Civil Liberties

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Activism Under Attack
McBride, Laurie
Book
1989
What does it say about democracy in Canada when people can be singled out, arrested, jailed, and kept out of a public place at the arbitrary whim of political organizers or police?
AlterNet
Website
Online news magazine and community featuring original journalism as well as material from many other independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, hum...
Anti-Capitalist Demonstration of May 1, 2013 in Montreal: Journée des Travailleurs et Travailleuses: Manifestation Anti-Capitaliste
Film/Video
2013
Montreal 2013: police state. Montreal's municipal goverment passes a bylaw that suspends the right of citizens to assemble unless they have received advance permission from police. Citizens who assert...
Behind the Confederate Flag Controversy: The Unfinished Civil War: Against The Current vol. 85
Miah, Malik
Article
2000
Some 50,000 people, ninety percent African Americans, marched in Columbia, South Carolina, on January 17, the federal holiday honoring the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The march p...
Callwood, June: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Journalist, writer, broadcaster, civil libertarian 1924-2007. (1924-2007).
Callwood, June: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Journalist, writer, broadcaster, civil libertarian 1924-2007. (1924-2007).
Canadian Civil Liberties Bibliography (Indexed)
Henshel, Richard L.
Article
1984
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Capitalist Surveillance State: Everyone's a Target: Threatening Reporters, Spying on Public
Article
2013
There is an inherent tendency for the state, which governs on behalf of a minuscule, ruthless class of obscenely wealthy exploiters, to attempt to amass ever greater power to control the population be...
The Charter of the Forest
Article
1217
A complementary document to the Magna Carta of 1215, defining the rights of vassals, freemen, and serfs, reducing penalties, and restoring common land taken by the Crown.
Chomsky on Civil Liberties, Obama and the Future of Progressive Politics: Left of Left
Durel, Steven
Article
2012
Interview with America's premier political dissident Noam Chomsky.
Civil Liberties in the Fight Against Fascism
Draper, Hal
Article
1945
Fighting against an evil, like anti-Semitism or racial hatred, does not mean calling on the state to suppress the evil.
Coming Home to the Struggle: Against The Current vol. 134
Thompson, Wendy
Article
2008
I became a political activist at the age of 12, when I marched for open housing in Evanston, Illinois. We lived next to the Black community in Evanston; African-American students made up 40% of my gra...
The Committee for the Defense of Democratic Rights
Article
1978
A Law Union pamphlet regarding the legality of national security measures.
Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Book
1989
The Connexions Annual is simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives.
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Annual Overview: Human Rights, Civil Liberties
Article
1989
If we accept that anyone may be denied their rights, their freedom, then we undermine our own rights and freedoms even as we undermine social solidarity.
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Human Rights and Civil Liberties Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on civil liberties and human rights.
Destroying the Commons: How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2012
Our rights and liberties are under ever-increasing attack.
Free Speech and Acceptable Truths: Statement of the Alumni for Responsible Speech
Alumni for Responsible Speech
Article
2008
While we support freedom of speech and academic freedom, we believe that university administrations have a duty to provide a safe learning environment in which students and faculty are protected by in...
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Free Speech in an Age of Identity Politics
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Transcript of Malik's TB Davie Memorial lecture on academic freedom at the University of Cape Town.
Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy
Lapham, Lewis H.
Book
2004
Dissent is democracy. Democracy is in trouble. Never before, Lapham argues, have voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation. A call to action in defense of one of the most imp...
Guantanamo North: Terrorism and the Administration of Justice in Canada
Diab, Robert
Book
2008
After September 11, 2001, Canadian governments made significant changes to the law so that non-citizens with suspected links to terrorism could be held indefinitely with no due process. The Courts hel...
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia: A Diary of Three Wars
Cockburn, Alexander; St. Clair, Jeffrey
Book
2004
Iraq was just one of three major imperial crusades in the decade after 1992, orchestrated by a new generation of American politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who backed pre-emptive strikes to o...
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Is this what a police state looks like?
Dobbin, Murray
Article
2010
The corporate security state is not static - it will keep filling more and more space to the extent that they are allowed to by civil society. The police actions in Toronto are one of those key moment...
Jewish Labour Committee: Connexipedia: Article on HistoryofRights.com
Article
Formed in 1936, the JLC was a front runner in the push for anti-discrimination legislation in Ontario.
The Labadie Collection
Website
The Labadie Collection was established in 1911 when Joseph Labadie, a prominent Detroit anarchist, donated his library to the University of Michigan. Although the Collection was originally concerned m...
League on Rights and Freedom Information Sheet
Article
1979
This information sheet, published by the League on Rights and Freedom (formerly the League on Human Rights), reveals that two Québec citizens are prosecuting the RCMP and some security officers for un...
Legal Lessons From the Green Scare: When the Constitution is No Obstacle to the FBI
Rosenfeld, Ben; Regan, Lauren
Article
2010
Green Scare prosecutors and their coordinators in Washington are willing to destroy individual lives to score political points, and to trample their own rules in the process.
Liberties
Russell, John (ed.)
Book
1989
Aside from the subject of civil liberties itself, the book addresses the civil libertarian approach to such issues as censorship and freedom of speech, victimless crimes, and police powers. Specific a...
