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Dear University of Toronto and University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation:

This is in response to the recent assault on student activism and student spaces at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus:

On Thursday November 6, a 34 year-old man with no affiliation to the University of Toronto furiously entered the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union office after hours. He stole a poster that read WARNING: THIS UNIVERSITY PROFITS OFF ISRAELI APARTHEID AND OCCUPATION. All attempts to calm him down failed. After stealing the poster he drove off, recording the incident with his phone. Campus police filed a report and said to notify them if the man returns. After a couple of weeks we put up another sign. The man came back. He forced his way into the student union. We tried to calm him down and initiate dialogue. The man replied with, “I’ll rip your fucking throat out” and “I have twelve guys on standby ready”—implying that he or other people will be back. He shouted that he use to be a part of the “israeli” military and regularly killed “terrorists”. Campus police came to the scene and issued the man a Notice of Trespass for the UTSC campus.

In fury, we wondered how a man with no affiliation to the University of Toronto invaded student spaces, threatened students, stole private property, and walked away with just a Notice of Trespass. Why hasn’t the University been held accountable for investing in companies such as Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, both of which supply F-16 bomber jets and Hellfire missiles to “israel”? Why do our tuition dollars continue to fund “israel’s” colonization and ethnic cleansing of Palestine? The University—rather than addressing their complicity—responded with increased policing of student union spaces and activism. We are not looking for increased policing of activist activities, we want to cut ties with international law violations without facing death threats. If the University of Toronto did not invest in these companies we would not be threatened repeatedly on University grounds.


We demand that the University of Toronto, University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation:
- Immediately divest from companies complicit in international law violations, including all companies profiting off “israel’s” colonization and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian land.
- Apologize and take accountability for the violence and death threats we’ve incurred as a result of raising awareness of UTAM’s investments.
- Ensure safer spaces for student organizers not through increased policing and surveillance but rather by validating our voices and addressing our concerns.


U of T Divest - Scarborough

Manifiesto Lanzadera ¿Qué ocurre Galdakao?

Estoy INDIGNADOEn mi cabeza NO CABE, que las instituciones pasen por encima de lo que los usuarios VEMOS TODOS LOS DÍAS cuando nos tenemos que bajar de la línea 3932. 

Lo que peor llevo no es el hecho de que tenga que andar esos 750 metros todos los días. Lo que realmente me saca de quicio, lo que no termino de entender, lo que sin lugar a dudas me ha llevado a protestar allá donde pueda y como pueda. Es comprobar en directo la INEFICACIA, LA HIPOCRESÍA Y LA POCA EMPATÍA que muestran las instituciones con los ciudadanos. Y os paso a explicar punto por punto que es lo que me jode de todo este asunto:

Por un lado tenemos al AYUNTAMIENTO DE ETXEBARRI

1- Que nos “vende” que se prohíbe el paso de la línea 3932 de Galdakao por un tema de seguridad y que se ha presentado un INFORME al juzgado que así lo indica.

Y puedo ver todos los días como ese puente que se señala como “peligroso” es atravesado por varios autobuses, entre ellos escolares, camiones etc. sin causar el más mínimo problema.

2- Pretende vender que el tránsito de 102 autobuses diarios (1 cada 20 minutos ida y vuelta –que tampoco es para tanto) por sus avenidas, supone un riesgo importante porque la calzada discurre al lado de un paseo y un parque donde transitan niños.

Y llevo varias semanas pasando por allí a diversas horas y ese parque y ese paseo están VACIOS. Y aunque estuviera lleno, está flanqueado por una zona de aparcamiento de coches en BATERIA. Tenemos fotos colgadas por ahí con el Hastag #EtxebarriFull que así lo demuestran. ¿Dónde está el peligro? 

3- Nos quiere vender la moto de que la parada de Basauri ofrece más ventajas porque geográficamente está más cerca.

Puedo decir que he recorrido todas las alternativas posibles en transporte público (el que me sigue en facebook lo sabe) y es MENTIRA que eso sea así.


Por otro lado tenemos a la DIPUTACION

Que ignoro completamente lo que está haciendo para presentar batalla legal ante la justicia (o injusticia). No parece que gran cosa, porque retiraron las medidas cautelares y los ciudadanos seguimos padeciendo el daño de la situación y la falta de información al respecto.

Escribí a la propia diputación una queja que aún no me han contestado.

