May Day 1971: Daniel Ellsberg on Joining Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn at Historic Antiwar Direct Action

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 May Day protests, when tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., and brought much of the capital to a standstill through acts of civil disobedience. The mass demonstrations terrified the Nixon administration, and police would arrest over 12,000 people — the largest mass arrest in U.S. history. Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who attended the May Day protests, says it was part of a wave of popular discontent about the war that mobilized millions. “There was a movement of young people who felt that what was happening in the world … was wrong,…

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As the world celebrates Press Freedom Day, Julian Assange remains in Belmarsh prison

As people worldwide celebrate the UN’s World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange remains incarcerated. The US continues to demand Assange’s extradition for his role in obtaining and publishing national defence documents from 2009 to 2011. The leaks, provided by US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, are known as the Guantanamo Files, the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan War Diary, and the US diplomatic cables (aka Cablegate). There are noteworthy parallels which can be drawn between Assange’s case and that of famed US Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg was a former senior adviser and analyst with the defence and state departments during the…

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E.On pays £650,000 after leaving 1.6m customers out of pocket on Christmas Day

Energy supplier E.On has agreed to pay more than £650,000 after it left around 1.6 million households out of pocket over Christmas by charging them too early. Most customers were expecting direct debit payments for their energy bills to be taken at the beginning of January, but they were instead processed on Christmas Eve. The move may have forced some people to unexpectedly go into their bank overdrafts over the Christmas period. The problem gets worse E.On noticed the problem on December 23, told industry regulator Ofgem, and refunded most customers on December 29 and December 30. But, on New Year’s Eve, E.On discovered another 110,060 affected customers…

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International Roma Day reminds us why we need to Kill the Bill

The 8 April is International Roma Day. Started in 1990, the day is an opportunity to explore and appreciate Roma culture and history. It also raises awareness of the issues facing Roma people. And this year’s International Roma Day has serious implications for the UK. Because Roma and other nomadic people in Britain face a fresh assault via the government’s authoritarian Police Bill. So it’s a moral duty to extend solidarity and oppose the bill with renewed energy. Policing bill Priti Patel’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill contains many attacks on people’s rights. This includes an attack on the right to protest. On top of this, many…

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Trans Day of Visibility: Activists Chase Strangio & Raquel Willis Demand Action on Anti-Trans Laws

On Trans Day of Visibility, we look at the wave of anti-trans laws being enacted across the U.S., with dozens more anti-trans bills making their way through state legislatures. The Arkansas Senate has approved one of the most harmful bans on access to healthcare for transgender youth by prohibiting the use of gender-affirming care, including hormones and puberty blockers. Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi have enacted new laws aimed at banning trans athletes from joining sports teams, and in South Dakota, two executive orders bar trans women and girls from playing school sports. “We are truly witnessing an escalation of attacks on trans people unlike anything I’ve ever seen…

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Dozens killed in deadliest day since Myanmar military takeover

Dozens of people have reportedly been killed across Myanmar as soldiers and the police suppressed protests against last month’s military coup. Protest The deaths were reported as Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade in the country’s capital, Naypyitaw. A count issued by an independent researcher in Yangon, who has been compiling near real-time death tolls, put the total as darkness fell at 93, spread over more than two dozen cities and towns. The online news site Myanmar Now reported the death toll had reached 91. Both numbers are greater than all estimates for the previous high on 14 March, which ranged in…

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On World Poetry Day, people celebrated ‘all incredible poets worldwide’

On 21 March, people marked #WorldPoetryDay, first embraced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999. According to UNESCO, the annual commemoration aims to support “linguistic diversity through poetic expression” and increase “the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard”. Alongside this, the day seeks to: promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media. The day pays homage to poets across continents and encourages creativity. On Twitter, renowned and innovative young poets from all over the world shared their work,…

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Youth-led organisations you should support this Anti-Racism Day

21 March marks the UN international Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The day is observed each year to commemorate the day South African police shot and killed 69 people at a peaceful anti-apartheid protest. Although the system of apartheid has since been dismantled in South Africa, people and communities across the globe continue to be impacted by racism in all its forms. The international rise in hate against East and Southeast Asian people over the course of the pandemic shows us that racism is far from being eliminated. The theme of this year’s anti-racism day is “youth standing up against racism”. It’s in honour of the…

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#TheCanaryLive – International Women’s Day – Choose to challenge

The Canary is all about challenging the status quo and it runs through our blood as individuals. Join us to be a fly-on-the-wall while Canary women discuss the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day: “Choose to Challenge“. What does it mean to challenge gender bias and inequity? What can any individual really do to bring about social change? And with the trend of “cancel culture” are the people who find themselves cancelled actually being given an opportunity to change and evolve? Are they really being held to account in a meaningful way? We’ll discuss this and more between 7 and 8 this evening. By Nancy W Mendoza…

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On International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at one of the strongest women’s movement in the world

Perhaps the strongest women’s movement in the world right now is the Kurdish Women’s Movement. On International Women’s Day, The Canary takes a look at these revolutionary women. Kurdish women came to world attention in 2014, gaining global media headlines in their fight against Daesh (ISIS/Isil) in Rojava, Syria. Yet, as is typical in a patriarchal society, western media outlets usually depicted the Kurdish Women’s Movement as young, beautiful twenty-somethings with guns, even appearing in women’s magazine Marie Claire. But Kurdish women, from the young to the very old, were struggling against patriarchy and fascism for decades before Daesh existed. Kurdish people are the largest stateless group on…

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