Liberties and Commons for All: Preface to the Korean Edition of Magna Carta Manifesto
Linebaugh, Peter
Article
2012
Liberties and Commons for All expresses two aspects of the ancient English Charters of Liberty; first is the restraint on political power of the King, second is the protection of subsistence in the co...
The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All
Linebaugh, Peter
Book
2008
Linebaugh shows how longstanding restraints against tyranny -- and the rights of habeas corpus, trial by jury, and due process of law, and the prohibition of torture -- are being abridged. In providin...
The Making of Jericho Road: Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
Article
2008
An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
Malik, Kenan: Connexipedia Article
Article
Writer, lecturer and broadcaster. (Born 1962).
The National Security State Cops a Feel: Taking Off the Gloves (Then Everything Else)
Englehardt, Tom
Article
2010
It's finally coming into focus, and it’s not even a difficult equation to grasp. It goes like this: take a country in the grips of an expanding national security state and sooner or later your "safety...
The New Anti-Liberals
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1999
The OIC does not speak for Muslims
Fatah, Tarek
Article
2008
Tarek Fatah says that "To suggest that any criticism of Islamism, the political ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Ayatollahs, is anti-Islamic is a bogus and fraudulent position. I wou...
On Revolution
Arendt, Hannah
Book
1963
Arendt examines the American, French, and Russian revolutions and draws conclusions about the meaning of revolution.
Online Rights for Online Workers - Privacy at Work
Website
Deals with workers' right to privacy in the face of online surveillance by employers.
The police vs. the law
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1981
One of the main differences between a democratic society and a police state is that in a democracy, the police have to obey the law. In a police state, they don't.
Preparing for a Digital 9/11
Greenberg, Karen
Article
2012
In recent years, in one of the more dangerous, if largely undiscussed, developments of our time, the Bush and then Obama administrations have launched the first state-planned war in cyber space. First...
Public Declaration: Solidarity against police repression in Montreal: We will not submit to the municipal by-law P-6
Article
2013
With this public declaration, we assert our opposition to by-law P-6: we will continue to demonstrate without negotiating our demo routes with police, and we will systematically challenge all tickets ...
Radical Digressions 1
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1973
Religion and the Rise of Labor and Black Detroit: Against The Current vol. 134
Higbee, Mark
Article
2008
Historians and other scholars have given Detroit plentiful attention, including some very important books, yet in this vital new study Angela Dillard manages to approach the Motor City’s past in sever...
A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s: Against The Current vol. 134
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in...
Report of the Work Group on Civil and Political Rights: Church Persons' Seminar
Foster, John
Article
1978
A church seminar that asks whether or not Canadians are at risk of losing their civil liberties.
Rights and Freedoms State Fear The Global attack on rights: New Internationalist March 2005
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
A look into rights and freedoms, the connection to occupation, and their state in different parts of the world.
Rights and Liberties: Introduction to Volume 9, Number 2, of the Connexions Digest (Rights & Liberties issue)
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1984
Civil liberties and human rights appear as a key dimension in almost every other field of social justice and social change, but those who seek a freer and more just society cannot rely on the state to...
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
Some Elementary Comments on The Rights of Freedom of Expression
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1980
It is precisely in the case of horrendous ideas that the right of free expression must be most vigorously defended; it is easy enough to defend free expression for those who require no such defense.
Speech by Aubrey Golden to the N.F.U. Convention
Golden, Aubrey
Article
1977
A speech given to the National Farmer's Union regarding the differences between a police force and a security service and the importance of keeping the two seperate.
Spying by the Numbers: Hundreds of Thousands Subject to Government Surveillance and No Real Protection
Quigley, Bill
Article
2013
Thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden many more people in the US and world-wide are learning about extensive US government surveillance and spying. There are publicly available numbers which sho...
The Threat of the Tag
Morris, Fanella
Article
Tracking anklets for convicts are not a good way to alleviate prison overcrowding.
Toolkit for a New Canada
Gonick, Cy (Coordinating Editor)
Article
2008
A pamphlet providing a snapshot of what the contributors, brought together by Canadian Dimension magazine, believe are the big issues facing Canada in the first decade of the 21st century. The article...
Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1991
How to push for social change without breaking the law.
Unlawful Dissent: New Laws Around the Globe Don't Curb Inequity, They Undercut Social Protests and Gag Free Speech
Warnke, Brett
Article
2012
The state is increasingly encroaching upon dissent as social conditions worsen.
Voter ID Laws, Voter Fraud: Against The Current vol. 133
Miah, Malik
Article
2008
The close primary election inside the Democratic Party between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton shows that every vote counts. The fiasco in the 2000 presidential election because of “hanging chads” al...
War Against the People: Israel, The Palestinians and Global Pacification
Halper, Jeff
Book
2015
Governments today are waging a 'war against the people' -- whether 'securitization' against asylum seekers in Fortress Europe, 'counterinsurgency' in Afghanisation, or the subliminal war of policy and...
Welfare Practices and Civil Liberties
Article
1976
Report, based on 2-year survey of welfare recipients and administrators, identifies a number of serious problems.
When Freedoms Collide: The Case for Civil Liberties
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1988
Civil liberties are proclaimed as important in our society, but in reality they are under constant attack.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