Podría deciros más cosas que me ASQUEAN, pero nada comparado con la CEGUERA de las instituciones ante esta situación. Porque pienso:

¿Acaso no hay nadie que venga, se tome la molestia y haga el mismo recorrido que hacemos todos los usuarios de esta infame línea de autobús? (ya no se puede llamar ni lanzadera),


PERO LO QUE ME JODE, LO QUE REALMENTE ME JODE.

Es que siendo un pueblo donde vivimos 30.000 personas, no hayamos DEMOSTRADO NADA al respecto de lo que pensamos del tema. 

Quiero pensar que en el fondo de todos y cada uno de vosotros, existe alguien que realmente quiere hacer algo por su pueblo y que está esperando una oportunidad para ayudar ayudándonos a todos. Quiero pensar que en el fondo, lo único que os detiene es el hecho de no encontrar la forma de colaborar.

Me podré equivocar, pero no voy a dejar de pasar esta oportunidad de demostrarnos, todos los vecinos de Galdakao, que podemos realizar una acción conjunta y mandar el mensaje de que NOSOTROS TAMBIÉN LUCHAMOS POR NUESTRO PUEBLO.

Un saludo a todos los vecinos de Galdakao. Tanto aquellos que me conocen (para bien o para mal), como para aquellos que no, pero que comparten inquietudes como ésta.


Juan Felix Ibarreche

Women in Media, Women on a Mission

The national celebration of women, Women’s History Month, ended last month; however, there are countless women around the world who are continuously, day by day, making history. These women do not define themselves to be the next Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, Ann Curry or Angie Martinez; but are on a call of duty to become the new them. These women are Mina SayWhat of Philly’s Power 99 FM, Kharisma Mcilwaine of CBS, and Chistine Maddela of NBC 10.

Mina SayWhat is MAKING IT HAPPEN as a Radio Personality on the Rise & Grind Morning Show - Philly’s own Power 99 FM. Her exclusive interviews have been featured on AllHipHop.com, TheSource.com. RapRadar.com, HipHopDX, and many more Hip Hop media outlets.  A graduate of Syracuse University and 26 years old, her grind is unstoppable. According to her, there is nothing MinaSayWhat can’t do. “MINA MINA MINA MINA MINA SayWhat!” 

Nothing but Kharisma! Her name says it all, but her work ethnic shows it all. Kharisma Mcilwaine is an On Air Talent for The CW Philly 57 and CBS 3, where she has the opportunity to host live events, serve as community ambassador for the station and spokesmodel. Kharisma is a product of West Philadelphia, graduate of Cabrini College, and nonetheless the reflection of a great present and a delightful future.  She does not only define herself in relation to what she does, but also in relation to who she is: generous, warmhearted, fun-loving and sincere.

From Columbia to El Paso, to Nashville, and now Philadelphia, award winning journalist Christine Maddela’s career has not only taken her to new cities but also new heights! She can be seen doing on-site traffic updates in the Chopper for NBC 10, and she is proud to be a part of the nation’s 4th largest media market. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia.  Christine is recognized for having a passion for politics, community engagement and a love for being personal as she uses Twitter to report and interact with her audience.

Join Affairs of Isis LLC, Temple Association of Black Journalists, SincerelySyreeta.com, and Temple Students for Justice in Palestine for a remarkable and unforgettable event as you learn from the experiences of these remarkable women in media during the panel discussion. Don’t worry, there are other inspiring women apart of #WomenInMedia – stay tuned to find out more! Register for this FREE event HERE >>>  http://purplemedia.eventbrite.com/#

Event: Women In Media: Playing By Your Rules

When: Saturday April 6, 2013

Time: 11:30AM - 3PM

Where: Temple University Student Center Room 217

Cost: Free Event Free Food but you MUST RSVP 

By @AnthonyCopeman

via Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine

While Palestinian lives continue to be represented as numbers and statistics by mainstream media outlets, this project acts as a place for Palestinians to represent themselves and write their own stories of resilience and hope for a future free from apartheid, illegal occupation, and Israeli war crimes. Through drawings, paintings, photography, poetry and short essays, we are asking for people to submit their stories with the UTSC community.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Submit your drawings, paintings, photography, poetry and short essays to tsjpalestine@gmail.com with the subject heading “Art As Resistance” by Friday October 3rd, 2014. Please include a short description about your piece if applicable.
NOTE: If for any reason whatsoever you would like to remain anonymous that is completely fine, please let us know in your e-mail. Also if for any reason you do not want to write your description in English that is also completely fine, feel free to submit in language of your choice!

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