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Toban Black: Environmental justice struggles in Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia

A community leader speaks about how natives have been confronting chemical and petroleum industries in Chemical Valley In this interview, Ada Lockridge talks about fellow Aamjiwnaang community members’ efforts to confront petro-chemical pollution from industries that surround their native reserve, which is located inside of Sarnia’s Chemical Valley. Those toxic industries surround three sides of Read more…

Toban Black: Beyond Parts Per Million

Here is a great publication that I helped to put together – "Beyond Parts Per Million: Voices from the frontlines of climate justice" You can download the PDF version at that page.  Or you can flip through this online copy. Here's most of the announcement about the publication – Climate Justice Montreal and members of Read more…

Toban Black: Fighting Chemical Valley

In this interview, Zak Nicholls shares his experiences with struggles and impacts around Sarnia’s Chemical Valley. You can listen to the interview here. Zak speaks about his role in campaigning alongside others in Sarnia and Aamjiwnaang. He talks about local pollution impacts, complacency from government officials and the general public, local indigenous struggles, obstacles in Read more…

Toban Black: Creativity and resilience in Detroit

"Detroit is a window into the future. Through this window we see an inspiring site of deeply grassroots and living visions of a just and democratic community. Community resistance to corporate polluters in Detroit, including oil refineries, coal power plants and the world’s largest waste incinerator, continue to hold the frontline against the destruction of Read more…

Toban Black: Global Minga solidarity statements

These community statements are from locals who share their experiences, knowledge, and concerns, for the Global Minga week of action.  Most of the speakers draw from international backgrounds (including family abroad) – Indigenous struggles and Latin American-Canadian solidarity: In support of the Global Minga (audio) – From the Latin American-Canadian Solidarity Association Saying 'no' to Read more…

Toban Black: At a climate camp convergence and protest in Quebec

Here are some photos from an August climate camp gathering and protest in Dunham, Quebec — just north of Vermont. A tar sands pipeline and pumping station project ("Trailbreaker") was our main target at the camp. For more information, see this invitation, and this camp publication. The main campaign around the climate camp is a Read more…

Toban Black: G20 fightback campaigning in London, Ontario, Canada

  Since the G20 Summit in Toronto, activists here in London, Ontario (Canada) have organized a series of protests against the Summit policing regime. Below I’ll offer some photos, video links, and written background about our protests.  First, here are some points about other campaigning and organizing here in London (Ont.) – Local activists released Read more…

Toban Black: Oil, civil liberties, and the G20 Summit

A statement written for Climate Justice London, Ontario – Members of our group took to the streets around the G20 Summit in Toronto with concerns about climate change, the Alberta tar sands, assaults on native sovereignty, and other environmental injustices. The Summit police in Toronto threatened, searched, arrested, and detained Climate Justice London activists, while Read more…

Toban Black: Inter-gender and inter-sex solidarity ?

Three photos from the local university campus — with written remarks about them – — These four blog posts are about those photos  – – Sociological Images – "Defending privilege" – Feministe – "Anti-Feminist Vandalism" – The F-Word – "Real men and rape" – Feministing – "Fun with Feminist Flickr (activism edition)" There are a Read more…

Toban Black: Social and environmental problems and opportunities

A version of a speech given at the December 8th International Demonstration on Climate Change in London. This version is much longer and slightly edited. I’ve also added web links. ——— Hello everyone, My name is Toban, and I’m part of Post-Carbon London, a group that I’ll be telling you about. I’m also a graduate Read more…

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