Anna Flaminio, Tara Williamson and Bonnie Maracle.

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Mar 27, 2017 - Decolonization: What's that all about?

When: Monday March 27th, 7pm
Where: Bain Co-op Community Centre, 100 Bain Ave, 29A The Lindens

For decolonization to begin, we must first listen to the Indigenous peoples of this land.

* Metis-Swedish Sue Enberg, a dedicated human rights advocate for indigenous communities, is currently producing and directing a series of documentary films on First Nations issues in Canada. Sue will begin the discussion followed by

* Crystal Sinclair, a Nehuyaw (Cree) woman from Manitoba, is an Indigenous Rights Activist and the Founder of Idle No More Toronto. A Residential School survivor, Crystal works as a Co-ordinator in the mental health courts at Old City Hall and works with the OPSUE team on Indigenous affairs.