American Civil Liberties Union
Works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. These rights include: * Your First Amendmen...
B.C. Civil Liberties Association
mandate: preserve, defend and maintain civil liberties and human rights in BC and across Canada
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a national organization that was constituted to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties, and to defend, extend, a...
Citizens for Public Justice
CPJ is a national organization promoting justice in Canadian public affairs, responding politically to God's call for love toward our neighbour and responsibility for our environment. We use research,...
Civil Liberties Association - National Capital Region
The purpose as stated in the Constitution of the Civil Liberties Association, National Capital Region, is the following: (a) to inform and educate the public as to the existence, nature and enforceme...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Dying With Dignity
To improve the quality of dying for all Canadians in accordance with their own wishes, values and beliefs.
Law Union of Ontario
To provide a progressive, socialist alternative to the present legal system which gives greater protection to the economically and socially privileged.
Lesbian and Gay Archivist
To acquire, preserve and provide public service for material in any medium relating to lesbians and gays, with an emphasis on Canada, but in the context of events worldwide.
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount grassroots political campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working peop...
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
A coalition of 133 community-based immigrant and refugee service agencies located throughout the province of Ontario.
Radical Digressions
Progressive comment and analysis by Ulli Diemer, featuring articles, letters, photos and the Radical Digressions Blog.
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is an international organization that defends imprisoned journalists and press freedom throughout the world, as well as the right to inform the public and to be informed, in ...
Society for Socialist Studies
The society's purpose to facilitate and encourage research and analysis in Canada with emphasis on socialist, feminist, ecological, and anti-racist points of view.
Peter Tatchell
Articles and actions related to human rights, democracy, and global justice.
Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Identify and analyze patterns of racial discrimination in Canadian institutions and systems and to act as an advocate for racial minorities in overcoming these barriers.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
Ulli Diemer
Comment and analysis from a libertarian perspective on topics such as censorship and freedom of speech, political correctness, double standards, identity politics, post-modernism, media bias, atheism, secularism, and archives and ...
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN Genera...

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Canada considers preventive detention in wake of Ottawa attack
Prime minister Stephen Harper says he plans to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts as parliament returns day after shooting
Ling, Justin
2014
The Canadian government indicated on Thursday that it intends to speed up proposals to toughen the country’s anti-terror laws in the wake of the attack on Parliament in Ottawa, including a measure tha...
Human Rights & Civil Liberties Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to human rights and civil liberties in the Sources directory for the media.
Journalists Welcome European Call to Review Anti-Terrorism Laws
Sources News Release
2009
Ministers of the human rights network of the Council of Europe have called on their governments to review anti-terrorism laws in the face of strong criticism from journalists that some laws are in pra...
Obama defiant over NSA revelations ahead of summit with Chinese premier
Ackerman, Spencer; Roberts, Dan
2013
President says oversight of NSA surveillance programme should be left to Congress in comments criticising media 'hype.'
Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm
Gallagher, Ryan
2013
Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups.
Spy Wars
Espionage and Canada from Gouzenko to Glasnost
Granatstein, J.L.; Stafford, David
A survey history of Canad'as "secret" history.
The Stasi could only dream of such data
Britain, the birthplace of liberalism, has become the database state
Ash, Timothy Garton
2008
As technology increases the flow of stored data about individual actions, assurances of the "right to informational self-determination" must be hard won from governments. Government surveillance of ci...
Will the government's counter-extremist programme criminalise dissent?
Kundnani, Arun
2015
From 1 July, a broad range of public bodies - from nursery schools to optometrists - will be legally obliged to participate in the U.S. government’s Prevent policy to identify would-be extremists. Und...

From the Connexions Archives

Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Organization profile published 1984
Organization
1984
Canadian Rights and Liberties Federation
Organization profile published 1984
Organization
1984
Civil Liberties Action Security Project
Organization profile published 1984
Organization
1984
Counterpunch
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Progressive U.S. website/newsletter.
Law Union News
Periodical profile published 1980
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1980
La Ligue des Droits et Libertes
Organization profile published 1979
Organization
1979
Privacy Journal
Smith, Robert Ellis
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
A monthly newsletter that is, "...filled with American and Canadian news about the confidentiality of personal information." It describes, "...record-keeping in government and business, new invasions ...