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Posts by aaron

Fifth Estate Magazine: Anarchists and Sex Work

Fifth Estate Magazine
# 391, Spring/Summer 2014

Anarchists & Sex Work

Solidarity or Abolition?
by Aaron Lakoff

Link to original article: http://www.fifthestate.org/archive/391-springsummer-2014/anarchists-sex-...

On December 20, 2013, many anarchists and radical feminists in Canada celebrated an historic ruling of the country’s Supreme Court which unanimously struck down three major laws regulating prostitution, effectively paving the way for the decriminalization of sex work. The laws prohibited the operation of a “common bawdy house” (a brothel), communication for the purposes of sex work, and living from the proceeds of prostitution. The government of Canada now has one year to rewrite the laws.

However, this historic day also touched a sensitive nerve within the anarchist movement across the country as there is no consensus among anarchists in Canada on a position regarding sex work. Indeed, some anarchist feminists have deplored the recent supreme court ruling and continue to advocate for the abolition of the sex work industry.

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The Link: CUTV – Re-grounded, Not Re-branded

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/5140

The Link Newspaper
Re-Grounded, Not Re-Branded
CUTV must remain a voice for the voiceless

As the former news director at CUTV, I am disheartened and upset by the recent shift in focus and policy at the TV station.

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Talk from the banned Le Mood workshop "Where have all the radical jews gone?"

Below is the text from the talk that I gave at our banned workshop at the Le Mood conference, "Where have all the radical Jews gone?". The talk was given outside the Le Mood conference at Espace Reunion on November 3, 2013. For the background story, go here:
https://aaron.resist.ca/montreal-jewish-festival-in-le-mood-for-censorship

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Montreal Jewish Festival in "Le Mood" for Censorship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2013

Montreal Jewish Festival in “Le Mood” for Censorship

Le Mood, an annual festival aimed at engaging Jewish youth in Montreal, cancels two scheduled panels; bans two young Jewish Montrealers from speaking.

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Confronting the Pipedream: Voices from the frontlines of resistance to pipelines

About Confronting the Pipedream: Voices from the frontlines of resistance to pipelines
** If you are with a radio station who is interested in airing segments from this series, we highly encourage you to do so! Each segment will be roughly 15 minutes in length. Please get in touch with us at confrontingthepipedream [at] riseup.net

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Quiet Streets, Emboldened Hearts: Québec organizers reflect on the student strike, one year later

Canadian Dimension Magazine
Quiet Streets, Emboldened Hearts: Québec organizers reflect on the student strike, one year later

by Aaron Lakoff

http://canadiandimension.com/articles/5526/

I’m standing with Francis Grenier in downtown Montreal, just blocks away from the spot where his life took a drastic turn. On March 7, 2012, Grenier, a 23-year-old visual arts student at Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, was attending one of his first demonstrations of his life, part of the growing Québec Student Strike. Without warning, riot police rushed in to disperse Grenier and his fellow students, who were engaged in a peaceful sit-in outside a university administration office. One police officer threw a sound grenade that exploded just above Grenier’s head. A piece of shrapnel tore into his eye, creating permanent damage. It would become the first of many serious injuries caused by police during the Québec student strike, the largest of its kind in North American history.

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FSRN: In Quebec, undocumented families fight for children to attend school

Free Speech Radio News
In Quebec, undocumented families fight for children to attend school

-->To download or listen to this feature report, visit:
http://fsrn.org/audio/quebec-undocumented-families-fight-children-attend...

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Video: Montrealers Tear Down Immigration Detention Centre Fence

www.solidarityacrossborders.org

Camera: Aaron Lakoff and Otto Buxton
Post-prod: Submedia.tv

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“My generation has stood up and said, ‘No more’”: Hundreds gather for 4th Annual Unis’tot’en Action Camp against pipelines in ‘BC’

by Aaron Lakoff

[The original article was written for the Vancouver Media Coop and can be found at: http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/story/%E2%80%9Cmy-generation-has-stood-and-said-no-more%E2%80%9D/18571]

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Photo Essay and Interviews from the 4th annual Unis’tot’en Action Camp Against Pipelines

The 4th annual Unis'tot'en Action Camp was held on sovereign Wet'suwet'en territory in the north of unceded, occupied "British Columbia" from July 10-14, 2013. Roughly 200 people from across Turtle Island came to the camp to support the Unis'tot'en people in their fight against oil and gas pipelines on their traditional territory.

Here are several reports, interviews, and photos I compiled during my time there.

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