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E. Wilma van der Veen, Ph.D.                     

Activist, educator, sociologist


Sociology & Criminology Department


Saint Mary's University


Halifax, NS, B3H 3C3






Office: MS 416


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"Tell me and I will forget;

show me and I may remember;

involve me and I will understand."

(Confucius, 450 B.C., Chinese Proverb)

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Peoples' Social Forum:  Fighting Harper and beyond.  The Peoples’ Social Forum due to be held in Ottawa from August 21st to 24th 2014 is more than a one-off major event. It has the potential to provide a framework for unity and coordination of all political forces opposing Harper and neoliberalism.  Using a horizontal approach to decision-making, organizers from diverse labour unions, community groups, student and youth organizations have been reaching out to a plurality of social movements across Canada, Québec and Indigenous communities. While the short-term goal of the Peoples Social Forum is to form a cohesive front against the Conservative agenda of austerity, its long-term goal is to transform the current political, economic and political paradigm.  Website:   http://www.peoplessocialforum.ca/
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/ForumSocialDesPeuples


http://www.filmsforaction.org/Watch 1000s of documentaries for free - Films For Action uses the power of film to raise awareness of important social, environmental, and media-related issues not covered by the mainstream news. Our goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ Overall at Top Documentary Films you can find 2100+ (more to come) stunning, eyeopening and interesting documentaries. We always have to keep in mind that a Documentary, after all, can tell lies and it can tell lies because it lays claim to a form of veracity which fiction doesn’t. Some of the documentaries are made just to discredit some particular person, party, organization, system etc, but most of them here on TDF are non biased, without prejudice and worth watching.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ-J91SwP8w&feature=player_embedded A 5 minute animated documentary about the history of fossil fuels

http://www.storyofstuff.com/ The Story of Stuff

http://vimeo.com/3829682 a poem on speaking with conviction or the sad state of how so many young people of today speak

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/hwdvideoshare/?task=viewvideo&video_id=75339 Anonymous: A message to Canadians





Robert Reich on Inequality for All http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-moyers/robert-reich-on-inequalit_b_3977266.html


Alberta Oilsands Projects - Canada's Hiroshima http://www.globalresearch.ca/alberta-oilsands-projects-canadas-hiroshima/5365273

(Discipline of) Economics (not) in Crisis http://www.pieria.co.uk/articles/economics_not_in_crisis

The academic discipline of economics ought to be in crisis. Its reputation has been severely damaged by the financial crisis. The implosion of finance and the slowdown in economic growth has left economics floundering. Economists have routinely assumed that markets work more or less perfectly and have assumed away the possibility of crisis. These assumptions betray an economics that is out of touch with reality and in need of revision.  Yet in several ways mainstream economics is continuing as if the events of recent years had never occurred.....


Tunisia embeds climate protection in constitution http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/02/01/tunisia_embeds_protection_of_climate_in_new_constitution.html

Military Metaphysics: How Militarism Mangles the Mind The US military has won the ideological war. The nation sees human and social problems as military problems. To fight terrorists Americans have become terrorists. Peace is for the weak. War is for the strong. Hypermasculinity has triumphed over empathy. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/21624-military-metaphysics-how-militarism-mangles-the-mind


The hypocrisy:  Conservative federal government using tax payers $ to fund their propaganda campaign for a job training program that doesn't even exist:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-job-grant-ads-cost-2-5m-for-non-existent-program-1.2495196


The stupidity of Alberta and other provincial governments' refusal to have natural resource extraction corporations pay their fair share of taxation, along with the Conservative federal government and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (an extremist right wing anti-tax group) seeking further tax cuts that just benefit the owning class and hurt the working class, http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/01/15/If-Every-Norwegians-a-Millionaire-Whys-Alberta-in-Hock


Harper's Conservative goverment attack on science:  http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/2013/05/20/the-canadian-war-on-science-a-long-unexaggerated-devastating-chronological-indictment/

and their attack on libraries:  http://mjbrown.com/canadas-chaotic-dismantling-of-science-libraries/


Links between CSIS & Enbridge - who cares about conflict of interest?  Harper doesn't:  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/wayne-k-spear/enbridge-stephen-harper_b_4552210.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-


From middle-class to minimum wage. With no way back  http://www.thestar.com/news/atkinsonseries/2013/12/13/the_incredible_disappearing_middle_class.html


Researchers find 7,300-sq-mile ring of mercury around tar sands in Canada http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/12/29/7-500-mile-ring-ofmercuryfoundaroundcanadastarsands.html


Seven ripoffs that capitalists would keep out of the media http://www.nationofchange.org/seven-ripoffs-capitalists-would-keep-out-media-1387205890


Gaffing all the way  http://www.nationofchange.org/gaffe-ing-all-way-1387810856


Does having money make you mean? TED talk Paul Piff (Berkely Social Psychologist) http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_piff_does_money_make_you_mean.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2013-12-20&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_image

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An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe.

He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits.

When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.

When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: '

'UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?''


'UBUNTU' in the Xhosa culture means: "I am because we are"

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See Websites, organizations, individuals to check out to get different perspectives on current issues, from local to global. 


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Social Power Relations 1211

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Some quotes I find particularly enlightening during these times:  


Search the internet for the following quote:  “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots.” Albert Einstein, perhaps an apt description of so many of today`s generation


"Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents.  It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions, for safety on the streets, for childcare, for social welfare, for rape crisis clinics, women's refuges, reforms in the law.  If someone says, "Oh, I'm not a feminist!" I ask, "Why? What's your problem?"

Dale Spender


"P.S. It is my observation that too many of us are spending money we haven't earned to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like"

H. Jackson Brown's mother (from P.S. I Love  You)


"The earth does not belong to humans." - Arne Naess, Deep Ecology for the 21st Century, p.74.

"As deep ecology supporters see it, we share this planet with other life forms, including all animal life, on a basis of equality. There is no hierarchy of life forms where humans are on top of an evolutionary pyramid, free to do whatever they want with the rest of the natural world."


"If you want the trees to stand, you have to stand with the trees."- Friends of Clayoquot Sound

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Benjamin Franklin US Statesman 1706-1790


"Charity consoles but does not question. 'When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint, and when i ask why they have no food, they call me a communist.'  Unlike solidarity, which is horizontal and takes place between equals, charity is top-down, humiliating those who receive it and never challenging the implicit power relations. In the best of cases, there will be justice someday, high in heaven. Here on earth, charity doesn't worry injustice, it just tries to hide it."

Eduardo Galeano


"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." 



“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

                                          Mahatma Gandhi



"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience... Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That's our problem."                              Howard Zinn


"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."                  Dwight D Eisenhower


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."                                                                                                                                           Margaret Mead


"This crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career. I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals."                                                                                             Albert Einstein, Monthly Review, 1949


"The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power". Daniel Webster (1782-1852)


"The price good people pay for their indifference to public office is to be ruled by evil men" ... Plato


"Fascism should rightly be called corporatism as it is a merger of state and corporate power"... Benito Mussolini


"First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me." -Pastor Martin Niemoller, 1945, Germany


So what are you doing to make this world a more peaceful place and one that will provide a healthy planet for your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and so on...?

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Copyright © 2001 by [E.W.> van der Veen]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 28 May 2014 11:22:02 -0300.

Note: I apologize to those people or organizations where I have used their information to compile what I am presenting and have neglected to cite them as a source.